Date of Birth
5 December 1981, Mesa, Arizona, USA
Danielle Christine Fishel
5' 1" (1.55 m)
Danielle Christine Fishel was born on May 5, 1981, in Mesa, Arizona. She began acting professionally at the age of ten, during which she made many TV guest appearances and commercials. She was originally a guest star on the show Boy Meets World (1993), but Danielle added a spark that the show needed and she became a regular cast member shortly afterward. She played Topanga Lawrence on the show, the girlfriend of Cory Matthews. The show brought Danielle much attention even landing her face on the cover of "Seventeen" magazine. She was voted as one of Teen People's magazine hottest stars under the age of 21. She graduated from high school in 1999.
In 2014, fourteen years after the conclusion of "Boy," she reprised her role as Topanga, now the wife of Cory Matthews, in the show Girl Meets World (2014).
Owns 130 pairs of shoes.
Was chosen as one of Teen People magazine's 21 of the hottest stars under 21.
Has a younger brother: Christopher Fishel.
Her father, Rick, is a medical equipment sales executive. Her mother, Jennifer, manages Danielle's career.
Attended high school (Calabasas High School) prom with Lance Bass.
Since becoming a Boy Meets World (1993) regular, she has had her own website, magazine column, calendar, poster, and in-line skating video ("Grinders in Line", which she made with BMW co-star Rider Strong).
Lost 27 pounds on the Nutrisystem diet. After she revealed this on television, Nutrisystem contracted her to be a spokesperson for their company.
Serves as a special contributor to The Tyra Banks Show (2005).
(December 20, 2007) Arrested in Newport Beach, California on a drunken driving warrant and released from jail shortly after her arrest.
Auditioned for the role of Kim in the adventure film Flipper (1996), but was turned down.
Originally cast as a guest star on the pilot of Boy Meets World (1993). The actress who was cast as Topanga Lawrence was not working out. She and another girl were asked to read on the spot. Danielle won the role.
Revealed in an interview with a L.A. radio station that a former boyfriend, who was an actor and whom she dated almost 10 years prior, physically abused her (2008).
(October 19, 2013) Married her boyfriend of 4 years Tim Belusko following a 17-month-long engagement.
Celebrity spokesperson for Nutrisystem diet foods. [August 2007]
Currently living in Orange County, California [July 2006]
Her 2013 wedding was said to be attended by fellow actors Ben Savage, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Lawrence and Betsy Randle.
Mixed up dates for her wedding to interfere with friend and fellow Boy Meets World (1993) actor Rider Strong, they ended up getting married on the same weekend. Splitting up the cast. Half going to Rider's, half to Danielle's.
Her father has English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry. Her mother is of Maltese ancestry.
Claims that she and Ben Savage went on exactly one date, while filming Boy Meets World (1993) (1993-2000), and that, by the end of the date, they both decided that they would just stay friends.
Ranked #69 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
She got married only one day before her Boy Meets World (1993) co-star Rider Strong.
Boy Meets World: Brave New World: Part 2 (2000), the series finale of Boy Meets World (1993), aired on her 19th birthday: May 5, 2000.
Her acting mentor is William Daniels.
When you first get out of doing a show for a long time where you played a teenager, casting directors and producers all still look at you as being the character that you played for so long.
I love the freedom of having my own space and my own place and doing things on my terms, and not really having to think about anybody else's schedule.
I think the human mind is fascinating. I love figuring out why people are doing what they do.