Penn Badgley currently stars as the book-toting Dan Humphrey in the stylish drama Gossip Girl, based on the popular book series about privileged young people in New York City. He was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor - Drama for his portrayal.
Badgley will next be seen on the big screen in the dramatic thriller The Stepfather opposite Dylan Walsh and Sela Ward, due in theaters this fall. He recently completed production on the comedy Easy A, in which he stars alongside Stanley Tucci, Emma Stone and Amanda Bynes.
Last fall, 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 over the years, including a coveted guest-starring role on Will & Grace. Badgley's first starring role came at the age of 15 in the short-lived Do Over, for which he received 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 theater, 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 the University of Southern California, where he was accepted at 17, but life and work intervened.
Badgely currently resides in New York. He enjoys writing music and playing soccer in his spare time.