In the second half of the 2010s and 2020s, there weren’t many more impressive young actors than Anya Taylor-Joy. At just 25, she has already worked on some highly publicized films and series as her star continues to grow. Even when he participates in something that doesn’t get great reviews, his performance usually gets praised.
Thanks to the release of a new Netflix series in which he stars, Taylor-Joy’s popularity has never been higher. This makes it an ideal time to look back on the best work of his career, at least according to ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
Updated October 29, 2021 by Kevin Pantoja: 2020 has proved to be the most important year in Anya Talyor-Joy’s already outstanding career so far. Although the disappointing The New Mutants came out, she was also the star of a well-received Netflix miniseries that won an Emmy and earned her a Golden Globe for her performance. So far, Taylor-Joy has followed that with another great movie in 2021, starring the talented and versatile director Edgar Wright. The best movies and TV shows of his career show that this is indeed a special actor, especially when judged by the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
11 Radioactive (2019) – 63%
If there is one way to ensure that a young actor continues to improve, it is to have him work with experienced people. This is what made this film so valuable, as Anya Taylor-Joy learned from Rosamund Pike, who plays the main character in this Marie Curie story.
For the uninitiated, Curie made history as the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, which she has done twice and in two different scientific fields. Originally shown at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and released digitally on Amazon Prime in 2020, Radioactive also features Taylor-Joy as Irene Curie, Marie’s daughter.
10 Last night in Soho (2021) – 75%
One of the most intriguing theatrical releases of 2021 was Last night in Soho. The combination of the unique premise, the talented people of the cast and crew, and the jaw-dropping trailer made fans all over the world pretty exciting for it all. Although it just came out in theaters, the reviews are already strong.
The plot centers on a young aspiring fashion designer (Thomasin McKenzie) who is transported to the past where he finds himself in the body of an idolatrous singer named Sadie (Taylor-Joy). As you live that unexpected life, dangerous things begin to unfold with serious consequences. Among the aspects praised was the performance of Taylor-Joy.
9 The Miniaturist (2017) – 76%
- Streaming on PBS masterpiece
Anya Taylor-Joy has done quite well in period pieces so far in her career. Among them was The Miniaturist, which debuted in late 2017 and took place during the 17th century. This miniseries is based on a 2014 novel of the same name.
Aired on BBC One and then on PBS Masterpiece in the United States, The Miniaturist focuses on Petronella Oortman (Taylor-Joy). She moves in with her new husband and family, but receives a cold reception. Things get weird when he hires a mysterious illuminator to furnish his dollhouse and ends up foreshadowing his fate.
8 Split (2016) – 77%
This was the film that turned out to be most people’s introduction to Anya Taylor-Joy. It also happened to mark a return to form for director M. Night Shyamalan. At the cinema in 2016, Divided it was an unexpected sequel to Unbreakable and is seen as the first supervillain origins film.
Divided follows a man named Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who has over 20 different personalities, some of them violent. In this psychological thriller, he kidnaps three teenagers, one of whom is Taylor-Joy’s Casey Cooke. Taylor-Joy had the opportunity to show off her acting skills, staging her traumatic past and becoming an “ultimate girl”. Reprized the role in the sequel, Glass.
7 Barry (2016) – 80%
It’s a shame more people didn’t look Barry. Released at a seemingly perfect time in 2016, this biopic tells the story of a young Barack Obama in his days at Columbia University before he became president of the United States.
Devon Terrell was praised for his portrayal as a titular character. History also hasn’t avoided some of the discrimination Obama faced as he grew up. Taylor-Joy played a secondary role as Charlotte Baughman, an ex-girlfriend of Obama who tries to get him to open up.
6 Emma. (2020) – 87%
Jane Austen’s novels have been adapted into films and shows on several occasions. Emma he has an abundance of them, with four feature films, eight television series and five plays based on the short story. The most recent revival came in 2020 with Autumn de Wilde’s directorial debut.
titled Emma., this version sees Anya Taylor-Joy take on the lead role of Emma Woodhouse, a woman in 1800s England who tends to meddle in her friends’ romantic lives. Reviews said other adaptations were more faithful, but this one was fun and Taylor-Joy was heavily praised.
5 Thoroughbred (2017) – 87%
This may not be considered her best Rotten Tomatoes movie, but there’s a good chance this is Anya Taylor-Joy’s biggest performance in a movie so far. Widely released in early 2018, thoroughbred sees two teenagers plotting to kill one of their stepfathers.
Taylor-Joy was exceptional as Lily Reynolds, an overly emotional girl who wants to get rid of her stepfather. Olivia Cooke plays her emotionless friend Amanda who helps her with the venture, while Anton Yelchin plays a drug dealer involved in what would be her final role.
4 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) – 88%
In 1982, Jim Henson and Frank Oz worked together to deliver The Dark Crystal to audiences around the world. The animated fantasy movie with puppets remains a classic and fans liked it so much that Netflix has released a highly anticipated prequel series based on it.
That was it The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which hit the streaming service in 2019. It follows three Gelflings as they attempt to unite their clans and save their planet. Taylor-Joy voices Brea, one of the main Gelflings. The cast also includes Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Hamill and others.
3 The Witch (2015) – 90%
- Streaming on Showtime, Fubo and Kanopy
While Divided was the film that introduced Anya Taylor-Joy to a large audience, it was from 2015 The Witch that was his breakup. It was the actor’s first real role, as his only previous film work came in a cut scene in the previous year. Vampire Academy.
Directed by Robert Eggers, The Witch is a slow-burning supernatural horror set in 1630 that makes viewers shiver to the bone. Taylor-Joy plays Thomasin, a girl who sees her little brother disappear while playing with him. When it is revealed that he has been kidnapped by a witch, it takes a huge toll on the entire family.
2 Peaky Blinders (2013-) – 92%
of the BBC Peaky Blinders is one of those shows that has received enormous praise from critics and those who have seen it since the day it was first presented in 2013. Set in England, the story follows the Shelby crime family after the events of the first war world.
The incredible cast includes the likes of Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Sophie Rundle, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Sam Claflin. Anya Taylor-Joy joined the cast for Peaky Blinders season 5, playing Gina Gray, the American wife of Michael Gray (Finn Cole).
1 The Queen’s Gambit (2020) – 96%
There are some critics who have called The queen’s gambit the best thing released on television in the year 2020. It’s not far-fetched considering how spectacular this miniseries is. Based on a novel written by Walter Tevis in 1983, this series tells the story of an orphan who becomes a chess prodigy.
Set in the 1960s, this prodigy discovers that his skills come at a price. Anya Taylor-Joy takes on the lead role of Beth Harmon and nails every aspect. In fact, the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes specifies that his performance is “magnetic”. Combine it with great vintage details and strong writing and it’s a winning formula, making it understandable why it’s racked up awards.
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