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Eleanor Winifred Worthington Cox (born 21 June 2001) is a British actress from Merseyside[1] most known for portraying Matilda Wormwood in Matilda the Musical for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress,[2] and Janet Hodgson in The Enfield Haunting, for which she received a British Academy Television Award nomination.[3] Worthington Cox is the youngest recipient of an Olivier Award at the age of 10.[4] Cox is also well known from portraying as Polly Renfrew in the CBBC TV adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather.

Eleanor Worthington Cox
Eleanor Winifred Worthington Cox

(2001-06-21) 21 June 2001 (age 18)
Years active2011
Known forMatilda the Musical
The Enfield Haunting


Prior to starring in Matilda, she was in the chorus for a Bill Kenwright production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat[5] at the Liverpool Empire.

In September 2011, she was announced to be one four girls playing the lead role of Matilda in Matilda the Musical along with: Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely.[6] She made her debut in October 2011 and performed in the show 2 nights a week. It was a critical success and Matilda was nominated for 10 Olivier awards among the nominations was Best Actress in a Musical for which Demetriou, Ingram, Kiely and Worthington Cox were all nominated. On awards night, Matilda won seven out of the ten nominations. Worthington Cox won Best Actress in a Musical along with her co-stars and currently holds the record for the youngest winner of an Olivier award.[7]

She continued to appear in Matilda until 19 August 2012 this time sharing the role with Demetriou, Hayley Canham, Jade Marner and Isobelle Molloy.[8] After finishing Matilda, she filmed the role of Young Princess Aurora in the 2014 film Maleficent.[9]

In May 2013, she played Scout in a stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, sharing her role with Lucy Hutchinson and Izzy Lee.[10]

From April to August 2015, she played the role of Blousey Brown in a production of Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith. This was the debut production following the theatre's reopening after a £16.5 million redevelopment project.[11]

In October 2015, she played Jess in Tomcat, a new play by James Rushbrooke, at Southwark Playhouse, London.[12]

In 2016, she received a British Academy Television Award nomination for her performance in the Sky One mini-series The Enfield Haunting. She was also featured as one of Screen International's "Stars of Tomorrow", the film magazine's annual showcase highlighting outstanding young actors from the UK and Ireland.[13]

In 2018, Worthington Cox starred as Cait in Britannia.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Eleanor Winifred Worthington Cox was born in 2001. She has two elder brothers. She has been training at the Formby School of Performing Arts since the age 2[8] and attends school in Crosby, Merseyside.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Maleficent Young Princess Aurora [9]
2018 Action Point Boogie
2019 Gwen Gwen Post production[15]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Cucumber Molly Whitaker 7 episodes
The Enfield Haunting Janet Hodgson Main role
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
2015–16 Hetty Feather Polly Renfrew 11 episodes
2018 Britannia Cait 9 episodes


Year Production Role Notes
2009 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Chorus Liverpool Empire
2011 Matilda the Musical Matilda Wormwood Cambridge Theatre
25 October 2011 – 19 August 2012
2013 To Kill a Mockingbird Scout Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
16 May – 15 June 2013
2015 Bugsy Malone Blousey Brown Lyric Hammersmith
11 April 2015 – 1 August 2015
Tomcat Jess Southwark Playhouse
28 October 2015 – 21 November 2015

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Formby Schoolgirl Makes History". Liverpool Echo. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  2. ^ Eleanor Harding (14 September 2011). "Matilda times four: Group of schoolgirls chosen to play lead role in West End musical". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  3. ^ "2016 TV BAFTA Award Nominees". BAFTA. 2016.
  4. ^ Tim Masters (16 April 2012). "Matilda star, 10, is youngest Olivier winner". BBC. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  5. ^ Anita Singh (15 April 2012). "Young stars steal the show as Matilda sets Olivier records". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Dahl Day Delights - More Matilda Magic". 13 September 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  7. ^ Susanna Rustin (16 April 2012). "A Day in the Life of four girls called Matilda". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. ^ a b Tina Miles (17 April 2012). "Olivier Award winning actress Eleanor Worthington Cox to continue her starring role in Matilda until August". Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  9. ^ a b Miles, Tina (4 October 2012). "Young Formby actress to play Sleeping Beauty in Angelina Jolie's Disney movie Maleficent". Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  10. ^ "To Kill a Mockingbird". Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  11. ^ Alistair Foster (13 October 2014). "Bugsy Malone to re-open the new Lyric Hammersmith". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  12. ^ Tomcat. Southwark Playhouse. Retrieved 22 November 2015
  13. ^ "Stars of Tomorrow". Screen International. 2016.
  14. ^ "Sky and Amazon US announce major new drama co-production". Sky. 3 August 2016.
  15. ^ "GWEN - COMING 2019". Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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