Hilarie Burton is set to return to the small screen but it’s not on the show where most fans expect her to appear. According to Fancast, the 27-year-old actress has landed a six-episode stint on the USA Network crime comedy-drama White Collar this summer. This marks Burton’s first TV role since leaving One Tree Hill, where she catapulted to stardom as Peyton Sawyer.  

Burton, who has been rumored to be dating Jeffrey Dean Morgan and has reportedly given birth to their first child together earlier this year, will be playing a woman from Neal’s (Matthew Bomer) past who comes back to haunt him. Her character, Sarah Ellis, is an insurance investigator who met Neal long before his pre-FBI consultant days over an art heist. Evidently, she’ll also serve as Neal’s romantic interest.  

White Collar returns with new episodes beginning Tuesday, July 13, serving as lead in to USA’s new spry drama Covert Affairs.

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Kris De Leon

Staff Writer, BuddyTV