It all started in Marbella - Milly Bobby Brown

It’s rare we have a Marbella born starlet grace our cover, but this month we have a special treat for you, as we look into the life of young actress, Millie Bobby Brown. 


Born on February 19th2004 right here in Marbella, Millie is the third of four children. Her English parents Kelly Brown and Robert Brown, a real estate agent, lived on the coast during her early years before heading back to the UK when she was four years old and then immigrating to Orlando, Florida four years later. It was there during a weekend acting workshop that she was spotted by a talent scout who told her parents, “she has instincts you cannot teach”. Millie’s parents sacrificed everything moving her family to Los Angeles to help their daughter’s acting dreams come true. 


Within three months of moving Millie made her acting debut on the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland portraying the role of Alice. This followed with a starring role in BBC America paranormal drama thriller series Intruders and guest appearances on NCIS, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy. Despite these smaller parts, Millie kept getting passed up for bigger roles. With no major jump in her career, her family became so financially strained they had to say goodbye to Hollywood and move back to the UK to stay with family. “I was devastated. I wasn’t getting work. I thought I was done,”recalled Brown in an interview with the Daily Mail. 


However Brown landed an audition for Netflix’s Stranger Things, “ I had to cry in the audition. My emotions were so raw, I hit it out of the park,” she continued. A few weeks later Millie was on a plane to begin filming in Atlanta. It was her role as Jane ‘Eleven’ Ives in the series that transformed her into a fully-fledged superstar. Since taking on the role back in 2015 Millie has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and has won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series with her co-stars. She also took home the 43rdSaturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series. 


Her new found fame resulted in being featured in the music video for Sigma and Birdy’s single, Find Me, as well as commercial advertisements for Citigroup. Millie made her modelling debut in January 2017 in Calvin Klein’s By Appointment campaign and was then signed by the agency IMG Models which followed with a Moncler campaign in 2018. In April that year, the then 14-year-old was the youngest person to be named in Time’s 100 most influential list and the youngest person to be appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. 


But it’s this month’s new release that has everyone talking as the young Marbella born beauty makes her feature film debut in the Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, alongside Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins and Charles Dance. It is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and will be the 35thfilm in the Godzilla franchise and the third Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. Millie stars as Dr Mark Russell and Dr Emma Russell’s 14 year old daughter, Madison who is kidnapped alongside her mother. The film is the last by executive producer, Yoshimitsu Banno, as he died on May 7th2017. This may be Millie’s first feature film, but with a sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong scheduled for a 2020 release, we’re sure it will be another of many firsts for this local celebrity.