Taylor-Joy at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy
16 April 1996
Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy (born 16 April 1996) is an American-born Argentine-British actress. She appeared in the fantasy series Atlantis (2015), and earned several accolades for her performance in the period horror film The Witch (2015). She was praised for her roles as Casey Cooke in the psychological horror films Split (2016) and Glass (2019), Lily Reynolds in the black comedy Thoroughbreds (2017) and Emma Woodhouse in the comedy-drama Emma (2020).
Taylor-Joy also had starring roles in the BBC One drama miniseries The Miniaturist (2017), the BBC One crime drama series Peaky Blinders (2019), and the Netflix fantasy drama series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019). She garnered critical acclaim for her performance as Beth Harmon in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit (2020). She was the 2017 recipient of the Cannes Film Festival's Trophée Chopard and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy was born on 16 April 1996 in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother, Jennifer Marina Joy, is a psychologist who was born and raised in Zambia and is of English and Spanish descent. Her father, Dennis Alan Taylor, is of Scottish-Argentine heritage. He was an international banker who changed careers to become a professional racer in offshore powerboat racing where he won 2 Union Internationale Motonautique world championships. Taylor was also the director of a private jet hire company. Her parents are both conservationists.
The family moved to Buenos Aires when Taylor-Joy was an infant, and she spoke mostly Spanish while growing up. Her father was awarded an MBE in the 1982 New Year Honours (for services to the British community in Buenos Aires) and an OBE in 1998 (for services to British trade with Argentina). She lived in Buenos Aires until age six, when the family moved to the Victoria area of London. Taylor-Joy was traumatised by the move and refused to speak English for two years, believing this would force her parents to move the family back to Argentina. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Chelsea and Queen's Gate School in South Kensington, with a stint at Northlands School in Argentina in between. She trained in ballet.
2014–2016: Early work and critical acclaim
At age 14, Taylor-Joy moved to New York and later split her time between the United States and England. At age 16, she was scouted as a model while walking outside Harrods Department Store by Sarah Doukas of Storm Management. It was through her modelling work that she met and signed with an acting agent.
Taylor-Joy had her first acting role in the 2014 horror comedy film Vampire Academy, but her scene was deleted from the final cut. She subsequently appeared in a 2014 episode of the detective drama series Endeavour and in multiple episodes of the 2015 fantasy-adventure drama series Atlantis. She rose to prominence with her lead role as Thomasin in Robert Eggers' period horror film The Witch. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and had a wide theatrical release in 2016. She turned down a simultaneous offer of a role in a Disney Channel series in order to complete the film. The film and Taylor-Joy's performance received critical acclaim, and she won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, the Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer, and the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress. She also earnt a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, among numerous others.
In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the science fiction horror film Morgan, directed by Luke Scott. The film was released in September 2016. Also that year, she played Charlotte Baughman, one of Barack Obama's close friends, in Vikram Gandhi's drama film Barry, which focused on a young Obama in 1981 New York City. Taylor-Joy's likeness was used for the character Valkyrie Cain on the tenth anniversary cover of Skulduggery Pleasant, the first book in the series of the same name.
2017–present: Rise to prominence
In 2017, she gained further recognition for her starring role in M. Night Shyamalan's horror thriller film Split. She played Casey Cooke, a teenage girl abducted by a mysterious man with multiple personalities (played by James McAvoy). Her performance earnt praise and she received a BloodGuts UK Horror Award nomination for it. Also in 2017, she starred as Allie in the horror mystery film Marrowbone and the dark comedy thriller film Thoroughbreds. Taylor-Joy later starred in the BBC One period drama miniseries The Miniaturist, which premiered in December 2017 to positive reviews. She was the main star in the music video for Skrillex's remix of GTA's song Red Lips. In 2017, she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. The same year, she was awarded the prestigious Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival, which is given by a jury of professionals to young actors in order to recognise and encourage their careers.
