Danielle Panabaker

Biography: Older sister of Kay Panabaker who plays Nikki Westerley On the WB's Summerland. Danielle was on the Disney Channel Movie: Stuck in the Suburbs.

Danielle was most recently seen in Disney's feature film "Sky High", where she played Layla, the socially conscious best friend of main character Will Stronghold.

Her most recent television performance was in the HBO miniseries “Empire Falls” opposite Paul Newman, Ed Harris and Helen Hunt. USA Today called her an “angelic adolescent” who gives “a terrific performance” in the film, which was based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, and just nominated for 10 Emmy Awards. Panabaker herself is the recipient of the 2005 Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Leading Young Actress in a TV movie, miniseries or special for her role in ABC Family’s “Searching for David’s Heart”. She is a repeat winner, as last year she took home the 2004 Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Guest Starring Young Actress in
a Television Series, for her portrayal of a blind victim on “The Guardian”.

Panabaker also starred in the telefilms “Mom at Sixteen” for Lifetime and the Disney Channel Original Film “Stuck in the Suburbs”. Other television credits include “Law & Order:SVU”, “CSI”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, and a recurring role on “Summerland” opposite her real-life sister, Kay.

Extraordinarily focused, Danielle completed her high school education early, graduating as valedictorian at age 14. She enrolled in college classes the same year and has completed her Associate’s Degree, managing to juggle work while earning grades that secured her a spot on the National Dean’s List. She will entered UCLA this fall as a Junior.


Danielle Panabaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 39
Highest Metascore: 62 Sky High
Lowest Metascore: 17 Girls Against Boys
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
8 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
17 Girls Against Boys Feb 1, 2013 Shae 2.7
24 Piranha 3DD Jun 1, 2012 Maddy 4.3
38 The Ward Jul 8, 2011 Sarah 6.6
55 The Crazies Feb 26, 2010 Becca Darling 7.0
34 Friday the 13th Feb 13, 2009 Jenna 6.2
45 Mr. Brooks Jun 1, 2007 Jane Brooks 7.2
38 Yours, Mine and Ours Nov 23, 2005 Phoebe North 3.5
62 Sky High Jul 29, 2005 Layla Williams 6.7