Hayden Leslie Panettiere (born August 21, 1989)is an American actress and singer. Hayden plays the character Claire Bennet on the NBC television program Heroes. The advertising campaign and slogan for the program known as "Save the Cheerleader, Save the World" has helped make Panettiere famous.
Born and raised in Palisades, New YorkShe has one younger brother, fellow actor Jansen Panettiere.
Panettiere attended South Orangetown Middle School in New York but following seventh grade, finished her high-school education via home schooling and has postponed higher education in favor of an acting career, although she has expressed an interest in "continuing to learn.