Taylor-Joy at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
16 April 1996
Anya-Josephine Taylor-Joy (born 16 April 1996) is an American-born Argentine and English actress. She received critical acclaim for her debut in the period horror film The Witch (2015). Taylor-Joy received further recognition for her starring role in the psychological horror film Split (2016) and its sequel Glass (2019). She also starred in the black comedy Thoroughbreds (2017) and as Emma Woodhouse in the comedy-drama Emma (2020).
Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother worked in photography and interior design and is English of South-African and Spanish descent; her father, a former international banker, is Scottish Argentine. Taylor-Joy moved to Argentina as an infant and spoke only 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. She has trained in ballet dancing.
At the age of 16, she was scouted as a model while walking outside Harrods Department Store by Sarah Doukas of Storm Management. It was through her work as a model that she met and signed with an acting agent.
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. She had declined a simultaneous offer of a part in a Disney Channel show.
In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the sci-fi–horror film, Morgan, directed by Luke Scott. The film was released on 2 September 2016. 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.
Taylor-Joy's likeness was used for the character Valkyrie Cain on the 10th anniversary cover of Skulduggery Pleasant, the first book in the series of the same name. In 2017, she headlined the horror–thriller film Split, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, playing Casey Cooke, a girl abducted by a mysterious man with split personalities. In 2019, she reprised her role as Casey in the film Glass, the last installment in the Unbreakable film series.
Taylor-Joy will appear in the film Last Night in Soho, directed by Edgar Wright. Principal production commenced on 20 May 2019. She is 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. She will also star in The Sea Change, as well as in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit.
Taylor-Joy also starred as Emma Woodhouse in comedy-drama film Emma., a film adaption of the 1815 novel of the same name, directed by Autumn de Wilde and written by Eleanor Catton, which was released on February 14, 2020.
|2014||Vampire Academy||Feeder Girl||Deleted scene|
|2019||Playmobil: The Movie||Marla Brenner|
|2020||The New Mutants||Illyana Rasputin / Magik||Post-production|
|2020||Last Night in Soho||Sandy||Post-production|
|TBA||Here Are the Young Men||Jen||Post-production|
|2014||Endeavour||Philippa Collins-Davidson||Episode: "Nocturne"|
|Viking Quest||Mani||Television film|
|2017||The Miniaturist||Petronella "Nella" Brandt||3 episodes|
|2019||Peaky Blinders||Gina Gray||6 Episodes|
|The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance||Brea (voice)||10 episodes|
|TBA||The Queen's Gambit||Beth Harmon|
|2015||"Red Lips (Skrillex Remix)"||GTA (featuring Sam Bruno)|
|2019||"Dinner & Diatribes"||Hozier|
Awards and nominations
|2016||The Witch||Gotham Independent Film Awards||Breakthrough Actor||Won|||
|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|||
|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|||
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress||Won|||
|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|||
|2018||Split||BloodGuts UK Horror Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Thoroughbreds||International Online Cinema||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2019||Herself||London Critics Circle||Young British/Irish Performer of the Year||Nominated|
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