Eliza Scanlen is an Australian actress who came to limelight after playing a recurring role in the long-running Australian soap opera ‘Home and Away’. In 2018, she earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of Amma Crellin in the psychological thriller miniseries ‘Sharp Objects’. The series which aired on HBO, has won several awards and nominations, and also huge appreciation from critics and audience. Scanlen has also appeared in few films such as the coming-of-age period drama ‘Little Women’, which was an adaptation of the famous novel of the same name, written by Louisa May Alcott. The following year, she also made her theatrical debut in Sydney Theatre Company’s production of ‘Lord of the Flies’.
Eliza Scanlen made her acting debut in 2015 in an episode of the TV series ‘A Class Act’. In 2016, she was seen in the short film ‘Lacuna’. She came into limelight after she began playing the role of Tabitha Ford, a recurring character in the long running soap opera ‘Home and Away’. The show is about the lives of residents in a fictional town named Summer Bay. It has been airing from 1988. Over the years, the series has gained huge popularity and also won several awards, and has been sold to many other countries.
In 2017, Eliza Scanlen had a main role in the psychological thriller miniseries ‘Sharp Objects’. It aired for eight episodes between July and August 2018. Based on a novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, the series has received positive reviews, and has also won few awards such as the Golden Globe Award, and the Satellite Award. The story revolved around Camille Preaker, an alcoholic reporter, who has been discharged recently from a psychiatric hospital. She returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of two young girls. Scanlen played her half-sister Amma Crellin. The same year, she also appeared in two other short films ‘Grace’ and ‘Love and Other Places’.
In 2019, she made her film debut in the Australian drama ‘Babyteeth’. The film was adapted from a stage play of the same name by Rita Kalnejais. The film was premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won several awards as well. She next played the role of Elizabeth March in the Oscar-winning coming-of-age period drama ‘Little Women’. Directed by Greta Gerwig, it is an adaptation of the famous novel of the same name by Louis May Alcott. The film also included popular actors such as Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Laura Dern. The film was a huge success at the box office, earning over $ 200 million on a budget of $ 40 million. It also received positive reviews, as well as six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It won an Oscar in the ‘Best Costume Design’ category. It won several other awards such as the Dorian Award, and the AACTA Award.
In 2019, Eliza Scanlen also made her theatre debut in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of ‘Lord of the Flies’. She next appeared in Shubert Theatre’s production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.
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Family & Personal Life
Eliza Scanlen was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on 6 January 1999. She also has a fraternal twin sister named Annabel.
She studied at the Loreto Kirribilli school, and finished her graduation in 2016.