Sophia Lillis (born February 13, 2002[better source needed]) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Beverly Marsh in the horror film It (2017), the film adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name; her role as young Camille Preaker in the HBO psychological thriller miniseries Sharp Objects (2018); and her role as Nancy Drew in the Warner Brothers' film Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019).
Lillis was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City. She is of Irish, Polish and Swiss-German descent. She has a twin brother named Jake and a step-brother named Philip. Her parents divorced when she was a child, and she lives with her mother, Juliana, and stepfather, Christopher Mellevold, who sparked Sophia's interest in acting. She started acting when she was seven years old, taking classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
Lillis made her acting debut in 2014 with the film A Midsummer Night's Dream and later she starred in the film 37. 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 Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgård, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs. 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". Lillis was cast in the HBO's television miniseries Sharp Objects, in which she played the young version of Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams as an adult. 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.
Lillis is set to reprise her role as Beverly Marsh in It: Chapter Two, scheduled for release on September 6, 2019. Lillis is also set to star, alongside Naomi Watts, as a character named Celia in Claire McCarthy's The Burning Season, as well as a character named Ally in another film titled Before I sleep. Lillis recently concluded shooting in Dublin, Ireland for a film titled Gretel and Hansel, a re-imagining of the German fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Gretel and Hansel releases on January 31, 2020. Lillis is set to appear, alongside Paul Bettany, in an independent film by True Blood and Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball. The film is titled Uncle Frank and is set in 1970s New York City, the film recently began shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina.
|2014||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Rude Elemental|
|2017||It||Beverly Marsh||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit Performance|
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
|2019||Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase||Nancy Drew|
|It: Chapter Two||Young Beverly Marsh (flashbacks)||Post Production|
|2020||Gretel and Hansel||Gretel|
|The Burning Season||Celia||Pre Production|
|Before I Sleep||Ally|
|2018||Sharp Objects||Young Camille Preaker|
|2017||The War on Drugs||"Nothing to Find"|
|Sia||"Santa's Coming for Us"|
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