AnnaSophia Robb

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AnnaSophia Robb
Robb in New York City in May 2019
Born (1993-12-08) December 8, 1993 (age 30)[1]
EducationNew York University
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
Years active2003–present
Trevor Paul
(m. 2022)

AnnaSophia Robb (born December 8, 1993) is an American actress, model, and singer. She began as a child actress on television, making 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. She received wider recognition and praise for playing surfer Bethany Hamilton in the 2011 film Soul Surfer and 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 only child of Janet, an interior designer, and David Robb, an architect.[2][3] She was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Anna Sophie, and her paternal grandmother, Anna Marie.[4][5] Robb is of Danish, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish descent.[6] She grew up in a devout Christian home and was home-schooled.[7][8] She started taking an interest in acting and began by performing in front of people on her church stage. She competed in dance and gymnastics for four and a half years, but quit to focus on acting.[4] She attended Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado and graduated in 2012.[9]


AnnaSophia Robb's portrayal of Leslie Burke in Bridge to Terabithia was highly praised; one critic enjoyed her "engaging" performance", and thought "only the story's vibrant young heroine [...] draws us in enough to care"[10]

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.[11] 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.

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 adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The latter was a major box office success worldwide, and helped escalate Robb's popularity among preteen 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 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.[4][12] The song peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of March 1, 2007, giving Robb her first charting single.[13] 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".[5]

Robb at an event for Material Girl in 2013

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."[14] In 2008, she recorded the voice of Mary Magdalene in The Word of Promise: Next Generation – New Testament: Dramatized Audio Bible.[15] She also starred in Race to Witch Mountain (2009).[16] 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.[17]

In May 2011, Robb was announced to star as Wendy Darling in Pan, but later dropped out of the project.[18] It was reported on February 3, 2012, that Robb had landed a role in Life at These Speeds.[19] Later that month, Robb was cast as the young Carrie Bradshaw in The CW's Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries,[20] and appeared in the teen comedy, The Way, Way Back.[21]

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.[22][23][24]

Robb played the role of Alice Green in the PBS Civil War historical drama series Mercy Street from 2016 to 2017.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Robb enrolled at New York University in 2014[26] and graduated in 2018.[27] On September 7, 2021, Robb announced her engagement to her boyfriend Trevor Paul on Instagram.[28] They married a year later, on September 10, 2022, in a three-day celebration within the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains in New York state.[29][30]

Robb was very active and vocal during the 2023 Hollywood Labor Disputes.[31]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003 Daddy's Day Anna Short film [32]
2005 Because of Winn-Dixie India Opal Buloni
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Violet Beauregarde
2007 Bridge to Terabithia Leslie Burke [33]
The Reaping Loren McConnell [34]
Have Dreams, Will Travel Cassie "Cass" Kennington Also known as "A West Texas Children's Story" [35][36]
2008 Jumper Young Millie Harris
Spy School Jackie Hoffman Direct-to-video
Sleepwalking Tara Reedy [37][38]
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Sara
2010 The Space Between Samantha "Sam" Jean McCleod [39]
2011 Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton
2013 The Way, Way Back Susanna Thompson
Khumba Tombi Voice role
2014 Funny or Die: Sofia Coppola's Little Mermaid Ariel Short film [40]
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 [41]
2019 Roger Vivier's Jewels to Shoes Acting Student Short film
2020 Words on Bathroom Walls Rebecca [42]
2021 Goodnight Darling N/A Short film [43]
Lansky Anne Lansky [44]
2024 ESC Mallory Short film [45]
Rebel Ridge Summer McBride [46]
TBA Thelma TBA Pre-production [47]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 Drake & Josh Liza Episode: "Number One Fan"
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Samantha Parkington TV movie
2006 Danny Phantom Danielle "Dani" Fenton/Phantom Voice role; episode: "Kindred Spirits"
2013–14 The Carrie Diaries Carrie Bradshaw Title role [48][49][50]
2014 Robot Chicken Yasmin, Cleo Voice role; episode: "Catdog on a Stick"
2016–17 Mercy Street Alice Green Main cast [51]
2019 The Act Lacey Hutches Main cast [52]
2020 Little Fires Everywhere Young Elena Richardson 2 episodes [53]
The Expecting Emma Fortner Main cast; also known as "Emma" [54]
2021 Dr. Death Michelle Shughart Main cast (season 1) [55][56]
2022 Ziwe Jane Knight Episode: "Juneteenth"
2025 Grosse Pointe Garden Society Alice Main cast [57][58]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 The Word of Promise: Next Generation – New Testament Mary Magdalene Voice; Dramatized Audio Bible [59]
2020 Marvels Marcia Hardesty Voice; 10 episodes (Podcast) [60]
Day by Day Riley O'Malley Voice; 2 episodes (Podcast) [61]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2007 "Keep Your Mind Wide Open" AnnaSophia Robb Herself [62]
2020 "She's Lost Control" Joy Division Housewife [63]
2021 "Shivers" Ed Sheeran Sophie [64][65]
2023 "Guiding Light (Anniversary Edition)" Foy Vance Grace [66]

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.[67] 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.[17]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
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 Won [68]
2013 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Star The Carrie Diaries Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards Superstar of Tomorrow Won


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