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Bush in 2018
Sophia Anna Bush

(1982-07-08) July 8, 1982 (age 41)
  • Actress
  • activist
  • producer
Years active 2001–present
Chad Michael Murray
(m. 2005; div. 2006)
Grant Hughes
(m. 2022; sep. 2023)

Sophia Anna Bush (born July 8, 1982) is an American actress. She starred as Brooke Davis in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill (2003–2012), and as Erin Lindsay in the NBC police procedural drama series Chicago P.D. (2014–2017). She was a producer for and starred in the lead role of Dr. Samantha "Sam" Griffith in the medical drama Good Sam (2022).

Bush has also appeared in films, including John Tucker Must Die (2006), The Hitcher (2007), The Narrows (2008), Chalet Girl (2011), Marshall (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018). She is also known for her philanthropy work and social activism, including her work for the Time's Up movement and Bush is currently a co-host on the Drama Queens podcast along with her former One Tree Hill co-stars, Hilarie Burton Morgan and Bethany Joy Lenz.

Early life and education

Bush was born in Pasadena, California, the only child of Maureen Searson and Charles William Bush. Her mother runs a photography studio, and her father is an advertising and beauty photographer. In 2000, she graduated from Westridge School for Girls, where she was a member of the volleyball team. At Westridge, she was required to participate in the theater arts program. Bush stated: "Part of my school's requirement was to do a play. I was really irritated because I wanted to play volleyball and I had to go and do this play. But there was a moment after the performance when I realized I had gone and been somebody else. I thought, 'If I could do this for the rest of my life, I am set.' It was like love at first sight." At age 17, Bush was named the Tournament of Roses Parade Queen.


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Bush at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 5, 2008

Bush made her first film appearance in the 2002 film National Lampoon's Van Wilder opposite Ryan Reynolds. Following this, she made appearances in several television shows, including Nip/Tuck, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the HBO film Point of Origin. In 2002, Bush was cast as Kate Brewster in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, though she was replaced by Claire Danes after a week of filming. Jonathan Mostow, the director of the film, stated that he had replaced her as he felt she was too young for the role, but praised her talent as an actress.

In 2003, Bush was cast as Brooke Davis in the WB television series One Tree Hill. After Bush gained mainstream fame, she became a spokesperson for high-profile brands and posed on the cover of several mainstream magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Lucky, Glamour, InStyle, and Zooey Magazine. She has also had several endorsement deals, including for Ocean Pacific clothing. Bush and her One Tree Hill co-stars were endorsers for MasterCard, Kmart, Chevy Cobalt and Cingular Wireless. She directed three episodes of the series, including the penultimate episode of the ninth and final season.

In July 2006, Bush co-starred in the 20th Century Fox comedy film John Tucker Must Die, directed by Betty Thomas, opposite Brittany Snow and Jesse Metcalfe. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $60 million worldwide. That same year, she also starred in Buena Vista Pictures' supernatural thriller Stay Alive alongside Jon Foster, Frankie Muniz, and Adam Goldberg. The film, the first to be released by Hollywood Pictures in five years, opened at number three in the U.S. box office. She played Grace Andrews in the 2007 remake of the classic horror film The Hitcher, starring opposite Sean Bean. In 2008, Bush co-starred alongside Kevin Zegers and Vincent D'Onofrio in François Velle's independent film The Narrows, playing Kathy Popovich. Based on Tim McLoughlin's novel Heart of the Old Country, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008. Three years later, she co-starred in the British romantic comedy film Chalet Girl, which was released in February 2011.

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Bush at the 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards, October 10, 2009

In February 2012, it was reported that Bush had joined the cast of the upcoming CBS sitcom Partners. Premiering on September 24, 2012, the series ran for a single season until November, when it was announced that the series had been canceled after six episodes. The remaining seven episodes of the series' initial thirteen-episode order remain unaired in the United States, though they were later aired by various international outlets. In 2013, Bush starred in Passion Pit's "Carried Away" music video, which debuted on February 14. That same year, she was cast in a main role in the television pilot Hatfields & McCoys, but the project failed to be picked up to series.

In August 2013, Bush joined the cast of Chicago P.D. as Det. Erin Lindsay. The series premiered on January 8, 2014. She left the series after four seasons. Bush also frequently appeared on the first and third Chicago franchise series, Chicago Fire and Chicago Med respectively. In 2018, Bush provided the voice of Voyd, an aspiring superhero, in Pixar's film, Incredibles 2, the sequel to 2004's The Incredibles. In 2019, Bush started her own podcast titled "Work In Progress".

