Brenda Song (born March 27, 1988 in California) is an American actress, singer, film producer, and model. She is best known for her role as London Tipton in the Disney Channel Original series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and its spin-off The Suite Life on Deck, as well as for her portrayal as the title character in Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.
Song guest appeared in Disney Channel shows like That's So Raven, and had a recurring role as Tia on Disney Channel's Phil of the Future. She had minor roles in many American sitcoms, her most notable appearances were in Will and Grace, One Tree Hill, and Strong Medicine.
In 2005, Song was cast in the role of the selfish heiress London Tipton on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody after auditioning for the roles of Maddie Fitzpatrick and London Tipton. As the series became popular, Song became a featured performer on the Disney Channel and performed a voice role in Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long series.
In 2006, Song had a voice-over role in Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen, which also featured the voices of fellow Disney Channel stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse and Emily Osment. She appeared in the Disney Channel Games 2006 as captain of the Blue Team, and in the second rendition of the Disney Channel Games as captain of the Red Team. Song is currently hosting a Disney Channel short series called "Pass the Plate", which is a multicultural series produced in ten countries in association with Disney Channel but in 2013 Peyton List and Karan Brar took over for the second season. She also played Alissa in Scandal.
Song starred in the 2000 Disney movie The Ultimate Christmas Present, which won her a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Movie Comedy, Supporting Young Actress". She co-starred in other Disney movies, including Get a Clue and Stuck in the Suburbs. Afterwards, Song appeared in Get a Clue, alongside actress Lindsay Lohan.
In 2006, Song starred in the Disney Channel Original Movies Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, which received 5.7 million viewers. This was the first movie where Song does not play a sidekick character. According to Variety.
Song was part of the Disney Channel Group of Stars, a group of performers from several different Disney Channel television series, in a version of "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes". The recording appeared on both the special edition Cinderella DVD and on the DisneyMania 4 CD. The album CD was released in April 2005 under the Walt Disney Records label and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200, and number 2 on the Top Kids Audio chart.
Producer Ian Scott has written and produced songs for her. Song appeared in the music video for "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" with the Disney Channel Circle of Stars. In 2007, she made a cameo appearance in Ashley Tisdale's music video for her debut single "He Said She Said".
In 2006, Song received an honorary award from the charity organization "A World Of Change" for participating in the "A World Of Change" annual fashion show fundraiser to benefit Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services. Song also participated in The 10th Annual L.A. Cancer Challenge. In addition as part of the Disney Channel Games 2007, Song's team supported the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Awards and nominations
- 2001 - Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Movie Comedy, Supporting Young Actress", for The Ultimate Christmas Present (Won).
- 2007 - Emmy Awards: "Outstanding Children's Program - with Suite Life Of Zack and Cody Cast" (Nominated)
|2005||"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"||DisneyMania 4|
|2012||Pixie Hollow Games||Chloe|
|2011||The Suite Life Movie||London Tipton||main cast|
|2010||The Social Network||Christy Lee|
|2008||College Road Trip||Nancy Carter|
|2007||There's Something About Ashley: The Story of Headstrong||Herself|
|2006||Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior||Wendy Wu||main cast|
|2004||Stuck in the Suburbs||Natasha Kwon-Schwartz||main cast|
|2002||Get a Clue||Jennifer||main cast|
|2000||The Ultimate Christmas Present||Samantha Kwan|
|2008-2011||The Suite Life on Deck||London Tipton||Series regular|
|2005-2008||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||London Tipton||Series regular|
|2004-2005||Phil of the Future||Tia||7 Episodes|
|2003||That's So Raven||Amber||1 episode|
|2015||Miles from Tomorrowland||Frida Liang||Series regular|
|2008||Phineas and Ferb||Wendy||Based off her character's name from Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior|
|2007||Disney Channel Games 2007||Herself||Red Team Captain|
|Pass the Plate||Herself||Host|
|2006||American Dragon: Jake Long||Cheerleader Tracey||1 episode|
|Disney Channel Games 2006||Herself||Blue Team Captain|
|Mike's Super Short Show||Herself|
|That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana||London Tipton||Part of the That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana special.|
|2004||Stuck in the Suburbs||Natasha Kwon-Schwartz|
|Phil of the Future||Tia||7 episodes|
|2003||That's So Raven||Amber||Guest Appearance|
|2002||Get a Clue||Jennifer|