ByAlisha Grauso, writer at Creators.co
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Happiest of birthdays to actress and former Heroes star Hayden Panettiere! The diminutive star turns 26 today.

Panettiere is currently starring in Nashville as songstress Juliette Barnes, but fans know her best from her role as superpowered cheerleader Claire Bennet on Heroes.

Other notable works include Remember the Titans, Bring It On: All or Nothing, I Love You, Beth Cooper, and Ally McBeal.

In addition to acting, Panettiere is also an accomplished singer, having been nominated for a Grammy for A Bug's Life, along with modeling. She's also a heavily involved in charity work, being both a supporter and on the celebrity board of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Her activism has found her involved in supporting the protection of marine life, speaking out about teen pregnancy, and being vocal in politics.

Happiest of birthdays to you, Hayden!

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