Portrayed by Hilarie Burton from the pilot until the season six finale, Peyton Elizabeth Sawyer, was introduced in the first season as Nathan Scott's on-and-off girlfriend.She has a huge love for music and for art, and frequently sketches certain events in her life, or feelings she cannot bring herself to tell anybody about.
The producers were originally unsure as to who Murray would play.Series creator Mark Schwahn wanted him to play the character of Nathan Scott since Murray had played a bad guy several times before, he felt it was only natural to give him this role.Murray's mother left him when he was young, and Lucas was abandoned by his father .Murray's passion for the role led the producers to cast him as Lucas.Lucas tells Peyton he hates her and wishes she never came back to Tree Hill because she ruined his life.
They later make amends and get married and have a daughter "Sawyer Brooke Scott".
Peyton develops feelings for Lucas Scott in the first season, but frequently tries keeping them to herself since he was consistently off-and-on with Brooke for the first four seasons.
Her adoptive mother died in a car accident when she was young, and her adoptive father works out on the sea, which leaves Peyton on her own for most of the first four seasons.
Portrayed by James Lafferty since the pilot, Nathan Royal Scott was a basketball player for the Charlotte Bobcats, husband of Haley James Scott and the father of James Lucas Scott and Lydia Bob Scott.
He originally started out as a villain and enemy of his brother, Lucas.
Hilarie Burton, auditioned for the part of Ed Harris's daughter in the film Radio.