Brittany Leanna “Britt” Robertson (born April 18, 1990) is an American actress. Her film debut was in The Ghost Club (2003), for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. Her subsequent films include Keeping Up with the Steins (2006), Dan in Real Life (2007), The Tenth Circle (2008), Mother and Child (2009), Avalon High (2010), Scream 4 (2011), The First Time (2011),Delivery Man (2013), Ask Me Anything (2014), The Longest Ride (2015) and Tomorrowland (2015). Her television series work includes Swingtown (2008), Life Unexpected (2010–11), The Secret Circle (2011–12), and Under the Dome (2013–14).
Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of Beverly (née Hayes) and Ryan Robertson. Robertson grew up inGreenville, South Carolina. She is the oldest of seven children; her mother and stepfather have three children (2 girls, 1 boy) and her father and stepmother also have three children (1 girl, 2 boys).
When she was 14 years old, Robertson moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles to audition for TV pilots. Her grandmother, Shuler Robertson, came with her. Robertson said that they would knit together during down-time on set. She has been living on her own since her grandmother returned to North Carolina when Robertson was sixteen. They remain close. She also stayed in Chester, South Carolina with her grandparents, Shuler and Jerry, for a couple of months while filming The Ghost Club.
Robertson first appeared before an audience when performing various roles on stage at the Greenville Little Theater in her home town. At age twelve, Robertson began making extended trips to Los Angeles to audition for roles in television series and landed a role in a television pilot for a series which was never picked up by a network. Her first big break came when she was selected to play Michelle Seaver in the Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers. Her most notable role to date is that of Cara Burns in the 2007 film Dan in Real Life. Robertson appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the episode “Go to Hell“, and had a role as a recurring character in the CBS television series Swingtown.
In 2009, she played a small role as DJ in The Alyson Stoner Project. She also made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the episode “Babes” as Tina Bernardi, a Catholic teen who gets pregnant in a pact. In 2010, she starred in The CW‘s series Life Unexpected as Lux Cassidy, a teenager who, while in the process of being emancipated, gets back in her birth parents’ lives. The show, while set in Portland, Oregon was actually filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. In late autumn 2010, she starred as Allie Pennington in the Disney Channel original film Avalon High, which is based on Meg Cabot‘s book of the same name.
Robertson starred as Cassie Blake in The CW’s 2011 television series The Secret Circle until the show was cancelled in 2012 after its first season. That same year, she starred in the film The First Time. In 2013, Robertson was cast as Angie in CBS’s summer series Under the Dome.
In 2014, Robertson won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Boston Film Festival for the film White Rabbit. In 2015, she starred in the Nicholas Sparks–based film, The Longest Ride, opposite Scott Eastwood, and also played the starring role in the Brad Bird-directed film Tomorrowland, opposite George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.