Ellie May Darcey-Alden[2] (b. 4 September 1999)[1] is a former English child actress of film, stage and television who is best known for playing young Lily Evans in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. She is also known for playing Francesca "Franny" Latimer in the Doctor Who series 7 Christmas special, "The Snowmen." Before joining such large franchises as Harry Potter and Doctor Who, she appeared in minimal parts in British theatre and television. She has also done small-time modelling, commercials, voice over work and competitive dancing.[1]


2007–2009: Early work

Darcey-Alden made her acting debut in 2007, appearing in minor roles on the British stage and television, including her stage debut in Aladdin, directed by Peter Duncan for the Oxford Playhouse and followed by an uncredited role in the 2008 mini-series Tess of the D'Urbervilles as one of Tess' younger sisters.[1][6][7]

Ellie in Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Ellie in Tess of the D'Urbervilles

She began training in specialised dancing much earlier in 2005, with the Dance 10 Theatre School within Edward Feild Primary School in Kidlington.[8]


Ellie in 2009 at age 10

In 2009, she appeared in her first guest-starring role as Mary in one episode of Robin Hood and in select episodes as Emma Walker in Holby City—both for the BBC. She auditioned for the latter part earlier in June that year, accompanied by her mother, and was cast at the age of 9.

That year, she appeared in further stage credits, including Adrian Noble's musical production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the New Theatre Oxford, which was a revamped production of the original 2002 London production,[9] and the Mardi Gras Challenge, a UK dance competition at the Sadler's Wells Theatre.[10][1]

Ellie in Robin Hood

Ellie as Mary in Robin Hood

2009–2011: Harry Potter

Her most notable role came in summer 2008 when she attended an open audition for the latest Harry Potter installment. It was not yet decided by the producers that the final book in the series would be split into two parts and once this decision was made, Darcey-Alden was expected to "re-audition over a year later" in December 2009 and "luckily still met the height and role requirements."[11] She recalled:[12]

"I remember walking into the audition room, and I'd never seen so many other ginger kids in all my life. And even though I never expected much, I kept advancing through the audition rounds."
—Ellie on the audition process

On 25 January 2010, she was called back for a second audition at Pinewood Studios where she met director David Yates and worked with a number of other potentials for the parts of young James Potter, Sirius Black, Severus Snape and Lily Evans. During the process, the children were asked to improvise short conversations. She subsequently received a screen-test with then 13-year-old Benedict Clarke (who would be cast as young Severus Snape) "as well as an associated costume, hair and makeup meeting" at Leavesden Studios, where she met then 21-year-old actor Daniel Radcliffe on her first day.[13][14]

At a 2013 LeakyCon panel in Portland, Oregon, Dracey-Alden further elaborated on her meeting with Radcliffe. She said:[15]

"This story is when I just had my screen test for Harry Potter. [...] I'm leaving [the office], and the car is waiting outside and I was thinking, 'Alright.' And I got my stuff together, and I was just about to leave and the second AD [assistant director] came up and said, 'Oh, come up to my office. I got something for you, I got someone to see of you.' I thought, 'Okay, this is a bit weird.' And so I came up there and she was [like], 'Oh yeah, I'd just like you to meet Dan [Radcliffe]. And I thought, 'Oh my God! Hi! Hi, I'm Ellie!' And inside my heart's going boom-boom-boom-boom-boom! [...] And [Dan was] like, 'Hi! I guess I'll call you Mum!' And I'm like, 'Okay!' [...] And then he's like, to my mum, he said, 'Oh, you must be Grandma, then.' And Mum's like, 'Yeah, sure!' And I'm thinking, 'No, Mum!' [...] And I was so relaxed and thought, 'Oh yeah...' We're just having a conversation [...] and the second AD said, 'Look, the car's waiting, we've got to go, this is your quick hello-goodbye.' And so, [Dan is] so nice and was just like, 'Oh, I'm really sorry to keep you waiting, oh my God!' And I said, 'Okay, bye!' And I shake his hand and he's like, 'I'll see you around then!' And then I walked away [...] and I'm shaking his hand [...] and was like, 'I'm never washing this hand again!' And Mum looked at me and she turned around to look at Dan. Dan went [gestures], 'Alright!' [...] And Mum's like, 'You played it so cool and you just messed it all up!' And I'm like, 'I'm sorry!'"
—Ellie on meeting Daniel Radcliffe

