The Info List - Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
(born Aaron Perry Johnson;[1] 13 June 1990)[2][3] is an English actor, best known as Robbie from Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), as well as the title character in the Kick-Ass films and Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Taylor-Johnson began performing at age six and has appeared in films such as Shanghai Knights
Shanghai Knights
(2003), playing a young Charlie Chaplin, The Illusionist (2006) and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
(2008). He had his breakthrough performance in the John Lennon
John Lennon
biopic Nowhere Boy (2009). He 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
– Motion Picture and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor
in a Supporting Role. He was initially credited as Aaron Johnson, but began being billed as Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
in 2013, with Kick-Ass 2. He had legally changed his name after marrying director Sam Taylor-Wood.[4]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Johnson was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire,[5] the son of Sarah and Robert Johnson, a housewife mother and civil engineer father, respectively.[3][6] He has a sister, Gemma, who appeared in his film Tom & Thomas (2002) in a small role.[7] Johnson is Jewish.[8] He was educated at Holmer Green Senior School[9] and attended the Jackie Palmer Stage School in High Wycombe
High Wycombe
between 1996 and 2008, where he studied drama, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and singing.[10] Career[edit] 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.[11] He appeared in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
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.[2] In 2003, Johnson appeared as a young Charlie Chaplin
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.[12] Also in 2006, he starred in the film The Thief Lord, as Prosper.

Taylor-Johnson at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
San Diego Comic-Con International
promoting Godzilla

Johnson appeared as John Lennon
John Lennon
in the 2009 biopic 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, 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.[13][14] 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.[2] In December 2010, 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.[15][16] Johnson starred in R.E.M.'s 2011 music video "Überlin", which was also directed by his then-fiancée.[17] In 2012, Johnson played Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina. Later that year, he starred as Ben in Oliver Stone's Savages. HitFix
film critic Drew McWeeny
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.[18] Johnson starred in the Godzilla reboot, released in May 2014.[19][20] Johnson played Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), the sequel to The Avengers.[21] Johnson first appeared as the character in a post-credits scene of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[22] The role reunited him with Elizabeth Olsen, who played his wife in Godzilla.[21][20] 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. Johnson also became first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor
winner since Richard Benjamin who did not receive an Academy Award
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,[23] and in 2018 he will appear in Outlaw King, an American-British historical action drama about Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence. Personal life[edit]

Taylor-Johnson, with Sam Taylor-Johnson, in September 2010

Aaron Johnson began a relationship with Nowhere Boy
Nowhere Boy
director Sam Taylor-Wood, after meeting on the 2009 set of the film when he was 18 and she was 42.[24] They announced their engagement in October 2009 and married at Babington House, Somerset, England on 21 June 2012. The two changed their surnames to "Taylor-Johnson" and use the surname professionally.[4][24][25][26] The couple have two daughters, Wylda Rae (b. 2010) and Romy Hero (b. 2012). He is also stepfather to two daughters from his wife's previous marriage.[27] Taylor-Johnson was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[28] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes

2000 The Apocalypse Johanan Raffaele Mertes

2002 Tom & Thomas Tom Sheppard / Thomas Esmé Lammers

2003 Behind Closed Doors Sam Goodwin Louis Caulfield

2003 Shanghai Knights Charlie Chaplin David Dobkin

2004 Dead Cool George David Cohen

2006 Thief Lord, TheThe Thief Lord Prosper Richard Claus

2006 Illusionist, TheThe Illusionist Young Eisenheim Neil Burger

2006 Fast Learners Neil Christoph Röhl Short film

2006 Best Man, TheThe Best Man Michael (Aged 15) Stefan Schwartz

2007 The Magic Door Flip Paul Matthews

2008 Dummy Danny Matthew Thompson Nominated — ALFS Award for Young British Performer of the Year

2008 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Robbie Jennings Gurinder Chadha

2009 Greatest, TheThe Greatest Bennett Brewer Shana Feste

2009 Nowhere Boy John Lennon Sam Taylor-Johnson Empire Award for Best Newcomer Nominated — ALFS Award for Young British Performer of the Year Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor

2010 Kick-Ass David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass Matthew Vaughn Nominated — Empire Award for Best Actor Nominated — BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated — Scream Award for Best Breakout Performance - Male Nominated — Scream Award for Best Fantasy Actor Nominated — Scream Award for Best Superhero Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male

2010 Chatroom William Collins Hideo Nakata

2011 Albert Nobbs Joe Mackins Rodrigo García

2012 Savages Ben Oliver Stone

2012 Anna Karenina Count Vronsky Joe Wright Final time credited as Aaron Johnson Nominated — Alliance of Women Film Journalists
Alliance of Women Film Journalists
Award for Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction (shared w/ Keira Knightley)

