Having begun her career before her third birthday, actress Elle Fanning followed in the footsteps of older sister, Dakota Fanning, by becoming a notable performer who tackled challenging roles no matter her age. Though she did star in her share of family fare, Fanning appeared in more textured roles in adult-oriented movies, starting with a small role as her sister's younger self in "I Am Sam" (2001). After playing a hell-raising toddler in the broad family comedy "Daddy Day Care" (2003), she landed roles on a number of hard-hitting TV shows like "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-2012) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), before graduating to critically acclaimed dramas like "Babel" (2005), "Reservation Road" (2007) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008). While a supporting player in those films, Fanning landed her share of leading roles in "Phoebe in Wonderland," (2008) and Sophia Coppola's "Somewhere" (2009), while earning considerable praise and awards buzz for "Ginger & Rosa" (2012). Having stepped out of her sister's shadow and established her own career, Fanning had in a short time become a fast-rising star with a bright future. Starring roles in films ranging from the fantasy "Maleficent" (2014) and the animated hit "The Boxtrolls" (2014) to period dramas "Trumbo" (2015), Mike Mills' coming-of-age indie "20th Century Women" (2016) and Ben Affleck's Prohibition-era crime drama "Live By Night" (2016) firmly established Fanning as an actress of wide-ranging skill.