Sonoya Mizuno

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Sonoya Mizuno
Born (1986-07-01) 1 July 1986 (age 32)
Tokyo, Japan
EducationRoyal Ballet School
  • Actress
  • Model
  • Dancer
Years active2012–present

Sonoya Mizuno (born 1 July 1986) is a Japanese-born British actress, model and ballerina who has collaborated with director Alex Garland in works such as Ex Machina, Annihilation and Devs.

She has also had minor roles in the films La La Land, Beauty and the Beast and most recently, the 2018 romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. She 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's uncle Edward Duke, a British actor best known for his solo show ″Jeeves Takes Charge″ based on the writings of P. G. Wodehouse, won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play in 1980.


She 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 Mizuno appeared in Arthur Pita's work of dance theatre The World's Greatest Show at Greenwich Dance and the Royal Opera House.[3][4]

Mizuno made her movie debut in Alex Garland's science-fiction thriller Ex Machina in 2015.[1] She appeared in the dance film High Strung, directed by Michael Damian and released in 2016.[3] In 2016, she was the feature dancer in the music video for "Wide Open" by The Chemical Brothers and Beck.[5]

In August 2016, she appeared in the music video for Frank Ocean's song "Nikes". In 2016 Mizuno 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
2019 Devs[9] Lily Chan Filming; Miniseries


  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 (2014-07-25). "'Ladies and gentlemen, how long can they last?': The disturbing 1930s craze of dance marathons". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  5. ^ ChemicalBrothersVEVO (2016-01-25), The Chemical Brothers - Wide Open (feat. Beck), retrieved 2016-01-27
  6. ^ Chazelle, Damien; Stone, Emma; Conn, Amiée; Walters, Terry (2016-12-16), La La Land, retrieved 2017-01-17
  7. ^ "'Ex Machina' Actress Sonoya Mizuno Joins 'Crazy Rich Asians'". 2017-04-10.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-04-10). "'Ex Machina' Actress Sonoya Mizuno Joins 'Crazy Rich Asians'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-24.
  9. ^ "Alex Garland's Limited Series 'Devs' Starring Sonoya Mizuno and Nick Offerman Gets FX Order". 2018-08-03.

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