Isabelle Fuhrman (born February 25, 1997) is an American actress. She portrayed Esther in the 2009 horror film Orphan and Clove in The Hunger Games.

Isabelle Fuhrman
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Fuhrman in 2010
Born (1997-02-25) February 25, 1997 (age 22)
EducationStanford Online High School (2015), RADA
Years active2004–present
Known forEsther in Orphan
RelativesElina Fuhrman (mother)

Early lifeEdit

Isabelle Fuhrman was born in Washington D.C., on February 25, 1997, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother, Elina Fuhrman (née Kozmits), is a journalist who emigrated from Soviet Russia and has worked for CNN. Her father, Nick Fuhrman, is a former political candidate and business consultant.[1][2] Both of her parents are of Russian Jewish descent. Fuhrman graduated from Stanford University Online High School in 2015.[3] For high school she was also a student at Buckley School, an exclusive private school in Sherman Oaks. Fuhrman also studied at RADA and briefly attended The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.[4]


Fuhrman's acting career began at the age of seven, when a casting director from Cartoon Network spotted her waiting for her older sister Madeline Fuhrman and cast her for one of the shows, Cartoon Fridays.[5] Fuhrman made her big screen debut just a few years later in the 2007 drama Hounddog. The same year, Fuhrman was chosen to star in the movie Orphan alongside Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard.[6][7] Fuhrman was cast after an exhaustive nationwide search of young actresses to portray the lead in the Warner Bros. collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment.[8][9]

Fuhrman's other credits include Grace O'Neil in the pilot episode of the 2006 television series Justice, and a number of national commercials for such brands as Pizza Hut and K-Mart. Her performance as Gretchen Dennis (also known as Girl Ghost) opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in a 2008 episode of Ghost Whisperer earned her a Young Artist Award nomination. Fuhrman also appeared in comedy skits on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[7]

In 2011, Fuhrman played Angie Vanderveer in the dark comedy Salvation Boulevard (based on the novel by Larry Beinhart), with an ensemble cast that included Pierce Brosnan and Marisa Tomei, and which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[10] Also in 2012, Fuhrman voiced genetically enhanced assassin Victoria in Hitman: Absolution.

In 2012, Fuhrman played Clove, a career tribute who tries to kill the main character, Katniss, in the film The Hunger Games.[11] Originally, she auditioned to play Katniss Everdeen but was too young to play the part as she was 15 at the time. She was called back to audition for Clove, and successfully got the part.[12] On May 15, 2012 it was announced that Fuhrman would be starring in the upcoming remake of the 1977 horror classic, Suspiria;[13] however, it was later announced that the production was stuck in legal woes and that the film would be delayed or cancelled.[14]

On May 24, 2013, Fuhrman was cast as Max in Kevin Connolly's next movie, Dear Eleanor,[15] a film scheduled for release in 2015. That following year, Fuhrman was cast in the film Cell, an adaptation by Stephen King.[16] In 2015, she was cast in a "major recurring role" on the Showtime drama series Masters of Sex, playing Tessa, the daughter of Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan).[17] Fuhrman was also cast as the lead in the upcoming independent drama Hellbent.[18]

Charitable workEdit

Fuhrman was approached by Save the Kids in 2010 to be a celebrity advocate for their "Caps for Good" project. She and several volunteers with Save the Children have helped knit hundreds of baby caps in an effort to reduce the death rate of newborns in developing countries.[19] Fuhrman is on the Advisory Board of the Love & Art Kids Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hounddog Grasshopper
2009 Orphan Esther
2010 Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage Hatchling Shelly Voice role
2011 Salvation Boulevard Angie
2011 From Up on Poppy Hill Sora Matsuzaki Voice role
2012 The Hunger Games Clove
2013 Don't Let Me Go Michelle
2013 After Earth Rayna Uncredited
2014 All the Wilderness Val
2014 Snow Queen 2 Alfida Voice: English version
2016 Cell Alice Maxwell
2016 Dear Eleanor Max the Wax
2016 One Night Bea
2018 Down a Dark Hall Izzy
2018 Good Girls Get High Morgan
2018 Hellbent Danni Frost
2020 The Novice Alex post-production
2020 Escape Room 2 TBA post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Justice Grace O'Neil Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Gretchen Dennis Episode: "Pieces of You"
2009 Children of the Corn Additional Voices Television film
2010 Pleading Guilty Carrie Television film
2011 The Whole Truth Lyric Byrne Episode: "Perfect Witness"
2013 Adventure Time Shoko Episode: "The Vault"; voice role
2015 Masters of Sex Tessa Johnson Recurring role, 8 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey Heroine Voice role
2012 Hitman: Absolution Victoria Voice role
2016 Let It Die Mushroom Magistrate Voice role
2016 Sid Meier's Civilization VI Quote Technology quote


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  11. ^ Vary, Adam (March 23, 2012). "'The Hunger Games': Isabelle Fuhrman on becoming Clove, and what she wants to see in 'Catching Fire' and 'Mockingjay'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  12. ^ Wilkinson, Amy (March 22, 2012). "'Hunger Games' Actress Isabelle Fuhrman Wanted To Play Katniss". MTV News. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  13. ^ "The Hunger Games and Orphan Star Isabelle Fuhrman Set for Suspiria | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". May 15, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  14. ^ Sara, Castillo (January 28, 2013). "Looks Like 'Suspiria' Remake Slashed". Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  15. ^ Tomasi, Rollo (May 24, 2013). "Dear Eleanor (2014): Isabelle Fuhrman cast in Eleanor Roosevelt Film". FilmBook. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  16. ^ McNary, Dave (February 6, 2014). "Berlin: Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach Join Stephen King Adaptation 'Cell'". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 17, 2015). "Isabelle Fuhrman Joins 'Masters Of Sex'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (February 18, 2015). "Isabelle Fuhrman, Martin Henderson to Star in 'Hellbent' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  19. ^ "Teen Star Isabelle Fuhrman: Knitting Caps For Good". Craft Ideas Weekly. December 21, 2010.
  20. ^ "Love & Art Children's Foundation | children's art | children artists".

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