Ashley Tisdale's older sister Jennifer Tisdale had already blazed an acting trail by the time the young girl decided that performing was her passion as well. A relative of tele-business man Ron Popeil as well as the developer for Ginsu Knives, Ashley had an easiness in front of an audience that ran in her family, and she began making appearances on TV shows like 7th Heaven and Charmed when she was just a preteen. During this time, she also worked as a Ford model, building up a resumé that would surely leave her prepared for a serious career by the time she reached adulthood, but fame came knocking early for Tisdale, when she was cast in the Disney TV movie High School Musical. A chance to showcase both her charisma and her singing ability, the movie became a huge success that was wildly popular among kids and preteens. She appeared in both of the sequels to that made-for-cable smash, and starred in the spinoff film Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. She stayed in the Disney family for the sitcom The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and also began voicing the part of the sister on the Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb. In 2010, she played a cheerleader in the short-lived CW series Hellcats, and since then, has guest-starred on shows like Sons of Anarchy, Raising Hope and the Crazy Ones, while continuing to work extensively in voice-over roles.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Discovered at age 3 by a talent manager at a New Jersey mall.
- Played Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway from 1993 to '95.
- Sang at the White House at age 12.
- Auditioned for the roles of London and Maddie before being chosen as Maddie on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
- She and High School Musical costar Lucas Gabreel made their Billboard Hot 100 debuts with two entries from the Disney TV-movie's soundtrack: "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top."