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Joe Alwyn biography: 13 things about British actor, songwriter born in Turnbridge Wells, Kent

Joseph Matthew “Joe” Alwyn is a British actor. As a songwriter, he uses William Bowery as his pseudonym.

Alwyn is the great-grandson of English composer, conductor and music teacher William Alwyn. Here are 13 more things about Joe:


  1. He was born in 1991 in Turnbridge Wells, Kent, England, United Kingdom to documentary filmmaker Richard Alwyn and psychotherapist Elizabeth Alwyn. He has two brothers namely Thomas Alwyn and Patrick Alwyn.
  2. He is 6’1″.
  3. He grew up in London, England particularly in Tufnell Park and in Crouch End. He attended the City of London School in London.
  4. In 2009, he became a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, a registered charity in London.
  5. From 2009 to 2012, he attended the University of Bristol in Bristol, England where he studied English literature and drama. In 2012 prior to his graduation, he acted in two student productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He played Banquo in “Macbeth” directed by Frankie Wakefield and Orlando in “As You Like It” directed by Katie Pesskin.
  6. From 2012 to 2015, he attended The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London where he studied acting.
  7. He played the title role in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” a drama film based on Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel of the same name. Directed by Ang Lee, the film was released in 2016, the same year he started dating Taylor Swift.
  8. He played Adrian Finn in Ritesh Batra’s film “The Sense of an Ending,” which was released in 2017.
  9. In 2018, he appeared in four films namely “Operation Finale,” “The Favourite,” “Boy Erased” and “Mary Queen of Scots.”
  10. He played Gideon Brodess in Kasi Lemmons’ film “Harriet” and Bob Cratchit in the BBC One miniseries “A Christmas Carol.” Both were released in 2019.
  11. He made a cameo appearance in “Miss Americana,” a documentary film about Swift. Directed by Lana Wilson, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2020 before it was released on Netflix and in select theaters in the United States on January 31, 2020.
  12. He and Swift are the songwriters of “Betty.” They co-wrote “Exile” with Justin Vernon. Both songs are from her eighth studio album titled “Folklore,” which was released through Republic Records on July 24, 2020.
  13. He and Swift are the songwriters of “Champagne Problems.” They co-wrote “Evermore” with Vernon. He and Swift co-wrote “Coney Island” featuring The National with twins Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner. The three songs are from her ninth studio album “evermore,” which was released via Republic Records on December 11, 2020.

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