Actress Robin Sydney has appeared in several films and television programs since making her professional debut in the early 2000s. Perhaps best known to television audiences for playing Jackie in the Nickelodeon teen series “Drake & Josh” (4 episodes, 2004-2007) and the TV film version “Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh” (2008), the charming thespian, who began acting as a child with a children's group called the Peanut Butter Players, has guest starred in “The Andy Dick Show,” “ER,” “Oliver Beene,” “Masters of Horror,” “Freddie” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” On the wide screen, Sydney is notable for her portrayal of Luann in “Evil Bong” (2006) and its sequel “Evil Bong II: King Bong” (2009). Her other movie credits include “The Gingerdead Man” (2005), “Big Bad Wolf” (2006), “The Lost” (2006), “Dead Man's Hand” (2007), “Wicked Lake” (2008), “Garden Party” (2008) and “Skull Heads” (2009). She has also branched out as an executive producer and casting director.
Apart from acting, Sydney owns and runs a company named Luckyness, which manufactures charms and other gift tokens across America and Canada. She is currently working with a music producer to write songs and is a soprano.
Childhood and Family:
Robin Sydney was born Robin Sydney Heymsfield on January 4, 1984, in Boulder, Colorado. She attended the same school, and is good friends with, actress Jessica Biel.
Drake & Josh
Robin Sydney began acting at age eight in a children's group named the Peanut Butter Players. Her television debut came nine years later when she appeared in an episode of “The Andy Dick Show” called “Andy's Angels.” In 2002, she returned to the show to appear in the episode “Reunited.” Also that year, Sydney made her film acting debut in the 25 minute short “Coming Clean,” which was directed and co-written by Ken Feinberg. In the short, she played the supporting role of Dana. In addition, she landed a role in the indie drama “Color Blind,” which premiered at the Denver International World Cinema Independent Film Festival on August 27, 2002. The film, helmed by Davon E. Johnson and written by Vansay Zanubon, won the Festival Prize for Outstanding Director (Feature) at the 2003 Sacramento GAFFERS.
In 2003, Sydney portrayed Sasha in the episode “No Strings Attached” of the NBC popular medical series “ER.” She next played Maddie Morris in an episode of “The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire” titled “Little Girl Lost,” appeared in Douglas Jones' short “Sticky Fingers” (both 2003) and in 2004, guest starred in the Fox comedy series “Oliver Beene,” which starred Grant Rosenmeyer, Grant Shaud, Wendy Makkena, Andrew Lawrence and Daveigh Chase. Also in 2004, Sydney landed a recurring role on Nickelodeon's teen sitcom “Drake & Josh.”
In 2005, Sydney co-starred with Gary Busey and Larry Cedar in the comedy short “The Baker's Dozen,” by director Jethro Rothe-Kushel. She portrayed Sarah Leigh in the film. She went on to reprise the role of Sarah on the horror film “The Gingerdead Man” (2005), which was released on DVD by Shoot Productions. Commenting about working with Gary Busey, she stated, “On the day that I worked with him, he was so crazy. I didn’t have to act scared. I was just so scared. There was no acting involved!”
Still in 2005, she also appeared as Marisa in the episode “The Italian Job” of “Freddie,” a television sitcom created by and starring Freddie Prince, Jr. “Freddie” appeared on ABC from October 5, 2005, to April 12, 2006.
Sydney next co-starred with Marc Senter, Michael Bowen, Dee Wallace, Misty Mundae, Ruby Larocca, Tom Ayers, Tony Carreiro, Katie Cassidy and Cynthia Cervini in the film “The Lost” (2006). The film was directed by Chris Sivertson and released in the United States on March 18, 2008,
After “The Lost,” Sydney appeared in “National Lampoon's 'Cattle Call,’” which was directed and written by Martin Guigui. Sydney also played the supporting role of Melissa in the movie “Big Bad Wolf” (2006). Written and directed by Lance W. Dreesen, the film won the Silver Award for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Film at the 2007 WorldFest Houston. Also in 2006, Sydney portrayed Brian Lloyd's girlfriend, Luann, in the Charles Band directed horror comedy film “Evil Bong.” The film, written by August White, also starred David Weidoff, John Patrick Jordan, Mitch Eakins, Kristyn Green, Jacob Witkin and Michele Mais and featured a cameo by Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong fame. In addition to acting, Sydney served as a casting director for the film. It was her second exposure as a casting director after 2004's “Dream of the Lizard,” a short fantasy film written and directed by Jeff McDonald.
Sydney returned to “Drake & Josh” to reprise her role of Jackie in the episode “Dance Contest,” which aired on September 16, 2007. The same year, she also appeared as Trish and Miss Palermo in episodes of “Masters of Horror” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” respectively. On the silver screen, she was reunited with director Charles Band for the horror film “Dead Man's Hand,” which had a video premiere in the U.S. on July 3, 2007, before being released in France in March 2008. Playing JJ, she co-starred with Wes Armstrong, Michael Berryman, Kristyn Green, Sid Haig, Jessica Morris, Lily Rains, Kavan Reece, Bob Rumnock and Rico Simonini.
In 2008, Sydney co-starred in the horror movie “Wicked Lake.” The film, directed by Zach Passero and written by Chris Sivertson, premiered in Hollywood in April 2008. The actress also played Sara in “Garden Party,” a drama written and directed by Jason Freeland that starred Vinessa Shaw and Willa Holland. On the small screen, she reprised her role of Jackie on the Nickelodeon movie “Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh,” which was made after the original series “Drake & Josh” came to an end. Broadcasted on December 5, 2008, the program became the third most watched TV movie on cable after “High School Musical 2” and “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie” (both owned by Disney Channel). It was nominated for Young Artist Awards in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Supporting Young Actor for Adam Cagley and David Gore.
Sydney reprised her role of Luann for “Evil Bong II: King Bong,” which was also directed by Charles Band and written by August White. It was released on video in the U.S. on July 9, 2009. In addition, she worked with Band in the direct to video horror film “Skull Heads” (2009). Costars of the film included Kim Argetsinger, Rane Jameson and Samantha Light.
Sydney has completed filming the 3 minute drama “Angels,” where she plays Charlotte. She executive produced the film, which was co-directed by Josh and Joshua Martinez. Sydney will star as Robyn in “Gingerdead Man 3-D: Saturday Night Cleaver,” a comedy horror film directed by William Butler and Silvia St. Croix. The film is set to be released in 2011.