American actress Christa B. Allen won a Young Artist Award for her playing the title role on the short lived CBS sitcom “Cake” (2006). More recently, she returned as a regular player on the ABC draam series “Revenge” (2011), playing Madeleine Stowe's teenage daughter, Charlie. Allen first gained notice when she played the young version of Jennifer Garner's character in the film “3 Going on 30” (2004). She went on to appear in such films as “A Merry Little Christmas” (2006), “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009), “Youth in Revolt” (2009), “One Wish” (2010) and “One Kine Day” (2011). She has guest starred in popular television series like “ER,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Grey's Anatomy.”
Along with acting, Allen is also a musician and singer. She plays the guitar. She is friends with actress Katelyn Pippy.
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Childhood and Family:
Christa Brittany Allen was born on November 11, 1991, in Wildomar, California. The youngest of five siblings, she has four older brothers: Bryan, Derrick, Tyler and Steven. She also has four older stepbrothers: Matthew, Jason, Patrick and Brady. When she was 9 years old, Christa persuaded her parents to allow her to take acting lessons.
13 Going on 30
Christa B. Allen had appeared in several commercials and student films as well as doing a short stint on “The Man Show” before gaining her big break in acting with a role as Young Jenna in Gary Winick's comedy/fantasy film, “13 Going on 30” (2004), starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, and grossed over $96 million against a budget of $37 million. The same year, she also starred in two short films: “Chocolate Girls,” by Justin Whiteman, and “Seen,” by Stacy Elliott.
In 2006, Allen was cast in the title role in the CBS sitcom “Cake,” created by Barbara Meyer and Maia Terzian. The show ran for a season from September 16, 2006 to December 9, 2006. Allen won a 2007 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress for her performance. Costars in the series include Anna Maria Perez de Taglé, Keegan McFadden and Emily Rose Everhard. The same year, Allen also guest starred as Maura Walker in an episode of NBC's “Medium” and had a supporting as Holly in the comedy/family film “A Merry Little Christmas,” starring Matt McCoy, Jane Sibbett and Adam Ferrara.
Allen landed guest spots in several television series like “Cory in the House” (2007, as Cheyenne), “The Suite Life on Deck” (2008, as Violet berg), “Grey's Anatomy” (2008, as Holly Anderson), “ER” (2009, as Jody Nugent), “ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2009, as Matty Moore), “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2009, as Daphne) and “ Cold Case” (2010, as Annabelle Bennet '68 / '69). She portrayed Nikol Schrunk in “Chasing a Dream” (2009), a Hallmark Channel TV film starring Andrew Lawrence and Treat Williams, played teenage Jenny Perotti in the romance/comedy film “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009), starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner and directed by Mark Waters, and had a featured role in “Youth in Revolt” (2009), a film adaptation of C.D. Payne's epistolary novel of the same name starring Michael Cera. She also starred as Molly in the comedy/drama “One Wish” (2010), directed by Felix R. Limardo.
In early 2011, Allen starred as Alea in the drama film “One Kine Day,” which premiered at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in March 2011. In August, 2011, she co-starred with Charisma Carpenter and Kyle Richards in the made for TV film “Deadly Sibling Rivalry” (Lifetime), helmed by Hanelle M. Culpepper.
Allen returned to series television as a regular in the drama ”Revenge,” which debuted on ABC on September 21, 2011. She plays Charlotte “Charlie” Grayson, Victoria and Conrad (played respectively by Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny)'s teenage daughter who is in a relationship with Declan Porter.
Allen will portray Janet in the forthcoming zombie comedy/horror film “Detention of the Dead,” written and directed by Alex Craig Mann, based on the Rob Rinow stage play of the same name. It is set to be released in early 2012.
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress, “Cake,” 2007