Emily Meade

Emily Meade (born January 10, 1989) is an American film and television actress. She has appeared in films such as Twelve (2010), My Soul to Take (2010), Gimme Shelter (2013), That Awkward Moment (2014), Money Monster (2016), and Nerve (2016), and the television series Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Leftovers and Broad City. She also portrayed a future version of the character Ella Blake in the third season finale of Fringe,[1] and had a leading role in the HBO series The Deuce (2017–2019).

Emily Meade
Emily Meade filming Twelve in Central Park, 21-04-09, crop.jpg
Meade on the set of the film Twelve in 2009
Born (1989-01-10) January 10, 1989 (age 31)
Years active2006–present


In 1997, at the age of seven, she sang "Up, over, through and under" (Sottosopra) at the Italian song contest Zecchino d'Oro. The song won the Zecchino d'Argento prize for the best non-Italian song.[2]

She then starred in My Soul to Take, directed by Wes Craven. Co-stars included Max Thieriot and Nick Lashaway. She starred in the 2010 release, Twelve as a drug addicted teenager. Meade appeared in the independent drama, Bluebird, in 2013.[3] She had a supporting role in the first season of the HBO drama, The Leftovers.[4] In 2016, she portrayed Sydney in the film Nerve starring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts. She received considerable critical acclaim for her portrayal of prostitute and porn star Lori Madison in HBO's The Deuce, creator David Simon describing her performance as "one of the best I ever got on a show".[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The House Is Burning Anne
2008 Assassination of a High School President Tiffany Ashwood
2010 Twelve Jessica Brayson
2010 Burning Palms Chloe Marx
2010 My Soul to Take Leah 'Fang' Hellerman
2011 Silver Tongues Rachel
2011 Trespass Kendra
2011 Young Adult Denny's Waitress
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Samantha
2012 Adventures in the Sin Bin Suzie
2012 Thanks for Sharing Becky
2013 Bluebird Paula
2013 Gimme Shelter Cassandra
2014 That Awkward Moment Christy
2014 Gabriel Alice
2015 Me Him Her Gabbi
2015 Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah Savannah
2016 Money Monster Molly
2016 Nerve Sydney Sloane
2018 Trial by Fire Stacy Willingham


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anna / Corinne Stafford Guest role; 2 episodes
2009 Back Shannon Miles Television film
2010 Law & Order Bonnie Jones / Amanda Evans Episode: "Steel-Eyed Death"
2010 Boardwalk Empire Pearl Guest role; 2 episodes
2011 Fringe Ella Dunham Episode: "The Day We Died"
2013 Trooper Eloise Television film
2014 The Leftovers Aimee Main role (season 1); 6 episodes
2016 Broad City Maxanne Episode: "Two Chainz"
2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Pearl Television film
2017–2019 The Deuce Lori Madison Main role; 25 episodes


  1. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (2011-03-24). "Emily Meade wins 'Fringe' role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
  2. ^ Emily Meade - Zecchino d'Oro Archived 2014-05-04 at the Wayback Machine; accessed July 15, 2015.(in Italian)
  3. ^ Hinson, Mark (October 18, 2013). "Somber, well-acted 'Bluebird' pulls no punch". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Huggins, Sarah. "'The Leftovers' Emily Meade teases sexual tension with Justin Theroux and what's to come in Season 1". Zap2it. Tribune Media Services, LLC. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Alan Sepinwall, David Simon and Emily Meade on What Lori Means to ‘The Deuce’, Rolling Stone, October 21, 2019

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