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16 April 1996 |
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Anya Taylor-Joy (born April 16, 1996) is an American-born Argentine-British actress. She is best known for her starring role as Thomasin in the horror film The Witch (2015), as Casey Cooke in the horror-thriller film Split (2016) and as Lily in the black comedy drama thriller film Thoroughbreds (2018) starring with Anton Yelchin and Olivia Cooke. She was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2017.
Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother worked in photography and interior design and is British-Spanish. Her father, a former international banker, is Scottish-Argentinian. Taylor-Joy moved to Argentina as an infant and only spoke Spanish before moving to London as a six-year-old. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Kensington before attending the independent Queen's Gate School. She is a former ballet dancer. At the age of 16 she was scouted as a model while walking outside Harrods Department Store by Sarah Doukas of Storm Model Management. It was through her work as a model that she met and signed with an acting agent.
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 starred in Vikram Gandhi's film Barry, which focused on a young Barack Obama in 1981 New York City. Taylor-Joy played one of Obama's close friends. She then headlined the horror-thriller film Split in 2017, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, as a girl named Casey Cooke abducted by a mysterious man with split personalities. In 2019, she will reprise her role as Casey Cooke in the film Glass.
|2014||Vampire Academy||Feeder Girl||Uncredited|
|2018||Crossmaglen||Ana||Short film; Post-production|
|The New Mutants||Illyana Rasputin / Magik||Post-production|
|2014||Endeavour||Philippa Collins-Davidson||Episode: "Nocturne"|
|2014||Viking Quest||Mani||Television film|
|2015||Atlantis||Cassandra||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2017||The Miniaturist||Petronella "Nella" Brandt||Main role; 2 episodes|
A New-England Folktale
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Breakthrough Actor||Won|||
|Washington D.C. Area 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||Breakthrough Performance of the Year||2nd place|
|BloodGuts UK Horror Awards||Breakthrough Artist Award||Nominated|||
|2017||Empire||Best Female Newcomer||Won|
|Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Nominated|||
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress||Won|||
|Online Film & Television Association||Best Breakthrough Performance - Female||Nominated|
|Seattle Film Critics Awards||Best Youth Performance||Won|
|Herself||British Academy of Film and Television Arts||BAFTA Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|London 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|