Sonoya Mizuno
Born (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 28)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress, dancer, model
Years active 2012–present

Sonoya Mizuno (ソノヤ・ミズノ?) (also stylized as SONOYA; born 1 July 1988)[1] is a Japanese-born British actress, model and ballerina.


Early lifeEdit

Born in Tokyo, Mizuno was raised in Somerset in England.[2] Her father is Japanese, and her mother is half-British, half-Argentine.[3] She attended the Royal Ballet School as a child,[1] and graduated from the Royal Ballet School before working for several ballet companies including Semperoper Ballet in Dresden,[4] Ballet Ireland, New English Ballet Theatre and Scottish Ballet.[1][2]


She began modeling at age 20 due to frustrations with her ballet career[1] and has modeled for Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton.[2] During 2014 Mizuno appeared in Arthur Pita's work of dance theatre The World's Greatest Show at Greenwich Dance and the Royal Opera House.[4][5]

Mizuno made her movie debut in Alex Garland's critically acclaimed[6] science-fiction thriller Ex Machina, released in the UK in January 2015.[2] She also appeared in the dance film High Strung, directed by Michael Damian and released in 2016.[4] In 2016, she was also the feature dancer in the music video for "Wide Open" by the Chemical Brothers and Beck.[7]

In August 2016, she appeared in the music video for Frank Ocean's song "Nikes". Mizuno showed off her triple-threat talents in the award-winning[8] film La La Land (released in the UK in January 2017), playing the role of Caitlin, the roommate of Mia (Emma Stone).[9]

In 2017, joined the cast of the Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians[10] starring Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh.[11]


Year Films Role Notes
2012 Venus in Eros Forest Guard Film debut
2015 Ex Machina Kyoko
2016 High Strung Jazzy
2016 Alleycats Suzie
2016 La La Land Caitlin
2017 Beauty and the Beast Debutante
2017 Ambition Sarah post-production
2018 Annihilation TBA post-production
TBA The Domestics Betsy post-production
TBA Crazy Rich Asians Araminta Lee


  1. ^ a b c d Slater, Lidya. "Ballet's got talent". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jamieson, Teddy. "15 for 2015: Sonoya Mizuno". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sonoya Mizuno". High Strung Dance Movie. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Rachel. "'Ladies and gentlemen, how long can they last?': The disturbing 1930s craze of dance marathons". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ex Machina". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  7. ^ ChemicalBrothersVEVO (2016-01-25), The Chemical Brothers - Wide Open (feat. Beck), retrieved 2016-01-27 
  8. ^ Chazelle, Damien; Stone, Emma; Conn, Amiée; Walters, Terry (2016-12-16), La La Land, retrieved 2017-01-17 
  9. ^ Chazelle, Damien; Stone, Emma; Conn, Amiée; Walters, Terry (2016-12-16), La La Land, retrieved 2017-01-17 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-04-10). "'Ex Machina' Actress Sonoya Mizuno Joins 'Crazy Rich Asians'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 

External linksEdit