One of entertainment's brightest stars, Hayden Panettiere has amassed a long list of credits at a young age. She is best-known for her role as cheerleader Claire Bennet in the hit NBC series, Heroes. Panettiere was recently seen in Wes Craven's Scream 4, as well as the Lifetime Original Movie, The Amanda Knox Story. Most recently, she lent her voice to the character Kate in the 3D animated film Alpha and Omega for Lionsgate.
Panettiere began her acting career by voicing the animated movies A Bug's Life and Dinosaur. From there she went on to star in the films Remember the Titans, The Affair of the Necklace, Raising Helen, The Dust Factory, Racing Stripes, Ice Princess, The Architect, Bring It On: All or Nothing, Fireflies in the Garden, and I Love You, Beth Cooper.
Her television credits include: Law and Order: SVU, American Dad, Robot Chicken, Malcolm in the Middle, Ally McBeal, and Touched by an Angel, as well as the television movies, Tiger Cruise, Normal, and the Lifetime Original Movies, Lies My Mother Told Me, and If You Believe.
Panettiere's roles have won her numerous accolades. She received the 2008 and 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Actress: Action/Adventure, as well as the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice Celebrity Activist. Panettiere also received the Breakout Actress Award in 2007 at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival and the award for Favorite Clipped Dramatic Artist for the 2007 television season at the 1st Annual Wave Award.
Panettiere is campaign spokesperson for the Whaleman Foundation, an oceanic research, conservation, and production organization dedicated to preserving and protecting dolphins, whales, and their ocean habitat. Since serving as spokesperson, she has traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Congressmen, was invited to the International Whaling Conference in Portugal and was featured in The Cove, a 2010 Oscar-winning documentary film exposing the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. Panettiere's involvement in animal welfare led to her being the recipient of the Genesis Wyler Award from The Humane Society of the United States in 2007, as well as Variety's 2011 Power of Youth Award, which recognizes young entertainers who have made significant contributions to philanthropic and charitable causes.
Panettiere's impressive list of accomplishments also includes her ongoing association with Neutrogena. She also designed the popular Hayden Bag for Dooney & Bourke handbags, as well as a boot for Stuart Weitzman's Young Hollywood Cares Collection for Ovarian Cancer Research.
Panettiere currently lives in Los Angeles.