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Spears in 2023
Jamie Lynn Marie Spears

(1991-04-04) April 4, 1991 (age 33)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2002–present
Television All That
Zoey 101
Sweet Magnolias
Jamie Watson
(m. 2014)
Children 2
  • Jamie Spears (father)
  • Lynne Spears (mother)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals

Jamie Lynn Marie Spears (born April 4, 1991) is an American actress and singer. She played Zoey Brooks on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Zoey 101 (2005–2008) and its sequel film Zoey 102 (2023), and Noreen Fitzgibbons on the Netflix romantic drama series Sweet Magnolias (2020–present). She is the younger sister of singer Britney Spears.

After giving birth in 2008, Spears stopped acting for five years.

Spears returned from her hiatus in 2013 and began her music career. She released her debut single "How Could I Want More" from her debut EP in country music, The Journey (2014). In 2015, Spears earned songwriting credits for Jana Kramer's certified Platinum single, "I Got the Boy", a song she wrote in 2011 during writing sessions in Nashville for her 2013 EP.

In 2023, due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Spears began to appear on reality television shows, such as Dancing with the Stars, Special Forces: World's Toughest Test and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.

Early life

Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, to James and Lynne Spears. Her older siblings are Bryan and Britney. She attended Parklane Academy in McComb, where she was a cheerleader, and point guard of the basketball team. Spears studied with tutors while filming Zoey 101 in Los Angeles. She finished her education via online correspondence and received her GED in February 2008 through Tangipahoa Parish School System Adult Education Center.


2002–2008: Career beginnings and success with All That and Zoey 101

In February 2002, at age 10, Spears made her acting debut in the Paramount Pictures drama film Crossroads which starred her sister, who portrayed the central character Lucy Wagner. Spears made a cameo, playing the younger version of Britney's character. In April 2002, Spears walked the runway as a model for Kids R Us fashion show in New York City. Following Crossroads, Nickelodeon cast Spears as a regular performer in the sketch comedy series All That for the 2002 season; she appeared on the show through 2004. Spears portrayed various roles through the two seasons she appeared. Along with the cast of All That, Spears also made appearances on Snick On-Air Dare, Nickelodeon's version of Fear Factor. Deciding to pursue other roles on the network, Spears departed from the main cast on the tenth and final season of All That, and only appeared as a guest. At age 13, Spears was named as one of the celebrities on Teen People's Young Hollywood/Hot List.

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Spears in 2007

In August 2004, Spears signed a development deal with Nickelodeon in which she would star as the protagonist in her own scripted television series that would air on the network. The series went on to be titled Zoey 101 and Spears portrayed the role of Zoey Brooks. The series centered on Zoey and her friends who attend a fictional boarding school, Pacific Coast Academy (PCA). Spears recorded the series theme song, titled "Follow Me", which was written by her sister Britney Spears. Filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, the series premiered on January 9, 2005, and was the network's highest-rated series premiere in over eight years. Spears won a Young Artist Award and a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for her performance. In September 2007, she won "The High School Sweetheart" award at Us Weekly's Hot Hollywood event.

Zoey 101 was positively received by critics and viewers. It was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Programming, and the show's season 3 finale episode was the second most-watched show across all cable channels that week. The series ran for four seasons, with its series finale "PCA Confidential" airing on May 2, 2008. Nickelodeon issued a statement shortly after the announcement of Spears being pregnant at the age of 16, stating that the network respected Spears's decision to take responsibility and noting that its primary concern was for her well-being. Spears' co-star Seann Flynn praised her as hard-working and talented, telling Nylon: "One of the things that always stood out to me regarding her professionalism was how well she knew her lines. I don’t think she ever messed one up. She always brought her best work to the table."

In December 2007, Variety announced that Spears had signed on to guest-appear in the ABC comedy sitcom series Miss Guided; the episode "Hot Sub" aired on March 20, 2008. That same year, Spears voiced Goldilocks in the direct-to-DVD animation film Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show.

