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Joe attended the Dunhill Fall Winter 2019-2020 show in Paris on January 20, as part of Paris Fashion Week Menswear. Joe sat front row at the show along with actors Rami Malek and Riz Ahmed. You can watch a video below of Joe at the show and check out photos of Joe’s appearance in the gallery



The Unstoppable Rise of Mr Joe Alwyn

Why you will be seeing a lot more of the British actor in the near future

Fame is a funny thing, able to operate on different frequencies at once. Mr Joe Alwyn is a case in point. On the one hand, the 27-year-old British actor is still in the rising firmament – he’s not causing riots on the Tube quite yet. On the other, he is living through something exceptional, the subject of a million clicks. Who is this actor whose very first film was not only directed by Mr Ang Lee, but featured him in the leading role? Who has already modelled a campaign for Prada? And who has for the best of two years been the other half of Ms Taylor Swift? Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, “only left school about three years ago”. The star is born, but we blinked and missed the conception.

This winter you can see Mr Alwyn in the cinema three times, which goes some way to reminding us what a very good actor he is. In the gay conversion drama Boy Erased, in the feminist retelling of Mary Queen Of Scots and in the wacky period intrigues of The Favourite, he capitalises on that first incredible leap forward, when Mr Lee cast him, straight out of drama school, in 2015’s Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk. Back then, he had sent in a tape, was shipped out to New York for a weekend and ended up staying two weeks (the film’s producer had to go out to buy him new underwear). By the end of it, he was a Hollywood lead.

“I really do owe everything to the first film that I got, and the breaks that came with that. I’m very aware that I’m very lucky that I’ve had these opportunities, and quickly,” says Mr Alwyn, who is polite, personable and determinedly down-to-earth, in a well-bred north London way. But here’s the thing: although he claims to be surprised, he actually doesn’t sound it. The key to his rise is probably his startling self-possession. The idea, for instance, that he might be on a rollercoaster ride is always kept to a determined minimum. “You just do the things you’ve always done,” he says with a shrug. Sitting in the restaurant of a smart London hotel, getting ready to do a junket, he looks utterly suited to the job at hand, although there is a sense of illusion to it. “I don’t own any of these clothes,” he laughs cheerfully, of his chic sandy-coloured jacket or his sweater with “interesting” holes. Then again, that in itself is indicative – he’s clearly most at ease in a role.

The films, then. In one he is a courtier, in another he’s a troubled soul, and in the third he’s a courtier with a troubled soul. It’s the latter which is the most straightforward for him. In Mary Queen Of Scots, Mr Alwyn plays Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, the favourite of Queen Mary’s great rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Under Ms Josie Rourke’s direction, Mr Alwyn has the conventional role, a paragon of romantic love and loyalty. It could have been different: there’s a persistent rumour that the Earl pushed his wife down the stairs. In Ms Rourke’s telling, though, he’s the royal court’s sole decent bloke. “There’s definitely a darkness that could be there as well,” admits Mr Alwyn, and though he is only deeply complimentary about the project, you soon sense that he wouldn’t be averse to a little action on a staircase.

Boy Erased is an adaptation of the memoir of Mr Garrard Conley, relaying his experiences of gay conversion therapy in the Deep South this century, a deeply troubling system that continues even today. “It’s just crazy,” says Mr Alwyn. “The fact that those places still exist in some 36 states, and that [US Vice President] Mike Pence is on record speaking in favour of them, is just absolutely mad.” Mr Alwyn’s character, Henry, seems a pretty clear product of repression and homophobia; it leads him to do something terrible. “He’s kind of shiny on the outside, the all-American good guy, and then obviously kind of deeply cracked underneath. I like those contrasts.”

All of which leads us to The Favourite. In Mr Yorgos Lanthimos’ hands, the private life of Queen Anne, who died in 1714, becomes a darkly funny love triangle filled with sadism, lesbianism and a menagerie of pet rabbits. Ms Olivia Colman, as Queen Anne, and Ms Rachel Weisz and Ms Emma Stone have the peach parts, but Mr Alwyn has nearly as much fun as Baron Masham, a courtier in love with Ms Stone. Or, as Mr Alwyn puts it, an “airhead”.

Rehearsals didn’t involve analyses of Stuart history or their characters’ motivation, but rolling around the floor, screaming, singing, switching parts and tying their bodies together instead. “It was fun,” says Mr Alwyn matter-of-factly. And the results are no less surprising. What looks set to be a conventional ballroom scene turns into a weird avant-garde bump’n’grind; Mr Alwyn even seems to break-dance.

“The thing I like about it is that Yorgos has completely thrown out the textbook on what a period drama is,” says Mr Alwyn. “Who knows what it was like back then? It probably wasn’t as refined as we think it is, or as it’s often performed. It can be quite tidy… the edges can be sanded off a bit.”

What about his edges, though? Scratch as you can, Mr Alwyn presents a resolutely smooth exterior. This seems part temperament, part design. The son of a documentary filmmaker father and a psychotherapist mother, he might seem well-equipped for a job all about studying and empathising with other people. He knows this, but only because everyone has started telling him so. “I’m not good at answering these questions because I’ve never really thought about them,” he offers apologetically. He struggles to think what each parent gave him (he has a brother, too), eventually settling on his height (he’s a lithe 6ft 1in) and slight sarcasm from his dad; he says he doesn’t have anything “really mad and crazy in terms of hobbies”. Well, do you like football? “Football? Yeah. Am I allowed to say those kinds of things?”

