Who Is Aaron Taylor Johnson, What Roles Made Him a Fan Favorite and Who Is His Wife?

Aaron Taylor Johnson is a talented actor who has appeared in several critically acclaimed movies and is known for his outstanding performances; however, he is more popular for his love story. Aaron Johnson is a frequent reminder that it is impossible to predetermine when, where and with whom love happens. The young actor fell in love and married Sam Taylor-Wood – a 42-year-old woman when he was just 18 years old. Despite the uproar, their relationship caused when it was made public, the couple has remained together and remained deeply in love.

Aaron has featured in a number of blockbusters alongside great actors. With the support of his parents, he began his career as a child actor and has claimed many prestigious awards down the years including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016.

Aaron Taylor Johnson Was Raised In High Wycombe

Aaron was born on the 13th of June 1990 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. His parents, Robert and Sarah Johnson, raised him and his sister – Gemma in a loving home. For his secondary education, he attended Holmer Green Senior School. Realizing his flair for art and acting, his parents then transferred him to Jackie Palmer Stage School located at High Wycombe to study drama, acrobatics, singing, tap, and jazz.

He Took To Acting When He Was Just 6 Years 

The Kick-Ass star ventured into acting at the very young age of six. He started on stage appearing in a Shakespearean Macbeth presentation in 1999. In 2000, he was part of another stage play All My Sons by Arthur Miller. His first on screen acting role was as ‘Johanan’ in The Apocalypse (2000). He then moved on to appear in Armadillo in the next year before playing both of the titular roles in the 2002 film, Tom & Thomas.

The actor further played Charlie in Shanghai Knights (2003), Zac Clough in The Bill (2003), Paul Sullivan in Family Business (2004) and Niker in Feather Boy (2004).

Aaron Taylor Johnson went on to land many roles in the year 2006 as he was cast in The Thief Lord, The Illusionist, The Best Man, Casualty, Fast Learners and I Shouldn’t Be Alive. His acting career further blossomed in the following year when he was featured in Coming Up, The Magic Door, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, Talk to Me and Nearly Famous.

The Actor Has Played Many Memorable Roles Over The Years

In the late 2000s, despite his young age, the gifted actor’s career reached new heights as he played some of his most recognised roles at the time. He featured as Danny in the 2008 movie, Dummy and his performance earned him an ALFS Award for Young British Performer of the Year nomination. Later in 2009, he starred in the British biographical drama movie, Nowhere Boy that focuses on John Lennon‘s life story from 1955 to 1960 when he was a teenager.

Following his striking portrayal of John Lennon, Aaron took home the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. He was also nominated for the ALFS Award for Young British Performer of the Year and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. The film had moderate success at the worldwide box office, grossing $6.6 million on a budget of £1.2 million. Aaron Taylor Johnson then moved on to cement his place among internationally recognized British actors with his portrayal of David “Dave” Lizewski/Kick-Ass in the hit movie, Kick-Ass (2010) and its sequel, Kick-Ass 2 (2013).

His performance in Kick-Ass (2010) is considered his breakout role as he received a series of accolades and award nominations for the role; among them are the BAFTA Rising Star Award, Scream Award for Best Breakout Performance, Best Fantasy Actor, Best Superhero and a Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male, although he didn’t win any of the nominations, he began to get noticed in the industry. Kick-Ass earned $96.2 million worldwide on a budget of $28-30 million while its sequel grossed $60.8 million on a budget of $28 million.

After ‘Kick-Ass’, He Had Roles In a Number Of Blockbuster Films

In the year 2012, Aaron Johnson played the character of Keira Knightley’s forbidden love interest, Count Vronsky, in the historical romantic drama movie, Anna Karenina. The film premiered at Toronto Film Festival in September 2012 and went on to gross $68.9 million worldwide against a budget of $40.6 million. Two years later, the actor was cast in one of his highest grossing movies to date, Godzilla which earned $529 million at the worldwide box office against a production budget of $160 million.

The next year, he featured in another mega-hit movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, portraying the character of Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver. The superhero film which was based on characters from the Marvel Comics became the fifth highest-grossing film of all time, having earned over $1.4 billion from its worldwide theatrical release. Later in 2016, Aaron Taylor Johnson’s portrayal of Ray Marcus in Nocturnal Animals earned him his first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award. He also had several award nominations for this same role. Though not commercially successful like the two aforementioned films, Nocturnal Animals performed moderately at the box office, grossing more than $32 million on a budget of $22.5 million.

Additionally, Aaron Taylor Johnson has outdone himself in his role as James Douglas in Outlaw King (2018). Also in 2018, he appeared in A Million Little Pieces which he co-wrote, and was directed by his wife.

Other notable acting projects he has been a part of include Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), The Greatest (2009), Albert Nobbs (2011), Savages (2012), The Wall (2017), and Tenet (2020). He is also among the cast of the upcoming action film, The King’s Man slated for a release in 2021.

Despite Criticism Over His Relationship With His Wife, Aaron Is Happily Married 

Aaron Taylor Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood
Aaron Taylor Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood (Image Source)

Aaron met his wife, Sam Taylor-Wood, on the set of Nowhere Boy in 2009 which Sam directed. As the duo grew deeper in love with each other, they announced their engagement later in the year. Their relationship and eventual marriage was seen as controversial mostly because of the huge age difference between them; Sam was 42 at the time while Aaron was 18. Despite the obvious public disapproval, they got married on the 21st of June 2012, with both parties changing their surnames officially to Taylor-Johnson.

Aaron and Sam have welcomed two daughters – Wylda Rae who was born in 2010 and Romy Hero who was born in 2012. The couple has remained together and in love despite the speculations that their relationship won’t last. Aaron has admitted that his wife and kids are his priority in life. He is also a stepfather to his wife’s two daughters (Angelica and Jessie Jopling) from her previous marriage to English art dealer, Jay Jopling.

His Significant Other Is An Accomplished Filmmaker

Aaron Taylor Johnson’s wife is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. She was born Samantha Louise Taylor-Wood in Croydon, London, England on the 4th of March, 1967 and attended Beacon Community College, as well as Goldsmiths University of London. Beginning her career in the early 1990s as a photographer, Sam has exhibited many multi-screen video works as well as fine art photography.

At the 1997 Venice Biennale, she received the Illy Café Prize for Most Promising Young Artist and for her feature film directorial debut with Nowhere Boy, she received the Art Cinema Award at the Hamburg Film Festival, as well as the San Diego Film Festival Audience Award. Her other directorial credits include Destricted (2006), Love You More (2008), Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Gypsy (2017), and A Million Little Pieces (2018).

More so, she has served as the producer of Love You More and Gypsy. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for her worthwhile contributions to Arts. Through her works in the entertainment industry, Sam Taylor-Johnson has accumulated a net worth of $20 million while her husband’s financial value is pegged at $16 million.

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