Hilarie Burton is an American actress. She is best known for playing Peyton Sawyer in One Tree Hill. She currently plays Sara Ellis in White Collar.
Hilarie Ross Burton was born on July 1, 1982 in Sterling, Virginia. Her father is a former Green Beret and her mother is a real estate agent. She is the eldest of four children with three brothers. She graduated from Park View High School in 2000, where she was student council treasurer her second year, vice-president her junior year, and captain of the cheerleading squad, student council president, and homecoming queen her senior year. Burton attended New York University and Fordham University. In April 2003, Burton was cast in The WB drama One Tree Hill. Burton portrayed the role of Peyton Sawyer, a fiercely independent visual and musical artist and cheerleader. Her co-stars were Danneel Harris, Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush, James Lafferty and Chad Michael Murray.
In 2004, Burton married One Tree Hill assistant director Ian Prange. They divorced in 2009. She began a relationship with actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan in 2009. In March 2010, she gave birth to their son Augustus (“Gus”).