Long-time Y&R fans may not recognize the name right off, but his photo may remind you that Penn Badgley was a member of The Young and the Restless cast from 2000 -2001 playing the role of Phillip Chancellor IV, the son of Nina Webster (Tricia Cast) and Phillip Chancellor III (Thomas Bierdz).

Penn’s star has just taken off recently with his starring role in the successful “Gossip Girl” television series, but his talent was always in evidence. Back in 2001 when he was a part of the The Young and the Restless, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series for his work in the role of Philip Chancellor IV.

After daytime, Penn’s career took a strange turn when he landed starring roles in no less than three television series that were cancelled after one season, “Do Over” (2002), “The Mountain” (2004), and “The Bedford Diaries” (2006). But it doesn’t appear as if “Gossip Girl” is headed for the same fate. The series is wildly popular and its young stars are rapidly becoming household names!