Radcliffe reportedly setup the meeting, knowing Darcey-Alden had booked the part even though she was unaware at the time.[11]

Ellie in Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Ellie as Lily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

A few weeks later in February, her mother was contacted by the producers and after school, Darcey-Alden was told that she received the part of young Lily Evans, cast at age 10, in the commercially successful Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.[16][17] She said:[18]

"I screamed, like I straight up screamed, then I cried. It's not something you expect; it's something you create [in your mind]. It's one of those things you go, 'Oh gosh, I wish I could do this. Like, how can I be able to do this?' And it's, like, one of my dreams [to be in Harry Potter], something that sits in the back of your head. And then, when it actually happens, it's really surreal."
—Ellie on realising she'd be in Potter

In the film, Darcey-Alden appears in a flashback sequence as Harry's mother in her schooldays and reveals how she befriended Snape as a child, which is crucial in explaining the back story of the shady professor and his complex relationship to Harry's deceased parents, particularly his bitter resentment to his father, James.[19][20]

Although Darcey-Alden was tipped for future success by her agents at Enfield, London-based casting and theatrical agency A&J Management, her parents decided to not treat her passion for acting seriously until she was more mature. Despite this, she resisted her family for a chance in the business, especially for a part in Harry Potter, a role which her mother initially did not believe she would eventually win. When production began, she was not allowed to tell her close friends of her casting in Potter as she left school for Leavesden Studios and Hatfield House to film her scenes. She said:[7][21]

"I am still trying to get over that I am actually in Harry Potter. When I got the part, I was so happy I was speechless. It was the best time of my life. It was very funny. Everyone was so friendly to me and it was really fun. At first, it was really difficult to keep the secret. But when my friends did find out, they were so happy for me and supported me all the way through it."
—Ellie on winning the part of Lily
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Ellie as Lily in Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Filming her scenes along with Benedict Clarke (young Snape), Ariella Paradise (young Petunia), Alfie McIlwain (young James) and Rohan Gotobed (young Sirius) took place in April 2010.[22] Shooting only lasted four days where one scene was shot per day[23] while re-shoots and pick-ups were completed in early 2011.[24]

According to Darcey-Alden and Clarke at a 2013 LeakyCon cast junket in London, production alternated between sets at Leavesden Studios and on location shooting by the River Lea in the gardens of Hatfield Park near Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Of the river scene in particular, Clarke elaborated by saying:[25]

"[W]e did so many ludicrous camera angles, we had a camera up on a crane looking down at Ellie and I. And we had a camera crew coming across the river on a boat for one of those, and then they could play around [...] decide what they wanted, how they wanted to pan across the river and take a look at us. I thought it was really outstanding how they had such a ridiculous extent of angles to play with."
Benedict Clarke on filming The Prince's Tale
The Prince's Tale Filming Location The River Lea

The filming location of the River Lea as seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and as it appears in person

Darcey-Alden added:

"We only did half-and-half at Leavesden. [...] There was the actual Hatfield House there and we got to have a look around and it was really beautiful."
—Ellie on filming The Prince's Tale
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Ellie and Ben in character filming The Prince's Tale by the River Lea

Originally, it was planned for Darcey-Alden and Clarke to shoot a sequence on the reconstructed green screen set of King's Cross at Leavesden Studios with young Severus and Lily meeting inside the Hogwarts Express on their way to Hogwarts for the first time. Clarke was meant to call Darcey-Alden a "Mudblood" (much earlier than this occurs in Rowling's novels), leading to a rift between their characters and in their friendship. A Hogwarts Express scene does appear in the final shooting draft of the screenplay; however, no dialogue is present and most notable child characters, including Petunia, make an appearance along with Severus and Lily. Neither version was ultimately produced.[26][27]

Once location shoots were completed, Darcey-Alden and Clarke joined McIlwain and Gotobed at Leavesden on the set of the Great Hall where the set was divided with one section of the Entrance Hall in ruins for the Battle of Hogwarts sequences; two days of shooting were completed from morning until evening, scheduled a week apart where three hours of school tutoring was provided.[28] Darcey-Alden mentioned in a LeakyCon 2013 panel session that she worked with Dame Maggie Smith the first half of the day and was quoted, jokingly:[21]

"She spoke to me. It's not my fault."

