Joey King

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Joey King
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King in 2020
Joey Lynn King

(1999-07-30) July 30, 1999 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2006–present
Partner(s)Steven Piet (2019–present; engaged)
RelativesHunter 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) 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.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Terry and Jamie King.[3] King began acting professionally at the age of 4, starting with a commercial for Life Cereal.[4] She has also been in commercials for AT&T, Kay Jewelers, and Eggo. King attended Phoenix Ranch School in Simi Valley.[5] As a child, King sang a cappella for a talent show at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.[4] She also performed with the Stage Door Children's Theatre in Agoura.[4] She has two older sisters, actresses Kelli King and Hunter King. King has stated, "I'm Jewish, but I'm not really, really religious."[6][7]


2008–2016: Beginnings and child acting[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9]

King had a role in Christopher Nolan's third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as a young Talia al Ghul.[10] 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.[11] She played the lead character Clare in the 2017 horror-thriller film Wish Upon.[12] She also had a role in Slender Man which was released in 2018.[13]

2017–present: The Kissing Booth and The Act[edit]

In 2018, she starred as Elle Evans in Netflix's teen romantic comedy The Kissing Booth.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16][17] 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.[18]

King is represented by talent agent Dan Spilo.[19] In August 2020, she signed a deal with Hulu to produce television content for its service.[20] In July 2021, her All The King's Horses production company struck a deal with Netflix.[21]

Personal life[edit]

King began a relationship with producer and director Steven Piet in September 2019 after they met on the set of The Act; they became engaged in February 2022.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Katie (voice)
2008 Quarantine Briana
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
2015 Borealis Aurora
2015 Stonewall Phoebe Winters
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Sam Blackwell
2017 Going in Style Brooklyn Harding
2017 Smartass Freddie
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
2018 Slender Man Wren
2019 Zeroville Zazi
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
2022 Bullet Train Prince
2023 The Uglies Tally Youngblood Post-production; also executive producer
2023 A Family Affair[citation needed] TBA


Year Title Role Notes
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"
2006–2007 Jericho Sally 3 episodes
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"[23]
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

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 Work Result Ref.
2019 Gold Derby Television Awards Best Movie/Limited Series Actress The Act Nominated [24]
International Online Cinema Awards Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie The Act Nominated [25]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie The Act Nominated [26]
2020 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television The Act Nominated [27]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television The Act Nominated [28]
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film The Act Nominated [29]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie The Act Nominated [30]

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.[31]


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