Young Girls in Contemporary Film 2015-2020by AmakoaAkana | created - 25 Feb 2016 | updated - 2 days ago | Public
Reference List for film school project. What roles do girls play in contemporary film and how has this changed in film history? The girls in this list were 12 or younger i.e not teens, when they made the reference films. I have pretty much ignored TV series except a few mini-series like Hetty Feather.
Updates are added to the end of the list. As time goes by many of the girls have become young women and the publicity photos changed. Thus, the actresses from 2015 are playing roles in teenage films, and the still little ones are at the bottem of the list.
Since 2017 it is increasingly hard to find films which tell a little girl's story... most girls play roles as daughters (often in great danger) or as the younger version of the main female character in the first ten minutes or so. Then of course are the scary little girls in horror, ghost, haunted house films. But, since American girl has apparently decided to not make more films, there is very little along the lines of Samantha. Or films like the Golden Compass, Little Princess or Beasts of the Southern Wild that feature girls in a leading role.
Not sure if I am allowed to do this but here is karxnbxxchxr 's list to young black actresses.
Actress | Joy
Isabella Cramp began her acting career in the fall of 2010. As both her parents have careers in the industry, Isabella is no stranger to the world of film and television.
It wasn't long before Isabella was signed with the Osbrink talent agency, one of the top children's talent agencies in Los ...
Actress | The Conjuring 2
Madison Wolfe made her debut with the Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign and in the last two years has racked up a considerable amount of credits. While managing the workload of school, she simultaneously landed the role in The Campaign, and On the Road, directed by Walter Salles ...
Actress | We Bought a Zoo
Maggie Elizabeth Jones was born on October 10, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. This young actress has worked with a number of the industry's biggest stars and directors in a variety of diverse and challenging roles. Maggie received rave reviews for her role as Matt Damon's daughter in Cameron Crowe's ...
12. Bailee Madison
Actress | Brothers
This young actress has worked with a number of the industry's biggest stars in a variety of diverse and challenging roles. She won rave reviews and a Critics Choice Movie Award nomination for her powerful work on the feature film, Brothers (2009), opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake ...
14. Olivia Sanabia
Actress | Just Add Magic
Olivia Shae Sanabia was born and raised in Southern California. She has been performing since the young age of two singing whenever anyone would listen or she could find a stage. Her love of singing and acting eventually led to performances in Annie (as Annie), Anastasia, Seussical, Fiddler on the ...
15. Aubrey K. Miller
Actress | Just Add Magic
Aubrey Miller was born in the states on August 8, 2001. Her ethnicity is Latin and Western European (French/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese). Aubrey is most famous for roles as Hannah Parker-Kent in the Just Add Magic series on Amazon, Megan Simms on Disney's Austin and Ally, Ellie on Nickelodeon's Sam ...
16. Isabelle Allen
Actress | Les Misérables
Isabelle Allen was born on 16th March 2002, in Salisbury England, and now lives with her family in a village in East Sussex. She is best known for her role as Young Cosette is the 2012 movie "Les Miserables", and more recently, among others, her roles as Elizabeth in BBC's series "Hetty Feather"((...
Guin and the Dragon - Short Film see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBkP6IukaKA
17. Dakota Bright
Actress | The Pact
Dakota Bright is an actress, known for The Pact (2012), Actors Entertainment (2009) and Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story (2015).
18. Nikki Hahn
Actress | Adventures in Babysitting
Sofia Nicole Hahn was born in San Antonio, Texas, USA
This Texas native began building a solid resume almost immediately after arriving in Hollywood at age 3. Before her first television appearance, Nikki enjoyed modeling for Disney Campaigns, GAP, American Girl, Little Marc Jacobs & Jessica Simpson...
20. Alyvia Alyn Lind
Actress | Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Alyvia Alyn Lind grew up in Los Angeles, in a houseful of actresses. She began her career at the age of 3 and at such a young age, has an impressive list of credits. This fall, Alyvia will be seen in the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic, genre-bending "Daybreak" for Netflix, playing the role of ...
