Fairuza Balk

Blue-eyed, dark-haired Fairuza Balk weathered the storms of Oz, gradually breaking free from her fresh-faced little kid persona to plunge into dark and depressing film scenarios that ultimately reveal an optimism at her ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1974 in Point Reyes, California, USA


Actor (41)

Dose of Reality 2014 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Beyond Clueless 2013 (Movie)


Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 (Movie)

Heidi (Actor)

Humboldt County 2008 (Movie)

Bogart (Actor)

Wild Tigers I Have Known 2007 (Movie)

Logan's Mom (Actor)

Bye Bye Blackbird 2006 (Movie)


Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

Amber (Actor)

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)


What Is It? 2006 (Movie)


Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Family Guy 1999, 2001 (Tv Show)


Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

Sapphire (Actor)

Red Letters 2000 (Movie)

Gretchen Van Buren (Actor)

Canned Ham: The Waterboy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


American History X 1998 (Movie)

Stacey (Actor)

The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

Vicki Vallencourt (Actor)

American Perfekt 1997 (Movie)

Alice Thomas (Actor)

There's No Fish Food in Heaven 1997 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Shadow of a Doubt 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The Craft 1996 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)

Aissa (Actor)

Tollbooth 1996 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Lucinda (Actor)

Imaginary Crimes 1994 (Movie)

Sonya (Actor)

The Danger of Love 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Gas Food Lodging 1992 (Movie)

Shade (Actor)

Shame 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Milos Forman: Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick 1989 (Movie)

Celia Brzjinski (Actor)

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

Cecile DeVolanges (Actor)

Deceptions 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

Dorothy Gale (Actor)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Deadly Intentions... Again? (TV Show)


Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)


Ray Donovan (Tv Show)


The Maker (TV Show)


The Worst Witch (TV Show)



Blue-eyed, dark-haired Fairuza Balk weathered the storms of Oz, gradually breaking free from her fresh-faced little kid persona to plunge into dark and depressing film scenarios that ultimately reveal an optimism at her core. She worked first on TV in NBC's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" (1983) before beating out 1,200 girls to fill Dorothy's ruby slippers in Walter Murch's feature debut, "Return to Oz" (1985). Refusing to be traumatized by critics comparing her unfavorably to Judy Garland, Balk rebounded for more kid stuff as the well-meaning klutz Mildred Hubble in "The Worst Witch", a 1986 HBO movie based on the popular children's book.


Cathryn Balk

Dutch worked as a belly dancer and teacher of Middle Eastern and Flamenco dancing divorced from Fairuza's father

Solomon Feldthouse

Traveling folk musician who was born in Pingree, Idaho and moved to Turkey at the age of ten, where he lived for six years and learned Greek, Turkish and Persian music divorced from Fairuza's mother

C.M. Talkington Screenplay

Directed the cult classic, "Love and a .45." (1994) no longer together

David Thewlis Actor

Met during the filming of "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1986) no longer together


Vancouver Academy of Music

Vancouver , British Columbia
Studied French, dancing and piano

The Royal Academy of Dance



Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"


Cast opposite Frances Conroy in the comedy "Humboldt County" about a community of counterculture pot farmers


Co-starred in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" with Sam Shepard


Co-starred in the drama feature "Personal Velocity"


Had supporting role as a sort of groupie, or 'band-aid' in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"


Acted as a neo-Nazi opposite Edward Norton in Tony Kaye's "American History X"


Co-starred in "American Perfekt" with Robert Forster, Amanda Plummer, Paul Sorvino and Thewlis


Experimented with witchcraft in the supernatural thriller "The Craft"


Portrayed Marlon Brando's daughter in "The Island of Dr. Moreau"; met future romantic interest, David Thewlis


Played a prostitute in "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" opposite Andy Garcia and Steve Buscemi


Shined as Harvey Keitel's older daughter in "Imaginary Crimes"


Acted the real-life part of Caril Ann Fugate in the ABC miniseries "Murder in the Heartland"


Received critical acclaim for her performance in the Lifetime movie "Shame"


Co-starred in Allison Anders' "Gas Food Lodging," as the idealistic younger daughter of a truck-stop waitress (played by Brooke Adams)


Portrayed a 14-year-old girl entangled in an arranged marriage to a man 30 years her senior in "Valmont"; co-starred with Jeffrey Jones, Annette Bening and Colin Firth; based on the French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses


Played Barbara (at age 12) in the NBC TV-movie "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story"


Feature acting debut as Dorothy in "Return to Oz"


First acting role, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" (ABC)


Moved to Vancouver with her mother when she was nine years old

At eleven years old, moved with her mother to London, where she attended various prestigious ballet and acting schools

Bonus Trivia


Fairuza is the Arabic word for turquoise.


From 1995 to 2001, Balk owned Panpipes Magickal Marketplace, billed as the nation's largest occult store, in Hollywood, CA.


"I was very depressed for a few years. I kind of sat in a basement for a long time. I seriously think I had a death wish. I'd done everything and anything to totally annihilate myself, and then I turned eighteen and it's like, Wow, I'm obviously not gonna die, so I might as well forget the self-destruction. People tell me I'm really dark. I'm not. I just don't pretend to be anything I'm not. I could have been totally famous or whatever, but that's not my thing at all. I want to make people feel. Touch people. Not just be another face." - Balk to Premiere magazine, November 1994