Along with twin sister Cynthia, blonde beauty Brittany Daniel got her break through her role in the high school TV comedy drama Sweet Valley High. As snobbish cheerleader Jessica Wakefield, Brittany proved to be the show's breakout star, a turn which lead to being cast in such popular series as Dawson's Creek and her feature debut in The Basketball Diaries (1995). Born March 17, 1976 in Gainesville, FL, she and her sister began modeling in high school. As with many actors, modeling jobs lead to commercial work and, before Daniel knew it, guests spots on television shows. Following her role as the love interest of David Spade in the comedy Joe Dirt (2001), she returned to television with the short-lived That 80s Show. (She had previously made an appearance in That 70s Show as Penny [aka "Eric's Hot Cousin"].) Undaunted by the failure of That 80s Show, Daniel soldiered on in 2003 in the Broken Lizard troupe's parody of '80s slasher and resort films, Club Dread.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- Was featured in Seventeen magazine at age 11.
- Appeared in the Wrigley's Doublemint Gum ad campaign with her twin sister, Cynthia.
- Received a Young Artist award in 1995 for her role in Sweet Valley High.
- Went into remission for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012, after a year and a half of treatment.