Elizabeth Lail
Elizabeth Lail
General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 25, 1992
Age: 27
Birthplace: Williamson County, Texas, U.S.
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'8" (1.73 m)
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Asheboro High School
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Dean Franklin Lail (father)
Kay Lurene Surratt (mother)
Kathryn Dean Lail (sister)
Series Information
Character: Princess Anna / Joan
First appearance: A Tale of Two Sisters
Last appearance: Heroes and Villains

Elizabeth Dean Lail is an American actress. She is known for her starring roles as Amy Hughes in the 2016 Freeform television series Dead of Summer and as Guinevere Beck in the 2018 Lifetime television series You, and for her recurring role as Anna in the fourth season of the ABC adventure fantasy television series Once Upon a Time.

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Early life

Lail was born in Williamson County, Texas, to Kay Lurene (Surratt) and Dean Franklin Lail. She has one older sister. Lail grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina. After graduating from Asheboro High School in 2010, she attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating in May 2014.


Lail mostly worked in student film productions, such as Model Airplane and Without, immediately after graduating from university. She had moved to New York City to pursue stage work when she landed an audition for ABC's Once Upon a Time, after which she was cast as Anna in the fourth season of the series. Lail was cast in a starring role in the Freeform horror series Dead of Summer playing the role of camp counselor Amy. On July 27, 2017, Lail was cast as the female lead in the Lifetime/Netflix television series, You, opposite Penn Badgley and Shay Mitchell, for which she was nominated for Best Actress in Streaming Presentation at the 45th Saturn Awards. In October 2019, Lail confirmed in an interview that she will reprise her role as Guinevere Beck in a guest appearance on the second season of You.

Lail played the lead in the 2019 horror film Countdown.


Year Title Type Role
2011 Model Airplane Short Anna (as Elizabeth Dean Lail)
2014 Without Short Emily (as Elizabeth Dean Lail)
2014 Once Upon a Time TV Series Princess Anna / Joan
2016 Dead of Summer TV Series Amy Hughes
2017 The Blacklist TV Series Natalie Luca
2018 The Good Fight TV Series Emily Chapin
2018 Unintended Lea
2018 You TV Series Guinevere Beck
2019 Countdown Quinn Harris

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2019 Saturn Awards Best Actress in Streaming Presentation You Nominated


  • She was among the actresses considered for the title role in Supergirl (2015 - ) before Melissa Benoist was cast.
  • After initially moving to New York to pursue theater, she received her breakthrough role as Anna in the ABC series Once Upon a Time. She then booked a starring role in Freeform's Dead of Summer.
  • Her only previous acting experience was in a couple of student film productions.
  • She was cast as a series regular for David Fincher's planned HBO series Video Synchronicity in 2015 but the project was eventually passed on by HBO.
  • Her role in Dead of Summer (2016) was written specifically for her.
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