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Natalia Dyer
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Dyer in 2017
Natalia Danielle Dyer

(1995-01-13) January 13, 1995 (age 27)[a]
Years active2008–present
PartnerCharlie Heaton (2016–present)

Natalia Danielle Dyer[1] (born January 13, 1995)[2][3][4][a] is an American actress. She is known for starring as Nancy Wheeler in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things (2016–present), in addition to her starring role in the comedy-drama Yes, God, Yes (2019) and supporting roles in the horror films Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) and Things Heard & Seen (2021).

Early life[edit]

Dyer was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She started acting in community theater during her adolescence,[5] and made her professional screen acting debut in Hannah Montana: The Movie, which was filmed locally in Tennessee in 2008.[6] Dyer graduated from the performing arts high school Nashville School of the Arts.[7] She subsequently moved to New York City and enrolled at New York University, studying at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.[8]


Dyer began her professional career during her early teenage years, taking part in projects produced in and around her home in Tennessee; her first screen role was as Clarissa Granger in Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009. During this time, she had small roles in the films The Greening of Whitney Brown and Blue Like Jazz before starring in the small independent films Don't Let Me Go and After Darkness; both films were released the following years.

At age sixteen, she filmed the indie film I Believe in Unicorns, which was her first major role.[9][10] The film premiered three years later at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.[11][12][13]

Dyer's breakthrough role was as Nancy Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things.[14] Dyer has also starred in independent films, most notably the dramedy film Yes, God, Yes (2019) in which she stars as Alice, a Catholic school girl exploring sexuality. Among her more notable credits are supporting roles in the horror films Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) and Things Heard & Seen (2021).[15][16] In January 2022, it was announced that she would star in horror film All Fun and Games opposite Asa Butterfield.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2016, Dyer has been in a relationship with Stranger Things co-star Charlie Heaton.[18] She has two sisters.[19]



Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Clarissa Granger
2010 Too Sunny for Santa Janie Short film[20]
2011 The Greening of Whitney Brown Lily
2012 Blue Like Jazz Grace
2013 Don't Let Me Go Banshee
2014 After Darkness Clara Beaty Distributed in 2019
I Believe in Unicorns Davina
The City at Night Adeline Short film
2015 Till Dark Lucy Short film
2016 Long Nights Short Mornings Marie
2017 Yes, God, Yes Alice Short film
2018 Mountain Rest Clara
After Her Hailey Short film
2019 Velvet Buzzsaw Coco
Yes, God, Yes Alice
The Nearest Human Being[21] Monique
Tuscaloosa Virginia
2021 United States vs. Reality Winner Reality Winner (voice)
Things Heard & Seen Willis Howell
TBA Chestnut Not yet released Annie Post-production[22]
All Fun and Games Not yet released Billie Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Stranger Things Nancy Wheeler Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Postman's Dreams 2 Herself Episode: "The Elevator"[23]
2020 Acting for a Cause Jane Eyre Episode: "Jane Eyre"[24]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Ref.
2018 "Wild Love" James Bay [25]


Selected credits

Year Title Role Venue Ref.
2004 To Kill a Mockingbird Scout Tennessee Performing Arts Center [1]
2009 Titanic Stewardess / Third Class Passenger Looby Theater [5]
2016 The Intriguing Engagements of Frances and Meg Cheatham, Ladies Of Society Meg Teatro La Tea (FringeNYC)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film — Teen Actress Stranger Things Nominated [26]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won [27]
2018 Nominated [28]
2020 Nominated [29]


  1. ^ a b Some sources mistakenly give her birth year as 1997, but this is contradicted by the balance of evidence, including statements by Dyer herself.[2]


