Hayden Panetierre is an American actress and singer best known for her roles as Claire Bennett in the Sci-Fi series Heroes; and as Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Spaulding in the soapie Guiding Light.
She was born to Skip and Leslie Panettiere and has one younger brother, Jansen Panettiere. She has been dating MTV's Laguna Beach cast member Stephen Colletti since summer 2006.
Hayden began appearing in commercials at 11 months old, first appearing in an advertisement for Playskool Toy Train.
She later landed a role as Sarah Roberts on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live (1994-1997) and later as the child Lizzie Spaulding on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light when she was eight years old (1997-2001).
In Guiding Light, for Hayden's character Lizzie's battle with leukemia, the show received a Special Recognition Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for bringing national awareness of the disease to the attention of daytime viewers.
She has appeared in over a dozen full-length feature films, as well as several made-for-TV movies. In addition, she had a leading role as the voice of Kairi in the highly successful Kingdom Hearts series of video games for the Playstation 2.
She had a starring role in FOX's Ally McBeal as Ally McBeal's daughter and a recurring guest role in Malcolm in the Middle.
She guest starred in Law & Order: SVU and played Sheryl Yoast in the film Remember the Titans. She also starred in Bring It On: All or Nothing.
Panettiere starred as Claire Bennet in the NBC series Heroes as a high school cheerleader with regenerative healing powers. Due to her role on Heroes, she became a regular on the science fiction convention circuit, having been invited to attend many popular conventions around the world in 2007, including New York Comic-Con and Fan Expo Canada.
She also appeared in the drama film Fireflies in the Garden as a younger version of Emily Watson's character Jane Lawrence. Coincidentally, George Newbern, who played Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts II alongside Panettiere, also appears in the film.
In June 2007, she signed with the William Morris Agency to represent her in her endeavours. She was previously represented by United Talent Agency.
Forbes estimated that she received $2 million dollars in 2007.
Panettiere was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for A Bug's Life Read-Along .
Neutrogena made her the cover girl for their new worldwide ad campaign; following in the footsteps of actresses Josie Bissett, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mandy Moore, Kristin Kreuk, Mischa Barton, Gabrielle Union and Jennifer Freeman.
She was voted sixth on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in 2007 and is the cover girl, and number one star, in Entertainment Weekly's "The EW 100: The Stars We Love Right Now" issue, June 29/July 6, 2007.