2011–2017: Country music debut

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Spears performing in 2011

In 2011, Spears moved to Nashville and began working on a country music album with local music producers. On November 7, 2011, Spears held a small concert at The Rutledge in Nashville. On November 25, 2013, Spears released her first single "How Could I Want More". The song debuted at number 29 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs, and at number 8 on the Country Digital Songs chart, for the week ending December 7, 2013. Kevin Rutherford of Billboard described Spears' performance as "sweet and innocent" yet powerful, and suggested the song would fit right in at country radio. Spears was featured on her older sister Britney Spears's eighth studio album Britney Jean on the song "Chillin' with You".

On May 27, 2014, Spears released her debut EP The Journey. The EP peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums and at number 24 on Top Country Albums. That year, Spears made numerous appearances on country radio talk shows, made performances at fairs and festivals, and was an opening act for Alan Jackson. Spears co-wrote the Jana Kramer song "I Got the Boy" which was released as the second single from Thirty One in 2015.

In 2016, Spears released the documentary Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out, showcasing her country music career after "realizing [her] true calling was music" as well as her personal life as a wife and mother. On March 15, 2016, Spears performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. On June 24, 2016, Spears released her second single "Sleepover". Spears was a presenter and a performer at Radio Disney Music Awards in April 2017.

2018–present: Return to acting, Zoey 102, memoir and reality television

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Spears and her daughter Maddie on the game show Double Dare in 2018

In an episode that aired on July 13, 2018, Spears returned to Nickelodeon for the first time in over ten years as a contestant on the revived game show Double Dare with her daughter Maddie, competing against fellow All That alumnus Josh Server and his niece. She and Maddie won over $15,000 to donate to the New Orleans hospital that treated Maddie in 2017.

In July 2019, Netflix announced that Spears was cast as Noreen Fitzgibbons in the romance drama series Sweet Magnolias, based on the novel series by Sherryl Woods. In July 2020, the cast of Zoey 101 reunited in an episode of the eleventh season of All That. Spears played herself and her old All That character Thelma Stump. That year, Spears and Chantel Jeffries recorded a new version of the Zoey 101 theme song "Follow Me". The music video for the song featured appearances by numerous celebrities and Spears' elder daughter Maddie. On October 29, 2020, Spears performed "Follow Me" on Good Morning America.

In July 2021, Worthy Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group announced Spears's plans to release a memoir, releasing a statement saying: "Jamie Lynn's book has been in development over the past 12 months and will allow the world to hear her inspiring story in her own words, for the first time." Her memoir titled Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out was released on January 18, 2022. Rolling Stone recommended the book but highlighted that Jamie Lynn ostensibly used her sister Britney Spears' highly publicized struggles and conservatorship to promote her new book. The book was not a financial success. On January 4, 2023, she began competing on Fox's survival television series Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, where contestants participate in special forces training challenges at a camp removed from society. She left the series during the competition's third episode, with Spears saying that she missed her children.

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Spears as Zoey Brooks in the trailer for Zoey 102 (2023)

On July 27, 2023, the sequel film Zoey 102 was released on Paramount+, with Spears reprising her role from Zoey 101 alongside many of the original cast members. Production took place in January 2023 in North Carolina, with Spears attached as executive producer. Billboard called it a "highly anticipated sequel", while Ready Steady Cut praised the film as a "a nostalgic and amusing watch, enjoyable for original fans and the series newcomers." One day after its release, the film was the third most watched on Paramount+ in the U.S. and the second most watched in Canada.

On September 12, 2023, Spears announced on Good Morning America that she would compete on season 32 of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Alan Bersten. She donated her weekly earnings to SAG-AFTRA and the WGA amid their ongoing strike. Spears was eliminated in the second week of the competition. On December 5, 2023, she returned for a group dance performance in the season 32 finale along with other eliminated contestants.

