Danielle Fishel

Actor
A charming child-turned-teen star who grew up gracefully alongside her fans, Danielle Fishel delighted Generation Y as Topanga, the whip-smart soulmate to Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) on "Boy Meets World" (ABC ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1981 in Mesa, Arizona, USA

Filmography

Actor (18)

Girl Meets World 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hero Dog Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Chosen One 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Chosen One 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Radio Disney Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

I Melt With You 2011 (Movie)

Jody (Actor)

Boy Meets World 1993 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full House 1992 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kirk 1992 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nikki 1992 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Dish 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Host

National Lampoon Presents: Dorm Daze 2003 (Movie)

Marla (Actor)

Long Shot 2001 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Rocket's Red Glare 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen People's 21 Hottest Stars Under 21 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC Saturday Morning Preview Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A charming child-turned-teen star who grew up gracefully alongside her fans, Danielle Fishel delighted Generation Y as Topanga, the whip-smart soulmate to Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) on "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000). Achieving teen star fame, including magazine covers and a prom date with *NSYNC's Lance Bass, Fishel slowed her acting output after the series ended, concentrating instead on hosting gigs, including helming a season of "Say What? Karaoke" (MTV, 1998-2003) and booking a correspondent role on "The Tyra Banks Show" (syndicated, 2005-09; The CW, 2009-2010). Maintaining her fan base and becoming a more confident, polished performer with age, Fishel landed a plum hosting gig when she earned her own satirical commentary series "The Dish" (Style, 2008-2011), a sister series to "The Soup" (E!, 2004- ). Fans were overjoyed, however, at the announcement in 2012 that she would return to her most famous role, when both she and Ben Savage signed on for "Girl Meets World," a sequel to "Boy" that would follow Topanga and Cory's 13-year-old daughter. With girl-next-door glamour and an effervescent personality, Danielle Fishel managed to escape the pitfalls of child stardom and enjoy a lengthy industry career as well as the goodwill of countless fans, both past and present.

Born May 5, 1981 in Mesa, AZ, Danielle Christine Fishel began her career as a child model and commercial actress before making her full-fledged acting debut with a recurring role on "Full House" (ABC, 1987-1995) as a classmate who pressures Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) to get her ears pierced. After a guest spot on "Harry and the Hendersons" (syndicated, 1991-93), she was hired for one episode of "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000) as feminist genius Topanga Lawrence, who both intimidates and fascinates her fellow students, including series star Cory Matthews (Ben Savage). So charming was Fishel in the role that she was not only brought back for additional appearances, but soon became a series regular and one of the show's true anchors. At first a brainy-but-quirky foil for the lovably chuckleheaded exploits of Cory and buddy Shawn (Rider Strong), over the course of the series Fishel's Topanga proved to be Cory's soulmate and their relationship and eventual marriage provided much of the heart and arc of the later seasons.

Winning a YoungStar Award and earning two Young Artist Award nominations for her work, Fishel achieved teen stardom for her "Boy Meets World" work, including co-authoring the book Girl Gets Real: A Teenager's Guide To Life and earning multiple magazine covers, as well as enjoying considerable gossip coverage for her real-life relationship with co-star Ben Savage, as well as her noteworthy prom date, *NSYNC member Lance Bass. After the series ended, Fishel underwent a glamorous makeover and became the spokeswoman for NutriSystem as well as a correspondent for "The Tyra Banks Show" (syndicated, 2005-09; The CW, 2009-2010). Although she still occasionally acted, including roles in "National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze" (2003) and "Game Box 1.0" (2004), hosting duties suited the quick-witted Fishel, who also helmed "Say What? Karaoke" (MTV, 1998-2003) and her own comedy current events show, "The Dish" (Style, 2008-2011).

Although Fishel earned excellent notices for her work on "The Dish," the show, which was very much in the vein of its sister series "The Soup" (E!, 2004- ), failed to attract a considerable audience, a fact Fishel poked fun at in the viral video "Child Star Psychologist" (2011). Although she had begun working towards earning her college degree in counseling, Fishel found herself making the best kind of Hollywood headlines when development of a sequel "Boy" series entitled "Girl Meets World" was announced. Happily for fans, both Fishel and Savage signed on for the show, which was set to follow the coming-of-age adventures of Riley, the 13-year-old daughter of Topanga and Cory.

By Jonathan Riggs

Relationships

Lance Bass Actor

Companion
Began dating 1999; attended Calabasas High prom together Split 2000 and remained friends

Tim Belusko

Companion
Announced engagement December 2012

Rick Fishel

Father
Worked as director of business development for a medical equipment company

Jennifer Fishel

Mother
Managed daughter's career

Christopher Fishel

Brother
Born c. 1985

Devon Sawa Actor

Companion
Reportedly dating since c. December 1999 Rumors of an engagement surfaced June 2000 but neither confirmed

Milestones

2012

Announced to reprise role alongside Ben Savage on a "Boy Meets World" spin-off titled "Girl Meets World"

2008

Hosted pop culture series "The Dish" on Style

2003

Appeared in comedy "National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze"

2001

Film acting debut, "Longshot"

1993

Cast opposite Ben Savage on ABC sitcom "Boy Meets World" as lead character's love interest Topanga; promoted from recurring to regular in 1994

1992

Made TV debut on ABC's "Full House"

1991

Began acting career at age 10

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