Sadie Elizabeth Sink (born April 16, 2002) is an American actress. She began acting at age seven in local theater productions, and played the title role in Annie (2012-14) and young Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience (2015) on Broadway. +more Sink made her television debut in a 2013 episode of The Americans and her film debut in the sports drama film Chuck (2016).

She had her breakthrough portraying Max Mayfield in the science fiction drama series Stranger Things (2017-present). In 2021, she played Ziggy Berman in the horror film trilogy Fear Street and the lead role in Taylor Swift's romantic drama All Too Well: The Short Film. +more She portrayed Ellie in Darren Aronofsky's upcoming psychological drama film The Whale (2022).

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Early life

Sink was born in Brenham, Texas, on April 16, 2002. Her father is a football coach and her mother a math teacher. +more She has three older brothers and a younger sister. While her family was sports-oriented, Sink was interested in performing arts. She began acting in community theater near Houston, starting with a production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in Brenham at age seven. She then auditioned for and got the part of the lead role in a local production of The Secret Garden. After this experience, she decided to further pursue an acting career.

Career

Sink performed in plays at Theater Under the Stars in Houston during the 2011-2012 season, including musical productions of White Christmas (2011) and the title role in Annie (2012). She made her Broadway debut in the 2012-14 Annie revival, playing both Annie and Duffy. +more During the Broadway run, she made her television debut in 2013 in an episode of the Emmy Award-winning series The Americans. She also played a guest role in an episode of the police procedural series Blue Bloods (2014).

In 2015, Sink played Suzanne Ballard in the NBC action thriller series American Odyssey, and portrayed a young Queen Elizabeth II alongside Helen Mirren in the Broadway production of The Audience. She attended school while appearing in small roles in television and film, such as Kimberly in the 2016 sports drama film Chuck, a guest character in an episode of the sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and young Lori Walls in the biographical drama film The Glass Castle (2017). +more Sink auditioned for Max Mayfield for the second season of Netflix's science fiction horror drama series Stranger Things, and was cast as a series regular in October 2016. Max proved to be Sink's breakthrough role, becoming a fan-favorite character and an integral part of the series.

In 2018, she collaborated with Rooney Mara, Sia, Joaquin Phoenix, and Kat von D to narrate the animal rights Australian documentary film Dominion. She also walked the runway at Paris Fashion Week, making her modeling debut at age 15. +more The Hollywood Reporter listed Sink as one of the top 30 stars under age 18, and Variety listed her on their Young Hollywood Up Next Report. Sink, along with her Stranger Things cast members, was nominated for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. The following year, Sink played a supporting role in the Netflix horror film Eli.

In 2021, she played the main role of Ziggy Berman in the acclaimed The Fear Street Trilogy, appearing in the second and third installments, Fear Street Part Two: 1978 and Fear Street Part Three: 1666. Her performance in the former received critical praise, with Lovia Gyarkye of The Hollywood Reporter writing that she makes the role her own, and Empires Ian FreerSink calling her "the stand-out". +more She then played the lead in Taylor Swift's 2021 short film All Too Well: The Short Film opposite Dylan O'Brien. In 2022, she played the lead role of Tess DeNunzio in the drama Dear Zoe (2022).

Sink's performance in the fourth season of Stranger Things, particularly episode "Dear Billy", received critical acclaim. +moreV. _Club'>The A. V. Clubs Saloni Gajjar said she "sinks into her role and ends up delivering the best performance of the gang, especially in the outstanding fourth episode", while Valerie Ettenofear of /Film praised her "traumatizingly good performance", and Variety Daniel D'Addario stated that she "distinguished herself as a major young performer throughout the season". For her performance, Sink won the Hollywood Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama, and received a Saturn Award nomination for Performance by a Younger Actor. She played Ellie in Darren Aronofsky's drama film The Whale, set to be released on December 9, 2022. In September 2022, Sink joined the cast of the thriller film Berlin Nobody, an adaptation of Nicholas Hogg's 2015 novel Tokyo.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleunsortable | Notes
2016ChuckKimberly
2017The Glass CastleYoung Lori Walls
2019EliHaley
2021Fear Street Part Two: 1978Ziggy Berman
2021Fear Street Part Three: 1666Ziggy Berman
2021All Too Well: The Short FilmHerShort film
2022The WhaleEllie
2022Dear ZoeTess DeNunzioPost-production
TBABerlin NobodyMazzyFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleunsortable | Notesunsortable
2013The AmericansLanaEpisode: "Mutually Assured Destruction"
2014Blue BloodsDaisy CarpenterEpisode: "Insult to Injury"
2015American OdysseySuzanne BallardMain role (11 episodes)
2016Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtTween GirlEpisode: "Kimmy Sees a Sunset!"
2017-presentStranger ThingsMaxine "Max" MayfieldMain role (season 2-present)

Theatre

YearTitleRoleVenueunsortable | Notesunsortable
2011White ChristmasSusan WaverlyTheater Under the StarsRegional
2012AnnieAnnieRegionalTheater Under the Stars
2012AnnieAnnie, Duffy (alternating)Palace TheatreBroadway
2012-14AnnieAnnie, Tessie, Duffy, et al. (standby)Palace TheatreBroadway
2015The AudienceYoung Queen Elizabeth IIGerald Schoenfeld TheatreBroadway