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Elle Fanning is, at age 12, already a film and television veteran.
At age 3, the Conyers, Georgia native appeared as the younger version of her older sister Dakota’s character in Jessie Nelson’s I Am Sam, opposite Sean Penn. The Fanning sisters again played the same character at different ages in Taken, the Emmy Award-winning epic SciFi Channel miniseries.
Elle Fanning’s subsequent films include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy Award-nominated Babel, alongside Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza; Tod Williams’ The Door in the Floor and Terry George’s Reservation Road (both also for Focus Features); Steve Carr’s Daddy Day Care; Andrei Konchalovsky’s The Nutcracker, released in 3-D;Wayne Wang’s Because of Winn-Dixie; Tony Scott’s Déjà Vu; and David Fincher’s multi-Oscar-winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, portraying the younger incarnation of Cate Blanchett’s character, opposite Brad Pitt.
Her first lead role was as the title character of Daniel Barnz’ independent feature Phoebe in Wonderland, in which she starred opposite Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson, and Bill Pullman.
On television, Elle Fanning has appeared in episodes of such popular shows as House, Law & Order: SVU, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, Judging Amy, and Criminal Minds. She also starred in a second SciFi Channel miniseries, The Lost Room.