Anya Taylor-Joy, born April 16, 1996, is an American-born British-Argentinian actress who is best known for her roles in the horror film The Witch (2015) and as Casey Cooke in the thriller film Split. Taylor-Joy always portrayed Lily in the black comedy thriller film Thoroughbreds (2018).
While Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, she moved to Argentina as an infant and lived there until she moved to London when she was 6. While in London, Taylor-Joy attended the preparatory school Hill House in Kensington before going to the Queen’s Gate School.
When she was just 16, she was “discovered” by Sarah Doukas of Storm Model Management while she walking outside Harrods Department Store. After she became a model, Taylor-Joy met and signed with an acting agent.
Taylor-Joy’s breakthrough role came when she starred Thomasin in Robert Eggers’ horror film The Witch, which was released in theaters in 2016. Also in 2016, Taylor-Joy starred in the science-fiction-horror film Morgan and Barry. In 2017, Taylor-Joy was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Taylor-Joy’s career saw another major boost when she starred alongside James McAvoy in the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split.
In 2019, Taylor-Joy will reprise her role as Casey Cooke in the film Glass, which is a sequel to Split and Unbreakable. She is also set to star in the remake of Nosferatu and The Sea Change.