Danika Yarosh

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Danika Yarosh
Danika Yarosh by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1998-10-01) October 1, 1998 (age 20)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active2004–present
  • Mani Yarosh (sister)
  • Peter Yarosh (brother)

Danika Yarosh (born October 1, 1998) is an American actress. She appeared in the Showtime series Shameless and in the NBC series Heroes Reborn. She starred opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016).

Early life[edit]

Yarosh is a native of Bedminster, New Jersey, the daughter of Victor and Linda Yarosh. She has three siblings, an older sister, Amanda, who also acts, an older brother, Erik, and a younger brother, Peter.[1] Her father is a former member of the United States Air Force.[2]


Yarosh first appeared on film at the age of 5 as an extra in The Stepford Wives (2004), starring Nicole Kidman, which filmed in her home town.[3] She began studying acting and dance, first appearing off-Broadway, and then won the role of ballet dancer Karen in the 2009 Broadway production of Billy Elliot at the Imperial Theatre, when she was 10.[2]

Yarosh moved with her mother to Los Angeles at age 12, and began booking bit parts on television, including the series 30 Rock and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She appeared in the 2012 film, The Color of Time, starring Mila Kunis and James Franco, playing the first love of poet C. K. Williams.[4] Yarosh then had recurring roles on the Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run, and the Showtime series Shameless. She postponed attending college full time when she was cast in the NBC sci-fi miniseries Heroes Reborn.[2]

Yarosh played Samantha, the would-be daughter of Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) in the 2016 action film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. She starred opposite Erin Moriarty and Helen Hunt in the 2018 sports drama The Miracle Season. She played Caroline "Line" Found, a star Iowa City West High School volleyball player, whose team went on to win the state championship after she was killed in a moped accident.[5] Yarosh was cast opposite Teri Polo and Dylan Walsh in Foreign Exchange, a drama written by Chris Sivertson. [6] She also appeared in Back Roads, a film directed by Alex Pettyfer. Yarosh joined the cast of the Netflix series Greenhouse Academy for its third season, replacing actress Grace Van Dien in the role of Brooke Osmond.[7]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Stepford Wives Child in town fair Uncredited[3]
2010 Crush Sarah Short film
2010 Celebrity Ghost Stories Young Daryl Episode #2.10
2010 A Breath Away Maria Short film
2011 30 Rock School Girl Episode: "TGS Hates Women"
2011 Angel Abbey Short film
2011 Nerd Wars Ivanka Short film
2011 A Christmas Wedding Tail Madison Television film
2012 In Plain Sight Bonnie Arnett/Bonnie Wilson Episode: "The Merry Wives of Witsec"
2012 Retribution Ashlee Simmons Television film
2012 Tar Irine Film
2013 1600 Penn Jessica Episode: "Frosting/Nixon"
2013–2014 See Dad Run Olivia Recurring role (9 episodes)
2014–2015 Shameless Holly Herkimer Recurring role (11 episodes)
2010–2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ariel Thornhill/Nicole Goshgarian 3 episodes
2015–2016 Heroes Reborn Malina Bennett Main role (13 episodes)
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Samantha Dutton Film
2017 Chicago P.D. Ellie Olstern Episode: "I Remember Her Now "
2018 The Miracle Season Caroline "Line" Found Film
2018 Back Roads Ashlee Film
2019 Greenhouse Academy Brooke Osmond Main role
2019 Deadly Switch Monica Main role


  1. ^ Rose, Erin (July 24, 2009). "Young Bedminster child star on the rise". The Bernardsville News. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Mottram, James (October 20, 2016). "Danika Yarosh, interview: 'Tom Cruise and I clicked in a way that's so unusual'". The Independent. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Stuart, Sandy (July 17, 2003). "It's OK to call them 'Stepford Wives'". The Bernardsville News.
  4. ^ Brown, Keah (May 19, 2015). "Danika Yarosh Interview". Cliché. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Elkadi, Nina (October 6, 2016). "Caroline Found movie about never giving up". The Gazette. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 4, 2018). "Heather Morris, Drew Seeley, Mekia Cox To Topline 'Back To 1'; Danika Yarosh Cast In 'Foreign Exchange'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (September 4, 2018). "'Greenhouse Academy': Danika Yarosh Set As Series Regular In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 5, 2018.

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