Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson
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Taylor-Johnson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
BornAaron Perry Johnson[1]
(1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 23)[2][3]
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Other namesAaron Johnson
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Sam Taylor-Wood (m. 2012)
Children2
 
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Taylor-Johnson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
BornAaron Perry Johnson[1]
(1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 23)[2][3]
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Other namesAaron Johnson
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Sam Taylor-Wood (m. 2012)
Children2

Aaron Perry Taylor-Johnson[4] (born Aaron Perry Johnson; 13 June 1990) is an English actor. He began performing at age six and has appeared in films such as Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and The Illusionist. He then moved onto starring roles in Nowhere Boy, in which he played John Lennon, and Kick-Ass and its 2013 sequel, Kick-Ass 2, in which he played David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass. He was known as Aaron Johnson, until he began being billed as Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kick-Ass 2. legally changing his name after marrying director Sam Taylor-Wood.[5]

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire,[6] the son of a housewife mother and a civil engineer father.[3][7] He attended the Jackie Palmer Stage School in High Wycombe between 1996 and 2008, where he was tutored in drama, tap, jazz, acrobatics and singing.[8]

Career[edit]

Johnson began acting at the age of six, performing as the son of Macduff alongside Rufus Sewell playing the lead role in Macbeth in 1999,[9] and 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.[2] In 2003, Johnson appeared as a young Charlie Chaplin in Shanghai Knights. 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.[10]

Johnson appeared as John Lennon in the 2009 biopic film Nowhere Boy, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. In 2010, Johnson appeared as David "Dave" Lizewski/Kick-Ass, the lead character 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, Johnson played Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina. Later that year, he starred 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.[16] Johnson will also star in the upcoming Godzilla reboot scheduled for release on May 2014.[17][18] In June 2013, it was reported that Johnson is in early talks to play the role of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is scheduled to be released in 2015.[19] In October 2013, The Wrap reported that Johnson had finalized his deal to portray the character.[20]

Personal life[edit]

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

Johnson began a relationship with his Nowhere Boy director, Sam Taylor-Wood, who is 23 years his senior.[21] The couple announced their engagement at the film's premiere in October 2009.[22] The couple have two daughters born prior to marriage, Wylda Rae (born 7 July 2010) and Romy Hero (born 18 January 2012). Johnson and Taylor-Wood married in 2012. Johnson adopted part of his wife's surname (maiden name) as part of his professional name.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Tom & ThomasTom / Thomas
2002The ApocalypseJohanan
2003Behind Closed DoorsSam Goodwin
2003Shanghai KnightsCharlie Chaplin
2004Dead CoolGeorge
2006Thief Lord, TheThe Thief LordProsper
2006Illusionist, TheThe IllusionistYoung Eisenheim
2006Fast LearnersNeil
2006Best Man, TheThe Best ManMichael (aged 15)
2007Magic Door, TheThe Magic DoorFlip
2008DummyDanny
2008Angus, Thongs and Perfect SnoggingRobbie Jennings
2009Greatest, TheThe GreatestBennett Brewer
2009Nowhere 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 — BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male
2010ChatroomWilliam
2011Albert NobbsJoe
2012SavagesBen
2012Anna KareninaCount Vronsky
2013Kick-Ass 2David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass
2014GodzillaLieutenant FordPost-production
2015Avengers: Age of UltronPietro Maximoff / QuicksilverPre-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001ArmadilloYoung Lorimer Black
2002The ApocalypseJohananTV movie
2003Bill, TheThe BillZac CloughEpisode: "162"
2004Family BusinessPaul Sullivan1 episode
2004Feather BoyNiker3 episodes
2006I Shouldn't Be AliveMark4 episodes
2006CasualtyJoey ByrneEpisode: "Silent Ties"
2007Talk to MeAaron4 episodes
2007Coming UpEoinEpisode: "99,100"
2007Nearly FamousOwen Stephens6 episodes
2007Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street IrregularsFinchTV movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ a b c Gray, Sadie. "The Times: Entertainment". London: Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Aaron Johnso profile". Uk-tv-guide.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  4. ^ 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 (3 October 2009). "Aaron Johnson: Beatle mania". London: Times Online. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Cain, Rebecca (3 January 2010). "Another successful year for the Jackie Palmer Stage School and agency". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Sewell to Return to Stage in Macbeth". Archived from the original on 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 (2 May 2011). "'Kick-Ass' Kicks Ass at BNAT - The Moviefone Blog". Scifisquad.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff (6 December 2010). "Aaron Johnson Joins Mia Wasikowska in 'Albert Nobbs'". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Georgina Littlejohn (7 December 2010). "Hardly the hardcore biker: Orlando Bloom gets his motor running... after his yoga class". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Watch REM's Uberlin, starring Aaron Johnson - video". London: Guardian. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  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. ^ "GODZILLA SPOILERS: Leaked Call Sheet! FEMA Press Conference & SF's Destruction (Videos & Pics)". comicbookmovie.com. 10 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "SHOOT: Japanese Monster Reboot GODZILLA Films Overnight at Paper Recycling Plant in Coquitlam". 10 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (7 June 2013). "‘Avengers 2′: ‘Kick-Ass’ Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Early Talks to Play Quicksilver". Variety. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  20. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 30, 2013). "Aaron Taylor-Johnson Closes Deal to Play Quicksilver in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  21. ^ "She's Having His Baby!". People. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Aaron Johnson, fiancé of artist Sam Taylor-Wood, considers himself 'a very lucky man'". London: The Telegraph. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 

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