Leila George

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Leila George
George in 2018
Leila M Scacchi D'Onofrio

1991 or 1992 (age 31–32)
  • Australian
  • American
Years active2016–present
(m. 2020; div. 2022)

Leila George D'Onofrio (born c. 1991/1992)[1][2][3] is an Australian actress.[4]

Early life[edit]

George was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,[3][2] to actor and producer Vincent D'Onofrio and actress Greta Scacchi,[5][1] and raised by her mother in Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom.[3] She has three younger half-brothers.[citation needed]

In 2008, she took acting classes at Brighton College. The following year, she attended Crawley College, her mother's alma mater, and in 2010, studied at the Arts Educational Schools, London. In 2011, she went to Australia to study at Sydney Film School. In 2012, she went to the United States to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City near her father.[6]


In 2013, George worked on the documentary The Last Impresario as an additional camera operator. In 2014, she starred with her mother in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull for Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth. Her mother acted as Arkadina, and she acted as Nina, Arkadina's romantic rival.[6]

In 2016, she played the starring role in Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, her first feature television film.[7] She was featured in the films Mortal Engines (2018)[3][8] and The Kid (2019).[2] In 2019, George began playing the younger version of Ellen Barkin's character, Janine "Smurf" Cody, in the television series Animal Kingdom.[9]

Personal life[edit]

George began a relationship with actor Sean Penn in 2016.[10] They married on 30 July 2020.[11] George filed for divorce on 15 October 2021.[12] The divorce was finalized on 22 April 2022.[13]

Following the 2019–20 Australian bushfires, she co-produced a celebrity fundraiser to support long-term conservation of areas affected by the bushfires; the event was hosted by the Los Angeles Zoo.[14]



Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Mortal Engines Katherine Valentine [15]
2019 The Kid Sara Cutler [16]
2021 The Long Home Edna Hodges [17]
2023 Gonzo Girl September McAvoy [18]


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Leah Lewisohn Television film[19]
2019–2022 Animal Kingdom Young Janine "Smurf" Cody Recurring role (season 4); main role (seasons 5–6)
TBA Disclaimer Young Catherine Miniseries, post-production February 2023[20]


  1. ^ a b Macdonald, Marianne (28 September 2008). "Greta Scacchi: glad to be back". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2020. ...Leila, 16, Scacchi's daughter by D'Onofrio.
  2. ^ a b c Comita, Jenny (11 March 2019). "Meet Leila George, a Hollywood Royal Emerging as a Star in The Kid". W. Future Media Group. Archived from the original on 26 January 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020. ...the Australian-born, English-bred 26-year-old...
  3. ^ a b c d Nordstrom, Leigh (20 November 2018). "It Might Soon Be Time for Leila George to Quit Her Waitressing Job". WWD. Archived from the original on 19 November 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2020. ...George, who, at 26...
  4. ^ "7 Facts about Sean Penn's Girlfriend Leila George". fabcelebrity.com. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  5. ^ Macdonald, Marianne (28 November 1999). "Trainspotting, I'd love to do that..." The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2015. Her daughter's father is the actor Vincent D'Onofrio, with whom Scacchi had a four-year relationship that ended acrimoniously not long after the baby, Leila, was born.
  6. ^ a b Lim, Anne (1 April 2014). "Greta Scacchi and daughter Leila George are birds of a feather". The Australian. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  7. ^ Romano, Nick (28 May 2016). "Mother, May I Sleep With Danger trailer: James Franco's vampire remake features Tori Spelling". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (6 March 2017). "Stephen Lang, Jihae, Newcomer Leila George Join Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 8 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  9. ^ "'Mortal Engines' Star Leila George Joins TNT's 'Animal Kingdom' Season 4 (Exclusive)". news.yahoo.com. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  10. ^ Bacardi, Francesca (7 October 2016). "Sean Penn and New Girlfriend Leila George D'Onofrio Make Red Carpet Debut". E! News. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Sean Penn confirms secret 'COVID wedding' rumors". MSN. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  12. ^ Campione, Katie (15 October 2021). "Sean Penn's Wife Actress Leila George Files for Divorce After 1 Year of Marriage". People. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  13. ^ Brisco, Elise. "Sean Penn and Leila George finalize divorce after having a 'COVID wedding' in 2020". USA TODAY. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  14. ^ "LOS ANGELES ZOO ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED "MEET ME IN AUSTRALIA" EVENT ON MARCH 8". Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (LA Zoo). 28 February 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  15. ^ Yee, Lawrence (24 November 2016). "Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines' to Open in December 2018". Variety. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  16. ^ Hipes, Patrick (21 February 2019). "'The Kid' Trailer: Ethan Hawke Vs. Dane DeHaan In Vincent D'Onofrio's Wild West Tale". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  17. ^ Machi, Vivienne (5 May 2015). "Movie with star-studded cast now filming in Hamilton". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  18. ^ Grobar, Matt (17 August 2022). "'Gonzo Girl': Ray Nicholson, Elizabeth Lail, Leila George & Rick Springfield Join Patricia Arquette's First Feature". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  19. ^ "'Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?' (2016): TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  20. ^ Cordero, Rosy (21 October 2022). "Alfonso Cuarón Thriller Series 'Disclaimer' Adds Leila George". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 October 2022.

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