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Millie Bobby Brown Biography – A Look at Her Life and Career

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Real Name: Millie Bobby Brown
Profession: Actress, producer
Birthplace:
Marbella, Spain
Nationality: British
Age: 20

Millie Bobby Brown (born 19 February 2004) is a British actress. She gained recognition for playing Eleven in the Netflix science fiction series Stranger Things (2016–present), for which she received nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards. Brown has starred in the monster film Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and its sequel Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). She also starred in and produced the Netflix films Enola Holmes (2020), its 2022 sequel, and Damsel (2024).

In 2018, Brown was featured in the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people, and was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the then youngest person selected for this position.

Millie Bobby Brown Biography
Born
19 February 2004 (age 20)
Marbella, Spain
Nationality
British
Occupations Actress, producer
Years active
2013–present
Partner(s) Jake Bongiovi (2021–present; engaged)

Early life

Brown was born in Marbella, Málaga, Spain, on 19 February 2004, the third of four children born to British parents Kelly and Robert Brown. Brown was given the name “Bobby” from her father. Her father is an estate agent. She was born with partial hearing loss in her left ear and gradually lost all hearing in that ear over several years. She moved with her family back to England when she was four, settling in Bournemouth. When she was eight, the family moved to Orlando, Florida.

Career

2013–2017: Early roles and Stranger Things

In 2013, Brown made her acting debut as a guest star in the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, a spin-off of Once Upon a Time, portraying the role of Young Alice. In 2014, she had a starring role in the BBC America paranormal drama-thriller series Intruders as Madison O’Donnell. She made guest appearances in the CBS police procedural drama NCIS, the ABC sitcom Modern Family, and the ABC medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2016, Brown was cast to play Eleven in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things. She received critical praise for her performance and she was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She then won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series with her co-stars and won the 43rd Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series. For her role as Eleven in the second season of Stranger Things, she received her second nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Primetime Emmy Award in 2018.

In November 2016, Brown starred in the music video for Sigma and Birdy’s single “Find Me”. Since November 2016, she has appeared in commercial advertisements for investment and financial service company Citigroup. In January 2017, she made her modelling debut in Calvin Klein’s “By Appointment” campaign. The following month, she was signed to the agency IMG Models. Brown appeared in the campaign of the Italian brand Moncler in the summer of 2018. Brown has also made appearances on the cover of Vogue.

2018–present

She was chosen to voice in the Darren Aronofsky-produced virtual reality experience Spheres: Songs of Spacetime. In 2018, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, becoming the youngest person to be included in the list. In addition she was named by Time magazine as one of the most influential teens of 2017 and of 2018. That year, she become the youngest person ever to be appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. EA Games announced that Brown collaborated with The Sims 4 programmers to feature in the Sims 4 Positivity Challenge. In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter ranked Brown as among Hollywood’s top thirty stars under age eighteen.

Brown made her feature film debut in 2019, in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to the 2014 film Godzilla. She reprised her role in the next sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). She became the ambassador of UEFA’s Together #WePlayStrong campaign. In 2019, Brown launched Florence by Mills, her own beauty product line. It is available at UK pharmacy Boots, Walmart in the United States, and Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. In 2020, Brown starred in and produced the film adaptation of The Enola Holmes Mysteries.

In 2022, Brown reprised her role as Enola Holmes in the sequel, Enola Holmes 2 and according to Variety earned $10 million for the role, emerging as one of the year’s highest paid actresses in Hollywood. Also that year, she was made an ambassador of the fashion brand Louis Vuitton. Brown released her debut novel, Nineteen Steps, a historical based on her own family history, in September 2023. The novel is described as an “epic story of love, loss and secrets.”

In 2024, Brown starred in and executive produced the fantasy film Damsel for Netflix, directed by Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo based on a screenplay by Dan Mazeau.

She will next star in the Russo brothers’s The Electric State, an adaptation of Simon Stålenhag’s graphic novel of the same name.

Personal life

Brown came into the public eye at age 12 after being cast in Stranger Things. At age 14, homophobic quotes, falsely attributed to Brown, circulated on social media in meme form, which Brown stated was one of the reasons she eventually quit Twitter. In addition to online bullying, she has also faced social media users and articles sexualizing her. In response, Brown captioned a 2020 Instagram post on her 16th birthday with the comment “There are moments I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me.” After Brown turned 18 in February 2022, her social media profiles began to be flooded by sexually explicit material from users.

