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Eliza Jane Scanlen

(1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 25)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2015–present

Eliza Jane Scanlen (born 6 January 1999) is an Australian actress. She rose to prominence portraying Tabitha Ford in the Australian soap opera Home and Away (2016), before receiving critical acclaim by playing a troubled teenager in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects (2018). In 2022, she starred in the Showtime series The First Lady as young Eleanor Roosevelt.

She made her film debut in 2019, with starring roles in the drama Babyteeth and Greta Gerwig's period drama Little Women.

Early life

Scanlen was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and has a fraternal twin sister named Annabel. She learned the piano when she was about 7 years old, but stopped playing when she was thirteen years old. In preparation for her role as Beth March in the 2019 film adaptation of Little Women, she started practising the piano again.


While in high school, Scanlen was cast in the recurring role of Tabitha Ford on television soap opera Home and Away. Scanlen starred as the titular character in the 2018 short film Grace. She then achieved recognition for her portrayal of Amma Crellin in the HBO psychological thriller miniseries Sharp Objects, in which she stars alongside Amy Adams.

Scanlen made her professional theatre debut in Sydney Theatre Company's 2019 production of Lord of the Flies, directed by Kip Williams. She played the role of Eric for the play's run. She made her feature film debut as Milla Finlay in Shannon Murphy's Babyteeth, which premiered in competition at Venice Film Festival. In 2019, she portrayed Beth March in Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women, co-starring alongside Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep. The film received six Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), and grossed $218 million at the box office.

In 2020, Scanlen portrayed Lenora in Antonio Campos' thriller The Devil All the Time, based on Donald Ray Pollock's book. In the same year she made her directional debut with the Australian short film Mukbang which received much controversy, she also wrote the screen play. In 2021, Scanlen co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Old, which was released on 23 July.

In 2023, Scanlen had the lead role of Jem Starling in Laurel Parmet's directorial debut The Starling Girl. She received critical acclaim for her performance, with Ben Travers of IndieWire writing: "It helps that Scanlen's performance refuses to let this movie feel trite." Jason Bailey for The Playlist wrote: "Scanlen's work here is just as good, just as steeped in the feeling of a real-life being lived right in front of you."



List of Eliza Scanlen film credits
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Babyteeth Milla Finlay
Little Women Elizabeth "Beth" March
2020 The Devil All the Time Lenora Laferty
2021 Old Kara (15 years old)
2023 The Starling Girl Jem Starling
TBA Caddo Lake Not yet released TBA Post-production
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


List of short credits of Eliza Scanlen
Year Title Role Director Writer Ref
2018 Grace Grace
2020 Mukbang - YesY YesY
2022 How Can I Help You - YesY YesY


List of television credits of Eliza Scanlen
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Home and Away Tabitha Ford Recurring role
2018 Sharp Objects Amma Crellin Main cast, miniseries
2021 Fires Tash Main cast, miniseries
2022 The First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (young)
TBA ... Girls TBA In production


List of theater credits of Eliza Scanlen
Year Title Role Notes
2019 William Golding's Lord of the Flies Eric Sydney Theatre Company
To Kill a Mockingbird Mayella Ewell Shubert Theatre

See also

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