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