Anya-Josephine Taylor-Joy (born 16 April 1996) is an English-Argentine actress. She is best known for her roles as Thomasin in the period horror film The Witch (2015), as Casey Cooke in the horror-thriller film Split (2016), and as Lily in the black comedy thriller film Thoroughbreds (2018). Her well known roles in horror films have given her the label of a scream queen.
Taylor-Joy has been the recipient of the Cannes Film Festival’s Trophée Chopard and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother worked in photography and interior design and is English-Spanish. Her father, a former international banker, is Scottish-Argentine. Taylor-Joy moved to Argentina as an infant and only spoke Spanish before moving to London at age six. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Kensington before attending the Northlands School in Argentina and Queen’s Gate School in London. She is a former ballet dancer. 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.
Taylor-Joy rose to prominence with the role of Thomasin in Robert Eggers’ period horror film The Witch. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015, but had a wide release in 2016.
In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the sci-fi-horror film, Morgan, directed by Luke Scott. The film was released on 2 September 2016. 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.
She headlined the horror-thriller film Split in 2017, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, playing Casey Cooke, a girl abducted by a mysterious man with split personalities. In 2019, she will reprise her role as Casey Cooke in the film Glass.
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. She will also star in The Sea Change.
Taylor-Joy was the lead actress in the music video for Skrillex’s remix of GTA’s song Red Lips. She was nominated for the 2017 BAFTA Rising Star Award.