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.
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