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Dakota Fanning Biography

Birth Name:
Hannah Dakota Fanning
Birth Place:
Conyers, Georgia, United States

Fast Facts

  • First acting job was at age 5, appearing in a TV commercial for Tide laundry detergent
  • After playing Sean Penn's daughter in I Am Sam, was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild's Best Supporting Actress award at 7, the youngest person ever to be so recognized
  • Shared a 2001 Golden Satellite award for Outstanding New Talent (for I Am Sam) with Rupert Grint (for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)
  • Joined the Twilight film series in 2009 (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) as the villainous Volturi vampire Jane
  • Played teenage rock singer Cherie Currie in 2010's The Runaways
  • Named homecoming queen during her senior year of high school


  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Young Actor/Actress: nominated
  • 2008Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Performance By a Youth - Female: winner
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Young Actress: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Young Actress: winner
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Young Actress: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Young Actor/Actress: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated


  • Steve Fanning -- Father
  • Rick Arrington -- Grandfather
  • Joy Fanning -- Mother
  • Jamie Strachan -- Significant Other