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Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy
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Born (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 21)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress and model
Years active 2014–present

Anya Taylor-Joy (born 16 April 1996[1]) is an American-born Argentine-British[2] actress.

Early life

Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children.[3] Her mother, who worked in photography and interior design, is African-Spanish-English,[4][5] and her father, a former international banker who gave it all up to race powerboats, is Scottish-Argentinian.[4][5][6][7][8] Taylor-Joy moved to Argentina as an infant and only spoke Spanish before moving to London as a six-year-old. She is a former ballet dancer.[3][9]


Her major breakthrough was her leading performance as Thomasin in Robert Eggers' critically acclaimed horror film The Witch (2015), alongside Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie.

In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the science fiction horror film Morgan, directed by Luke Scott, son of filmmaker Ridley Scott.[10] The film was released on 2 September 2016.[11] 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.[12] She then headlined the horror-thriller film Split (2016), written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, as a girl abducted by a mysterious man with split personalities.[13]

Taylor-Joy was the lead actress in the music video for Skrillex's remix of GTA's song Red Lips.[14] She has been nominated for the 2017 BAFTA Rising Star Award.[15]

In March 2016, it was reported that Taylor-Joy was being approached to star as Magik in an upcoming adaptation of the New Mutants comic book series, slated to be a part of the X-Men film franchise.[16][17]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Vampire Academy Feeder Girl Uncredited[18]
2015 The Witch:
A New-England Folktale
2016 Morgan Morgan
2016 Barry Charlotte Baughman
2016 Split Casey Cooke
2017 Thoroughbred Lily
2018 Marrowbone TBA In post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Endeavour Philippa Collins-Davidson Episode: "Nocturne"
2014 Viking Quest Mani Television movie
2015 Atlantis Cassandra Recurring role, 5 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Work Association Category Result Refs
2016 The Witch:
A New-England Folktale
Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Actor Won [19]
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 [20]
2017 The Witch:
A New-England Folktale
British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated
Empire Best Female Newcomer Won
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor Pending [21]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress Pending [22]
Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Youth Performance Won
Herself London Critics Circle Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated


  1. ^ Anya Taylor-Joy [anyataylorjoy] (16 April 2016). "ITS MAH BIRTHDAYYYYY" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ Richard Lawson (30 January 2015). "Here's Everything you need to know about Sundance 2015". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Rebecca Ford (18 February 2016). "'The Witch' Breakout Anya Taylor-Joy Goes From Ballet to Studio Thrillers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Delphine Chui (19 January 2017). "Why you need to get to know up-and-coming actress Anya Taylor Joy". Marie Claire. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Samuel Fishwick (19 January 2017). "Anya Taylor-Joy: meet the actress on the cusp of Hollywood superstardom". Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Anya Taylor-Joy on IMDB". 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  7. ^ John Ortved (8 June 2015). "Anya Taylor-Joy - Interview". Interview. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Chloe Mac Donnell (10 February 2017). "Anya Taylor-Joy: BAFTA Nominated And This Year's Girl". InStyle UK. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Jodi Guglielmi (22 February 2016). "The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy Casts a Spell: 5 Things to Know About the Rising Star". People. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Borys Kit (10 March 2015). "Kate Mara to Star in Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Thriller 'Morgan' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  11. ^ Oliver Getell (24 May 2016). "First look at Kate Mara in Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller Morgan". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Borys Kit (1 March 2016). "Young Barack Obama Film Casts Devon Terrell, 'The Witch' Star Anya Taylor-Joy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  13. ^ Hannah Ewens. "Anya Taylor-Joy Is the New Star of Horror". Vice Media. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  14. ^ GTA - Red Lips feat. Sam Bruno (Skrillex Remix) [Official Video]. 5 March 2016 – via YouTube. 
  15. ^ "Baftas 2017: Tom Holland, Ruth Negga, and Anya Taylor-Joy amongst nominees for Rising Star award". The Independent. 
  16. ^ "'New Mutants': Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy Rumored for X-Men Spinoff". /Film. 
  17. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Are these Josh Boone's first three 'New Mutants'?". 
  18. ^ Michael Gingold (18 February 2016). "Q&A: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy Casts a Spell in "THE WITCH"". Fangoria. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Gordon Cox (20 October 2016). "Gotham Awards Nominations: 'Manchester by the Sea' Leads With Four". Variety. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "BloodGuts UK Horror". BloodGuts UK Horror. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films". Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". FANGORIA®. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 

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