Erin Moriarty (actress)

Erin Elair Moriarty (born June 24, 1994)[2][3] is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Annie January / Starlight in the Amazon Prime Video series The Boys (2019–present), based on the comic book series of the same name. Prior to The Boys, she had notable roles in Netflix's Jessica Jones (2015), HBO's True Detective (2014), and ABC's Red Widow (2013). Outside of television, she has appeared in acclaimed independent films The Kings of Summer and Captain Fantastic, among others.

Erin Moriarty
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Erin Moriarty at New York Comic Con in 2015
Erin Elair Moriarty

(1994-06-24) June 24, 1994 (age 26)
New York City, U.S.
Years active2010–present
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1]

Early lifeEdit

Moriarty was born and raised in New York City.[4] She began acting at 11 years old, starring as Annie in a 2005 community theater production of Annie.[5][6] Upon graduation from high school, she deferred attending college to pursue acting.[4]

Acting careerEdit

Moriarty was cast in her first professional roles as a teenager, acting in the television series One Life to Live and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her first roles of note were as Vince Vaughn's daughter in the 2012 comedy film The Watch;[7] Kelly, the love interest of Nick Robinson's character, in the 2013 indie comedy The Kings of Summer;[8][9] and Natalie, the main character's daughter, in the short-lived ABC drama series Red Widow.[2]

She then was cast in a supporting role in the sci-fi film After the Dark, which premiered in 2013, and had a recurring role on first season of True Detective as Audrey Hart,[10] the problem child of Woody Harrelson's character.[11] In September 2014, Erin Moriarty was named one of the best actors under twenty years of age by IndieWire.[12] The same year she was cast in Ouija, but her scenes were removed from the final film, following re-shoots.[13]

In February 2015, it was announced she joined the main cast of Netflix's Jessica Jones.[14] In the show's first season, which was released in November 2015, Moriarty played Hope, a college student whose life is ruined by Kilgrave, the main villain.[15]

She appeared in Blood Father, a 2016 film starring Mel Gibson.[16] Her role as Gibson's daughter in Blood Father received praise from critics such as Manohla Dargis of The New York Times,[17] Alonso Duralde of TheWrap,[18] and Owen Gleiberman of Variety,[19] but Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club felt she was unconvincing[20] and Allen Salkin of the Daily News felt she was overshadowed by the likes of Gibson and William H. Macy.[21] Later that year, she starred in the horror film Within. Moriarty also had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed film Captain Fantastic, in which she plays the love interest of George MacKay's character.[22] For this film, she was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

In June 2016, she was cast in lead role the LD Entertainment feature film The Miracle Season along with Danika Yarosh and Helen Hunt;[11] the film was released in 2018. Also in 2018, she appeared in the films The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir and Monster Party. Later that year, she appeared in Driven which centers around the sting operation which brought down auto mogul John DeLorean; the movie premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival and was filmed in Puerto Rico in 2017 during Hurricane Maria.[23]

In December 2017, she was cast as Annie January / Starlight in The Boys, Amazon Studios adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book of the same name.[24] The series was released July 2019.[25] The show's second season premiered in September 2020 with a third season confirmed for 2021.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Watch Chelsea McAllister
2013 The Kings of Summer Kelly
2014 After the Dark Vivian
2016 Blood Father Lydia Link
2016 Captain Fantastic Claire McCune Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Seattle Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2016 Within Hannah Alexander
2017 Kong: Skull Island Bar Guest #3 Cameo
2018 The Miracle Season Kelley Fliehler
2018 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Marie Rivière Multilingual film
2018 Driven Katy Connors
2018 Monster Party Alexis Dawson
2021 Pakiri


Year Title Role Notes
2010 One Life to Live Whitney Bennett 6 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dru Episode: "Flight"
2013 Red Widow Natalie Walraven Main role; 8 episodes
2014 True Detective Audrey Hart 3 episodes
2015 Jessica Jones Hope Shlottman Main role (season 1); 7 episodes
2019–present The Boys Annie January / Starlight Main role; 16 episodes


  1. ^ "Erin Moriarty's Bio at IMDb".
  2. ^ a b "Erin Moriarty". Maxim. May 28, 2013. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Get To Know Actress Erin Moriarty--Our Favorite Fresh New Face". March 20, 2013. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Mathews, Dana (February 2013). "Erin Moriarty on Starring in Sundance Favorite 'Toy's House'". Teen Vogue. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Strassler, Doug (November 18, 2005). "Evergreen". Off Off Online. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Annie - St. Jean's Players". St. Jeans Players. Retrieved February 29, 2020. and Erin Moriarty as Annie.
  7. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (August 6, 2012). "The Watch". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (May 30, 2013). "Into the Hormonal Wild". The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Duralde, Alonso (May 29, 2013). "'The Kings of Summer' Review: A Giddy, Goofy Teenage Lark". TheWrap. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 10, 2014). "'True Detective's' Erin Moriarty to Star in New Line's 'Crawlspace' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Busch, Anita (June 23, 2016). "Erin Moriarty & Danika Yarosh Team On Inspirational Sports Movie 'Live Like Line'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "On The Rise: 20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20". IndieWire. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Erin Moriarty Joins Universal’s ‘Ouija’ Cast
  14. ^ Prudom, Laura (February 19, 2015). "Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' Netflix Series Adds Three to Cast". Variety. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  15. ^ Narasaki, Rosie (November 23, 2015). "Who Is Hope Shlottman On 'Jessica Jones'? Erin Moriarty Gives Our Hero A New Mission". Bustle. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Erin Moriarty to Co-Star With Mel Gibson in Blood Father". Variety. April 24, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  17. ^ Dargis, Manohla (August 25, 2016). "Review: In 'Blood Father,' Mel Gibson Plays With Pulp Fiction". The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  18. ^ Duralde, Alonso (July 2, 2016). "'Blood Father' Karlovy Vary Review: Mel Gibson Strikes Grindhouse Gold". TheWrap. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  19. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (May 21, 2016). "Cannes Film Review: 'Blood Father'". Variety. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  20. ^ Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy (August 11, 2016). "Mel Gibson attempts an action-comedy comeback in Blood Father". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  21. ^ Salkin, Allen (August 19, 2016). "Mel Gibson returns in 'Blood Father' with chance for another ride through revenge thriller genre: movie review". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  22. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (June 23, 2016). "Father Doesn't Always Know Best In Captain Fantastic". Time. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  23. ^ Hammond, Pete (September 8, 2018). "John DeLorean Story 'Driven' Closing Venice, Hoping For Big Toronto Sale After Barely Surviving Puerto Rico Hurricane". Deadline. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie & Petski, Denise (December 18, 2017). "'The Boys': Erin Moriarty Cast In Amazon's Superhero Drama Series Based On Comic Book". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 18, 2018.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  25. ^ Petski, Denise (July 19, 2019). "'The Boys' Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon; Aya Cash Closes Deal As Stormfront". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  26. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (July 23, 2020). "'The Boys' Renewed for Season 3 at Amazon, Adds After-Show". Variety. Retrieved October 7, 2020.

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