Suffice to say that Mr Alwyn is aggressively, determinedly normal. He doesn’t consider himself famous, the attention hasn’t been overwhelming (“maybe bits and pieces at a time – it’s been a readjustment”) and he doesn’t even think he’s had to fight for his privacy, even what with dating you-know-who.

“I don’t think more than anyone else. I don’t think anyone you meet on the streets would just spill their guts out to you, therefore why should I? And then that is defined as being ‘strangely private’. Fine. But I don’t think it is. I think it’s normal.”

The next normal thing in his life is a drama about the slave-turned-abolitionist heroine Ms Harriet Tubman, an African-American saint to many. Is it true he’s playing a slave owner? “I am. I’m not playing Harriet, not this time,” he says wryly. To be clear, Mr Alwyn’s small CV already includes a Nazi, a slave owner, a rapist and an airhead. He laughs when they’re all lined up. “I mean, I don’t feel like they’re just bad, bad people,” he volunteers. “And I do think it’s interesting to look at the bigger picture of why people are the way they are.” With just a couple of honourable exceptions, of course.


The Favourite has won two awards at this years Critics Choice Awards, which took place January 13 in Los Angeles. Olivia Colman won for Best Actress in a Comedy and Joe, along with Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Nicholas Hoult won for Best Acting Ensemble! Unfortunately, no one from the cast could attend the ceremony to receive the award.

The nominations for the 2019 BAFTA’s have been announced with both The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots receiving nominations. The Favourite received a total of 12 nominations making it the most nominated film for this year, while Mary Queen of Scots received 3. The awards ceremony takes place February 10 in London, UK. Check out the nominations below

Best Film
The Favourite
Green Book
A Star Is Born

Leading Actress
Glenn Close – The Wife
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Viola Davis – Widows

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

BlackkKlansman – Spike Lee
Cold War – Paweł Pawlikowski
The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper

Outstanding British Film
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Stan & Ollie
You Were Never Really Here

Bohemian Rhapsody – Newton Thomas Sigel
Cold War – Łukasz Żal
The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
First Man – Linus Sandgren
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón

Original Screenplay
Cold War – Janusz Głowacki, Paweł Pawlikowski
The Favourite – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Green Book – Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
Vice – Adam McKay

Production Design
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
The Favourite – Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
First Man – Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
Mary Poppins Returns – John Myhre, Gordon Sim
Roma – Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enríquez

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
First Man – Tom Cross
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough
Vice – Hank Corwin

Costume Design
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
Bohemian Rhapsody – Julian Day
The Favourite – Sandy Powell
Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Make Up & Hair
Bohemian Rhapsody – Mark Coulier, Jan Sewell
The Favourite – Nadia Stacey
Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore
Stan & Ollie – Mark Coulier, Jeremy Woodhead
Vice – Nominees TBC


Joe attended the 76th Golden Globe Awards on January 6 in Los Angeles. It was Joe’s first time attending the award show; he was there in support of his film The Favourite which had 5 nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). The film took away one award for Best Actress in Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), won by Olivia Colman for her portrayal as Queen Anne. In addition to attending the ceremony, Joe also went to a few after-parties, including the FOX, FX, and Hulu 2019 Golden Globe Awards after party and the CAA after party. You can check out photos of Joe at the award show and after parties in the gallery, linked below, as well as watch two videos of red carpet interviews Joe did with E News and ET.






Joe attended the annual BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party on January 5, ahead of the Golden Globes. While at the event, Joe spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about attending the Golden Globes for the first time:

I really have no preconceptions because I’ve never been there before … I’ve just been thrown in.”


Joe also attended the Gold Meets Golden party. See photos of Joe at both events below





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Why would he drop it ?

a scheduling conflict, it starts filming April/May which is the same time Conversations with Friends is expected to start filming

Hey. Have you seen the rumors that Oliver Jackson is gonna substitute Joe on Emily? Apparently he’s dropping because of other projects.

definitely not just a rumour, it shows Oliver Jackson as Weightman now on the 'Emily' IMDb page

disappointed but not surprised! 

"I just saw on Twitter that Luca’s next project will start filming on April 5 so idk what’s going on with Brideshead". Well, I think we can be pretty sure it hasn't started/won't be finished by early April. So, I choose to believe it's been pushed back from its original spring schedule - from what I remember it's mainly a summer story anyway - which means it shouldn't clash with CWF, which means Joe should still be able to do both. Which is Good News. 😁

yeah seems Brideshead Revisited has been pushed back, I guess this other film needed to be filmed first. It works out for Joe so that's good!

I heard through the rumour mill that there might be a Harry Potter tv series on HBO. If it's true Joe Alwyn should definitely play as Lucius Malfoy and Katie McGrath as Bellatrix LeStrange

yes heard that too, apparently it's still in a very early development phase but could be cool! 

I really want Joe to work with Brad Pitt, I think they could pull off playing brothers or Joe could play a younger version of Brad etc

Joe could definitely play a younger version

Is there any chance they’re filming BR rn? Cate didn’t attend the golden globes 👀

I just saw on Twitter that Luca's next project (the one with Timothee Chalamet) will start filming on April 5 so idk what's going on with Brideshead

anya won for the queen's gambit!! also her outfit was !!!

yes so happy for her!! loved her green dress '

i just finished reading CWF last night and i absolutely loved it!! i’m so excited to see Joe play Nick since he’s such an essential character. It was also so easy to picture Joe in that role

are you going to watch the golden globes?

yes even though everything that's come out the last couple of weeks is a mess

I can’t remember nick’s nationality being mentioned but fwiw I listened to the audio book and he was irish lol



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