She began her career at the Los Angeles Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts. She made her Broadway debut in a 2011 production of Billy Elliot.
She played the title role of Annie in the 2012 revival of the hit musical.
She has a sister named Savvy who performed in an off-Broadway production of The Little Princess. Her mother's name is AnneMerie Donoghue.
Sophia Grace Brownlee was initially rumored to be Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods.