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Anya-Josephine Taylor-Joy (born 16 April 1996)[1] is an American-born British-Argentine actress. She is best known for her roles as Thomasin in the period horror film The Witch (2015), as Casey Cooke in the horror-thriller films Split (2016) and Glass (2019), and as Lily in the black comedy thriller film Thoroughbreds (2018). Her well known roles in horror films have given her the label of a scream queen.

Anya Taylor-Joy
Anya Taylor-Joy by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Taylor-Joy at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Anya-Josephine Taylor-Joy

(1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 22)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
NationalityArgentine, Spanish, Scottish, British
EducationNorthlands School
OccupationActress
Years active2014–present

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

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Early lifeEdit

Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children.[2] Her mother worked in photography and interior design and is English-Spanish.[3][4] Her father, a former international banker, is Scottish-Argentine.[3][4][5][6][7] Taylor-Joy moved to Argentina as an infant and only spoke Spanish before moving to London at age six. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Kensington before attending the Northlands School in Argentina and Queen's Gate School in London.[8] She is a former ballet dancer.[2][9] 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.[10]

CareerEdit

Taylor-Joy rose to prominence with the role of Thomasin in Robert Eggers' period horror film The Witch. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015, but had a wide release in 2016.

In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the sci-fi–horror film, Morgan, directed by Luke Scott.[11] The film was released on 2 September 2016.[12] 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.[13]

She headlined the horror–thriller film Split in 2017, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, playing Casey Cooke, a girl abducted by a mysterious man with split personalities.[14] In 2019, she reprised her role as Casey in the film Glass.[15]

Taylor-Joy is also attached to star in Nosferatu, a remake of the film of the same name, to be directed by Eggers in her second collaboration with him.[16] She will also star in The Sea Change.[17]

Taylor-Joy was the lead actress in the music video for Skrillex's remix of GTA's song Red Lips.[18] She was nominated for the 2017 BAFTA Rising Star Award.[19]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Vampire Academy Feeder Girl Deleted scene[20]
2015 The Witch Thomasin
2016 Morgan Morgan
Barry Charlotte Baughman
Split Casey Cooke
2017 Marrowbone Allie
Thoroughbreds Lily Reynolds
2019 Glass Casey Cooke
Radioactive Irene Curie Post-production
The New Mutants Illyana Rasputin / Magik Post-production
Playmobil: The Movie Marla Post-production
Here Are the Young Men Jen Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Endeavour Philippa Collins-Davidson Episode: "Nocturne"
Viking Quest Mani Television film
2015 Atlantis Cassandra Recurring role; 5 episodes
2017 The Miniaturist Petronella "Nella" Brandt Television miniseries
2019 Peaky Blinders TBA TBA
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Brea Main voice role

Music videosEdit

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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Work Association Category Result Refs
2016 The Witch Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Actor Won [21]
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 [22]
IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Movie Actress Nominated
International Online Cinema Best Actress Nominated
New Mexico Film Critics Best Young Actress Won
2017 The Witch Empire Best Female Newcomer Won
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated [23]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress Won [24]
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
Gold Derby Awards Best Breakthrough Performer Nominated [25]
2018 Split BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [26]
Thoroughbreds International Online Cinema Best Actress Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Anya Taylor-Joy [@anyataylorjoy] (16 April 2016). "ITS MAH BIRTHDAYYYYY" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Anya Taylor-Joy on IMDB". 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  6. ^ John Ortved (8 June 2015). "Anya Taylor-Joy - Interview". Interview. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  7. ^ Chloe Mac Donnell (10 February 2017). "Anya Taylor-Joy: BAFTA Nominated And This Year's Girl". InStyle UK. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  8. ^ Family friend
  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. ^ "anya taylor-joy thought legendary model scout was stalking her". I-d.vice.com. 28 March 2016.
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (10 March 2015). "Kate Mara to Star in Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Thriller 'Morgan' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  12. ^ Oliver Getell (24 May 2016). "First look at Kate Mara in Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller Morgan". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  13. ^ Borys Kit (1 March 2016). "Young Barack Obama Film Casts Devon Terrell, 'The Witch' Star Anya Taylor-Joy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ Hannah Ewens. "Anya Taylor-Joy Is the New Star of Horror". Vice Media. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  15. ^ "M. Night Shyamalan on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (14 August 2017). "'Split' Star Anya Taylor-Joy Reteams With 'Witch' Director on 'Nosferatu' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.com.
  17. ^ "Berlin: Anya Taylor-Joy Circling 'The Sea Change'". Hollywoodreporter.com.
  18. ^ GTA - Red Lips feat. Sam Bruno (Skrillex Remix) [Official Video]. YouTube. 5 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Baftas 2017: Tom Holland, Ruth Negga, and Anya Taylor-Joy amongst nominees for Rising Star award". The Independent.
  20. ^ Michael Gingold (18 February 2016). "Q&A: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy Casts a Spell in "THE WITCH"". Fangoria. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  21. ^ Gordon Cox (20 October 2016). "Gotham Awards Nominations: 'Manchester by the Sea' Leads With Four". Variety. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  22. ^ "BloodGuts UK Horror". BloodGuts UK Horror. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  23. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films". Saturnawards.org. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". FANGORIA®. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  25. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (26 July 2017). "2017 Gold Derby TV Awards nominations: 'This is Us,' 'Veep,' 'The Leftovers,' 'Stranger Things' among top contenders". GoldDerby. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  26. ^ "BloodGuts UK Horror Awards 2018 - The Stars". Bloods Guts. Retrieved 13 June 2018.

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