Anya Taylor-Joy, born on April 16, 1996, left school at 16 to pursue her acting career — a decision that landed her in the spotlight. She started out doing minor television roles for several years until her film debut in “The Witch” (2015), which won her an Empire Award and a Gotham Award. This role also presented her with more opportunities. Two years later, she starred in the horror film “Split” and the comedy “Thoroughbreds.” Today, Taylor-Joy is a huge success in the entertainment industry. We’ll help you celebrate her birthday right here.
Anya-Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy
April 16, 1996
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Anya Taylor-Joy was born on April 16, 1996, in Miami, Florida. Half English and half Spanish, she is the daughter of Dennis Alan Taylor, a former banker, and Jennifer Marina Joy, a psychologist. Her father is an Argentine of Scottish and English descent. Her mother is of Spanish and English descent. Taylor-Joy has five siblings, four from her father’s previous marriage. The family lived in Buenos Aires until she was six, then relocated to the Victoria area of London.
According to Taylor-Joy, the move was “traumatic,” and she refused to learn English in the hopes of moving back to Argentina. She had to switch schools from Northlands to Hill House. She later enrolled at Queen’s Gate School, where she studied ballet and acted in school productions.
When she was 16, she dropped out of school to pursue a full-time career in acting. From a young age, Taylor-Joy knew that she wanted to become an actress, and her dreams came true when she was offered a modeling job by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm Management.
It wasn’t long until she landed her first role in show business. In 2015, she got her first breakthrough role in the horror film “The Witch.” Her performance in the movie was outstanding, and she won an Empire Award for ‘Best Female Newcomer’ and the Gotham Independent Film Award for ‘Breakthrough Actor.’ The movie was a commercial success, opening up new opportunities for the talented young actress.
Taylor-Joy gets cast in the horror movie, “The Witch,” which is a commercial success.
Taylor-Joy plays a role in the psychological superhero film, “Glass,” another commercial success grossing over $247 million worldwide.
Taylor-Joy stars in the romantic comedy film, “Emma,” alongside Johnny Flynn.
She portrays the character Illyana Rasputin/Magik, a sorceress, in the superhero film “The New Mutants.”
She plays Beth Harmon, in the miniseries “The Queen’s Gambit,” a performance that wins her a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Television Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Why We Love Anya Taylor-Joy
She is confident
Taylor-Joy is bold. She is confident in sharing her opinions, especially on set.
She is mysterious
She believes that there’s beauty in being private. She shares very little about her personal life, choosing to remain private.
She is beautiful
Her acting skills are incredible, and we love her for that. But she is also gorgeous.
5 Surprising Facts
She became a model by chance
Taylor-Joy was walking her dog and was approached by Sarah Doukas, a scout from Storm Model Management.
She grew up speaking Spanish
Taylor-Joy was born in Miami but her family moved to Argentina where she learned how to speak Spanish.
She plays musical instruments
Taylor-Joy is musically inclined, stating that she loves playing the ukulele and electric guitar in her free time.
She is a ballet dancer
Before she started acting, Taylor-Joy studied ballet until she was 15.
She refused to learn English
When Taylor-Joy’s parents decided to move from Buenos Aires to London, she got upset and refused to learn English, thinking maybe she could force her parents to relocate back to Argentina.
Anya Taylor-Joy FAQs
What is Anya Taylor-Joy’s real hair color?
She is blonde.
Does Anya Taylor-Joy know how to play chess?
Yes, she does. But she admits that her skills have gotten rusty over the years.
What is Anya Taylor-Joy ethnicity?
Anya Taylor-Joy was born in Miami and raised in Buenos Aires and London. Her Argentine father is of English and Scottish descent and the son of a British father and an Argentine-British mother. Her mother, Jennifer Marina Joy, was born in Zambia to an English diplomat father, David Joy, and a Spanish mother from Barcelona.
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