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Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy
Anya Taylor-Joy.jpg
Taylor-Joy at the premiere of The Witch
at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Born (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 20)
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 and soon to be model.

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 Spanish-English, and her father, who raced powerboats, is Scottish-Argentinian.[4][5][6] 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][7]


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.[8] The film was released on 2 September 2016.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Taylor-Joy was the lead actress in the music video for Skrillex's remix of GTA's song Red Lips.[12] She has been nominated for the 2017 BAFTA Rising Star Award.[13]

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.[14][15]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Vampire Academy Feeder Girl Uncredited[16]
2015 The Witch:
A New-England Folktale
Thomasin Won – Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor[17]
Pending – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress[18]
Won – BloodGuts UK Horror Award for Best Actress[19]
Pending – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor[20]
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 5 episodes


  1. ^ anyataylorjoy (April 16, 2016). "ITS MAH BIRTHDAYYYYY" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ Richard Lawson (2015). "Variety: Here's Everything you need to know about Sundance 2015". Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  3. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca (18 February 2016). "'The Witch' Breakout Anya Taylor-Joy Goes From Ballet to Studio Thrillers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Anya Taylor-Joy on IMDB". 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  5. ^ Ortved, John (8 June 2015). "Anya Taylor-Joy - Interview". Interview. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Mac Donnell, Chloe (10 February 2017). "Anya Taylor-Joy: BAFTA Nominated And This Year's Girl". InStyle UK. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Guglielmi, Jodi (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. 
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (March 10, 2015). "Kate Mara to Star in Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Thriller 'Morgan' (Exclusive)". Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ Getell, Oliver (May 24, 2016). "First look at Kate Mara in Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller Morgan". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ Borys Kit (1 March 2016). "Young Barack Obama Film Casts Devon Terrell, 'The Witch' Star Anya Taylor-Joy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ Ewens, Hannah. "Anya Taylor-Joy Is the New Star of Horror". Vice Media. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ GTA - Red Lips feat. Sam Bruno (Skrillex Remix) [Official Video]. 5 March 2016 – via YouTube. 
  13. ^ "Baftas 2017: Tom Holland, Ruth Negga, and Anya Taylor-Joy amongst nominees for Rising Star award". The Independent. 
  14. ^ "'New Mutants': Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy Rumored for X-Men Spinoff". /Film. 
  15. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Are these Josh Boone's first three 'New Mutants'?". 
  16. ^ Gingold, Michael (February 18, 2016). "Q&A: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy Casts a Spell in "THE WITCH"". Fangoria. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ Cox, Gordon (20 October 2016). "Gotham Awards Nominations: 'Manchester by the Sea' Leads With Four". Variety. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". FANGORIA®. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "BloodGuts UK Horror". BloodGuts UK Horror. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films". Retrieved 3 March 2017. 

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