Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
Taylor-Johnson at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International
Born Aaron Perry Johnson
(1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 24)
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Other names Aaron Johnson
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Sam Taylor-Johnson (m. 2012)
Children 2

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (born Aaron Perry Johnson;[1] 13 June 1990)[2][3] is an English actor. He began performing at age six and has appeared in films such as Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008) and The Illusionist (2006). He then moved onto starring roles in Nowhere Boy, in which he played John Lennon; Kick-Ass and its sequel Kick-Ass 2, in which he played the title character; in the crime thriller film Savages and the monster movie Godzilla. Johnson played Quicksilver in a mid-credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014, and will reprise the role in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to The Avengers.[4]

He was known as Aaron Johnson until he began being billed as Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kick-Ass 2, legally changing his name after marrying director Sam Taylor-Wood.[5]

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire,[6] the son of a housewife mother and civil engineer father.[3][7] He attended the Jackie Palmer Stage School in High Wycombe between 1996 and 2008, where he was tutored in drama, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and singing.[8]


Johnson began acting at the age of six, starring in The Thief Lord, as Prosper; performing as the son of Macduff alongside Rufus Sewell playing the lead role in Macbeth in 1999;[9] and in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in 2000. His television roles have included Niker in the 2004 BBC adaptation of the novel Feather Boy, Aaron in Danny Brocklehurst's ITV1 serial Talk to Me, and Owen Stephens in Nearly Famous.[2] In 2003, Johnson appeared as a young Charlie Chaplin in Shanghai Knights. In 2006, he appeared in The Illusionist, appearing in the early flashback scenes as Edward Norton's character, Eduard Abramovicz, as a teenager. The scenes show the young Eduard as he first learns magic, and to do this, Johnson had to learn how to perform the ball trick displayed by his character. He learned how to perform the balancing of the egg on the stick, although that was effected mechanically.[10]

Johnson appeared as John Lennon in the 2009 biopic film Nowhere Boy, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. In 2010, Johnson appeared as David "Dave" Lizewski/Kick-Ass, the lead character Kick-Ass, based on the superhero comic book of the same name by Mark Millar,[11][12] and has appeared as the central character, William, in Hideo Nakata's Chatroom.[2] In December 2010, Johnson joined the cast of Albert Nobbs as a replacement for Orlando Bloom, who dropped out of the production due to his wife's pregnancy.[13][14] Johnson starred in R.E.M.'s 2011 music video "Überlin", which was also directed by his then-fiancée.[15]

In 2012, Johnson played Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina. Later that year, he starred as Ben in Oliver Stone's Savages. HitFix film critic Drew McWeeny was positive of the bond between Johnson and co-star Taylor Kitsch, which "seems not only credible but lived in and authentic throughout the film", and noted the evolution in maturity of Johnson since Kick-Ass.[16] Johnson starred in the Godzilla reboot, released in May 2014.[17][18] Johnson will play Quicksilver in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to The Avengers.[4] He first appeared as the character in a post-credits scene of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[19] The role reunites him with Elizabeth Olsen, who played his wife in Godzilla, as his twin sister in Avengers.[4][18]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor-Johnson, with Sam Taylor-Wood, in September 2010

Johnson and director Sam Taylor-Wood announced their engagement in October 2009 and married at Babington House, Somerset on 21 June 2012. Johnson changed his last name to Taylor-Johnson and uses it as his stage name.[5][20][21][22] The couple have two daughters, Wylda Rae (b. 2010) and Romy Hero (b. 2012). He is also stepfather to two daughters from his wife's previous marriage.[23]

He was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Tom & Thomas Tom Sheppard / Thomas
2002 The Apocalypse Johanan
2003 Behind Closed Doors Sam Goodwin
2003 Shanghai Knights Charlie Chaplin
2004 Dead Cool George
2006 Thief Lord, TheThe Thief Lord Prosper
2006 Illusionist, TheThe Illusionist Young Eisenheim
2006 Fast Learners Neil
2006 Best Man, TheThe Best Man Michael (Aged 15)
2007 Magic Door, TheThe Magic Door Flip
2007 Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars Finch Television film
2008 Dummy Danny
2008 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Robbie Jennings
2009 Greatest, TheThe Greatest Bennett Brewer
2009 Nowhere Boy John Lennon Empire Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2010 Kick-Ass David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass Nominated — Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male
2010 Chatroom William
2011 Albert Nobbs Joe
2012 Savages Ben
2012 Anna Karenina Count Vronsky Final time credited as Aaron Johnson
2013 Kick-Ass 2 David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass First time credited as Aaron Taylor-Johnson
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver Cameo
2014 Godzilla Lt. Ford Brody
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Armadillo Young Lorimer Black
2003 Bill, TheThe Bill Zac Clough Episode: "162"
2004 Family Business Paul Sullivan 1 episode
2004 Feather Boy Niker 3 episodes
2006 I Shouldn't Be Alive Mark 4 episodes
2006 Casualty Joey Byrne Episode: "Silent Ties"
2007 Talk to Me Aaron 4 episodes
2007 Coming Up Eoin Episode: "99,100"
2007 Nearly Famous Owen Stephens 6 episodes
2014 Family Guy Jaidan (voice) Episode: Chap Stewie


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ a b c Gray, Sadie. "The Times: Entertainment". London: Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Aaron Johnso profile". Uk-tv-guide.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Official: Elizabeth Olsen & Aaron Taylor-Johnson Join 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'". Marvel. 25 November 2013. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Buchanan, Kyle. "Aaron Johnson, Sam Taylor-Wood Marry". Vulture. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ "Aaron Johnson biography". NYTimes.com Movies & TV. The New York Times (All Movie Guide and Baseline). Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Maher, Kevin (3 October 2009). "Aaron Johnson: Beatle mania". London: Times Online. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Cain, Rebecca (3 January 2010). "Another successful year for the Jackie Palmer Stage School and agency". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Sewell to Return to Stage in Macbeth". Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Writer/director Neil Burger explains this on the film's DVD commentary.
  11. ^ "Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news". Aintitcool.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  12. ^ Gholson, John (2 May 2011). "'Kick-Ass' Kicks Ass at BNAT - The Moviefone Blog". Scifisquad.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff (6 December 2010). "Aaron Johnson Joins Mia Wasikowska in 'Albert Nobbs'". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Georgina Littlejohn (7 December 2010). "Hardly the hardcore biker: Orlando Bloom gets his motor running... after his yoga class". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Watch REM's Uberlin, starring Aaron Johnson - video". London: Guardian. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  16. ^ McWeeny, Drew (30 June 2012). "Review: Oliver Stone turns Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, and Blake Lively into 'Savages'". HitFix. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (6 February 2013). "Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston circling 'Godzilla'". Variety. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  18. ^ a b Gettell, Oliver (25 February 2014). "'Godzilla' trailer: Bryan Cranston panics, destruction rains down". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Milly, Jenna (14 March 2014). "'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' premiere: Crossover is the word". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "She's Having His Baby!". People. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "50 Shades of Grey film to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson". Shepton Mallet Journal. 
  22. ^ "Aaron Johnson, fiancé of artist Sam Taylor-Wood, considers himself 'a very lucky man'". London: The Telegraph. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Sam Taylor Wood husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson appearance overhaul in Joe Wright's Anna Karenina - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. 
  24. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 Jan 2015. 

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