Darby Camp

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Darby Camp
Darby Eliza Camp

(2007-07-14) July 14, 2007 (age 15)
Years active2014–present

Darby Eliza Camp (born July 14, 2007[1]) is an American actress. Her career had begun through her mother, an actress herself. Camp's breakout role came in HBO's Big Little Lies (2017–2019) in the recurring role of Chloe Adaline Mackenzie, the daughter of Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon). She garnered further recognition for her appearances in films as Frankie Hughes in Benji (2018), Kate Pierce in The Christmas Chronicles (2018), and Phoebe Evans in Dreamland (2019). She reprised her role of Kate Pierce in The Christmas Chronicles 2'‘. In addition, she starred in Paramount Pictures's Clifford the Big Red Dog and Starz's Gaslit.

Early life[edit]

Darby Eliza Camp was born on July 14, 2007, in Charlotte, North Carolina.[2][3][1] Her father, Clark, works as North Mecklenburg High School's assistant basketball coach.[2][4] Her mother, Lacy, has a degree in acting and is a graduate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.[4][5] She has also worked as an actress.[4] Lacy let Darby and her sister, Ruthie, "get into" acting at an early age.[2][5] While Ruthie disliked it, Darby enjoyed it.[5] During the first semester of the 2017–2018 school year, Darby attended Community School of Davidson.[4] By November 2020, she enrolled back into school after having been home-schooled for the past two years.[5]


After seeing Camp's enjoyment of acting, her mother submitted her for a role. Through her mother's contacts, Camp booked roles in television series such as Drop Dead Diva and The Leftovers.[4] In early-2016, Camp was announced to have joined the cast of the television adaptation of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, which was her breakout role.[5][6] While Camp was unaware of who Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were, her parents were "super excited" about them.[5] Witherspoon gave Camp suggestions while acting, which the latter described as nice and professional.[7] Debuting in February 2017,[8] the series featured Camp as Chloe Adaline Mackenzie, the daughter of Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Witherspoon).[2] The show was critically acclaimed, particularly for its performances.[9][10] Later that year, Big Little Lies was renewed for a second season.[11] Regarding season 2 episode "Kill Me", Ben Travers of IndieWire said Camp's hug with Adam Scott "shatter[ed] hearts".[12]

In 2017, she was announced to have joined the cast of Dreamland; the film was in production during the announcement.[13] Camp stated her dad had secured the audition for her—she was excited when she heard it as the film starred Margot Robbie, whom she was a fan of.[5] While filming Dreamland, Camp auditioned for Netflix film The Christmas Chronicles, where she would play an 11-year-old girl who believes in Santa Claus, after her agent stated it "sounded like something [she would] be really great at".[5] She was enthusiastic about as she "never thought [she would] get in a Christmas [film]".[5]

In 2018, she starred in Benji, which was released on March 16, 2018, to mixed reviews.[14][15] The performances were sources of praise: Common Sense Media's Renee Schonfeld found Camp and Gabriel Bateman gifted with realism and heart.[16] The Christmas Chronicles was released in November of the same year; Camp's performance received mixed reviews from critics. Vox writer Emily St. James opined that Camp and Judah Lewis, who plays her on-screen brother Teddy, "succeed in feeling more or less like real kids", deeming their emotional moments flat and criticizing their disconnection with Kurt Russell, who plays Santa Claus.[17] By contrast, IGN thought Russell was well-matched by Camp and Lewis.[18] Earlier in 2018, Camp was announced to be recurring in AMC supernatural horror television series NOS4A2 as Haley Smith, a tough, adventurous, humorous, and confident 10-year-old girl, and debuted in 2019.[19] Dreamland premiered on April 28, 2019, at the Tribeca Film Festival and was received averagely by critics.[20][21] Camp's portrayal garnered praise from David Ehrlich of IndieWire, who deemed her "inquisitive but never annoying".[22]

In 2019, Camp was announced to be playing the lead role of Emily Elizabeth Howard, a misfit who becomes best friends with a small puppy, in Paramount Pictures's film adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog.[23] It was originally set for a September 2021 theatrical release though this was later pushed back to November 2021[24] due to the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2.[25][26] Although the film received mixed reviews,[27] Camp's performance was praised. Chicago Sun-Times considered her "appealing ... [and] sweetly-but-not-obnoxiously precocious",[28] while Los Angeles Times said, "Camp is able to sell her emotional connection to the enormous scarlet pup-ernel among all the chaos, which keeps the movie’s heart in the right place."[29] In May 2020, a sequel to The Christmas Chronicles was announced.[30] Released in November of the same year, the second film also received mixed reviews.[31][32] Writing for Deadline Hollywood, Pete Hammond considered her reprisal pleasant.[33] In May 2021, she was cast as a regular in Starz's Gaslit where she will play Marty Mitchell, a young girl who has been overshadowed by her mother, Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts).[34]



