Who is Midori Francis?

Midori Francis is an American stage, television and film award-winning actress, who is best known to the world as Lily in the TV series “Dash & Lily” (2020), but also as No. 8 in the play “The Wolves” which ran from 2017 to 2018, in addition to other notable roles that she has secured so far in her young career.

Midori Francis Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Born Midori Iwama on 16 April 1994 under the Aries zodiac sign, in Rumson, New Jersey, USA of mixed-ancestry, her father Ken J. Iwama is Japanese, and her mother, Joanne Bek Iwama is African-American. She has a brother Marcus, and a half-brother Patrick Bekgran, who is Joanne’s son from her previous relationship.

Midori started showcasing interest in acting from an early age, and after high school, she enrolled at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting in 2014. Midori then moved to London, England, where she trained with Tim Carroll, and performed in the play “The Two Gentleman of Verona” at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

On-Stage Career

Before making her on-screen debut, Midori continued her career on stage; in 2014 she made her official debut with the part of Nina in the play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, performed at Syracuse Stage, a professional non-profit theater company in Syracuse, New York State.

Next, she was selected for the role of Molly in the play “Peter and the Starcatcher”, based on the2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers”, written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. In 2016, Midori got her big breakthrough with the role of Meghan in the play “Connected”; performed at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, the play won Midori the New York Innovative Theatre Award in the category for Outstanding Actress, but she also shared the Outstanding Ensemble Award with the rest of the cast.

Following “Connected”, Midori continued rather successfully, first with the role of No. 8 in the play “The Wolves” about a high school girls soccer team, written by Sarah DeLappe.

Midori Francis

The play premiered on the 11th September 2016 at the Duke at 42nd Street, and for which young Midori shared several awards, including an Obie and a Drama Desk Award in the category for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble and Outstanding Ensemble, respectively.

She resumed her career with the role of Nicole in the play “Before the Meeting” in 2019, at Williamstown Theatre Festival, while she also played Kyeoung in the play “Usual Girls”, which was performed at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

On-Screen Career

Midori made her on-screen debut in the short film “Killing Machine” in 2015, only to portray Lin the following year in an episode of the TV romantic-comedy series “Younger”, which stars Sutton Foster, Hillary Duff and Debi Mazar.

She guest-starred as Emma Hsueh in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning action crime-drama series “Gotham” (2017), about Detective James Gordon before Batman, starring Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Donal Logue. In 2018 she featured in the two-time Primetime Emmy Award-nominated television biopic about football coach Joe Paterno, entitled simply “Paterno”, and starring Al Pacino, Kathy Baker and Kenneth Maharaj. The same year, Midori made her film debut as April in the action crime film “Ocean’s Eight”, with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchet and Anne Hathaway in the lead roles.

The following year was her breakthrough year on-screen; first she was cast as Emme in the film “South Mountain”, and then played Lily in the adventure comedy film “Good Boys”, starring Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon, and eventually she was selected for the part of Lanie Bouchard in the fantasy horror-drama series “The Birch”, starring Xaria Dotson, Brady Romberg, and Dempsey Bryk.

After this, she continued rather successfully, first as Lily in the TV comedy series “Dash & Lily”, in which she starred alongside Austin Abrams, receiving a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Fiction Program, however, her name didn’t come up when they were announcing the winners.

Regardless, Midori wasn’t discouraged, and most recently she was selected as one of the stars of the upcoming TV comedy-drama series “The Sex Lives of College Girls”, also starring Pauline Chalamet, Alyah Channelle Scott, and Amrit Kaur.

Furthermore, she is set to star in the comedy film “Afterlife of the Party”, next to Victoria Justice and Adam Garcia. The film is now in post-production, scheduled for release late in 2021.

Personal Life, Dating, Boyfriend, Single?

Midori is rather secretive about her personal life and hasn’t talked about it frequently. However, she identifies as queer/bisexual, but hasn’t talked about her previous or current relationships. According to reports, she is single, and for now, focused only on her acting career.

Net Worth

As of mid- 2021, Midori Francis’ net worth has been estimated to be around $1 million, earned through her successful career as an actress, both on-screen and on stage. So far, she has collected over a dozen appearances on screen, with half a dozen on stage, all of which have added to her wealth.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

This prominent actress has dark brown hair and brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 2ins (1.57m), while she weighs approximately 120lbs (55kgs). Her vital statistics are unknown but she has a slim figure.

Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia

Midori loves to write poems and stories, and has shared some of her creations with fans through her official Instagram page.

She is great friends with her “Dash & Lily” co-star and the two spend a lot of time together when off-set.

She is an outdoors person, and loves spending time in the woods and on the beaches.

Midori is also athletic, and enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, despite her short stature.

She is an avid animal lover and is quite fond of dogs, however, she doesn’t own a pet, knowing that she won’t have enough time to properly care for and love her pet dog.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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