Anneliese van der Pol
Anneliese van der pol picture
Born Anneliese Louise van der Pol
September 23, 1984 (1984-09-23) (age 34

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Years active 1990 - present

Anneliese Louise van der Pol (born September 23, 1984) is a Dutch-American actress and singer. After an early career in musical theatre, she was cast as Chelsea Daniels in the Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven, a role that gained her renown among young audiences. Van der Pol also has a career as a singer and has recorded several songs for The Walt Disney Company.


Van der Pol subsequently starred as "Laurey" in an Austin, Texas, musical theatre production of Oklahoma! from 2000 to 2001. Her performance earned her the Austin Critics Table Award nomination for "Best Actress in a Musical." Van der Pol was later cast as Chelsea Daniels, the best friend of the title character on the Disney Channel's That's So Raven, a role she played from 2002 to 2007. Just as the first season of "That's So Raven" began, she went back to Austin Musical Theatre to perform in "Celebrate: AMT," a performance highlighting all the shows the company had done up to then. She was a featured soloist. Van der Pol has also appeared on the Disney Channel Games as a member of the Red Team; her teammates were Zac Efron, Kay Panabaker, Dylan Sprouse, Shin Koyamada, and Moises Arias. She was originally offered the role of Kim Possible but chose not to take the part. Anneliese also had a minor role in Bratz: The Movie as Avery, a mean popular girl.

Van der Pol is a soprano and is trained in the belting vocal technique. In 2004, she recorded the song "Over It" for the Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs. Her second solo recording, called "A Day in the Sun," a cover originally sung by Hilary Duff, appeared on the album That's So Raven Too!. Van der Pol has been associated with several other Disney music projects, including the Elton John song "Circle of Life" for a special edition of The Lion King DVD, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" for the Cinderella: Special Edition DVD, and "Candle on the Water" from Pete's Dragon on DisneyMania 4.

Van der Pol appeared in the role of "Belle" in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway beginning on April 3, 2007. She was the final actress to play the role on Broadway before it closed after 13 years on July 29, 2007. A few weeks prior, on July 3, Van der Pol appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly to talk about her role as Belle. Anneliese spoke about being the last Belle, and what things were like at the show. She also performed "A Change In Me".

Van der Pol is one of only three cast members of That's So Raven (along with T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Rondell Sheridan) not to star in a Disney Channel Original Movie, although she is the only cast member to star in a Walt Disney Theatrical Production.

She starred in a new musical titled Vanities, which was performed at the Pasadena Playhouse from August 22 to September 28, 2008, and was scheduled to begin performances on Broadway February 2, 2009, at the Lyceum Theatre with an official opening on February 26,[1] but the show's Broadway run has since been postponed due to the economic turmoil in the US.[2] The musical then began performances Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre on July 2, 2009 and officially opened on July 16, 2009.[3]

As of July 2009, she has received her fourth call-back for the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway.[4]


Film & Television
Year Show Role Notes
2002 Divorce: The Musical Chelsea Weber
2003-2006 Express Yourself Herself
2003-2007 That's So Raven Chelsea Daniels
2005 Disney Channel's Totally Suite New Year's Eve Herself
Horror High Rachael
Katbot Katbot/Katerina Botenski (voices) Cancelled Series
2006 Kim Possible Heather (voice)
The Disney Channel Games Herself
2006 Live with Regis and Kelly Herself Performing "Friends" with Raven-Symoné
2007 Live with Regis and Kelly Herself
2007 Bratz: The Movie Avery
2010 Vampires Suck Jennifer
2017 Raven's Home Chelsea Grayson


Year Theatre Role
1990 The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Little Red Riding Hood
1991 The Glory of Christmas Soloist
The Sound of Music Brigitta
The Will Rogers Follies Mary Rogers
1996 Eleanor, An American Love Story Young Eleanor Roosevelt
1997 Catch a Falling Star Sheree
1998 Murphy's Law Kelly
1999 Fiddler on the Roof Chava
Grease Sandy
Beguiled Again Principal
Evita Eva "Evita" Peron
2000 Oklahoma! Laurey
2002 The Nutcracker Clara
Copelia Copelia
2007 Beauty and the Beast Belle
2008 & 2009 Vanities Kathy


Other albums/compilations
  • 1999: Children of Christmas
Selected Soundtracks
That's So Raven
  • Released: May 18, 2004
  • Songs
Stuck in the Suburbs
  • Released: July 13, 2004
  • Songs:
That's So Raven Too!
  • Released: March 7, 2006
  • Songs:
  • "Friends" (w/ Raven-Symoné)
  • "Let's Stick Together" (w/ Raven-Symoné, Kyle Massey)
  • "A Day in the Sun"
  • Wal-Mart Bonus Tracks
  1. Friends (50/50 Mix) - Anneliese van der Pol, Raven-Symoné
DisneyMania 4
  • Released: April 4, 2006
  • Songs:


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