Odessa Young

Odessa Young (born 11 January 1998) is an Australian actress. She is known for her roles in the 2015 feature films Looking for Grace and The Daughter, the latter of which earned her an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[1][2] She won further accolades for her performance in the web series High Life in 2017. In 2018, she starred in the films Assassination Nation and A Million Little Pieces. That year, she also made her off-Broadway debut in Days of Rage. In 2020, she starred as Frannie in the post-apocalypse miniseries The Stand, based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Stephen King, and opposite Elisabeth Moss in Shirley (2020), a film about the novelist Shirley Jackson.[3]

Odessa Young
Odessa Young at Berlinale 2023.jpg
Young in 2023
Born (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 25)
Years active2007–present

Early life and educationEdit

Young grew up in Australia, where her father is a musician and her mother a writer.[4] She attended a performing arts high school in Sydney, taking part in theatre productions.[5] Within two days of turning 18, she relocated from Sydney to Los Angeles, California. Two years later, Young moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.[6]


Odessa Young started acting professionally at the age of 11,[7] when she was cast through her drama teacher in the Australian children's show My Place.[7] She acted in television series such as Wonderland and Tricky Business before making the transition into feature film work.[8]

In 2015, she co-starred in the film The Daughter with Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill.[9][10] She was cast as "the daughter" after modifying her take on the character to seem less mature than in her first audition.[11] Also in 2015, she acted alongside Radha Mitchell in Looking for Grace, where she played the titular role.[12][13] Later that year, she was dubbed "Australia's brightest rising star" by Elle Magazine.[14] For her role in The Daughter, Young attracted considerable critical acclaim[15] and won Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2016 AACTA Awards.[16] Her performance in The Daughter also earned her an award for Best Actress from the Australian Film Critics Association.[17]

In 2016, she was in final negotiations to play the female lead in When The Street Lights Go On on Hulu.[18]

In 2017, Young starred as Genevieve in the web series High Life; for her performance, she won an International Academy of Web Television Award for Best Lead Actress – Drama.[19] In 2018, she won Best Actress at the 5th annual Vancouver Web Series Festival for her role in the same series.[20]

In 2018, she starred in the films Assassination Nation and A Million Little Pieces.[4] That year, she also made her off-Broadway debut in Days of Rage at the Tony Kiser Theater, where she plays the radical Quinn in 1969.[5]

She was cast in The Stand miniseries in 2019.[21] With the Stand, there were four shooting days before lockdown in Vancouver, with shooting picking up again later.[6] Released in 2020, the series features Young as Frannie, with a "new coda co-written by King himself" that gives her a different portrayal than the book in the final episode.[22][23]

In 2020, Young was cast as a hostess in the HBO Max television series Tokyo Vice, to be directed by Michael Mann and written by J. T. Rogers. She was subsequently replaced by Rachel Keller,[24][25] when she pulled out of the production over scheduling conflicts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[26][27] In the 2020 film Shirley, Young plays Rose,[3] a newly married young woman living in the same house as Shirley Jackson.[28] In 2020, Odessa Young participated in Acting for a Cause, a live classic play and screenplay reading series created, directed and produced by Brando Crawford. Young played Lady Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The reading raised funds for non-profit charities including Mount Sinai Medical Center.[29][30]

Vogue named her one of six actors to watch in 2021.[31] That year, she was also cast in the British film Mothering Sunday.[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Daughter Hedvig Finch
2015 Looking for Grace Grace
2017 Sweet Virginia Maggie Russell
2018 Assassination Nation Lily Colson
2018 A Million Little Pieces Lilly
2018 The Professor Olivia Brown
2018 Celeste Rita
2019 The Giant Charlotte
2020 Shirley Rose Nemser/Paula
2021 Mothering Sunday Jane Fairchild
2023 Manodrome Post-production
TBA The Prima Donna Pre-production[32]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 My Place Alexandra Owen 1 episode
2012 Tricky Business Emma Christie 13 episodes
2014 The Moodys Fran 1 episode
2015 Wonderland Lucy Wallace 3 episodes
2017 High Life Genevieve Web series
2020 The Stand Frannie Goldsmith Miniseries
2022 The Staircase Martha Ratliff Miniseries

