Sophia Lillis

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Sophia Lillis
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Lillis in 2019
Born (2002-02-13) February 13, 2002 (age 18)
Years active2014–present

Sophia Lillis (born February 13, 2002)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her role as Beverly Marsh in the horror films It (2017) and It: Chapter Two (2019) and for her starring role as a teenager with telekinetic abilities in the Netflix comedy series I Am Not Okay with This (2020). Lillis has also appeared in the HBO psychological thriller miniseries Sharp Objects (2018) and played the titular detective in the film Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019).


Lillis was born in Brooklyn, New York to Juliana Mellevold (née Moday) and David Lillis. She is of Irish, Polish and Swiss-German descent. She has a twin brother named Jake and a stepbrother named Philip. Her parents divorced when she was a child, and she lives with her mother and stepfather, Christopher Mellevold. Christopher sparked Sophia's interest in acting, which she began when she was seven years old, taking classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.


Lillis in 2018

Lillis made her acting debut in a film by starring in the 2016 movie 37. Previously, she had a minor role in Julie Taymor's live stage production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

In 2017, she made a breakthrough when she costarred as one of the leads, Beverly Marsh, in the horror film It, an adaptation of Stephen King's novel, directed by Andy Muschietti, and also starring Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgård, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs.[2][3][4] Later that year, Lillis also played one of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's children in Sia's music video, "Santa's Coming for Us".[5]

Lillis was cast in the HBO's television miniseries Sharp Objects (2018), in which she played the young version of Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams as an adult.[6] Lillis also starred as famous literary sleuth Nancy Drew in the Warner Bros. film adaptation of Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase, which opened March 15, 2019 to generally good reviews with particularly positive notes in regards to Lillis' performance.[7][8] Later in 2019, Lillis reprised her role as Beverly Marsh in It: Chapter Two, released on September 6.[9] In October 2018, Lillis concluded shooting in Dublin, Ireland for Gretel & Hansel, a re-imagining of the German fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.[10] Gretel & Hansel was released on January 31, 2020.[11]

Lillis is set to star alongside Naomi Watts as Celia in Claire McCarthy's The Burning Season,[12] and as Ally in Before I Sleep.[13]

Lillis will appear with Paul Bettany in Uncle Frank, an independent film by True Blood and Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball. The film is set in 1970s New York City[14] and was shot in Wilmington, North Carolina from April to May 2019.[15] On June 10, 2019, it was announced that Lillis was cast in the lead role of the Netflix original series I Am Not Okay with This, which began filming that same month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The series was released on Netflix on February 26, 2020.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 A Midsummer Night's Dream Rude Elemental Stage production filmed live
2016 37 Debbie Bernstein
2017 It Beverly Marsh
2019 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Nancy Drew
It Chapter Two Young Beverly Marsh
2020 Uncle Frank Beth Bledsoe
Gretel & Hansel Gretel


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Sharp Objects Young Camille Preaker Miniseries
2020 I Am Not Okay with This Sydney Novak Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Notes
2017 The War on Drugs "Nothing to Find"
Sia "Santa's Coming for Us"


  1. ^ "Sophia Lillis (IT actress) Age, Height, Family, Biography". Celebrity XYZ.
  2. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (June 22, 2016). "Sophia Lillis Joins New Line's 'IT' Remake; Aunjanue Ellis Sign On To Christine Crokos' 'Pimp'". Deadline. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Purcell, Carey (September 8, 2017). "It Girl: Introducing Sophia Lillis, Heart and Soul of the Losers' Club". HWD. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  4. ^ HIGHFILL, SAMANTHA (September 8, 2017). "'It': Sophia Lillis Talks Cast Bonding and That Very Bloody Bathroom Scene". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Reed, Ryan (November 22, 2017). "Watch Sia's 'Santa's Coming for Us' Video With Kristen Bell, J.B. Smoove". Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (May 22, 2017). "'Sharp Objects' Casts Sophia Lillis; Juan Riedinger Joins 'Good Behavior'". Deadline. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 20, 2018). "'It' Star Sophia Lillis To Topline Warner Bros' 'Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase'". Deadline. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Evry, Max (April 20, 2018). "IT's Sophia Lillis to Star in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase". Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Squires, John (August 1, 2018). "More 'IT: Chapter Two' Set Photos Show Sophia Lillis and Jessica Chastain as Dual Beverlys". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Evangelista, Chris (October 7, 2018). "Horror Film 'Gretel and Hansel' Adds 'It' Star Sophia Lillis". /Film. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Miska, Brad (April 16, 2019). "Orion Releasing 'Gretel and Hansel' with Sophia Lillis in January 2020". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (April 26, 2018). "Naomi Watts, Sophia Lillis To Star In 'Burning Season', HanWay Boards Sales". Deadline. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  13. ^ Trowbridge, Cecily (March 26, 2018). "Zimbio's Rising Stars: 'It's Sophia Lillis On Fan Love And Defying Beauty Standards". Zimbio. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  14. ^ Ingram, Hunter (April 16, 2019). "'Uncle Frank' film brings 1970s New York to Wilmington". Star-News. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "Independent Film 'Uncle Frank' To Start Shooting In Wilmington". WWAY News. April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  16. ^ Bennett, Anita (June 10, 2019). "I Am Not Okay With This': Sophia Lillis To Star, Kathleen Rose Perkins Among Six Cast In Netflix Coming-Of-Age Series Based On Comic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 10, 2019.

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