Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson
BornDakota Mayi Johnson
(1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 24)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
OccupationFashion model, actress
Years active1999–present
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Dakota Johnson
BornDakota Mayi Johnson
(1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 24)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
OccupationFashion model, actress
Years active1999–present

Dakota Mayi Johnson (born October 4, 1989)[1] is an American fashion model and actress, best known for her lead role in the short-lived Fox sitcom Ben and Kate (2012–2013). She has been cast in the lead role of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey, set for release in 2015. She is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in Austin, Texas, the daughter of actor Don Johnson and actress Melanie Griffith. On her mother's side, she is a granddaughter of advertising executive and former child actor Peter Griffith and actress Tippi Hedren, and half-niece of actress Tracy Griffith and production designer Clay A. Griffith. Her stepfather is Antonio Banderas.[2] She has six half-siblings; four on her father's side and two on her mother's side.

Johnson attended Aspen Community School in Aspen, Colorado.[3] She was an avid dancer as a child. She became interested in modeling at age 12 after a photo shoot with other children of celebrities for Teen Vogue.[3]


In 1999, Johnson made her film debut in Crazy in Alabama where she and her half-sister, Stella Banderas, played daughters to their real-life mother, Melanie Griffith. The film was directed by her stepfather, Antonio Banderas.

She was voted Miss Golden Globe 2006, where she served as the first second-generation Miss Golden Globe in the Globes' history.[4][5]

In 2006, she signed with IMG Models.[3] In 2009, she modeled for MANGO brand's jeans line.[6]

Once Johnson graduated from high school, she signed with the William Morris Agency and started her acting career. She appeared in the critical and box office hit in 2010 with David Fincher's film The Social Network, in which she had a scene with Justin Timberlake. The film earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and she quickly landed more films. She appeared in Beastly;[7] Ezna Sands' film Theo;[8] So Yong Kim's film For Ellen; and Larry Clark's film Savage Innocent.[6] She has roles in several 2012 films: Christopher Neil's film Goats, with David Duchovny; Nicholas Stoller's film Five Year Engagement for producer Judd Apatow, and the successful feature film version of the 1987 hit television show 21 Jump Street.[9] She also won the female lead in Chris Nelson's film "Gay Dude," written by Alan Yang.[10]

In March 2012, Johnson was cast as Kate in the Fox comedy series Ben and Kate, marking her television debut.[11] The show was cancelled on January 25, 2013 after one season.[12] Johnson quickly resumed her film career, joining the cast of Need for Speed.[13] She also has been cast in the modern-day film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline.[14]

In 2010, Dakota traveled to Sydney, Australia, where she shot the "Rising Star" campaign for fashion label Wish.[15]

In 2013, she made a cameo appearance as one of the new hires on the finale of The Office.

On September 2, 2013, author E. L. James announced that Johnson would play Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.[16]


1999Crazy in AlabamaSondra
2010Social Network, TheThe Social NetworkAmelia Ritter
2011BeastlySloan Hagen
2012For EllenCindy Taylor
201221 Jump StreetFugazy
2012Five-Year Engagement, TheThe Five-Year EngagementAudrey
2014Date and SwitchEmCompleted
2014Need for SpeedAnitaPost-production
2015Fifty Shades of GreyAnastasia SteeleFilming[17]
2012–2013Ben and KateKate Fox16 episodes
2013Office, TheThe OfficeDakotaEpisode: "Finale"


  1. ^ "Dakota Johnson: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson – Like Mother, Like Daughter – Hollywood's Hottest Moms". InStyle. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Interview". Aspen Peak (Winter 2008/Spring 2009). p. 146. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Miss/Mr. Golden Globe". HFPA. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dakota Johnson Selected as 2006 Miss Golden Globe at 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards to Be Telecast Live on NBC on Jan. 16; First Daughter of a Former Miss Golden Globe Ever to Be Chosen". Findarticles.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Dakota Johnson". Interview Magazine. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "MANGO blog". Mango.com. October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Dakota Johnson". Thelast-magazine.com. October 25, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 3, 2011). "Dakota Johnson books trio of roles". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 9, 2011). "Dakota Johnson woos 'Gay Dude'". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 23, 2012). "Dakota Johnson Cast As The Lead Of Fox Comedy Pilot 'Ned Fox Is My Manny'". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ O'Connell, Michael (January 25, 2013). "Fox Officially Cancels 'Ben and Kate,' Shuts Down Production". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Puchko, Kristy (7 February 2013). "Ben And Kate's Dakota Johnson Feels The Need For Speed". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Anton Yelchin & Dakota Johnson Set for Modern Day CYMBELINE Film Adaptation - BWWMoviesWorld". Broadwayworld.com. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  15. ^ "Wish". Wish. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ Raftery, Liz (September 2, 2013). "Report: Fifty Shades of Grey Film Casts Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam as Leads". TV Guide. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  17. ^ Heigl, Alex (December 1, 2013). "'Fifty Shades of Grey' Starts Filming". People. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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