Hayden Panettiere is widely known for her role as cheerleader Claire Bennett in the hit series “Heroes.” On the big screen she was recently seen in Wes Craven’s “Scream 4,” the telefilm “The Amanda Knox Story,” and will soon be seen opposite Alfred Molina, Lauren Bacall and Josh Hutcherson in “The Forger.” She also recently lent her voice to the characters Kate in the 3-D animated film “Alpha and Omega” and Red in the animated “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.”
Panettiere began acting at eleven-months old in commercials, appearing in over 50 as a child. At four she began her four-year stint on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” went to CBS’ “Guiding Light” for four more years and then voiced the animated movies “A Bug’s Life” and “Dinosaur.” Panettiere has starred in the films “Remember the Titans,” “The Affair of the Necklace,” “Joe Somebody,” “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.” TV credits include “Law and Order: SVU,” “American Dad,” “Robot Chicken,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Ally McBeal,” “Touched by an Angel,” and the TV movies “Tiger Cruise,” “Normal,” “Lies My Mother Told Me” and “If You Believe.”
Her roles have won Panettiere numerous accolades, including the 2008 and 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Actress: Action/Adventure, the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice Celebrity Activist, the Breakout Actress Award in 2007 at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival and the Favorite Clipped Dramatic Artist Award for 2007 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. 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 exposing the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. For her involvement in animal welfare she received the Genesis Wyler Award from The Humane Society of the United States in 2007 and Variety’s 2011 Power of Youth Award, recognizing young entertainers who have made significant contributions to philanthropic and charitable causes. In 2012 Panettiere participated as a judge for the “Date with History” contest that chose one young visionary to address the U.N. Rio Earth Summit in June 2012. The jury also included Leonardo DiCaprio, members of the band Linkin Park, Don Cheadle, Daryl Hannah and Sergio Marone.
Panettiere’s accomplishments include her ongoing association with Neutrogena. She also designed the popular “Hayden Bag” for Dooney & Bourke handbags and a boot for Stuart Weitzman's Young Hollywood Cares Collection for Ovarian Cancer Research. She currently divides her time between Nashville and LA, and can be followed on Twitter @haydenpanettier.