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Born on June 13, 1990, and raised in High Wycombe, England, AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON (Dave Lizewski/ Kick-Ass) attended the prestigious Jackie Palmer Stage School. Taylor-Johnson has made a significant impres- sion on audiences worldwide in several memorable performances.

In 2009, Taylor-Johnson was seen in Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy, in which he portrayed John Lennon during his turbulent teenage years. His riveting performance earned him several award nominations, including a London Critics' Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year, a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor and an Empire Award for Best Newcomer, which he won. Screen International named him as one of their "Stars of Tomorrow" in their 2010 portfolio.

In 2010, Taylor-Johnson played the lead role of Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass in the blockbuster hit film Kick-Ass, opposite Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Mark Millar comic won Best British Film at the 2011 Empire Awards.

Taylor-Johnson is currently in production as the lead in Warner Bros. Pictures' action remake of Godzilla, co-starring Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. The film is shooting in Vancouver with director Gareth Edwards at the helm.

Last year, Taylor-Johnson starred as one of the three leads in Oliver Stone's Savages which follows pot growers Ben (Taylor-Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) as they face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively). The film featured a stellar supporting cast including Salma Hayek, John Travolta and Benicio Del Toro, and was released on July 6, 2012.

Following Savages, Taylor-Johnson starred in the leading role of Count Vronksy in Anna Karenina. The Joe Wright adaptation of the classic novel featured a star-studded cast including Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Michelle Dockery and Holliday Grainger. The film pre- miered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Taylor-Johnson's previous credits include the Oscar-nominated and award-winning film The Illusionist, where he played a young Edward Norton; Shanghai Nights, opposite Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson; The Thief Lord, with Caroline Goodall and Jasper Harris; the independent U.K. film Dummy; Gurinder Chadha's Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging; and The Greatest, opposite Carey Mulligan and Pierce Brosnan. He has appeared in several popular U.K. television series, including Feather Boy, Family Business, Nearly Famous and Talk to Me.

Taylor-Johnson currently resides in London, England.

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