In 2019, Taylor-Joy reprised her role as Casey Cooke in the psychological superhero film Glass, the final instalment in the Unbreakable film series. She also appeared in the documentary film Love, Antosha, which focused on her late co-star Anton Yelchin, the animated musical adventure film Playmobil: The Movie, and as Irene Curie in the biographical drama film Radioactive. Also in 2019, she had starring roles in the acclaimed BBC One period crime drama series Peaky Blinders and the Netflix fantasy drama series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
In 2020, Taylor-Joy starred as Emma Woodhouse in comedy-drama film Emma., a film adaptation of Jane Austen's 1815 novel of the same name. The film was released in February 2020 to favourable critical reception and box office success. She then starred in the drama film Here Are the Young Men, directed by Eoin Macken, and as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, a Russian mutant with sorcery powers, in the superhero horror film The New Mutants. The film was originally intended for release in April 2018, but experienced several delays; it was released in August 2020.
Also in 2020, Taylor-Joy headlined the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit, playing Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy struggling with addiction in a quest to become the world's greatest chess player. The series and her performance received critical acclaim; in his review for Entertainment Weekly, Darren Franich commended Taylor-Joy's "darkly fascinating lead performance" saying the actress "excels in the quiet moments, [with] her eyelids narrowing as she decimates an opponent, [and] her whole body physicalizing angry desperation when the game turns against her." Likewise, Caroline Framke of Variety asserted that Taylor-Joy's portrayal of Harmon is "so magnetic that when she stares down the camera lens, her flinty glare threatens to cut right through it."
Taylor-Joy will next star as Sandy in Edgar Wright's psychological horror film Last Night in Soho. Principal photography began in May 2019, and the film is scheduled for release in April 2021. She will also team up again with filmmaker Robert Eggers for a starring role in the historical revenge film The Northman, alongside Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe; the film is described as "a Viking revenge saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century." She is also attached to star in the horror film Nosferatu, a remake of the film of the same name and her third collaboration with Robert Eggers, and the drama film The Sea Change. In October 2020, Taylor-Joy was cast as the title character in the Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off Furiosa. It was announced in January 2021, that Taylor-Joy would star in the Untitled David O. Russell film film starring John David Washington, Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and Robert De Niro.
|2014||Vampire Academy||Feeder Girl||Deleted scene|
|Playmobil: The Movie||Marla Brenner||Voice|
|Here Are the Young Men||Jen|
|The New Mutants||Illyana Rasputin / Magik|
|2021||Last Night in Soho||Sandy||Post-production|
|Untitled David O. Russell film||TBA||Filming|
|2014||Endeavour||Philippa Collins-Davidson||Episode: "Nocturne"|
|2015||Viking Quest||Mani||Television film|
|Atlantis||Cassandra||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2017||The Miniaturist||Petronella "Nella" Brandt||Main role; 2 episodes (BBC One)|
|2019||Peaky Blinders||Gina Gray||Main role; 6 episodes|
|The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance||Brea||Voice; Main role|
|2020||The Queen's Gambit||Beth Harmon||Main role; Netflix limited series|
|2015||"Red Lips (Skrillex Remix)"||GTA (featuring Sam Bruno)||Girl|||
|2019||"Dinner & Diatribes"||Hozier||Wife|||
Awards and nominations
|2016||The Witch||Gotham Independent Film Awards||Breakthrough Actor||Won|||
|Washington D.C. 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||Breakthrough Performance||Won|||
|Fright Meter Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Won|||
|Golden Shmoes Awards||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 Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|New Mexico Film Critics||Best Young Actress||Won|
|2017||The Witch||Empire Awards||Best Female Newcomer||Won|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Nominated|||
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|Online Film & Television Association||Best Breakthrough Performance - Female||Nominated|
|Seattle Film Critics Society||Best Youth Performance||Won|||
|Herself||British Academy Film Awards||BAFTA Rising Star Award||Nominated|||
|London Film 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 Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2019||Herself||London Film Critics' Circle||Young British/Irish Performer of the Year||Nominated|||
|2020||Emma||Días de Cine Awards||Best Foreign Actress||5th Place|||
|Hollywood Critics Association||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|Indiana Film Journalists Association||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2021||The Queen's Gambit||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television||Pending|||
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