Elizabeth Lail is an American actress, best known for playing the character of Anna in the fourth season of ‘ABC’ network's fantasy drama television series ‘Once Upon a Time’. She is also famous for playing the starring role of Amy Hughes in the supernatural horror television series ‘Dead of Summer.’ Lail never dreamt of a successful television career as she saw herself performing on stage at the beginning of her acting career. However, she became one of the most sought after TV actresses after appearing on ‘Once Upon a Time’. Her performance in the fantasy drama series made her a household name in the United States. It also increased her popularity on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram where she currently has thousands of followers.
Childhood & Early Life
Elizabeth Dean Lail was born on March 25, 1992, in Williamson County, Texas, USA, to Kay Lurene Surratt and Dean Franklin Lail. She was raised in Asheboro, North Carolina along with her older sister Kathryn Dean Lail.
Elizabeth Lail developed a passion for acting at a young age. She decided to pursue acting as her career after taking part in a play titled ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ at a community theater.
She attended ‘Asheboro High School’ from where she graduated in 2010. She then went to the ‘University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ where she studied acting. She was part of students’ film productions, such as ‘Model Airplane’ before graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May 2014.
After graduating from university, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. She then started working as a babysitter during the day to support herself. Though she initially wanted to establish a career in theatre, she changed her mind after auditioning for a role in ‘Once Upon a Time’.
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Just six months after graduating from college, Elizabeth Lail landed the role of Anna in the fourth season of ‘Once Upon a Time.’ She played Princess Anna in 10 episodes of the series. Her performance in the series increased her popularity and Lail became a household name in the United States.
In 2016, she landed the starring role of Amy Hughes in the popular supernatural horror television series ‘Dead of Summer’. She played the role of camp counselor Amy in 10 episodes of the series which was aired on ‘Freeform’ TV channel from June 28 to August 30, 2016.
In 2017, she played Natalie Luca in one of the episodes of the long-running crime thriller television series ‘The Blacklist’.
On July 27, 2017, she was cast to play the female lead role of Guinevere Beck in a psychological thriller television series titled ‘You’. The series premiered in the United States on September 9, 2018, on ‘Lifetime’ television channel. Lail played Guinevere Beck alongside actors like Penn Badgley and Shay Mitchell in 10 episodes of the series.
Meanwhile, she played Lea in the 2018 Anja Murmann-directed drama-thriller film ‘Unintended’. In the same year, she was also seen playing Emily Chapin in one of the episodes of ‘CBS’ network's web television series ‘The Good Fight’.
In 2019, Elizabeth Lail was cast to play Quinn in a thriller film titled ‘Countdown’.
Family & Personal Life
Elizabeth Lail started dating an Australian model named Julian Haig in 2015. In 2017, Haig made a cameo appearance in ‘Once Upon a Time’ when he played Prince Gregor in an episode titled ‘Wake Up Call.’ Interestingly, Lail has not spoken about her relationship with Julian Haig since 2016.
Apart from acting, Elizabeth Lail focuses on charity works. She takes part in a fundraising program for a charity organization called ‘Space on Ryder Farm’ which aims at creating a safe environment to help budding artists express themselves.
In 2019, she supported the American Red Cross' initiative of installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 communities which are at risk of facing fire accidents.
She also uses her social media accounts to raise awareness of several issues.
Elizabeth Lail loves traveling and has been to many popular destinations across the world. She often posts pictures clicked at various holiday destinations on her Instagram page. She also loves hanging around with her friends. Lail is an animal lover and raises many pet dogs among other animals.
Elizabeth Lail did not originally intend to work in television. However, she is currently one of the most successful TV actresses in the US. Though she currently lives in New York City, New York, she often travels to Los Angeles, California as part of her work.