Haley Lu Richardson

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Haley Lu Richardson
Portrait Photograph of Haley Lu Richardson.jpg
Richardson in 2013
Born (1995-03-07) March 7, 1995 (age 25)
Years active2012–present
Partner(s)Brett Dier (2012–present; engaged since 2018)

Haley Lu Richardson (born March 7, 1995) is an American actress. Following early television roles on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2013) and the ABC Family supernatural drama Ravenswood (2013–2014), she received recognition for her roles in the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film The Edge of Seventeen (2016) and the psychological horror film Split (2016). She went on to garner a nomination for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress for her breakthrough role in Columbus (2017), and earned critical praise for her roles as Maci in Support the Girls (2018) and Stella Grant in Five Feet Apart (2019).

Early life[edit]

Haley Lu Richardson was born on March 7, 1995, in Phoenix, Arizona,[1] the daughter of Valerie, a marketing and branding professional, and Forrest L. Richardson, a golf course architect. Richardson attended Villa Montessori through middle school, then Arcadia High School. She was a regular in theatrical productions and regional dance competitions throughout the Southwest. From 2001 to 2011 she was a leading dancer in Phoenix's Cannedy Dance Company.[2] In 2011, she moved to Hollywood, California.


In 2013, Richardson began a recurring role as Tess in the ABC Family series Ravenswood.[3] She has appeared as a guest on Disney Channel's Shake It Up and was a co-star in ABC's pilot production "Adopted". She played Juliana in the Lifetime original movie Escape from Polygamy, alongside Jack Falahee.[4] In 2016, she had a recurring role as Ellie in the Freeform drama series "Recovery Road".[5] Her early film career included a leading role in The Last Survivors as well as supporting performances in The Edge of Seventeen and Split.[4]

Her breakthrough came in 2017 when she starred opposite John Cho in Columbus. For her work in the film she was nominated for the 2017 Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress. Reviewing Columbus in The New Yorker, Richard Brody praised her performance: "Richardson in particular vaults to the forefront of her generation’s actors with this performance, which virtually sings with emotional and intellectual acuity."[6] In 2019 Richardson starred in the romantic drama Five Feet Apart opposite Cole Sprouse. In the film she plays a cystic fibrosis patient, Stella Grant, who falls in love with a boy with the same disease.[7]

In 2009, Richardson founded Hooked by Haley Lu,[8] a line of crocheted clothing and accessories she designs and creates.[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2018, Richardson revealed that she was engaged to Canadian actor Brett Dier,[12] whom she had been dating since 2012.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Meanamorphosis Cameron Short film
2014 The Last Survivors Kendal
The Young Kieslowski Leslie Mallard
2015 The Bronze Maggie Townsend
Follow Viv
2016 The Edge of Seventeen Krista
Split Claire Benoit
2017 Columbus Casey
2018 The Chaperone Louise Brooks
Operation Finale Sylvia Hermann
Support the Girls Maci
2019 Five Feet Apart Stella Grant
2020 Unpregnant Veronica Clarke
2021 After Yang Ada Post-production
TBA The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Hadley Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Up in Arms Dancer / Choreographer Episode: "Flash Mob Parody Special"
Christmas Twister Kaitlyn Television film
2013 Adopted Destiny Unaired television pilot
Shake It Up Shake It Up, Chicago! Dancer Episode: "Quit It Up"!!!!!
Escape from Polygamy Julina Television film
2013–2014 Ravenswood Tess Hamilton 5 episodes
2014 Awkward Mackenzie Episode: "Sophomore Sluts"
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jenna Davis Episode: "Decaying Morality"
Your Family or Mine Maya Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Recovery Road Ellie Dennis 6 episodes
2019 Jane the Virgin Charlie 2 episodes; uncredited


  1. ^ "Haley Lu Richardson "Double World Premieres" at LA Film Festival". The Business Journals. May 21, 2014. Archived from the original on September 27, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Cannedy Dance Company". Cannedy Dance Company. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Lauren (14 March 2019). "Haley Lu Richardson Will Make You Laugh, and Cry, and Laugh Some More in Five Feet Apart". W Magazine. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b Nicolaou, Elena. "Where You Know Haley Lu Richardson From". www.refinery29.com. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  5. ^ Swift, Andy (2015-04-22). "Recovery Road: ABC Family Rehab Drama Adds Ravenswood Alumna". TVLine. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  6. ^ Brody, Richard (June 19, 2017). "The Precocious Genius of Columbus". Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (15 March 2019). "Why Haley Lu Richardson Almost Turned Down 'Five Feet Apart' Role". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Hooked By Haley Lu". Etsy.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Jeff (November 18, 2016). "An interview with Haley Lu Richardson from The Edge of Seventeen". Phoenix Film Festival. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Hasty, Toby (November 17, 2016). "Haley Lu Richardson: Hottest Photos Of 'The Edge of Seventeen' Actress". COED. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "This is my favorite shirt I've ever made and it's still up for grabs!". Instagram. May 24, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Haley Lu Richardson Breaks The News Of Her Engagement". ET Canada. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "Haley lu Richardson to People Magazine: "We've been together for seven years,"". People. Retrieved 2019-03-19.

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