21. Emma Rayne Lyle
Actress | Mr. Mercedes
Emma Rayne Lyle is a stage, television, and film actress.
Emma's first major film was the role of "Emily" in I Don't Know How She Does It, working alongside Greg Kinnear, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Curtain and Pierce Brosnan. She followed that up with a lead role in "Why Stop Now" playing opposite ...
22. Kyla Kenedy
Actress | The Walking Dead
A rising talent with a knack for both comedy and drama, Kyla Kenedy is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young actresses in the industry.
Kenedy can currently be seen starring opposite Minnie Driver in ABC's Television Critics Association Award-winning sitcom, "Speechless." The show ...
23. Shayne Coleman
Actress | Silencio
Shayne Anneliese Coleman Born November 28, 2006 In Philadelphia Pa . Shayne has 3 brothers. She started modeling and acting at the age of 2. Shayne signed with an agency at 3 yrs old. She has been on sprout TV ,nickelodeon Jr, and lots of national commercials like Ragu spaghetti sauce and iPhone, ...
24. Oona Laurence
Actress | Pete's Dragon
Oona Laurence (born August 1, 2002) is an American actress who is best known for originating the role of Matilda Wormwood in Matilda on Broadway alongside Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro, and Sophia Gennusa. She is a New York City-based child actress with credits in film, theatre, and television.
27. Fatima Ptacek
Actress | Before I Disappear
Fátima Ptacek is an American film and television actress and model, and a human rights activist working with UN Women's #HeForShe campaign for gender equality. She is best known as the lead actor in the 2012 Academy Award winning film Curfew (2012) and its 2014 full-length feature film version ...
29. Kirstin Dorn
Actress | A Christmas Wish
Kirstin has been professionally acting since the age of 7 and is rising quickly. Her very first television credit was on Yo Gabba Gabba, episode 3. She performed the cool trick-gymnastics. Kirstin's father died when she was only 2 months old. She is one of 7 children in her family. She loves all ...
31. Lexi DiBenedetto
Actress | Grey's Anatomy
Lexi Capriana DiBenedetto was born on March 21, 1999, in Carolina Beach, on the coast of North Carolina. She has appeared in many television shows and movies, including Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, and Criminal Minds.
Lexi stars on Nickelodeon's new comedy series Knight Squad, set to premiere on ...
Her shorts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUI2ZtDted4HvmIcse3szUA
Actress | Going in Style
Ashley Aufderheide is an American actor currently playing "Mia" on ABC's hit television show Emergence.
In her latest feature film, Four Kids and It, Ashley stars alongside Michael Caine and Russell Brand. Four Kids and It premiers in UK theaters in April 2020.
The young actor's breakthrough role ...
35. Shailene Woodley
Actress | Divergent
Actress Shailene Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California, to Lori (Victor), a middle school counselor, and Lonnie Woodley, a school principal. She has one brother, Tanner. She was educated at Simi Valley High School in California. When Woodley was four years old she began commercial modeling. ...
44. Alexa Nisenson
Actress | Fist Fight
Alexa Nisenson is an emerging young talent with credits as diverse as her abilities. She is best known for her stand out performances in feature films. Alexa won the critics hearts for her performance in the role of "Georgia" in "Middle School The Worst Years of My Life". The New York Times, in ...
Actress | The Theory of Everything
Raffiella Chapman is a British actress who plays Jinya in Infinite (2020) directed by Antoine Fuqua for Paramount, Annie in His Dark Materials (2019) for HBO and Anna in psychological horror feature The Visitor (II). Her first movie role was Lucy Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014) followed ...
Georgia Pemberton was born on November 24, 2003 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England as Georgia Ivy Pemberton. She is an actress, known for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016), Unchained (2014) and BBC Children In Need 2013 (2013).
