Penn Badgley stars as Dan Humphrey in The CW’s new drama Gossip Girl, from Josh Schwartz (The O.C.), based on the tremendously popular book series about privileged teenagers who attend an elite private school in New York City.
Badgley will be seen on the big screen this September starring in Sony’s Easy A. He is currently in production on Margin Call, a thriller based on the events surrounding the country’s financial collapse, also starring Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto and Simon Baker.
This past year, Badgley starred in the dramatic thriller The Stepfather, opposite Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) and Sela Ward (House). In 2008, Badgley 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. Badgley 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.