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 22)
OccupationActress, Director, Screenwriter
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). 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]

She attended Loreto Kirribilli in the Sydney suburb of Kirribilli, graduating in 2016.[citation needed]


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]

She 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 she 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, she also wrote the screen play.[7]

She will star in M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller Old, which is set to be released on July 23, 2021.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2019 Babyteeth Milla Finlay
2019 Little Women Elizabeth "Beth" March
2020 The Devil All the Time Lenora Laferty
2021 Old Evelyn Post-production


Year Title Role Director Writer
2016 Lacuna Zoe Red XN Red XN
2018 Grace Grace Red XN Red XN
2018 Love and Other Places Claude Red XN Red XN
2020 Mukbang - Green tickY Green tickY


Year Title Role Notes
2015 A Class Act Eliza Guest role; 1 episode
2016 Home and Away Tabitha Ford Recurring role; 15 episodes
2018 Sharp Objects Amma Crellin Miniseries; 8 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Lord of the Flies Eric Sydney Theatre Company
2019 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.

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