Danielle Fishel

Active - 2000 - 2015  |   Born - May 5, 1981 in Mesa, Arizona, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Actress Danielle Fishel grew up in Yorba Linda, CA, as the daughter of a medical equipment salesman, and entered the limelight at age ten with an appearance in a doll commercial. Continued involvement in show business beckoned, and under the aegis of her mother's management, she landed a string of guest spots on network sitcoms during the very early '90s, then signed on as one of the regular cast members on the situation comedy Boy Meets World (1993-2000). On that program, Fishel played Topanga Lawrence, teenage girlfriend and then wife of the lead character (Ben Savage). She remained with the series for all of its seven seasons, and netted viewer loyalty for helping to evolve the character from a head-in-the-clouds preteen hippie to a thoughtful and mature young woman.

Fishel took her feature bow as a cheerleader in the 2000 crime picture Longshot (aka Jack of All Trades), then joined the casts of such outings as National Lampoon Presents: Dorm Daze (2003), Gamebox 1.0 (2004), and National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2 (2006). Following a memorable appearance on The Tyra Banks Show in 2006, she became a special correspondent for the show. Her career on talk shows continued when she began hosting The Dish in 2008, a weekly show on the Style Network. Fishel returned to acting when Disney Channel announced, in 2012, plans for a spin-off to Boy Meets World called Girl Meets World.

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  • Started acting at age 10, appearing in commercials and doing voiceovers. 
  • Took Lance Bass as her date to her senior prom.
  • Graduated from college at the age of 31 in 2012.
  • Reprised her Boy Meets World character, Topanga Lawrence, in the series spinoff, Girl Meets World.