She later said in detail:[29]

"When I was filming my Great Hall scene where I had to be sorted, we were rehearsing and I think it was sorting off-camera and I sat on the stool and the Sorting Hat was sort of next to me and I looked down and was thinking, 'Wow! It's the Sorting Hat. Okay!' [...] And then there was Maggie Smith behind me and I've been told, you know, give her a bit of space. You know, let her breathe [and] if she comes up to you, don't talk to her. And I was thinking, 'Oh, I'm really nervous!' Because I've been told not to say anything, not to talk her, just to sit there. And then she comes up to me and she's like, 'Oh, you have beautiful hair!' And I'm like this [mimics gawking], 'Oh my goodness, that's Maggie Smith!' And she's like, 'You have really beautiful hair! Well done! You're really catchy! [sic] Good job!' And I'm like, Thanks... Oh my God!' But because I was so nervous on set and that was the first scene I did, it kind of gave me more confidence. [...] Even though it wasn't advice, it just gave me more confidence to be myself and just have fun and relax and everything. And [Smith is] such a lovely lady. She just comes up to you and talks to you."
—Ellie on Maggie Smith
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Lily during the sorting scene

A week later, a final day of shooting commenced in the Hogwarts corridor where multiple takes had the four child actors walk and run up the corridor numerous times. The original cut had McIlwain and Gotobed chase a first year Slytherin student, though this detail was eventually omitted. "Though originally the scene was without dialogue," Gotobed revealed in a blog post:[28]

"I suggested to [David Yates] that I say 'Snivellus' as we pushed through Snape and Lily. David agreed that was a good idea, and even gave me a second line later on in the day, where I was supposed to say 'come on James' at the end of the brief scene. As you already know, both lines were cut for release in favour of [Radcliffe]'s voiceover [sic], which makes more sense in terms of the entire montage."
Rohan Gotobed

To satisfy the look of her character as described in the books, Darcey-Alden is naturally red-haired although she was required to wear blue contact lenses to match Daniel Radcliffe's eye colour, given her eyes are brown, as revealed by her co-star Benedict Clarke.[1][30] Darcey-Alden herself later confirmed that she wore contacts in January 2015 when she was a special guest in a Harry Potter celebration at the Riverview Middle School in New Brunswick, Canada. Through a a live Skype Q&A with a winning classroom, she said:[31][32][33]

"I don't know if you [the class] know what a screen test is, you haven't got the part yet. [...] You stand in front of a green screen in costume, hair, make-up, everything as if you got the part. And then they stand you next to whoever you'll be filming with. So, I stood next to Benedict [Clarke]. And I also stood next to Ariella [Paradise]. And so I stood there in hair, and make-up and everything and after that, [I] got off [for] a couple of hours and I was wearing contacts, [they] took the contacts out, put them in, had my hair up, put it down again..."

Later, on 23 July 2015, she released a photo on Twitter of herself with Daniel Radcliffe posing on the set of Harry Potter to celebrate Radcliffe's 26th birthday, which further supported the fact that she had worn blue colour contacts.[34]

Ellie with blue contacts

A behind-the-scenes photo which reveals Ellie wore blue contacts for the part, ca. January-April 2010

In the novels, Harry is described as having his mother's bright green, almond-shaped eyes, although Radcliffe never sported any colour-correcting contacts in the films due to a negative reaction to them; J.K. Rowling later commented on this by saying it was not an absolute need that Harry have green eyes in the films, as long as there was a resemblance between his and his mother's.[35] However, the method of using blue contacts ultimately backfired and Darcey-Alden's natural eye colour showed through in the final footage. For an unknown reason, this error was not digitally corrected in post-production.[30][36][37]

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Ellie as Lily with her naturally brown eyes

When later asked by a fan of what it was like to be apart of a popular movie franchise, Darcey-Alden commented:[38]

"I'm not famous, people don't recognise me. I'm just a normal crazy 12 year old [sic] who was very lucky to be in such a huge film."