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Benji Frankie Hughes Direct-to-streaming film[35]
2018 The Christmas Chronicles Kate Pierce Direct-to-streaming film[35]
2019 Dreamland Phoebe Evans [35]
2020 When We Last Spoke Juliet [35]
2020 The Christmas Chronicles 2 Kate Pierce Direct-to-streaming film[35]
2021 Clifford the Big Red Dog Emily Elizabeth Howard


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Drop Dead Diva Daisy Bowen Episode: "Desperate Housewife"[5]
2014 The Summers Sisters Sky Television film[2]
2015–2017 The Leftovers Young Patti Levin 2 episodes[35]
2017 Grey's Anatomy Erin Miller 2 episodes[7]
2017–2019 Big Little Lies Chloe Adaline Mackenzie Recurring role, 14 episodes[35]
2018 The 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute Herself "Young wonders" presenter[36]
2019 NOS4A2 Haley Smith Recurring role (season 1), 5 episodes[35]
2022 Gaslit Marty Mitchell Main role [34]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Darby Camp Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  3. ^ Camp, Darby [@darbyecamp] (July 14, 2020). "💯Thank You all for the Birthday wishes. I'm thankful for each and every one of you. 🙏🏼 13 here I come...💥🔥🌟". Retrieved January 6, 2021 – via Instagram.
  4. ^ a b c d e Wertz Jr., Langston (February 16, 2018). "The cute girl starring in the new 'Benji' movie? She's the daughter of a North Meck coach". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Meiser, Britnee (November 12, 2020). "Get to know Darby Camp, the Big Little Lies star bound to make it big". i-D. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (January 5, 2016). "Alexander Skarsgard, James Tupper & More Join Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Camp, Darby (March 28, 2017). "Big Little Lies' Darby Camp on Playing a 'Sassy' Character and Getting Acting Tips From Reese Witherspoon". Vulture (Interview). Interviewed by Jen Chaney. Archived from the original on August 19, 2021. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  8. ^ Robinson, Abby; Ashurst, Sam (July 19, 2021). "Big Little Lies season 3: Everything you need to know". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  9. ^ "Big Little Lies: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  10. ^ "Big Little Lies: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  11. ^ Nemetz, Dave (December 8, 2017). "Big Little Lies Officially Returning for Season 2; Kidman, Witherspoon to Star". TVLine. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  12. ^ Travers, Ben (July 8, 2019). "'Big Little Lies' Review: That Episode 5 Twist Tells Us More Than Meets the Eye". IndieWire. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 13, 2017). "Margot Robbie's 'Dreamland' Casts Finn Cole, Travis Fimmel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  14. ^ "Benji". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  15. ^ "Benji". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  16. ^ Schonfeld, Renee (March 20, 2018). "Benji (2018)". Common Sense Media. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  17. ^ St. James, Emily (November 22, 2018). "Netflix's The Christmas Chronicles introduces a Santa who can get it". Vox. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  18. ^ Bibbiani, William (November 22, 2018). "Netflix's The Christmas Chronicles Review". IGN. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (October 12, 2018). "'NOSA42': Rarmian Newton & Darby Camp To Recur In AMC Horror Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  20. ^ "Dreamland". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  21. ^ "Dreamland". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  22. ^ Ehrlich, David (May 3, 2019). "'Dreamland' Review: Margot Robbie Is a Bank Robber Who Steals a Boy's Heart". IndieWire. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  23. ^ Kit, Borys (May 28, 2019). "Jack Whitehall, 'Big Little Lies' Actress to Star in 'Clifford, the Big Red Dog' Adaptation (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  24. ^ Song, Katie (September 23, 2021). "'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Sets New November Release Date". Variety.
  25. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 28, 2021). "Marvel Movies Move Around; Searchlight's 'Eyes Of Tammy Faye' Shifts A Week – Disney Release Date Changes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  26. ^ Drury, Sharareh (July 31, 2021). "'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Pulled From September Release Amid Delta Variant Concerns". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  27. ^ "Clifford the Big Red Dog". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  28. ^ Noveck, Jocelyn (November 12, 2021). "'Clifford the Big Red Dog': Some small-minded dialogue distracts from the huge canine hero". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  29. ^ Walsh, Katie (November 9, 2021). "Review: Suspend your disbelief — 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' is warm, fuzzy and funny". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  30. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 14, 2020). "Netflix Making 7-Figure Deal For Mark Wahlberg Pitch 'Our Man From Jersey'; 'Safe House's David Guggenheim Scripting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  31. ^ "The Christmas Chronicles 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  32. ^ "The Christmas Chronicles 2". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  33. ^ Hammond, Pete (November 18, 2020). "'The Christmas Chronicles 2' Review: Kurt Russell And Goldie Hawn Reignite The Holiday Spirit In Netflix Sequel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  34. ^ a b Petski, Denise (May 13, 2021). "'Gaslit': Betty Gilpin To Play Mo Dean, Joining Dan Stevens As John Dean In Starz's Watergate Drama; Shea Whigham & Darby Camp Also Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  35. ^ a b c d e f g h "Darby Camp Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  36. ^ Crist, Allison (December 10, 2018). "Anderson Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Will Ferrell Honor CNN Heroes". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 26, 2021.

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