Eliza Scanlen

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Eliza Scanlen
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Scanlen in 2019
Eliza Jane Scanlen

(1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 23)
Years active2015 – present

Eliza Jane Scanlen (born 6 January 1999) is an Australian actress. She rose to prominence portraying Tabitha Ford in the Australian soap opera Home and Away (2016), before receiving critical acclaim by playing a troubled teenager in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects (2018). In 2022, she starred in the Showtime series The First Lady as young Eleanor Roosevelt.

She made her film debut in 2019, with starring roles in the drama Babyteeth and Greta Gerwig’s period drama Little Women.

Early life[edit]

Scanlen was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and has a fraternal twin sister named Annabel.[1] She learned the piano when she was about 7 years old, but stopped playing when she was thirteen years old. In preparation for her role as Beth March in the 2019 film adaptation of Little Women, she started practising the piano again.[2]


While in high school, Scanlen was cast in the recurring role of Tabitha Ford on television soap opera Home and Away.[3] Scanlen starred as the titular character in the 2018 short film Grace.[3] She then achieved recognition for her portrayal of Amma Crellin in the HBO psychological thriller miniseries Sharp Objects, in which she stars alongside Amy Adams.[3]

Scanlen made her professional theatre debut in Sydney Theatre Company's 2019 production of Lord of the Flies, directed by Kip Williams. She played the role of Eric for the play's run.[4] She made her feature film debut as Milla Finlay in Shannon Murphy's Babyteeth, which premiered in competition at Venice Film Festival.[5] In 2019, she portrayed Beth March in Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women, co-starring alongside Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep.[6]

In 2020, Scanlen portrayed Lenora in Antonio Campos thriller The Devil All the Time, based on Donald Ray Pollock book. In the same year she made her directional debut with the Australian short film Mukbang which received much controversy, she also wrote the screen play.[7] In 2021, Scanlen co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Old, which was released on July 23.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2019 Babyteeth Milla Finlay
Little Women Elizabeth "Beth" March
2020 The Devil All the Time Lenora Laferty
2021 Old Kara (15 years old)
TBA The Vanishings at Caddo Lake


Year Title Role Director Writer
2018 Grace Grace Red XN Red XN
2020 Mukbang - Green tickY Green tickY


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Home and Away Tabitha Ford Recurring role
2018 Sharp Objects Amma Crellin Main cast, miniseries
2021 Fires Tash Main cast, miniseries
2022 The First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (young) [9]


Year Title Role Notes
2019 William Golding's Lord of the Flies Eric Sydney Theatre Company
To Kill a Mockingbird Mayella Ewell Shubert Theatre


  1. ^ Smith, Krista (August 2018). "Sharp Objects Star Eliza Scanlen Holds Her Own Opposite Her Childhood Idol". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  2. ^ Robinson, Joanna (26 August 2018). "Sharp Objects Star Eliza Scanlen on Working with Greta Gerwig for Little Women". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Clayton, Cy (4 July 2018). "From Home and Away to Hollywood, Eliza Scanlen sharpens her talent". The West Australian. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  4. ^ Dow, Steve (23 July 2019). "Reinventing Lord of the Flies: chaos, cruelty and not an alpha male in sight". The Guardian.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (15 October 2019). "Eliza Scanlen Drama 'Babyteeth' Lands at IFC for North America (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  6. ^ Harrison, Ellie (29 December 2019). "Eliza Scanlen: 'I'm tired of making excuses for young male actors – everyone should know what it means to be professional'". The Independent.
  7. ^ Scanlen, Eliza (15 March 2020), Mukbang (Short, Drama), Tessa de Josselin, Sofia Nolan, Susan Prior, Nadia Zwecker, Fat Salmon, Moonbria Productions, retrieved 22 February 2021
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (23 June 2020). "M. Night Shyamalan Thriller Gets 2021 Release Date". Deadline. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (23 July 2021). "'The First Lady': Ellen Burstyn, Eliza Scanlen, Cailee Spaeny To Recur On Showtime Anthology Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 August 2021.

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