- Dakota Mayi Johnson
October 04, 1989 (age 31)
- Actor, Fashion Model
- Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson
Dakota Mayi Johnson (born October 4, 1989) is an American actress and model, known for her lead role in the short-lived Fox sitcom Ben and Kate (2012–2013) and appearances in the films The Social Network (2010), Beastly (2011), 21 Jump Street (2012) and Need for Speed (2014).
In 2013, Johnson has been cast in the lead role of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, set for release in 2015. In addition, she will appear in the film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline (2014) as Imogen alongside Ethan Hawke and the upcoming film Black Mass (2015) opposite Johnny Depp.
Johnson was born in Austin, Texas, the daughter of Golden Globe-winning actor Don Johnson and Academy Award-nominated actress Melanie Griffith. On her mother's side, she is a granddaughter of advertising executive and former child actor Peter Griffith and Golden Globe-winning actress Tippi Hedren, and half-niece of actress Tracy Griffith and production designer Clay A. Griffith. Her stepfather is Antonio Banderas. She has six half-siblings; four on her father's side and two on her mother's side.
A third-generation Hollywood actress, Johnson attended Aspen Community School in Aspen, Colorado. She later attended Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California for her freshman year of high school before transferring to the New Roads School in Santa Monica, California. She was an avid dancer as a child. She became interested in modeling at age 12 after a photo shoot with other children of celebrities for Teen Vogue.
In 1999, Johnson made her film debut in Crazy in Alabama where she and her half-sister, Stella Banderas, played daughters to their real-life mother, Melanie Griffith. The film was directed by her stepfather, Antonio Banderas.
She was voted Miss Golden Globe 2006, where she served as the first second-generation Miss Golden Globe in the Globes' history.
Once Johnson graduated from high school, she signed with William Morris Agency and started her acting career. She appeared in the critical and box office hit in 2010 with David Fincher's film The Social Network, in which she had a scene with Justin Timberlake. The film earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and she quickly landed more films. She appeared in Beastly; Ezna Sands' film Theo; So Yong Kim's film For Ellen; and Larry Clark's film Savage Innocent. She has roles in several 2012 films: Christopher Neil's film Goats, with David Duchovny; Nicholas Stoller's film Five Year Engagement for producer Judd Apatow, and the successful feature film version of the 1987 hit television show 21 Jump Street. She also won the female lead in Chris Nelson's film "Gay Dude," written by Alan Yang.
In 2013, she made a cameo appearance as one of the new hires on the "Finale" episode of The Office. Johnson plays Anastasia "Ana" Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, set for release in February 2015.
In 2014, she reunited with her 21 Jump Street cast member Johnny Depp playing the mother of his child in the feature film Black Mass. She will star in and executive produce the film Forever, Interrupted, playing a young widow. Johnson has also signed to appear in I Am Love, an English-language remake of the 1969 French film La Piscine.
Johnson was previously in a long term relationship with actor Jordan Masterson. As of July 2014, she is dating singer Matthew Hitt, a member of Drowners.