Anna Kendrick

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Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick March 22, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Kendrick at the Geffen's Fundraiser in March 2014
Born (1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 (age 30)
Portland, Maine, United States
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1998–present

Anna Kendrick (born August 9, 1985)[1] is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress, and played Dinah Lord in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2009 she rose to international fame after her performance as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air, for which she received nominations for the BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Kendrick's other roles include Fritzi Wagner in Camp (2003), Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga (2008–11), Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect (2012) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Janet in End of Watch (2012), and Cinderella in Into the Woods (2014). She played Cathy in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years (2015).

Early life[edit]

Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Janice (née Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a history teacher who also works in finance.[2] She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Her maternal grandparents were Ronald and Ruth (née Small) Cooke (1918–2011).[3][4] She has an older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo. She attended Deering High School in Portland.[5]


1995–2007: Early career, theater, and Twilight[edit]

Kendrick started her career at the age of 10. Her parents were supportive and often drove her from Portland, Maine, to New York City for auditions.[6] Her first prominent acting role was as Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society in August 1998 when she was 12 years old, a performance for which she won the Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award,[7] making her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee.[8] Kendrick went on to appear in a number of other stage productions, including the musical A Little Night Music, playing Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production,[9] before making her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp,[7] for which she was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance for her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner.

In 2007, she appeared in the film Rocket Science as Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater. Kendrick said she found the role intimidating and challenging after watching an actual national collegiate championship debate. Her performance was praised by critics[7] and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress.[10] Later that year, she auditioned for the role of Jessica Stanley in Twilight, a 2008 film adapted from the first book of the novel series by Stephenie Meyer.[11] She had intended to do a mix-and-match audition with various actors, but was too ill and had to leave; she was brought in for a later session where she was given the role.[6]

2009–present: Up in the Air and breakthrough[edit]

Kendrick at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

Kendrick's theater singing experience gave her the opportunity to star in The Marc Pease Experience (2009), where she appears as a high school senior involved in musical theater.[7][12] She appeared in the 2009 film Elsewhere, in which she plays her first lead character, a girl whose best friend goes missing,[7] and in director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel of the same name.[13] For her role in Up in the Air, she won the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance[14] and the National Board of Review named her Best Supporting Actress,[15] while she also picked up nominations from numerous critics awards, The Golden Globes,[16] The Screen Actors Guild,[17] and the Academy Awards.

She reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg devised a graduation speech for her character that was not part of the novel.[18] She appeared in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.[19] Kendrick played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. In 2010, she appeared in LCD Soundsystem's music video "Pow Pow" as a "shape-shifter" who collects "the souls of wicked men".[20] In October 2010, she attended the 2010 Top Glamour Awards in Mexico where she won for "Best International Actress".[21]

In 2011, she starred in the dramatic comedy 50/50, and reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. In 2012, she played Rosie in the screen adaptation of the baby guide What to Expect When You're Expecting, and voiced the character Courtney in the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman.[22] She starred in Pitch Perfect as Beca, a rebellious college student who discovers her voice in her school's female a cappella group; Kendrick is featured on the film's soundtrack. In 2012, Kendrick also appeared in the police drama End of Watch, playing Janet, and in the political thriller The Company You Keep.

In 2013, she scored a hit song with "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the film Pitch Perfect, which became a No. 2 hit on Billboard's Adult Pop Song chart. Kendrick made her SNL hosting debut on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.[23]

In 2014, Kendrick starred in film adaptations of the musicals The Last Five Years, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September,[24][25] and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.[26] In the latter film, directed by Rob Marshall, she played Cinderella. She also appeared in Happy Christmas, Life After Beth, The Voices, and Cake.

In 2015, she starred in Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to Pitch Perfect. She reprised her role as Beca Mitchell in the film, which takes place three years after the original, playing the co-leader of the Barden Bella's alongside Chloe Beale (Brittany Snow). She also appeared in Digging for Fire.

