Hayden Leslie Panettiere (born August 21, 1989) is an American actress, model, singer, and activist. She is known for her roles as the cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes (2006–10) and Juliette Barnes in the ABC musical drama series Nashville (since 2012).

She voiced and motion captured the role of Sam in the game Until Dawn.

Early Life

Panettiere was born in and partly raised in Palisades, New York. She is the daughter of Lesley R. Vogel, a former soap opera actress, and Alan Lee "Skip" Panettiere, a fire captain. She has one younger brother, fellow actor Jansen Panettiere. Her mother's family lives in Indiana. After Panettiere attended South Orangetown Middle School in New York, she was homeschooled from grade nine to the completion of high school.



Panettiere first appeared in commercials at the age of 11 months, beginning with an advertisement for a Playskool toy train. She landed a role as Sarah Roberts on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from 1994 to 1997, which was followed by Lizzie Spaulding on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light in 1996, and again from 1997 to 2000. While on Guiding Light, Panettiere's character Lizzie battled leukemia. For drawing the attention of daytime viewers to the disease, and for improving national awareness, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society gave her its Special Recognition Award.

Panettiere appeared on Fox's Ally McBeal as the title character's daughter, played the daughter of a man transitioning to female in HBO Films' Normal, had a recurring guest role on Malcolm in the Middle and guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in two different roles. In 2004, Panettiere had her first starring role in the Disney Channel film Tiger Cruise.

Panettiere became most prominent as Claire Bennet in the NBC series Heroes, which was created by Tim Kring, as a high school cheerleader with regenerative healing powers.

In early 2007, Panettiere appeared on the MTV show, Punk'd. The appearance was engineered by her mother and involved a male "fan" discussing her work with her, instigating a jealous reaction from the man's spouse. In April 2012, she hosted an episode of the new series. In March 2012, it was announced Panettiere had been cast opposite Connie Britton on the ABC musical drama series Nashville. She portrays Juliette Barnes.


Panettiere made her feature film debut with 1998's A Bug's Life, but her first film to actually be released was the same year's The Object of My Affection. In 1999, she portrayed the girl on a sinking sailboat in Message In A Bottle. She played the role of Coach Yoast's daughter, Sheryl, in the 2000 Disney film Remember the Titans. In 2004, she played Kate Hudson's title character's adolescent niece in Raising Helen. In 2005, she was the title character's rival in a skating contest in Ice Princess. In the same year she played the main (human) role in the film Racing Stripes as budding jockey Channing Walsh. She subsequently starred in 2006's Bring It On: All or Nothing as a cheerleader and had a supporting role as Adelaide Bourbon in the 2007 independent film Shanghai Kiss. 

In 2008, Panettiere appeared in the drama Fireflies in the Garden. In September 2008, she appeared in a satirical video, a mock-PSA (public service announcement) on titled "Hayden Panettiere PSA: Your Vote, Your Choice". In October, Panettiere appeared in another satirical PSA video on titled "Vote for McCain: He's just like George Bush, except older and with a worse temper". In July 2009, Panettiere starred in the teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper. In September 2010, she was signed to star as Amanda Knox in the controversial Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. Panettiere also provided the voice of Kate in 2010's Alpha and Omega.

In April 2011, Panettiere appeared in the Scream sequel, Scream 4, playing Kirby Reed, a role for which she received acclaim and was considered to be a highlight of the film, which received mixed reviews. The same year she replaced Anne Hathaway as the voice of Red for the animated sequel Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. In 2012, The Forger, in which she played the role of Amber, was released direct to DVD. In April 2015, Panettiere joined the cast of Custody.

Video games

Panettiere voiced Kairi in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. While she was replaced by Alyson Stoner in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, she reprised her role in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and also voiced Xion in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

She voiced and modeled the character of Sam in Until Dawn, which was released on PlayStation 4 on August 25, 2015.



Year Title Role Notes
1994–1997 One Life to Live Sarah Roberts 25 episodes
1996 Aliens in the Family Young Girl Episode: "Too Good to Be True"
1996 How Do You Spell God? Megan Blackwood Television film
1997 Unhappily Ever After Little Girl Episode: "Little Ice Cream Shop of Horrors"
1998 A Will of Their Own Miniseries
1998–2000 Guiding Light Lizzie Spaulding 41 episodes
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Young Doris Duke Miniseries
1999 Touched by an Angel Diana Episode: "Godspeed"
1999 If You Believe Young Susan Stone / Alice Stone Lifetime (TV network)
2000 Between the Lions Girl with black pigtails and blue eyes Voice role
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ashley Black Episode: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 2)"
2002 Ally McBeal Maddie Harrington Main role (12 episodes in season 5)
2003 Normal Patty Ann Applewood HBO original movie
2004 Fillmore! Yumi (voice) Episode: "Code Name: Electric Haircut"
2004 Tiger Cruise Maddie Dolan Disney channel original movie
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Angela Agnelli Episode: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 6)"
2005 Lies My Mother Told Me Haylei Sims Lifetime original movie
2006 Commander in Chief Stacy Episode: "Wind Beneath My Wing"
2006 Skater Boys Kassidy Parker No.2 Episode: "Band of Gold"
2006–2010 Heroes Claire Bennet Main role (74 episodes)
2006–2012 Punk'd Herself / guest host 4 episodes (7.2, 8.1, 9.3)
2007 Robot Chicken Cheetara / Ramona / Seuss Sister Episode: "Endless Breadsticks"
2010 American Dad! Ashley (voice) Episode: "Stan's Food Restaurant"
2011 Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy Amanda Knox Lifetime original movie
2012–present Nashville Juliette Barnes Main role (79 episodes)
2016 Chopped Junior Herself / guest judge Episode: "Cuteness Overload"
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Hayden Panettiere vs. Eva Longoria"


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Object of My Affection Mermaid
1998 A Bug's Life Dot Voice role
1999 Message in a Bottle Girl on Sinking Boat
2000 Dinosaur Suri Voice role
2000 Remember the Titans Sheryl Yoast
2001 Joe Somebody Natalie Scheffer
2002 The Affair of the Necklace Comtesse de la Motte
2004 The Dust Factory Melanie Lewis
2004 Raising Helen Audrey Davis
2005 Racing Stripes Channing Walsh
2005 Ice Princess Gennifer "Gen" Harwood
2006 Bring It On: All or Nothing Britney Allen
2006 The Architect Christina Waters
2006 Mr. Gibb Allyson 'Ally' Palmer Released on DVD as The Good Student
2007 Shanghai Kiss Adelaide Bourbon
2007 Diary of a New Girl Hannah Rochelle Voice role
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Young Jane Lawrence Released in North America in 2011
2008 Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King Fairy Princess Willow Voice role
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Beth Cooper
2009 The Cove Herself
2010 Alpha and Omega Kate Voice role
2011 Scream 4 Kirby Reed
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Little Red Riding Hood Voice role
2012 The Forger (2012 film) Amber Felter Filmed in 2009 as Carmel-by-the-Sea
2016 Custody Ally Fisher

Video games

Year Title Voice role
1998 A Bug's Life Dot
2002 The Mark of Kri Tati
2002 Kingdom Hearts Kairi
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Kairi
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Kairi
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Xion (Kingdom Hearts)
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Kairi
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Kairi
2015 Until Dawn Samantha "Sam" Giddings
2016 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Xion (Kingdom Hearts)


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