A seven-year-old British schoolgirl dubbed “the next Greta Thunberg” by her highly glamorous model mother has become the world’s youngest Ted-talker ever.
Molly Wright, who was born in the UK but now lives in Australia, recently gave her TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talk about the dangers of parents spending more time on their digital devices than their children.
It puts the aspiring actress in a highly talked-about list of Ted talkers, including Microsoft boss Bill Gates, Hollywood director JJ Abrams and the world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
And it’s a big badge of honor for the youngster – who is the daughter of a British couple originally from the North East of England.
Molly’s father, Neil, works for a loss adjustment company in Brisbane, where the couple moved from Manchester in 2017.
Her mother, Ally, is an actress and model and a very outspoken supporter of her talented young daughter, who already has an IMDB movie credit to her name – along with her own animal charity campaign.
Molly’s seven-minute TED speech is being promoted by UNICEF and shown to new parents in maternity wards around the world.
There are over 30 million people who follow TED for its short talks on all areas of knowledge.
“I know it’s important for adults to use their devices sometimes, but kids are determined to find meaningful connections,” Molly said in the speech.
Molly’s talk about the dangers of parents spending more time on their devices instead of paying attention to their children will be seen by more than 30 million people
Molly’s promotional photo from her IMDB.com profile (pictured left). She already has an appearance in a TV thriller under her belt. Molly’s father works for a loss adjustment company in Brisbane, where the couple moved in 2017, while her mother Ally (pictured right) is an actress and model and a vocal supporter of her talented young daughter
Molly Wright, who was born in the UK but now lives in Australia with her family (pictured), recently gave her a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talk about the dangers of parents spending more time on their digital devices than paying attention to their children
“Our brains grow faster in the early years than at any other time in our lives – connect, talk and play with us.”
“Interactions matter early and often,” Molly says at one point in the conversation. “Take it from me, the seven-year-old talking about brain science here,” she jokes as the audience laughs.
Molly was introduced for the speech by Thrive for Five, the organization led by former South Australian Prime Minister Jay Weatherill to campaign for better early education options for children.
The seven-year-old is the youngest person to give a TED talk after being introduced by Australian children’s education organization Thrive for Five
It is supported by the Minderoo Foundation, the philanthropic foundation founded by mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola.
Responding to suggestions she took the same path as Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, whose school went on strike at the age of 15 to draw attention to climate change became a global phenomenon, Molly told News Limited it would be “a dream come true.” to do that for early schooling’.
“I feel like I would help so many people,” she said.
“Molly, I have no words for it,” Ally Wright, Molly’s mother, posed on Facebook.
“You are a very special little lady who might one day change the world.”
The budding actress already has a profile on movie database IMDB.com, with a credit in 2021 TV movie Kidnapped, and management in Australia and the US.
“Molly trained in jazz, tap, ballet, acro and air dancing and has performed on stage at The Home of the Arts Theatre,” says her bio.
‘She has a good ear for all accents, reads for 12 years and takes piano and singing lessons, with a preference for music theater and rock.’
An animal lover, Molly also founded Molly’s Wildlife Warriors to raise money for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast.
The charity’s JustGiving page, which is also supported by fellow child star Charlotte Stent, has raised more than $2,000.
The schoolgirl also created Molly’s Wildlife Warriors to raise money for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast
“Molly is a seven-year-old actor who has been fortunate enough to spend time with humanitarians and animal activists,” Mother Ally wrote on the fundraising site justigivng.com.
“Inspired by what she’s seen and heard, and the people around her, Molly has set up a team of 40 amazing kids who will take on challenges over the coming months to raise money for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.”
Her mother Ally also revealed that Molly would be featured in Nine’s A Current Affair.
Molly has the support of a mother’s experience behind her, with Ally having previously worked in acting and modeling.
Ally transitioned to the stage and screen after studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and obtained a higher national diploma in media and performance.
She also earned a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Drama and graduated with a First.
While studying, Ally worked as a stage and screen actor and model in both Manchester and London.
She later had a nine-year career as a teacher and head of drama at Fred Longworth High School and Performing Arts College in Tyldesley – a small town between Manchester and Wigan.
Ally has returned to acting full-time since moving to Australia and has recently worked on two feature films and three short films.