Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She made her debut in three episodes of the series Doc before appearing in a minor role for the film Big Fish in 2003. In 2006, she was established as a teen idol with the success of the Hannah Montana franchise, a former Disney Channel sitcom in which she portrayed the role of Miley Stewart and Hannah Montana. Cyrus later recorded numerous songs for the soundtrack of the first season. She later signed a deal with Hollywood Records and released the joint album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus.