Jamie Lynn Marie Spears is an American actress and singer. She played the role of Zoey Brooks on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Zoey 101 and Noreen Fitzgibbons in the Netflix romantic drama series Sweet Magnolias. Wikipedia
Born: 4 April 1991 (age 29 years), McComb, Mississippi, United States
Height: 1.64 m
Spouse: Jamie Watson (m. 2014)
Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she is the younger sister of singer Britney Spears. She became the subject of significant media attention and controversy in 2007, when she announced she was pregnant at age 16, effectively sending her career into hiatus.
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 , 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.
In February 2002, 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. Following Crossroads, Nickelodeon cast Spears as a regular performer in the eighth season of the sketch comedy series All That . The season followed a two-year hiatus of the series. Spears portrayed various roles through the two seasons she appeared in as well as herself. Spears's performance received positive reviews from critics with many complimenting her comedic timing and being a highlight of the show. Spears did not return for the series' tenth and final season to pursue other roles on the network. Spears made a guest appearance at Stars, Stripes and Skates skating gala at Madison Square Garden in September 2002.
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, 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.  Nickelodeon announced the fourth season would be the series' last season. The series finale, "PCA Confidential ", aired 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.
In December 2007, Variety announced Spears had signed on to guest appear in the ABC comedy sitcom series Miss Guided, in which she played the role of the promiscuous high school student Mandy Fener in the episode "Hot Sub" which aired on March 20, 2008. That same year Spears voiced the role of Goldilocks in the direct-to-DVD animation film Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show. The film is the third and final installment of the
Unstable Fables trilogy. [citation needed ]
Following Spears's move to Nashville, she began working on a country music album with a number of local music producers. On November 7, 2011, Spears held a small concert at the Rutledge in Nashville in which she performed a set of original songs. On November 25, 2013, Spears released her first single "How Could I Want More" from her upcoming debut album. 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 is 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 an EP called
The Journey. The EP peaked at number 5 on Billboard 's Heatseekers Albums, and at number 24 on Top Country Albums. Jana Kramer recorded a song Spears co-wrote, "I Got the Boy ," which was released as the second single from Thirty One in 2015. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 592,000 copies in the United States as of April 2016.
On March 15, 2016, Spears performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville . She was introduced by her two older siblings, Britney and Bryan, who made surprise appearances at the show. On June 24, 2016, Spears released her second single, "Sleepover." She described the song as "young, flirty and empowering". Spears was a presenter and a performer at Radio Disney Music Awards in April 2017.
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 following a near-fatal ATV accident.
In July 2019, Netflix announced that Spears has been cast as a series regular in the upcoming romance drama series Sweet Magnolias , which is based on the novel series by Sherryl Woods . She will play young woman called Noreen Fitzgibbons, who works as a nurse and wants to build a new life after making bad choices. In November 2019, Teen Vogue reported that Spears has joined the cast of a new Nickelodeon television series, which is uniting two of the channel's most iconic shows from the past: All That and Zoey 101. 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.
Spears has been featured in several fashion blogs and magazines such as
Seventeen, Teen, Girls' Life, Mizz and
Nickelodeon Magazine. Spears has appeared in commercials and print ads throughout her career. She appeared in television commercials for eKara,
Pepsi and Clorox Bleach. In 2018, she appeared in an advertising campaign for Kraft with daughter Maddie. Spears is popular on social media and endorses products such as beauty and wellness products on Instagram . She has partnered with FabFitFun, KiwiCo and Teami Blends.
On December 20, 2007, in an interview with OK! magazine, Spears announced that she was pregnant by her then-boyfriend, Casey Aldridge. She was 16 years old at the time. Aldridge, whom she had been dating for two years, was 18. Spears confirmed her engagement to Aldridge in March 2008 after it was reported she was seen wearing an engagement ring . In May 2008, the couple moved to
Liberty, Mississippi, and purchased a house, with Spears stating they would raise their child there. Spears gave birth to her first daughter, Maddie Briann Aldridge on June 19, 2008 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, Mississippi. Spears and Aldridge called off their engagement in March 2009, and Spears ended the relationship and moved out in December 2009. Spears and Aldridge reconciled in August 2010, but ended their relationship a second time in November 2010.
The announcement of Spears' pregnancy generated controversy, as the media was accused of using the story to "glamorize" teenage pregnancy. Some teens were disappointed with the contrast between Spears's on-screen personality as a "good" girl and her real life pregnancy. On June 4, 2008, while in Amite County, Mississippi, the Spears family filed a complaint against Edwin Merrino, a paparazzo who, they believed, was following and stalking the couple. Merrino denied the allegation. He was released later in the day after posting a $1,096 bond.
Marriage and family
She subsequently began a relationship with Jamie Watson, a businessman who owns communications service Advanced Media Partners. After two years of on and off dating, they announced their 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, Ivey Joan Watson
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