Anya Taylor-Joy Wiki, Height, Age, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy is an American actress who is best known for starring in the films The Witch (2015), Split (2017), and Emma (2020). In 2020, she struck stardom with Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit in which she played the role of Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy.

Wiki/Biography

Anya Taylor-Joy was born as Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy on Tuesday, April 16, 1996 (age 25 years; as of 2021), in Miami, Florida. Anya spent her early childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she attended Northlands School in Olivos. Later, at the age of six, she moved to London, England along with her family. Traumatized by the move, Anya refused to speak English for two years, hoping her parents will consider moving back to Argentina. In London, she did her schooling at Hill House International Junior School in Chelsea. For higher education, she attended Queen’s Gate School, South Kensington. Thereafter, at the age of sixteen, Anya dropped out of school to pursue a career in acting.

Childhood picture of Anya Taylor-Joy

Childhood picture of Anya Taylor-Joy

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 7″

Hair Color: Blonde

Eye Color: Black

Anya Taylor-Joy

Family & Ethnicity

Her father is Argentine of Scottish descent, and her mother, born and raised in Zambia, South Africa, has Spanish-English descent. [1]WSJ Magazine

Parents & Siblings

Her father, Dennis Alan Taylor, is a former international banker who switched his career to become a professional racer in offshore powerboat racing. Her mother, Jennifer Marina Joy, is a psychologist. Anya Taylor-Joy is the youngest among six siblings.

Anya Taylor (right) with her parents and siblings

Anya Taylor (right) with her parents and siblings

 

Anya Taylor-Joy with her mother, Jennifer Marina Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy with her mother, Jennifer Marina Joy

Relationships, Husband & Children

Anya Taylor-Joy’s boyfriend, Ben Seed, is a professional photographer. [2]Express

Anya Taylor-Joy with her boyfriend Ben Seed

Anya Taylor-Joy with her boyfriend Ben Seed

Career

Television

In 2014, Anya Taylor-Joy made her television debut with the British detective series ‘Endeavour’ in which she played the role of Philippa Collins-Davidson. In 2015, she played the recurring role of Cassandra, a young woman from Atlantis who is preparing for her future as an Oracle. in the British fantasy-adventure show ‘Atlantis.’

#BBC Atlantis from GirlWhoWasn'tThere

In 2017, she appeared in The Miniaturist as Nella, a young woman who realizes that the dolls in the dollhouse gifted by her husband are foreshadowing her own fate.

#perioddramaedit from ceremonial

Later, in 2019, she played the secondary antagonist Gina Gray, a scheming wife of Michael Gray who plans to take over the Shelby family business, in BBC One’s critically acclaimed series ‘Peaky Blinders.’

#gina gray from you offered me a home

Films

Although Anya Taylor-Joy made her film debut with the fantasy comedy horror film Vampire Academy, her scene was deleted during the final edit. In 2015, she came into the limelight with the American horror film The Witch in which she played the breakout role of Thomasin. The film, as well as Anya, received critical acclaim, and she won various accolades including the Gotham Independent Film Award in the category of the Breakthrough Actor.

In 2016, she played the titular role in the science fiction horror film ‘Morgan.’ In the same year, she played the role of Charlotte, Barack Obama’s fictional girlfriend in the Netflix series ‘Barry,’ a biopic about Obama’s life at Columbia University during the 1980s.

Anya Taylor-Joy in Barry (2016)

Anya Taylor-Joy in Barry (2016)

In 2017, she gained further recognition with the horror-thriller film ‘Split’ in which she played the role of Casey Cooke, a teenage girl abducted by a mysterious man with multiple personalities.

Later, she appeared in various films like Thoroughbreds(2017), Marrowbone (2017), Glass (2019), etc.  In 2020, she played the protagonist in the period comedy-drama film Emma.

OTT/Web Series

In 2019, she made her digital debut with Netflix’s fantasy drama series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance in which she played the role of Brea. In 2020, she struck international stardom with Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit in which she played the protagonist Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy questing to become the world’s best chess player.

#The Queen's Gambit from Victoria

Awards/Honors

  • Won Gotham Independent Film Award (2016) in the category of ‘Breakthrough Actor’ for the film The Witch (2015)
  • Won Phoenix Film Critics Society Award (2016) in the category of ‘Breakthrough Performance’ for the film The Witch (2015)
  • Won Fright Meter Awards (2016) in the category of ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for the film The Witch (2015)
  • Won New Mexico Film Critics Award (2016) in the category of ‘Best Young Actress’ for the film The Witch (2015)
  • Won Empire Award (2017) in the category of ‘Best Female Newcomer’ for the film The Witch (2015)
  • Won Seattle Film Critics Society Award in the category of ‘Best Youth Performance’ for the film The Witch (2015)
  • Nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award (2017)
  • Won Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival (2017)

Favorite Things

  • Food: Truffles
  • Singer(s): Rihanna, Beyonce, Dan Romer
  • Actress: Saoirse Ronan

Facts/Trivia

  • Anya Taylor-Joy is an insomniac, i.e. someone who finds it difficult to sleep. In an interview, she said

    I don’t sleep. I’ve been an insomniac since I was seven. I used to be very frightened of that alone time. But then I was like, it’s more time to create: I can read, I can write, I can sing. It’s a superpower. I need very little sleep.”

  • Anya began her career as a model after being chased down by Sarah Doukas, the founder of the British model agency Storm Management, while she was walking past Harrods in London. The legendary model scout Sarah Doukas is the one who discovered veterans like Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. Anya was terrified as soon as she realized that she was being stalked by a black car. In an interview, she said,

    I thought ‘Oh shit, this is the end,’…So I picked up my dog and started to run…”

    Thereafter, a guy stuck his head out of the window and shouted, “If you stop you won’t regret it… please, there’s someone in this car who would really like to meet you.” Inside was Sarah Doukas who handed over her business card to Anya.

  • After switching his career from being an investment banker to a professional powerboat racer, Anya’s father, Dennis Alan Taylor, won two Union Internationale Motonautique world championships.
  •  While filming for the movie Emma (2020), Anya shot the iconic scene in which her character was supposed to suffer a sudden nosebleed during a moment of high emotion. Surprisingly, Anya suffered a real nosebleed while filming the scene. At first, the crew was concerned, however, they decided to continue with the shot and it was included in the film. In an interview, when asked how did she induce a real nosebleed, she answered,

    I have no idea how to explain it…The spirit of Emma just showed up and made the scene. Johnny and Autumn were freaking out. They were like, ‘Oh my God! Are you okay?… What should we do?’ And I’m like, ‘What do you mean, what do we do? You keep rolling!

    where's my damn red thing — #same energy

  • She is the brand ambassador of the ‘Flowerbomb’ collection launched by the brand Viktor and Rolf Fragrances.

References   [ + ]

1. WSJ Magazine
2. Express

Add Comment