Joey King

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Joey King
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King in 2018
Joey Lynn King

(1999-07-30) July 30, 1999 (age 21)
Years active2006–present
FamilyHunter King (sister)

Joey Lynn King[1] (born July 30, 1999)[2] is an American actress. She first gained recognition for portraying Ramona Quimby in the comedy film Ramona and Beezus (2010), with lead roles such as an adaptation of Beverly Cleary's book series Beezus and Ramona as Ramona Quimby and as Elle Evans in The Kissing Booth series. King has also appeared in the films Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), The Conjuring (2013), White House Down (2013), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Wish Upon (2017), and Slender Man (2018). King received critical acclaim for her starring role in the true crime drama series The Act (2019) and was nominated for both a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Los Angeles to her parents Terry and Jamie King.[3] She has two older sisters, actresses Kelli King and Hunter King. King has stated that she is "part Jewish and part Christian."[4]


King made her film debut in Reign Over Me as Adam Sandler's character's daughter. She then voiced the yellow fur ball Katie in the animated feature Horton Hears a Who! (2008), and Beaver in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009). She also appeared in Quarantine (2008). In 2010, she guest-starred in the series Ghost Whisperer. She was also featured in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Emily Mason in two episodes. Other television appearances include Entourage, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Medium.

King's first lead role was in the 2010 film Ramona and Beezus, an adaptation of the Beverly Cleary book series, starring as Ramona Quimby opposite Selena Gomez as her older sister, Beezus Quimby.[5] She also released a single for the movie called "Ramona Blue".

King was featured in Battle: Los Angeles, where she played a girl named Kirsten. Also in 2011, she co-starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love as the younger daughter of Steve Carell and Julianne Moore. As well, she appeared in Taylor Swift's "Mean" music video as a young student at the school cafeteria rejected by her peers.

King had a role in Christopher Nolan's third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as a young Talia al Ghul.[6] She also filmed the short-lived comedy series Bent, had guest appearances in New Girl and was on the final episode of The Haunting Hour: The Series, "Goodwill Towards Men." In 2013, King appeared in Oz the Great and Powerful with James Franco and Zach Braff, White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, Family Weekend, and The Conjuring with Mackenzie Foy and Vera Farmiga. In 2014, she appeared in Wish I Was Here with Oz co-star Zach Braff, as well as in Fargo as Greta Grimly, daughter of police officer Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks).

In 2016, King was cast as the daughter of the character of Courtney Love in the coming-of-age drama film The Possibility of Fireflies.[7] She played the lead character Clare in the 2017 horror-thriller film Wish Upon.[8]

In 2018, she starred as Elle Evans in Netflix's hit teen romantic comedy The Kissing Booth, alongside Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney. She reprised the role in the sequels The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) and The Kissing Booth 3 (2021).

In 2019, she starred alongside Patricia Arquette in the true crime anthology television series The Act on Hulu. King plays Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Arquette plays her mother Dee Dee.[9] She also appeared on the 4th season of CBS comedy Life in Pieces as Morgan.[10]

