Who is 'The Little Mermaid' star Halle Bailey? Here's where you might have seen her before

Recognize 'The Little Mermaid's Halle Bailey? You might have seen her in this hit Disney series...

Halle Bailey poses at the IMDb Official Portrait Studio during D23 2022 at Anaheim Convention Center on September 09, 2022 in Anaheim, California
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If you, like us, were mesmerized by the first look of Halle Bailey as Ariel, singing the iconic ‘Part of Your World’ ballad—you might be after some more info on the actress and singer already making a splash as The Little Mermaid. From her famous sister to her role in another well-known Disney project, here's everything we know about Halle...

Joining big names like Emma Watson and Lily James (who embodied the roles of Belle and Cinderella in Disney’s first wave of live-action remakes), Halle Bailey is set to star in Disney’s The Little Mermaid—which had its first trailer released over the weekend, alongside titles like Hocus Pocus 2 and the new 'The Santa Clauses' series. And while some fans might think this is her breakthrough role, she’s actually got quite the career behind her already!

From earning Grammy nominations to starring in Disney’s Grown-ish—Halle Bailey was already going places—and after that Little Mermaid sneak peek, we reckon you need to get to know this rising star...

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How old is Halle Bailey? 

Halle Bailey is 22—and for anyone interested in her zodiac sign, she is an Aries due to her birthday falling towards the end of March on March 27.

Halle has been on the scene for a few years now, making her first Oscars debut in 2022 and Met Gala debut alongside her sister Chloe, in 2021.

We’d also like to add that the pair were among some of the best dressed at the Met Gala.

What are Halle Bailey’s movies and TV shows?

Disney+ streamers might recognize the actress from Grown-ish, where she plays Sky Forster. She has also featured in movies like Last Holiday and Let It Shine.

Halle is now set to star in the film adaptation of The Color Purple—and of course, as Ariel in the live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which is set to be released in 2023.

Halle Bailey in 'The Little Mermaid': First Look

In case you missed Halle’s debut as Ariel, see the emosh moment yourself… 

Who is Halle Bailey’s sister and what is their band called? 

Halle's famous sister is Chloe Bailey, 24. She features alongside her in Grown-ish, playing the role of Jazz Forster, who is one of the main character.

She has also starred in Ava DuVernay film A Wrinkle in Time, alongside huge stars like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

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Alongside their acting careers, Halle and Chloe also make up the popular R&B duo ‘Chloe X Halle.’

Since forming their group in 2013, the pair have released three albums including ‘Ungoldly Hour’ which earned the duo three Grammy nominations.

 Who is Halle Bailey’s boyfriend? 

DDG and Halle Bailey

Halle is thought to be dating rapper and YouTuber DDG, after the pair were spotted at an Usher concert in January, though Halle has yet to address or confirm these rumors.

She did however star in his latest music video for 'if i want you' and posted it to her Instagram feed, to which DDG replied with a string of heart emojis...

Halle Bailey's Instagram

You can follow Halle at @hallebailey where you can keep up with all her latest red carpets, music releases and ofc Little Mermaid updates.

Hopefully a full trailer will be on the way soon!

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Halle Bailey's public appearances

Halle Bailey at the D23 Expo

Halle Bailey at the Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA - brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center

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Of course, Halle was at the D23 Expo, where the first teaser—featuring her as Ariel along with her angel-like singing voice, was released.

She stunned in a strapless, tangerine-colored satin dress, which we like to think is a callback to animated Ariel's hair.

Halle Bailey's Met Gala 2021 appearance

Halle Bailey attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

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Making her first Met Gala debut, Halle arrived with her sister wearing a pink, shimmery playsuit.

Halle Bailey at the Oscar's 2022

Halle Bailey attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California.

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On what happened to be the very same day as her birthday, Halle attended the 2022 Oscars in a dreamy teal gown, to present the award for 'Best Animated Feature Film' —alongside her fellow live-action Disney Princesses Lily James (Cinderella) and Naomi Scott (Jasmine). 

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


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