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Brighid Fleming is the American actress who portrays the Little Girl on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Brighid Fleming was born on May 21, 1999[1] in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Cearlwyn "Carol" and James Grant "Jim" Fleming. She has two other siblings, Jesse and Keila.[2] Brighid's father was a scientist researcher at Sandia National Laboratories.[3]

Her interest in acting was ignited at age three while watching a performance of Seussical the Musical. After the show, Brighid was asked if she would like to meet the Cat in the Hat. Thinking for moment, she replied, "No, I want to be the Cat in the Hat. How do you get up there?" After a couple of years on the local theatre circuit, Brighid landed an international modeling job with LaCoste. From there, she began picking up small parts in films that were shooting in New Mexico.

Finally, in 2007, after the death of her father due to cancer,[2] she made her way out to Los Angeles with her mother to continue acting.[4] On a flight home to Albuquerque to film The Burrowers, she met directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and landed the supporting role of Delia in their film Gamer‚ which starred Gerard Butler. She has since been working away in Los Angeles doing small independent films, student films, and theatre, as well as appearances on television and an occasional feature film. A couple of national commercials and a music video or two have also come her way.

She won a maverick award for her role in Sugar Rush, a USC School of Cinematic Arts film. She has also been nominated for festival awards for her work in After the Shearing (a University of California film for the American Association of Retired Persons). She won Best Actress for the short A.B.S at the Women's Independent Film Festival. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her part in Criminal Minds. Deborah Dozier Potter, a former member of the Kennedy Center's President's Advisory Council for the Arts and the daughter of Joan Fontaine and niece of Olivia de Havilland, called Brighid's performance in the New Mexico produced film Hearts of Desire extraordinary, remarking that she believed Brighid was destined for greatness. The Los Angeles Times said her performance in Woyzeck for the Gangbusters Theatre Company had disarming command.

In 2011, Brighid wrote and directed her own short film, A.B.S. A.B.S is on the festival circuit where it has already won awards of distinction, including best short film, in several festivals. She has also picked up awards for directing and cinematography. Her dream is to get her production company, Phish Tank Philms, up and running and to turn A.B.S into a web series.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Dandelion


Jessica[6] Movie
2007 Hearts of Desire Sage Movie
2008 The Burrowers Little Sister Movie
2008 After the Shearing Maggie Short film
2008 Stray Young Cat Short film
2009 On the Eve Little Jenny Short film
2009 Sugar Rush Holly Short film
2009 The Morning After Young Kristen Short film
2009 Carriers Sick child Movie - Uncredited role
2009 Gamer Delia Movie
2010 The Way We Are Short film
2010 Alice in Wonderland Maypole Dancer Movie - Uncredited role
2011 Purple Mind Crystal Movie
2011 Blackbird Merci Short film
2011 After the Wizard NJ Schoolchild Movie
2012 The Sacred Leah Movie
2012 Julia Julia Short film
2012 A.B.S. Grace Light Short film
2013 Territorial Short film
2013 Labor Day Eleanor Movie

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Lost Room


Girl in Station[6] 1 episode
2007 Children of the Grave


Ghost Orphan[6] TV movie
2008 Criminal Minds Jessica 1 episode
2009 The Eastmans Ivy Eastman TV movie
2009 Saving Grace Young Grace Hanadarko 1 episode
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Suzie 1 episode
2010 CSI: Miami Young Andrea Williams 1 episode
2012 Awake Ally Ferris 1 episode
2012 The Mentalist Lauren Tayback 1 episode
2012 Weeds Abracadebra 1 episode
2013 Once Upon a Time Little Girl 1 episode

Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Star-ving Wunderkin 1 episode


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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