AnnaSophia Robb

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AnnaSophia Robb
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Robb in New York City in May 2019
Born (1993-12-08) December 8, 1993 (age 27)
EducationNew York University
OccupationActress, singer, model
Years active2004–present

AnnaSophia Robb (born December 8, 1993) is an American actress. She began as a child actress on television, making her leading debut as the titular role in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004). She made her feature film debut in Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), followed by the supporting role of Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). Her performance as Leslie Burke in Bridge to Terabithia (2007) garnered her recognition and praise, and two Young Artist Awards. Her subsequent film roles include Race to Witch Mountain (2009), Soul Surfer (2011), and The Way, Way Back (2013). She received wider recognition and praise for playing the lead role of Carrie Bradshaw on The CW's series The Carrie Diaries (2013–2014). In 2019, she played the role of Gypsy Blanchard's neighbor Lacey in the Hulu miniseries The Act.

Early life[edit]

Robb was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Janet, an interior designer, and David Robb, an architect.[1][2] She was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Anna Sophie, and her paternal grandmother, Anna Marie.[3][4] Robb is of Danish, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish descent.[5] She grew up in a devout Christian home and was home-schooled.[6][7] She started taking an interest in acting and began by performing in front of 500 people on her church stage.[8] She competed in dance and gymnastics for four and a half years, but quit to focus on acting.[3] She attended Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado and graduated in 2012.[9]


At age eight, Robb was scouted by an agent, and she and her mother drove to Los Angeles. After several auditions, Robb was invited to appear in a national commercial for Bratz dolls.[8] After appearing in a commercial for McDonald's, Robb had a small role in "Number One Fan", an episode of the television series Drake & Josh. Her first major role was 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 adaptations of popular children's books. She starred as Opal in Because of Winn-Dixie, and as 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 preteen audiences.

Robb in 2013

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 with Josh Hutcherson, 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.[3][10] The song peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of March 1, 2007, giving Robb her first charting single.[11] 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".[4]

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."[12] In 2008, she recorded the voice of Mary Magdalene in The Word of Promise: Next Generation – New Testament: Dramatized Audio Bible.[13] She also starred in Race to Witch Mountain (2009).[14] 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.[15]

In May 2011, Robb was announced to star as Wendy Darling in Pan, but later dropped out of the project.[16] It was reported on February 3, 2012, that Robb had landed a role in Life at These Speeds.[17] Later that month, Robb was cast as the young Carrie Bradshaw in The CW's Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries,[18] and appeared in the teen comedy, The Way, Way Back.[19]

In October 2013, Robb started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, starring alongside Frank Grillo, Ed Westwick, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Minnie Driver, and Maggie Q. The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah, and Aaron Becker. It was released as The Crash in 2017.[20][21][22]

Robb played the role of Alice Green in the PBS Civil War historical drama series Mercy Street from 2016 to 2017.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Robb enrolled at New York University in 2014[24] and graduated in 2018.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Daddy's Day Anna Short film
2005 Because of Winn-Dixie India Opal Baloney
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Violet Beauregarde
2007 Bridge to Terabithia Leslie Burke
The Reaping Loren McConnell
Have Dreams, Will Travel Cassie "Cass" Kennington
2008 Jumper Young Millie Harris
Spy School Jackie Hoffman
Sleepwalking Tara Reedy
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Sara
2010 The Space Between Samantha "Sam" Jean McLeod
2011 Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton
2013 The Way, Way Back Susanna Thompson
Khumba Tombi Voice
2014 Funny or Die: Sofia Coppola's Little Mermaid Ariel Short film
2016 Jack of the Red Hearts Jacqueline "Jack" Ferguson
2017 The Crash Creason Clifton Direct-to-video
2018 Freak Show Mary Jane (Blah Blah Blah)
Down a Dark Hall Katherine "Kit" Gordy
2019 Roger Vivier's Jewels to Shoes Acting Student Short-film
2020 Words on Bathroom Walls Rebecca
2021 Goodnight Darling Short-film
2021 Lansky Anne Lansky Post-production
TBA Rebel Ridge filming


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Drake & Josh Liza Episode: "Number One Fan"
2004 Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Samantha Parkington Television film
2006 Danny Phantom Danielle "Dani" Fenton Voice
Episode: "Kindred Spirits"
2013–2014 The Carrie Diaries Carrie Bradshaw 26 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Yasmin Voice
Episode: "Catdog on a Stick"
2016–2017 Mercy Street Alice Green 12 episodes
2019 The Act Lacey 6 episodes
2020 Little Fires Everywhere Young Elena Richardson 2 episodes
2020 Day by Day Riley O'Malley Voice; 2 episodes
2020 The Expecting Emma 11 episodes
TBA Dr. Death Michelle Shughart

Soundtrack appearance[edit]

Year Single Album Chart position
2007 "Keep Your Mind Wide Open" Music from and Inspired by Bridge to Terabithia 90

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[26] 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.[15]

Year Association Category Work Result
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Nominated
2006 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Because of Winn-Dixie Nominated
2007 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Bridge to Terabithia Won
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Bridge to Terabithia Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actress Bridge to Terabithia Nominated
2009 Denver Film Festival Rising Star Award[citation needed] N/A Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Star The Carrie Diaries Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards Superstar of Tomorrow N/A Won


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