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Yael Stone (born 6 March 1985) is an Australian actress. She has worked extensively in Australian theatre and has won two Sydney Theatre Awards. Outside of Australian theatre, she is best known for her portrayal of Lorna Morello in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

Yael Stone
Yael Stone at Paley Fest Orange Is The New Black.jpg
Stone at PaleyFest 2014, representing Orange Is the New Black
Born (1985-03-06) 6 March 1985 (age 32)
Sydney, Australia
Alma mater National Institute of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Dan Spielman (m. 2012; divorce 2016)
Partner(s) Jack Manning Bancroft (2017-present)


Early life and educationEdit

Stone was born and raised in Sydney, the daughter of Judy, a nurse, and Harry Stone, an architect.[1] Her father was born in Czechoslovakia, to Holocaust survivor parents.[2] Yael's father is from a Jewish family, and her mother converted to Judaism.[3][4] Her brother, Jake Stone, was the lead singer of the band Bluejuice. Her sister, Elana Stone, is also a musician.[5]

Stone attended the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).[6]


Stone began acting as a child, with roles in the film Me Myself I and the miniseries The Farm.[5] She worked primarily in theatre; at the 2008 Sydney Theatre Awards, she won the awards for Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Kid.[7] She also worked in television, including supporting roles in All Saints and Spirited.[5] From 2010 to 2011, she appeared in The Diary of a Madman, a role for which she was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Sydney Theatre Awards.[7] In February 2011, she traveled to New York City to perform in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's production of The Diary of a Madman,[7] before returning to lead roles in A Golem Story, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, and As You Like It in Sydney.[5]

Stone moved to New York permanently in December 2011 and co-founded an experimental theatre company.[5] After four months in New York, she was cast in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, a show set in a women's prison.[6] Stone plays Lorna Morello, a prisoner from New Jersey; her accent, a mixture of Brooklyn and Boston,[8] was called "the most amazing accent on television" by a journalist for The New Republic,[9] while another reviewer deemed the role to be Stone's "breakout turn".[10] She reprised her role in the show's second season,[11] and was billed as a series regular in the third season.[12]

She has also appeared on the web series High Maintenance.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2012, Stone married Australian actor Dan Spielman, with whom she lived in New York City.[10] In July 2017, Stone announced that her marriage had ended over a year before.[13] Stone is also an atheist. [14] Stone is currently dating AIME Mentoring founder Jack Manning Bancroft. On 23 November 2017, it was announced they are expecting their first child. [15]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Me Myself I Stacy Dickson
2007 West Stacey
2011 Jailbirds Lucy Short film
2017 The Wilde Wedding Clementine Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Farm Young Sam Cooper Miniseries
2007–2008 All Saints Ann-Marie Preston 14 episodes
2010–2011 Spirited Linda 13 episodes
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Lorna Morello 34 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2015 Childhood's End Peretta Jones Miniseries
2015–2016 High Maintenance Beth 3 episodes
2016 Deep Water Tori Lustigman Miniseries, 4 episodes
2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero General Bighorn (voice) 1 episode


  1. ^ The 'kooky' life of Orange Is the New Black's Yael Stone | The Saturday Paper
  2. ^ A Golem Story (interview with Yael Stone) | .ReviewMania
  3. ^ McGuire, Michaela (2 May 2015). "The 'kooky' life of Orange Is the New Black's Yael Stone". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  4. ^ 'I'd rather be invisible': Orange is the New Black star Yael Stone speaks about stardom | West Coast Sentinel
  5. ^ a b c d e Spring, Alexandra (12 December 2011). "Actress Yael Stone bites the acting bullet". Vogue Australia. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Cronin, Seanna (2 November 2013). "Yael Stone takes lead in Orange is the New Black". The Toowoomba Chronicle. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Keenan, Catherine (17 January 2011). "Love's locks lost for brushes with lunacy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Stone, Jake (8 May 2013). "Yael Stone On Orange Is The New Black, And Trying To Make It In New York". Junkee. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Bennett, Laura (23 August 2013). "Meet the Australian Actress Who Does the Most Amazing Accent on Television". The New Republic. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Groves, Don (15 July 2013). "Orange is the New Black for Yael Stone". IF Magazine. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Richards, Holly (6 November 2013). "Breakout role for Aussie Yael Stone". The West Australian. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 November 2013). "Yael Stone Upped To Regular On 'Orange', Jonathan Adams On 'Last Man Standing'". Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Stone, Yael (6 July 2017). "For the record; my marriage ended a year ago. An awkward but necessary clarification. I've got amazing people by my side and ❤️ in my heart". Twitter. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
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  15. ^ "Actress Yael Stone expecting first baby". Retrieved 1 December 2017. 

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