Charisma, star talent and an extremely humble personality: at just 26, Anya Taylor-Joy seems to have it all. “The Queen’s Gambit” star became the face of Viktor and Rolf, received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe – all in just six years after her first major role. Born in Miami, raised in Argentina and based in London, the international film star burst onto the scene in 2015 with Robert Eggers’ directorial debut, ‘The Witch’. The breakout role in the Sundance hit cemented Taylor-Joy’s impressive screen presence with IndieWire review calling his “outstanding” performance “exquisitely ominous and distinctly spooky.”
Taylor-Joy quickly became an indie favorite with the following films: “Morgan” with Kate Mara, writer-director Cory Finley’s “Thoroughbreds” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” and “Glass.” In an interview with IndieWire, he lamented that he doesn’t mind typing, preferring to follow the “magical feeling” of reading the right part.
“In Hollywood, people always want you to have a job,” Taylor-Joy said in 2018. “People give you things whether you want them or not. I followed the roles I love and the story I love. I never make the decision that “I’m really good at horror, so I’m going to do that now.” It’s more like my characters happen to live in very dark worlds.”
As Taylor-Joy continues to dominate contemporary cinema with recent films such as ‘Amsterdam’, ‘The Northman’ and ‘The Menu’, it’s clear that she’s an A-lister on the rise.
Learn more about Taylor-Joy’s rise to stardom below and relive her best roles ahead of her upcoming release.