Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy is an American-Argentine-British actress. After garnering critical acclaim for her debut in the period horror film The Witch, she received further recognition for her lead role in the psychological horror filmSplit and its sequel Glass. She also starred in the black comedy Thoroughbreds and as Emma Woodhouse in the comedy-drama Emma. On television, Taylor-Joy had starring roles in the BBC One period drama miniseries The Miniaturist, the BBC One historical crime drama seriesPeaky Blinders, and the Netflixfantasy drama series . Taylor-Joy was the 2017 winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Trophée Chopard and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Taylor-Joy had her first acting role in the 2014 horror comedy filmVampire Academy, but her scene was deleted from the final cut. She subsequently appeared in a 2014 episode of the detective drama series Endeavour and multiple episodes of the 2015 fantasy-adventure drama series Atlantis. She rose to prominence in 2015, with her starring role as Thomasin in Robert Eggers' period horror film The Witch. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and had a wide release in 2016. She had declined a simultaneous offer of a part in a Disney Channel series in order to complete the film. The film and her performance gained critical acclaim, with Taylor-Joy receiving the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, the Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer, and the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress, She also earned a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, among numerous others. In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the science fiction horror filmMorgan, directed by Luke Scott. The film was released on 2 September 2016. Also that year, she played Charlotte Baughman, one of Barack Obama's close friends, in Vikram Gandhi's drama film Barry, which focused on a young Obama in 1981 New York City. Taylor-Joy's likeness was used for the character Valkyrie Cain on the 10th anniversary cover of Skulduggery Pleasant, the first book in the series of the same name. In 2017, she earned further recognition for her headlining role in the horror thriller filmSplit, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. She portrays Casey Cooke, a girl abducted by a mysterious man with multiple personalities. Also in 2017, she starred as Allie in the horror mystery filmMarrowbone and the dark comedy thriller filmThoroughbreds. Taylor-Joy later starred in the lead role of the BBC One period drama miniseries The Miniaturist, which premiered in December 2017 to positive reviews. She was the lead actress in the music video for Skrillex's remix of GTA's song Red Lips. In 2017, she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. She was awarded the prestigious Trophée Chopard from the Cannes Film Festival, which is given by a jury of professionals to young actors in order to recognise and encourage their career. In 2019, Taylor-Joy reprised her role of Casey Cooke in the psychological superhero film Glass, the last installment in the Unbreakable film series. She also appeared in the documentary film Love, Antosha, which focused on her late co-star Anton Yelchin, the animated musical adventure film ', and as Irene Curie in the biographical drama film Radioactive. Also in 2019, she had starring roles in the acclaimed BBC One historical crime drama series Peaky Blinders and the Netflix fantasy drama series '. In 2020, Taylor-Joy starred as Emma Woodhouse in comedy-drama film Emma, a film adaption of the 1815 novel of the same name, directed by Autumn de Wilde and written by Eleanor Catton. The film was released on 14 February 2020 to box office success and positive reviews.
Taylor-Joy is set to star as Illyana Rasputin / Magik, a Russian mutant with sorcery powers, in the superhero horror film The New Mutants. The film was originally intended for release in April 2018, but suffered several delays. It is scheduled for release on 28 August 2020. She will star as Sandy in the psychological horror film Last Night in Soho, directed by Edgar Wright. Principal production began on 20 May 2019, and the film is set for released on 23 April 2021. Taylor-Joy is set to star in the drama film Here Are the Young Men, directed by Eoin Macken. She will also re-team with filmmaker Robert Eggers for a starring role in the historical revenge film The Northman, alongside Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, and Willem Dafoe. The film was described as "a Viking revenge saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century." She will portray an orphan chess prodigy named Beth Harmon in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit, based on the 1983 novel of the same name. Taylor-Joy is attached to star in the horror film Nosferatu, a remake of the film of the same name and her third collaboration with Robert Eggers, and the drama film The Sea Change.