Sadie Sink

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Sadie Sink
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Sink in 2018
Sadie Elizabeth Sink

(2002-04-16) April 16, 2002 (age 20)
Years active2011–present

Sadie Elizabeth Sink[1] (born April 16, 2002) is an American actress. She began acting at age seven in local theater productions, and played the title role in Annie (2012–14) and young Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience (2015) on Broadway. Sink made her television debut in a 2013 episode of The Americans and her film debut in the sports film Chuck (2016). She had her breakthrough portraying Max Mayfield in the science fiction drama series Stranger Things (2017–present), and in 2021, appeared in the horror film trilogy Fear Street and played the lead role in Taylor Swift's short film All Too Well. Sink has since starred in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama The Whale (2022).

Early life[edit]

Sink was born in Brenham, Texas, on April 16, 2002.[2][3] Her father is a football coach and her mother a math teacher. She has three older brothers and a younger sister.[4] While her family was sports-oriented, Sink was interested in performing arts.[3][5] She began acting in community theater near Houston, starting with a production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in Brenham at age seven.[3] She then auditioned for and got the part of the lead role in a local production of The Secret Garden. After this experience, she decided to further pursue an acting career.[3]


Sink performed in plays at Theater Under the Stars in Houston during the 2011–2012 season, including musical productions of White Christmas (2011) and the title role in Annie (2012).[6][7] She made her Broadway debut in the 2012–14 Annie revival, playing both Annie and Duffy.[6][8] During the Broadway run, she made her television debut in 2013 in an episode of the Emmy Award-winning series The Americans.[9][10] She also played a guest role in an episode of the police procedural series Blue Bloods (2014).[11]

In 2015, Sink played Suzanne Ballard in the NBC action thriller series American Odyssey,[12] and portrayed a young Queen Elizabeth II alongside Helen Mirren in the Broadway production of The Audience.[4][13] She attended school while appearing in small roles in television and film,[3] such as Kimberly in the 2016 sports drama film Chuck, a guest character in an episode of the sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and young Lori Walls in the biographical drama film The Glass Castle (2017).[10][14] Sink auditioned for Max Mayfield for the second season of Netflix's science fiction horror drama series Stranger Things, and was cast as a series regular in October 2016.[3][15][16] Max proved to be Sink's breakthrough role, becoming a fan-favorite character and an integral part of the series.[21]

In 2018, she collaborated with Rooney Mara, Sia, Joaquin Phoenix, and Kat von D to narrate the animal rights Australian documentary film Dominion.[22] She also walked the runway at Paris Fashion Week, making her modeling debut at age 15.[23] The Hollywood Reporter listed Sink as one of the top 30 stars under age 18,[24] and Variety listed her on their Young Hollywood Up Next Report.[25] Sink, along with her Stranger Things cast members, was nominated for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[26] The following year, Sink played a supporting role in the Netflix horror film Eli.[27]

In 2021, she played the main role of Ziggy Berman in the acclaimed The Fear Street Trilogy, appearing in the second and third installments, Fear Street Part Two: 1978 and Fear Street Part Three: 1666.[28][29] Her performance in the former received critical praise,[30] with Lovia Gyarkye of The Hollywood Reporter writing that she makes the role her own,[31] and Empire's Ian FreerSink calling her "the stand-out".[32] She then played the lead in Taylor Swift's 2021 short film All Too Well: The Short Film opposite Dylan O'Brien,[33][34] receiving critical acclaim for her performance.[35][36][37][38] In 2022, she played the lead role of Tess DeNunzio in the drama Dear Zoe (2022).[39]

Sink's performance in the fourth season of Stranger Things, particularly episode "Dear Billy", received acclaim as well.[43] The A.V. Club's Saloni Gajjar said she "sinks into her role and ends up delivering the best performance of the gang, especially in the outstanding fourth episode",[44] while Valerie Ettenofear of /Film praised her "traumatizingly good performance",[45] and Variety's Daniel D'Addario stated that she "distinguished herself as a major young performer throughout the season".[46] For her performance, Sink won the Hollywood Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama,[47] and received a Saturn Award nomination for Performance by a Younger Actor.[48] She played Ellie in Darren Aronofsky's drama film The Whale, set to be released on December 9, 2022.[49] In September 2022, Sink joined the cast of the thriller film Berlin Nobody, an adaptation of Nicholas Hogg's 2015 novel Tokyo.[50]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Chuck Kimberly
2017 The Glass Castle Young Lori Walls
2019 Eli Haley
2021 Fear Street Part Two: 1978 Ziggy Berman
Fear Street Part Three: 1666
All Too Well: The Short Film Her Short film
2022 The Whale Ellie
Dear Zoe Tess DeNunzio
TBA Berlin Nobody Not yet released Mazzy Post-production


Year Title Role Notes Refs.
2013 The Americans Lana Episode: "Mutually Assured Destruction" [9]
2014 Blue Bloods Daisy Carpenter Episode: "Insult to Injury" [11]
2015 American Odyssey Suzanne Ballard Main role (11 episodes) [12]
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tween Girl Episode: "Kimmy Sees a Sunset!" [14]
2017–present Stranger Things Maxine "Max" Mayfield Main role (season 2–present) [10]


Year Title Role Venue Notes Refs.
2011 White Christmas Susan Waverly Theater Under the Stars Regional [6]
2012 Annie Annie Regional [7]
Annie Annie, Duffy (alternating) Palace Theatre Broadway [13]
2012–14 Annie, Tessie, Duffy, et al. (standby)
2015 The Audience Young Queen Elizabeth II Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Broadway


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Nominated [26]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best On-Screen Team (with Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp) Nominated [51]
2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [52]
2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards Most Frightened Performance Fear Street: Part Two 1978 Nominated [53]
2022 Gold Derby Television Awards Best Drama Supporting Actress Stranger Things Nominated [54]
2022 Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama Won [47]
2022 Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Stranger Things Nominated [55]
2022 Woods Hole Film Festival Best Performance in a Feature Film (Youth) Dear Zoe Won [56]
2022 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Streaming) Stranger Things Nominated [48]
2022 SCAD Awards Rising Star Award The Whale Won [57]


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