48. Alexis Rosinsky
Actress | Nowhere to Go
Alexis is both a writer and director in addition to being an actor and hopes to continue directing as part of a production team with her sister Sofia. Alexis and her sister Sofia Rosinsky split their time between travel in the UK, Canada, Central Coast and both Northern and Southern California.
49. Sofia Rosinsky
Actress | Fast Layne
Sofia and her sister Alexis Rosinsky split their time between Los Angeles California, and the United Kindgom, with frequent visits to The San Francisco Bay Area. Both girls hope to settle in Europe permanently soon. Sofia enjoys working on her string playing particularly with United Kingdom and ...
Actress | Annabelle: Creation
Talitha is the youngest girl of eight. Like her older sister, Leah Bateman, she loves being goofy and enjoying life. She has four older brothers, Justin, Aleq, Noah E. Bateman, and Judah Bateman, a little brother, Gabriel Bateman, and two older sisters, Hannah Rochelle Bateman and Leah.
Among her ...
51. Maiya Boyd
Actress | Simran
Beautiful, unique and undeniably talented, Maiya Boyd is a quadruple threat that has emerged in the entertainment industry as "one to watch" in 2017. As an actress, model, dancer/gymnast and singer, Maiya proves over and over that she can do it all! She can be seen in the movie "Caller 25" staring ...
56. Saniyya Sidney
Actress | Fences
From a young age, destiny seemed to call upon Saniyya Sidney to work with some of the most respected actors and directors in the industry. Her first role was iconic. Filming five weeks in New Orleans, she played "Young Kizzy" in the new adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots." She instantly bonded and ...
57. Ariana Neal
Actress | Fruitvale Station
Ariana Neal, born to Anna Clark-Neal and Aaron Neal Sr., is a U.S. actress who has been featured in several commercials and film since the age of 5 years old. Originally from Illinois, Ariana is based out of Atlanta, GA. Ariana also has a musical side and can play acoustic guitar, piano, and is a ...
61. Emma Fuhrmann
Actress | Avengers: Endgame
Emma Fuhrmann is an up and coming young talent with a deep body of work seldom seen in someone of her age. At just 9 years old she worked opposite Morgan Freeman in the Rob Reiner directed feature, "The Magic of Belle Isle", playing a girl who just wanted to learn more about imagination and where ...
Actress | The Punisher
Nicolette Pierini is an American child actress and performer. She was first noticed for her role in The Magic of Belle Isle (2012), opposite Morgan Freeman, and is known for the 2014 film adaptation of the musical Annie, where she played Mia Putnam.
Pierini got her big break when she was cast ...
70. Amiya Steed
Actress | The Face in the Wall
Amiya Steed is a tween CEO and entertainer. She is no stranger to the world on entertainment and entrepreneurship. Amiya appeared in her very first celebrity fashion showcase at age 2, started her very own tutu line by the age of 3, and appeared in her first tv show Nick Jr's Team Umizoomi at age 4...
Actress | Life in Pieces
Giselle Eisenberg has quickly become one of film and television's most sought after young actors, impressively segueing between comedy and drama on both the big and small screens. Giselle currently stars as sassy, spunky, "tell-it-like-it-is", Sophia Hughes in CBS's hit comedy "LIFE IN PIECES".
77. Maddie Ziegler
Actress | Ballerina
Since the age of two, Maddie Ziegler has had a passion for performance. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Maddie's mother Melissa enrolled her and her younger sister, Mackenzie Ziegler, in dance classes at a local studio. A few years later the trio starred in the hit Lifetime reality series '...
Dancer in various music videos.
79. Sadie Sink
Actress | Stranger Things
Sadie Sink is an actress, best known for her role as Suzanne Ballard on Odyssey (2015), Kimberly on The Bleeder (2016) and Lori on The Glass Castle (2017). It has recently been announced that Sink has been cast in the highly coveted role of 'Max' for season 2 of Stranger Things (2017). Sadie also ...
