Looking Back at the First Ever Television Role of Millie Bobby Brown in ‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’

Published 11/05/2023, 2:45 AM EST

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The story of Millie Bobby Brown is a real showstopper. Picture a young, eager beaver who has had a lifelong love affair with acting. She moved to England, attended acting classes, and did the whole nine yards. All that hard work finally struck gold. Brown was like an audition ninja, chasing one role after another, with dreams of making it big in showbiz. Her defining moment was when she scored the role of Eleven in Stranger Things. It was like her ticket to the stardom express.

Before she became the telekinetic superstar, Eleven, Brown’s Hollywood journey had its warm-up round on the set of Once Upon A Time In Wonderland.

The first ever role of Millie Bobby Brown

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Brown did not just leap into battling Mind Flayers in the Upside Down right off the bat. Before she was making us all shiver in our seats, she took a trip to the enchanting world of Wonderland. Her very first TV gig was on a show called Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, where she played Young Alice. Now, that show might not have been a megahit, but it was like a golden ticket for a young actress eager to make her mark in the biz.

Back in 2013, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was about how they took Alice and threw her into an asylum. It was a bit of a memory-erasing mission, trying to wipe clean a Wonderland slate. Brown, who had only set foot in Hollywood for about three months, landed the role of young Alice in this ABC series. It was not a marathon of a show, just one season. She got to play Alice’s younger self for two episodes, and that is when her Hollywood journey began. Down the rabbit hole, she went.

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In simpler terms, her role in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was like a rocket launch for her career. But the real breakthrough came when she snagged a recurring gig as Madison O’Donnell in Intruders. And that is when the big magic happened – the moment she stepped into the world of Eleven.

From Intruders to Stranger Things

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Before Brown became the face of Stranger Things, she had her TV adventures with guest gigs on Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family. But the thrilling plot twist is that she landed a leading role in the single-season run of BBC’s Intruders. Interestingly, the creators of Stranger Things,  the Duffer Brothers, were not clued into her talent from that British show, but their literary hero, Stephen King, certainly was. It was like the master of horror saw her potential before they did.

In the fall of 2014, Stephen King took to Twitter, where he lauded Brown’s performance, stating, “Millie Brown, the girl in Intruders, is terrific. Is it my imagination, or are child actors a lot better than they used to be?” Echoing King’s sentiments, it is clear that Brown possessed something extraordinary, an unearthly talent. Her dedication and innate abilities fused into an intense and mesmerizing presence, a magical blend that ultimately secured her the role of Eleven, shared by Entertainment Weekly.

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Riva Khan

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Riva Khan is an entertainment reporter at NetflixJunkie. Given her love for the language and writing, she has honed her narrative skills from a young age. She loves her latest tea in Hollywood and keeps an eye on the news.

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