Eleanor Worthington Cox

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Eleanor Worthington Cox
Eleanor Winifred Worthington Cox

(2001-06-21) 21 June 2001 (age 17)
Known forMatilda the Musical
The Enfield Haunting

Eleanor Winifred Worthington Cox (born 21 June 2001) is a British child actress from Merseyside[1] most known for portraying Matilda Wormwood in Matilda the Musical for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress,[2] and Janet Hodgson in The Enfield Haunting, for which she received a British Academy Television Award nomination.[3] Worthington Cox is the youngest recipient of an Olivier Award at the age of 10.[4] Cox is also well known from portraying as Polly Renfrew in the CBBC TV adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather.


Prior to starring in Matilda, she was in the chorus for a Bill Kenwright production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat[5] at the Liverpool Empire.

In September 2011, she was announced to be one four girls playing the lead role of Matilda in Matilda the Musical along with: Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely.[6] She made her debut in October 2011 and performed in the show 2 nights a week. It was a critical success and Matilda was nominated for 10 Olivier awards among the nominations was Best Actress in a Musical for which Demetriou, Ingram, Kiely and Worthington Cox were all nominated. On awards night, Matilda won seven out of the ten nominations. Worthington Cox won Best Actress in a Musical along with her co-stars and currently holds the record for the youngest winner of an Olivier award.[7]

She continued to appear in Matilda until 19 August 2012 this time sharing the role with Demetriou, Hayley Canham, Jade Marner and Isobelle Molloy.[8] After finishing Matilda, she filmed the role of Young Princess Aurora in the 2014 film Maleficent.[9]

In May 2013, she played Scout in a stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, sharing her role with Lucy Hutchinson and Izzy Lee.[10]

From April to August 2015, she played the role of Blousey Brown in a production of Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith. This was the debut production following the theatre's reopening after a £16.5 million redevelopment project.[11]

In October 2015, she played Jess in Tomcat, a new play by James Rushbrooke, at Southwark Playhouse, London.[12]

In 2016, she received a British Academy Television Award nomination for her performance in the Sky One mini-series The Enfield Haunting. She was also featured as one of Screen International's "Stars of Tomorrow", the film magazine's annual showcase highlighting outstanding young actors from the UK and Ireland.[13]

In 2018, Worthington Cox will star as Cait in Britannia, a new television series from Sky and Amazon.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Eleanor Winifred Worthington Cox was born in 2001. She has two elder brothers. She has been training at the Formby School of Performing Arts since the age 2[8] and attends school in Crosby, Merseyside.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Maleficent[9] Young Princess Aurora
2018 Action Point Boogie
2019 Gwen[15] Gwen Post production


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Cucumber Molly Whitaker 7 episodes
The Enfield Haunting Janet Hodgson Main role
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
2015–16 Hetty Feather Polly Renfrew 11 episodes
2018 Britannia Cait 9 episodes


Year Production Role Notes
2009 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Chorus Liverpool Empire
2011 Matilda the Musical Matilda Wormwood Cambridge Theatre
25 October 2011 – 19 August 2012
2013 To Kill a Mockingbird Scout Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
16 May – 15 June 2013
2015 Bugsy Malone Blousey Brown Lyric Hammersmith
11 April 2015 – 1 August 2015
2015 Tomcat Jess Southwark Playhouse
28 October 2015 – 21 November 2015

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 WhatsOnStage.com Awards Best Actress in a Musical (shared with Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely) Matilda the Musical Nominated
2012 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical (shared with Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely) Won
2016 British Academy Television Awards Best Supporting Actress The Enfield Haunting Nominated


  1. ^ "Formby Schoolgirl Makes History". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  2. ^ Eleanor Harding (14 September 2011). "Matilda times four: Group of schoolgirls chosen to play lead role in West End musical". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  3. ^ "2016 TV BAFTA Award Nominees". BAFTA. 2016.
  4. ^ Tim Masters (16 April 2012). "Matilda star, 10, is youngest Olivier winner". BBC. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  5. ^ Anita Singh (15 April 2012). "Young stars steal the show as Matilda sets Olivier records". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Dahl Day Delights - More Matilda Magic". TimMichin.com. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  7. ^ Susanna Rustin (16 April 2012). "A Day in the Life of four girls called Matilda". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. ^ a b Tina Miles (17 April 2012). "Olivier Award winning actress Eleanor Worthington Cox to continue her starring role in Matilda until August". Liverpool.com. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  9. ^ a b Miles, Tina. "Young Formby actress to play Sleeping Beauty in Angelina Jolie's Disney movie Maleficent". LiverpoolEcho.co.uk. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  10. ^ "To Kill a Mockingbird". Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  11. ^ Alistair Foster (13 October 2014). "Bugsy Malone to re-open the new Lyric Hammersmith". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  12. ^ Tomcat. Southwark Playhouse. Retrieved 22 November 2015
  13. ^ "Stars of Tomorrow". Screen International. 2016.
  14. ^ "Sky and Amazon US announce major new drama co-production". Sky. 3 August 2016.
  15. ^ "GWEN - COMING 2019". williammcgregor.co.uk. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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