Ellie Last Of Us

Who plays Ellie in The Last Of Us?

By Olivia Richman


Mar 31, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

The Last Of Us is probably one of the most successful video game adaptations in recent years. That’s thanks to the intense storyline and action as well as the impressive acting by the actors who star in the HBO television show. One of the most buzzed-about performances is the actress who plays protagonist Ellie. Here’s everything we know about Bella Ramsey.

What actress plays Ellie in the Last Of Us show?

Bella Ramsey is the actress who plays Ellie, the main protagonist who is immune to the brain infection plaguing humanity.

She was first recognized while acting as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones. She’s also offered her voice to Netflix’s animated series Hilda and was commended for her role in Catherine Called Birdy, a medieval comedy.

Despite her massive success in acting and voiceovers, Ramsey is just 19 years old.

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What are Bella Ramsey’s pronouns?

Ramsey opened up about her gender identity in recent interviews. In an interview with GQ, she said she identifies as nonbinary. She is fine with any pronouns but has used she and her in GQ and other interviews.

While she has played feminine characters in the past, Ramsey becomes a queer character in Last Of Us, even wearing a chest binder to embody Ellie.

“This is what bothers me more than pronouns: Being called a ‘young woman’ or a ‘powerful young woman’, ‘young lady,’ but I’m just not [that],” Ramsey said to GQ. “Catherine Called Birdy, I was in dresses. Young Elizabeth, I was in a corset. And I felt super powerful in that. Playing these more feminine characters is a chance to be something so opposite to myself, and it’s really fun.”

How old is Ellie?

Ellie is just 14 years old in the first game. The first season takes place over the course of a year, meaning Ellie is close to 15 by the end.

Being so young, Ellie is escorted by Joel Miller throughout the show. The two travel across the United States in hopes of discovering a cure for the world-ending infection.

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Who voices Ellie in the Last Of Us video game?

While Ramsey plays Ellie on television, voice actor Ashley Johnson embodies the young character in the games. Johnson also lent her voice to other animated characters in shows like Jumanji and Recess. She won the 2013 BAFTA Games Award for Best Performer and then won the same award the following year for The Last Of Us: Left Behind DLC.