Aaron Perry Taylor-Johnson (né Johnson; born 13 June 1990) is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayal of the title character in Kick-Ass (2010) and its 2013 sequel, and the Marvel Comics character Pietro Maximoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Taylor-Johnson began performing at age six and has appeared in such films as Shanghai Knights (2003), The Illusionist (2006), The Thief Lord (2006), and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008).
Aaron Perry Johnson
13 June 1990
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
|Other names||Aaron Johnson|
He had his breakthrough performance in the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy (2009). Taylor-Johnson went on to portray Ben in the Oliver Stone-directed crime thriller Savages (2012), Russian aristocrat Count Vronsky in Joe Wright's adaptation of Anna Karenina (2012), and Lt. Brody in Gareth Edwards' monster movie Godzilla (2014).
For his performance as psychopathic drifter Ray Marcus in Tom Ford's thriller Nocturnal Animals (2016), he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Taylor-Johnson later starred as military commander Ives in Christopher Nolan's spy action epic Tenet (2020). He will portray another Marvel character, Kraven the Hunter, in a 2023 standalone film as part of the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters.
Aaron Perry Johnson was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the son of Sarah and Robert Johnson, a housewife mother and civil engineer father, respectively. He has a sister, Gemma, who appeared in a small role in his 2002 film Tom & Thomas. He is Jewish. He was educated at Holmer Green Senior School, and attended the Jackie Palmer Stage School in High Wycombe between 1996 and 2008, where he studied drama, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and singing.
Taylor-Johnson began acting at the age of six. On stage, he appeared in a London production of Shakespeare's Macbeth, playing the son of Macduff alongside Rufus Sewell, who played Macbeth, in 1999. He appeared in Arthur Miller's All My Sons in 2000. His television roles have included Niker in the 2004 BBC adaptation of the novel Feather Boy, Aaron in Danny Brocklehurst's ITV1 serial Talk to Me, and Owen Stephens in Nearly Famous. In 2003, Taylor-Johnson appeared as a young Charlie Chaplin in Shanghai Knights, with Chaplin depicted as a member of a London gang of street thugs. In 2006, he appeared in The Illusionist, appearing in the early flashback scenes as Edward Norton's character, Eduard Abramovicz, as a teenager. The scenes show the young Eduard as he first learns magic, and to do this, Johnson had to learn how to perform the ball trick displayed by his character. He learned how to perform the balancing of the egg on the stick, although that was effected mechanically. Also in 2006, he starred in the film The Thief Lord, as Prosper.
Taylor-Johnson appeared as John Lennon in the 2009 biographical film Nowhere Boy, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. His performance saw him receive the Empire Award for Best Newcomer and he was also nominated for Young British Performer of the Year by the London Film Critics' Circle. In 2010, Taylor-Johnson appeared as David "Dave" Lizewski/Kick-Ass, the lead character in Kick-Ass, based on the superhero comic book of the same name by Scottish writer Mark Millar. His performance in Kick-Ass saw him nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. He has also appeared as the central character, William, in Hideo Nakata's Chatroom. In December 2010, Taylor-Johnson joined the cast of Albert Nobbs as a replacement for Orlando Bloom, who dropped out of the production due to his wife's pregnancy. Taylor-Johnson starred in R.E.M.'s 2011 music video "Überlin", which was also directed by his then-fiancée.
In 2012, Taylor-Johnson played Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina. Later that year, he starred as Ben in Oliver Stone's Savages. HitFix film critic Drew McWeeny was positive of the bond between Johnson and co-star Taylor Kitsch, which "seems not only credible but lived in and authentic throughout the film", and noted the evolution in maturity of Johnson since Kick-Ass. Taylor-Johnson starred in the Godzilla reboot, released in May 2014. Taylor-Johnson played Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), the sequel to 2012's The Avengers, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Taylor-Johnson first appeared as the character in a post-credits scene of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). The role reunited him with Elizabeth Olsen, who played his wife in Godzilla.
In 2016, he played Ray, a menacing Texan, in Tom Ford's thriller Nocturnal Animals. For the role, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Taylor-Johnson also became first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor winner since Richard Benjamin who did not receive an Academy Award nomination. For the role he also received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2017, he played an American soldier (alongside John Cena) in Doug Liman's thriller The Wall, and in 2018, he appeared in Outlaw King, a British-American historical action drama about Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence. In May 2019, Taylor-Johnson was cast in Christopher Nolan's Tenet.
