Have you ever watched The CW teen drama series, Gossip Girl (2007-2012)? Do you remember the role of Dan Humphrey? American television actor Penn Badgley portrayed the role of Dan Humphrey. Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley aka Dan Humphrey attracted much attention through the series from his role. He has also made appearances in movies.
American actor Penn Badgley was born as Penn Dayton Badgley on November 1, 1986, in Baltimore, Maryland, to his American parents. Father Duff Badgley was a newspaper reporter, carpenter and home builder. Whereas mother Lynne Murphy served as a Parent-Teacher Association president at Woolridge Elementary which Penn had also joined.
Penn spent his early childhood years shifting around Woodlake, Virginia, Seattle and Washington. He transferred to St. Christoper’s School (Virginia) and then went to Charles Wright Academy (Washington). During his study years, the would-be American actor Badgley also got involved with the Seattle Children’s Theatre and the Pine Nut Players community theatre in Washington.
Due to his involvement in the artistic field, Penn first did voiceovers for children’s radio stations. At the age of 11, he moved to California with his mother in order to pursue an acting career. In California, he got homeschooled with Blake Lively, who was his then future co-star and partner. After a year, his parents got a divorce. He skipped his high school a lot and began attending Santa Monica College. Besides, he enrolled for two years at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon.
As a struggling artist, Penn Badgley always focused on his acting career. At the beginning of his career, he worked as a voice artist for video games such as Mario Golf 64 and Mario Tennis 64 in 1999 and 2000. He then made his minor TV debut in an episode of the TV series, Will & Grace. After that, he made several appearances in shows such as Daddio, The Brothers Garcia, and What I Like About You.
After going through many roles, Penn finally landed with a recognizable role as Phillip Chancellor IV on the soap opera titled The Young and the Restless. For his performance, he also got nominated for a 2001 Young Artist Award for the category of the Best Performance in a Daytime Series. And in 2007, he got the chance to play Dan Humphrey in the now-popular series Gossip Girl.
The Gossip Girl actor Badgley recently played Joe Goldberg in the Netflix thriller series, You (2018-present).
Not only in acting but Badgley has also successfully established his career in the American music industry. In fact, he is the lead singer of a four-piece indie pop band from Brooklyn titled, MOTHXR. Badgley is the lead singer of the band and also plays the keyboard.
Other members of the band are:
Jimmy Giannopoulos and Penn Badgley lived in the same neighbourhood in New York and they were trying to create music. Bassist Darren Will often accompanied them. They somehow created the band in 2014 and are going strong with the indie-pop band.
The Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley initially got involved with co-star Blake Lively. Their hush-hush relation began with the show in 2007 and ended in 2010. They were highly secretive about it.
After Penn’s relationship with Blake came to an end, the actor moved on with another familiar Hollywood face… Zoë Kravitz. The two dated for two years, from 2011 until their 2013 split.
After that, the American actor Badgley dated his current spouse Domino Kirke, who is also a musician. The couple dated for three years from 2014 to 2017 and finally tied the knot.
The 33 years old, Penn has not only received wide fame through his works but also has made a good sum of money out of it. Matter of fact, he currently enjoys $8 Million net worth.
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