Yael Stone is an Australian actress. She has worked extensively in Australian theatre and has won two Sydney Theatre Awards. Outside of Australian theatre, she is best known for her portrayal of Lorna Morello in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Stone is also known for her support of abortion rights and has vocally advocated for women’s issues.
Born Name Yael Stone
Years active 1999–present
Born: March 06, 1985, 33 years and 3 months, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sun Sign Pisces
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Light Brown
Height 5 ft or 152.5 cm
Measurement 34-25-35 inches, (86.36-63.5-88.9 cm)
Bra size 34B
She completed her schooling at Balmain Public School. She went on to graduate from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and the National Institute of Dramatic Art, in New South Wales, Australia.
Father – Harry Stone (Architect)
Mother – Judy Stone (Nurse)
Siblings – Jake Stone (Older Brother) (Lead Singer of the Australian band Bluejuice), Elana Stone (Older Sister) (Musician)
Yael Stone is managed by –
Shanahan Management Pty Ltd. (Australia)
The Gersh Agency, Inc. (USA)
Yael has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry on her father’s side and English ancestry on her mother’s side.
She is often seen wearing red lipstick.
Early life and education
Stone was born and raised in Sydney, the daughter of Judy, a nurse, and Harry Stone, an architect. Her father was born in Czechoslovakia, to Holocaust survivor parents. Yael’s father is from a Jewish family, and her mother converted to Judaism. Her brother, Jake Stone, was the lead singer of the band Bluejuice. Her sister, Elana Stone, is also a musician.
Stone attended the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
Stone began acting as a child, with roles in the film Me Myself I and the miniseries The Farm. She worked primarily in theatre; at the 2008 Sydney Theatre Awards, she won the awards for Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Kid. She also worked in television, including supporting roles in All Saints and Spirited. From 2010 to 2011, she appeared in The Diary of a Madman, a role for which she was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Sydney Theatre Awards. In February 2011, she traveled to New York City to perform in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production of The Diary of a Madman, before returning to lead roles in A Golem Story, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, and As You Like It in Sydney.
Stone moved to New York permanently in December 2011 and co-founded an experimental theatre company. After four months in New York, she was cast in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, a show set in a women’s prison. Stone plays Lorna Morello, a prisoner from New Jersey; her accent, a mixture of Brooklyn and Boston, was called “the most amazing accent on television” by a journalist for The New Republic, while another reviewer deemed the role to be Stone’s “breakout turn”. She reprised her role in the show’s second season, and was billed as a series regular in the third season.
She has also appeared on the web series High Maintenance.
In 2012, Stone married Australian actor Dan Spielman, with whom she lived in New York City. In July 2017, Stone announced that her marriage had ended over a year before. Stone is also an atheist. Stone is currently dating AIME Mentoring founder Jack Manning Bancroft. On 23 November 2017, it was announced they are expecting their first child.
Yael made her theatrical film debut as Stacy in the 1999 romantic comedy Me Myself I.
First TV Show
Yael made her television show debut in 2001 in the drama mini-series The Farm as Young Sam Cooper.
Yael practices yoga and is a certified yoga teacher to help with flexibility and overall health.
Yael Stone Favorite Things
Podcasts – Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, Dan Savage’s Lovecast, On the Media, This American Life
Lipstick Color – Red
Dessert – Lamingtons
Yael Stone Facts
Yael was initially hired as a floating character in Orange is The New Black and later was made a series regular from season 3.
She auditioned for her role in Orange is the New Black the next day after her wedding to ex-husband Dan Spielman in 2012 in New York. Yael initially auditioned for the role of Nicky Nichols which was eventually played by Natasha Lyonne.
She co-founded a theater collective which promotes creative writing and ideas called The Cannery.
Yael started learning Hebrew when she was 12 years old. Before her bat mitzvah, Yael confessed to her father that she does not feel a connection with God.