She began training in dance when she was 2 years old. She eventually developed a keen interest in acting. Soon, she began participating in competitive dancing and performing in productions of local community theater.
The blue-eyed blonde performed in the solo musical theater ‘Broadway Baby’ in 2013, when she was around 5 years old. She earned the first place. She appeared in the Mark Pellington-directed thriller–drama TV movie ‘Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives,’ which released that year. She also appeared in an uncredited role in the short drama ‘A Dream of Flying,’ which released on November 30 the same year.
She appeared in the pilot episode of the comedy TV series ‘Sitters: The Series’ on January 1, 2014. She portrayed ‘Peyton’ in the episode. The 8-minute short horror film ‘Bedtime Story,’ which released that year, featured Skylar in the lead role of ‘Isabelle.’ It was written and directed by Mischa Auzins. She also performed in a solo musical theater called ‘Man of La Mancha’ that year.
At age 7, she performed the contemporary dance ‘The Nothingest Girl in the World’ in the 2015 ‘Sheer Talent Nationals’ competition and won the third place. The dance was choreographed by Sandee Juliano, while the recording was done by Skylar herself. That year, she also performed in the lyrical ‘When She Loved Me’ on the show ‘Sheer Talent.’ The choreography, costume, and props of the act were provided by Sandee Juliano.
She became the first runner-up in the ‘Small Wonder Sheer Talent Nationals’ competition after she performed in the solo musical theater ‘The Greatest Star’ in 2016. That year, she also appeared in the short film ‘Chocolate Cake,’ directed and co-written by Benjamin Shweky. It was released at the ‘Central Florida Film Festival’ on September 2, 2016.
She made her film debut with the science-fiction thriller ‘Altered Hours,’ which had Ryan Munzert, Briana Pozner, and Rick Montgomery Jr. in starring roles. The film, where she essayed the role of ‘Emily,’ premiered at the ‘Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival’ on November 12, 2016 and released in the US on March 20, 2018.
In 2017, she performed the contemporary dance ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ on ‘Sheer Talent.’ Sandee Juliano contributed to the choreography and the original voiceover. Another contemporary dance, ‘Abandoned,’ choreographed by ‘Jennifer Polio-Dance Unlimited,’ was performed by Skylar at the ‘Hall of Fame Dance Challenge’ that year. She also performed in the solo musical theater ‘That's Life.’
She rose to fame playing the younger version of ‘Charity Barnum’ in the sensational musical ‘The Greatest Showman,’ which also marked the directorial debut of Michael Gracey. The film that had Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson in starring roles premiered aboard the ‘RMS Queen Mary 2’ on December 8, 2017 and was later released in the US by ‘20th Century Fox’ on December 20, 2017. It grossed more than $434 million worldwide and emerged as the fifth-highest grossing live action musical in the history of cinema.
The 2017 short fantasy–drama film ‘Bella’s Teddy Bear,’ directed and written by Hong Zhou, featured Skylar as ‘Bella.’
She performed a contemporary solo dance to ‘Never Enough’ at the ‘Spirit of Dance Competition’ in 2018. The act was choreographed by Jennifer Polio.
Skylar also appeared in ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘Odd Mom Out.’ She is represented by the agency ‘Don Buchwald and Associates.’
Her official ‘YouTube’ channel ‘Skylarmariedunn,’ which she launched on October 22, 2006, hosts videos of her performances. The channel has already earned over a thousand subscribers and more than 98 thousand “views.”
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She was born on August 16, 2007, in Branford, Connecticut, US, to Roy Dunn and Jackie Brailsford Dunn. She has a younger brother named Luke.
Not much is known about her personal life. Skylar is presently concentrating on her acting career while attending public school. She currently stays in Los Angeles, California.
She loves to spend time with friends and is enthusiastic about sports and other activities. Her ‘The Greatest Showman’ co-star Austyn Johnson is a good friend of hers. She also likes to play the guitar and read. Her nickname is Skye.
She is inspired by actor and singer Zendaya and singer and songwriter Grace Avery VanderWaal. She aspires to attend ‘Yale School of Drama’ someday and wishes to have a long-term career in acting.