2012–present: Upcoming projects

Darcey-Alden has been cast in a variety of independent and larger budget films. It was announced on 20 July 2011 via the official A&J Management Twitter that she had been cast in a cameo role in Welcome to the Punch, a British thriller co-starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Harry Potter alum Peter Mullan.[39] She appeared briefly in the aeroplane scene seated in the opposite aisle from Elyes Gabel.[40] Other roles include Pranks, a children's ghost story;[41] and Sam & Isobel, a coming of age tale of two young enigmatic children.[42][43]

Ellie in Doctor Who

Ellie as Francesca in Doctor Who

She has also landed other big TV breaks. In 2012, she returned to the BBC for the Doctor Who series 7 Christmas special, "The Snowmen" as Francesca Latimer, sharing the screen with real-life brother Joseph Darcey-Alden as on-screen siblings and co-starring alongside Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith.[44][45][46] To date, Darcey-Alden is the latest in a line of Harry Potter cast members to have appeared in both Potter and Doctor Who, including David Tennant, Michael Gambon, Helen McCrory, John Cleese, Zoe Wanamaker, Jim Broadbent, Toby Jones, Roger Lloyd Pack, Bill Nighy, Shirley Henderson, Adrian Rawlins, David Bradley, and John Hurt.[47]

The same year, it was confirmed that she would guest star in the second season of Tom Fontana's French-German-Czech historical television drama Borgia (not to be confused with Showtime's The Borgias) as Felice della Rovere, on-screen and illegitimate daughter to Dejan Čukić's Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere (better known as Pope Julius II).[48][49] Series two was shot on location in Prague and Italy in March through November 2012.[50] Darcey-Alden filmed her scenes in Italy that October over the span of three days, sharing the screen alongside Matt Di'angelo and Mark Ryder.[51][52] The show premiered on Canal+ on 18 March 2013[53] and Netflix on 1 May 2013.[54]

Ellie in Borgia

Ellie on set in Italy as Felice della Rovere filming Borgia

While Darcey-Alden filmed minimal scenes for episodes 11 and 12, they were eventually cut from the final version, yet her name still appears in the credits of the Season 2 DVD (Region 2).[55][56]

Other stage credits include Ellen Kent's Aida Verdi for the New Theatre Oxford[1] and The Nutcracker Twisted, which was presented by Elite Dance Studio and performed at the Norris Theatre on 30 November 2013.[57][58]

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Ellie (first on right) performs in a ballet group in the KAR Dance Competition 2014

On 17–18 January 2014, she competed in the 47th Annual Miss Dance Drill Team USA: California dance competition and pageant.[59] On 7–9 March 2014, she participated in the KAR: Kids Artistic Revue Redondo Beach, CA Competition, which took place at the Centinela Valley Center For The Arts in Lawndale, California.[60]

On 23–26 May 2014, she appeared in the Showstopper! Competition, which took place at the Disneyland Hotel in California.[61] She competed in a ballet solo, ballet group, jazz group and contemporary group.[62]

On 6–8 February 2015, she appeared in the KAR: Kids Artistic Revue Long Beach Beach, CA Competition, which took place at Millikan High School.[63] She additionally performed in the Palos Verdes High School Choreo Show 2015 and returned for 2016.[64][65]

Other work

Outside of screen and stage credits, she modelled small-time, including an ad for Morleys Stores ca. 2009-10[66] and the British children and pre-teen magazine Girl Talk in 2012.[67]

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Ellie and Benedict Clarke at the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 world premiere in July 2011

She has appeared at many Harry Potter events and other fan conventions over the years, including the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 cast and crew screening in October 2010,[68] the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 world premiere on 7 July 2011 in Trafalgar Square in London,[7][69][70] LeakyCon 2011 in Orlando, Florida,[71] the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter in October 2012,[72][73] LeakyCon Portland 2013, LeakyCon London 2013[74] and Misti-Con 2013 in Laconia, New Hampshire.[75] In December 2012, she along with Potter alum Ryan Turner (Hugo Weasley) participated in the Leighton Christmas Festival.[76][77]

It was announced that she would be returning to LeakyCon 2014, which took place in Orlando, Florida from 30 July to 3 August.[78] In January 2015, she appeared as a special guest in a Harry Potter celebration at the Riverview Middle School in New Brunswick, Canada via Skype.[31][32]

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Ellie at LeakyCon Portland 2013

On 6 April 2016, she visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening at Universal Studios Hollywood on behalf of MuggleNet[79][80][81] where she interviewed Harry Potter co-stars Tom Felton, James and Oliver Phelps, Evanna Lynch and Warwick Davis as well as art director Alan Gilmore.[82][83][84][85][86]

