• Sydney Penny is an American actress known for her role in “All My Children”.
• She was born into the family of the former Western Swing singer and comedian Hank Penny and operatically trained singer Shari Penny.
• She won the Young Artist Award for her role in “Pale Rider” in 1986.
• She has appeared in “Fame”, “St. Elsewhere”, “Silver Spoons”, “The New Gidget”, “Hyperion Bay”, “Sunset Beach”, “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Days of Our Lives”, “The Wife He Met Online”, “Dark Canyon”, “The Perfect Summer”, “Heart of the Country”, “Pretty Little Liars”, “Killer Crush”, “Heritage Falls” and “Mountain Top”.
• She has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 7, 1971
SpouseRobert Powers
FactDaughter of Hank Penny.

Sydney Penny is an American actress, who is probably best known for her role of Julia Santos Keefer in the series “All My Children”. She’s also appeared in such series as “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Hyperion Bay” and “Pale Rider”.

Early life and family

Sydney Margaret Penny was born on 7 August 1971, in Nashville, Tennessee USA, so holding American nationality, and her zodiac sign is Leo. Born into the family of the former Western Swing singer and comedian Hank Penny, and operatically trained singer Shari Penny, Sydney was raised in Chatsworth, California. She has a half-brother, Greg Kevin Penny, born on 12 October 1955, from Hank Penny’s first marriage with the popular country singer Sue Thompson. Greg holds the position of the president of Flower Records, and is one of the partners at Siwa Productions, Tokyo.

Greg is also known for being the producer of k.d. lang and Elton John. Sydney and Greg communicate as often as they can and all are in good relationships. In 2019 Sydney’s mother published her book “The Enchanted Carousel”, which is a fantasy children book about the girl named Chloe, who finds her grandmother’s secret journal in the attic of her old house. Shari wrote on her Instagram account that the plot of the book was totally inspired by the story of her grandmother, Sydney Guerry Fox Madden.

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Sydney’s father, Western swing star Hank Penny

Born on 18 September 1918, Sydney’s father, Herbert Clayton “Hank” Penny played banjo and sang in such music bands as “The Radio Cowboys”, “Musical Brownies” and many others.

The list of his own hits which got to the Billboard charts includes “Steel Guitar Stomp” (1946), “Get Yourself A Red Head” (1946) and “Bloodshot Eyes” (1950). In 1950 Hank founded the band “The Penny Serenaders”, inviting Jaye P. Morgan as a singer, and Benny Garcia and Jimmy Wyble as guitarists to join. Along with Spade Cooley, Hank is famous for the comedian characters of “That Plain Ol’ Country Boy” (1952). Hank died of a heart attack on 17 April 1992.

Educational background

Sydney matriculated from her local high school in Nashville, in 1999. There is no information on her further education.

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Acting career: first steps

Sydney’s acting debut happened in 1979, when she landed the role of Melissa Hollister in the TV movie “The Night Rider”. She continued appearing in TV films and miniseries as a child actress, and when she was only 11 years old, landed the role of young Meggie Cleary in the popular TV miniseries “The Thorn Birds”. In 1981 she appeared in such projects as “It’s Magic, Charlie Brown”, “Dear Teacher”, “Through the Magic Pyramid” among others, in fact had trouble skipping some school lessons due to her high load in filming, but tried to balance between her studies and work.

From 1982 to 1985 Sydney appeared as Susan Marshall in the “Fame” series, as Melissa Greely in “St. Elsewhere” comedy series, and as Billie in an episode of the “Silver Spoons” sitcom.

Further success

Sydney got her first recurring role in the series “The New Gidget” in 1986, landing the role of Danielle ‘Dani’ Collins-Griffin, and appearing in 44 episodes of the show from 1986 to 1988. In 1986 she also won the Young Artist Award for her role of Megan Wheeler in Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider” (1985) at the 7th Youth in Film Awards ceremony, a major boost in Sydney’s career, which saw her in steady demand for a variety of roles in films and on TV.

From 1992 to 1993 Sydney appeared in 123 episodes of “Santa Barbara”, landing the role of B.J. Walker. From 1998 to 1999 she played Jennifer Worth in 17 episodes of the “Hyperion Bay” drama series, and then, finally matriculating from her high school and able to focus on her work full-time, she started filming in “Sunset Beach” as Meg Cummings. She later played Josie Oliver in “Beverly Hills, 90210” (2000), Joy Arden in “Largo Winch” (2001 – 2003) and Samantha Kelly in “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2003 – 2005).

