Dakota Fanning

Holding one's own opposite formidable talent Sean Penn would be an accomplishment for any Hollywood newcomer, but the fact that Dakota Fanning did so at the age of six in the critically acclaimed "I Am Sam" (2001) ... Read more »
Born: 02/23/1994 in Conyers, Georgia, USA


Actor (63)

Effie Gray 2015 (Movie)

Effie Gray (Actor)

Every Secret Thing 2015 (Movie)

Ronnie Fuller (Actor)

Every Secret Thing 2014 (Movie)


Franny 2014 (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

Night Moves 2014 (Movie)

Dena Brauer (Actor)

The Last of Robin Hood 2014 (Movie)

Beverly Aadland (Actor)

Yellowbird 2014 (Movie)


The Motel Life 2013 (Movie)

Annie James (Actor)

Very Good Girls 2013 (Movie)

Lilly (Actor)

Now is Good 2012 (Movie)

Tessa Scott (Actor)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

Cherie Currie (Actor)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

Coraline Jones (Voice)

Fragments 2009 (Movie)

Anne Hagen (Actor)

Push 2009 (Movie)

Cassie Holmes (Actor)

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)


The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)


The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Hounddog 2008 (Movie)

Lewellen (Actor)

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

Lily Owens (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


Charlotte's Web 2006 (Movie)

Fern (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 2005 (Movie)

Cale Crane (Actor)

Hide & Seek 2005 (Movie)

Emily Callaway (Actor)

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

Rachel Ferrier (Actor)

Friends 2004 (Tv Show)


In the Realms of the Unreal 2004 (Movie)


Man on Fire 2004 (Movie)

Pita (Actor)

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat 2003 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Inside Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


The 5th Annual Family Television Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Uptown Girls 2003 (Movie)

Ray Schleine (Actor)

8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Hansel and Gretel 2002 (Movie)

Katie (Actor)

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Young Melanie (Actor)

Trapped 2002 (Movie)

Abby Jennings (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)


I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

Lucy Diamond Dawson (Actor)

Malcolm in the Middle 2001 (Tv Show)


Spin City 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


The Ellen Show 2001 (Tv Show)


The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Practice 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Tomcats 2001 (Movie)

Little Girl in Park (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000 (Tv Show)


ER 2000 (Tv Show)


Strong Medicine 2000 (Tv Show)


Hurricane Mary (Movie)

Music (2)

The Last of Robin Hood 2014 (Movie)

("Some Say") (Song Performer)

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

("Cherry Bomb") (Song Performer)


Holding one's own opposite formidable talent Sean Penn would be an accomplishment for any Hollywood newcomer, but the fact that Dakota Fanning did so at the age of six in the critically acclaimed "I Am Sam" (2001), announced the arrival of a very different "child star. " Fanning was subsequently called upon to impart her sweet radiance and old-soul worldliness to dramas and thrillers like "Man on Fire" (2004) and "War of the Worlds" (2005), where she was consistently praised for her mature emotional characterizations and ultra professionalism. With career beginnings more akin to Jodie Foster than the Olsen twins, Fanning was generally cast in adult fare, though she did earn her share of young fans with family offerings like the terrific adaptation of "Charlotte's Web" (2006) and the less-than-stellar interpretation of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" (2003). Fanning held the honor of being the youngest actor ever invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and maintained a reputation of high standards and quality dramatic projects as she morphed into a willowy teen.


Jill Arrington Actor

ESPN college football reporter

Rick Arrington

Maternal grandfather; was the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1970-72

Elle Fanning Actor

Born April 9, 1998; acted in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) and "Super 8" (2011)

Joy Fanning


Steven Fanning Actor

Played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals; also worked as an electronics salesman


Campbell Hall Episcopal High School

North Hollywood , California 2011

New York University

New York , New York 2011
Enrolled in the fall of 2011



Returned for two-part finale "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1" (2011) and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2" (2012), both directed by Bill Condon


Portrayed Cherie Currie, the lead vocalist of "The Runaways," from writer and director Floria Sigismondi; Stewart co-starred as Joan Jett


Reprised the role of the vampire Jane in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"


Co-starred in supernatural thriller "Push" along with Chris Evans and Camilla Belle


Voiced title character in animated stop-motion horror fantasy "Coraline"


Cast as powerful vampire Jane in second installment of series "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"; first film with Kristen Stewart


Played a young girl coping with the effects of abuse by singing and dancing like Elvis in the controversial "Hounddog"


Co-starred with Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah in the feature adaptation of "The Secret Life of Bees"


Starred in the live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White


Played the daughter of Robert De Niro in the thriller "Hide and Seek"


Co-starred with Kurt Russell in "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story"


Re-teamed with Spielberg when she was cast opposite Tom Cruise in "War of the Worlds"


Played a nine-year-old who wins over the heart of a retired assassin (Denzel Washington) hired to protect her from kidnappers in "Man on Fire"


Cast as Sally, opposite Mike Myers in the title role, in "The Cat in the Hat"


Played the uptight child to Brittany Murphy's immature nanny in "Uptown Girls"


Cast by Steven Spielberg in the lead child role of Allison 'Allie' Clarke/Keys in the science fiction miniseries "Taken" (Sci Fi Channel)


Played the young version of Reese Witherspoon's character in "Sweet Home Alabama"


Made feature film debut in "Tomcats"


Landed breakthrough film role as the daughter of a mentally challenged man (Sean Penn) who fights for custody in "I Am Sam"; shared role with sister Elle Fanning; became youngest actress nominated for a SAG Award


Made TV debut on an episode of NBC's "ER" playing an accident victim with leukemia


Portrayed the title character at age five on an episode of "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

At age five appeared in a TV commercial for Tide detergent

Bonus Trivia


"Meeting new people, reading different scripts and getting the opportunity to be somebody different for a day – for a couple of months. It's something that I love to do." – Fanning to Venice magazine, August 2003


"I've learned something from every actor that I've ever worked with and every director. I try to get better and better. When I think back to 'I Am Sam' (2001) and watch the movie again, I just think how much I've learned since then and how lucky I am to have been able to learn." – Fanning quoted to Venice, magazine, July 2005


In 2006, at the age of 12, Fanning was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, becoming the youngest member in the Academy's history.


"I want to do roles that challenge me, but there are things I still can't do in films. There are also things I've grown out of, which is sometimes harder. A lot of people still think of me as younger, and I want audiences to grow up with me." – Fanning quoted in Entertainment Weekly, July 2, 2010