Personal life

Darcey-Alden was born in Yarnton, Oxford, Oxfordshire[8] although she moved to the United States with her immediate family on 8 February 2013 when she was 13-years-old.[87][88][89] She now currently resides in Los Angeles[90] in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes.[91] Her parents are Sarah Dawn (née Darcey; b. 1975)[92][93] and Philip Rodney "Phil" Alden (b. 1966)[7][94][95][96] who works on Falcon 9 for SpaceX.[97] She has a younger brother, Joseph (b. 18 February 2002) who is also a former child actor[98][99] and two older half-siblings, Becki and James Alden.[100][101]

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Ellie with her family at Chicago TARDIS on 28 November 2014

She is a former pupil of Dance 10 Theatre School within Edward Feild Primary School (named after Bishop Edward Feild) in Kidlington which she attended from September 2005 to July 2011 based on English education[7][8][102] and of Stagecoach Theatre Arts School under the instruction of Maya Sprigg in Oxford until 2013.[1] Since moving to the States, she finished her middle school education at Ridgecrest Intermediate School, which she attended from early 2013, starting at the second semester of Grade 7, and graduated in June 2014.[103] In late August 2014, she attended Palos Verdes High School and graduated on 7 June 2018.[104][105] She attended the Elite Dance Studio in L.A. for dance classes until 2015.[106]

She is also a big fan of Muggle Quidditch, and was taught to play by members of the five National teams that participated in the 2012 IQA Summer Games (Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the United States).[107][108] She commented to CNN:[109]

"I think [Muggle Quidditch is] brilliant, it's really funny to watch! I didn't realise it was so rough and tough and it's great to just have a go!"
—Ellie on Muggle Quidditch


Film and Television

Year Format Title Role
2008 Television Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Series 1, Eps. 1-4) Modesty Durbeyfield
2009 Television Robin Hood (Series 3, Episode 1) Mary
2009 Television Holby City (Series 12, Eps. 1-2; 11) Emma Walker
2011 Film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Young Lily Evans
2012 Short Film Pranks Katie Kruek
2012 Television Doctor Who (Series 7, Episode 6) Francesca "Franny" Latimer
2013 Film Welcome to the Punch 12-Year-Old Girl (cameo)
2013 Television Borgia (Series 2, Eps. 11-12; deleted scenes) Felice della Rovere
2014 Short Film Sam and Isobel Isobel
2018 Film The Nameless Executive producer
2019 Televison Remnants (Series 1, Eps. 1-13) Alice


Year Format Title Role Notes
2007 Stage Play Aladdin Street Urchin Dir. Peter Duncan
Oxford Playhouse
2009 Musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Sewer Child Dir. Adrian Noble
New Theatre Oxford
Revamped production of the original 2002 London production
2009 UK Dance Competition Mardi Gras Dancer Sadler's Wells Theatre
2013 Opera Aida Verdi Slave Girl Dir. Ellen Kent
New Theatre Oxford
2013 Musical The Nutcracker Twisted Dancer Elite Dance Studio
Norris Theatre
2014 U.S. Dance Competition 47th Annual Miss Dance Drill Team USA: California Dancer
2014 U.S. Dance Competition KAR: Kids Artistic Revue


Dancer Dir. Ernest Balderas
Centinela Valley Center for the Arts
2014 U.S. Dance Competition Showstopper! Dancer Elite Dance Studio
Disneyland Hotel, CA
2014 Fandom Conference LeakyCon Opening Ceremony


Hermione Granger Orange County Convention Center
2015 U.S. Dance Competition KAR: Kids Artistic Revue Dancer Millikan High School
2015 PV Choreo Show Ensemble Dancer Palos Verdes High School
James R. Armstrong Theatre
2015 Play Noises Off


Dialect Coach Dir. Nicole Thompson
Palos Verdes High School
2016 PV Choreo Show "Lose It" Ensemble Dancer Palos Verdes High School
James R. Armstrong Theatre
2016 Musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Wives/Pharaoh's Girls/Female Ensemble Dir. Nicole Thompson
Palos Verdes High School
Multi-Purpose Room
2016 Fandom Conference LeakyCon Story Part 3 & Closing


The Leaky Cauldron Pub Guests/Ensemble Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, LA

Awards and nominations


Year Work Award Category Result
2014 Showstopper! Competition 2014 Platinum 1st Place[118] Group Performance for "Stranded" and "Hold It Against Me" by Elite Dance Studio

