Hilarie Burton

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Hilarie Burton
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Burton in June 2008
Hilarie Ros Burton

(1982-07-01) July 1, 1982 (age 37)
Alma materNew York University
Fordham University
OccupationActress, producer, television host
Years active1999–present

Hilarie Ros Burton (born July 1, 1982) is an American actress and producer. A former host of MTV's Total Request Live, she portrayed Peyton Sawyer on The WB/CW drama One Tree Hill for six seasons (2003–2009). Burton gained wider recognition with leading roles in the films Our Very Own, Solstice, and The List. She starred as Sara Ellis on the USA crime drama White Collar (2010–2013); and, in 2013, she had a recurring role as Dr. Lauren Boswell on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. In 2014, she appeared in the short-lived ABC drama series Forever as Molly Dawes, and a recurring role in the short-lived CBS sci-fi drama series Extant as Anna Schaefer in 2015. From 2016 until 2017, Burton recurred as DEA Agent Karen Palmer on the Fox television series Lethal Weapon.

Early life[edit]

Burton was born in Sterling, Virginia. Her father is a veteran of the US Army.[2] and her mother is a real estate agent.[3] She is the eldest of four children with three brothers. She graduated from Park View High School in 2000, where she was student council treasurer her sophomore year,[4] vice-president her junior year,[5] and captain of the cheerleading squad, student council president, and homecoming queen her senior year.[6] Burton attended New York University and Fordham University.


Burton's first big break came when working as a VJ for MTV's Total Request Live (TRL). She was supposed to be a guest commentator for one segment, but producers decided to offer her a permanent job. Burton went on to present at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards and MTV's Iced Out New Year's Eve. Burton went on to portray herself on The WB drama Dawson's Creek in 2002, which was marked as her television debut.

In April 2003, Burton was cast in The WB drama series One Tree Hill. Burton portrayed the role of Peyton Sawyer, an independent visual and musical artist and cheerleader. The series premiered on September 23, 2003, and went on to be the network's top rated program of the year. The role was considered Burton's breakout role and is her best-known to date. For her role in the series, Burton was featured on the cover of Maxim, American Cheerleader Magazine and People. Her performance received critical praise and she earned three Teen Choice Award nominations.[6] In May 2009, The CW announced Burton would not be returning for the show's seventh season based on her own decision not to return, contrary to rumors she left due to salary issues.[7]

In June 2005, Burton made her feature film debut opposite Allison Janney and Cheryl Hines in the drama Our Very Own that centered on five small-town teenagers who dream of a better life and was released to positive reviews from critics. Burton and her co-stars received the "Outstanding Ensemble Acting" award at the prestigious Sarasota Film Festival.[8] In September 2007, Burton appeared in the Lifetime drama Normal Adolescent Behavior which followed a group of friends who are in a six-way polyfidelitous relationship. Burton played Ryan. That same year Burton co-starred in the supernatural horror film Solstice opposite Amanda Seyfried and Elisabeth Harnois.

In June 2008, Burton appeared in the thriller The List as Jo Johnston and was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina while Burton was on production break for One Tree Hill. The film had a limited release and went on to make $132,863 in the US alone. That same year, Burton appeared in the Fox Searchlight Pictures drama The Secret Life of Bees as Deborah Owens, the deceased mother of Dakota Fanning's character.

In January 2009, Burton was cast in the drama Bloodworth opposite Hilary Duff and Val Kilmer. The film is an adaptation of the novel Provinces of Night by William Gay. Filming also took place in Wilmington, North Carolina in April and May that same year. The film premiered at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2010. The film had a limited release on May 20, 2011 to positive reviews from critics and over $12,971 worldwide.

In July 2010, Variety announced Burton would have a recurring arc in the USA Network crime drama series White Collar as Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator in the second season. In February 2011, Burton was upgraded to a series regular for the third season which premiered on June 7, 2011. Burton was switched back to the recurring cast in the fourth season.[9]

On January 23, 2012, Burton guest-starred on the ABC police comedy-drama Castle, in season 4: episode 13 titled "An Embarrassment of Bitches" as Kay Cappuccio, a reality television star who is accused of the murder of a famous dog trainer.[10] In May 2013, Burton had a recurring role in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy for the final three episodes of the ninth season, as Dr. Lauren Boswell.

In August 2013, Burton had a recurring role on the short-lived CBS drama Hostages as Samantha, the mistress of Brian Sanders.[11]

In July 2015, Burton had a recurring role on CBS sci-fi drama Extant as Anna Schaefer where she reunited with One Tree Hill co-star Tyler Hilton.

Burton played DEA Agent Karen Palmer on Lethal Weapon starting with the seventh episode. She was the love interest of Martin Riggs until the third episode of the second season, “Born to Run”, where they broke up.

Personal life[edit]

Burton holding an M4 carbine during a USO visit.

