|Born||July 1, 1982|
Sterling, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||New York University |
|Occupation||Actress, producer, television host|
Hilarie Burton-Morgan (born July 1, 1982) is an American actress and producer. A former host of MTV's Total Request Live, she portrayed Peyton Sawyer on The WB/CW drama One Tree Hill for six seasons (2003–2009). Post One Tree Hill, Burton-Morgan starred in Our Very Own, Solstice, and The List. She has also had supporting or recurring roles in television series, including her role as Sara Ellis on White Collar (2010–2013), Dr. Lauren Boswell on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2013), Molly Dawes on the ABC drama series Forever (2014), and a recurring role on the Fox television series Lethal Weapon (2016).
Burton-Morgan was born in Sterling, Virginia. Her father is a veteran of the US Army. and her mother is a real estate agent. She is the eldest of four children with three brothers. She graduated from Park View High School in 2000, where she was student council treasurer her sophomore year, vice-president her junior year, and captain of the cheerleading squad, student council president, and homecoming queen her senior year.
Burton-Morgan's first big break came when working as a VJ for MTV's Total Request Live (TRL). She was supposed to be a guest commentator for one segment, but producers decided to offer her a permanent job. Burton-Morgan went on to present at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards and MTV's Iced Out New Year's Eve. Burton-Morgan went on to portray herself on The WB drama Dawson's Creek in 2002, which marked her television debut.
In October 2017, when news of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse cases broke, Burton-Morgan retweeted a 2003 video clip from TRL Uncensored in which Ben Affleck squeezed her breast on air. This was in response to a fan tweet that quipped, "[Affleck] also grabbed Hilarie Burton-Morgan's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though." Burton-Morgan replied, "I didn't forget [about it] ... I was a kid." Affleck, who'd just publicly criticized Weinstein, subsequently responded on Twitter to apologize to Burton-Morgan. When asked about the incident a month later on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Affleck said, "I don't remember it, but I absolutely apologize for it. I certainly don't think she's lying or making it up.'"
Burton-Morgan was cast in The WB drama series One Tree Hill as Peyton Sawyer, an independent visual and musical artist and cheerleader, in April 2003. The series premiered on September 23, 2003, and went on to be the network's top rated program of the year. The role was considered Burton-Morgan's breakout role and is her best known to date. For her role in the series, Burton-Morgan was featured on the cover of Maxim, American Cheerleader Magazine and People. Her performance received critical praise and she earned three Teen Choice Award nominations. In May 2009, The CW announced Burton-Morgan would not be returning for the show's seventh season based on her own decision not to return, contrary to rumors she left due to salary issues.
One Tree Hill heightened Burton-Morgan's public profile: in May 2007, she was ranked #77 in Maxim's "Hot 100 List of 2007". She also appeared on the cover of the November 2006 edition of Maxim with One Tree Hill co-stars Sophia Bush and Danneel Harris. In previous years, Burton-Morgan ranked #2 on Femme Fatales' "The 50 Sexiest Women of 2005", and #12 on Much Music's "20 Hottest Women of 2003".
While still a One Tree Hill cast member, Burton-Morgan made her feature film debut opposite Allison Janney and Cheryl Hines in the 2005 well-reviewed drama Our Very Own which centered on five small-town teenagers who dream of a better life. Burton-Morgan and her co-stars received the "Outstanding Ensemble Acting" award at the prestigious Sarasota Film Festival. Burton-Morgan appeared in the 2007 Lifetime drama Normal Adolescent Behavior which followed a group of friends who are in a six-way polyfidelitous relationship. That same year, Burton-Morgan co-starred in the supernatural horror film Solstice opposite Amanda Seyfried and Elisabeth Harnois. Burton-Morgan also created her own production company, Southern Gothic Production (SoGoPro) in 2007, along with Nick Gray, Kelly Tenney, James Burton, and Meg Mortimer.