In 2020, Bush appeared as Veronica in four episodes of the first season of Love, Victor on Hulu. Since 2021, Bush has been a co-host on the Drama Queens podcast along with her former One Tree Hill co-stars, Hilarie Burton Morgan and Bethany Joy Lenz. In April 2023, it was announced that Bush would make her West End debut in 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Apollo Theatre. Citing a medical issue, Bush announced that she would no longer be a part of the production in July 2023.

In 2023, Bush appeared on Celebrity Family Feud, competing against Gayle King and her team.

Personal life

Bush became engaged to her One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray in May 2004, and they married on April 16, 2005, in Santa Monica, California. After five months of marriage, the pair announced their separation in September 2005. In February 2006, Bush filed papers for an annullment, citing fraud. Bush's petition was denied, and she and Murray were instead granted a divorce in December 2006. On her divorce, Bush later said: "It devastates me now that I have been reduced to a Hollywood statistic – another joke marriage. I never expected to be married more than once...because I knew what I was getting into and will always believe in love." In a January 2014 episode of Watch What Happens: Live, she stated: "We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place. To all the other co-stars who've worked it out, more power to you."

From 2006 to 2007, Bush dated her Stay Alive co-star Jon Foster. They remained friends after the split, and Bush said that the breakup taught her a valuable lesson about the difference of love and being in love.

From 2008 to 2009, Bush dated her One Tree Hill co-star James Lafferty.

She also dated actor Austin Nichols, confirming in May 2010 that they had been dating on and off for four years. Nichols took the role of Julian Baker on One Tree Hill to be with Bush, who ended their relationship in 2012.

From 2013 to 2014, Bush dated Dan Fredinburg, a program manager for Google. Bush cited the strains of their long-distance relationship as the cause of separation. Bush remained friends with Fredinburg afterward, and noted that his accidental death in 2015 significantly impacted her.

From 2014 to 2016, Bush dated another co-star, this time Chicago P.D. actor Jesse Lee Soffer.

In 2020, she began dating businessman Grant Hughes and announced their engagement in August 2021 via Instagram. The couple were married on June 11, 2022 at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On August 4, 2023, Bush filed for divorce after 13 months of marriage. In October 2023, Bush was reported to be dating former soccer player Ashlyn Harris.


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Bush prepares to speak on the Center Stage at Collision 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bush uses Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog to raise awareness of world events and fundraisers in which she takes part, as well as a platform to raise awareness on progressive issues and political events that are occurring. She is a part of fundraisers such as Run for the Gulf and Global Green Gulf Relief and has been involved in political issues, including her support for Barack Obama's candidacy for president in the 2008 election. In February 2008, she made several appearances in Texas in support of the Obama campaign in the Democratic presidential primary election. Bush was joined in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco by fellow actor Adam Rodríguez. Touring mostly college campuses, they urged young voters to get involved politically.

Bush is a staunch supporter of gay rights and, in May 2009, she showed up at a rally in protest of Proposition 8.

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Bush with Susan Herman, President of American Civil Liberties Union on center stage during day three of Collision 2018 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Bush set up a fundraiser intended to help people living in the area of the Gulf of Mexico affected by the environmental disaster of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on April 20, 2010. The actress has visited Louisiana and testified in interviews of the horror she felt when she visited those places. The fundraiser is on the Internet through crowdsourcing website The actress, to support the fundraiser, announced that she would be running a half marathon that following November, despite having asthma and a year-old knee injury. Bush has additionally teamed up with Do Something to raise more environmental awareness among teens. She was chosen as the spokesperson to endorse the launch of eMission, a Facebook game with the social mission to engage America's youth in fighting climate change created through the joint efforts of Do Something and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star program.

In 2011, Bush won the Do Something Twitter Award for having spread the word via her Twitter account on how her followers could help with the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She was voted "Fan Favorite" by Facebook users on In 2011, Bush also became involved in the Pencils of Promise organization, which builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. In December 2011, Bush competed with other stars in the Mozilla Firefox Challenge, a one-month fundraising contest whose winner is granted $25,000 to put toward a favorite cause; she won the contest in January 2012. In April 2013, Bush took part in Global Poverty Project's "Live Below the Line" campaign, which consists in living on $1.50 a day to raise awareness of extreme poverty around the world.

In 2013, Bush hosted a Prizeo campaign to raise funds for one of her favorite causes, I Am that Girl. As part of the campaign, Bush offered donors a grand prize of the opportunity to skydive with her. In 2014, Bush's foreword to Alexis Jones' debut novel I Am that Girl was released and distributed by accessories retailer Claire's. In 2016, Bush was named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.

