Hilarie Ross Burton (born July 1, 1982) is an American actress. A former host of MTV's Total Request Live, she is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Peyton Sawyer on The CW drama One Tree Hill. Burton gained wider recognition with leading roles in the films Our Very Own, Solstice, and The List.
Hilarie Burton was born July 1, 1982 and was raised in Sterling, Virginia. She is a 2000 graduate of Park View High School where she was student council treasurer her sophomore year, vice-president her junior year, and head cheerleader, student council president, and homecoming queen her senior year. Burton attended New York University and Fordham University.
Burton's first big break came when working as a VJ for the Total Request Live on MTV. She was supposed to be a guest commentator for one segment but producers decided to offer her a permanent job. Burton had a small part on the TV series Dawson's Creek and this led to her role as Peyton Sawyer on the series One Tree Hill. She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Actress in a Drama/Action Adventure" for One Tree Hill in 2004. Burton was also nominated for the Teen Choice Award "Choice Breakout TV Star - Female" for
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