Penn Badgley is an American actor and musician best known for his roles as Dan Humphrey in the teen drama Gossip Girl (2007–2012) and Joe Goldberg in the Netflix psychological thriller You. He was born to Lynne Murphy and Duff Badgley in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 1, 1986.

Penn’s father, Duff, was a newspaper reporter and carpenter who ran for governor of Washington in 2008 as a Green Party candidate. Due to joint custody, the boy’s parents divorced when he was 12 years old, and he had to split his life between two states. This split made his childhood a bit miserable.

The American Actor attended Woolridge Elementary, where his mother served as PTA president.

Early Life and Career of The American Actor

Penn Badgely was a Seattle Children’s Theatre member and attended Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington. He began doing voice-overs for children’s radio stations shortly after that. The actor moved to Hollywood at the age of 11 to pursue a career as an actor. He also pursued a singing career too.

Penn began attending Santa Monica College at 14 after passing the California High School Proficiency Exam. Later, he was accepted to the University of Southern California. Still, he delayed admission due to contractual responsibilities and enrolled for two years at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Penn Badgley singing on the stage
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Badgley’s first credit was as a voice actor in the computer game Mario Golf 64 in 1999, although he swears he never played it. In the year 2000, he did voice work for Mario Tennis 64. He made his debut appearance on-screen on an episode of Will & Grace.

He starred in the WB half-hour series Do-Over in 2002. Badgley played Joel Larsen, a 34-year-old man given a second chance at life after a bizarre accident transports him back to 1980 when he was 14 years old. The WB Television Network, known as The CW, premiered the show.

As the show began, he appeared on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. The show was discontinued after only one season. Later, Badgley played Van in Drive-Thru alongside future castmate Leighton Meester.

Relationship and Networth of The American Actor

Penn Badgley is a happily married man. Penn married Domino Kirke, a singer, in 2017. They have a son named James Badgley, born in the year 2020. Penn and Domino first began dating in 2014. Domino’s previous relationship resulted in the birth of a son named Cassius.

The couple finally announced their kid’s birth in 2020, after two miscarriages. From 2007 through 2010, Penn had a covert romance with Blake Lively. From 2011 to 2013, Penn dated American actress Zoe Kravitz. Kravitz also works as a model and performs as a vocalist.

Penn Badgley with his wife, Domino Kirke
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The American actor best known for his role in the TV series Gossip Girl has an estimated net worth of $8 million as of 2022, similar to the celebrity son Jaid Thomas Nilon. Moreover, He is living a happy and prosperous marriage and family life. Furthermore, The actor is still working hard in his acting profession.

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