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Rowan Blanchard (born October 14, 2001[2][3]) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Riley Matthews on the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World that aired from 2014 until 2017. From 2017 until 2018, she made appearances on The Goldbergs as Jackie Geary.[4]

Rowan Blanchard
Blanchard holding a microphone
Blanchard in June 2015
Born (2001-10-14) October 14, 2001 (age 17)
Years active2006–present[1]


Life and career

Blanchard was born in Los Angeles, California,[2] to Elizabeth and Mark Blanchard-Boulbol, who are yoga instructors.[5][6] Her paternal grandfather was an immigrant from the Middle East, who had paternal Syrian ancestry and maternal Armenian ancestry,[7] and her paternal grandmother's ancestors are from England, Denmark, and Sweden. Her paternal great grandparents had met in Aleppo, present-day Syria.[8][9] She was named after a character in Anne Rice's The Witching Hour.[10] Rowan has two younger siblings, Carmen and Shane.[11]

Blanchard began acting at the age of five.[11] In 2010, Rowan was cast as Mona's daughter in The Back-up Plan and was in the main cast of the Disney Junior Original Series Dance-A-Lot Robot as Caitlin. In 2011, she was cast as Rebecca Wilson in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and as Raquel Pacheco in Little in Common. In late January 2013, Blanchard was cast as Riley Matthews in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. She also sings the title song, along with co-star Sabrina Carpenter. The titular character is the daughter of Cory and Topanga from Boy Meets World.[12][13] She is an active member of Disney Channel Circle of Stars.[14] In early January 2015, Blanchard was cast as Cleo in the Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister.[15]

In September 2017, Blanchard announced that she would be releasing a book, titled Still Here, which was published in February 2018.[16] Blanchard also co-starred in the feature film adaptation A Wrinkle in Time, which was released in March 2018.[17]

On March 27, 2019, it was reported by Deadline that Blanchard was cast as Alexandra in TNT’s Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs based on the 2013 South Korean-Czech film of the same name by Bong Joon-ho, from Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T. Blanchard will be a guest star with an option to become a series regular should the series is renewed for a second season.[18]

Personal life

Blanchard is a public activist in areas such as feminism, human rights, and gun violence. While most of her comments regarding these issues are posted via Twitter or Tumblr, she has spoken at the UN Women and US National Committee's annual conference as part of #TeamHeForShe, a feminist campaign.[19]

In a series of tweets in January 2016, she stated that while she had "only ever liked boys" in the past, she was "open to liking any gender" and therefore she identifies as queer.[20]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Back-up Plan Mona's 7-year-old kid
2011 Little in Common Raquel Pacheco
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Rebecca Wilson
2016 The Realest Real Paige Short film
2018 A Wrinkle in Time Veronica Kiley
2019 A World Away Jessica
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Dance-a-Lot Robot Caitlin Main role (5 episodes)
2014–2017 Girl Meets World Riley Matthews Lead role
2015 Best Friends Whenever Riley Matthews Episode: "Cyd and Shelby's Haunted Escape"
2015 Invisible Sister Cleo Disney Channel Original Movie
2016 Beat Bobby Flay Guest judge Episode: “Back to School”
2017–2018 The Goldbergs Jackie Geary Recurring role (12 episodes)
2018 Neo Yokio Bergdorf Chan / Salesclerk 3 / Teenage Girl Episode: "Pink Christmas"
2018–2019 Splitting Up Together China 2 episodes
2019 Snowpiercer Alexandra Guest role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film — Young Actress Ten and Under Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Nominated [21]
2015 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Girl Meets World Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Girl Meets World Nominated [22]
2017 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Girl Meets World Nominated [23]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Changemaker Herself Nominated [24]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Rowan Blanchard: "Riley Matthews"". Disney Channel Medianet. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Kelleher, Jennifer (October 14, 2018). "8 Ways Rowan Blanchard Proved She Was Wise Beyond Her Years". E! News. Archived from the original on October 15, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "You Got Zuko'd". Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Yoga Los Angeles :: Mark Blanchard Power Yoga Studio City". Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "Debbie Gibson Online Store – EY Workshop". Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "Instagram post by Rowan Blanchard • Apr 25, 2015 at 6:58am UTC".
  8. ^ Nast, Condé. "Rowan Blanchard Says She's "Sick to My Stomach" About the Conflict in Syria". Teen Vogue.
  9. ^ "Interview with a Yogi". Yogalaw. Archived from the original on May 7, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rowan Blanchard: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  11. ^ a b "Rowan Blanchard's "Who I Am" (Disney Channel)". Disney Video. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  12. ^ Stransky, Tanner (January 28, 2013). "'Boy Meets World' spin-off: Meet Cory and Topanga's daughter -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  13. ^ Ng, Philiana (January 28, 2013). "'Boy Meets World' Follow-Up Casts Cory and Topanga's Daughter". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  14. ^ "The Disney Channel Circle of Stars Sing Songs". M Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  15. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 9, 2015). "Disney Channel Greenlights Original Movies 'Invisible Sister' Starring Rowan Blanchard & Paris Berelc & 'Further Adventures in Babysitting' Starring Sabrina Carpenter & Sofia Carson". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  16. ^ McCarthy, Lauren (September 20, 2017). "15-Year-Old Rowan Blanchard Has Announced Her First Book". W. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Gettell, Oliver (November 1, 2016). "A Wrinkle in Time adds Zach Galifianakis, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (27 March 2019). "Rowan Blanchard Joins TNT's 'Snowpiercer'". Deadline. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Rowan Blanchard gave the most moving feminist speech for at the UN Women's Conference". Girls' Life. June 29, 2015.
  20. ^ Weaver, Hilary (January 18, 2016). "Girl Meets World Star Rowan Blanchard Came Out As Queer and Went to Bat for Her Disney Character, Too". New York Magazine's The Cut Blog. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  21. ^ "33rd Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. January 26, 2014.
  22. ^ Eliahou, Maya (June 9, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016--Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E! Online. NBC Universal. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  23. ^ "Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards--- Favorite Female TV Star". Nickelodeon. February 4, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  24. ^ Vulpo, Mike (July 12, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Reveal "Second Wave" of Nominations". E! Online. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017.

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