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Sydney Margaret Penny (born August 7, 1971) is an American actress. She is known for playing the roles of Julia Santos Keefer on the soap opera All My Children, and Samantha "Sam" Kelly on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She also starred in the 1998 WB television drama series Hyperion Bay. As a teenager appeared in the 1985 Clint Eastwood film Pale Rider, and at age 10, she played the young Meggie in the popular TV mini-series The Thorn Birds.
Sydney Margaret Penny
August 7, 1971 (age 49)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Chatsworth, California, the daughter of former Western Swing bandleader and comedian Hank Penny and his wife, Shari. An early acting appearance was on the miniseries The Thorn Birds when she was only 11 years old as young Meggie. She also appeared as Dani in The New Gidget and as a pigeon-obsessed youngster in an episode of the police series T. J. Hooker. At the age of 13, Penny played Megan Wheeler in the Clint Eastwood western Pale Rider, released on June 26, 1985. For this performance she was awarded a Young Artist Award at the 7th Youth in Film Awards in December 1985.
She played the role of Julia Santos Keefer on the soap opera All My Children, from 1993 to 1996, with guest appearances in 1997 and 2002 and returned to the show in 2005. Penny left the show in May 2008 when Julia was killed off.
Penny has also appeared on the serials Santa Barbara as B.J. Walker during 1992-1993, Sunset Beach as Meg Cummings (filling in for Susan Ward in 1999), Beverly Hills, 90210 and Hyperion Bay as Jennifer.
In August 2003, she was cast as Samantha Kelly on The Bold and the Beautiful. The character never caught on and Penny was bumped to recurring status in late 2004. She last appeared on April 26, 2005, and rejoined All My Children a few months later. She stayed with the show for an additional three years.
- Pale Rider (1985) as Megan Wheeler
- Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star (1986) as Robyn
- Bernadette (1988, French) as Bernadette Soubirous
- La Ciociara 1988, Cinema of Italy as Rosetta
- La Passion de Bernadette (1990, French) as Bernadette
- In the Eye of the Snake (1990) as Malika
- Enchanted (1998) as Natalie Ross
- The Pawn (1998) as Megan
- Little Red Wagon (2012) as Ashley Lagare
- Ambush at Dark Canyon (2012) as Madeleine Donovan
- The Perfect Summer (2013) as Alyssa
- Heart of the Country (2013) as Candace
- Heritage Falls (2016) as Heather Fitzpatrick
- Mountain Top (2017) as Judge Coberg
- It's Magic, Charlie Brown (1981, TV Movie) as Lucy Van Pelt (voice)
- Fame (1982, as guest star) as Susan Marshall
- The Capture of Grizzly Adams (1982, TV Movie) as Peg Adams
- The Thorn Birds (1983, TV Mini-Series) as Young Meggie Cleary
- T. J. Hooker (1983) as Katie Coats
- Silver Spoons (1984) as Billie
- The Fourth Wise Man (1985, TV Movie) as Shameir
- News at Eleven (1985, TV Movie) as Melissa Kenley
- The Twilight Zone (1986) as Mary Miletti (segment "Grace Note")
- The New Gidget (1986–1987) as Dani
- Child of Darkness, Child of Light (1991, TV Movie) as Margaret Gallagher
- Santa Barbara (1992–1993) as B.J. Walker
- All My Children (1993–2008) as Julia Santos Keefer
- Hearts Adrift (1996, TV Movie) as Maxine (Max) Deerfield
- Hyperion Bay (1998–1999, main role) as Jennifer Worth
- Sunset Beach (1999, temporary recast) as Meg Cummings
- Beverly Hills, 90210 (2000) as Josie Oliver
- Largo Winch (2001–2003) as Joy Arden
- The Bold and the Beautiful (2003–2005) as Samantha Kelly
- Hidden Places (2006, TV Movie) as Eliza Monteclaire Wyatt
- The Wish List (2010, TV Movie (Hallmark)) as Chloe
- Days of Our Lives (2011) as Dr. Liv Norman
- Drop Dead Diva (2011; episode #3.6) as CEO
- The Wife He Met Online (2012, TV Movie) as Georgia
- Pretty Little Liars (2014–2015) as Leona Vanderwaal
- Killer Crush (2015, TV Movie) as Gaby