Mara Elizabeth Wilson is an American playwright and former child actor best known for her roles as Nattie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire,Matilda Wormwood in Matilda, and Susan Walker in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Mara Wilson was born in Los Angeles, California on July 24, 1987. Wilson became interested in acting after watching her oldest brother Danny act. Mara’s parents refused to let her act, but they eventually reluctantly agreed to let her go into acting.
Wilson has a recurring role on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale as “The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home.” Wilson has been signed to Penguin Books. Her debut book Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame will be available in 2016. Wilson has her own storytelling show called What Are You Afraid Of? Her goal is to turn What Are You Afraid Of? into a podcast. In 2016, Wilson made a brief return to television by appearing as a waitress on an episode of Broad City.