Sterling Knight, former singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor, is well-known from the character role of Christopher Wilde, a famous teen idol and world-renowned pop star, in the Disney movie “Starstruck, when he was only 22; he will be turning 32 in 2021. He also appeared in the sitcom “Sonny With a Chance” on the Disney Channel, playing the role of Chad Dylan Cooper.
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Sterling’s Family and Educational Background
Sterling Sandmann Knight was born in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina USA, on 5 March 1989. Sterling has two siblings, Spencer Shuga and Samantha Scarlett Knight, who also both appeared in some of his YouTube videos, where they sing alongside Sterling.
His educational background is still unknown, although during his school years, he enjoyed performing in theatrical plays.
He liveed in Texas before relocating to Los Angeles, California to continue his acting career.
Personal Life and Other Relationships
In 2007, Sterling dated musician Maddie Cyrus for about a year, after which he had a relationship with Jessica Bridgeman, an actress known from the TV series “The Encounter”, from 2009-2010. Sterling and Jessica met at a Jonas Brothers’ concert.
However, in 2018 Sterling became engaged to Ayla Kell, who is well-known from the TV Drama “Make it or Break It”, having previously performed in theatrical productions with the American Ballet Theatre. Ayla and Sterling are still engaged as of early 2021.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Some of Sterling’s hobbies include playing the guitar, snowboarding, and of course singing and writing songs. His passion for music led him to form a band on YouTube with his friend and fellow actor Matt Shively, who is probably best-known for playing the role of Ryan Laserbeam in the series “True Jackson, VP” on Nickelodeon. They called their band the “Connecting Channels” which mainly pinpoints how they are working from different TV kid-friendly networks – the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
He is also close friends in real life with Demi Lovato, his co-actor in “Sonny With A Chance”.
How Sterling Started His Acting Career, and How it Went
As early as 10 years of age, Sterling found his passion for acting, participating in various theatrical plays at school, which later led him to taking up stage roles under local productions. His experience in theatrical productions boosted his career and he started to receive offers to play minor roles, in “Hi-Jinks” and “Calm, Career Day”.
Sterling’s first Disney minor role was in 2007, in “Hannah Montana”, in which he played the role of Lucas, Lilly’s boyfriend. In that same year, he also appeared in two episodes of the “The Closer”, an American television police and crime procedural television show.
The following year, he had minor roles in “Out of Jimmy’s Head”, and one of the most renowned television shows, “Grey’s Anatomy”.
He then appeared in more other shows, such as “Sonny With a Chance” in 2009 in the role of Chad Dylan Cooper who is a self-centered member of the Mackenzie Falls. Later the same year, he made his film debut playing the role of Alex O’Donnell, the son of Mike O’Donnell, in the movie “17 Again”, which was a big break for him.
Two years later, he went back to play in “So Random”, a spinoff comedy sketch from the series “Sonny With a Chance”.
From 2013, Sterling played the role of Zander Carlson for two years in “Melissa & Joey”, an American television sitcom series.
He was also able to land a role in the action crime drama film “Landmine Goes Click” in which he played Chris.
In 2016, he landed roles in the films “In the Rough” and “Crowded”.
Awards and Recognition
In 2010, Sterling Knight was nominated for two awards, which included Teen Choice Awards for his work on “Sonny With a Chance” under the Comedy Actor category, and the Hollywood Teen TV Awards: Teen Pick Actor under the comedy category – he won the latter. He was also nominated in the Favorite Family TV Movie category, for his role in Disney’s “Starstruck” for a People’s Choice Award.
He also won an award for playing Chris in the film “Landmine Goes Click”, as the Best Male Lead in the 2015 Monster Fest Award.
What is he doing now?
A lot of people, especially those who consumed the Disney shows in the 2000s and early 2010s, are still wondering why they have not seen Sterling Knight in movies and television shows for quite some time now. One of the reasons Sterling’s career stalled was because of the common phenomenon in which actors who used to be very famous in their roles as kids or teens, have a hard time moving into adult roles.
He had some difficulty landing adult roles and projects in the following years, but never completely disappeared from the industry.
Despite the challenges, Sterling is still finding ways to get adult roles, but a good thing to know is that he has never given up his passion for acting. In his most recent interview in 2019, with “Sneak Peak” of the University of Texas, he was very positive about his career, that he is still working his way up to getting more roles in the future. He also mentioned that he wanted to land a superhero role.
As of the moment, Sterling Knight is very active in the social media arena. He has an enormous number of followers across all platforms, from Facebook with 2.6 million followers, Twitter with over 1.4 million, and Instagram with over 228,000 followers.
Sterling Knight is 5ft 10ins in height. His eyes are blue and he has blond hair He likes to wear leather jackets, button down shirts, moptop, and aviator glasses.
As of early2021, Sterling Knight has an estimated net worth of over $2 million dollars.