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 actress Danielle Panabaker.

Early years

Panabaker was born in Orange, Texas to Donna Panabaker and Harold Panabaker. Her older sister Danielle Panabaker is also an actress. She started acting at various community theatres in Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia. In Naperville, Illinois, Kay attended Crone Middle School for sixth grade, and moved to Los Angeles, California 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.[1] Kay received two academic scholarships from Glendale Community College[2], where she attended, studying acting, and where she was on the Dean's list, graduating with honors. She was accepted to UCLA 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.[3]


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 theaters on September 25, 2009. She also played the teenage Kitty Walker on Brothers and Sisters.

Panabaker will star in the upcoming ABC sci-fi drama series No Ordinary Family, which is set to air during the 2010-11 season.[4]



Year Film Role Other notes
2001 Monsters, Inc. Additional Voice
2002 Dead Heat Sam
2005 Mom At Sixteen Young Macy
Life Is Ruff Emily Watson Made For TV Movie
2006 Read It And Weep Jamie Bartlett Made For TV Movie
2007 Zip Ellie Stringer
Moondance Alexander Moondance Alexander
Nancy Drew Georgie
Custody Amanda
A Modern Twain Story: The Prince And The Pauper Elizabeth
2008 Happy Campers Dylan
2009 A Marriage Maddy Gabriel
Fame Jenny Garrison
2010 Secrets In The Walls Lizzie
The Lake Effect Celia


Year Series Role Other notes
2002 Port Charles Sara 1 episode
ER Melissa Rue 1 episode
7th Heaven Alice Brand 1 episode
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment Kelly 2 episodes
2003 The Division Susie Jenkins 1 episode
The Brothers García Carrie Bauer 1 episode
2002–2003 Angel The Girl 2 episodes
2004 The 6th Annual Family Television Awards Herself
2005 Medium Elisha 1 episode
2004–2005 Summerland Nikki Westerly Main cast
Phil of the Future Debbie Berwick 13 episodes
2006 American Dragon: Jake Long Cheerleader Lacey 1 episode
Disney Channel Games Herself
2007 The Winner Viveca 1 episode
Two and a Half Men Sophie 1 episode
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Amber 1 episode
Weeds Amelia 1 episode
Boston Legal Abby Holt 1 episode
Ghost Whisperer Marlo Sinclair 1 episode
2008 Grey's Anatomy Emma Anderson 1 episode
2009 Lie to Me Emily Lightman Pilot
Mental Aysnley Skoff 1 episode
Entertainment Tonight Herself
The 7PM Project Herself
2010 Brothers & Sisters Young Kitty Walker 2 episodes
No Ordinary Family Daphne Powell Main cast
2006–2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lindsey Willows 5 episodes

Collaborations and other songs

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

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[5][6] 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


  1. Panabaker, Kay. "Index page at her official website". Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  2. "Kay Panabaker". Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  3. Panabaker, Kay. "Bio page at her official website". Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  4. Rice, Lynette (May 12, 2010). "Breaking: ABC picks up 'No Ordinary Family' starring Michael Chikilis". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  5. Panabaker, Kay. "Kay's resume at her official website". Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  6. Kay Panabaker - Awards

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