In November 2023, it was announced that Spears signed up as a contestant on the twenty-third season of British survival reality television show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, which premiered on November 19, 2023. Ahead of entering the competition, Spears said: "There is literally every misconception you can have on a person about me so I don’t take any of it seriously. But I do think going on I’m a Celebrity will be a nice way for people to see the real me." Spears left the show after 11 days on November 29, 2023 for medical reasons. She was the second contestant to depart on medical grounds that season, as Grace Dent left days earlier. Spears placed 11th in the series. She described her decision to participate in the show by saying: "I think it is so far out of my comfort zone and this year with SAG being on strike, I have said ‘yes’ to a lot of unscripted projects. I am really enjoying throwing myself into these experiences." Fans of the show praised Spears for her determination in challenges, and her likable personality.

Personal life

Spears attended First Baptist Church in Kentwood, Louisiana, but she is Catholic since her conversion in early 2018, as are her daughters and her mother Lynne.

Marriage and family

After two years of on-and-off dating with Jamie Watson, a businessman who owns communications service Advanced Media Partners, Spears announced her engagement in March 2013. On March 14, 2014, she married Watson in New Orleans. On April 11, 2018, Spears gave birth to her second daughter.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Crossroads Young Lucy Wagner
2008 The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show Goldilocks Voice role
2023 Zoey 102 Zoey Brooks Paramount+ film; Lead role and executive producer


Year Title Role Notes

2005; 2020

All That Thelma Stump /

Various roles

Main role: seasons 8–9; guest: seasons 10–11
2002–2005 Snick On-Air Dare Herself Participant
2003 Switched! Episode: "Kyle and Danielle"
2005 A Weekend with... Episode: "Jamie Lynn Spears"
2005–2008 Zoey 101 Zoey Brooks Lead role; 61 episodes
2006 Zoey 101: Spring Break-Up Television special
2007 Just Jordan Krya Episode: "Spelling Bees"
2008 Miss Guided Mandy Ferner Episode: "Hot Sub"
2008 Zoey 101: Behind the Scenes Zoey Brooks Nickelodeon special
2015 What Did Zoey Say? Short film; Archive footage
2016 When the Lights Go Out Herself Documentary by TLC
2016 The Talk Guest co-host Episode: "Jamie Lynn Spears/Sela Ward/Frank Grillo"
2018 Double Dare Contestant Episode: "Team Server vs. Team Spears"


Good Morning America Guest and

musical guest

4 episodes
2020–present Sweet Magnolias Noreen Fitzgibbons Series regular; 30 episodes
2023 Special Forces: World's Toughest Test Contestant Contestant on season 1; 3 episodes
2023 Dancing with the Stars Contestant on season 32; 3 episodes
2023 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant on season 23; 11 episodes


Extended plays

Extended plays, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title EP details Peak chart positions
US US Country US Heat US Indie
The Journey 193 24 5 25


Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"How Could I Want More" 2013 18 29 55 68 27 The Journey
"Sleepover" 2016 non-album single
"Follow Me"
(with Chantel Jeffries)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

Other appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" 2002 Triple Image Celebrate
"Chillin' with You" 2013 Britney Spears Britney Jean

Music videos

Title Year Director Ref.
"How Could I Want More" 2013 Matthew Underwood
"Sleepover (Acoustic Nashville Session)" 2016 Bryan Spears
"Follow Me" 2020 Philip Andelman

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2004 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star All That Nominated
2005 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Performers In A TV Series (shared with cast) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female Zoey 101 Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards One to Watch – Female Herself Won
2006 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Zoey 101 Won
Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) (shared with cast) Won
2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Germany Favorite Actress Won
Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Actress Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Nominated
Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) (shared with cast) Won
2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series – Leading Young Actress Nominated
Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series (shared with cast) Nominated

Published works

  • Spears, Jamie Lynn: Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out, Worthy Publishing, January 18, 2022.

See also

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