PROFILE
Name:
Courtnee Draper
Birth Date:
April 24, 1985
Birth Place:
Orlando, Florida, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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The Jersey

Background:

American actress Courtnee Draper is maybe most recognized by television viewers for her roles in the Disney Channel television series “The Jersey” (1999-2004) as Morgan Hudson and in the CBS daytime soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2002) as Mary Carter Warwick/ Erica Lovejoy. She took home a Young Artist Award for her work in the first show. She also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movies “The Thirteenth Year” (1999) and “Stepsister from Planet Weird” (2000), and has guest starred in popular television shows like “Home Improvement,” “Pacific Blue,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “CSI: Miami” and “Ghost Whisperer.” She also has acted in several films, including “The Biggest Fan” (2002), “Sleepover” (2004) and “The Immaculate Misconception” (2006).   

Draper is a strong supporter to children's organizations. She has served with Kids With A Cause, Meals-On-Wheels, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Olive Crest Abused Children Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Special Olympics to name a few. Apart from singing and acting,she also enjoys dancing, reading, shopping, bowling, water sports,  snow sports and photography.

“When I'm not busy, I usually hang out with my friends a lot. I go to the beach a lot, I go shopping a lot. I spend a lot of money that I don't have. I see the word sale and I go crazy. I have like, 80 pairs of shoes. I have so many clothes.” Courtnee Draper


Army Brat

Childhood and Family:

In Orlando, Florida, Courtnee Alyssa Draper was born on April 24, 1985. As a daughter of a Navy, she moved frequently throughout her childhood and lived in various places like Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arizona, Hawaii, Korea, Mainland and Okinawa Japan, and Hong Kong. At the age of 5, while living in Okinawa, she was introduced to old movies and musicals, and subsequently started singing in public places. She also took part in community sports programs such as bowling, T-ball, soccer and softball. When she was nine, the funny and inquiring child returned to the United States and stayed in San Diego, California, where she turned her interest to musical theater. Courtnee later attended the Orange County High School of the Arts.  

Courtnee has three half sisters, Holly Anne, Willow Elizabeth and Ivy Diane. Her father and step-mother reside in Florida.  


B&B

Career:

A curious and comic toddler, Courtnee Draper found a knack for performing by imitating celebrities like Dolly Parton. While living in Okinawa, Japan, she participated in and won several karaoke contests before moving to San Diego, where she performed with Children’s Theater Network and Christian Youth Theater.  Among her stage works included as Annie in “Annie” and as a pregnant teenager in “No Way to Treat a Lady,” a traveling sex education program which encourages self-denial of teen sex.

Young Draper went on to compete in various local singing contests, and in 1995, she became the top winner and child representative for San Diego County, for which she had the opportunity to perform in front of thousands audiences at the Hollywood Palladium.  Following such an amazing experience, she decided to try television and movies and moved closer to the Los Angeles area to pursue her ambitions.

In 1998, Draper landed her first film role in the Adam Weissman directed adventure “The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” where she played Susan. It was followed by a small turn in the 18 minute comedy “The Room” and a guest spot in “Home Improvement” (both 1998), before the magnetic young lady scored a big break with the Disney Channel television series adaptation of the Gordon Korman “Monday Night Football Club” books, “The Jersey,” which ran between January 1999 and March 2004. Playing Morgan Hudson, she picked up a Young Artist in the category of Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble in 2000, plus an additional Young Artist nomination in 2001, both of which she shared with co-stars Michael Galeota, Theo Greenly and Jermaine Williams.

Draper portrayed Sam in the Disney Channel Original Movie “The Thirteenth Year” (1999), opposite Chez Starbuck and Justin Jon Ross, guest starred as Lauren Chandler in the USA Network hit police drama “Pacific Blue” (1999) and starred as Charlotte in the British/Canadian movie “The Duke” (1999), helmed by Philip Spink. The talented performer next appeared in the short “Kidnap Madonna's Baby” (2000, as Helen), the Disney Channel Original Movie “Stepsister from Planet Weird” (2000, starred as Megan Larson), the drama film “The Biggest Fan” (2002, as Brittany Holland) and another short film called, “The Yard Sale” (2002). She also provided additional voices (Englih version) for the Hiroyuki Morita directed animated film “The Cat Returns” (2002) and made a guest appearance as Annabelle in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (2002).

Draper ventured into the soap opera when she was cast as Mary Carter Warwick/ Erica Lovejoy on the CBS daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” from April to October in 2002. She said, “I certainly had a great time on B&B and will miss the fabulous actors I got to work with on the show!.”    

The Orlando, Florida native beauty resurfaced on the small screen two years later by playing Emma in the short lived ABC drama series “The Days” and guest starring in the Fox supernatural series “Tru Calling” and the UPN/The CW teen drama “Veronica Mars” (all 2004). She also appeared on the big screen in the teen film “Sleepover” (2004), which was directed by Joe Nussbaum and starred Alexa Vega and Sara Paxton. She continued to appear in episodes of “Eyes” (2005, as Lindsay), “CSI: Miami” (2006, as Mandy Creighton), “Campus Ladies” (2007, as Lara), “Ghost Whisperer” (2007, as Allison) and “Bored to Death” (2009) as well as in movies like “The Immaculate Misconception” (2006, as Mary Flanagan), “Surf's Up” (2007, voice) and “Booth Girls” (short, 2008).

Draper, who loved books and could read when she was 3 years old, stated at a PAX Prime panel for BioShock Infinite in 2011 that she had considered to leave acting and had decided to enter law school to become a lawyer.        


Awards:

Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble, “The Jersey,” 2000,  Show Less
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