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Stephanie Kay Panabaker (born May 2, 1990), better known as Kay Panabaker, is an American film and television actress. She is the younger sister of Sky High star Danielle Panabaker. Also, Kay is known for the part she played in the movie Read It and Weep.

Early years

Panabaker was born in Orangemarker, Texasmarker to Donna and Harold Panabaker. She started acting at various community theatres in Chicago, Illinoismarker; Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker; and Atlantamarker, Georgiamarker. Her older sister, Danielle Panabaker, is also an actress. In Naperville, Illinois, Kay attended Crone Middle School for sixth grade, and moved to Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker at the start of seventh grade.

In between projects, Kay focuses on her academics. She graduated from high school as valedictorian when she was 13 years old and received her Associate's Degree at age 15. Kay received two academic scholarships from Glendale Community College which she attended, studying acting, and where she was on the Dean's list, graduating with honors. She was accepted to UCLAmarker as a junior history major when she was 15 and completed her BA in History from UCLA before she turned 18. Kay was inspired by an elementary school teacher who made learning exciting, and she wants to do the same for others, hoping to teach 4th or 5th grade once she finishes her teaching degree.


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; "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 2004-2005 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 straight-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 Panabaker also stars. In 2006 Panabaker was in the first ever 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!. Her last movie was the Lifetime Television movie Custody which aired in September 2007. She is also starring in Happy Campers, an ABC Family pilot. Her other recent 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 theatres September 25 2009.

Awards and honors

Year Award Category Result Role
2003 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Nominated Melissa Rue in ER

For episode "The Letter"
2004 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Commercial Nominated Youth Anti-Smoking PSA
2005 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young Actress Nominated Debbie Berwick in Phil of the Future
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress Won Nikki Westerly in Summerland
2007 Temecula Valley International Film Festival Rising Star Award Won
Dixie Film Festival Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture Won Moondance Alexander in Moondance Alexander
2008 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Nominated Moondance Alexander in Moondance Alexander
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Nominated George in Nancy Drew

Shared with rest of cast



Year Film Role Other notes
2001 Monsters, Inc. Various Voices
2002 Dead Heat Sam LaRoche Supporting
2005 Life Is Ruff Emily Watson Lead
2006 Read It and Weep Jamie Bartlett Lead
2007 Nancy Drew George Supporting
Moondance Alexander Moondance Alexander Lead
A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper Elizabeth Lead
Custody Amanda Gordon Lead
2008 Happy Campers Dylan Lead
2009 Fame Jenny Lead


Year Series Role Other notes
2002 Port Charles Sara Guest role
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment Kelly Guest role
Angel Mesekthet, the White Room Little Girl Recurring
7th Heaven Alice Brand Guest role
ER Melissa Rue Guest role
2003 The Division Susie Jenkins Guest role
The Brothers García Carrie Bauer Recurring
2004 Summerland Nikki Westerly Series regular
Phil of the Future Deborah Hortence "Debbie" Berwick Recurring
2005 Medium Ellisha Guest role
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lindsey Willows Recurring
American Dragon: Jake Long Lacey Guest role
Disney Channel Games 2006 herself Series regular
2007 Two and a Half Men Sophie Guest role
The Winner Viveca Guest role
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Amber Guest role
Weeds Amelia Guest role
Boston Legal Abby Holt Guest role
Ghost Whisperer Marlo Sinclair Guest role
2008 Being Bailey Bailey Unaired pilot
Zip Ellie Unaired pilot
Grey's Anatomy Emma Andersen Guest role
2009 Lie To Me Emily Lightman Unaired pilot
2009 Mental Aynsley Skoff Guest role

Collaborations and other songs

Year Artist Song Release
2006 Jordan Pruitt "Outside Looking In" in the album No Ordinary Girl and Read It and Weep (single to promote the movie)


  1. Kay Panabaker - Awards
  2. Primetime 2008 - Zip - NBC Site

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