Penn Badgley is an American actor, producer, and singer best known for his roles in the hit TV shows “You” and “Gossip Girl.” Born on November 1, 1986, in Baltimore, Maryland, Badgley got his start in the entertainment industry at a young age. He moved to Los Angeles with his mother when he was 11 years old and soon began doing voiceover work for children’s radio stations.
Badgley’s first on-screen role came in 1999 when he appeared in an episode of “Will & Grace.” He then went on to star in several popular TV shows, including “The Young and the Restless,” “Do Over,” and “The Mountain.” He also made his big screen debut in the independent film “The Fluffer.”
In 2007, Badgley began starring as Dan Humphrey in the hit TV show “Gossip Girl.” The show was based on a series of young adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and aired 121 episodes over six seasons. Badgley received several Teen Choice Award nominations for his role.
In 2018, Badgley started playing the role of a stalker and serial killer Joe Goldberg in the Lifetime series “You.” The show became one of the top 10 most-streamed original TV series in 2020 and was based on a well-known series of novels by Caroline Kepnes.
Badgley has a net worth of $8 million and is married to British singer Domino Kirke. The couple got married in 2017 and have a child together named James. Badgley is also a stepfather to Kirke’s child from a previous relationship, Cassius.
In a 2020 interview, Badgley spoke about viewers lusting after his character in “You,” stating that it was both “gratifying and troubling.” He also appeared in the 2021 film “Here Today” with Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.