During her time on One Tree Hill, Burton resided in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show was filmed.[12][12]

In May 2007, Burton ranked #77 in Maxim's "Hot 100 List of 2007".[13] She also appeared on the cover of the November 2006 edition of Maxim with One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush. In previous years, Burton ranked #2 on Femme Fatales' "The 50 Sexiest Women of 2005", and #12 on Much Music's "20 Hottest Women of 2003".

In 2007, Burton created her own production company called Southern Gothic Production (SoGoPro) along with Nick Gray, Kelly Tenney, James Burton and Meg Mortimer.[14][15][16]

In 2009, Burton began a relationship with actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The couple's son was born in March 2010.[17][18] The couple married in 2014.[1] On March 6, 2018, Burton announced on Instagram that their daughter was born in February 2018.[19]

Amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal in October 2017, Burton retweeted a video clip from TRL Uncensored, in which she is seen recalling how Ben Affleck "wraps his arm around me, and comes over and tweaks my left boob" during an interview in 2003. Burton said, "I didn't forget [about it] ... I was a kid." Affleck responded on Twitter shortly afterward, stating, "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize."[20] When asked about the incident on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November 2017, Affleck said, "I don't remember it, but I absolutely apologize for it. I certainly don't think she's lying or making it up. As men, I think as we become more aware of this we need to be really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable and say, 'if I was ever part of the problem, I want to change, I want to be a part of the solution.'"[21] In November 2017, Burton also spoke out in light of charges that One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn had sexually harassed some of the female crew, alleging that she had also been sexually harassed by Schwahn.[22]





Year Title Role Notes
2005 Our Very Own Bobbie Chester Film debut
2007 Normal Adolescent Behavior Ryan
Solstice Alicia
2008 The List Jo Johnston
The Secret Life of Bees Deborah Owens
2009 The True-Love Tale of Boyfriend & Girlfriend Boyfriend A Southern Gothic Production
2010 Bloodworth Hazel


Year Title Role Notes
2000–04 Total Request Live Herself Co-host
2002 Dawson's Creek VJ Hilarie Episode 5.19 "100 Light Years from Home"
2003–09 One Tree Hill Peyton Sawyer Main cast
130 Episodes (Seasons 1–6)
2003 MTV's Iced Out New Year's Eve Herself Host
MTV Does Miami Herself Co-host
MTV Diary Herself Alongside One Tree Hill cast
The Real World: Las Vegas Herself Reunion Host: 7 The Hard Way
Pepsi Smash Herself Host
2005 Unscripted Herself
2008 Little Britain USA Lesbian Student 1 Episode 1.06
2010–13 White Collar Sara Ellis 22 episodes
Main cast (Season 3)
Recurring role (Seasons 2 and 4)
2012 Castle Kay Cappuccio Episode 4.13 "An Embarrassment of Bitches"
Naughty or Nice Krissy Kringle Hallmark Original Movie
2013 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Lauren Boswell Recurring role
Episode 9.22 "Do You Believe in Magic"
Episode 9.23 "Readiness Is All"
Episode 9.24 "Perfect Storm"
Hostages Samantha Recurring role
Episode 1.02 "Invisible Leash"
Episode 1.03 "Power of Persuasion"
Episode 1.04 "2:45 PM"
Episode 1.11 "Off the Record"
Christmas on the Bayou Katherine "Kat" Lifetime Original Movie
2014–15 Forever Iona Payne / Molly Dowes Episode 1.08 "The Ecstasy of Agony
Episode 1.16 "Memories of Murder"
2015 Surprised by Love Josie Mayfield Hallmark Original Movie
Extant Anna Schaefer Recurring role
Episode 2.02 "Morphoses
Episode 2.03 "Empathy for the Devil"
Episode 2.05 "The New Frontier"
Episode 2.06 "You Say You Want an Evolution"
Episode 2.07 "The Other"
Episode 2.10 "Don't Shoot the Messenger
Last Chance for Christmas Annie Lifetime Original Movie
2016 Togetherness Kennedy Episode 2.03 "Advanced Pretend"
Summer Villa Terry Russell Hallmark Original Movie
2016–17 Lethal Weapon Karen Palmer Recurring role
2018 The Christmas Contract Jolie Lifetime Original Movie
2019 A Christmas Wish Faith Lifetime Original Movie

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2005 "The Mixed Tape" Jack's Mannequin Peyton Sawyer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star – Female One Tree Hill Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Drama/Action/Adventure Nominated
2005 Choice TV Actress: Drama Nominated
2006 Sarasota Film Festival Outstanding Ensemble Acting Our Very Own Won
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama One Tree Hill Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble Acting of the Year (Shared with cast) The Secret Life of Bees Won


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  5. ^ Heritage: Park View High School Yearbook (1999)
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  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  16. ^ "Blogger". Southerngothicproductions.blogspot.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
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  18. ^ Marc Malkin (November 15, 2011). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Talk Baby Son Gus, Parenthood: "It's Been Spectacular"". E!Online. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
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  21. ^ Leight, Elias (November 17, 2017). "Stephen Colbert Confronts Ben Affleck on Sexual Misconduct Accusations". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
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