Sydney also got back to filming in “All My Children”, as she started working in the cast of the show in 1992, and then left in 1997, returning in 2002. Her role of Julia Santos made her even famous after her glorious comeback. Sydney later admitted that she had a great pleasure working with such talented actors as Susan Lucci, Michael E. Knight and David Canary. Finally leaving the show in 2008, Sydney appeared as Chloe in “The Wish List” (2010), playing opposite Jennifer Esposito and David Sutcliffe.

Latest works

In 2011 Sydney landed the role of Dr. Liv Norman in the popular TV series “Days of Our Lives”, appearing in seven episodes of the show which has been aired since 1965 to the present.

In 2012 Sydney could be seen as Georgia Marisette Meyers in the TV movie “The Wife He Met Online”, and as Ashley Lagare in “Dark Canyon”. In 2012 she played Alyssa in “The Perfect Summer”, and Candace in “Heart of the Country”. Among her latest works there are such series as “Pretty Little Liars”, in which she played Leona Vanderwaal in a couple of episodes in 2014 and 2015, and such movies as “Killer Crush” (2015), “Heritage Falls” (2016) and “Mountain Top” (2017); the latter remains Sydney’s final work in the entertainment industry. The information on Sydney’s official website claims that she is writing screenplays and poetry, yet no movies has been released based on her screenplays or originals ideas.

Personal life, husband Robert Powers

Sydney married her high school sweetheart Robert L. Powers in 1995, after they dated for several years. In 2007 Sydney took a break from her career to give birth to their son, Chasen. Robert is an experienced chef, who was trained in Paris at the Cordon Bleu. He is now the owner of the line of gourmet seasonings and barbeque sauces “Curly’s Q Sauce”, which he launched in 2013. As of 2020, Sydney and Robert are still living together, enjoying their spare time drinking wine, reading non-fiction books and preparing for their 25th Wedding Anniversary on 29 September 2020.

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Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

Sydney likes to laugh about the fact that she played at least three characters named Melissa, joking that her first role doesn’t let her go – she played Melissa Hollister in her debut movie “The Night Rider” (1979), Melissa Greely in “St. Elsewhere” (1983), and then Melissa Kenley in “News at Eleven” (1986). Sydney and her fellow actress Sarah Michelle Gellar are still good friends from the time they shared the set of the series “All My Children”.

Her favorite flower is hydrangea. Sydney likes reading historical non-fiction, but also detective stories as she is fond of mysteries. She enjoys gardening, competitive tennis, and is keen on genealogy. If she can watch TV, she definitely chooses BBC’s “Top Gear”.

Sydney is fond of cooking, enjoys her time in the kitchen, and cooks everything starting from deserts, such as Red Velvet cake or cupcakes, to time-consuming preserves, such as figs canned with balsamic vinegar and honey with rosemary, thyme, peppercorns and vanilla bean. She has a dog named Axel, and two Siamese cats.


Sydney has middle length black hair she wears with a side bangs. She has dark brown eyes. Sydney is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall and weighs around 132lbs (60kgs).

Net worth and salary

As of 2020, Sydney’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million.

General Info

Full NameSydney Penny
Date Of BirthAugust 7, 1971
Height1.63 m


SpouseRobert Powers
ChildrenChasen August Powers
ParentsHank Penny, Shari Penny
SiblingsGreg Penny, Patricia Penny, Sandra Penny, Bill Penny


NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
MoviesPale Rider, The Wife He Met Online, Hidden Places, The Perfect Summer, The Passion of Bernadette, Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star, The Wish List, It's Magic, Charlie Brown, The Fourth Wise Man, Bernadette, Heart of the Country, Ambush at Dark Canyon, Child of Darkness, Child of Light, The Pat...
TV ShowsHyperion Bay, The New Gidget, A Year in the Life, The Thorn Birds, Largo Winch

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1Has left The Bold and the Beautiful (1987) and has signed a contract to return to All My Children (1970), resuming her role of Julia Santos-Keefer. [May 2005]
2Real-life friends with actor River Phoenix.
3Son, Chasen August Powers (born May 31, 2007).
4Is expecting her first child, due June 2007.
5Played a girl named Megan in love with a priest in both The Thorn Birds (1983) and Pale Rider (1985).
6Daughter of Hank Penny.
7Has 2 brothers (Greg and Bill) and 2 sisters (Patricia and Sandra).
8Is of Hungarian, Scots-Irish, French, English, and Cherokee ancestry.




