At the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, 13-year-old Millie Bobby Brown has a realistic chance of taking home an award for Stranger Things. If she does, would she be the youngest person to ever win an Emmy? What other young actors have been nominated in the past?
If Brown wins the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, she would indeed be the youngest Primetime Emmy winner ever. The person who currently holds that title is Roxana Zal, who in 1984 won at the age of 14 for her performance in the television movie Something About Amelia. Brown is one year younger than Zal was when she won.
Another young actress who won an Emmy is Kristy McNichol, who received the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role on Family when she was 15. If you count the Daytime Emmy Awards, the youngest winner ever is The Young and the Restless’ Camryn Grimes, who won in 2000 at the age of 10. But Millie Bobby Brown would be the youngest winner at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
The youngest person ever to be nominated for an Emmy is Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show and was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Comedy Series when she was just six years old. In addition, Frankie Muniz was nominated for Malcolm in the Middle when he was 15, and Claire Danes was nominated for My So Called Life when she was 16.
In general, the Emmys have not handed out awards to young actors very often, as observed by The Hollywood Reporter in 2011. But Millie Bobby Brown could be the person to break that curse, as her performance as Eleven on Stranger Things was among the most talked about of 2016.
At the same time, Brown is hardly a shoe-in for the award. Thandie Newton from Westworld and Chrissy Metz from This Is Us are both serious contenders to take home the prize. Still, it’s quite common for an actress to not win an award until later in their show’s life, so it’s entirely possible that Millie Bobby Brown will be awarded an Emmy before Stranger Things is over.