Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning was born on February 23, 1994, in the U.S. Fanning landed her first commercial when she was five and earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in “I Am Sam.” In the remake of “War of the Worlds,” Fanning gave a magnificent performance as Tom Cruise’s daughter. This talented actress is famous for her role in the “Twilight” film series and her voiceover in “Coraline.” Fanning’s numerous accolades and accomplishments attest to her acting prowess. She unquestionably deserves a heartfelt birthday greeting.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Hannah Dakota Fanning


Kodie, Kota, D. F. Blondie, Blue Eyes

Birth date:

February 23, 1994



Zodiac Sign:



5' 4"

Relationship Status:

In a relationship

Net Worth:

$12 million

Hannah's Social Media:


Hannah Dakota Fanning was born in Conyers, Georgia, in the U.S. She has been exceptional since childhood. Her parents are Heather Joy, a tennis pro, and Steven J. Fanning, a minor league basketball player. Her younger sister, Elle Fanning, is also a professional actress. In 2011, Fanning received her diploma from Campbell Hall School in California and commenced studies at New York University the same year. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Island ancestry. Fanning acted around her house before her big-screen debut. She began undergoing acting training at a young age and earned her first T.V. commercial offer at five years old. Fanning went on to sign several advertisements.

Fanning’s big break came when she auditioned for a lead role in “I Am Sam” (2001). The director and the rest of the team were blown away by her incredible talent. She went on to star as Lucy Diamond Dawson, with renowned Hollywood stars ― Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. Fanning received critical acclaim for her performance in this movie. Afterward, Fanning rose to fame in 2002 after being cast in the television series “Taken.” Her performance persuaded critics that she was the right fit. Fanning went on to star in “Trapped,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Hansel and Gretel” that same year. In 2003, Fanning starred in “Uptown Girls” and “The Cat in the Hat.” She has lent her voice to four Disney, Fox, and Cartoon Network animated projects. Fanning received raving acclaim for her performance in the violent thriller “Man on Fire” (2004). She had a busy year in 2005, finishing with a lead in “War of the Worlds.” For four years in a row, Fanning won the ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress’ category award for her roles in “The Cat in the Hat” (2004), “Man on Fire” (2005), “Dreamer” (2006), and “Charlotte’s Web” (2007). Fanning tried a genre transition in 2009 when she starred in the action film “Push.” In the fantasy film “Coraline,” she got the opportunity to voice the title character. The same year, she became a part of the successful “Twilight” franchise, playing Jane in the film “New Moon.” She continued her role as Jane in “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn.” Fanning’s performance in “The Secret Life of Bees” earned her Broadcast Film Critics Association honors for ‘Best Young Performer’ and the Young Artist Awards for ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress’ in 2009. Fanning starred in films, such as “The Runaways,” “Now Is Good,” “The Motel Life,” and “Effie Gray.” Fanning returned to television in early 2018 with a major part in “The Alienist.” She acts as a police secretary on a serial killer case and aspires to be a detective.

Fanning is dating Henry Frye, a former college basketball player. They started dating in 2017 and have been together for almost five years.

Career timeline

She Gains Prominence

Fanning acts in "I Am Sam" and wins the ‘Best Young Performer’ award for her outstanding performance.

She Wins the Young Artist Award

Fanning wins the ‘Young Artist Award’ for ‘Best Performance in a T.V. Movie, Mini-Series, or Special – Leading Young Actress.’

She’s in “Man on Fire”

Fannings displays her acting prowess in the action-thriller, "Man on Fire."

She Stars in a Science Fiction Film

She ends the year with a lead role alongside Tom Cruise in the sci-fi blockbuster "War of the Worlds."

Fanning Joins the "Twilight" Franchise

Fanning enters the "Twilight" franchise as Jane in "New Moon."

Why We Love Dakota Fanning

  1. She’s ambitious

    Fanning hopes to be a director. She doesn't want to sit stagnantly; instead, she wants to further her profession in various ways.

  2. She’s generous

    Fanning began working with Save the Children in 2015 because she’s passionate about ensuring that children in the U.S. have access to high-quality early education. Fanning believes that investing in early education effectively breaks the cycle of poverty and builds the basis for all children to succeed in school and life, particularly those growing up poor in rural America.

  3. She’s determined

    Fanning knew she wanted to be an actress from the beginning of her acting career. Her love of acting has helped her succeed in every genre of film she’s attempted.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Fanning enjoys various activities

    Some of her favorite activities are knitting, playing the violin, horseback riding, ballet dancing, and reading.

  2. Tom Cruise gave her an iPod

    Cruise gifted her an iPod during the production of "War of the Worlds" (2005).

  3. She couldn’t reach the microphone

    Orlando Bloom lifted her to the microphone for her speech when she received the ‘Best Young Actress’ award for her performance in "I Am Sam."

  4. She's knitted scarves for celebrities

    She has knitted for celebrities such as Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Tim Robbins.

  5. She wished to collect dolls

    When she was younger, Fanning wanted to collect dolls.

Dakota Fanning FAQs

Who is older, Elle or Dakota?

Fanning is Elle’s older sister. She is four years older than Elle.

What episode of “Friends” is Dakota Fanning in?

Fanning portrayed Mackenzie in the season 10 episode “The One With Princess Consuela” when she was barely 10 years old. When Monica and Chandler came to look at her property in an attempt to move to the suburbs, her character bonded with Joey.

What color are Dakota Fanning's eyes?

Fanning’s eyes are blue.

Dakota Fanning’s birthday dates

2025February 23Sunday
2026February 23Monday
2027February 23Tuesday
2028February 23Wednesday
2029February 23Friday

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