Anya Taylor-Joy

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Taylor-Joy in 2015, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Anya-Josephine Taylor-Joy

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 is known for starring in the films The Witch and Split, among others. She was born in Miami, Florida, then grew up in Argentina, and moved to London, England, at age six. Her name Anya is Russian.

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.


17 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    Her Wikipedia page says her mother is half Spanish half South African and her father “Scottish Argentine” :

  2. madman says:

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

  3. andrew says:

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

  4. follers says:

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

  5. andrew says:

    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

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