Anya Taylor-Joy (born April 16, 1996) is an American-born Argentine-British actress. She is best known for her starring role as Thomasin in the horror film The Witch (2015) and as Casey Cooke in the horror-thriller film Split (2016). She was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2017.
Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother worked in photography and interior design and is South African-Spanish. Her father, a former international banker, is Scottish-Argentinian. Taylor-Joy moved to Argentina as an infant and only spoke Spanish before moving to London as a six-year-old. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Kensington before attending the independent Queen's Gate School. 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' horror film The Witch that premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015 but had a wide release in 2016.
In 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the science-fiction-horror film, Morgan, directed by Luke Scott. The film was released on 2 September 2016. Also that year, 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 then headlined the horror-thriller film Split in 2017, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, as a girl named Casey Cooke 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 has been nominated for the 2017 BAFTA Rising Star Award.