Lilla Crawford

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Lilla Crawford
Born (2001-03-28) March 28, 2001 (age 17)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Yonkers, New York
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Lilla Crawford (born March 28, 2001[1]) is an American actress best known for portraying the title role in the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie. She made her feature-film debut playing Little Red Riding Hood in the 2014 Disney film Into the Woods. Since 2017, Crawford has voiced the leading character in the Nickelodeon series Sunny Day.

Personal life[edit]

Lilla Crawford was raised in New York City, New York.

She is a supporter of many charities, such as Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids and Broadway Barks.

She currently resides in Yonkers, New York.


Crawford began her career at the age of six appearing in commercials, and since then has appeared in several more. She states that she begged her mother to find her an agent because it was her dream to be an animated voice, and was not pushed into becoming an actress.[2]

She moved from Los Angeles to New York City, where she made her Broadway debut in 2011 as Debbie in the closing cast of the musical Billy Elliot.

After a nationwide search, she won the title role in James Lapine’s 2012 revival of the Tony-winning musical Annie at the age of 11, after having previously been in a community theatre production of the same show, where she played Bert Healy. She competed against over 5,000 other girls auditioning to play Annie over a span of nine months.[3] After her initial audition in New York she had five or six callbacks, the final one with a dozen girls. While performing in Annie, she filmed the video blog "Simply Red" for the show, which earned her a title of "most clicked stars of 2013".[4]

She played "The Little Girl" in Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall, alongside Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, and many others. Crawford played Little Katie in a workshop production of Home the Musical by Scott Alan in New York City. She also appeared in a workshop of Melissa Arctic.[5]

Crawford played Little Red Riding Hood in the Disney film adaption of the musical Into the Woods, a role that was originally given to Sophia Grace Brownlee.[6][7] The film was released on December 25, 2014.

As of 2017, Crawford voices the leading character on the Nickelodeon animated series Sunny Day.[8] She also currently stars in the Netflix series The Who Was? Show, based on the book series Who Was.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Into the Woods Red Riding Hood Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film-Supporting Young Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated-Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated-Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated-Golden Derby Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2015 Blue Bloods Lily Episode: "Flags of Our Fathers"
2015 Forever Zoe Dornis Episode: "Punk is Dead"
2016 Little Miss Perfect Olivia
2017 Sunny Day Sunny Voice
2018 The Who Was? Show Various roles Series regular, post-production


  1. ^ "Most Popular E-mail Newsletter". USA Today. 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ KENNEDY, MARK (28 April 2012). "Lilla Crawford Is 'Annie' For 2012 Fall Broadway Season". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lilla Crawford Is 'Annie' For 2012 Fall Broadway Season". 28 April 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Simply Red: Backstage at "Annie" with Lilla Crawford, Episode 2: Orphan Overload!". Youtube. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lilla Crawford". Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sophia Grace Not In 'Into The Woods' As Red Riding Hood". Huffington Post. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Annie's Lilla Crawford Will Be Little Red in Into the Woods Film, Featuring New Song by Stephen Sondheim". Playbill. August 12, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "VIDEO: Lilla Crawford, Taylor Louderman Talk New Nick Series SUNNY DAY". Retrieved 16 September 2017. 

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