Hilarie Ros Burton (born July 1, 1982) is an American actress, businesswoman, author and producer.

A former host of MTV's Total Request Live, she portrayed Peyton Sawyer on The WB/CW drama One Tree Hill for six seasons (2003โ€“2009).

She has also had supporting or recurring roles in television series, including her role as Sara Ellis on White Collar (2010โ€“2013)

Burton was born and raised in Sterling, Virginia.

Her father is a veteran of the US Army, and her mother is a real estate agent.

She is the eldest of four children with three brothers.

She graduated from Park View High School in 2000

Burton's first big break came when working as a VJ for MTV's Total Request Live (TRL).

She was supposed to be a guest commentator for one segment, but producers decided to offer her a permanent job.