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Aaron Taylor-Johnson has made a significant impression on audiences worldwide with several memorable performances. In 2011, he was nominated for the BAFTA Awards’ Rising Star Award.
The U.K. native came to prominence starring in the title role of Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy,portraying John Lennon during the musician’s turbulent teenage years. Mr. Taylor-Johnson’s performance earned him a London Critics’ Circle Film Award nomination for Young British Performer of the Year; a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination for Best Actor; and the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Screen International named him as one of its “Stars of Tomorrow.”
He next played the lead role in Matthew Vaughn’s hit movie Kick-Ass, based on the Mark Millar comic and starring Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse; Mr. Taylor-Johnson will be reteaming with the cast and director to film a sequel in the fall of 2012.
He was most recently seen as one of two male leads entangled in the Mexican drug war in Oliver Stone’s Savages, starring alongside Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, and Salma Hayek.
His other movie work includes portraying the younger incarnation of Edward Norton’s character in Neil Burger’s The Illusionist; starring alongside Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska in Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs; playing opposite Carey Mulligan in Shana Feste’s The Greatest; portraying the young Charlie Chaplin in David Dobkin’s Shanghai Knights, with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson; Gurinder Chadha’s Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging; Richard Claus’ The Thief Lord, with Caroline Goodall and Jasper Harris; and Matthew Thompson’s Dummy.
Mr. Taylor-Johnson has also appeared in several popular U.K. television series, including Feather Boy, Family Business, Nearly Famous, and Talk to Me. Raised in High Wycombe, he attended the prestigious Jackie Palmer Stage School.