Angel-faced actress Anya Taylor-Joy has carved out a unique niche for herself in her portrayals in horror movies. Her flair for holding down roles in scary thriller movies like The Witch (2015), Split (2016) and Morgan (2016) has earned her the nickname Scream Queen – and a BAFTA Rising Star nomination, not to mention Cannes Film Festival’s Young Actors Trophee Chopard among other awards nominations.
The dual ethnic American actress originally started her life with ballerina and in her teens picked up interest in modeling before she stumbled on the opportunity to mine her trade as an actress, a decision that has seen her appear in a couple of movies and TV shows so far. Read on to learn more facts about this adorable actress, who her boyfriend is and how much she has done in her short acting career.
Anya Taylor-Joy Bio (Age)
The young actress’s full name is Anya-Josephine Taylor-Joy and she was born on 16th April 1996 in Miami, Florida to an English-Spanish mom and a Scottish-Argentine father as the last of six children.
Her parents sent her to an elementary school in Kensington where she learned how to speak English language (little Anya spoke only Spanish until she was about 8 years of age), she also attended Queens Gate School in the city of London.
Anya Taylor-Joy was training to be a ballet dancer but couldn’t follow it through due to her family’s constant movement between South America and Europe. She was discovered by Sarah Doukas, a modeling agent who signed her up as a model when she was 16 years old. It was while working as a model that the young actress met and signed up with an acting agent.
In 2016, Anya Taylor-Joy caught the eye of movie lovers in her outstanding portrayal of Thomas in Robert Eggers horror movie The Witch in 2015. The film was fully released in 2016. She went on to star in another science fiction horror movie Morgan which was directed by Luke Scott and released in September 2016.
Anya also featured in the movie Barry the same year, the movie narrated the early life of the former US president Barack Obama in 1981, and Taylor appeared as Charlotte Baumann, one of the close associates of the Barack Obama character (Devon Terrell).
In 2017, Taylor starred in music video Skrillex – a remix of Red Lips which earned her a BAFTA Rising Star Award. She starred in black comedy-drama Thoroughbreds and thriller Marrow Bones. Also in the same year, she was featured in psychological horror movie Split where she depicted Casey Cooke, one of the three girls kidnapped by a mysterious man with multiple personalities (James McAvoy).
She will be reappearing as Casey Cooke in the sequel Glass in premier on January 18th, 2019. Other post-production movies she’s expected to appear on include The New Mutants, Playmobil: The Move, Radioactive and Here are the Young men.
She also featured in a number of TV series like in an episode in the series Endeavour (2014), as Cassandra in 2015 Atlantis and in Miniaturist in 2017 where she portrayed Petronella Brandt.
Awards and Recognitions
At a very young age, Anya Taylor-Joy is becoming quite a force to reckon with in the movie industry and a testament to this are various award nominations from her various outstanding performances. Her awards include some of her wins in 2016 for her performance in the movie The Witch. She won the Gotham Independent Films Award for Breakthrough Actor; Fright Meter Awards for Best Actress in Leading Role.
In 2017, for the same movie; she catered away the New Mexico Film Critics Best Young Actress awards, Empire Best Female Newcomer awards; and Seattle Film Critics’ Awards Best Youth Performance. She continued her win with the Cannes Film Festival award for her work in the Red Lips music video remix.
Family – Parents
Anya Taylor-Joy’s father was an international banker turned motorboat racer while her mom was a photographer and interior designer. Her family moved from Miami to Argentina when she was just an infant. She spent her early childhood in Argentina before her family relocated to England when she was six years old.
Who Is Her Boyfriend?
The budding actress is still single though she has been romantically linked to an Irish actor, model, and movie producer Eoin Macken since 2017. The Dublin born actor has directed a short film titled Dreaming of You and an Irish psychological thriller Christian Blake, he has appeared in the drama Fair City There is a yet to be verified rumor that the couple is engaged.
Anya Taylor-Joy who has been a vegetarian since her 10th birthday before she recently turned vegan, plays the Ukulele and writes songs when she is not acting. She stands at 5 feet 6 1/2 inches (1.69 m) and weighs 55 kg (121.3 lbs). She is slim built with distinctive blonde locks and hazel colored eyes.