Kendrick stars in several films currently in post-production or awaiting release, including The Hollars, Get a Job, Mr. Right, and The Accountant. Kendrick is also set to star in Pitch Perfect 3 with Rebel Wilson, which is scheduled to be released in 2017.[27]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Kendrick began a relationship with director Edgar Wright[28] after meeting on the set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.[29][30] The couple split in early 2013.[31] Kendrick resides in Los Angeles, California.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Camp Fritzi Wagner
2007 Rocket Science Ginny Ryerson
2008 Twilight Jessica Stanley
2009 Elsewhere Sarah
2009 Marc Pease Experience, TheThe Marc Pease Experience Meg Brickman
2009 Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon Jessica Stanley
2009 Up in the Air Natalie Keener
2010 Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jessica Stanley
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Stacey Pilgrim
2011 50/50 Katherine McKay
2011 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Jessica Stanley
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Rosie Brennan
2012 ParaNorman Courtney Babcock (voice)
2012 End of Watch Janet
2012 Pitch Perfect Beca Mitchell
2012 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Jessica Stanley Credits only
2012 The Company You Keep Diana
2013 Drinking Buddies Jill
2013 Rapture-Palooza Lindsey Lewis
2014 Happy Christmas Jenny
2014 Life After Beth Erica Wexler
2014 The Voices Lisa
2014 The Last Five Years Cathy Hiatt
2014 Cake Nina
2014 Into the Woods Cinderella
2015 Digging for Fire Alicia
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Beca Mitchell
2015 The Hollars Rebecca
2015 Mr. Right Martha
2016 The Accountant Dana In post-production
2016 Table 19 In post-production
2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Alice In post-production
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Beca Mitchell


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Mayor Sadie Winterhalter Movie
2007 Viva Laughlin Holly Episode: "What a Whale Wants"
2009 Fear Itself Shelby Episode: "The Spirit Box"
2012 Family Guy Nora (voice) Episode: "Internal Affairs"
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Anna Kendrick Wears A Patterned Blouse & Burgundy Pants"
2014 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Anna Kendrick/Pharrell Williams"[33]
2015 Billy on the Street Herself Episode: "Anna Kendrick's Tinder In Real Life Lightning Round!"


Year Title Role Notes
1998 High Society Dinah Lord St. James Theatre
2003 A Little Night Music Fredrika Armfeldt New York City Opera

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 "Pow Pow" LCD Soundsystem
2012 "Do it Anyway" Ben Folds Five
2013 "Cups (When I'm Gone)" Herself



List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Cups" 2013 6 44 75 12 26 26 71
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[34]
  • ARIA: Platinum[35]
  • RMNZ: Gold
Pitch Perfect (Soundtrack)
"—" denotes singles which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Album
1999 "Throwing A Ball Tonight" with Lisa Banes, Melissa Errico and John McMartin High Society (Original Cast Recording)
"Little One" with Daniel McDonald
"I Love Paris" with Melissa Errico
"She's Got That Thing" with the cast
"Let's Misbehave" with the cast
2003 "The Ladies Who Lunch" Camp: Music from the Motion Picture
2009 "Time After Time" Up in the Air
2013 "Bellas Regionals: The Sign / Eternal Flame / Turn the Beat Around" with The Barden Bellas Pitch Perfect (soundtrack)
"Party in the U.S.A." with The Barden Bellas
"Riff Off: Mickey / Like a Virgin / Hit Me with Your Best Shot, S&M / Let's Talk About Sex / I'll Make Love to You / Feels Like the First Time / No Diggity" with The Barden Bellas
"Pool Mashup: Just the Way You Are / Just a Dream" with The Barden Bellas
"Bellas Finals: Price Tag / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Give Me Everything" with The Barden Bellas
2014 "On the Steps of the Palace" Into the Woods (soundtrack)
"No One Is Alone" with James Corden
"A Very Nice Prince" with Emily Blunt
"Prologue: Into the Woods" with the cast
"Your Fault" with the cast
2015 "Still Hurting" The Last Five Years (soundtrack)
"See I'm Smiling"
"A Part of That"
"A Summer in Ohio"
"The Next Ten Minutes" with Jeremy Jordan
"A Miracle Would Happen / When You Come Home to Me" with Jeremy Jordan
"Climbing Uphill"
"I Can Do Better Than That"
"Goodbye Until Tomorrow" with Jeremy Jordan
"Kennedy Center Performance: We Got the World / Timber / America the Beautiful / Wrecking Ball" with The Barden Bellas Pitch Perfect 2 (soundtrack)
Winter Wonderland / Here Comes Santa Claus with Snoop Dogg
"Riff Off: Thong Song / (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty / Low / Bootylicious / Baby Got Back / Live Like You Were Dying / Before He Cheats / A Thousand Miles / We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together / What's Love Got to Do with It / This Is How We Do It / Doo Wop (That Thing) / Poison / Scenario / Insane in the Brain" with the Das Sound Machine, Tone Hanger, The Barden Bellas, Green Bay Packers and The Treblemakers
"Convention Performance: Promises / Problem" with The Barden Bellas
"Back to Basics: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy / You Can't Hurry Love / Lady Marmalade / MMMBop / My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" with The Barden Bellas
"Cups ("When I'm Gone")" with The Barden Bellas
"World Championship Finale 2: Run the World (Girls) / Where Them Girls At / Lady Marmalade / We Belong / Timber / Flashlight" with The Barden Bellas

Awards and nominations[edit]


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