Sonoya Mizuno

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Sonoya Mizuno
Tokyo, Japan
EducationRoyal Ballet School
  • Actress
  • model
  • dancer
Years active2012–present

Sonoya Mizuno is a Japanese-born British actress, model and ballet dancer who has collaborated with director Alex Garland in works such as Ex Machina, Annihilation and Devs. She has had minor roles in the films La La Land, Beauty and the Beast, and Crazy Rich Asians. Mizuno also played a lead character in the Netflix miniseries Maniac.

Early life[edit]

Born in Tokyo, Mizuno was raised in Somerset in England.[1] Her mother is of half British and half Argentinian descent and her father is Japanese.[2] She graduated from the Royal Ballet School before dancing with several ballet companies, including Semperoper Ballet in Dresden,[3] Ballet Ireland, New English Ballet Theatre and Scottish Ballet.[1]


Mizuno began modelling at age 20 with Profile Models in London and has modelled for Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton.[1] During 2014, she appeared in Arthur Pita's work of dance theatre The World's Greatest Show at Greenwich Dance and the Royal Opera House.[3][4]

She made her film debut in Alex Garland's science-fiction thriller Ex Machina in 2015.[1] Mizuno appeared in the dance film High Strung, directed by Michael Damian and released in 2016.[3] Also in 2016, she was the feature dancer in the music video for "Wide Open" by The Chemical Brothers and Beck,[5] and appeared in the music video for Frank Ocean's song "Nikes". Later in 2016, she was in La La Land, playing the role of Caitlin, one of the three roommates of Mia, played by Emma Stone.[6]

In 2017, Mizuno appeared in a small role as the debutante in Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and in 2018, she acted in the Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians,[7] opposite Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh.[8]



Year Films Role Notes
2012 Venus in Eros Forest Guard
2014 Ex Machina Kyoko
2016 High Strung Jazzy
Alleycats Suzie
La La Land Caitlin
2017 Beauty and the Beast Debutante
2018 Annihilation Katie / Humanoid
All About Nina Ganja
The Domestics Betsy
Crazy Rich Asians Araminta Lee
2019 Ambition Sarah Post-production


Year Films Role Notes
2018 Maniac Dr. Azumi Fujita Miniseries
2020 Devs Lily Chan Upcoming miniseries[9]
TBA The Flight Attendant Miranda Main cast, upcoming series


  1. ^ a b c d Jamieson, Teddy. "15 for 2015: Sonoya Mizuno". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Sonoya MIZUNO". 5 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Sonoya Mizuno". High Strung Dance Movie. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ Thomas, Rachel (25 July 2014). "'Ladies and gentlemen, how long can they last?': The disturbing 1930s craze of dance marathons". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  5. ^ ChemicalBrothersVEVO (25 January 2016), The Chemical Brothers - Wide Open (feat. Beck), retrieved 27 January 2016
  6. ^ Chazelle, Damien; Stone, Emma; Conn, Amiée; Walters, Terry (16 December 2016), La La Land, retrieved 17 January 2017
  7. ^ "'Ex Machina' Actress Sonoya Mizuno Joins 'Crazy Rich Asians'". 10 April 2017.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (10 April 2017). "'Ex Machina' Actress Sonoya Mizuno Joins 'Crazy Rich Asians'". Variety. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Alex Garland's Limited Series 'Devs' Starring Sonoya Mizuno and Nick Offerman Gets FX Order". 3 August 2018.

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