Oona Laurence

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Oona Laurence
Oona Laurence May 2015.jpg
Laurence at the Montclair Film Festival in May 2015
Born (2002-08-01) August 1, 2002 (age 15)
New York City, U.S.
Other names Banoons, Banoona
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Known for Pete's Dragon, Southpaw, The Beguiled, Lamb, Bad Moms

Oona Laurence (born August 1,[1] 2002) is an American actress who is best known for originating the role of Matilda Wormwood in Matilda on Broadway alongside Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro, and Sophia Gennusa. She is a New York City-based child actor with credits in film, theater, and television.


After several appearances in regional theatre productions and minor roles in short films and TV episodes, in 2012, Laurence auditioned for the new musical 'Matilda' on Broadway. Laurence landed the role of Matilda, performing in the show from March 4, 2013, to December 15, 2013.

After Matilda, Lawrence transitioned to film acting appearing in American Gladiators, A Little Game, The Grief of Others, I Smile Back, Damsel, Lamb, and Southpaw, portraying the daughter of Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams' characters.

She has appeared on TV in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Orange Is the New Black.

In 2015, Laurence co-starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams in Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw. In 2016, she co-starred as Natalie in the film Pete's Dragon,[2] and portrayed the daughter of Mila Kunis' character Amy, Jane Mitchell, in Bad Moms.

In 2017, Laurence co-starred opposite Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning in Sophia Coppola's The Beguiled.

She is the voice of Hedgehog in the Cartoon Network series Summer Camp Island.

Personal life[edit]

Laurence lives in New York City and has two younger sisters, Aimée and Jetè, who are also actresses.[3][4]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Wet Cement Girl Short
Esther Esther Short
2013 Penny Dreadful Little Girl Short
Correcting. Perplexing. Patrick. Jessica Barnwell
2014 A Little Game Becky
American Gladiators (AKA Tumorhead) Jean Short
2015 I Smile Back Daisy
Lamb Tommie Main role
Imaginapped Olivia Short
Southpaw Leila Hope
The Grief of Others Biscuit Ryrie
Damsel Ava
Vicky & Jonny Young Vicky Short
2016 Little Boxes Ambrosia
Bad Moms Jane Mitchell
Pete's Dragon Natalie
Lily + Mara Lily Short
2017 The Beguiled Amy
A Bad Moms Christmas Jane Mitchell
The Buried Girl Holly


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Young Phyllis/Phyllis' Daughter 1 episode
2012 Louie Spiteful Mean Girl #4 1 episode
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Zoe Harris Episode: "Glasgowman's Wrath"
2015 Orange Is the New Black Tiffany – 10 years old Episode: "A Tittin' and a Hairin'"
2016 Blindspot Maya Episode: "Swift Hardhearted Stone"
2018 Summer Camp Island Hedgehog (voice) Main Cast


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Matilda The Musical Matilda Wormwood Broadway, Sam S. Schubert Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Tony Award Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre (shared with Sophia Gennusa, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro) Matilda the Musical Won
2013 Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album Matilda the Musical Nominated
2015 Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival Best Actress Lamb Nominated
2015 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Southpaw Nominated
2016 Young Entertainer Awards Best Leading Young Actress- Feature Film Southpaw Nominated
2017 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Teen Actress Pete's Dragon Won


  1. ^ "Ahhhhh! Happy birthday Oona banoona!!..." August 1, 2015 – via Instagram. 
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 19, 2014). "Disney Finds Its Pete For 'Pete's Dragon' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "5 Things to Know About 'Southpaw's' Oona Laurence - The Tony-winning actress plays Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams' characters' daughter". Hilary Lewis. July 25, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Aimee Laurence, Oona Laurence and Jete Laurence at Broadway Kids Team up For LYRICS FOR LIFE Benefit". broadwayworld.com. September 12, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 

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