Hayden Lesley Panettiere ( born August 21, 1989) is an American actress, model, and singer.
She is best known for her lead roles as Claire Bennet on the NBC superhero series
A native of Palisades, New York, she first appeared on-screen in a commercial in 1990 at only 11 months old.
Panettiere was born and partly raised in Palisades, New York. She is the daughter of Lesley R. Vogel, a former soap opera actre
Panettiere first appeared in commercials at the age of eleven months, beginning with an advertisement for a Playskool toy train.
She landed a role as Sarah Roberts on the ABC soap opera
One Life to Live
from 1994 to 1997
she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Young Actress Age Ten or Under in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot
Panettiere gained greater fame as Claire Bennet in the NBC series
In March 2012, it was announced Panettiere had been cast opposite Connie Britton on the ABC musical drama series