Robb in April 2013.
December 8, 1993 |
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
AnnaSophia Robb (born December 8, 1993) is an American actress and model. She has starred in films such as Because of Winn-Dixie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terabithia, Race to Witch Mountain, Soul Surfer, and The Way Way Back. She also played the lead role of Carrie Bradshaw on The CW's series The Carrie Diaries from 2013 to 2014.
Robb was born in Denver, Colorado, the only child of Janet, an interior designer, and David Robb, an architect. She was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Anna Sophie, and her paternal grandmother, Anna Marie. She is of Danish, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish descent. She grew up in a Christian home and was home-schooled. She started taking an interest in acting and began by performing in front of 500 individuals at her church stage.  She competed in dance and gymnastics for four and a half years, but quit in order to focus on acting. In 2009, the Arapahoe Herald reported that she was attending Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. She graduated in 2012.
At age 9 she was scouted by an agent and she and her mom drove down to Los Angeles. After several auditions after she was given the opportunity to come out in a commercial advertising Bratz dolls that would then be aired nationally.  After appearing in a commercial for McDonald's, Robb had a small role in the episode "Number One Fan" of the television series Drake & Josh. Her first major role was as the title character in the television special Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. She wore a long brown wig for the role.
Robb's two big-screen appearances in 2005 were both adaptations of popular children's books. She starred as Opal in Because of Winn-Dixie and as the competitive and rude Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton's remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The latter was a major box office success worldwide, and helped escalate Robb's popularity among pre-teen audiences.
In 2005, Robb was the face of Trad Clothing, helping to design and model a fashion line for girls. In 2006, she had a guest role on the cartoon show Danny Phantom as the voice of Danielle "Dani" Fenton. Robb played Leslie Burke in Bridge to Terabithia, which opened in U.S. theaters on February 16, 2007. She recorded a song for the soundtrack titled "Keep Your Mind Wide Open", and the accompanying video received rotation on the Disney Channel. The song peaked at number ninety on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of March 1, 2007 giving Robb her first charting single. Robb was a fan of the book before being cast in the role, saying that it "touched me in a way I hadn't been touched by a book before".
Robb went on to appear in The Reaping, Have Dreams, Will Travel, Jumper, and Spy School. Despite negative reviews of the film overall, Robb's performance in Sleepwalking garnered praise. Time film critic Richard Schickel said: "There is a wonderful range to Robb's work...this is extraordinarily mature acting from someone this young and she wins our sympathy without once begging for it." In 2008, she recorded the voice of Mary Magdalene in The Word of Promise: Next Generation – New Testament: Dramatized Audio Bible. She also starred in Race to Witch Mountain (2009). In 2010, she appeared in The Space Between. She then starred in Soul Surfer, playing Bethany Hamilton, who continued to surf after losing her arm in a shark attack.
In May 2011, Robb was announced to star as Wendy in a new and dark take on the classic story about Peter Pan, tentatively titled Pan. As of 2015, the film has yet to go into production. It was reported on February 3, 2012, that Robb had landed a role in Life at These Speeds. Later that month, Robb was cast as Carrie Bradshaw in The CW's Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, and appeared in the summer comedy The Way Way Back.
|2004||Drake & Josh||Liza||Episode: "Number One Fan"|
|2004||Samantha: An American Girl Holiday||Samantha Parkington||Television film|
|2005||Because of Winn-Dixie||India "Opal" Buloni|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Violet Beauregarde|
|2006||Danny Phantom||Danielle Dani Fenton (voice)||Episode: "Kinded Sprits"|
|2007||Bridge to Terabithia||Leslie Burke|
|2007||Reaping, TheThe Reaping||Loren McConnell|
|2007||Have Dreams, Will Travel||Cassie Kennington|
|2008||Jumper||Young Millie Harris|
|2008||Spy School||Jackie Hoffman|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Sara|
|2010||Space Between, TheThe Space Between||Sam|
|2011||Soul Surfer||Bethany Hamilton|
|2013–14||Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries||Carrie Bradshaw||26 episodes|
|2013||Way Way Back, TheThe Way Way Back||Susanna Thompson|
|2014||Robot Chicken||Yasmin (voice)||Episode: "Catdog on a Stick"|
|2015||Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, AA Conspiracy on Jekyll Island||Creason Clifton||In post-production|
|2015||Jack of the Red Hearts||Jack||In post-production|
|2007||"Keep Your Mind Wide Open"||Music from and Inspired by Bridge to Terabithia||90|
Awards and nominations
On March 30, 2008, Robb won her first career award when she was named Leading Young Actress at the Young Artist Awards for her role in Bridge To Terabithia. The film itself won a Young Cast award. On April 24, 2009, she received the Horizon Award at the 14th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival. She was awarded the Rising Star Award at the Denver Film Festival on November 12, 2009.
|2004||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress||Samantha: An American Girl Holiday||Nominated|
|2006||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Because of Winn-Dixie||Nominated|
|2007||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress||Bridge to Terabithia||Won|
|2007||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Bridge to Terabithia||Won|
|2007||Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Actress||Bridge to Terabithia||Nominated|
|2009||Denver Film Festival Rising Star Award||Herself||Won|
|2013||Teen Choice Award – Breakout Star||The Carrie Diaries||Nominated|
|2013||Young Hollywood Award for Superstar of Tomorrow||N/A||Won|
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