Brittany Daniel

Brittany Daniel

Daniel at L.A. Direct Magazine's 2007 holiday party
Born Brittany Ann Daniel
(1976-03-17) March 17, 1976
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Education Gainesville High School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Relatives Cynthia Daniel (twin sister)
Cole Hauser (brother-in-law)

Brittany Ann Daniel (born March 17, 1976) is an American television and film actress. She is the twin sister of former actress and photographer Cynthia Daniel. She is best known for her role as Jessica Wakefield on the 1990s syndicated teen drama Sweet Valley High and her portrayal of Kelly Pitts on the CW/BET comedy-drama series The Game.

Early life

Brittany and her twin sister Cynthia were born in Gainesville, Florida, the daughters of Carolyn and Charlton Bradford ('C.B.') Daniel, Jr (who died of cancer in 2008).[1][2] They have an older brother, Brad.[3] By age 11, both girls were signed to the Ford Agency and began modeling. They appeared in Seventeen and YM. They also appeared in ads for Doublemint gum as the Doublemint Twins.[4]


Both girls began acting in the 1989 with an appearance in the sitcom The New Leave It to Beaver. In 1992, when she was sixteen, Brittany won the role of Mila Rosnovsky on the short-lived syndicated teen drama Swan's Crossing. She then moved to New York to film the series.

After high school, she landed the role of Jessica Wakefield in the television series Sweet Valley High (twin sister, Cynthia portrayed Jessica's twin, Elizabeth). During the run of Sweet Valley High, the girls made their film debut in the drama The Basketball Diaries (1995) alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.[3]

After Sweet Valley High was canceled in 1997, Daniel continued acting in films and television series including a stint on Dawson's Creek in 1999 and a role in the TBS television movie On Hostile Ground the following year. In 2001, she appeared as David Spade's love interest, Brandy, in Joe Dirt. In 2002, Daniel played one of the lead characters in the short-lived Fox series That '80s Show.

In 2002, she played Eric Forman's cousin Penny on That '70s Show. Daniel also appeared on the show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as a transsexual named Carmen. In 2004, she teamed up with the Wayans Brothers for their films White Chicks and Little Man.[5] That same year, she appeared in the VH1 television movie Totally Awesome before landing a lead role in The CW Television Network's half-hour comedy The Game, which she starred in until 2011.[6] However, she would return to the show in 2014. In February 2010, she was cast in the Brothers Strause thriller Skyline;[7] the film was released on November 12, 2010.

Personal life

In March 2014, Daniel revealed that she had stage IV non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She is currently cancer free.[8] She had dated Keenen Ivory Wayans, but is now in a relationship with Jay Ellis.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Basketball Diaries, TheThe Basketball Diaries Blinkie
2000 Sonic Impact Rachel
2001 Joe Dirt Brandy
2004 Club Dread Jenny
2004 White Chicks Megan Vandergeld
2005 Dirty Tatiana
2006 Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders Samantha Stone
2006 Little Man Brittany
2006 Hamiltons, TheThe Hamiltons Dani Cummings
2007 Last of the Romantics Sarah Xavier
2007 Loveless in Los Angeles Kelly Liffen
2010 Skyline Candice
2015 Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser Brandy


Year Title Role Notes
1989 New Leave It to Beaver, TheThe New Leave It to Beaver Zorigna #1 Episode: "Man's Greatest Achievements"
1992 Swans Crossing Mila Rosnovsky Regular role (54 episodes)
19941997 Sweet Valley High Jessica "Jess" Wakefield Main role (88 episodes)
1999 Dawson's Creek Eve Whitman Recurring role (4 episodes)
2000 On Hostile Ground Cindy Evers TV film
2002 That '70s Show Penny Episode: "Eric's Hot Cousin"
2002 That '80s Show Sophia Main role (13 episodes)
2003 Just Shoot Me! Sarah Episode: "The Goodbye Girl"
2003 111 Gramercy Park Brynn Martin TV film
2004 North Shore Cari Layne Episode: "Pilot"
20052010 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Carmen the Transsexual 4 episodes
2006 Totally Awesome Kimberly TV film
2006 Community Service Carly Phillips TV film
20062011, 2014–2015 Game, TheThe Game Kelly Pitts Main role: Seasons 13; Recurring role: Seasons 4, 79
2016 Blackish Clair Episode: "Sink or Swim"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1993 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series Swans Crossing
1995 Young Artist Award Won Best Performance: Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series Sweet Valley High (Shared with Cynthia Daniel)
2007 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Won Best Actress Last of the Romantics
2007 MTV Movie Awards Nominated Best Kiss Little Man (Shared with Marlon Wayans)


  1. Diane Chun (2008-09-24). "C.B. Daniel, city leader and UF grad, dies at 69". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  2. "Charlton Bradford "C.B." Daniel Jr". Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  3. 1 2 "Brittany Daniel Biography". Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  4. "Seeing Double". People. 49 (18). 1998-05-11.
  5. "Brittany Daniel: Career Milestones". Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  6. West, Kelly (2006-06-27). "Brittany Daniel Replaces Parker In The Game". Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  7. "Brittany Daniel The Latest to Check Out the Skyline". 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  8. McNiece, Mia (March 19, 2014). "Brittany Daniel Reveals Battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma". Retrieved March 19, 2014.
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