Happy Happy Birthday to The Originals Danielle Campbell!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // January 29, 2015

Danielle Campbell, Davina Claire, The Originals

A very Happy 20th Happy Birthday to the beautiful Danielle Campbell of The Originals!

The Originals Danielle Campbell, who plays teenage witch Davina Claire, was born in Hinsdale, Illinois on January 30th, 1995, and was discovered in a Chicago hair salon!

Born to Georganne and John Campbell 20 years ago, she’s big sister to younger brother, Johnny. Her acting break was a guest starring role as Gracey Hollander on “Prison Breatk,” where she appeared in five episodes.

In addition to a Build-A-Bear Workshop national commercial, some of her other roles included Darla in “The Poker House” movie, Dani in the “Zeke and Luther” Disney Channel series, Carla Middlin in “Drop Dead Diva,” Jessica Olson in the “Starstruck” TV movie, Cindy in “Madea’s Witness Protection,” and she starred as Simone Daniels in “Prom” in 2011, which co-starred Aimee Teegarden, Nicholas Braun, and Nolan Sotillo. Danielle will also star as 18-year old Katie Baker in “16 South,” which also stars Luke Benward.

“16 South” is about two families in late 1800s and into 1900s in Texas. George Baker, played by Randy Travis, lost his family at the hands of brutal killer John Champion. Similar to Romeo and Julie, she plays Katie Baker who falls in love with Daniel Champion, played by Luke Benward, the son of George’s nemesis. According to the synopsis, “[16 South] spans several generations of two families, it is an unforgettable story of evil and hatred paralleling a story of devoted love and undeniable passion.”

In 2013 the network and producers of The Originals fell in love with Danielle and cast her as the powerful, 16-year old teenage witch Davina Claire. Her scenes were cut from the backdoor pilot on The Vampire Diaries because they would have revealed too much about her character being Marcel’s secret weapon.

In a recent interview for Annex Magazine Danielle said she’d like to be remembered as an actor who played “a lot of different characters and for doing movies I’m really passionate about. I love playing characters that are nothing like me.”

Danielle Campbell in Annex Magazine

“My Dinner Date with…” Danielle Campbell

Send Happy Happy Birthday wishes to Danielle and watch her on The Originals, Mondays, at 8/7c, on The CW!

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