Hollywood Spotlight: Anya Taylor-Joy

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Anya Taylor-Joy, the hottest sensation in the world right now, is an American-born Argentine-British actress that has been destined for stardom right from the start of her acting career. She came into Hollywood to break all records— The first Latina to win the Golden Globe For Best Actress (Miniseries or Television Film), also one of the few to break into stardom the same year they started acting. 

Anya Taylor-Joy has set a track record that seems unbeatable from the start of her career. She is one of Time Magazine’s 2021 100 most influential people in the world.

Moreover, with less than 10years in acting, she has bagged numerous prominent awards such as a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries. 


Anya’s journey started when she was born in 1996 in Miami, Florida, the U.S. The youngest of six children to Jennifer Joy, a psychologist, and Dennis Taylor, an international banker. Her family moved to Buenos Aires when she was an infant and lived there till she was six when they finally moved to London.

In a bid to get her family to move back to Argentina, she refused to speak English for two years before she reluctantly agreed. 

At age sixteen, she was introduced to modeling by Sarah Doukas, the same person who discovered Kate Moss. While modeling, she got to meet an acting agent who set her on her acting path.


She began acting in the fantasy series Atlantis (2015). She broke into the limelight via her role as Thomasin in Robert Eggers’ horror film The Witch (2016).

The film landed her Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer, the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress. And a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. 

With those as the starting point of her awards collection, she was awarded the prestigious Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. The same year, she starred in the psychological thriller film Split, and she got a BloodGuts UK Horror Award nomination to show for it. 

In 2019, she starred in numerous films and series such as Peaky Blinders, Playmobil: The Movie, Radioactive, Glass, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and Love, Antosha. 

Giving us back-to-back appearances, she came in 2020 with the biggest ones. Anya started the year for us with the comedy-drama film Emma, moved on to New Mutants as Illyana Rasputin.

Then, to the biggest of the biggest that made over 62 million households tune in on Netflix: The Queen’s Gambit, where she played Beth Harmon. 

Dedication to her work

Anya Taylor-Joy makes sure she puts in her very best in every role, and we are thankful for every piece of originality she shows in her acting. One notable scenario happened in the Box Office success Emma in which there was to be a nosebleed in one of the scenes between her and Mr. Knightley. And to the surprise of everyone, she started bleeding!

What’s Next for Anya Taylor-Joy?

Excitingly, 2021 is a tremendous year for Anya and us as regards her upcoming roles. 

She will grace our screen in Here Are The Young Men, slated for release in April 2021. Next, in the psychological film Last Night in Soho to be released in October 2021. Also, The Northman. And she plays the younger version of Charlize Theron in the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa.

Peace Adebola
Peace is a freelance content writer who enjoys reading, acquiring knowledge and she loves to code.
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