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 (2003–2009).
She has also had supporting or recurring roles in television series, including her role as Sara Ellis on
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.