Stephanie Kay Panabaker (born May 2, 1990) is an American zoologist and former actress. She is best known for her roles as Jenny Garison in the 2009 reboot of Fame, Debbie Berwick on Phil of the Future and Nikki Westerly on Summerland. She is the younger sister of Danielle Panabaker.
Panabaker in 2007
Stephanie Kay Panabaker
May 2, 1990
Orange, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Glendale Community College|
University of California, Los Angeles
|Occupation||Zoologist, former actress|
|Relatives||Danielle Panabaker (sister)|
Panabaker was born in Orange, Texas, to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker. Following in older sister Danielle's footsteps, she started acting at various community theatres in Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia. In Naperville, Illinois, she attended Crone Middle School for sixth grade, and moved to Los Angeles, California, at the start of seventh grade.
Between projects, Panabaker focused on her academics. She graduated from high school as valedictorian when she was 13 years old. Kay received two academic scholarships from Glendale Community College, where she studied acting and was on the Dean's list. She graduated with an associate's degree with honors when she was 15. She was accepted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), History Program as a junior and completed her Bachelor of Arts in history before she turned 18.
Panabaker has guest-starred in several television dramas and soap operas. She portrayed Alice Brand in 7th Heaven, Melissa Rue in ER, Sara in Port Charles, Carrie Bauer in The Brothers García, Ellisha in Medium, and Lindsey Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, to name a few. In film, she appeared in Dead Heat as Sam LaRoche; and did some voice work in the Disney/Pixar film, Monsters, Inc.. Panabaker's breakout role came when she starred in The WB's Summerland as Nikki Westerly, in the 2004–05 season. She also appeared as George in the 2007 Nancy Drew: The Mystery in Hollywood Hills alongside Emma Roberts and Amy Bruckner.
Panabaker had a recurring role in Phil of the Future as strait-laced Debbie Berwick, a friend of, and foil to, Pim Diffy (played by Amy Bruckner). She starred in Life Is Ruff as Emily Watson alongside Kyle Massey and Mitchel Musso. In July 2006, she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep (based on the book How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller), in which her sister Danielle also stars. In 2006, Panabaker was in the first Disney Channel Games, on the Red Team with Zac Efron, Anneliese van der Pol, Moises Arias, Dylan Sprouse, and Shin Koyamada as part of the Disney Channel's So Hot Summer!. Movies include Moondance Alexander and The Prince and the Pauper with Dylan and Cole Sprouse. Panabaker starred in the remake of Fame as Jenny, an actress; the film was released in theaters on September 25, 2009. She also played the teenaged Kitty Walker on Brothers and Sisters.
Panabaker starred in the ABC sci-fi drama series No Ordinary Family, which ran for a single season ending in 2011 after 20 episodes. In 2011, Panabaker played Samantha Caldone in the ABC Family movie Cyberbully.
After playing Rosa in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta in 2012, Panabaker retired from acting. She eventually went on to study zoology at UCLA. As of 2016 she works as an animal keeper at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
|2001||Monsters, Inc.||Additional voices|
|2002||Dead Heat||Samantha "Sam" LaRoche|
|2007||Moondance Alexander||Moondance Alexander|
|2007||Nancy Drew||George Fayne|
|2007||A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper||Elizabeth|
|2010||The Lake Effect||Celia|
|2012||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!||Rosa||Voice role|
|2002||Port Charles||Sara||1 episode|
|2002||ER||Melissa Rue||Episode: "The Letter"|
|2002||7th Heaven||Alice Brand||Episode: "Regarding Eric"|
|2002-2003||Angel||The Girl||Episodes: "Forgiving", "Habeas Corpses"|
|2003||The Division||Susie Jenkins||Episode: "Cold Comfort"|
|2003||The Brothers García||Carrie Bauer||Episode: "Moving On Up"|
|2004-2005||Summerland||Nicole "Nikki" Westerly||Main role (26 episodes)|
|2004-2005||Phil of the Future||Deborah "Debbie" Berwick||13 episodes|
|2005||Mom at Sixteen||Young Macy (uncredited)||Television film|
|2005||Medium||Elisha||Episode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"|
|2005||Life Is Ruff||Emily Watson||Disney Channel original television film|
|2006||Read It and Weep||Jamie Bartlett||Disney Channel original television film|
|2006||American Dragon: Jake Long||Cheerleader Lacey (voice)||Episode: "Bring It On"|
|2006-2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lindsey Willows||6 episodes|
|2007||The Winner||Vivica||Episode: "Single Dates"|
|2007||Two and a Half Men||Sophie||Episode: "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous"|
|2007||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Amber||Episode: "First Day of High School"|
|2007||Custody||Amanda Gordon||Television film|
|2007||Weeds||Amelia||Episode: "He Taught Me How to Drive By"|
|2007||Boston Legal||Abigail "Abby" Holt||Episode: "The Chicken and the Leg"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Marlo Sinclair||Episode: "Bad Blood"|
|2008||Grey's Anatomy||Emma Anderson||Episode: "All by Myself"|
|2009||Happy Campers||Dylan||Television film|
|2009||A Marriage||Madison "Maddy" Gabriel||Television film|
|2009||Lie to Me||Emily Lightman (scenes deleted)||Episode: Pilot|
|2009||Mental||Aysnley Skoff||Episode: "Manic at the Disco"|
|2010||Brothers & Sisters||Young Kitty Walker||Two-part episode: "Time After Time"|
|2010||Secrets in the Walls||Elizabeth "Lizzie"||Television film|
|2010-2011||No Ordinary Family||Daphne Nicole Powell||Main role (20 episodes)|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Victoria "Vicki" Harris||Episode: "Spiraling Down"|
|2006||Jordan Pruitt||"Outside Looking In"||From No Ordinary Girl and Read It and Weep (single to promote the movie)|
Awards and honorsEdit
Panabaker previously held a Seat on the National Board of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media. As of 2020, this was no longer the case.
|2003||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Guest Starring Young Actress||ER (episode: "The Letter")||Nominated|||
|2004||Best Performance in a Commercial||Youth Anti-Smoking PSA||Nominated|||
|2005||Best Performance in a Television Series – Recurring Young Actress||Phil of the Future||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Summerland||Won|||
|2007||Temecula Valley International Film Festival||Rising Star Award||Won|||
|2008||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress||Moondance Alexander||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Nancy Drew (shared with rest of cast)||Nominated|||
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Has worked with various children's organizations, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Young Storytellers Foundation, and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation.
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