NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06: Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn arrive at Zuma on October 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/GC Images)
14 Little-Known Facts About Taylor Swift's Boyfriend Joe Alwyn
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North London
Joe Alwyn was born on February 21, 1991, and was raised in north London in a middle-class family, where his mother worked as a psychotherapist, while his father was a documentary filmmaker. His childhood seems to have been a pleasant one, marked by frequent visits to the theater.
Love Actually
Alwyn almost got his big break in the 2003 film "Love Actually," after being seen by a casting director at his fencing school and getting invited to audition for the part of Sam. "I didn't get it in the end, but I do remember meeting Hugh Grant and [screenwriter] Richard Curtis and sitting around reading some stuff," he said.
film debut
Alwyn’s big break came just before he would have graduated from drama school, when he was asked to fly to America to audition for "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." Filmmaker Ang Lee ended up casting him in the lead role, launching Alwyn's career as he entered his mid-20s.
Oscar-nominated films
After starring in "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," other acting gigs quickly followed for Joe Alwyn, including roles in "The Sense Of An Ending," "The Favourite," "Mary Queen Of Scots," "Boy Erased," and "Operation Finale." While Alwyn has yet to nab an Oscar, some films he's been in have been Oscar contenders.
​​While he doesn't come from an acting family, his great-grandfather was renowned composer William Alwyn. The older Alwyn wrote music for movies like "Penn of Pennsylvania," "The Rake's Progress," "The History Of Mr. Polly," "The Million Pound Note," "The Rocking Horse Winner," and "A Night To Remember."