Birth Name: Anya-Josephine Taylor-Joy
Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 16, 1996
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Spanish
Anya Taylor-Joy is an 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’s father Dennis was raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by his English-born father and Buenos Aires-born mother, both of whom were of Scottish and English descent.
Anya has stated that her mother was born and raised in Zambia, in Africa, and “is from both London, England and Zaragoza, Spain.” It is not clear from these descriptions if her mother is of mixed Spanish and English ancestry, or has citizenship or residency in multiple countries. A picture of Anya with her mother can be seen here.
Anya’s paternal grandfather was Alfred Royal Taylor (the son of Henry William Taylor and Janette/Jeannette Liddle McDonald). Alfred was born in Romford, Essex, England, and lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Henry was the son of John Taylor and Caroline Howell. Janette was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, the daughter of William Robertson and Jessie McDonald.
Anya’s paternal grandmother was Violet Mary Forrest (the daughter of Alexander Gibson Forrest and Mabel Carter). Violet was born in Buenos Aires. Alexander was born in Pettinain, Lanark, Scotland, the son of George Forrest and Mary MacMinn/McMinn. Mabel was born in Reading, England, the daughter of George Thomas Carter and Annie Wheeler.
Anya has said:
…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.
Her maternal grandparents live in Zaragoza, Spain.
Anya’s paternal grandfather, Alfred Royal Taylor, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth record of Anya’s paternal great-grandfather, Alexander Gibson Forrest – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Anya’s paternal great-great-grandparents, George Thomas Carter and Annie Wheeler – https://www.familysearch.org
paternal grandparents researched by follers