Who is Hayden Panettiere?

Hayden Lesley Panettiere is an American actress, model and singer. She is best known for her starring role as Claire Bennet on the NBC superhero series “Heroes” and also as Juliette Barnes in the ABC/CMT musical drama series “Nashville.” It earned her two nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress- Series, Miniseries or Television Film. Beginning her acting career by appearing in television, she soon spread her wings to enter the film industry. By her late teens, she had a career graph that anyone in the entertainment field would be envious of. She had done everything imaginable, from modelling to starring films and television. She has even performed as a singer in many of her flicks and has released singles as well.

Quick Info
Celebrated NameHyden Panettiere
ProfessionActress, Model, Singer
Birth DateAugust 21, 1989
Birth PlacePalisades, New York, US
Full NameHayden Lesley Panettiere
Star SignLeo
ParentsFather: Alan Lee “Skip” Panettiere
Mother: Lesley R. Vogel
BrotherJansen Panettiere
RelationshipsMilo Ventimiglia (broke up)
Wladimir Klitschko (broke up)
DaughterKaya Evdokia Klitschko
Net Worth$15 million
Height5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m)
Weight53 kg (117 lbs)
Body Measurements34-27-34 inches
Hair ColorBlonde
Eye ColorGreen

Hayden Panettiere


Hayden was born on August 21, 1989, in Palisades, New York, United States. She is currently 30 years old and has the star sign of Leo. She is a daughter to mother, Lesley R. Vogel who is a former soap opera actress and to father, Alan Lee “Skip” Panettiere who is a fire captain. She has one younger brother, Jansen Panettiere who is also an actor. Her mother’s family lives in Indiana.

Nationality and Physical Statistics

Hayden is American by nationality and is of the white race. She is Christian by religion.

Besides that Hayden stands at the height of 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m) and weighing about 53 kg (117 lbs) with the body measurement of 34-27-34 inches.  Additionally, her hair colour is blonde and her eye colour is green.

Early Life of Hayden Panettiere

Hayden attended in South Orangetown Middle School in New York until, grade nine. Then, she was homeschooled. She had private tutors from grade nine to the completion of high school to accommodate her acting schedule.


Since Hayden’s mother was an actress, it was only natural for her to follow suit. She had appeared in her first TV commercial for “Playskool Toy Trains” just before a month of her first year birthday. Her stint in advertisements continued as she featured as an infant and toddler for “McDonald’s,” “Hershey’s” and “Nix Lice Shampoo.” She became pro-model for an advertising agency by the age of four.

In 1994, her big break in television came with the role of “Sarah Roberts” in the ABC soap opera “Our Life to Live” which continued till 1997. Eventually the following year, she took up the role of “Lizzie Spaulding” in the CBS soap opera “Guiding Light” which she starred till 2000. She featured in the television movie “if You Believe” in 1999 through which her career in films also started.

Hayden’s first film was “The Object of My Affection” where she starred in the role of a mermaid. She also did small roles in several films like “Message in a Bottle,” “Remember the Titans,” “Joe Somebody” and “The Affair of the Necklace.” Subsequently, in 2002, she played the title character’s daughter role on “Ally McBeal.” She followed it up with a prominent role in HBO Films “Normal” and with a recurring role in “Malcolm in the Middle.” The same year, she also guest-starred in “law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in two different roles. She also starred in the Disney Channel film “Tiger Cruise.”

Hayden Panettiere


Eventually in 2006, the big breakthrough which evaded her until she was offered the role in the NBC series “Heroes” as the lead roles of a cheerleader, Claire Bennet. However, from 2004 to 2011, she did several films including “Raising Helen,” “Racing Stripes,” “Bring It On: All or Nothing” and “Shanghai Kiss.” She also voiced roles in “Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King,” “Alpha and Omega” and “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.” She also guest-starred on MTV’s popular show “Punk’d” in 2006. Eventually, in April 2012, she again hosted an episode of the new series. The same year, she landed the lead role in the ABC musical drama “Nashville” where she was cast opposite to Connie Britton. She reprised her role in six seasons until 2018 being regular on the show.

Apart from Nashville, Hayden’s other outings on the small screen include “Lip Sync Battle” and “Chopped Junior.” In the early 2010s, she appeared in the film “Scream” as “Kirby Reed.” During this period, she also voiced the character “Red Riding Hood” in the animated film “Hoodwinked Too! Hoos vs Evil.” Eventually, in 2016, she featured in the film “Custody.” The same year, she reprised her role in the video game sequel “Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep” and also voiced “Xion” in “kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.”

Apart from acting, she has also pursued singing and has sung songs for films like “A Bug’s Life,” “Tiger Cruise,” “The Dust Factory” and “Ice Princess.” She released her first single “Wake Up Call” in 2008 with Sebastian Stan and also recorded songs for “Nashville.” She has also done a couple of modelling assignments including the cover girl of “Neutrogena” and in the Heroes-themed “Got Milk?” ad. She also worked with designer “Dooney & Bourke” and modelled for the brand.

Personal Life of Hayden Panettiere

Hayden had a romantic relationship with her co-star from “Heroes,” Milo Ventimiglia from 2007 to 2009. Eventually, in 2009, she met former heavyweight world champion boxer, Wladimir Klitschko and started dating. The couple separated for two years but resumed then engaged in 2013. They had their first child daughter named Kaya Evdokia Klitschko. The couple split in 2018.

Hayden Panettiere


Harden has earned many awards including “Young Artist Awards” in 2000 and 2006, Saturn Awards and Teen Choice Awards in 2007 including, other seven film festival awards.


Hayden has an active Instagram account as @haydenpanettiere with 233k followers and twitter account as @haydenpanettier with 684.7k followers.

Hayden Panettiere Net Worth

The actress is living a luxurious life with her family. She is a famous actress who has earned a lot of money as well as fame. Panettiere currently has about $15 million approximately.