Aaron Johnson (English actor)

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Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson 2010.jpg
Johnson in September 2010
BornAaron Perry Johnson[1]
(1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 22)[2][3]
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Other namesAaron Taylor-Johnson
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Sam Taylor-Wood (m. 2012)
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Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson 2010.jpg
Johnson in September 2010
BornAaron Perry Johnson[1]
(1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 22)[2][3]
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Other namesAaron Taylor-Johnson
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Sam Taylor-Wood (m. 2012)

Aaron Perry Taylor-Johnson[4] (born 13 June 1990) is an English actor. Taylor-Johnson, who began performing at age six, appeared in films such as Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and The Illusionist before graduating to starring roles in Nowhere Boy, in which he played John Lennon and Kick-Ass in which he played David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass. Initially credited as Aaron Johnson, he began being billed as Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Anna Karenina (2012); he took the new legal name after marrying Sam Taylor-Wood.[5]


Early life[edit]

Johnson was born Aaron Perry Johnson on 13 June 1990 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England,[6] the son of a housewife mother and a civil engineer father.[3][7] Johnson has cited actor Daniel Day-Lewis as one of his idols.[8]


Johnson began acting at the age of six, and performed as the son of Macduff alongside Rufus Sewell’s Macbeth in 1999,[9] and in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in 2000. His TV roles have included his turn as Niker in the BBC's 2004 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 in Shanghai Knights. In 2006, Johnson appeared in The Illusionist, appearing in the flashback scenes in the beginning of the film as Edward Norton's character as a teenager, Eduard Abramovicz. The scenes show the young Eduard as he first learns magic, and to do this, Johnson himself learned how to perform the ball trick displayed by his character. He also learned how to perform the balancing of the egg on the stick, although that was effected mechanically.[10] Johnson subsequently appeared as the heartthrob, Robbie, in the 2008 teen comedy Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, alongside The Illusionist co-star, Eleanor Tomlinson. Later, Johnson starred as Lorimer Black in Armadillo, and Prosper in The Thief Lord.

Johnson appeared as John Lennon in the 2009 biopic Nowhere Boy, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. In 2010, Johnson appeared as Dave Lizewski, the lead character in Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman's film Kick-Ass, based on the superhero comic book of the same name by Mark Millar,[11][12] and has 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.[13][14] Johnson starred in R.E.M.'s 2011 music video Überlin which was also directed by his then-fiancée.[15]

In 2012 he played Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina.

In July 2012, he starred in Oliver Stone's Savages alongside Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and John Travolta. HitFix film critic Drew McWeeny was positive of the bond between Johnson and 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.[16] Johnson will reprise his titular role in the upcoming sequel Kick-Ass 2 which is scheduled for release on 28 June 2013. Johnson will also star in the upcoming Godzilla reboot scheduled for release on 16 May 2014.

In June 2013, it was reported that Johnson is in early talks to play the role of Quicksilver in the sequel to The Avengers which is scheduled to be released in 2015.[17]

Personal life[edit]

In a September 2012 interview, Taylor-Johnson stated that he had few friends from his hometown.[18]

Johnson began a relationship with his Nowhere Boy director, Sam Taylor-Wood, on the 2009 set of the film. Sam Taylor-Wood is 23 years Johnson's senior.[19] The couple announced their engagement at the film's premiere in October 2009.[20][4] The couple have two daughters together, born prior to their marriage: Wylda Rae (born 7 July 2010)[21] and Romy Hero (born 18 January 2012).[22][23] Through his marriage, Johnson is also a stepfather to Taylor-Wood's older daughters, Angelica (b. 1997) and Jessie (b. 2006).[19]



2002Tom & ThomasTom / Thomas
The ApocalypseJohananTV movie
2003Behind Closed DoorsSam GoodwinTV movie
Shanghai KnightsCharlie Chaplin
2004Dead CoolGeorge
2006Thief Lord, TheThe Thief LordProsper
Illusionist, TheThe IllusionistYoung Eisenheim
Fast LearnersNeil
Best Man, TheThe Best ManMichael - age 15TV movie
2007Magic Door, TheThe Magic DoorFlip
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street IrregularsFinchTV movie
Angus, Thongs and Perfect SnoggingRobbie
2009Greatest, TheThe GreatestBennett Brewer
Nowhere BoyJohn LennonEmpire Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2010Kick-AssDavid "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-AssNominated — Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Orange Rising Star Award
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Fantasy Actor
Nominated — Scream Award for the Best Breakthrough Performance - Male
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Superhero
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male
2011Albert NobbsJoe
Anna KareninaCount Vronsky
2013Kick-Ass 2David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-AssPost-production


2001ArmadilloYoung Lorimer Black
2003Bill, TheThe BillZac Clough1 episode: "162"
2004Family BusinessPaul Sullivan1 episode
2004Feather BoyNiker3 episodes
2006I Shouldn't Be AliveMark1 episode
2006CasualtyJoey Byrne1 episode: "Silent Ties"
2007Talk to MeAaron4 episodes
2007Coming UpEoin1 episode: "99,100"
2007Nearly FamousOwen6 episodes


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ a b c Gray, Sadie. "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". London: Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Aaron Johnson : Actor - Films, episodes and roles". Uk-tv-guide.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  4. ^ a b Allen, Emily (22 June 2012). "Sam Taylor-Wood, 45, and her toyboy lover Aaron Johnson, 22, tie the knot". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Buchanan, Kyle. "Aaron Johnson, Sam Taylor-Wood Marry". Vulture. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ Aaron Johnson: Biography. The New York Times. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  7. ^ Maher, Kevin (2009-10-03). "Aaron Johnson: Beatle mania". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  8. ^ "Family Man". VMAN. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  9. ^ "Sewell to Return to Stage in Macbeth". Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Writer/director Neil Burger explains this on the film's DVD commentary.
  11. ^ "Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news". Aintitcool.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  12. ^ Gholson, John (2011-05-02). "'Kick-Ass' Kicks Ass at BNAT - The Moviefone Blog". Scifisquad.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2010-12-06). "Aaron Johnson Joins Mia Wasikowska in 'Albert Nobbs' | The Wrap Deal Central". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  14. ^ Georgina Littlejohn (2010-12-07). "Hardly the hardcore biker: Orlando Bloom gets his motor running... after his yoga class". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  15. ^ "Watch REM's Uberlin, starring Aaron Johnson - video | Music | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  16. ^ McWeeny, Drew (30 June 2012). "Review: Oliver Stone turns Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, and Blake Lively into 'Savages'". HitFix. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (7 June 2013). "‘Avengers 2′: ‘Kick-Ass’ Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Early Talks to Play Quicksilver". Variety. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Martha De Lacey (3 September 2012). "'I haven't been home to see my parents in about six years': The dramatic new life (and slick blond looks) of Aaron Taylor-Johnson". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "She's Having His Baby!". People. 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  20. ^ "Aaron Johnson, fiancé of artist Sam Taylor-Wood, considers himself 'a very lucky man'". London: The Telegraph. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  21. ^ Sara Nathan (2010-07-08). "Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Johnson become the proud parents of baby girl Wylda | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  22. ^ "Aaron Johnson, Sam Taylor-Wood Welcome Daughter Romy Hero". People. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  23. ^ "Sam Taylor-Wood's baby is another Hero | Showbiz". thisislondon.co.uk. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 

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