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Oona Laurence (born August 1, 2002) is an American child actress who played Matilda Wormwood in the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical. She originated the role on Broadway alongside Sophia Gennusa, Milly Shapiro, and Bailey Ryon.

Matilda the Musical

Laurence originated the role of Matilda Wormwood in the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical alongside Sophia Gennusa, Milly Shapiro, and Bailey Ryon. She performed from the show's first preview on March 4, 2013 to December 15, 2013.

In 2013, Laurence won a Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre (shared with Gennusa, Shapiro, and Ryon) for her portrayal of Matilda in Matilda the Musical. The four Matildas were ineligible to receive a Best Actress nomination.

Laurence had three public performances: "Naughty" on The View, a medley at the 2013 Tony Awards, and a four-girl "Naughty" on Live with Kelly & Michael.

Laurence sang "I'm Here (Story 4)" and "Story 2: The Great Day Arrived..." on the Original Broadway Cast Recording.

Laurence participated in Matildapalooza in 2017.

Theatre credits

Year Title Role Production/Location Category
2011 Seussical the Musical Who, Elephant Bird, Dancer Children's Acting Academy Regional
Woody Guthrie Dreams Cathy Ann Guthrie Theater for the New City
2012 The Cosmic Fruit Bowl Philosophical Banana Turtle Shell Productions
High School Musical Jr. Brainiac, Cheerleader, Dancer Children's Acting Academy
2013 To Kill A Mockingbird Scout Finch
Matilda the Musical Matilda Wormwood Shubert Theatre Broadway
2014 Amélie Young Amélie Equity Lab Agreement Workshop
2015 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White Adam Roebuck Productions Regional

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Days Dance Herself Documentary short
2012 Wet Cement Girl Short
Esther Esther
2013 Penny Dreadful Little Girl
Correcting. Perplexing. Patrick. Jessica Barnwell
2014 A Little Game Becky
Tumorhead Jean Short
2015 I Smile Back Daisy
Lamb Tommie
The Grief of Others Biscuit Ryrie
Imaginapped Olivia Short
Southpaw Leila Hope
Vicky & Johnny Young Vicky Short
Damsel Ava
Little Boxes Ambrosia Reed
2016 Bad Moms Jane
Pete's Dragon Natalie
2017 The Beguiled Amy
Lily + Mara Lily Short
A Bad Moms Christmas Jane
2019 Big Time Adolescence Sophie
2020 Lost Girls Sarra Gilbert
What We Found Holly
A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Young Phyllis / Phyllis's Daughter Episode: "Beverley Mitchell/Mark Curry/Donovan Leitch/Phyllis Diller"
2012 Louie Spiteful Mean Girl #4 Episode: "Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Zoe Harris Episode: "Glasgowman's Wrath"
2015 Orange is the New Black 10-year-old Tiffany Episode: "A Tittin' and a Hairin'"
Understudies Young Astoria Episode: "ReFried Therapy"
2016 Blindspot Maya Ahmadi Episode: "Swift Hardhearted Stone"
2018–19 Summer Camp Island Hedgehog / Additional Voices (voice) Main role (40 episodes)

Discography

Year Title Album
2013 "I'm Here (Story 4)" Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
"Story 2: The Great Day Arrived..."
2018 "Summer Camp Island" Summer Camp Island

Awards & nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 The Turtle Shell’s Summer Play Festival Best Performer The Cosmic Fruit Bowl Won
2013 Tony Award Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre (shared with Sophia Gennusa, Milly Shapiro, and Bailey Ryon) Matilda the Musical
Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Nominated
2014 Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival Best Actress Lamb
2015 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Youth Performance Southpaw
2016 Young Entertainer Award Best Leading Young Actress – Feature Film
2017 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Teen Actress Pete's Dragon Won

Trivia

  • She lives in New York City.  
  • She has two younger sisters, Aimée and Jeté, who are both actresses. 
  • She was the first Broadway Matilda to debut and the first to leave the show.  
  • She found out she got the role of Matilda at a restaurant on Halloween.[1]  
  • She became interested in performing after acting in her father's experimental documentary film Days Dance.[1] 
  • She became interested in theatre acting after seeing The Addams Family on Broadway.[2] 
  • She has performed in several Columbia University graduate films.[2] 

Public performances

Gallery

Matilda the Musical

Headshots

Red carpet photos

References

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