Brittany Leanna Robertson (born April 18, 1990) is an American actress. She has played the lead role in Tomorrowland (2015), as well as appearing in the films The Space Between Us, A Dog's Purpose (both 2017) and I Still Believe (2020). Robertson also starred in television series such as Life Unexpected, The Secret Circle, Under the Dome, and For the People.
Robertson at the 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival
Brittany Leanna Robertson
April 18, 1990
Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Beverly (née Hayes) and Ryan Robertson, a restaurant owner. Robertson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the oldest of seven children; her mother and stepfather have three children (2 girls, 1 boy), and her father and stepmother also have three children (1 girl, 2 boys).
When she was 14 years old, Robertson moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles to audition for TV pilots. Her grandmother Shuler Robertson came with her. Robertson said that they would knit together during down-time on set. She has been living on her own since her grandmother returned to North Carolina when Robertson was sixteen. They remain close. She also stayed in Chester, South Carolina with her grandparents, Shuler and Jerry, for a couple of months while filming The Ghost Club.
Robertson first appeared before an audience when performing various roles on stage at the Greenville Little Theater in her hometown. At age 12, she began making extended trips to Los Angeles to audition for roles in television series and landed a role in a television pilot for a series which was never picked up by a network. She made her screen debut as the younger version of the title character in an episode of Sheena in 2000. She made a guest appearance on Power Rangers Time Force the following year and received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special – Leading Young Actress for her role in The Ghost Club (2003).
Robertson was selected to play Michelle Seaver in the Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers in 2004. A role in Keeping Up with the Steins followed in 2006. She played Cara Burns in the 2007 film Dan in Real Life. Robertson appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the episode "Go to Hell", and had a role as a recurring character in the CBS television series Swingtown.
In 2009, she appeared in Mother and Child and Avalon High. In the same year, she played a small role as DJ in The Alyson Stoner Project. She also made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the episode "Babes" as Tina Bernardi, a Catholic teen who gets pregnant in a pact. In 2010, she starred in The CW's series Life Unexpected as Lux Cassidy, a teenager who, while in the process of being emancipated, gets back in her birth parents' lives. In late autumn 2010, she starred as Allie Pennington in the Disney Channel original film Avalon High.
Robertson played the lead role of Lux Cassidy in the television drama series Life Unexpected (2010–2011), which was cancelled in its second season despite positive reviews. In 2011, she appeared in Scream 4. She also had a leading role in the supernatural teen drama television series The Secret Circle (2011–2012), but after its first season, it was also cancelled. That same year, she starred in the film The First Time.
In 2013, she joined the main cast of the science fiction mystery television series Under the Dome in the role of Angie, which she played until 2014. She had subsequent roles in the films Delivery Man (2013) and Ask Me Anything (2014), for which she won the Best Actress award at the Nashville Film Festival. In 2014, Robertson won the Boston Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress for White Rabbit. In 2015, she starred in The Longest Ride, and also played the starring role in the film Tomorrowland, for which she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Robertson received wider recognition in 2015 after landing the roles of Sophia Danko in The Longest Ride; she received a nomination for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama. In 2016, she starred in the films Mr. Church and Mother's Day, and in 2017, she starred in the science fiction romance film The Space Between Us and in the comedy-drama film A Dog's Purpose. That same year, she headlined the Netflix comedy television series Girlboss, portraying a fictionalized version of self-made millionaire Sophia Amoruso. She starred in the ABC legal drama For the People for its entire two-season run.
In April 2019, Robertson was cast in the role of Melissa Henning, the real-life wife of Christian rock musician Jeremy Camp, in Lionsgate's faith-based biographical romance film I Still Believe. The film was released in March 2020.
|2003||The Ghost Club||Carrie|
|One of Them||Young Elizabeth||Direct-to-video|
|2004||The Last Summer||Beth|
|2006||Keeping Up with the Steins||Ashley Grunwald|
|2007||Dan in Real Life||Cara Burns|
|2009||The Alyson Stoner Project||DJ B-Rob||Direct-to-video|
|Mother and Child||Violet|
|Triple Dog||Chapin Wright|
|2011||The Family Tree||Kelly Burnett|
|Scream 4||Marnie Cooper|
|Video Girl||Video Girl|
|2012||The First Time||Aubrey Miller|
|2014||Ask Me Anything||Katie Kampenfelt / Amy|
|2015||The Longest Ride||Sophia Danko|
|2016||Jack Goes Home||Cleo|
|Mr. Church||Charlotte Brooks|
|2017||A Dog's Purpose||Teenage Hannah|
|The Space Between Us||Tulsa|
|2019||Little Fig||Valley Girl||Short film|
|2020||Books of Blood||Jenna|
|I Still Believe||Melissa Henning|
|TBA||A Mouthful of Air||Rachel Davis||Post-production|
|2000||Sheena||Little Sheena||Episode: "Buried Secrets"|
|2001||Power Rangers Time Force||Tammy||Episode: "Uniquely Trip"|
|2004||Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers||Michelle Seaver||Television film|
|Tangled Up in Blue||Tula||Television film|
|2005–2006||Freddie||Mandy||Guest role; 2 episodes|
|2006||Jesse Stone: Night Passage||Michelle Genest||Television film|
|Women of a Certain Age||Doria||Television film|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Amy Macalino||Episode: "Go to Hell"|
|The Winner||Vivica||Episode: Pilot|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tina Bernardi||Episode: "Babes"|
|The Tenth Circle||Trixie Stone||Television film|
|Swingtown||Samantha Saxton||Recurring role|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Kathy Devildis||Episode: "Family Values"|
|Three Rivers||Brenda Stark||Episode: "Good Intentions"|
|2010||Avalon High||Allie Pennington||Television film|
|2010–2011||Life Unexpected||Lux Cassidy||Main role|
|2011–2012||The Secret Circle||Cassie Blake||Main role|
|2013–2014||Under the Dome||Angie McAlister||Main role|
|2016||Casual||Fallon||Recurring role (season 2)|
|2017||Girlboss||Sophia Marlowe||Main role|
|2018||Tangled: The Series||Vex (voice)||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2018–2019||For the People||Sandra Bell||Main role|
|2020||Little Fires Everywhere||Rachel||Episode: "The Uncanny"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2004||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress||The Ghost Club||Nominated|||
|2014||Boston Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress||White Rabbit||Won|||
|Nashville Film Festival||Best Actress||Ask Me Anything||Won|||
|2015||CinemaCon Award||Star of Tomorrow||N/A||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Drama||The Longest Ride||Nominated|||
|Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Tomorrowland||Nominated|||
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actress||The Space Between Us||Nominated|||
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- 'I Still Believe': Shania Twain, Melissa Roxburgh & More Join Lionsgate/Kingdom Studios' Faith-Based Drama (Deadline)
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