Hudgens' breakthrough role came with her performance as Gabriella Montez in the musical comedy film High School Musical.
She had an early love of the show which led her to appear in local music productions at the age of eight.
She then engulfed a lot of controversy as she was naked in some of her photos.
Hudgens was born in Huntington Beach, California, the daughter of Anne Theresa née Clarke and Michael Kenneth Hudgens.
The franchise also spawned a stage musical, which was performed at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009.
She began a relationship with actor Austin Butler from 2011, and they are still dating each other.