Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress and singer who rose to prominence portraying the candy-counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and the female antagonist Sharpay Evans in the High School Musical film series. Her role as Evans required her to perform several songs in the film series' soundtracks. Tisdale became the first female artist to debut with two songs simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] in the week of February 12, 2006,[2] with "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top", both songs from the first High School Musical soundtrack.

After her first High School Musical appearance, she signed with Warner Bros. Records and launched a solo music career. Her debut album Headstrong, was released in February 2007, debuted at number five in the U.S. chart with 64,000 copies sold in the first week[3] and was later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[4] A second studio album, Guilty Pleasure, was released in 2009.[5] Tisdale also has a prominent voice role as Candace Flynn in Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb and starred in the 2009 feature film Aliens in the Attic.[6] In 2010, she was cast as the peppy and intense cheerleader Savannah Monroe in The CW comedy-drama series Hellcats.[7]

Early lifeEdit

Tisdale was born in West Deal, Monmouth County, New Jersey on July 2, 1985,[1] to Lisa (née Morris) and Mike Tisdale, the manager of a construction company. Her elder sister, Jennifer Tisdale, is an actress, and her maternal grandfather, Arnold Morris, developed the Ginsu Knives. Through her grandfather, Tisdale is also related to businessman Ron Popeil.[8] She grew up in Ocean Township. She is Jewish on her mother's side and considers herself Jewish.[9]

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At the age of three, Tisdale met her current manager, Bill Perlman, at a New Jersey mall. He sent her to numerous auditions for commercials, resulting in her placement in more than 100 national network TV ads as a kid.[10] She began her theatrical career by appearing in Gypsy: A Musical Fable and The Sound of Music at Monmouth County's Jewish Community Center.[1][11]

At the age of eight, she was cast to play the part of Cosette in a national touring production of the musical Les Misérables. "When I was little, I saw the play Les Misérables on Broadway, I thought it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen so I went to my manager and told him I wanted to be in it", said Tisdale in an interview to Newsday in 2007.[12] She also claims to have had only a single singing lesson before landing the role.[12] Tisdale toured for two years on Les Misérables[13] before landing a role in an international touring production of Annie.[10] At the age of twelve, Tisdale sang at the White House for President Bill Clinton.[1]



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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tisdale had minor roles in several television shows such as The Hughleys, Smart Guy, 7th Heaven, Boston Public and Bette and in the feature films A Bug's Life and Donnie Darko.[10] During this time, she simultaneously worked as a Ford Model.[8] For her role in Boston Public, she received a 2000 Young Artist Award nomination for "Best Guest Performance In a TV drama".[14]

In 2004, she was cast as the teenage candy-counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick in the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, which premiered in March 2005 and ended in 2008.[8] She later won her first award at the UK Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for "Best TV Actress", due to her performance as Fitzpatrick.[15][8]

Although the producers of the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical did not initially consider her because of her "good-girl image" on The Suite Life, Tisdale was eventually cast as the popular, narcissistic high school student Sharpay Evans in the 2006 film.[12] The soundtrack, in which Tisdale lent her vocals for several songs, became the top-selling album in the United States that year.[16] Tisdale became the first female artist to debut with two songs simultaneously on the "Billboard Hot 100" with "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top", both tracks from the film's soundtrack.[10] High School Musical became Disney Channel's most watched movie that year, with 7.7 million viewers in its US premiere broadcast.[17] Due to the popularity earned by Tisdale through her performance in High School Musical, Warner Bros. Records signed her for a recording contract in July 2006 and she started working on her debut album.[18]


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Headstrong is Tisdale's US Gold-certified[4] debut album, released in February 2007 via Warner Bros,[3] which debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, with 64,000 copies sold in that week.[3] "Be Good to Me" was released as the album's first single in the December, 2006 and "He Said She Said" was released as the second, in September, 2007. In 2008, "Not Like That" and "Suddenly" were released as singles in a selective number of countries that did not include the US.[19][20] A music DVD entitled There's Something About Ashley followed the release of her debut album, with a three-song trilogy comprising music videos and a documentary about the creation of Headstrong.[21]

The success of the first High School Musical film led Tisdale to reprise the role in the 2007 sequel High School Musical 2. She lent vocals for several tracks in the film's soundtrack.[12] and her performance in the High School Musical 2 was critically acclaimed by many media outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter.[22][23][24] Even more successful than the first film, High School Musical 2 became the most-watched cable-television movie, receiving 17 million viewers on its premiere night.[25] Also in 2007, Tisdale was given the voice role of Candace Flynn, the series' secondary antagonist, in Phineas and Ferb and made a vocal contribution to the show's 2009 soundtrack.[26] The cartoon became television's most-watched animated series among kids and tweens[27]and had very positive reviews.[28][29]

As a producer,[30] Tisdale formed her own production company in 2008 and named it Blondie Girl Productions.[31] Tisdale had her first lead role in the 2008 ABC Family Original Movie Picture This as Mandy Gilbert, an unpopular and bullied teenager, and she also served as the executive producer of the film,[32] which captured 4.3 million total viewers in its debut night.[33]

