Aaron johnson (actor)

"Aaron Johnson" redirects here. For other uses, see Aaron Johnson (disambiguation).

Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Taylor-Johnson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
Born Aaron Perry Johnson[1]
(1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 24)[2][3]
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Other names Aaron Johnson
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Sam Taylor Wood (m. 2012)
Children 2 daughters

Aaron 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. Initially credited as Aaron Johnson, he began being billed as Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kick-Ass 2. He took the new legal name after marrying director Sam Taylor-Wood.[5]

Early life

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]


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 The 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

Johnson has cited actor Daniel Day-Lewis as one of his idols.[21] In a September 2012 interview, he stated that he had few friends from his hometown.[22]

Johnson began a relationship with his Nowhere Boy director, Sam Taylor-Wood.[23] The couple announced their engagement at the film's premiere in October 2009.[24] The couple have two children. Johnson and Taylor-Wood married in 2012. Johnson adopted part of his wife's surname (maiden name) as part of his professional name.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Tom & Thomas Tom / Thomas
2002 The Apocalypse Johanan
2003 Behind Closed Doors Sam Goodwin
2003 Shanghai Knights Charlie Chaplin
2004 Dead Cool George
2006 Thief Lord, TheThe Thief Lord Prosper
2006 Illusionist, TheThe Illusionist Young Eisenheim
2006 Fast Learners Neil
2006 Best Man, TheThe Best Man Michael (aged 15)
2007 Magic Door, TheThe Magic Door Flip
2008 Dummy Danny
2008 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Robbie
2009 Greatest, TheThe Greatest Bennett Brewer
2009 Nowhere Boy John Lennon Empire Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2010 Kick-Ass David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass Nominated — Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male
2010 Chatroom William
2011 Albert Nobbs Joe
2012 Savages Ben
2012 Anna Karenina Count Vronsky
2013 Kick-Ass 2 David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass
2014 Godzilla Lieutenant Ford Post-production
2015 The Avengers: Age of Ultron Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Armadillo Young Lorimer Black
2002 The Apocalypse Johanan TV movie
2003 Bill, TheThe Bill Zac Clough Episode: "162"
2004 Family Business Paul Sullivan 1 episode
2004 Feather Boy Niker 3 episodes
2006 I Shouldn't Be Alive Mark 4 episodes
2006 Casualty Joey Byrne Episode: "Silent Ties"
2007 Talk to Me Aaron 4 episodes
2007 Coming Up Eoin Episode: "99,100"
2007 Nearly Famous Owen 6 episodes
2007 Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars Finch TV movie


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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