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Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American actress and singer. In 2006, Miley rose to prominence as a teen idol after being cast in the Disney Channel television series, Hannah Montana, in which she portrayed the starring character, Miley Stewart. After signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2007, Cyrus released her debut studio album Meet Miley Cyrus. It was certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for exceeding four million shipments, and produced the hit single "See You Again". In 2008, Cyrus released her second album Breakout, which featured the successful track "7 Things", and In 2013 she earned her first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Wrecking Ball.
Miley started auditioning for "Hannah Montana" when she was 11 years old. She originally tried out for the part of "Lilly Truscott".
Her godmother is Dolly Parton.
Miley was voted #64 on the 2011 Maxim list "Hot 100" women and #25 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
In January 2008, she legally changed her name from Destiny Hope Cyrus to Miley Ray Cyrus. "Ray" is for her grandfather, Ronald Ray Cyrus, whom she was very close to and "Miley" came from her childhood nickname "Smiley", which was shortened to "Miley", that was given to her because of her constant smiling as a young child.
Miley and Nick Jonas dated during their Disney Channel days from 2006-2007.