Tisdale reprised her role as Sharpay Evans in the 2008 Walt Disney Pictures feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year.[8] Her performance in the film earned her an MTV Movie Award for "Breakthrough Performance Female" in 2009.[34] and acclaim by critics including Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, who labeled her one of film's breakout stars and said her portrayal of Evans makes "narcissism a goofy, bedazzled pleasure",[35] and Mark Kermode, who said Tisdale is 2008's "best supporting actress".[36] High School Musical 3 earned $42 million in its domestic opening weekend, which became the biggest opening for a musical film.[37]

Her second studio album, Guilty Pleasure, was released in 2009.[5] Described by Tisdale as a "rocker and edgier" album,[38] it generated mixed reviews, with a 54% rating on Metacritic,[39] and Billboard claimed the album "doesn't give the singer room to comfortably let loose".[40] Guilty Pleasure debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200, selling 25,000 copies in its first week, archiving a low commercial performance in comparison with her debut album.[41] The song "It's Alright, It's OK" was released as the album's lead single in April in airplay and digital formats[38] and a second single, "Crank It Up", was later released in October.[42]

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Tisdale starred in the 2009 20th Century Fox family feature film Aliens in the Attic as Bethany Pearson, the elder sister of the family and although she is credited as one of the main characters, The New York Times said Tisdale "spends much of the film off screen".[43] The film was a minor success in box office, grossing $60 million worldwide.[44]

2010 onwardsEdit

During 2010, Tisdale has been linked to numerous projects, including leading roles in future films such as Sleepless Beauty[45][46] and a remake of 1989 Teen Witch.[46][47] Her involvement in the The CW Television Network drama series Hellcats was announced in March, when The Hollywood Reporter reported Tisdale has signed on to co-star on her first major broadcast series role as Savannah Monroe, the peppy and fiercely intense captain of the Hellcats.[7] The series has its script based on the book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by journalist Kate Torgovnick and is described as "Election meets Bring It On" by critics.[48][49] Also in 2010, Tisdale had vocal roles in several TV cartoons including The Cleveland Show,[50] Family Guy[51] and Glenn Martin, DDS.[52]

A High School Musical spin-off entitled Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, scheduled to premiere in Disney Channel in the summer of 2011, will feature Tisdale reprising her role as Sharpay Evans and also serving as the executive producer.[53][54] Actor Jason Fuchs confirmed Tisdale would portray his love interest in his upcoming apocalyptic romantic comedy titled The Last First Time and added filming would begin in the fall 2010.[55] Tisdale and her production company signed a multiyear production deal with Relativity Media in 2010, to create, develop and executive produce a series[31] and also a Bravo TV reality show titled Miss Advised.[56] A musical collaboration between Tisdale and British singer Jay Sean is going to be featured on his upcoming 2011 album Freeze Time.[57]

Musical styleEdit

Her music is predominantly pop[58] and has included ballads and pop rock.[59] Love and heartbreak are major themes in Tisdale's songs and her output makes use of electronic instruments such as drum machines and electric guitars. She co-wrote several songs on her studio albums.[60][61][62] Her musical influences include Britney Spears,[58] Christina Aguilera,[58] Lindsay Lohan,[58] Avril Lavigne,[58] Kelly Clarkson,[63] The Used,[63] Boys Like Girls,[63] Michael Jackson,[64] My Chemical Romance,[65] Lady Gaga,[66] and Fergie[67] and in an AOL interview, Tisdale said, "I’ve been a big fan of Pink ever since she started. I love Katy Perry’s sense of humor and her pop/rock feel. I love Pat Benatar's music. I’m inspired by all these women when I’m going into the studio, but almost anything inspires me."[68]

Public image and personal lifeEdit

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Tisdale is represented by Creative Artists Agency.[69] In 2007, Tisdale appeared in a promotional campaign for Staples Inc.'s "Geared 4 School" sweepstakes and appeared in promotional campaigns for Eckō Red clothing brand, that included a mall tour in the US which performances in fashion shows hosted at each[21] Tisdale was romantically involved with Jared Murillo and ended their relationship in March 2009.[70] In March 2007, Tisdale told Blender she was drug and alcohol-free, and does not smoke and went on to add, "my mom really instilled confidence in me, so I'm not somebody who'd be under peer pressure".[71] She was ranked #10 in Maxim's 2008 Hot 100 list and was ranked #94 on Forbes' 2008 Celebrity 100 list.[72][73]

She underwent a septoplasty procedure in November 2007 to correct her partially deviated septum. According to Tisdale, this was done for "health-related reasons and not out of a belief in plastic surgery". The procedure corrected two small fractures in her nose which were interfering with her breathing. She spoke to People magazine about the surgery, saying that it was important to her to be honest with her fans.[74]

