Burton gained wider recognition with leading roles in the films Our Very Own, Solstice and The List.
In July 2010, Variety announced Burton would have a recurring arc in the USA Network crime drama series White Collar as Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator in the second season.
In February 2011, Burton was upgraded to a series regular for the third season which premiered on June 7, 2011.
Burton portrayed the role of Peyton Sawyer, a fiercely independent visual and musical artist and cheerleader.
The series premiered on September 23, 2003 and went on to be the network's top rated program of the year.
The film is an adaptation of the novel Provinces of Night by William Gay.
Filming also took place in Wilmington, North Carolina in April and May that same year.
Hilarie Ross Burton (born July 1, 1982) is an American actress and producer.
A former host of MTV's Total Request Live, she portrayed Peyton Sawyer on the WB/CW drama One Tree Hill for six seasons (2003–09).
The role was considered Burton's breakout role and is her best-known to date.