Charisma, star talent, and a notably humble personality: At just 25 years old, Anya Taylor-Joy seems to have it all. “The Queen’s Gambit” starlet has become the face of Viktor & Rolf, garnered an Emmy nomination, and won a Golden Globe award — all in just six short years after her first feature role. The Miami-born, Argentine-raised, and London-based international film star landed on the scene in 2015 with Robert Eggers’ directorial debut “The Witch.” The breakout role from the Sundance hit cemented Taylor-Joy’s striking screen presence, with IndieWire’s review calling her “standout” performance “exquisitely ominous and unequivocally haunting.”
Taylor-Joy quickly became an indie darling with subsequent films “Morgan” opposite Kate Mara, “Thoroughbreds” by writer-director Cory Finley, and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” and “Glass.” In an interview with IndieWire, she lamented that she refuses to be typecast, but rather follows the “magic feeling” of reading the right part. “In Hollywood, people always want you to have a thing,” Taylor-Joy said in 2018. “People give you a thing, whether you want it or not. I followed the roles that I love and the story that I love. I never make the decision of, ‘I’m pretty good at horror, so I’m going to keep doing this right now.’ It’s more just like my characters just happen to inhabit very dark worlds.”
As Taylor-Joy continues her takeover of contemporary cinema with the highly-anticipated new Edgar Wright film “Last Night in Soho” and an upcoming star-studded David O. Russell saga opposite Margot Robbie, Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, and John David Washington, it’s clear Taylor-Joy can hold her own among any A-listers.
Learn more about Taylor-Joy’s rise to stardom below, and relive her best roles ahead of her upcoming releases.