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Elle Fanning

1998-04-09 Conyers, Georgia, USA

Image of Elle Fanning


Mary Elle Fanning (born April 9, 1998) is an American actress. She made her film debut as the younger version of her sister Dakota Fanning's character in the drama film I Am Sam (2001). As a child actress, she appeared in several films, including Babel (2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Phoebe in Wonderland (both 2008). In 2010 she starred in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere (2010) earning her a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer nomination. In 2011 she received attention for her starring role in J. J. Abrams' science-fiction film Super 8, earning a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. She subsequently had leading roles in the comedy-drama film We Bought a Zoo (2011), the drama film Ginger & Rosa (2012), and as Princess Aurora in the fantasy films Maleficent (2014) and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019). Following Maleficent, Fanning began working in independent cinema, collaborating with auteurs in lead and supporting roles in films such as Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon (2016), Mike Mills' 20th Century Women (2016), Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled (2017), John Cameron Mitchell's How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017), Woody Allen's A Rainy Day in New York (2019), and Sally Potter's The Roads Not Taken (2020). In 2019, aged 21, she became the youngest person to serve as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival. She plays Empress Catherine II in the Hulu series The Great (2020–present), for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination as well as two Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. In 2022 she starred as Michelle Carter in the Hulu limited series The Girl from Plainville.


Penn & Teller: Try This at Home Self 2020-05-18
That Click Self 2020-06-17
All the Bright Places Violet 2020-02-28
The Roads Not Taken Molly 2020-03-13
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Princess Aurora 2019-10-16
Teen Spirit Violet Valenski 2019-04-12
A Rainy Day in New York Ashleigh Enright 2019-07-26
Camp! The Movie Self 2019-05-09
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Melody 2018-03-02
Always at The Carlyle Self (archive footage) 2018-05-11
Galveston Rocky 2018-10-10
I Think We're Alone Now Grace 2018-09-14
Mary Shelley Mary Shelley 2017-08-06
How to Talk to Girls at Parties Zan 2017-10-06
Elle Fanning's Fan Fantasy self 2017-05-09
The Beguiled Alicia 2017-06-23
20th Century Women Julie Miller 2016-12-28
3 Generations Ray 2016-10-27
Ballerina Félicie Milliner (voice) 2016-12-14
Live by Night Loretta Figgis 2016-12-25
The Neon Demon Jesse 2016-05-31
Trumbo Nikola Trumbo 2015-10-27
Low Down Amy Albany 2014-01-19
Young Ones Mary Holm 2014-06-28
The Boxtrolls Winnie Portley-Rind (voice) 2014-09-10
First Stars I See Tonight Girl 2014-01-05
Maleficent Princess Aurora 2014-05-28
Likeness Mia 2013-04-19
Sigur Rós: Valtari Film Experiment Sara (Leaning Towards Solace) 2013-03-05
Twixt: A Documentary Self 2013-07-23
Wide-Awake The Rainmaker 2012-12-07
Ginger & Rosa Ginger 2012-10-18
Twixt V. 2011-09-10
We Bought a Zoo Lily Miska 2011-12-08
The Curve of Forgotten Things Girl 2011-02-08
Making Somewhere Self 2011-04-19
Super 8 Alice Dainard 2011-06-08
The Nutcracker in 3D Mary 2010-11-24
Somewhere Cleo 2010-09-03
Astro Boy Grace (voice) 2009-10-15
First the Egg 2009-01-01
Phoebe in Wonderland Phoebe Lichten 2008-02-07
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Daisy Age 7 2008-12-25
A Very Brave Witch 2007-06-01
Reservation Road Emma Learner 2007-09-13
Day 73 with Sarah Sarah 2007-03-09
The Nines Noelle 2007-01-21
Déjà Vu Abbey 2006-11-22
Babel Debbie Jones 2006-10-26
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Penelope 2006-04-28
Because of Winn-Dixie Sweety Pie Thomas 2005-02-18
P.N.O.K. Rebecca Bullard 2005-01-01
The Door in the Floor Ruth Cole 2004-07-18
Daddy Day Care Jamie 2003-05-09
I Am Sam Lucy (2 Years Old) 2001-12-28
Grubbo's Landing Dakota 1988-06-14
The Nightingale Isabelle
I Am Sybil Shirley Mason
A Complete Unknown Sylvie Russo
The Maid of Orleans Rebecca Spielman