Who Is Penn Badgley?

Penn Badgley is an American actor who is recognized as Scott Tucker from the 2006’s film John Tucker Must Die. He is also famous for his roles in The CW drama series Gossip Girl and Netflix series You. Similarly, his other notable acting credits include The StepfatherEasy AMargin Call, and Greetings from Tim Buckley.

Besides an actor, Penn is a vocalist in a pop band, Mothxr. The group’s hit songs include Touch, Easy, Victim, Wild Ride, Impossible, and others.

How Much Is The Net Worth Of Penn Badgley?

As of December 2019, Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley has a net worth of $8 million. The primary source of his earnings is his films and TV series career. Besides that, he also gathers a considerable sum from his television commercials, advertisements deals, and sponsorships.

The average salary of an actor is between $37,000 to $57,000. Similarly, Netflix actors usually earn a salary of $30,000 per episode over two seasons. Later, their earnings increase between $200,000 to $250,000 depending on the success and demand of the actor and show.

Acting Career

Millionaire star Penn Badgley began his acting career in 1997. He made a professional debut as Todd on the television series Will & Grace in 1999. After that, in 2000, he appeared in the movie The Fluffer and series The Young and the Restless.

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Gossip Girl Actor Penn Badgley
Gossip Girl Actor Penn Badgley

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Eventually, he grabbed the limelight after he played Scott Tucker in 2006’s film John Tucker Must Die. Later, he was seen in numerous films and TV series.

Here are the lists of his films with its budget and box office collections.

Movies Budget Earnings
John Tucker Must Die $18 million $68.8 million
The Stepfather $20 million $31.1 million
Easy A $8 million $75 million
Margin Call $3.5 million $19.5 million

In 2003, John Tucker Must Die star worked as Jake Wood on the show The Twilight Zone. Additionally, from 2007 to 2012, he was cast as Daniel Humphrey on American teen drama TV series Gossip Girl with Blake Lively, Leighton MeesterChace CrawfordTaylor MomsenEd WestwickKelly RutherfordMatthew SettleJessica Szohr, and Kaylee DeFer.

Furthermore, since 2018, the actor has been portraying the role of Joseph Goldberg in the Netflix thriller series You with the actors like Elizabeth LailLuca PadovanZach Cherry, and Shay Mitchell.


The pop band Mothxr was formed in 2013. Penn is vocal and plays keyboards where his other band members Darren Will is in bass guitar, Simon Oscroft plays guitar, and Jimmy Giannopoulos is involved in production and drum programming.

Penn Badgley with his band member of MOTHXR
Penn Badgley with his band member of MOTHXR 

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In 2014, the band released their single Easy. Likewise, the group launched another single Touch in 2015. The squads’ recent studio album Centerfold was released in 2016.

Personal Life

Penn Badgley was born Penn Dayton Badgley on November 1, 1986, in Baltimore, Maryland, the United States to parents.

Penn’s father, Duff Badgley, was a newspaper reporter and a carpenter. In 2008, he even became a Green Party candidate for governor of Washington. Gossip Girl actor was raised by his single mother, Lynne Murphy, as his parents divorced when he was at the age of 12.

5 feet 9 inches tall actor Badgley attended Woolridge Elementary later, and he transferred to St. Christopher’s School. After that, Penn went to Santa Monoca College. Then, he enrolled at Lewis & Clark College.

Relationship Status

33-year-old Penn Badgley is married to an English-American singer Domino Kirke. The couple began dating in 2014 and finally got married on February 27, 2017. The pair together has no child; however, Badgley is a step-father of Domino’s son Cassius Riley.

Penn Badgley and his wife Domino Kirke
Penn Badgley and his wife Domino Kirke

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Previously, Easy A star dated an actress Blake Lively. Also, he was in a relationship with actress, singer, and model Zoe Kravitz.

Any Commercials?

Mothxr vocalist Penn supported then-president Barack Obama over John McCain during the 2008 US presidential election.

As a part of MoveOn’s Youth Vote program, he, along with his ex-girlfriend Blake featured in a pro-Barack Obama commercial directed by Dough Liman.

Charity Works

The American Red Cross introduced the Penn Badgley as a member of National Celebrity Cabinet, which is a group of celebrity that supports Red Cross services in March of 2010.

Similarly, he united forces with actor Brad Pitt in order to bring the FIFA World Cup to the USA in 2018 or 2022. Besides that, the versatile personality also stands for the rights of the LGBTQ community.