Admitted animal lover and acclaimed actress Anya Taylor-Joy has a dog named Khala. She actually got her start in modeling, all thanks to walking her dog. When she was 16 years old, she was walking Khala while practicing wearing her mom’s high heel shoes. She noticed a car following her suspiciously, so she decided to grab her dog and make a run for it. The car caught up with her and said she should stop or she’ll regret it…. She did stop, but warned people (while sharing the story to James Corden in the video below) that they shouldn’t copy her. Luckily, the man driving the car was head of a modeling agency and asked Joy to come to his office with her parents. She then quit school that year to pursue her career as a model and actress!
April 16, 1996 (27)
Anya Taylor-Joy is an Argentinian-British actress and model, acclaimed for her captivating performances in a range of film and television roles.
Taylor-Joy’s career in film and television began with her role in the fantasy series Atlantis. Her breakout role, however, came with the horror film The Witch, where she played the lead character, Thomasin. Her eerie and intense portrayal of a puritanical girl on the fringes of an unforgiving wilderness put her on the map as an actress to watch. She then starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and its sequel Glass. Her most celebrated role to date came with the Netflix limited series The Queen’s Gambit, where she played the chess prodigy Beth Harmon, capturing audiences worldwide with her riveting performance.
Throughout her still-blossoming career, Taylor-Joy has collaborated with many talented individuals in the industry. She starred alongside James McAvoy in Split and Glass, and worked with director Robert Eggers on The Witch. In the series Peaky Blinders, she shared screen time with the likes of Cillian Murphy and Paul Anderson. Her role in the dark comedy Thoroughbreds saw her working with the late Anton Yelchin and Olivia Cooke. More recently, she worked with actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster in The Queen’s Gambit. Taylor-Joy also played opposite Thomasin McKenzie and Matt Smith in Edgar Wright’s psychological horror film Last Night in Soho.
Her impactful performances have garnered her several awards and recognitions. For The Queen’s Gambit, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. Her performance in The Witch earned her the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor.