Jamie Lynn Spears grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana, with her parents, Jamie and Lynne (now divorced). She is the younger sister of pop singer Britney Spears, and also has an older brother, Bryan Spears, who is one of her sister's managers. When Jamie Lynn was still a baby, she moved to New York City with her mother and sister to help her sister's singing career. Jamie Lynn still lives in Kentwood and currently attends Parklane Academy, located in McComb, Mississippi, where she is a freshman in high school. She is multi-talented, and has an interest in basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, softball, soccer, dancing, and acting.
Jamie Lynn Spears appeared in 2001's Totally Britney Live and in a Pepsi television commercial in 2002. In the same year, she appeared briefly in the movie Crossroads, as the younger version of the main character, Lucy, who was played by her older sister, Britney.
For two seasons, Spears was a cast member on the comedy-variety show All That, which she obtained after publicly stating her desire to be on the show in an interview. Disapproval was voiced over her poor acting abilities, and accusations of nepotism arised. She left the show in 2004 because of scheduling conflicts.
Jamie Lynn Spears currently stars in the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101. She stars as one of the first girls to enter a formerly all-boy boarding school. Zoey 101 drew record numbers with the premiere of the show, which gave the channel 1.6 million viewers aged 9-14, its biggest viewership in the demographic for a premiere in eight years.  Zoey 101 was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Children series. Later on 2006's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, she won the award for favorite TV actress beating co-nominees Jennifer Love Hewitt, Raven-Symoné and Eve.
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