Miley Cyrus (born November 23, 1992) is an American actress and singer-songwriter, best known for her breakout role as Miley Stewart in the popular Disney Channel sitcom, Hannah Montana, and its related films. Before posing for Vanity Fair, Cyrus also provided the voice of Penny in Disney's 2008 animated film, Bolt, and has loaned her voice to several other Disney characters from various television shows, including Celebrity Star in The Replacements and Yata in The Emperor's New School. Cyrus also appeared in several other Disney Channel sitcoms, including The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck as her alter-ego, Hannah Montana. Cyrus even made a brief cameo in High School Musical 2.
Miley Cyrus is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish. She has 5 siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister and a younger brother and sister. Her birth name is Destiny Hope, given to her by her parents who hoped she would achieve greatness. Her childhood nickname was Smiley, as she had a cheerful disposition which was eventually shortened to Miley.
Cyrus was initially educated at Heritage Elementary School in Tennessee. When she turned eight, her family moved to Toronto, Canada where Cyrus' father Billy Ray took a role in the TV series "Doc" (2001). It was around this time that Cyrus decided she wanted to act too. Her first role came alongside her father in "Doc" (2001). She also scored a small role in Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003).
In 2005, Cyrus was cast as the lead in the Disney series Hannah Montana (2006), about a teen leading a double life as a pop star. Again her father acted alongside her. The show was a smash and hit records, sell-out tours and merchandising deals soon followed. Cyrus became a teen superstar. Following the success of Hannah Montana (2006), Cyrus made the move into other roles - including playing Ronnie Miller in The Last Song (2010) and Lola in LOL (2012) alongside Demi Moore.