Elizabeth Lail

Elizabeth Dean Lail (born March 25, 1992[1][better source needed]) is an American actress. She is known for her starring roles as Amy Hughes in the supernatural horror television series Dead of Summer, as Guinevere Beck in the psychological thriller television series You, and for her recurring role as Anna in the fourth season of the adventure fantasy television series Once Upon a Time.

Elizabeth Lail
Elizabeth Lail on the sets of Once Upon A Time.jpg
Lail on the set of Once Upon a Time in 2014
Elizabeth Dean Lail

(1992-03-25) March 25, 1992 (age 28)
EducationUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
Years active2011–present

Early lifeEdit

Lail was born in Williamson County, Texas,[2] and grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina. After graduating from Asheboro High School in 2010, she attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating in May 2014.[3][4]


Lail mostly worked in student film productions, such as Model Airplane and Without, immediately after graduating from university.[citation needed] She had moved to New York City to pursue stage work when she landed an audition for ABC's Once Upon a Time, after which she was cast as Anna in the fourth season of the series.[5][6] Lail was cast in a starring role in the Freeform horror series Dead of Summer playing the role of camp counselor Amy.[7]

On July 27, 2017, Lail was cast as the female lead in the Lifetime/Netflix television series, You, opposite Penn Badgley and Shay Mitchell, for which she was nominated for Best Actress in Streaming Presentation at the 45th Saturn Awards.[8][9] In October 2019, Lail confirmed in an interview that she will reprise her role as Guinevere Beck in a guest appearance on the second season of You.[10][11] Lail played the lead in the 2019 horror film Countdown.[12][13]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Model Airplane Anna Short film; as Elizabeth Dean Lail
2014 Without Emily Short film; as Elizabeth Dean Lail
2014 Once Upon a Time Anna Recurring role (season 4) part 1, 10 episodes
2016 Dead of Summer Amy Hughes Main role
2017 The Blacklist Natalie Luca Episode: "Natalie Luca"
2018 The Good Fight Emily Chapin Episode: "Day 478"
2018 Unintended Lea Film[14]
2018–2019 You Guinevere Beck Main role (season 1); guest role (season 2); 11 episodes
2019 Countdown Quinn Harris Film[12][13]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 Saturn Awards Best Actress in Streaming Presentation You Nominated [9]


  1. ^ "WHO IS: Elizabeth Lail". Medium. January 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Lail – Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Asheboro native cast as Anna in ABC's 'Once Upon a Time'". WGHP Fox 8. July 1, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Lail". WGHP UNSA. July 1, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Nikara Johns (July 1, 2014). "'Once Upon a Time' Casts 'Frozen' Characters Anna and Kristoff". Variety. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Michael Logan (September 18, 2014). "Once Upon a Time Gets Frozen When Anna and Elsa Visit Storybrooke". TV Guide. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (February 10, 2016). "'Once Upon a Time' Alums Elizabeth Mitchell & Elizabeth Lail Cast in Freeform's 'Dead of Summer'". Variety. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva; Denise Petski (July 27, 2017). "'You': Elizabeth Lail To Star In Greg Berlanti Lifetime Drama Series, Two Others Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Vinnie Mancuso (July 16, 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame', 'Game of Thrones' Lead the 2019 Saturn Awards Nominations". Collider. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Elizabeth Lail Chats About Starring In The Horror Movie, "Countdown". Build Series. October 17, 2019. Retrieved October 19, 2019 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Brian Davids (November 2, 2019). "'Countdown' Star Elizabeth Lail on 'You' Success and Auditioning for 'Supergirl'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Jordan Crucchiola (March 15, 2019). "You Star Elizabeth Lail Will Remain in Danger for the Horror Movie Countdown". Vulture. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Justin Kroll (March 15, 2019). "'You' Star Elizabeth Lail to Lead STX Horror Film 'Countdown' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Unintended (film): Trailer". Retrieved October 29, 2019.

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