Odessa Young

Odessa Young (born c.1998) is an Australian actress. She is known for her roles in the 2015 feature films Looking for Grace and The Daughter, the latter of which earned her an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[1][2]

Odessa Young
Young in 2016
Bornc.1998 (age 2021)
Years active2007–present


Odessa Young started acting at the age of 11.[3] She acted in television series such as Wonderland and Tricky Business before making the transition into feature film work.[4]

In 2015, she co-starred in the film The Daughter with Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neil.[5][6] Also in 2015, she acted alongside Radha Mitchell in Looking for Grace, where she played the titular role.[7][8] Later that year, she was dubbed "Australia's brightest rising star" by Elle Magazine.[9] For her role in The Daughter, Young attracted considerable critical acclaim[10] and won Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2016 AACTA Awards.[11] Her performance in The Daughter also earned her an award for Best Actress from the Australian Film Critics Association.[12]

In 2017, Young starred as Genevieve in the web series High Life; for her performance, she won an IAWTV Award for Best Lead Actress – Drama.[13] In 2018, she won Best Actress at the 5th annual Vancouver Web Series Festival for her role in the series.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Rose of Ba Ziz Girl Short film
2014 Blood Pulls a Gun Alice Short film
2015 The Daughter Hedvig Finch
2015 Looking for Grace Grace
2015 Upside Down Feeling Molly Short Film
2017 High Life Genevieve Web series
2017 Sweet Virginia Maggie
2018 Assassination Nation Lily
2018 A Million Little Pieces Lilly
2018 The Professor Olivia Brown
2018 Celeste Rita
2020 Shirley Rose Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 My Place Alexandra Owen 1 episode
2012 Tricky Business Emma Christie 13 episodes
2014 The Moodys Fran 1 episode
2015 Wonderland Lucy Wallace 3 episodes
2020 The Stand Frannie Goldsmith Upcoming miniseries

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Refs
2016 AACTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role The Daughter Won [15]
2017 International Academy of Web Television Best Lead Actress – Drama High Life Won [16]
2018 Vancouver Web Series Festival Best Actress High Life Won [17]


  1. "Seventeen-year-old Aussie Odessa Young is learning the ropes from Hollywood's biggest stars". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. Bunbury, Stephanie (22 January 2016). "Why Odessa Young, star of Looking for Grace and The Daughter, is one to watch". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. Herald, New Zealand. "Meet Australia's next great actress Odessa Young". m.nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  4. Collins, Laura (10 February 2016). "Odessa Young Is Australia's Brightest Rising Star". Elle. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  5. "Jim Schembri interviews Simon Stone and Odessa Young". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  6. "Young, 17: 'I don't think I've missed out'". Daily Telegraph. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  7. India (22 July 2016). "Why Radha Mitchell, Sue Brooks and Odessa Young Are Looking for Grace in Venice". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  8. M, Adnan (20 September 2015). "TIFF 2015: Odessa Young Explores 'Looking for Grace'". The Arts Guild. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. "Australian Actress Odessa Young Is One To Watch". ELLE. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  10. "Australian actress Odessa Young on fashion and Hollywood". Vogue.com.au. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  11. "Mel Gibson and Hacksaw Ridge clean up at AACTA Awards". ABC News. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  12. "Odessa Young". IMDb. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  13. "Home". International Academy of Web Television. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  14. "12 Canadian Series Win Big at Vancouver Web Fest - 604 Now". 604 Now. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  15. "Odessa Young". IMDb. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  16. "2017 Winners & Nominees".
  17. "Official Selections". Vancouver Web Fest. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
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