Hilary Duff began her professional career at age six as a dancer with the Columbus Ballet Met touring company of ?The Nutcracker?. Soon she landed a role in a television commercial, was bitten by the ?acting bug? and quickly racked up a list of television and film acting credits.
A dynamic young star, Hilary has the title role in Disney Channel?s international hit series ?Lizzie McGuire? and the lead role in this year?s blockbuster ?Cadet Kelly,? which ranks as Disney Channel?s highest rated original movie ever, the top-rated movie on both broadcast and cable television for its premiere week and cable television?s highest rated movie to date in 2002.
In August 2002, talented Hilary crossed over to other platforms, making her singing debut with the single ?I Can?t Wait? on the ?Lizzie McGuire? soundtrack from Walt Disney Records. The song quickly catapulted up the charts on Radio Disney. Her successful debut will be followed up with her own Christmas-themed album scheduled for release this year by Walt Disney Records. On that album, Hilary duets with R&B/pop recording artist Christina Milian and with hip-hop artist Lil? Romeo. In addition, she was chosen to perform ?The Tiki Tiki Room? on the upcoming Disneymania album.
In spring 2003, the busy teen actress will star in the Walt Disney Pictures feature film based on ?Lizzie McGuire? and in the MGM Pictures feature film ?Agent Cody Banks.?
The year 2004 looked to be just as busy for Duff, with movies like A Cinderella Story and Agent Cody Banks 2 on the docket, as well as a new TV series with CBS in the works.
Hilary Duff received a nomination as Favorite Television Actress for Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids' Choice Awards and accepted the award for ?Lizzie McGuire? which was voted Favorite Television Series at the event.
In ?Lizzie McGuire? (which premiered in January 2001 and is now seen everyday at 7:30 p.m. on Disney Channel and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. on the ABC Television Network), Hilary depicts a tween navigating the turbulence of middle school cliques, trendy styles and rites of passage while her animated, brassy alter ego gives running commentary.
On television, she was featured in the mini-series ?True Women? with Dana Delaney and Rachel Leigh Cook; in ?Soul Collector? which earned her a Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actress; and in a guest-starring role on ?Chicago Hope.?
Hilary had roles in the theatrical ?Playing by Heart? with Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid and Gena Rowlands; as the friendly ghost's best friend, Wendy, in the successful video release ?Casper Meets Wendy;? and in the Cannes Film Festival favorite ?Human Nature? with Tim Robbins.
Born September 28, 1987, Hilary splits her time between homes in Houston and Los Angeles with her parents, sister Haylie and two dogs. When she isn?t acting and singing, Hilary is involved in sports and volunteer activities. She is an animal rights advocate and enjoys swimming, tumbling, rollerblading, practicing tae-bo, doing yo-yo tricks and walking on her hands! Her favorite hobby is ?just hangin? with friends.?
Hilary was a member of the 1998/99 Advisory Board of the Audrey Hepburn Children?s Fund and is a member of the 2001 Youth Advisory Committee of Kids With A Cause, a non-profit organization of celebrity children working to assist those less fortunate than themselves.