Anya Taylor-Joy (born April 16, 1996)[1] is an Argentine-British actress.[2] She is best known for her scream queen roles as Thomasin in the horror film The Witch (2015), as Casey Cooke in the horror-thriller film Split (2016) and as Lily in the black comedy drama thriller film Thoroughbreds (2018) starring with Anton Yelchin and Olivia Cooke. She was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2017.

Early life

Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children.[3] Her mother worked in photography and interior design and is British-Spanish.[4][5] Her father, a former international banker, is Scottish-Argentinian.[4][5][6][7][8] Taylor-Joy moved to Argentina as an infant and only spoke Spanish before moving to London as a six-year-old. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Kensington before attending the independent Queen's Gate School.[9] She is a former ballet dancer.[3][10] 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.[11][12]


Taylor-Joy rose to prominence with the role of Thomasin in Robert Eggers' horror film The Witch that premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015 but had a wide release in 2016.

In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the science-fiction-horror film, Morgan, directed by Luke Scott.[13] The film was released on 2 September 2016.[14] Also that year, 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.[15] She then headlined the horror-thriller film Split in 2017, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, as a girl named Casey Cooke abducted by a mysterious man with split personalities.[16] In 2019, she will reprise her role as Casey Cooke in the film Glass.[17]

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.[18] She will also star in The Sea Change.[19]

Taylor-Joy was the lead actress in the music video for Skrillex's remix of GTA's song Red Lips.[20] She has been nominated for the 2017 BAFTA Rising Star Award.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Vampire Academy Feeder Girl Uncredited[22]
2015 The Witch Thomasin
2016 Morgan Morgan
Barry Charlotte Baughman
2017 Split Casey Cooke
Thoroughbreds Lily Reynolds
Marrowbone Allie
2018 Crossmaglen Ana Short film; Post-production
2019 Glass Casey Cooke Post-production
The New Mutants Illyana Rasputin / Magik Post-production
Radioactive Irene Curie Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Endeavour Philippa Collins-Davidson Episode: "Nocturne"
2014 Viking Quest Mani Television film
2015 Atlantis Cassandra Recurring role; 5 episodes
2017 The Miniaturist[23] Petronella "Nella" Brandt Main role; 2 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Work Association Category Result Refs
2016 The Witch:
A New-England Folktale
Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Actor Won [24]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Breakthrough Artist Award Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Nominated
Fright Meter Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
Golden Shmoes Breakthrough Performance of the Year 2nd place
BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Breakthrough Artist Award Nominated [25]
2017 Empire Best Female Newcomer Won
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated [26]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress Won [27]
Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Youth Performance Won
Herself British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated
London Critics Circle Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated
Cannes Film Festival Trophée Chopard Won


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  12. ^ "The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy thought a model scout was a STALKER". 
  13. ^ Borys Kit (10 March 2015). "Kate Mara to Star in Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Thriller 'Morgan' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Oliver Getell (24 May 2016). "First look at Kate Mara in Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller Morgan". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  15. ^ Borys Kit (1 March 2016). "Young Barack Obama Film Casts Devon Terrell, 'The Witch' Star Anya Taylor-Joy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ Hannah Ewens. "Anya Taylor-Joy Is the New Star of Horror". Vice Media. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "M. Night Shyamalan on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (14 August 2017). "'Split' Star Anya Taylor-Joy Reteams With 'Witch' Director on 'Nosferatu' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". 
  19. ^ "Berlin: Anya Taylor-Joy Circling 'The Sea Change'". 
  20. ^ GTA - Red Lips feat. Sam Bruno (Skrillex Remix) [Official Video]. 5 March 2016 – via YouTube. 
  21. ^ "Baftas 2017: Tom Holland, Ruth Negga, and Anya Taylor-Joy amongst nominees for Rising Star award". The Independent. 
  22. ^ Michael Gingold (18 February 2016). "Q&A: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy Casts a Spell in "THE WITCH"". Fangoria. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  23. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6889090/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_6
  24. ^ Gordon Cox (20 October 2016). "Gotham Awards Nominations: 'Manchester by the Sea' Leads With Four". Variety. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "BloodGuts UK Horror". BloodGuts UK Horror. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films". www.saturnawards.org. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". FANGORIA®. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 

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