Danielle Fishel Biography

Danielle Fishel is an American actress, television personality, and director best known for playing Topanga Lawrence-Matthews on the 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World. She has also appeared in various films and television shows, and she directed several episodes of Girl Meets World, the successor to Boy Meets World. Fishel has become an advocate for female empowerment and a public speaker on a number of themes, in addition to her acting profession.

Early Life

Danielle Fishel was born on May 5, 1981, in Mesa, Arizona. Her mother Jennifer is a personal manager while Rick his father was the former president of the worldwide medical technology business Masimo. 

She received her education at California’s Calabasas High School, where she graduated in 1999. Fishel did not attend college at first due to her acting job, but eventually returned and enrolled at California State University, Fullerton, where she graduated in 2013.

Fishel performed in the amateur theatre when she was younger. After receiving acclaim for her roles in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Peter Pan,” she began doing television advertisements and VoiceOver work.

Danielle Fishel Career

Fishel made her television debut in an episode of the ABC sitcom “Full House” in 1992; she made another appearance in the same show the following year. She also appeared on the sitcom “Harry and the Hendersons” in 1993. 

The following year, Fishel landed her most well-known role as Topanga Lawrence on the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World.” Despite being intended as a minor role, Topanga quickly rose to the status of recurring character and, by the second season, the main character.

Throughout the series, she was the main love interest of protagonist Cory Matthews played by Ben Savage, with the two characters marrying near the finale. “Boy Meets World,” which also starred Will Friedle and Rider Strong, lasted seven seasons, ending in the mid-2000s. On the Disney Channel spinoff series “Girl Meets World,” which aired from 2014 to 2017, Fishel returned to the role of Topanga.

Rise to Fame

Following “Boy Meets World,” Fishel made an appearance in the television movie “Rocket’s Red Glare.” Following that, she made guest appearances in episodes of the comedy “Nikki” and the children’s horror anthology series “The Nightmare Room.” In 2003, Fishel served as the host of the MTV game program “Say What? Karaoke.”

In later television appearances, Fishel provided voices for several episodes of the Disney animated series “Gravity Falls” and “Star vs. the Forces of Evil.” She made an appearance as one of the famous singers competing in the reality singing competition program “The Masked Singer” in 2022.

Fishel made her cinematic debut in 2001 as part of the vast ensemble cast of the comedy picture “Longshot.” She then made a subsequent appearance in “National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze” in 2003. In the 2006 direct-to-video sequel “National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea,” Fishel played the same character from the original movie.

Danielle Fishel Biography

Real Name Danielle Christine Fishel
Birth Date 5 May 1981
Age (as of 2023) 42 Years
Birth Place Mesa, Arizona, United States
Profession Actress
College California State University, Fullerton
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 6” – in Centimeters – 168 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 61 kg  –  in Pounds –  134 lbs
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Green


Father Rick Fishel
Mother Jennifer Fishel
Brother Christopher Fishel

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is her husband? Jensen Karp
Children Two

Personal Life

Fishel married her first spouse, Tim Belusko, whom she had taught at California State University, Fullerton, in 2013. In early 2016, the couple finally got divorced.  Prior to their marriage, Danielle Fishel and Lance Bass, a former member of the band NSYNC, were romantically linked.

The two began dating in 1999 but broke up the following year, the same year Lance Bass came out as gay to the public. Fishel then began dating writer, actor, producer, and former rapper Jensen Karp, whom she later wed in 2018. They have two sons together.

Danielle Fishel Net Worth

In addition to her acting work, she also earns a significant amount of money as a TV host and personality. Danielle Fishel has a net worth of $10 million. This covers her earnings from playing assignments, directing gigs, and speaking engagements.


  • Danielle, like many other celebrities, was arrested for drunk driving. She was detained on December 20, 2007, however she was quickly let go. Since then, there have been no further claims that Danielle has been in trouble with the authorities.
  • Danielle Fishel is quite active on social media, and her Twitter and Instagram followings are consistently growing. She currently has 350,000 followers on Twitter and over 614,000 on Instagram.
  • She briefly worked with Devon Sawa, a well-known Canadian actor well recognized for his performances in Final Destination and Nikita, between 2000 and 2001.
  • Among her other notable media performances, Fishel starred in the music video for the Moffatts’ song “Until You Loved Me.” Later on, she worked as a spokesman for Nutrisystem, a firm that helped people lose weight. Fishel also works as a permanent reporter for the news organization PopSugar.

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