In 2008, Burton-Morgan appeared in both the Fox Searchlight Pictures drama The Secret Life of Bees, as the deceased mother of Dakota Fanning's character, and the limited release thriller The List. Burton-Morgan was next cast in the film Bloodworth opposite Hilary Duff and Val Kilmer, an adaptation of the novel Provinces of Night by William Gay. The film premiered after her exit from One Tree Hill, at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, but made little money in limited release. Burton-Morgan won a recurring arc in the USA Network crime drama series White Collar in 2010 as Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator in the second season. She was upgraded to a series regular in 2011 for the third season, but switched back to the recurring cast in the fourth season. 2012 saw Burton-Morgan guest-starring on the ABC police comedy-drama Castle (season 4, episode 13) as a reality television star who is accused of murder. Next came a recurring role in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy for the final three episodes of the 2013 ninth season, as Dr. Lauren Boswell. That fall, Burton-Morgan had a recurring role on the short-lived CBS drama Hostages. Burton-Morgan reunited with One Tree Hill co-star Tyler Hilton for a recurring role on CBS sci-fi drama Extant in 2015. Burton-Morgan appeared as the DEA agent love interest of main character Martin Riggs on Lethal Weapon from the seventh episode of the first season in 2016 through the third episode of the second season in 2017.
In November 2017, Burton-Morgan spoke out in light of charges that One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn had sexually harassed some of the female crew, alleging that she had also been sexually harassed by Schwahn.
Burton-Morgan guest-starred in the tenth season of The Walking Dead as Negan's wife Lucille, appearing alongside her real-life husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan who plays Negan.
During her time on One Tree Hill, Burton-Morgan resided in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show was filmed.
In 2009, Burton-Morgan began a relationship with actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, after being introduced by Danneel and Jensen Ackles, their previous co-stars. The couple's son was born in March 2010. Their second child, daughter George Virginia Morgan, was born in February 2018. Burton-Morgan has been candid on social media about their struggle to conceive, stating that it took them five years to successfully carry a second baby to term. The couple married on October 5, 2019. Their private wedding was attended by many of their Supernatural and One Tree Hill co-stars.
|2005||Our Very Own||Bobbie Chester||Film debut|
|2007||Normal Adolescent Behavior||Ryan|
|2007||The List||Jo Johnston|
|2008||The Secret Life of Bees||Deborah Owens|
|2009||The True-Love Tale of Boyfriend & Girlfriend||Boyfriend||Short film; also producer, art director and costume designer|
|2014||Black Eyed Dog|
|2017||Growing Up Smith||Nancy Brunner|
|2020||618 to Omaha||Mrs. Jenkins||Short film|
|2000–2008||Total Request Live||Herself||Co-host; 9 episodes|
|2002||Dawson's Creek||VJ Hilarie||Episode: "100 Light Years from Home"|
|2003–2009||One Tree Hill||Peyton Sawyer||Main role; 130 episodes (Seasons 1–6)|
|2003||MTV's Iced Out New Year's Eve||Herself||Host|
|2003||MTV Does Miami||Herself||Co-host|
|2003||MTV Diary||Herself||Alongside One Tree Hill cast|
|2003||The Real World: Las Vegas||Herself||Reunion Host: 7 The Hard Way|
|2008||Little Britain USA||Lesbian College Student||Episode #1.6|
|2010–2013||White Collar||Sara Ellis||22 episodes; Main role (Season 3); Recurring role (Seasons 2 and 4)|
|2012||Castle||Kay Cappuccio||Episode: "An Embarrassment of Bitches"|
|2012||Naughty or Nice||Krissy Kringle||Television film|
|2013||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Lauren Boswell||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2013||Hostages||Samantha||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2013||Christmas on the Bayou||Katherine "Kat"||Television film|
|2014–2015||Forever||Iona Payne / Molly Dawes||Guest role; 2 episodes|
|2015||Surprised by Love||Josie Mayfield||Television film|
|2015||Extant||Anna Schaefer||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2015||Last Chance for Christmas||Annie||Television film|
|2016||Togetherness||Kennedy||Episode: "Advanced Pretend"|
|2016||Summer Villa||Terry Russell||Television film|
|2016–2017||Lethal Weapon||Karen Palmer||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2018||The Christmas Contract||Jolie Guidry||Television film; also co-producer|
|2019||A Christmas Wish||Faith||Television film|
|2020||Friday Night in with the Morgans||Herself||Co-host, also executive producer; 7 episodes|
|2020||Council of Dads||Margot||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2020||Dear Christmas||Cameo||Television film|
|2021||The Walking Dead||Lucille||Episode: "Here's Negan"|
|2005||"The Mixed Tape"||Jack's Mannequin||Peyton Sawyer|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Breakout TV Star – Female||One Tree Hill||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actress: Drama/Action/Adventure||Nominated|
|2005||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Nominated|
|2006||Sarasota Film Festival||Outstanding Ensemble Acting||Our Very Own||Won|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||One Tree Hill||Nominated|
|Hollywood Film Awards||Ensemble Acting of the Year (Shared with cast)||The Secret Life of Bees||Won|