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Anya Taylor-Joy is an Anglo-Argentine and American actor who portrays Alia Atreides in the 2024 film Dune: Part Two.

General overview[]

Taylor-Joy lived with her family in Buenos Aires and attended Northlands School until the age of six, when the family relocated to the Victoria area of London.[2] She is fluent in both Spanish and English.[3] Taylor-Joy experienced the move as "traumatic" and initially refused to learn English in hopes of moving back to Argentina.[4] Taylor-Joy initially trained in dance, studying ballet until the age of 15.[5] At age 17, she was scouted as a model by Storm Management founder Sarah Doukas, while walking her dog outside Harrods department store in Knightsbridge, London. She signed with the agency on the condition that acting remain her first passion and pursuit. During a modelling shoot promoting the television series Downton Abbey, which she had almost rejected because she was studying for her GCSE examinations, Taylor-Joy was noticed by the Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech while running errands for the crew and while reciting the Séamus Heaney poem "Digging" for a forthcoming screentest. He later introduced her to his agent, with whom she signed as an actress.[6]

Taylor-Joy was removed from the final cut of her first acting role as a background 'Feeder Girl' in the 2014 fantasy comedy-horror Vampire Academy, with her role left uncredited.[7] She made her television debut as Philippa Collins-Davidson in an episode of the detective drama series Endeavour, followed by a multi-episode arc in the 2015 fantasy-adventure drama series Atlantis. That same year, she starred in her breakout role of Robert Eggers' The Witch, a period horror film, which tells the story of a Puritan family that encounters forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm. It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim.[8] In 2016, she was cast opposite James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan's Split, where she played Casey Cooke, a teenage girl abducted by a man with multiple personalities (McAvoy).[9] Taylor-Jo y reprised her role as Casey Cooke in the 2019 psychological superhero film Glass, the final film in the Unbreakable film trilogy, appearing with McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson and Sarah Paulson.[10] In 2019, In 2019, she played the starring role of Gina Gray in the BBC One period crime drama series Peaky Blinders.[11] In 2020, Taylor-Joy starred as Emma Woodhouse in Autumn de Wilde's directorial debut Emma, an adaptation of Jane Austen's 1815 novel of the same name.[12]

Taylor-Joy also portrayed Illyana Rasputin/Magik, a Russian mutant and sorceress, in the superhero horror film The New Mutants. It was originally intended for release in April 2018 but experienced several delays and was actually released in 2020.[13] She then starred in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit as Beth Harmon, an orphaned chess prodigy on her rise to the top of the chess world while struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.[14] The series and her performance received widespread critical acclaim.[15] In 2021, she starred in Edgar Wright's psychological horror film Last Night in Soho. In the film, she performs the song "Downtown" by Petula Clark[16];a music video of Taylor-Joy's rendition was also released.[17]

Taylor-Joy began 2024 with a cameo role as Alia Atreides in Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part Two, a casting that was initially kept secret and was not publicly announced until she walked the red carpet at the film's London premiere on February 15. Villeneuve remarked that it had "required so much work to keep that secret. Everybody signed with their blood."[18] She will next star as the titular character in George Miller's action film Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, which will serve as a prequel to the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road.[19]

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  1. ‘Thoroughbreds’ star Anya Taylor-Joy’s life a whirlwind - Detroit News
  2. Anya Taylor-Joy: meet the actress on the cusp of Hollywood superstardom - Standard
  3. Why you need to get to know up-and-coming actress Anya Taylor Joy - Marie Claire
  4. 'The Witch' 's Anya Taylor-Joy Casts a Spell: 5 Things to Know About the Rising Star - People
  5. Anya Taylor-Joy: 12 Facts About the Captivating Star of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ - Hollywood Insider
  6. Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Anya Taylor-Joy (‘The Queen’s Gambit’) - Hollywood Reporter
  7. Background Actors Who Wound Up Becoming Noteworthy Stars - Looper
  8. Anya Taylor-Joy casts her spell - The Times
  9. Split Review - Chicago Tribune
  10. Film Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ - Variety
  11. Anya Taylor-Joy Joins ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 5; First-Look Photo - Deadline
  12. ‘Emma’ Review: An Austen Adaptation Tailored for Our Moment - Rolling Stone
  13. Disney Reschedules ‘The New Mutants’ & ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ - Deadline
  14. Anya Taylor-Joy to Star in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Limited Series at Netflix - Variety
  15. Anya Taylor-Joy's Twitter was hacked by someone who really wants a Queen's Gambit sequel - EW
  16. Edgar Wright on Shooting ‘Sparks’ and Making 1960s Britpop Scary in ‘Last Night in Soho’ - Variety
  17. Anya Taylor-Joy Sings The Sultry Hell Out Of 'Downtown' In 'Last Night In Soho' Music Video - Huff Post
  18. I Guess We Can Talk About Anya Taylor-Joy in ‘Dune: Part Two’ Now - Indiewire
  19. Anya Taylor-Joy Boards Action Love Story ‘The Gorge’ for Apple Original Films - Hollywood Reporter