Heritage Falls2016/IHeather Fitzpatrick
Killer Crush2015TV MovieGabby Emery
Pretty Little Liars2014-2015TV SeriesLeona Vanderwaal
Mountain Top2014Judge Coberg
Heart of the Country2013Candace
The Perfect Summer2013Alyssa
Ambush at Dark Canyon2012Madeleine Donovan
Little Red Wagon2012Ashley Lagare
The Wife He Met Online2012TV MovieGeorgia Marisette Meyers
Days of Our Lives2011TV SeriesDr. Liv Norman
Drop Dead Diva2011TV SeriesMs. Kritzer
The Wish List2010TV MovieChloe
All My Children1993-2008TV SeriesJulia Santos Keefer Julia Santos Julia Santos Keffer
Hidden Places2006TV MovieEliza Monteclaire Wyatt
McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out2005TV MovieDaphne Blake
The Bold and the Beautiful2003-2005TV SeriesSamantha Kelly
Largo Winch2001-2003TV SeriesJoy Arden
Largo Winch: The Heir2001TV MovieJoy Arden
Beverly Hills, 902102000TV SeriesJosie Oliver
Sunset Beach1999TV SeriesMeg Cummings
Hyperion Bay1998-1999TV SeriesJennifer Worth
The Pawn1998Megan
Enchanted1998Natalie Ross
Love Boat: The Next Wave1998TV SeriesJuliette Titlebaum
Smoke Screens1997ShortCorrine
Hearts Adrift1996TV MovieMax Deerfield
Santa Barbara1992-1993TV SeriesB.J. Walker
Jack's Place1992TV SeriesJennifer Simpson
Child of Darkness, Child of Light1991TV MovieMargaret Gallagher
In the Eye of the Snake1990Malika
La passion de Bernadette1989Bernadette
Running Away1989TV MovieRosetta
Bernadette1988Bernadette Soubirous
A Year in the Life1988TV SeriesMegan
The New Gidget1986-1988TV SeriesDanielle 'Dani' Collins-Griffin
Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star1986Robyn
The Twilight Zone1986TV SeriesMary Miletti (segment "Grace Note")
News at Eleven1986TV MovieMelissa Kenley
Heart's Island1985TV SeriesTommy Jean Baylor
Pale Rider1985Megan Wheeler
Half Nelson1985TV Series
The Fourth Wise Man1985TV MovieShameir
Getting Physical1984TV MovieRamona
Silver Spoons1984TV SeriesBillie
The Last Leaf1983ShortSusan
St. Elsewhere1983TV SeriesMelissa Greely
Two Kinds of Love1983TV MovieElizabeth
The Thorn Birds1983TV Mini-SeriesYoung Meggie Cleary
T.J. Hooker1983TV SeriesKatie Coats
The Circle Family1982TV Movie
Fame1982TV SeriesSusan Marshall
The Capture of Grizzly Adams1982TV MoviePeg Adams
The Patricia Neal Story1981TV MovieTessa Dahl
Through the Magic Pyramid1981TV MoviePrincess Ankelsen
Dear Teacher1981TV MovieGloria
It's Magic, Charlie Brown1981TV MovieLucy van Pelt (voice)
The Big Stuffed Dog1981TV MovieLily
The Night Rider1979TV MovieMelissa Hollister


Heart of the Country2013co-producer
Red Handed2013Short executive producer


Home & Family2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hannity2010TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Sexiest Videos of 20062006TV SpecialHerself
CMT: The Greatest - Sexiest Southern Men2006TV SpecialHerself
CMT: The Greatest - Sexiest Southern Women2006TV SpecialHerself
SoapTalk2005TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The 11th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards1995TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
All My Children 25th Anniversary Special1995TV MovieHerself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Mardi cinéma1988TV Series documentaryHerself
Hour Magazine1987TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

1996Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsHottest RomanceAll My Children (1970)
1986Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actress - Motion PicturePale Rider (1985)
1984Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Movie Made for TelevisionThe Thorn Birds (1983)

Nominated Awards

1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesAll My Children (1970)
1995Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Younger Lead ActressAll My Children (1970)
1993Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actress in a Drama SeriesSanta Barbara (1984)
1993Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Female NewcomerSanta Barbara (1984)
1985Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress - Guest in a Television SeriesSilver Spoons (1982)
1983Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Movie Made for TelevisionThe Patricia Neal Story (1981)
1983Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Movie Made for TelevisionThe Capture of Grizzly Adams (1982)
1983Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Television SpecialThe Circle Family (1982)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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