Bush is a founding member of the movement Time's Up. Sophia is also constantly using her social media platforms, such as Twitter, encouraging people to participate in the ongoing activism opportunities around the world.

I Am A Voter

In 2018, Bush helped found a nonpartisan movement with Mandana Dayani that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement by unifying around a central truth: democracy works best when we all participate. I Am A Voter has partnered with Disney, NBA, NFL, McDonald's, Stuart Weitzman, and Bumble. Their campaign to boost voter registration included participants Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz. According to I Am A Voter, the effort generated over one billion digital impressions and 250 media articles upon launch.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Sally
2003 Learning Curves Beth
2005 Supercross Zoe Lang
2006 Stay Alive October Bantum
John Tucker Must Die Beth McIntyre
2007 The Hitcher Grace Andrews
2008 The Narrows Kathy Popovich
2009 Table for Three Mary Kincaid
2011 Chalet Girl Chloe
Mob Wives Carla Facciolo Short film
2012 Mob Wives 2: The Christening
2017 Marshall Jen at the Bar
2018 Acts of Violence Detective Brooke Baker
Incredibles 2 Karen / Voyd Voice role
2020 Hard Luck Love Song Carla
2021 False Positive Corgan
2022 Deborah Nora
2024 Junction Allison
Freedom Hair Dana


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Point of Origin Carrie Orr Television film
2003 The Flannerys Kate Flannery Unsold ABC pilot
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Fate Mackenzie Episode: "Romance Looming"
Nip/Tuck Ridley Lange Recurring role; 3 episodes
2003–2012 One Tree Hill Brooke Davis Main role; 186 episodes
2009–2011 Phineas and Ferb Sara Voice role; 2 episodes
2010 Southern Discomfort Haley Dobson Unsold television pilot
2012–2013 Partners Ali Landow Main role; 13 episodes
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Emma McCoy Unsold television pilot
2013–2017 Chicago Fire Detective Erin Lindsay Recurring role; 11 episodes
2014 MythBusters Herself/Princess Leia Episode: "Star Wars: Revenge of the Myth"
2014–2017 Chicago P.D. Detective Erin Lindsay Main role; 84 Episodes
2014–2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Recurring role; 4 episodes
2015 Pickle and Peanut Additional voices Episode: "Greg/Gramma Jail"
2015–2017 Chicago Med Detective Erin Lindsay Recurring role; 6 episodes
2017 Chicago Justice Episode: "Tycoon"
2018 Alex, Inc. Vanessa Stanhope Episode: "The Cop Car"
2019 Jane the Virgin Julie Episode: "Chapter Ninety-Three"
Easy Alexandra Episode: "Spontaneous Combustion"
... History Bonnie Raines Episode: "Whistleblowers"
Surveillance Maddy Yardley Unsold CBS pilot; also producer
2020 This Is Us Lizzie Episode: "Light and Shadows"
The Man Who Walked Around the World Herself Documentary
2020–2022 Love, Victor Veronica Recurring role; 9 episodes
2022 Good Sam Dr. Sam Griffith Lead role; also producer


Year Title Role Dates Location Category Ref.
2023 2:22 A Ghost Story Lauren May 14 – July 21, 2023 Apollo Theatre West End


Year Title Notes
2009–2012 One Tree Hill Television series; 3 episodes


Year Title Notes
2015 The Thousand Year Journey Short documentary film; executive producer
2018 A Girl Named C Documentary film; executive producer
2018 Mother Truckers Television documentary series; executive producer
2019 Surveillance Unsold CBS pilot; producer
2022 Good Sam CBS television series; producer
2024 Junction Co-producer


Year Title Notes
2019 And Especially You Host
2019–present Work in Progress Host and producer
2020 Hidden in Plain Sight Narrator
2021–present Drama Queens Co-Host

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist
2013 "Carried Away" Woman Passion Pit
2021 "St. Mark's Place" Woman Only Twin

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Lego The Incredibles Karen / Voyd Voice role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Drama One Tree Hill Nominated
2006 Nominated
2007 Choice Movie Actress – Comedy John Tucker Must Die Won
Choice Movie Actress – Horror/Thriller The Hitcher Won
Choice Movie Female Breakout Star Won
Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award Herself Won
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Drama One Tree Hill Nominated
2010 Nominated
2011 VH1 Do Something Awards Do Something Twitter Award Herself Won
2012 Annual Young Hollywood Awards Philanthropy Award Herself Won
2016 Redefine Possible Women's Leadership N/A Herself Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress Chicago P.D. Nominated
2018 Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award N/A Herself Won

See also

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