Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on August 21, 1989, in Palisades, New York, to Lesley Vogel and Skip Panettiere, along with younger brother Jansen Panettiere. Her mom got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old. Then, at only 4½, she was cast on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live (1968), where she remained until 1997. Since then, she has gone on to appear in many feature films and TV movies. But she is probably best known in the United States for her role as Claire Bennet on the hit NBC show Heroes (2006/II).