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Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy

American actress
Anya Taylor-Joy
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Intro American actress
Is Model Actor Television actor Film actor Voice actor
From United Kingdom United States of America Argentina
Type Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 16 April 1996, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Age 25 years
Star sign Aries
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, England, UK
Father: Dennis Taylor
Northlands School
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Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy (born 16 April 1996) is an American-born Argentine-British actress. After garnering critical acclaim for her debut in the period horror film The Witch (2015), she received further recognition for her lead role in the psychological horror film Split (2016) and its sequel Glass (2019). She also starred in the black comedy Thoroughbreds (2017) and as Emma Woodhouse in the comedy-drama Emma (2020).

Taylor-Joy also had starring roles in the BBC One drama miniseries The Miniaturist (2017), the BBC One crime drama series Peaky Blinders (2019), the Netflix fantasy drama series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019), and the Netflix drama miniseries The Queen's Gambit (2020).

Taylor-Joy was the 2017 winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Trophée Chopard and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Early life

Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother worked in photography and interior design and is English of South African and Spanish descent; her father, a former international banker, is Scottish Argentine. Taylor-Joy moved to Buenos Aires as an infant and spoke only Spanish before moving to London at age six. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Kensington, then Northlands School in Argentina and Queen's Gate School in London. She has trained in ballet dancing.

At the age of 16, she was scouted as a model while walking outside Harrods Department Store by Sarah Doukas of Storm Management. It was through her work as a model that she met and signed with an acting agent.


Taylor-Joy had her first acting role in the 2014 horror comedy film Vampire Academy, but her scene was deleted from the final cut. She subsequently appeared in a 2014 episode of the detective drama series Endeavour and multiple episodes of the 2015 fantasy-adventure drama series Atlantis.

She rose to prominence in 2015, with her starring role as Thomasin in Robert Eggers' period horror film The Witch. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and had a wide release in 2016. She had declined a simultaneous offer of a part in a Disney Channel series in order to complete the film. The film and her performance gained critical acclaim, with Taylor-Joy receiving the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, the Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer, and the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress, She also earned a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, among numerous others.

In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the science fiction horror film Morgan, directed by Luke Scott. The film was released on 2 September 2016. Also that year, she played Charlotte Baughman, one of Barack Obama's close friends, in Vikram Gandhi's drama film Barry, which focused on a young Obama in 1981 New York City. Taylor-Joy's likeness was used for the character Valkyrie Cain on the 10th anniversary cover of Skulduggery Pleasant, the first book in the series of the same name.

Taylor-Joy in 2017

In 2017, she earned further recognition for her headlining role in the horror thriller film Split, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. She portrays Casey Cooke, a girl abducted by a mysterious man with multiple personalities. Her performance received praise, and for the role, she received a BloodGuts UK Horror Award nomination. Also in 2017, she starred as Allie in the horror mystery film Marrowbone and the dark comedy thriller film Thoroughbreds. Taylor-Joy later starred in the lead role of the BBC One period drama miniseries The Miniaturist, which premiered in December 2017 to positive reviews.

She was the lead actress in the music video for Skrillex's remix of GTA's song Red Lips. In 2017, she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. She was awarded the prestigious Trophée Chopard from the Cannes Film Festival, which is given by a jury of professionals to young actors in order to recognise and encourage their career.

In 2019, Taylor-Joy reprised her role of Casey Cooke in the psychological superhero film Glass, the last installment in the Unbreakable film series. She also appeared in the documentary film Love, Antosha, which focused on her late co-star Anton Yelchin, the animated musical adventure film Playmobil: The Movie, and as Irene Curie in the biographical drama film Radioactive. Also in 2019, she had starring roles in the acclaimed BBC One historical crime drama series Peaky Blinders and the Netflix fantasy drama series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

In 2020, Taylor-Joy starred as Emma Woodhouse in comedy-drama film Emma, a film adaption of the 1815 novel of the same name, directed by Autumn de Wilde and written by Eleanor Catton. The film was released on 14 February 2020 to box office success and positive reviews. She then starred in the drama film Here Are the Young Men, directed by Eoin Macken, and as Illyana Rasputin / Magik, a Russian mutant with sorcery powers, in the superhero horror film The New Mutants. The film was originally intended for release in April 2018, but suffered several delays. It was released on 28 August 2020.

Upcoming projects

She next will star as Sandy in the psychological horror film Last Night in Soho, directed by Edgar Wright. Principal production began on 20 May 2019, and the film is set for released on 23 April 2021. She will also re-team with filmmaker Robert Eggers for a starring role in the historical revenge film The Northman, alongside Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, and Willem Dafoe. The film was described as "a Viking revenge saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century." She will portray an orphan chess prodigy named Beth Harmon in the Netflix drama miniseries The Queen's Gambit, based on the 1983 novel of the same name.

Taylor-Joy is attached to star in the horror film Nosferatu, a remake of the film of the same name and her third collaboration with Robert Eggers, and the drama film The Sea Change.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Vampire Academy Feeder Girl Deleted scene
2015 The Witch Thomasin
2016 Morgan Morgan
Barry Charlotte Baughman
Split Casey Cooke
2017 Marrowbone Allie
Thoroughbreds Lily Reynolds
2018 Crossmaglen Ana Short film
2019 Glass Casey Cooke
Love, Antosha Herself Documentary
Playmobil: The Movie Marla Brenner
Radioactive Irene Curie
2020 Emma. Emma Woodhouse
Here Are the Young Men Jen
The New Mutants Illyana Rasputin / Magik
2021 Last Night in Soho Sandy Post-production
TBA The Northman TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Endeavour Philippa Collins-Davidson Episode: "Nocturne"
Viking Quest Mani Television film
2015 Atlantis Cassandra 5 episodes
2017 The Miniaturist Petronella "Nella" Brandt 3 episodes
2019 Peaky Blinders Gina Gray 6 episodes
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Brea (voice) 10 episodes
2020 The Queen's Gambit Beth Harmon Miniseries

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2015 "Red Lips (Skrillex Remix)" GTA (featuring Sam Bruno) Girl
2019 "Dinner & Diatribes" Hozier Wife

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Actor The Witch Won
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Breakthrough Artist Award Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Nominated
Fright Meter Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
Golden Shmoes Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year 2nd place
BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Breakthrough Artist Award Nominated
IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Movie Actress Nominated
International Online Cinema Awards Best Actress Nominated
New Mexico Film Critics Best Young Actress Won
2017 Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Won
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Won
Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Won
British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Rising Star Award Herself Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated
Cannes Film Festival Trophée Chopard Won
Gold Derby Awards Best Breakthrough Performer Nominated
2018 BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Best Supporting Actress Split Nominated
International Online Cinema Awards Best Actress Thoroughbreds Nominated
2019 London Film Critics' Circle Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Herself Nominated
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 15 Oct 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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