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 AACTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role The Daughter Won [33]
2017 International Academy of Web Television Best Lead Actress – Drama High Life Won [34]
2018 Vancouver Web Series Festival Best Actress High Life Won [35]


  1. ^ "Seventeen-year-old Aussie Odessa Young is learning the ropes from Hollywood's biggest stars". 20 February 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ Bunbury, Stephanie (22 January 2016). "Why Odessa Young, star of Looking for Grace and The Daughter, is one to watch". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Odessa Young embraces dramatic intensity of 'Shirley'". KGET. 2 June 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b Bryant, Miranda (20 November 2018). "Odessa Young interview: Young women are set up for failure by society". Standard. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b King, Darryn (15 October 2018). "Odessa Young Is Raging, On Stage And On Screen". Forbes. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b Quinn, Karl (3 July 2020). "'You never grow out of the imposter syndrome': Aussie star Odessa Young". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  7. ^ a b Herald, New Zealand. "Meet Australia's next great actress Odessa Young". m.nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  8. ^ Collins, Laura (10 February 2016). "Odessa Young Is Australia's Brightest Rising Star". Elle. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Jim Schembri interviews Simon Stone and Odessa Young". Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Young, 17: 'I don't think I've missed out'". Daily Telegraph. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  11. ^ O'Donohue, Danielle (3 June 2015). "How Odessa Young Transformed Herself Into 'The Daughter'". The Music.
  12. ^ India (22 July 2016). "Why Radha Mitchell, Sue Brooks and Odessa Young Are Looking for Grace in Venice". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  13. ^ M, Adnan (20 September 2015). "TIFF 2015: Odessa Young Explores 'Looking for Grace'". The Arts Guild. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Australian Actress Odessa Young Is One To Watch". ELLE. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Australian actress Odessa Young on fashion and Hollywood". Vogue.com.au. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Mel Gibson and Hacksaw Ridge clean up at AACTA Awards". ABC News. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Odessa Young". IMDb. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (18 February 2016). "Odessa Young To Star In Hulu Pilot 'When The Street Lights Go On'". Deadline. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Home". International Academy of Web Television. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  20. ^ "12 Canadian Series Win Big at Vancouver Web Fest - 604 Now". 604 Now. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  21. ^ Petski, Denise (1 August 2019). "'The Stand': James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young & Henry Zaga Set For Stephen King's CBS All Access Series". Deadline.
  22. ^ Stone, Sam (14 December 2020). "The Stand: Odessa Young on Finding Inner Light at the End of the World". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  23. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (4 December 2020). "Frannie Goldsmith (Odessa Young)". Variety. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Odessa Young & Ella Rumpf Join 'Tokyo Vice' at HBO Max". 19 February 2020.
  25. ^ "Rachel Keller Joins 'Tokyo Vice', Replacing Odessa Young, as HBO Max Series Eyes Return to Production". 30 October 2020.
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (30 October 2020). "Tokyo Vice Recasting Odessa Young". Deadline. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  27. ^ White, Peter (23 November 2020). "Japan's Wowow Boards Michael Mann's 'Tokyo Vice' As Co-Producer As Production Resumes This Week". Deadline. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  28. ^ Shaffer, Marshall (11 June 2020). "FEATURESInterview: Odessa Young on the Intuitiveness That Fuels Shirley". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  29. ^ "Young Hollywood actors perform online for charity". BBC News. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  30. ^ George, Doug. "Oak Parker stages Zoom plays as COVID-19 benefits, casting Florence Pugh and more young Hollywood actors". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  31. ^ a b Seth, Radhika (12 December 2020). "These 6 Actors Are Set to Rule 2021". Vogue. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  32. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (3 February 2023). "Toni Collette & Odessa Young Reunite On Nathan Silver's Revenge Thriller 'The Prima Donna'; Cornerstone Launching At The EFM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  33. ^ "Odessa Young". IMDb. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  34. ^ "2017 Winners & Nominees".
  35. ^ "Official Selections". Vancouver Web Fest. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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