81. Mckenna Grace
Actress | Gifted
Mckenna Grace is an American child actress. She began acting professionally at the age of 6, her earliest roles including Jasmine Bernstein in the Disney XD comedy series Crash & Bernstein (2012-2014) and Faith Newman in the soap opera The Young and the Restless (2013-2015). Her early film roles ...
82. Natalie Coughlin
Actress | Mr. Church
Natalie Alyssa Coughlin is a young actress from Southern California. She is the daughter of a retired Marine Infantry Officer and an Elementary School Teacher. She began her love of acting by watching her older sister perform in local theater. She quickly followed onto the stage beginning at 4 ...
84. JoJo Kushner
Actress | The Intern
Born and growing in Brooklyn, Jojo's first gig was a principal role in the 2014 Chanel No. 5 commercial. She then worked with director Nancy Meyers on The Intern, scheduled for a September 2015 release. Jojo is in first grade and loves studying ballet, reading chapter books and eating lots of ...
85. Jolie Ledford
Actress | Henry Danger
Originally born in Michigan, Jolie Ledford is an accomplished young actress who has been entertaining her family from a very young age. She is the youngest of five children and doesn't let anything stop her from accomplishing whatever she puts her mind to. She has an endearing personality and ...
87. Bailey Skodje
Actress | The Crossing
Bailey Skodje is an actress, known for Are You My Daughter? (2015), A Christmas to Remember (2016) and If There Be Thorns (2015).
Actress | Miracles from Heaven
Some dreams never come true, but with perseverance and passion, they can become reality. That could be said for young actress Brighton Sharbino, who at just six years of age was already starring in commercials and landing roles in television shows. Born and raised in Texas, Brighton comes from a ...
Brighton Sharbino was born as Brighton Rose Sharbino. She is an actress and writer, known for Miracles from Heaven (2016), The Walking Dead (2010) and Christmas in the Heartland (2017)
89. Storm Reid
Actress | A Wrinkle in Time
Storm Reid has known she wanted to be an actress since she was just three years old. She landed her first feature film role opposite Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in the Academy Award winning film " Twelve Years a Slave" (2013) directed by Steve McQueen for Fox ...
90. Ursula Parker
Actress | Louie
Ursula Parker (New York City, 2003) is an accomplished actress and a prodigious violinist. At the age of 5, she was approached by an acting agent and has since appeared in 14 movies (dramas, comedies, sci-fi, action and horror), 40 television episodes, many commercials, as well as a few theater ...
91. Emma Rose Gill
Director | Weathering the Storms
April 22, 2016 - Emma Rose Gill is an 11 year old from central TX that enjoys filmmaking, acting, and modeling. Emma Rose owns a film production company, Rainbow Rose Productions. She hosts film club meetings, will be holding an Indie film festival, and teaches film classes to local kids. She wants...
92. Sophie Nélisse
Actress | The Book Thief
Sophie Nélisse was born in Windsor, Ontario, but moved to Montréal with her family when she was just age four.
She began her career at the age of seven in commercials, then made her movie debut at age 10 in the 2012 French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar. For her performance in the film, she won a ...
94. Abigail Pniowsky
Actress | Arrival
Abby is an accomplished actress at her young age. Most recently, she filmed the feature "The Rest of Us" opposite Heather Graham and Jodi Balfour. She can be seen in the ABC limited series "Ten Days in the Valley" opposite Kyra Sedgwick, and as Amy Adams' daughter Hannah in the Oscar nominated "...
100. Ella Anderson
Actress | The Glass Castle
At just 12 Years old Ella Anderson was praised by critics for her role as Jeannette Walls in "The Glass Castle" as "The show-stealing Ella Anderson" "First among equals" "Emotional and raw" "Simply Enchanting..possessing acting chops well beyond her years." "Anderson is a revelation"
Ella Anderson ...