Taylor-Johnson will star in the West End production of the play The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh at the Duke of York's Theatre, which is scheduled to take place in 2021. He is also set to join the ensemble cast of Bullet Train, a film based on the novel Mariabītoru by Kōtarō Isaka. In March 2021, Taylor-Johnson signed on as a co-star and producer on the biographical drama film Rothko, directed by his wife, Sam Taylor-Johnson. In May 2021, Taylor-Johnson was cast as Kraven the Hunter, another Marvel character, to star in a standalone film set to be released in January 2023, as part of the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters.
Aaron Johnson began a relationship with director Sam Taylor-Wood, after meeting on the 2009 set of the film Nowhere Boy when he was 18 and she was 42. They married at Babington House, Somerset, England on 21 June 2012. The two subsequently changed their surnames to Taylor-Johnson. The couple have two daughters, and he has two stepdaughters from his wife's previous marriage.
Taylor-Johnson was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2000||The Apocalypse||Johanan||Raffaele Mertes|
|2002||Tom & Thomas||Tom Sheppard / Thomas||Esmé Lammers|
|2003||Behind Closed Doors||Sam Goodwin||Louis Caulfield|
|Shanghai Knights||Charlie Chaplin||David Dobkin|
|2004||Dead Cool||George||David Cohen|
|2006||The Thief Lord||Prosper||Richard Claus|
|The Illusionist||Young Eisenheim||Neil Burger|
|Fast Learners||Neil||Christoph Röhl||Short film|
|The Best Man||Michael (Aged 15)||Stefan Schwartz|
|2007||The Magic Door||Flip||Paul Matthews|
|Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging||Robbie Jennings||Gurinder Chadha|
|2009||The Greatest||Bennett Brewer||Shana Feste|
|Nowhere Boy||John Lennon||Sam Taylor-Johnson|
|2010||Kick-Ass||David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass||Matthew Vaughn|
|Chatroom||William Collins||Hideo Nakata|
|2011||Albert Nobbs||Joe Mackins||Rodrigo García|
|Anna Karenina||Count Vronsky||Joe Wright||Final time credited as Aaron Johnson|
|2013||Kick-Ass 2||David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass||Jeff Wadlow||First time credited as Aaron Taylor-Johnson|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver||Anthony and Joe Russo||Uncredited cameo|
|Godzilla||Lt. Ford Brody||Gareth Edwards|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver||Joss Whedon|
|2016||Nocturnal Animals||Ray Marcus||Tom Ford|
|2017||The Wall||Sgt. Allen "Ize" Isaac||Doug Liman|
|2018||Outlaw King||James Douglas, Lord of Douglas||David Mackenzie|
|A Million Little Pieces||James Frey||Sam Taylor-Johnson||Also writer|
|2021||The King's Man||Lee Unwin||Matthew Vaughn||Completed|
|2022||Bullet Train||Tangerine||David Leitch||Post-production|
|2023||Kraven the Hunter||Sergei Kravinoff / Kraven the Hunter||J.C. Chandor||In development|
|TBA||Rothko||Sam Taylor-Johnson||Also producer; filming|
|2001||Armadillo||Young Lorimer Black|
|2003||The Bill||Zac Clough||Episode: "162"|
|2004||Family Business||Paul Sullivan||1 episode|
|Feather Boy||Niker||3 episodes|
|2006||I Shouldn't Be Alive||Mark||4 episodes|
|Casualty||Joey Byrne||Episode: "Silent Ties"|
|2007||Talk to Me||Aaron||4 episodes|
|Coming Up||Eoin||Episode: "99,100"|
|Nearly Famous||Owen Stephens||6 episodes|
|Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars||Finch||Television film|
|2010||Kick-Ass: The Game||Kick-Ass (voice)|
Awards and nominations
|2009||30th London Film Critics Circle Awards||Nowhere Boy and Dummy||Young British Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|12th British Independent Film Awards||Nowhere Boy||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2010||15th Empire Awards||Best Newcomer||Won|
|2010 Scream Awards||Kick-Ass||Best Breakout Performance - Male||Nominated|
|Best Fantasy Actor||Nominated|
|2010 Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star||Nominated|
|2011||16th Empire Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|64th British Academy Film Awards||Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|2012||2012 EDA Awards||Anna Karenina||Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction (shared with Keira Knightley)||Nominated|
|2016||21st San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Nocturnal Animals||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2017||74th Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture||Won|
|32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Won|
|70th British Academy Film Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
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'I went into the audition looking like a nerd. My hair was really crazy, curly and wacky. Then they got me to meet Matthew. At the end, when I finally admitted I was English, he said. "Nah, your accent’s not that good." I was like, "Dude. I'm from High Wycombe."'
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He liked it recently when someone said he resembled a fashionable Hasidic Jew. "That was nice because I have really curly hair and also I'm Jewish," he explains.
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