Johnson on the sets of Fifty Shades of Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia, January 2014.
|Born||Dakota Mayi Johnson
October 4, 1989
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Dakota Mayi Johnson (born October 4, 1989) is an American actress and model, known for her lead role in the short-lived Fox sitcom Ben and Kate (2012–2013) and appearances in the films The Social Network (2010), Beastly (2011), 21 Jump Street (2012) and Need for Speed (2014).
In 2013, Johnson has been cast in the lead role of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, set for release in 2014. In addition, she will appear in the film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline (2014) as Imogen alongside Ethan Hawke and the upcoming film Black Mass (2015) opposite Johnny Depp.
Johnson was born in Austin, Texas, the daughter of Golden Globe-winning actor Don Johnson and Academy Award-nominated actress Melanie Griffith. On her mother's side, she is a granddaughter of advertising executive and former child actor Peter Griffith and Golden Globe-winning actress Tippi Hedren, and half-niece of actress Tracy Griffith and production designer Clay A. Griffith. Her stepfather is Antonio Banderas. She has six half-siblings; four on her father's side and two on her mother's side.
A third-generation Hollywood actress, Johnson attended Aspen Community School in Aspen, Colorado. She later attended Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California for her freshman year of high school before transferring to the New Roads School in Santa Monica, California. She was an avid dancer as a child. She became interested in modeling at age 12 after a photo shoot with other children of celebrities for Teen Vogue.
In 1999, Johnson made her film debut in Crazy in Alabama where she and her half-sister, Stella Banderas, played daughters to their real-life mother, Melanie Griffith. The film was directed by her stepfather, Antonio Banderas.
Once Johnson graduated from high school, she signed with the William Morris Agency and started her acting career. She appeared in the critical and box office hit The Social Network which was directed by David Fincher. She has also appeared in Beastly; Ezna Sands' film Theo; So Yong Kim's film For Ellen; and Larry Clark's film Savage Innocent. In 2012, she had roles in Christopher Neil's film Goats, with David Duchovny; Nicholas Stoller's film Five Year Engagement for producer Judd Apatow, and the successful feature film version of the 1987 hit television show 21 Jump Street. She also played the female lead in Chris Nelson's film Date and Switch written by Alan Yang.
In March 2012, Johnson was cast as Kate in the Fox comedy series Ben and Kate, marking her television debut. The show was cancelled on January 25, 2013 after one season. Johnson quickly resumed her film career, and appeared in Need for Speed (2014). She also has been cast in the modern-day film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline.
In 2014, she reunited with her 21 Jump Street cast member Johnny Depp playing the mother of his child in the feature film Black Mass. She will star in and executive produce the film "Forever, Interrupted," playing a young widow.
In 2006, Johnson signed with IMG Models. Though acting is her primary work, she has since modeled for MANGO brand's jeans line in 2009 and shot the "Rising Star" campaign for Australian fashion label Wish in 2011.
|1999||Crazy in Alabama||Sondra|
|2010||Social Network, TheThe Social Network||Amelia Ritter|
|2012||For Ellen||Cindy Taylor|
|2012||21 Jump Street||Fugazy|
|2012||Five-Year Engagement, TheThe Five-Year Engagement||Audrey|
|2014||Date and Switch||Em|
|2014||Need for Speed||Anita|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Anastasia Steele||Post-production|
|2012–2013||Ben and Kate||Kate Fox||Main cast; 16 episodes|
|2013||Office, TheThe Office||Dakota||Episode: "Finale"|
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