Danielle Macdonald

Danielle Louise Macdonald (born May 19, 1991) is an Australian actress, known for her lead roles as Patricia "Patti" Dombrowski in the drama film Patti Cake$ (2017), and Willowdean Dickson in Dumplin' (2018). She is also known for her roles in the post-apocalyptic thriller film Bird Box as Olympia, the film Skin as Julie, and in the Netflix series, Unbelievable as Amber.

Danielle Macdonald
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Macdonald in 2019
Born (1991-05-19) May 19, 1991 (age 29)
Alma materAustralian Institute for Performing Arts
Years active2010–present

Early lifeEdit

Macdonald was born in Sydney in 1991.[1][2] She attended the Australian Institute for Performing Arts in Naremburn, New South Wales.[3]

When she was 18, she moved to Hollywood to pursue her acting career.


At the age of 18, Macdonald moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.[3] She was originally booked for the role of Becca Huffstatter in the ABC drama series Huge, but her visa did not come in on time and she was unable to fill the role.[4] Her first feature film was The East, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Macdonald is known for her starring role as Alice Manning in the 2014 crime film Every Secret Thing, alongside Dakota Fanning, Diane Lane, and Elizabeth Banks.[5][6][7] Regarding Every Secret Thing, Katherine Pushkar from the New York Daily News wrote, "The film actually belongs to Danielle Macdonald, effective as cruel, jealous Alice."[8] Macdonald also had a supporting role in the film Trust Me.

In 2016, she appeared in the season finale of American Horror Story: Roanoke as Bristol Windows.[9] The following year, Macdonald starred in the drama film Patti Cake$ as the titular aspiring rapper in New Jersey.[3]

In December 2017, Macdonald appeared in the Netflix comedy series Easy,[10] playing the role of a teenager who retaliates against her wealthy parents when they force her to go to church every week.

In 2018, Macdonald appeared in two Netflix films, opposite Jennifer Aniston in the adaptation of young adult novel Dumplin', by Julie Murphy;[11] and Bird Box as Olympia, a pregnant woman who tries to survive the arrival of supernatural beings that make people want to kill themselves once they see it.[clarification needed] She also portrayed Julie in the Academy Award-winning short drama film Skin.



Year Title Role Director Notes
2010 The Thief Cashier Rachel Weisz Short film
2013 The East Tess Zal Batmanglij
Trust Me Delia Clark Gregg
2014 Every Secret Thing Alice Manning Amy J. Berg
2015 Tortoise Terry Jean Lee Short film
2017 Patti Cake$ Patricia "Patti" Dombrowski Geremy Jasper
Lady Bird Olivia Greta Gerwig
2018 Skin Christa Guy Nattiv Short film
Skin Julie Price
Bird Box Olympia Susanne Bier
Dumplin' Willowdean Dickson Anne Fletcher
2019 Paradise Hills Chloe Alice Waddington
Extracurricular Activities Becky Wallace Jay Lowi
I Am Woman Lilian Roxon Unjoo Moon
2020 French Exit Madeleine Azazel Jacobs
Falling for Figaro Millie Ben Lewin


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Glee Girl #1 Episode: "Born This Way"
2013 Newsreaders Pam Bell Episode: "Fit Town, Fat Town"
2014 Pretty Little Liars Cathy Perez Episode: "Whirly Girly"
2014 Toolies Sarah Craig 5 episodes
2015 2 Broke Girls Ashlin Episode: "And the Knock-Off Knockout"
2015 The Middle Amy RA Episode: "Cutting the Cord"
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Bristol Windows Episode: "Chapter 10"
2017 The Rachels Ashley Movie
2017–2019 Easy Grace 2 episodes
2019 Unbelievable Amber 7 episodes


  1. ^ Ford, Rebecca (22 January 2017). "Hollywood's Next Big Thing: 'Patti Cake$' Star Danielle Macdonald Goes From Lost TV Role to Sundance Breakout". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ Limbachia, Dixie (27 July 2017). "'Patti Cake$' Star Danielle Macdonald on Learning to Rap for Sundance Film". Variety.
  3. ^ a b c Utichi, Joe (16 May 2017). "'Patti Cake$' Star Danielle Macdonald On Tackling Her First Lead Role Without Killa P's Self-Confidence – Cannes Ones To Watch". Deadline.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Fugs and Fabs: The East premiere Danielle Macdonald". Go Fug Yourself. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Danielle Macdonald: Ozzywood Actress in Hollywood". World of Wonder. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Dakota Fanning And Danielle Macdonald To Play Convicted Murderers In Every Secret Thing". CinemaBlend.com. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Berlin: Dakota Fanning And Danielle Macdonald Board Amy Berg Pic 'Every Secret Thing'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  8. ^ "'Every Secret Thing' review: Dakota Fanning in labored drama". NY Daily News. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  9. ^ Patten, Dominic (21 February 2017). "CAA Signs 'Patti Cake$' Star Danielle Macdonald". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (5 October 2017). "Netflix Anthology 'Easy' Sets New and Returning Cast for Season 2 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  11. ^ Harmon, Steph (15 June 2017). "Danielle Macdonald: up-and-coming Australian to star with Jennifer Aniston in Dumplin'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2017.

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