2013 Kick-Ass 2 David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass Jeff Wadlow First time credited as Aaron Taylor-Johnson

2014 Godzilla Lt. Ford Brody Gareth Edwards

2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Uncredited cameo

2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Joss Whedon

2016 Nocturnal Animals Ray Marcus Tom Ford Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor
– Motion Picture Virtuosos Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor
in a Supporting Role Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor

2017 The Wall Isaac Doug Liman

2018 Outlaw King James Douglas, Lord of Douglas David Mackenzie Post-production

2019 A Million Little Pieces James Frey Sam Taylor-Johnson Post-production; also screenwriter


Year Title Role Notes

2001 Armadillo Young Lorimer Black

2003 Bill, TheThe Bill Zac Clough Episode: "162"

2004 Family Business Paul Sullivan 1 episode

2004 Feather Boy Niker 3 episodes

2006 I Shouldn't Be Alive Mark 4 episodes

2006 Casualty Joey Byrne Episode: "Silent Ties"

2007 Talk
to Me Aaron 4 episodes

2007 Coming Up Eoin Episode: "99,100"

2007 Nearly Famous Owen Stephens 6 episodes

2007 Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars Finch Television film

2014 Family Guy Jaidan (voice) Episode: "Chap Stewie"

2020 Sprucia & Gilli Prince Charles Main series


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Neil Burger
explains this on the film's DVD commentary. ^ "Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news". Aintitcool.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011.  ^ Gholson, John (2 May 2011). "'Kick-Ass' Kicks Ass at BNAT - The Moviefone Blog". Scifisquad.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011.  ^ Sneider, Jeff (6 December 2010). "Aaron Johnson Joins Mia Wasikowska in 'Albert Nobbs'". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011.  ^ Georgina Littlejohn (7 December 2010). "Hardly the hardcore biker: Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
gets his motor running... after his yoga class". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 October 2011.  ^ "Watch REM's Uberlin, starring Aaron Johnson - video". London: Guardian. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011.  ^ McWeeny, Drew (30 June 2012). "Review: Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
turns Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, and Blake Lively into 'Savages'". HitFix. Retrieved 24 August 2012.  ^ Kroll, Justin (6 February 2013). "Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston circling 'Godzilla'". Variety. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  ^ a b Gettell, Oliver (25 February 2014). "'Godzilla' trailer: Bryan Cranston panics, destruction rains down". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  ^ a b "Official: Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen
& Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Join 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'". Marvel. 25 November 2013. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2013.  ^ Milly, Jenna (14 March 2014). "'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' premiere: Crossover is the word". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  ^ Kroll, Justin (May 9, 2016). " Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Eyed for Lead in Doug Liman's 'The Wall' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 1, 2016.  ^ a b "She's Having His Baby!". People. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2012.  ^ "50 Shades of Grey film to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson". Shepton Mallet Journal. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014.  ^ "Aaron Johnson, fiancé of artist Sam Taylor-Wood, considers himself 'a very lucky man'". London: The Telegraph. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2012.  ^ "Sam Taylor Wood husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
appearance overhaul in Joe Wright's Anna Karenina - Daily Mail
Daily Mail
Online". Mail Online.  ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. 

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Awards for Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor
– Motion Picture

Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) J. Carrol Naish
J. Carrol Naish
(1945) Clifton Webb
Clifton Webb
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
(1949) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1950) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1951) Millard Mitchell
Millard Mitchell
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1955) Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Stephen Boyd
Stephen Boyd
(1959) Sal Mineo
Sal Mineo
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1962) John Huston
John Huston
(1963) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1964) Oskar Werner
Oskar Werner
(1965) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1966) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1967) Daniel Massey (1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1974) Richard Benjamin
Richard Benjamin
(1975) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Peter Firth
Peter Firth
(1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Melvyn Douglas/ Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell

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Empire Award for Best Newcomer

Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer
(1996) Ewen Bremner
Ewen Bremner
(1997) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(1998) Vinnie Jones
Vinnie Jones
(1999) Carrie-Anne Moss/ Damien O'Donnell (2000) Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
(2001) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
(2002) Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike
(2003) Martine McCutcheon (2004) Freddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore
(2005) Kelly Reilly
Kelly Reilly
(2006) Brandon Routh/ Eva Green
Eva Green
(2007) Sam Riley
Sam Riley
(2008) Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton
(2009) Aaron Johnson (2010) Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloë Grace Moretz

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Glamour Awards Man of the Year

David Schwimmer
David Schwimmer
(2004) Usher (2005) Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(2006) Eric Mabius
Eric Mabius
(2007) Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(2008) Kanye West
Kanye West
(2009) Aaron Johnson (2010) Garrett Hedlund
Garrett Hedlund
(2011) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2012) Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
(2013) Sam Claflin
Sam Claflin
(2014) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris
(2015) James Norton (2016)

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