In 2008, Tisdale was ranked #17 in "Forbes' High Earners Under 30" list and earned $2.8 million from High School Musical 3.[75] She also teamed up with Huckleberry Toys to produce a limited quantity of dolls modeled after her.[76] She was the face of Degree Girl in the U.S. and recorded several commercials and songs to promote the product.[77] In 2009, Tisdale signed a five-year endorsement contract with Italian clothes line, Puerco Espin[78] and became a volunteer for the 2009 "Get on the Bus" charity campaign.[79] Since 2009, she is in a relationship with the music video director Scott Speer.[80]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 An All Dogs Christmas Carol (voice) Direct-to-video film
1998 A Bug's Life Blueberry Scout (voice)
2001 Donnie Darko Kim
2002 Nathan's Choice Stephanie
2002 The Mayor of Oyster Bay Jennifer Television movie
2006 High School Musical Sharpay Evans Disney Channel Original Movie
2006 Whisper of the Heart Yuko Harada (voice)
2007 High School Musical 2 Sharpay Evans Disney Channel Original Movie
2007 Bring It On: In It to Win It Herself Direct-to-DVD film
2008 Picture This Mandy Gilbert ABC Family Original Movie
Also executive producer
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Sharpay Evans MTV Movie Award for Female Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Best Actress: Music/Dance
2009 Aliens in the Attic Bethany Pearson Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Summer: Movie Star-Female
2011 Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure Sharpay Evans Direct-to-DVD film
Also executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Smart Guy Amy "A Little Knowledge" (Season 1, episode 6)
1997 7th Heaven Janice "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (Season 2, episode 6)
2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Nicole Loomis "Fertile Ground" (Season 10, episode 15)
2000 Movie Stars Female student "Stand By Me" (Season 2, episode 10)
2000 The Amanda Show Cold-Curer "Episode #2.16" (Season 2, episode 16)
"Episode #2.17" (Season 2, episode 17)
"Vitamin C" (Season 4, episode 1)
2000 The Geena Davis Show Tracy "Motherly Advice" (Season 1, episode 5)
2000 Boston Public Carol Prader "Chapter Five" (Season 1, episode 5)
2001 Bette Jessica "The Invisible Mom" (Season 1, episode 14)
2001 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Wendy "Matchmaking Mutt" (Season 2, episode 6)
2001 Once and Again Marni "Best of Enemies" (Season 2, episode 18)
2001 Kate Brasher Winona "Georgia" (Season 1, episode 6)
2001 Charmed Runaway Teen "Look Who's Barking" (Season 3, episode 21)
2002 The Hughleys Stephanie "I Have a Scheme" (Season 4, episode 13)
"Bored of the Rings" (Season 4, episode 16)
"You've Got Male" (Season 4, episode 18)
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Girl "Jury Duty" (Season 3, episode 20)
2003 Strong Medicine Sherry Lowenstein "Addicted to Love" (Season 3, episode 20)
2003 Grounded for Life Leah "Just Like a Woman" (Season 3, episode5)
2003 George Lopez Olivia "I Only Have Eyes for You" (Season 2, episode 21)
2003 Still Standing Bonnie "Still Romancing" (Season 1, episode 15)
"Still Hairdressing" (Season 1, episode 16)
"Still the Bad Parents" (Season 2, episode 3)
"Still Interfering" (Season 2, episode 8)
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Maddie Fitzpatrick Main role (75 episodes)
2006 Hannah Montana Maddie Fitzpatrick "On the Road Again" (Season 1, episode 12)
2007 Kim Possible Camille Leon / Additional voices
"Trading Faces" (Season 4, episode 3)
"Fashion Victim" (Season 4, episode 10)
"Chasing Rufus" (Season 4, episode 19)
"Nursery Crimes" (Season 4, episode 20)
Phineas and Ferb Candace Flynn (voice) Main role (all episodes to date)
2009 The Suite Life on Deck Maddie Fitzpatrick "Maddie on Deck" (Season 1, episode 13)
2010 The Cleveland Show Lacey Stapleton (voice) "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool" (Season 1, episode 14)
2010 Fish Hooks Clamantha (voice) "Bea Stays in the Picture" (Season 1, episode 1)
2010 Family Guy Priscilla (voice) "And Then There Were Fewer" (Season 9, episode 1)
Kelly (voice) "Brian Writes a Bestseller (Season 9, episode 6)
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS voice role "Dad News Bears" (Season 2)
Hellcats Savannah Monroe Main role


Main article: Ashley Tisdale discography

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Result Award Category Work Link
2000 Template:Nom Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Television Drama Series Boston Public[14]
2007 Template:Won Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Actress The Suite Life of Zack & Cody[15]
rowspan=2 Template:NomPremios Oye! International Breakthrough Artist Headstrong[81]
2008 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave International TV Star The Suite Life of Zack & Cody[34]
2009 Template:Won 2009 MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance Female High School Musical 3: Senior Year[34]
rowspan=4 Template:NomTeen Choice AwardsChoice Best Actress: Music/Dance[82]
Summer: Movie Star-FemaleAliens in the Attic[82]
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 Best New International Artist Guilty Pleasure[83]
Best Live Performance"It's Alright, It's OK"


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