Anya Taylor-Joy

by madman on October 7, 2016

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Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 16, 1996

Ethnicity: Scottish, Argentinian, Spanish, English

Anya Taylor-Joy is an American-born Argentinian and British actress and model. She was born in Miami, Florida, then grew up in Argentina, and moved to London, England, at age six.

Anya is described in articles as the daughter of a Scottish-Argentinian father and a Spanish-English mother, and Anya has said that as well. She has also said:

So my Dad’s Scottish-Argentine and my Mum’s African-Spanish – and the political situation in Argentina was getting so dire that they wanted their children to grow up in an environment without fear. We all really resented them for [leaving Argentina] and now we look back, we’re like thank you so much because they gave us such an opportunity in life.

It is not clear from these descriptions if her father is an Argentinian of Scottish descent, or is of mixed Scottish and Argentinian ancestry, or if her mother is of mixed Spanish, English, and African, ancestry, or has citizenship or residency in multiple countries.

Her grandparents live in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain.

A picture of Anya with her mother can be seen here.


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

madman July 15, 2017 at 7:47 am

Hmmm… Spanish-English… African-Spanish… What does she mean? She doesn’t strike me as someone with recent African ancestry.

bablah July 15, 2017 at 9:34 am

Her mother looks completely white

andrew July 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

She has stated to have grandparents from Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain.

follers February 19, 2017 at 5:08 am

Her parents are Jennifer Marina Joy and Dennis Taylor. So if she has Hispanic ancestry it’s probably from a grandmother or two.

madman February 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

If these records from the company Carlton Lodge are of her parents, then they are both British by nationality.

This Jennifer goes under the surname “Taylor De Joy”, as in Spanish naming custom. Dennis Taylor has the middle name “Alan”. He was born in 1940, which make him seem too old to be Anya’s father, although she has actually said: “I have a lot of brothers and sisters, but they’re all a lot older than me, so my parents and I are very close.”

ashash February 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Her father would be about 77 then.

fuzzybear44 July 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm


That’s not impossible, My grandfather was almost 60 when my mother was born. My grandmother was 28 at the time. My father was almost 20yrs older than my mother.For some younger women like older men

follers February 20, 2017 at 4:24 am

Yes, those are her parents.

blue July 15, 2017 at 5:29 am

spanish not hispanic ancestry, please, we dont have native american or african blood in us.

madman July 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

Hispanic refers to people whose mother tongue is Spanish (or occasionally people with Spanish-speaking ancestors). So Spanish people are indeed hispanic.

fuzzybear44 July 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm


You may not, but I’m pretty sure a good number of Spaniards do. whether it be North or Sub-Saharan

andrew January 23, 2017 at 5:59 am

that is what she stated at this interview on the Argentinian channel C5N, at 0:53.

Presenter: is your mother Spanish and your father Argentinian?
Anya: Yes, Spanish and English and daddy is Argentinan and Scottish

follers January 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm

I’m still not clear on what that means (a grandparent from each country?). Argentinians are also very multi-ethnic.

andrew January 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm
andrew January 29, 2017 at 11:44 am


she sounds like someone who speaks Spanish at home.

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