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Joseph Matthew Alwyn
21 February 1991
|Other names||William Bowery|
|Relatives||William Alwyn (great-grandfather)|
Joseph Matthew Alwyn (born 21 February 1991) is an English actor. He has starred in films such as Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016), Operation Finale (2017), The Favourite (2018), and Harriet (2019). Alwyn's accolades include the Trophée Chopard at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and the 2021 Grammy Award for Album of the Year for producing Taylor Swift's Folklore (2020).
Early life and education
Alwyn was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. Raised in Tufnell Park and Crouch End, North London, Alwyn is the son of a psychotherapist mother and a documentary filmmaker father. He is the great-grandson of composer William Alwyn.
He was educated at the City of London School. Although an "introverted" child, he secretly wanted to be an actor and became a member of the National Youth Theatre in his late teens. While studying English literature and drama at the University of Bristol, he acted in two student productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After graduating in 2012, he completed a BA in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
Within a fortnight of his graduate showcase, in early 2015, Alwyn was cast in the lead role of Ang Lee's 2016 war drama, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on Ben Fountain's novel. He had a supporting role in the English drama film The Sense of an Ending (2017).
In 2018, he appeared in Yorgos Lanthimos' award-winning period drama The Favourite and had supporting roles in Operation Finale, Boy Erased, and Mary Queen of Scots. He received the Trophée Chopard alongside Elizabeth Debicki at the Cannes Film Festival that same year. In 2019, he co-starred as slave owner Gideon Brodess in the biographical award-winning drama Harriet, about abolitionist Harriet Tubman which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September. In December, Alwyn appeared as Bob Cratchit in the BBC/FX three-part miniseries A Christmas Carol.
In 2021, Alwyn had roles in two films: The Souvenir Part II and the adaptation of Jojo Moyes' book The Last Letter from Your Lover. Alwyn will appear in the Hulu/BBC Three adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel Conversations with Friends alongside Jemima Kirke and Sasha Lane, which is scheduled for a 2022 release. He was initially set to star in the Emily Brontë biopic Emily.
Alwyn co-produced the songs "Exile", "Betty", "My Tears Ricochet", "August", "This Is Me Trying" and "Illicit Affairs" on Taylor Swift's 2020 album Folklore; he also co-wrote "Exile" and "Betty", under the pseudonym William Bowery. Folklore went on to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2021. Alwyn (as Bowery) co-wrote "Champagne Problems", "Coney Island" and the title track on Swift's second album in 2020, Evermore.
Since 2016, Alwyn has been in a relationship with American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. He has been referenced in much of Swift's music since 2016, including on her albums Reputation (2017), Lover (2019), Folklore and Evermore (both 2020). Alwyn stated he finds it "flattering" that Swift writes songs about him.
|2016||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||Billy Lynn||Ang Lee|
|2017||The Sense of an Ending||Adrian Finn||Ritesh Batra|
|2018||Operation Finale||Klaus Eichmann||Chris Weitz|
|2018||The Favourite||Samuel Masham||Yorgos Lanthimos||Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble|
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
|2018||Boy Erased||Henry Wallace||Joel Edgerton|
|2018||Mary Queen of Scots||Robert Dudley||Josie Rourke|
|2019||Harriet||Gideon Brodess||Kasi Lemmons|
|2020||Miss Americana||Himself||Lana Wilson||Cameo|
|2021||The Souvenir Part II||Joanna Hogg|
|2021||The Last Letter from Your Lover||Laurence Stirling||Augustine Frizzell|
|TBA||Catherine, Called Birdy||Lena Dunham||Post-production|
|2019||A Christmas Carol||Bob Cratchit||BBC One||Miniseries|
|2022||Conversations with Friends||Nick||BBC Three|
|TBA||Brideshead Revisited||Sebastian Flyte||HBO|
|2018||N/A||Male Revelation of the Year||Trophée Chopard||Won||N/A|||
|2021||Folklore||Album of the Year||Grammy Awards||Won||Producer|||
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