Since 2021, Brown has been in a relationship with actor Jake Bongiovi. In April 2023, Brown announced their engagement.

As of August 2022, she is an online student at Purdue University in Indiana, studying health and human services.

Brown has a total of ten pets: four dogs, two cats, two tortoises named Becky and David, a rabbit named Eeyore and a donkey named Bernard. Her dogs include a poodle named Winnie, a Golden retriever named Marley, a mongrel named Pepperoni and a Cavapoo named Luna. She had an English Mastiff named Dolly who died in 2020. She frequently posts photos of fostered cats and dogs on social media to help them get adopted. In May 2023, Brown announced a long term pet apparel and accessories agreement with Kanine Group subsidiary, Kanine Pets World Limited, in a deal negotiated by Brown’s global licensing partner IMG.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Spheres: Songs of Spacetime Narrator Voice role; segment: “Chorus of the Cosmos”
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Madison Russell
2020 Enola Holmes Enola Holmes Also producer
2021 Godzilla vs. Kong Madison Russell
2022 Enola Holmes 2 Enola Holmes Also producer
2024 Damsel Princess Elodie Also executive producer
The Electric State  Michelle Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Young Alice 2 episodes
2014 Intruders Madison O’Donnell Main role
2014 NCIS Rachel Barnes Episode: “Parental Guidance Suggested”
2015 Modern Family Lizzie Episode: “Closet? You’ll Love It!”
2015 Grey’s Anatomy Ruby Episode: “I Feel the Earth Move”
2016–present Stranger Things Eleven Main role
2020 Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special Herself Television special

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Ref.
2016 “Find Me” Sigma featuring Birdy
2017 I Dare You The xx
2018 “Girls Like You” (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
2018 “In My Feelings” Drake
2019 “Happy Anniversary, All I Want for Christmas Is You!” Mariah Carey

Video games

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 The Sims 4 Herself Free downloadable character as part of an event

Bibliography

  • Brown, Millie Bobby (2023). Nineteen Steps. HarperCollins UK. ISBN 9780008530280.

Awards and nominations

Major associations
Association Year Category Work Result Refs.
Primetime Emmy Awards 2017 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Stranger Things Nominated
2018 Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2018 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2020 Nominated

Miscellaneous awards
Association Year Category Work Result Refs.
AACTA Awards 2024 Audience Choice Favourite Actress Nominated
Empire Awards 2018 Best Actress in a TV Series Stranger Things Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2017 Best TV Actress Won
Gold Derby 2017 Drama Supporting Actress Nominated
Breakthrough Performer of the Year Won
2018 Best Drama Supporting Actress Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards 2022 Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama Nominated
IGN People’s Choice Award 2017 Best Dramatic TV Performance Won
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2018 Favorite TV Actress Won
2019 Favorite TV Actress Nominated
2020 Favorite Female TV Star Won
2021 Won
Favorite Movie Actress Enola Holmes Won
2023 Favorite Female TV Star (Family) Stranger Things Nominated
Favorite Movie Actress Enola Holmes 2 Won
London Film Critics’ Circle 2021 Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Enola Holmes Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards 2017 Best Performance in a Show Stranger Things Won
Best Hero Nominated
2018 Best Performance in a Show Won
Best Kiss (with Finn Wolfhard) Nominated
2023 Best Fight (with Jamie Campbell Bower) Nominated
NME Awards 2017 Hero of the Year Herself Nominated
People’s Choice Awards 2017 Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Stranger Things Nominated
Saturn Awards 2017 Best Younger Actor in a Television Series Won
2018 Best Younger Actor in a Television Series Nominated
2019 Best Performance by a Younger Actor Godzilla: King of the Monsters Nominated
2022 Best Actress in a Streaming Series Stranger Things Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society 2021 Best Youth Performance Enola Holmes Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2017 Choice Breakout TV Star Stranger Things Nominated
2018 Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Won
Choice TV Ship (with Finn Wolfhard) Nominated
2019 Choice Summer TV Star: Female Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 2021 Best Youth Performance Enola Holmes Nominated
Young Artist Awards 2017 Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Young Actress Stranger Things Nominated

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