Shared with: Hope Millman, Adelaide Deley, Georgia Nelson, Ami Okamoto, Kaitlyn Shim, Brittany Bemis, Allie Thompson, Angelina Lauro, Caitlyn Barresi, Courtney Zwarg, Natalie Womack, Nora Potenti, Rehvyn Rose, Sarah Spencer, Shaylan Mason

2016 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat John Raitt Award for Youth[119] Best Ensemble Nominated

Behind the scenes

  • As a baby, her mother originally intended to name her "Annie" after the character Little Orphan Annie but decided against it, "as I'd probably be a curly red head!" Ellie explained.[120]
  • Her parents share the same first names as fellow English actress Rachel Hurd-Wood's parents—Sarah and Phil. Coincidentally, each couple had decided to hyphenate their daughters' surnames.
  • She met the likes of Evanna Lynch, Jason Isaacs,[121] Emma Watson,[122][123][124], J.K. Rowling, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Miriam Margolyes and Rupert Grint,[125][24] at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 world premiere on 7 July 2011 in Trafalgar Square, London.
  • Since starring in Harry Potter, she has maintained a close acquaintanceship with fellow alum Daniel Radcliffe who she saw perform in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noël Coward Theatre.[126]
  • Is friendly acquainted with Benedict Clarke, Will Dunn, Ryan Turner, Helena Barlow, Chris Rankin, Scarlett Byrne,[127] Robbie Jarvis,[128] Devon Murray,[129] and Evanna Lynch.[130][131]
  • Her role as Lily Evans was formerly preceded by Geraldine Somerville (as the adult incarnation) and Susie Shinner (as the teenage incarnation), respectively.
  • On 28 February 2014, it was announced on MuggleNet that a fan-made Harry Potter prequel entitled The Gathering Storm by a group of students from Emerson College in Boston, MA was in the works and was successfully backed on Kickstarter.[132] Darcey-Alden took to her Twitter a day later that she was interested in auditioning for a part, implying that she hoped to reprise her role as Lily in a reply to the main announcement tweeted by MuggleNet.[133] However, upon learning that the required playing age of the key cast was 16 (she was 14 at the time),[134] she tweeted on 5 March that she thought she was "too young" in a reply to a tweet by The Gathering Storm official film Twitter regarding a deadline for open auditions through video application submissions.[135] The part of Lily Evans eventually went to Laura Tarver.[136]
  • Many online sources have confused Ellie with fellow Harry Potter actress Daphne de Beistegui, possibly due to a slight resemblance in their appearances, as well as which young Lily each of them played—Harry's mother, the late Lily Evans or Harry's daughter, Lily Luna Potter.[137][138][139]
  • Some online sources have also confused her or compared her looks with fellow Twilight actress Mackenzie Foy.[140][141]
  • She somewhat shares a stronger physical resemblance, as described in the books, to Ginny Weasley—ginger hair worn as a long mane, freckles and brown eyes—than she does to Lily Evans—dark, thick red hair worn to her shoulders and brilliant green, almond-shaped eyes.
  • She revealed to MuggleNet during a Leakyon Portland 2013 panel that the characters she relates to the most from Harry Potter are Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley. She stated, "I think because a lot of the characters, the main characters in Harry Potter, they're all kind of [points to Scarlett Byrne and Devon Murray ] your age now growing up... so, it's kind of hard for me. But I think I'm probably part Ginny, part Hermione. Hermione, because she's, 'Books, books, books! School, school, school!' That's kind of me because I'm very 'school', very 'books.' But then Ginny, because she's a really friendly person; she likes to have a bit of fun. She's a bit 'risk takey'; sometimes she'll take risks and stuff, which is me sometimes, depending. [...] Yeah, probably between those two, because it's kind of difficult for me because also [Scarlett and Devon] are a lot older."[142]
  • Her favourite Harry Potter characters are Hagrid, Harry and Snape.
  • Her favourite Harry Potter films are Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Deathly Hallows: Part 2.[143]
  • Her favourite colours are aqua blue and pink.[144]
  • Has been allergic to gluten since she was seven.[145]
  • Her favourite music artists are Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.[146]
  • Her preferred genre of film is comedy.[147]
  • Her favourite scenes to shoot from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 were with Benedict Clarke (young Severus) under the tree in Hatfield Gardens and Lily's house sorting in the Great Hall.[148]


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