Sterling Knight, a former singer-songwriter, dancer and actor, is well known for the role of Christopher Wilde, a famous teen idol and world famous pop star, in the Disney film ‘Starstruck, while he was not was only 22 and will be 32 in 2021. He also appeared in the sitcom “Sonny With a Chance” ohon Disney Channel, playing the role of Chad Dylan Cooper.
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Sterling’s family and school background
Sterling Sandmann Knight was born in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States on March 5, 1989. Sterling has two siblings, Spencer Shuga and Samantha Scarlett Knight, who have also appeared in some of his YouTube videos, where they sing alongside Sterling.
His educational background is still unknown, although during his school years he enjoyed acting in plays.
He lived in Texas before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue his acting career.
Personal life and other relationships
In 2007, Sterling dated musician Maddie Cyrus for about a year, after which he had a relationship with Jessica Bridgeman, an actress known from the 2009-2010 television series “The Encounter”. Sterling and Jessica met at a Jonas Brothers concert.
However, in 2018, Sterling got engaged to Ayla Kell, who is well known from the TV drama “Make it or Break It.”, having previously performed in theatrical productions with the American Ballet Theatre. Ayla and Sterling are still engaged as of early 2021.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Some of Sterling’s hobbies include playing guitar, snowboarding and of course singing and writing songs. His passion for music led him to form a YouTube band with friend and fellow actor Matt Shively, probably best known for playing Ryan Laserbeam on Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson, VP.” They called their group “Connecting Channels”, which mainly indicates how they work from different kid-friendly TV networks – Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
He is also close friends in real life with Demi Lovato, his co-actor in “Sonny With A Chance”.
How Sterling Started His Acting Career and How It Happened
From the age of 10, Sterling discovered his passion for acting by participating in various school plays, which later led to him taking on stage roles in local productions. His experience in theatrical productions boosted his career and he began to receive offers to play minor roles, in “Hi-Jinks” and “Calm, Career Day”.
Sterling’s first minor Disney role was in 2007’s “Hannah Montana,” in which he played Lilly’s boyfriend Lucas. The same year, he also appeared in two episodes of “The Closer”, an American TV show about police and crime.
The following year he had minor roles in ‘Out of Jimmy’s Head’, and one of TV’s most renowned shows, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
He then appeared on other shows, such as 2009’s “Sonny With a Chance” as self-absorbed Mackenzie Falls member Chad Dylan Cooper. Later that same year, he made his film debut playing the role of Alex O’Donnell, Mike O’Donnell’s son, in the movie “17 Again”, which was a big break for him.
Two years later, he leaves to play in “So Random”, a comedy sketch derived from the series “Sonny with a chance”.
Starting in 2013, Sterling played the role of Zander Carlson for two years in “Melissa & Joey”, an American television sitcom series.
He was also able to land a role in the crime action movie “Landmine Goes Click” in that he played Chris.
In 2016, he landed roles in the films “In the Rough” and “Crowded”..
Awards and Recognition
In 2010, Sterling Knight was nominated for two awards, including the Teen Choice Awards for his work on “Sonny With a Chance” in the Comedy Actor category, and the Hollywood Teen TV Awards: Teen Pick Actor in the comedy category – he won won last. He was also nominated in the Favorite Family TV Movie category, for his role in Disney’s “Starstruck” for a People’s Choice Award.
He also won an award for playing Chris in the movie “Landmine Goes Click”, as the best male role in the Monster Fest Award 2015.
What is he doing now?
Many people, especially those who consumed Disney shows in the 2000s and early 2010s, still wonder why they haven’t seen Sterling Knight in movies and TV shows for a while now. One of the reasons Sterling’s career has stalled is due to the common phenomenon in which actors who were very famous in their roles as children or teenagers find it difficult to transition into adult roles.
He had some difficulty landing adult roles and projects in later years, but never completely disappeared from the industry.
Despite the challenges, Sterling always finds ways to land adult roles, but one good thing is that he never gave up on his passion for acting. In his last interview in 2019, with the University of Texas’ “Sneak Peak,” he was very positive about his career as he continues to progress to get more roles in the future. He also mentioned that he wanted to land a superhero role.
At the moment, Sterling Knight is very active in the area of social media. He has a massive number of followers across all platforms, from Facebook with 2.6 million followers, Twitter with over 1.4 million, and Instagram with over 228,000 followers.
Sterling Knight is 5 feet 10 inches tall. His eyes are blue and he has blond hair. He likes to wear leather jackets, button-up shirts, mops and aviator goggles.
As of early 2021, Sterling Knight has an estimated net worth of over $2 million.