as DAN HUMPHREY
Penn Badgley currently stars as Dan Humphrey in The CW's hit drama "Gossip Girl," from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (executive producers of "The O.C."), based on the tremendously popular book series about privileged teenagers in New York City.
Penn Badgley will next be seen on the big screen “Greetings from Tim Buckley,” for which he won the highly sought-after role to star as musician Jeff Buckley. He recently appeared in the critically acclaimed “Margin Call,” a thriller based on the events surrounding the country’s financial collapse, also starring Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto and Simon Baker. For their work in the film, Badgley and his cast mates received the Robert Altman “Ensemble Cast Award” at the Independent Spirit Awards. Badgley was seen the previous year in Sony’s hit comedy “Easy A.”
In 2009 year, Badgley starred in the dramatic thriller “The Stepfather” opposite Dylan Walsh and Sela Ward. In 2008, Badgely took a villainous turn in the rugby-themed “Forever Strong.” He also appeared in “John Tucker Must Die,” and has starred in several television series, including the short-lived “Do Over;” Badgley’s first starring role, which came at the age of 15, and garnered critical acclaim.
Born in Baltimore, Badgley split his formative years between Midlothian, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. It was in Seattle that, through his love of music, he stumbled upon a local playhouse and became involved in musical theatre, where his passion for acting grew. Badgely relocated to Los Angeles and built up his resume while attending Santa Monica College. He had planned to transfer to USC, where he was accepted at 17, but life and work intervened.
Badgley currently resides in New York. He enjoys writing music and playing soccer in his spare time.