Anya Taylor-Joy is best known for her roles as Thomasin in the period horror film The Witch (2015), as Casey Cooke in the horror-thriller film Split (2016), and as Lily in the black comedy thriller film Thoroughbreds (2018). Her well known roles in horror films have given her the label of a scream queen.
Taylor-Joy has been the recipient of the Cannes Film Festival’s Trophée Chopard and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Born Name Anya Taylor-Joy
Nick Name Anya
Born: April 16, 1996, 22 years and 9 months, Miami, Florida, United States
Sun Sign Aries
Occupation Actress, model, and former ballet dancer
Years active 2014–present
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Hazel
Height 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
Measurements 33-26-34 in or 84-66-86 cm
Bra Size 32A
At the age of 17, Anya dropped out of school to concentrate on becoming an actress.
Father – used to race powerboats.
Mother – Worked as a photographer and interior designer
Taylor-Joy is the youngest of six children. Her mother worked in photography and interior design and is English-Spanish. Her father, a former international banker, is Scottish-Argentine. Taylor-Joy moved to Argentina as an infant and only spoke Spanish before moving to London at age six. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Kensington before attending the Northlands School in Argentina. She is a former ballet dancer. At the age of 16, she was scouted as a model while walking outside Harrods Department Store by Sarah Doukas of Storm Model Management. It was through her work as a model that she met and signed with an acting agent.
Taylor-Joy rose to prominence with the role of Thomasin in Robert Eggers’ period horror film The Witch. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015, but had a wide release in 2016.
In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the sci-fi–horror film, Morgan, directed by Luke Scott. The film was released on 2 September 2016. She starred in Vikram Gandhi’s film Barry, which focused on a young Barack Obama in 1981 New York City. Taylor-Joy played one of Obama’s close friends.
She headlined the horror–thriller film Split in 2017, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, playing Casey Cooke, a girl abducted by a mysterious man with split personalities. In 2019, she will reprise her role as Casey Cooke in the film Glass.
Taylor-Joy is also attached to star in Nosferatu, a remake of the film of the same name, to be directed by Eggers in her second collaboration with him. She will also star in The Sea Change.
Taylor-Joy was the lead actress in the music video for Skrillex’s remix of GTA’s song Red Lips. She was nominated for the 2017 BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Anya Taylor-Joy is represented by
Creative Artists Agency – USA (via Deadline)
Troika – UK
Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson
On her father’s side, she has Scottish and Argentine ancestry while on her mother’s side, she is of Spanish and English descent.
During her brief stint as a model, she appeared in a number of advertising campaigns.
She made her first film appearance in an uncredited role of a feeder girl in Vampire Academy in 2014.
First TV Show
In 2014, Anya guest appeared in an episode of detective drama series Endeavour as Philippa Collins-Davidson.
In her teen years, Anya Taylor-Joy relied on her ballet routines to keep her svelte figure in perfect shape.
However, in preparation for her role in 2016 movie, Morgan, she underwent a boot camp style workout, which was performed almost daily for a stretch of 2 weeks. This workout relied heavily on martial arts and boxing style exercise routine.
Anya Taylor-Joy Favorite Things
TV Shows – Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003), Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000), 8 Simple Rules (2002-2005)
Food – Truffles
Comedy Movie – Undercover Blues (1993)
Pizza – Vegan Truffle Pizza
Emoji – Unicorn, Twisted Snake, Pizza, Bearded Shrimp
Celebrity Girl Crush – Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Tilda Swinton
Role Model – Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett
Anya Taylor-Joy Facts
Her first acting performance was in the primary school production of Perkin and the Pastry Cook. She was cast in the role of Perkin.
Anya took ballet classes until the age of 15. It was then, she decided to drop it as she didn’t want to give up on acting.
Her first professional audition was for the role of young Maleficent in the Disney movie. She had traveled for the audition to London with her mother but, missed out on the part.
She almost missed out on becoming a model, when she mistook Storm Modeling agency founder, Sarah Doukas as a stalker and tried to run away on the streets of London.
Taylor-Joy can play the ukulele and likes to write songs in her free time. She has also learned to play electric guitar.
She has been a vegetarian since the age of 10. And, in November 2015, she became a vegan as well. She doesn’t have a problem with eating eggs or cheese but objects to animal cruelty perpetuated by mass production.
When she wanted to drop out of school, she wrote a long essay for her parents in a bid to make them understand, it was a well thought and mature decision.
She only spoke Spanish until the age of 6 as her family had shifted to Argentina when she was an infant.