  1. ^ a b Donnell, Evans (March 9, 2004). "Review: Circle Players 'Mockingbird' revival promising, but suffers from pacing". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee – via ...her younger self (Natalia Danielle Dyer)...
  2. ^ a b Davids, Brian (July 30, 2020). "Natalia Dyer on the Importance of 'Yes, God, Yes' and the Latest on 'Stranger Things 4'". The Hollywood Reporter. ...I [Dyer] was born in '95.
  3. ^ "Births". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. February 4, 1995. p. 4D. Retrieved July 16, 2019 – via Allen Miles and Karen Lea have named their daughter, born Jan. 13 at Vanderbilt Hospital, Natalia Danielle Dyer.
  4. ^ "UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021". United Press International. January 13, 2021. Archived from the original on February 27, 2021. Retrieved February 27, 2021. …actor Natalia Dyer in 1995 (age 26)…
  5. ^ a b "Natalia Dyer theatre profile". Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  6. ^ "Natalia Dyer on Her Hannah Montana Beginnings and How Her Religious Upbringing Fueled New Movie". July 24, 2020. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  7. ^ Paulson, Dave (September 6, 2016). "Before 'Stranger Things,' actress Natalia Dyer got her start at Nashville's TPAC". The Tennessean.
  8. ^ Ceron, Ella (October 3, 2016). "Stranger Things's Natalia Dyer Explains Why Nancy Wheeler Isn't Your Average Big Sister". Teen Vogue. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Kohn, Eric; Smith, Nigel M. (2014-03-18). "Here Are the Biggest Breakouts of the 2014 SXSW Film Festival". IndieWire. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  10. ^ "A Conversation With Leah Meyerhoff, Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack (I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS)". Hammer to Nail. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  11. ^ Flynn, Caitlin (July 20, 2016). "Who's Nancy On 'Stranger Things'? Natalia Dyer's Performance Is One Of The Show's Best". Bustle.
  12. ^ Bobic, Chrissy (July 14, 2016). "Who Plays Nancy Wheeler On 'Stranger Things'? Natalia Dyer Got Her Start In Disney". Romper.
  13. ^ Paulson, Dave (April 16, 2014). "Nashville Film Festival Looks Near and Far". The Tennessean.
  14. ^ Hoffman, Ashley (August 19, 2016). "Stranger Things Actor Kills All Hope for Jonathan and Nancy". Time. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  15. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 12, 2018). "New Dan Gilroy-Jake Gyllenhaal Movie Finalizes Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  16. ^ Southern, Kieran (January 29, 2019). "Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer on her 'exciting' role in Velvet Buzzsaw". Irish Independent. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Grater, Tom (January 13, 2022). "Asa Butterfield & Natalia Dyer Starring In Horror-Thriller 'All Fun And Games' For Anton & AGBO – EFM". Deadline Hollywood.
  18. ^ "Stranger Things stars Natalia Dyer & Charlie Heaton's relationship". Capital.
  19. ^ "Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton & Natalia Dyer Take Lie Detector Tests | Vanity Fair". YouTube. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  20. ^ Lee, Tena (April 16, 2010). "Tachoir's film premieres in Nashville". Hendersonville Star News.
  21. ^ Wynne, Kelly (March 7, 2019). "Here's Everything the 'Stranger Things' Cast Is Doing After Season 3". Newsweek. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  22. ^ Lang, Brent (October 5, 2021). "Natalia Dyer, Rachel Keller and Danny Ramirez Starring in Queer Love Triangle Drama 'Chestnut' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 8, 2022. Shot on location and named for the epicenter of queer culture in Philadelphia, Chestnut, the film quietly wrapped production this month.
  23. ^ "Prada Presents The Postman's Diaries 2". Hi Production. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  24. ^ "Jane Eyre" Feat. Natalia Dyer, Sophia Lillis Dir. by Brando Crawford (YouTube). Acting for a Cause. n.d. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  25. ^ "'Stranger Things' Star Natalia Dyer Only Has Eyes for James Bay in 'Wild Love' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  26. ^ "Nominees – Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  27. ^ Nolfi, Joely (December 14, 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly.
  28. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards" (PDF). Screen Actors Guild. December 13, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  29. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 11, 2019). "SAG Awards Nominations: 'Bombshell', 'The Irishman', 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Top Film List, 'Maisel,' 'Fleabag' Score In TV – Complete List Of Noms". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 11, 2019.

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