Joey Lynn King
July 30, 1999
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Partner(s)||Steven Piet (2019–present; engaged)|
|Relatives||Hunter King (sister)|
Joey Lynn King (born July 30, 1999) is an American actress. She first gained recognition for portraying Ramona Quimby in the comedy film Ramona and Beezus (2010) and has since gained wider recognition for her lead role in The Kissing Booth (2018) and its two sequels. King received critical acclaim for her starring role in the crime drama series The Act (2019), for which she was nominated for both a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
King has also appeared in the films Battle: Los Angeles (2011), Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Conjuring (2013), White House Down (2013), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Bullet Train (2022) and The Princess (2022), as well as the first season of the FX black comedy crime drama series Fargo.
King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Terry and Jamie King. King began acting professionally at the age of 4, starting with a commercial for Life Cereal. She has also been in commercials for AT&T, Kay Jewelers, and Eggo. King attended Phoenix Ranch School in Simi Valley. As a child, King sang a cappella for a talent show at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. She also performed with the Stage Door Children's Theatre in Agoura. She has two older sisters, actresses Kelli King and Hunter King. King has stated, "I'm Jewish, but I'm not really, really religious."
2008–2016: Beginnings and child acting
King voiced the yellow fur ball Katie in the animated feature Horton Hears a Who! (2008). 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, Medium., and Life in Pieces.
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. She also released a single for the movie called "Ramona Blue". Her role in the film won her a Young Artist Award.
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 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. 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, Family Weekend, and The Conjuring. In 2014, she appeared in Wish I Was Here, as well as in Fargo as Greta Grimly, daughter of police officer Gus Grimly.
In 2016, King was cast in the coming-of-age drama film The Possibility of Fireflies. She played the lead character Clare in the 2017 horror-thriller film Wish Upon. She also had a role in Slender Man which was released in 2018.
2017–present: The Kissing Booth and The Act
In 2018, she starred as Elle Evans in Netflix's teen romantic comedy The Kissing Booth. She reprised the role in the sequel The Kissing Booth 2, released in 2020, and in The Kissing Booth 3, which was released on August 11, 2021.
In 2019, she starred in the true crime anthology television series The Act on Hulu. King was cast as Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a role which required King to shave her head for the third time in her career. It earned her nominations for Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and Critics' Choice awards. She also appeared on the fourth season of CBS comedy Life in Pieces as Morgan.
King is represented by talent agent Dan Spilo. In August 2020, she signed a deal with Hulu to produce television content for its service. In July 2021, her All The King's Horses production company struck a deal with Netflix.
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Katie (voice)|
|2010||Ramona and Beezus||Ramona Quimby|
|2011||Battle: Los Angeles||Kirsten|
|2011||Crazy, Stupid, Love||Molly Weaver|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Young Talia al Ghul|
|2013||The Conjuring||Christine Perron|
|2013||Family Weekend||Lucinda Smith-Dungy|
|2013||Oz the Great and Powerful||China Girl / Girl in wheelchair|
|2013||White House Down||Emily Cale|
|2014||The Boxcar Children||Jessie Alden (voice)|
|2014||The Sound and the Fury||Miss Quentin|
|2014||Wish I Was Here||Grace Bloom|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||Sam Blackwell|
|2017||Going in Style||Brooklyn Harding|
|2017||Wish Upon||Clare Shannon|
|2018||The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island||Jessie Alden (voice)|
|2018||The Kissing Booth||Elle Evans|
|2018||The Lie||Kayla Logan|
|2018||Radium Girls||Bessie Cavallo|
|2018||Summer '03||Jamie Winkle|
|2020||The Kissing Booth 2||Elle Evans||Also executive producer|
|2021||The Kissing Booth 3||Elle Evans||Also executive producer|
|2022||The In Between||Tessa||Also producer|
|2022||The Princess||The Princess||Also executive producer|
|2023||The Uglies||Tally Youngblood||Post-production; also executive producer|
|2023||A Family Affair||TBA|
|2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Girl at party||Episode: "Mono"|
|2006||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Emily Mason||Episodes: "Day Care", "Books and Birdhouses"|
|2007||Avenging Angel||Amelia||Television film|
|2007||Backyards & Bullets||Junie Garrison||Television film|
|2007||Entourage||Chuck Liddell's daughter||Episode: "Gotcha!"|
|2007–2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Little girl / Nora Rowe||Episodes: "Living Doll", "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda"|
|2008||Medium||Kelly Mackenzie (age 8)||Episode "Drowned World"|
|2009||Anatomy of Hope||Lucy Morgan||Television film|
|2010||Elevator Girl||Paige||Television film|
|2010||Ghost Whisperer||Cassidy||Episodes: "Old Sins Cast Long Shadows", "The Children's Parade"|
|2011||Bent||Charlie Meyers||Main role|
|2011||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 (season 1); special guest role (season 2)|
|2014||American Dad!||N/A (voice)||Episode: "Familyland"|
|2014||Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs||Elissa Wall||Television film|
|2016||The Flash||Frankie Kane / Magenta||Episode: "Magenta"|
|2016||Robot Chicken||Polly Pocket / Draculaura (voices)||Episode: "Yogurt in a Bag"|
|2016||Tween Fest||Maddisyn Crawford||Main role|
|2019||The Act||Gypsy Blanchard||Main role|
|2019||Life in Pieces||Morgan||3 episodes|
|2020||Creepshow||Blake (voice)||Episode: "A Creepshow Animated Special"|
|2020||Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Grandson||Episode: "Ultimate Suffering"|
|2020||Group Chat||Herself||Episode: "Would You Rather Kiss"|
|2020||The Simpsons||Addy (voice)||Episode: "The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds"|
|2021||Calls||Skylar (voice)||Episode: "Mom"|
|2021||Nailed It||Herself||Episode: "Travel Dos and Donuts"|
|2022||Hamster & Gretel||Fred Grant (voice)||Main cast|
|2018||Madden NFL 19: Longshot||Loretta Cruise|
|2010||"Ramona Blue"||Joey King featuring Kelli King|
|2018||"Sue Me"||Sabrina Carpenter|
|2019||"Tongue Tied"||Marshmello, Yungblud and Blackbear|
Awards and nominations
|2019||Gold Derby Television Awards||Best Movie/Limited Series Actress||The Act||Nominated|||
|International Online Cinema Awards||Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie||The Act||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie||The Act||Nominated|||
|2020||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television||The Act||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||The Act||Nominated|||
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a 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|||
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I'm Jewish, but I'm not really, really religious.
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