Anya was born in Miami to a large family. Childhood was spent on the road, the family managed to live in Argentina and England. The girl was engaged in dancing, and a little later she showed herself as a model.
The modeling career contributed to the realization of the dream – since childhood, Anya dreamed of acting. In 2011, 15-year-old Taylor-Joy starred in a photoshoot for Miu Miu and then appeared in Vampire Academy and the TV series Endeavour.
Her first fame was brought by the directorial debut of Robert Eggers, the horror film The Witch, where Anya played the main role. A little later, the girl was seen in the music video GTA feat. Sam Bruno for the song Red Lips.
Anya Taylor-Joy did not stop at the achieved success and continued to choose interesting and diverse roles for herself: an artificially grown human hybrid in the sci-fi thriller Morgan, a sexually abused girl in Split, Barack Obama’s girlfriend in the Barry biopic.
In 2017, the girl played with Anton Yelchin in the indie drama Thoroughbreds, and also shared the screen with Mia Goth in the horror movie Marrowbone.
At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Anya received one of her first major Discovery of the Year awards for Best Young Actress. Thanks to her unusual appearance, skillfully combined with talented acting, she boldly embodied historical heroines in such TV series as The Miniaturist and Peaky Blinders, returned to her role in the film Glass, a direct sequel to Split.
2020 has become a landmark year for the actress. The world finally saw The New Mutants on the screens, where Anya played Illyana Rasputina from Marvel comics. The adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma earned Taylor-Joy a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, and the most popular miniseries in Netflix history, The Queen’s Gambit and the role of Beth Harmon paved Anya’s path to victory in one of the main film awards of the world.