American actress Storm Reid plays Riley Abel in Season 1 of The Last of Us TV show. Fans of the show may recognize her for her role as Gia Bennet in another hit HBO show, Euphoria.

Reid has appeared in 29 projects throughout her career including The Suicide Squad and 12 Years a Slave.

Storm Reid stars alongside Bella Ramsey, as her best friend before the main female protagonist meets Joel and Tess and the events of episode 1 begin.

Born July 1, 2003
BirthplaceAtalanta, Georgia, U.S.
Height1.7m / 5 ft 5
Social Media LinksTwitter – @stormreid
Instagram – @stormreid
Riley and Ellie in the last of us
Credit: HBO

Who Is Storm Reid From The Last of Us?

Storm Reid is a young American actress, whose first major role came in the critically acclaimed period drama, 12 Years a Slave.

While this was her first major appearance, she is best known for her roles as Gia Bennet in Euphoria and Tyla Dubois, the daughter of Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad.

Storm Reid as Tyla Dubois
Storm Reid as Tyla Dubois – The Suicide Squad (Credit: Warner Bros.)

Who Is Riley From The Last of Us?

Riley Abel is the best friend of Ellie prior to the opening events of both the show and the game. She dislikes the military and is fond of The Fireflies, even defending their radical actions.

Eventually, the 16-year-old joins the group where Marlene forbids her from seeing Ellie.

Riley was first introduced as a character in The Last of Us: American Dreams, a miniseries of comics published in 2013 before the character was expanded on in the video game DLC, The Last of Us: Left Behind.

In the game, Riley was voiced by Yaani King. The American actress does not appear in the show unlike this character

riley in the last of us
Credit: HBO

What Happens to Riley in The Last of Us?

Riley stuck to her orders not to see Ellie, however, three weeks before Ellie meets Joel, Riley decides to go see her.

The two decide to sneak out of the QZ to have some fun at a mall but they get ambushed by runners, and both get infection marks. They decide to spend the rest of their time together before they turn.

Unfortunately, Riley ends up succumbing to the fungal infection whereas Ellie survives, discovering she is actually immune to the Cordyceps Brain Infection.

riley and ellie the last of us
Credit: HBO

What Happened to Riley’s Parents in The Last of Us?

When Riley was a little girl, her father became infected with the Cordyceps infection. After turning, he killed Riley’s mother, and the young girl was forced to kill him to save her own life.

After her parent’s death, she was put into military school in the Boston quarantine zone, where she met Ellie.

All Storm Reid Movies, TV Shows & More

  • A Cross to Bear (TV Movie) 2012 – Young Erica
  • The Girls of Summer (Short) 2012 – Gretta
  • The Spirit Game (Short) 2013 – Little Girl
  • 12 Years a Slave (Movie) 2013 – Emily
  • The Thundermans (TV Series) 2013 – Avery (1 episode)
  • Adam Devine’s House Party (TV Series) 2013 – Lady Trooper #3 (2 episodes)
  • Twang (TV Movie) 2013 – Annie Montgomery
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series) 2014 – Riley Peyton (1 episode)
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (TV Series) 2014 – Scarlett (1 episode)
  • White Water (Movie) 2015 – Cassandra
  • Chicago P.D (TV Series) 2015 – Denise (1 episode)
  • The Summoning (Movie) 2015 – Kendra
  • Sleight (Movie) 2016 – Tina
  • Lea to the Rescue (Movie) 2016 – Aki
  • Santa’s Boot Camp (Movie) – Sparkle
  • A Happening of Monumental Proportions (Movie) 2017 – Patricia
  • Jay-Z feat. Beyonce: Family Feud (Music Video) 2017 – Storm
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Movie) 2018 – Meg
  • Chloe x Halle: Warrior – from A Wrinkle in Time (Music Video) 2018 – Storm Reid
  • Don’t Let Go (Movie) 2019 – Ashley Radcliffe
  • When They See Us (TV Mini-Series) 2019 Lisa (2 episodes)
  • The Bravest Knight (TV Series) 2019 – Nia (voice, 13 episodes)
  • The Invisible Man (Movie) 2020 – Sydney Lanier
  • The Suicide Squad (Movie) 2021 – Tyla
  • Euphoria (TV Series) 2019 – 2022 – Gia Bennett (14 episodes)
  • One Way (Movie) 2022 – Rachel
  • Missing (Movie) 2023 – June
  • The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (TV Series) 2023 – Emily (voice, 1 episode)
  • The Last of Us (TV Series) 2023 – Riley Abel (1 episode)
Storm Reid as Gia Bennet Euphoria
Storm Reid as Gia Bennett – Euphoria (Credit: HBO)

FAQs About Storm Reid

Does Storm Reid Have Any Children?

No, Storm Reid does not have any children.

Who Are Storm Reid’s Parents?

Storm Reid’s parents are Rodney and Robyn Simpson Reid. They are both African American and moved to Los Angles when Storm was 9 so she could pursue acting.

Is Storm Reid in a Relationship?

Yes, Storm Reid is dating Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders.

Does Storm Reid Have Social Media?

Yes, Storm Reid uses both Instagram and Twitter with the handle @stormreid.

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