Joey Lynn King (born July 30, 1999) is an American actress. She starred as Ramona Quimby in Ramona and Beezus, the 2010 adaptation of Beverly Cleary's book series with the same title. She has also appeared in the films Oz the Great and PowerfulThe ConjuringWhite House DownThe Kissing BoothWish UponThe Suite Life of Zack and CodyThe Act, and Slender Man.

Early life

King was born in Los Angeles. She has two older sisters, actresses Kelli and Hunter King. King has stated that she is "part Jewish and part Christian, but [...] mostly Jewish."


Joey King has been featured in the films Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler, and Quarantine. She voiced the yellow fur ball Katie, for the animated feature Horton Hears a Who! (2008), and Beaver, for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009). In 2010, she guest starred in the series Ghost Whisperer. She was also featured in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Emily Mason in two episodes. Other television appearances include EntourageCSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Medium.

King's first lead role was in the 2010 film Ramona and Beezus, an adaptation of the Beverly Cleary book series, starring as Ramona Quimby opposite Selena Gomez as her older sister, Beezus Quimby. She also released a single for the movie called "Ramona Blue".

King was featured in Battle: Los Angeles, where she played a girl named Kirsten. Also in 2011, she co-starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love as the younger daughter of Steve Carell and Julianne Moore. As well, she appeared in Taylor Swift's "Mean" music video as a young student at the school cafeteria rejected by her peers.

King had a role in Christopher Nolan's third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as a young Talia al Ghul. She also filmed the short-lived comedy series Bent, had guest appearances in New Girl and was on the final episode of The Haunting Hour: The Series, "Goodwill Towards Men." In 2013, King appeared in Oz the Great and Powerful with James Franco and Zach BraffWhite House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie FoxxFamily Weekend, and The Conjuring with Mackenzie Foy and Vera Farmiga. In 2014, she appeared in Wish I Was Here with Oz co-star Zach Braff, as well as in Fargo as Greta Grimly, daughter of police officer Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks).

In 2016, King was cast as the daughter of the character of Courtney Love in the coming-of-age drama film The Possibility of Fireflies. She played the lead character Claire in the 2017 horror-thriller film Wish Upon.

In 2018, she starred in The Kissing Booth alongside Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney.

In 2019, she starred alongside Patricia Arquette in the true crime anthology television series The Act on Hulu. King plays Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Arquette plays her mother Dee Dee. She also appeared on the 4th season of CBS comedy Life in Pieces as Morgan.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Reign Over Me Gina Fineman Uncredited
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Katie Voice role
Quarantine Briana
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Beaver girl Voice role
2010 Ramona and Beezus Ramona Quimby
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Kirsten
Crazy, Stupid, Love Molly Weaver
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Young Talia al Ghul
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful China Girl/Girl in Wheelchair
Family Weekend Lucinda Smith-Dungy
The Conjuring Christine Perron
White House Down Emily Cale
2014 Wish I Was Here Grace Bloom
The Boxcar Children Jessie Voice role
The Sound and the Fury Miss Quentin
2015 Borealis Aurora
Stonewall Phoebe Winters
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Samantha "Sam" Blackwell
2017 Going in Style Brooklyn
Wish Upon Clare Shannon
Smartass Freddie
2018 Summer '03 Jamie
The Kissing Booth Elle Evans Netflix film
Slender Man Wren
The Lie Kayla
2019 Zeroville Zazi Post-production
2020 The Kissing Booth 2 Elle Evans


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Emily Mason 2 episodes
Malcolm in the Middle Girl at Party Episode: "Mono"
2006–2007 Jericho Sally 3 episodes
2007 Backyards & Bullets Junie Garrison Television movie
Entourage Chuck Liddell's Daughter Episode: "Gotcha!"
Avenging Angel Amelia Television movie
2007–2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Little Girl / Nora Rowe 2 episodes
2008 Untitled Liz Meriwether Project Lucy Unsold television pilot
Medium Kelly Mackenzie (Age 8) Episode "Drowned World"
2009 Anatomy of Hope Lucy Morgan Television movie
2010 Elevator Girl Paige Television movie
Ghost Whisperer Cassidy 2 episodes
2011 Bent Charlie Meyers Main role, 6 episodes
Survivor: South Pacific Herself Episode: Reunion
2012 New Girl Brianna Episode: "Bully"
2013–2014 The Haunting Hour: The Series Carla / Missy Jordan Episodes: "Seance", "Goodwill Toward Men"
2014–2015 Fargo Greta Grimly Recurring role in season 1, special guest in season 2; 9 episodes
2014 American Dad! (voice) Episode: "Familyland"
Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs Elissa Wall Television movie
2016 Robot Chicken Polly Pocket / Draculaura (voice) Episode: "Yogurt in a Bag"
Tween Fest Maddisyn Crawford Main role; 8 episodes
The Flash Frankie Kane/Magenta Episode: "Magenta"[12]
2019 The Act Gypsy Blanchard
Life in Pieces Morgan 3 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role
2018 Madden NFL 19: Longshot Loretta Cruise

Music videos

Year Song Artist
2010 "Ramona Blue" Joey King featuring Kelli King
2011 "Mean" Taylor Swift
2018 "Sue Me" Sabrina Carpenter

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2009 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actress Horton Hears a Who! Nominated
2010 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Anatomy of Hope Nominated
Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor/Actress Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Nominated
2011 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Ten and Under Ramona and Beezus Won
Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Age Ten or Under Ghost Whisperer Nominated
2013 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress The Dark Knight Rises Nominated
2019 Kids' Choice Award Favorite Movie Actress The Kissing Booth Won

At the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival, the Canadian Images features jury made an honourable mention recognizing King as an Emerging Actress for her performance in Borealis.


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