From Stranger Things star to influential icon | Sunday Observer
Millie Bobby Brown:

From Stranger Things star to influential icon

11 June, 2023

Millie Bobby Brown, born on February 19, 2004, is a British actress known for her notable roles in television and film. She gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of ‘Eleven’ in the Netflix science fiction series ‘Stranger Things’ (2016–present), which earned her nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards. Brown has also appeared in movies such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and its sequel Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). Additionally, she starred in and produced the Netflix mystery film Enola Holmes (2020) and its sequel in 2022.

In 2018, Brown was featured in the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people and became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, making her the youngest person ever appointed to this position at that time. Born in Marbella, Málaga, Spain, to British parents Kelly and Robert Brown, she experienced partial hearing loss in her left ear from birth, which eventually led to complete hearing loss in that ear over the course of several years. Her family moved back to England when she was four years old and later settled in Orlando, Florida, when she was eight.


From 2013 to 2017, Brown began her acting career with guest appearances in various television series such as Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Intruders, NCIS, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy. However, her breakthrough role came in 2016 when she was cast as Eleven in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Her performance received critical acclaim, earning her nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series.

Outside of acting, Brown has ventured into other creative endeavors. She appeared in music videos, such as Sigma and Birdy’s “Find Me,” and has been featured in advertising campaigns for companies like Citigroup and Calvin Klein. She has also been a cover model for Vogue magazine. In 2018, she voiced a character in the virtual reality experience Spheres: Songs of Spacetime.


Brown’s influence and accomplishments have been widely recognized. In addition to being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by ‘Time’ magazine in 2018, she has been listed as one of the most influential teens in 2017 and 2018. The Hollywood Reporter ranked her among the top thirty stars under the age of eighteen.

In the film realm, Brown made her feature film debut in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and reprised her role in the subsequent sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). She also became the ambassador of UEFA’s Together #WePlayStrong campaign. Additionally, Brown launched her own beauty product line called “Florence by Mills” in 2019, and she starred in and produced the film adaptation of The Enola Holmes Mysteries in 2020.

In 2022, Brown earned $10 million for her role in the sequel to Enola Holmes, titled Enola Holmes 2, and became an ambassador for the fashion brand Louis Vuitton. She has several upcoming projects, including starring in and executive producing the fantasy film ‘Damsel’ and featuring in the Russo brothers’ adaptation of the graphic novel ‘The Electric State’.

Outside of her professional life, Brown has faced challenges in the public eye. At a young age, false quotes attributed to her circulated on social media, leading to online bullying and inappropriate comments. Brown decided to quit Twitter as a result. She has also been subjected to sexualization in the media and faced explicit material sent to her social media profiles, which intensified when she turned 18 in February 2022.

In her personal life, Brown has been in a relationship with actor Jake Bongiovi since 2021. They announced their engagement in April 2023. Furthermore, as of August 2022, Brown is an online student at Purdue University, studying health and human services.

In addition to her achievements in the entertainment industry, Brown has become an influential figure and role model for many young individuals, using her platform to advocate for causes and make a positive impact on society.