Brenda Song (born March 27, 1988) is an American actress, model, voice actor, host, and singer. Song started in show business as a child fashion model. Song was born in Carmichael, California, a suburb of Sacramento, to a Hmong father and a Thai mother who had been adopted by a Hmong family. After many commercials and television roles during the late 1990s, Song won a Young Artist Award for her work in The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000). She went on to appear in feature films aimed at teens, including Like Mike (2002) and College Road Trip (2008). Her movies on the Disney Channel include Get a Clue (2002) and Stuck in the Suburbs (2004).
In 2005, Song was selected for a role in the Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in which she played hotel heiress London Tipton. Song earned an Asian Excellence Award nomination for her part in the series. In addition to portraying the character, which she continues in The Suite Life on Deck, Song started a music career in 2005 as part of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars. The Suite Life series is one of Disney Channel's most successful and top rated series.
Her fame increased after she played the title role in Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. Song connected emotionally with the lead character struggling to keep her heritage. The film was one of the top rated Disney Channel Original Movies with over 5.7 million viewers on the night of its premiere, and Song was selected to star in the sequel. Song is set to star in Boogie Town, which is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2009. TV Guide listed her in its 2008 "13 Hottest Young Stars to Watch".
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