The following year, Taylor-Joy starred in Luke Scott's science fiction horror film Morgan, playing the title character, an A.I. who goes to attack on her creators. The film received negative reviews from critics and was a commercial failure, but she was praised for her role, with Booth Michigan's John Serba writing "Taylor-Joy disarms us with a performance that keenly teeter-totters between little-girl innocent and dead-eyed viciousness. See it [the film] to be an early member of Taylor-Joy's fan club". She made her first collaboration with Netflix in the drama film, Barry, which focused on a young Barack Obama during his first year at Columbia University in 1981. Barry premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim and her performance as Obama's girlfriend, received positive reviews from critics. Writing for The Atlantic, David Sims described her as "a delightful romantic foil, a difficult task given that viewers know the future of Obama’s love life." She also appeared in the music video for Skrillex's remix of GTA's song Red Lips.
Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy (born 16 April 1996) is an American-born Argentine-British actress and model. The recipient of various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award, she was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2019 and Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2021.
Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy was born on April 16, 1996, in Miami, Florida, to Dennis Alan Taylor, a former international banker turned two-time Union Internationale Motonautique world champion powerboat racer (who was awarded a MBE in the 1982 New Year Honours (for services to the British community in Buenos Aires) and an OBE in 1998 (for services to British trade with Argentina) and Jennifer Marina Joy, a psychologist. Her father, who also was the director of a private jet hire company, is an Argentine of Argentinian and Scottish ancestry and her mother is a Zambian of English and Spanish ancestry. She is the youngest of six siblings.
Taylor-Joy has received several accolades, including the Empire Award for Best Newcomer and a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in 2016, the Trophée Chopard in 2017, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries in 2021.
Born in Miami and raised in Buenos Aires and London, Taylor-Joy began acting in school productions and eventually dropped out to pursue acting. After small television roles, she made her film debut with the lead role in the 2015 horror film The Witch, which earned her several accolades, including an Empire Award. She rose to further attention for her roles in the horror film Split and the black comedy Thoroughbreds, both released in 2017; that same year, she earned a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination.
Taylor-Joy starred in three dark films released in 2017. The first of these was opposite James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan's Split. The film has her playing Casey Cooke, a young girl abducted by a mysterious man with multiple personalities (McAvoy). The film was a commercial success, grossing $278.5 million on a budget of $9 million, and Katie Walsh of the Chicago Tribune was particularly impressed with Taylor-Joy's and McAvoy's "exceptional" performances. Her most critically acclaimed film that year was Cory Finley's directorial debut Thoroughbreds. Co-starring Olivia Cooke and Anton Yelchin in his final role, the film saw her play high-school student Lily who schemes to kill her stepfather via a contract with a drug dealer. Thoroughbreds premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and David Ehrlich of IndieWire called her performance "captivating". Her third release in 2017 was Sergio G. Sánchez's Marrowbone, a horror mystery in which critics praised its strong ensemble cast and Tashia Robinson of The Verge praised Taylor-Joy for bringing "a shy, appealing warmth" to an inconsistent character. She was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and was awarded the prestigious Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival, which is given by a jury of professionals to young actors in order to recognise their accomplishments. That December, Taylor-Joy portrayed Petronella Oortman in the BBC One period drama miniseries The Miniaturist, based on Jessie Burton's novel of the same name. Jack Shepherd of The Independent thought that Taylor-Joy's casting heightened the series and praised the "excellent" and "masterfully" controlled performance.
The Hollywood Reporter placed her on their list of 2016 Hollywood's Rising Stars 35 and Under and was included in a similar list compiled by W Magazine in 2017. In 2019, she appeared on the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list, a compilation of the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers in the world. In 2020, she was named as "Breakthrough Entertainer" of the Year by the Associated Press and "Breakout Star of 2020" by New York Post. That same year, she was named as one of the most powerful young actors in Hollywood by Variety. In 2021, Time magazine included Taylor-Joy on its 100 Next list of "emerging leaders who are shaping the future", with a tribute written by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov.
In 2020, Taylor-Joy starred alongside Johnny Flynn and Josh O'Connor as Emma Woodhouse in Autumn de Wilde's directorial debut Emma, a film adaptation of Jane Austen's 1815 novel of the same name. With a worldwide gross of $26 million against its $10 million production cost, the film was considered a box office success, due to the fact that it was released during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film, and her performance, received positive reviews from critics and her chemistry with Flynn was considered its prime asset, with Metro's Emma Kelly writing "Taylor-Joy is delightful as Emma, encapsulating the rather unlikeable but still endearing heroine, and she has great chemistry with Flynn as the two bickering friends that have something else going on." Taylor-Joy also portrayed Illyana Rasputin/Magik, a Russian mutant and sorceress, in the superhero horror film The New Mutants. The film was originally intended for release in April 2018 but experienced several delays; it was released during the pandemic.
Taylor-Joy had starring roles in two BBC One drama miniseries The Miniaturist (2017) and Peaky Blinders (2019) and in the Netflix fantasy drama series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) and Split's sequel Glass (2019). She garnered acclaim in 2020 portraying the lead characters Emma Woodhouse in the Jane Austen adaptation Emma and Beth Harmon in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit; for the latter, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.
In October 2020, it was announced that Taylor-Joy had been cast as the titular character in the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa. In December 2020, Scott Frank, the writer-director of The Queen's Gambit, announced that he hoped to film an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Laughter in the Dark with Taylor-Joy. In January 2021, she was cast in David O. Russell's yet-untitled film, which will also star Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and Mike Myers.
Taylor-Joy achieved global recognition when she headlined the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit, playing Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as she strives to become the world's greatest chess player. Both the series and her performance received widespread critical acclaim and on November 23, 2020, Netflix announced that the series had been watched by 62 million households since its release, becoming "Netflix's biggest scripted limited series to date." Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly called her performance "darkly fascinating" and noted how she "excels in the quiet moments, [with] her eyelids narrowing as she decimates an opponent, [and] her whole body physicalizing angry desperation when the game turns against her." Similarly, Caroline Framke of Variety found her performance to be "so magnetic that when she stares down the camera lens, her flinty glare threatens to cut right through it." The Queen's Gambit has also received a positive response from the chess community, and data suggests that it has increased public interest in the game. Taylor-Joy received numerous accolades for her performance, including winning a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild and a Critics' Choice Television award for Leading Actress in a Limited Series.
Taylor-Joy will next appear in the drama film Here Are the Young Men, directed by Eoin Macken and based on the novel of the same name by Rob Doyle, which will be released in April 2021. She will then star in Edgar Wright's psychological horror film Last Night in Soho, which is scheduled for release in October 2021. She will also re-team with filmmaker Robert Eggers for a starring role in the historical revenge film The Northman, which has been described as "a Viking revenge saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century."