Hilarie Burton to Romance Lead on White Collar

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Hilarie Burton has signed on for her first TV role since departing One Tree Hill.

The actress will appear on six episodes of White Collar this summer. She'll play a character from Neal's past named Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator who catches up to the show's protagonist and reunites with him on both a professional and personal basis.

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Burton starred for six seasons on One Tree Hill. She left the role of Peyton Sawyer in 2009.

White Collar premieres its second season on USA on July 13.

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