Elle Fanning is an American teen actress who gained recognition through her breakthrough role as Alice Dainard in J. J. Abrams' sci-fi-drama blockbuster, Super 8 (2011), which earned her various nominations for a Saturn Award, a Young Artist Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, a Teen Choice Award, a Scream Award and an MTV Movie Award. In addition, she garnered fame for appearing in Phoebe in Wonderland (2008), Somewhere (2010), We Bought a Zoo (2011) and Maleficent (2014).
Her first steps in acting began at the age of three when she portrayed the younger version of her older sister Dakota's characters in the mini-series Taken and the movie I Am Sam. Since then, she made her appearances in a number of films such as Daddy Day Care (2002), The Door in the Floor (2004), Babel (2006) and The Nines (2007).
Her parents are Heather Joy, a professional tennis player, and Steven J. Fanning, a former baseball player and an electronics salesman. She has an elder sister, actress