Also Credited As:Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Perry Johnson
About Aaron Johnson
Born in Holmer Green, a hamlet in Buckinghamshire, England, he developed an interest in performing at six, studying drama, dance and acrobatics at the Jackie Palmer Stage School in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The experience of studying to be a performer was apparently not a pleasant one for Johnson, and he longed to get out and ply his newfound trade. He was soon in front of the cameras for television commercials, and at age nine, co-starring alongside Rufus Sewell in a production of "Macbeth" followed by a role in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" coming a year later. He made his television acting debut as the younger version of James Frain's leading role in "Armadillo" (BBC, 2001); the following year, he played identical twins caught up in a child smuggling ring in the British-Dutch drama, "Tom & Thomas" (2002).
Johnson's Hollywood debut was in 2003's "Shanghai Knights," which cast him as a young street urchin who grows up to be screen legend Charlie Chaplin. More television followed, with 2004's "Feather Boy" (BBC 1) among the highlights. The supernatural drama featured Johnson as a school bully who torments a fellow classmate whose vivid dreams are connected to a local haunted house. In 2006, he was top-billed in "The Thief Lord," a German family film with fantasy overtones about two brothers who escape their cruel caretakers and become thieves in a stylized Venice. That same year, Johnson made a brief return to American features in "The Illusionist," where he played Edward Norton's character as a boy.
Television continued to yield most of Johnson's work in 2007 and 2008; he was a young student who becomes his teacher's lover in the adult-minded ITV drama "Talk to Me" (2007), and was top-billed in the teen drama "Nearly Famous" (E4, 2007) as a talented musician with a troubled past. Both projects helped to put him on the map as a teen idol, though Gurinder Chadha's charming teen comedy "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging" (2008) sealed the deal. As one half of a pair of handsome fraternal twins lusted after by 14-year-old Georgia Groome and her schoolgirl friends, Johnson soon crystallized into bedroom wall pin-up material.
But as quickly as he materialized on the teen idol scene, Johnson dove into more serious fare. The first of these was "The Greatest" (2009), an earnest drama with Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon as the parents of a young man (Johnson) whose death nearly tears their world apart. It was soon followed by "Nowhere Boy" (2009), a moving biography of the young John Lennon (Johnson) in the years shortly before he helped to form the Beatles. The film earned four British Academy Award nominations, including Outstanding British Film, and considerable acclaim for Johnson's lead performance, which required him to learn how to sing early Beatles songs. However, controversy soon followed in its wake when it was revealed that the film's director, Sam Taylor-Wood, was not only romantically involved with Johnson - who, at 19, was some 23 years her junior - but pregnant by him. The couple soon announced that they would marry in the near future.
In 2010, Johnson scored his first major hit in the United States with "Kick-Ass," director Matthew Vaughn's hyper-kinetic and ultra-violent adaptation of the comic book by Matt Miller and John Romita, Jr. In the somewhat controversial film due to its violent content, Johnson adopted a believable American accent as the title character, an unremarkable suburban teen who decides to become a costumed superhero and fight crime. Relentless viral advertising and word of mouth helped to make the film a major pre-summer hit, putting Johnson on the Hollywood map. That same year, Johnson was announced as the lead in "Chatroom" (2010), a thriller from director Hideo Nakata, who made the original Japanese version of "The Ring" (1999). It was slated to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in September of that year.
|Sam Taylor-Wood. Revealed in April 2010 that he was engaged to Taylor-Wood, his director of "Nowhere Boy," who was 24 years his senior; married June 21, 2012|
|Romy Hero. Born Jan. 18, 2012 in London; mother, Sam Taylor-Wood|
|Wylda Rae. Born July 7, 2010 in London; mother, Sam Taylor-Wood|
|Jackie Palmer Stage School, Buckinghamshire|
|Cast as Count Vronsky opposite Keira Knightley's "Anna Karenina"|
|Cast in the ensemble crime drama "Savages," featuring John Travolta and Salma Hayek|
|Acted in the period drama "Albert Nobbs," starring Glenn Close|
|Cast as a high school student who decides to become a superhero in Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman's film "Kick-Ass"|
|Played a young John Lennon in the British film "Nowhere Boy," directed by future wife Sam Taylor-Wood|
|Cast as the heartthrob in the teen comedy film "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging"|
|Played a lead role on the British series "Nearly Famous" (E4)|
|Played a recurring role on the British series "Talk to Me"|
|Landed a starring role in the film "The Thief Lord"|
|Appeared in "The Illusionist," playing Edward Norton's character as a teenager in flashbacks|
|Cast as Niker in BBC's adaptation of the novel "Feather Boy"|
|Played a young Charlie Chaplin in "Shanghai Knights"|
|Made his big screen debut playing the title role in "Tom & Thomas"|
|Made his television debut on the British series "Armadillo," playing the younger version of the lead character|
|Cast in Arthur Miller's play "All My Sons"|
|Made his acting debut on the stage as the son of Macduff in "Macbeth"|