King is represented by talent agent Dan Spilo, who also competed on Survivor: Island of the Idols.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Reign Over Me Gina Fineman Uncredited[citation needed]
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Katie Voice role
Quarantine Briana
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Beaver girl Voice role
2010 Ramona and Beezus Ramona Quimby
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Kirsten
Crazy, Stupid, Love Molly Weaver
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Young Talia al Ghul
2013 The Conjuring Christine Perron
Family Weekend Lucinda Smith-Dungy
Oz the Great and Powerful China girl / Girl in wheelchair
White House Down Emily Cale
2014 The Boxcar Children Jessie Voice role
The Sound and the Fury Miss Quentin
Wish I Was Here Grace Bloom
2015 Borealis Aurora
Stonewall Phoebe Winters
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Samantha "Sam" Blackwell
2017 Going in Style Brooklyn
Smartass Freddie
Wish Upon Clare Shannon
2018 The Kissing Booth Elle Evans
The Lie Kayla
Radium Girls Bessie
Slender Man Wren
Summer '03 Jamie
2019 Zeroville Zazi
2020 The Kissing Booth 2 Elle Evans
2021 The Kissing Booth 3 Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Malcolm in the Middle Girl at party Episode: "Mono"
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Emily Mason 2 episodes
2006–2007 Jericho Sally 3 episodes
2007 Avenging Angel Amelia Television movie
Backyards & Bullets Junie Garrison Television movie
Entourage Chuck Liddell's daughter Episode: "Gotcha!"
2007–2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Little girl / Nora Rowe 2 episodes
2008 Medium Kelly Mackenzie (Age 8) Episode "Drowned World"
Untitled Liz Meriwether Project Lucy Unsold television pilot
2009 Anatomy of Hope Lucy Morgan Television movie
2010 Elevator Girl Paige Television movie
Ghost Whisperer Cassidy 2 episodes
2011 Bent Charlie Meyers Main role
Survivor: South Pacific Herself Episode: Reunion
2012 New Girl Brianna Episode: "Bully"
2013–2014 The Haunting Hour: The Series Carla / Missy Jordan Episodes: "Seance", "Goodwill Toward Men"
2014–2015 Fargo Greta Grimly Recurring role in season 1, special guest in season 2; 9 episodes
2014 American Dad! (voice) Episode: "Familyland"
Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs Elissa Wall Television movie
2016 The Flash Frankie Kane / Magenta Episode: "Magenta"[12]
Robot Chicken Polly Pocket / Draculaura (voice) Episode: "Yogurt in a Bag"
Tween Fest Maddisyn Crawford Main role
2019 The Act Gypsy Blanchard Main role
Life in Pieces Morgan 3 episodes
2020 The Simpsons Addy (voice) Episode: "The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds"
Home Movie: The Princess Bride Grandson Episode: "Ultimate Suffering"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2018 Madden NFL 19: Longshot Loretta Cruise

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist
2010 "Ramona Blue" Joey King featuring Kelli King
2011 "Mean" Taylor Swift
2018 "Sue Me" Sabrina Carpenter
2019 "Tongue Tied" Marshmello, Yungblud and Blackbear

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actress Horton Hears a Who! Nominated
2010 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Anatomy of Hope Nominated
Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor/Actress Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Nominated
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Ten and Under Ramona and Beezus Won [13]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Age Ten or Under Ghost Whisperer Nominated
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress The Dark Knight Rises Nominated [14]
2019 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress The Kissing Booth Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie The Act Nominated
2020 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie The Act Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Limited Series or Television Film The Act Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The Act Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie The Act Nominated

At the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival, the Canadian Images features jury made an honourable mention recognizing King as an Emerging Actress for her performance in Borealis.[15]


  1. ^ "Joey King". TV Guide. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Joey King | TVSA". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Joey King". Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Interview: Joey King. "". Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Clark, Cindy (February 2, 2009). "'Ramona' star is ready for wackiness". USA Today. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Wales, George (January 20, 2012). "Joey King reveals HUGE Dark Knight Rises spoiler". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (May 12, 2016). "Courtney Love, Joey King Starring in 'Possibility of Fireflies'". Variety. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  8. ^ Busch, Anita (August 16, 2016). "Joey King Will Lead 'Annabelle' Helmer's Next Project 'Wish Upon'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Bowenbank, Starr (February 12, 2019). "See Patricia Arquette and Joey King in the First Trailer for The Act". Elle. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Hall, Gerrad (April 18, 2019). "Sisters Hunter and Joey King hope 'Life in Pieces' is just the beginning of more work together: 'Put us in your s‑‑‑!'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Sarner, Lauren (November 14, 2019). "'Survivor' contestant accused of unwanted touching — and his accuser was voted off". New York Post. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  12. ^ Burlingame, Russ (August 19, 2016). "Fargo's Joey King Comes to The Flash as Magenta". Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2011. Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  14. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2013. Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  15. ^ "VIFF Announces BC Spotlight and Canadian Images Awards" (Press release). Vancouver International Film Festival. October 3, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015.

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