How Old Is Jamie Lynn Spears Compared to Sister Britney Spears?

Jamie Lynn Spears rose to fame shortly after her big sister Britney Spears, but how old is the younger sister? Although the pop icon took the music world by storm, her younger sister thrived more through acting in those early years. How old was the young girl who joined her big sister in the movie Crossroads? What is the age gap between Jamie Lynn and Britney?

Jamie Lynn Spears smiling at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
Jamie Lynn Spears at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards | Image Group/LA/Disney Channel/Getty Images

What is Jamie Lynn Spears’ age?  

When Britney Spears signed that monumental record deal with Jive Records in 1997, the soon-to-be pop icon was only 15. Her younger sister, Jamie Lynn, was only five years old. The sisters have a whopping 10 year age gap between them. Jamie Lynn Spears turned 30 years old on April 4, 2021, while her sister is 39 — Britney turns 40 on Dec. 2.

Dan Schneider was behind Jamie Lynn Spears’ big break

In their mother, Lynne Spears’ memoir, Through the Storm, she details precisely how her youngest daughter ended up in Hollywood. When Jamie Lynn was only 10 years old, VH1 produced a segment on Britney Spears. The pop star’s brother, Bryan Spears, and Jamie Lynn rapped a song together in the video. Someone from Nickelodeon saw the video and pointed out the little girl to Dan Schneider. He brought her down for an audition for All That. Jamie Lynn introduced the executive producer to a character she created, Thelma. Schneider loved Jamie Lynn and quickly added her to the All That cast.

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Jamie Lynn was a massive success on All That, so she pitched her own series idea, Zoey 101, to Dan Schneider. Again, the executive producer loved the idea. He saw how well Amanda Bynes’ spinoff, The Amanda Show, performed. So, Zoey 101 premiered in 2005.

Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy

Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter, Maddie Briann Aldridge, was born on June 19, 2008, in McComb, Mississippi. Since she was the star of Zoey 101, many fans speculated that the show was canceled because of Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy. However, the actor spoke out numerous times, stating that shooting had wrapped in the final season before she found out she was pregnant. The pregnancy was a shock to her family and made waves in the media because Jamie Lynn was 16.

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“After we wrapped shooting, I just wanted to go home to Louisiana and finish high school, be a cheerleader, all that,” the actor told Glamour in 2012. “Then I found out I was pregnant.”

Is Britney’s sister her conservator?

Little sister Jamie Lynn is the trustee over the “Toxic” singer’s fortune, which protects the family assets for her children. However, that does not make Jamie Lynn a conservator. Although some news outlets reported that Jamie Lynn was attempting to assert more control over her sister’s money, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Britney established the trust in 2004 to protect her children’s future. According to the Los Angeles Times, a 2018 amendment to the trust cited that if Britney died, her trustee, Jamie Lynn Spears, would be responsible for distributing the family’s assets for her children.