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Anna Kendrick Biography 2024: Age, Relationship, Height, Career, Early Life, Net Worth, Family, Awards and Nomination

Anna Kendrick Biography 2024: Age, Relationship, Height, Career, Early Life, Net Worth, Family, Awards and Nomination
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Anna Kendrick, an American actress, was born on August 9, 1985. In 1998, she gained prominence with her first leading role in the Broadway musical High Society, which resulted in a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Her film career began with the musical comedy Camp in 2003, followed by a supporting role in The Twilight Saga from 2008 to 2011.

However, it was her performance in the comedy-drama film Up in the Air in 2009 that brought her widespread recognition and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, Kendrick is well-known for her starring role in the Pitch Perfect film series from 2012 to 2017.

She appeared in the comedies Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and 50/50 (2011), the crime drama End of Watch (2012), the musicals The Last Five Years (2014) and Into the Woods (2014), the thrillers The Accountant (2016) and A Simple Favor (2018), and the fantasy comedy Noelle (2019).

Born
Anna Cooke Kendrick

August 9, 1985 (age 38)

Occupations
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 1998–present
Awards Full list

She provided the voice for the main character in the animated musicals of the Trolls film series. She starred in the short-form comedy series Dummy (2020), earning a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, and in the romantic comedy series Love Life (2021–2022). She marked her directorial debut with the drama Woman of the Hour (2023).

Kendrick lent her vocals to soundtracks for several of her movies, such as the hit “Cups” in 2012, and performed at prestigious events like the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors and the 2015 Academy Awards. Her memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody, was released in 2016.

Early Life

Kendrick came into the world in Portland, Maine, on August 9, 1985, as the offspring of Janice (née Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a history teacher. Her lineage can be traced back to English, Irish, and Scottish origins.

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Additionally, she has an elder brother who is an actor and made an appearance in the drama film Looking for an Echo (2000).

During her formative years, she pursued her education at Deering High School.

Career

Kendrick embarked on her professional journey at the age of 12, taking on a supporting role in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society.

Her exceptional performance in the production not only earned her a Theater World Award but also garnered nominations for Featured Actress in a Musical at both the Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards.

Continuing her theatrical pursuits, she later secured a supporting role in the 2003 New York City Opera production of Stephen Sondheim’s renowned musical A Little Night Music.

Transitioning to the world of cinema, Kendrick made her film debut in the musical Camp, portraying the character of the nerdy Fritzi Wagner.

Her portrayal was widely acclaimed, leading to a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance.

Demonstrating her versatility, she then took on the role of an ambitious high school debater in Rocket Science (2007), which earned her yet another Independent Spirit Award nomination, this time for Best Supporting Female.

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Kendrick gained recognition in 2008 for her role in the popular fantasy romance film Twilight, which was a commercial success based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel of the same name. She portrayed Jessica Stanley, a close friend of the main character Bella Swan.

The following year, she took on her first leading role in the crime thriller Elsewhere and appeared in the comedy The Marc Pease Experience. Kendrick also reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in the sequel to Twilight, New Moon.

In 2009, she starred opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman. Her performance as an ambitious college graduate received critical acclaim, with reviewers describing it as both humorous and moving.

This role earned her nominations for Best Supporting Actress at various prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

The year 2010 saw Kendrick returning to the Twilight series to play Jessica Stanley in Eclipse. She also appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as the sister of the titular character.

Although the film was not a commercial success initially, it has since gained a cult following. In 2011, she featured in the well-received comedy-drama 50/50 as an inexperienced therapist to a cancer patient portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Kendrick made her final appearance as Jessica Stanley in Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the fourth installment of the Twilight series, later that year.

Since 2010, Kendrick has been a member of the Actors’ Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In addition to her previous projects, Kendrick took on the role of a state trooper with irreversible hearing loss in the film Unsound, directed by Bharat Nalluri, which was announced in 2019.

Continuing her involvement in the Trolls franchise, Kendrick reprised her character Poppy in the 2020 sequel Trolls World Tour. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal Pictures opted to release the film digitally through video on-demand platforms on April 10, 2020.

Kendrick also ventured into the world of comedy with the Quibi series Dummy, where she not only starred but also served as an executive producer. Her performance in the show earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series in 2020.

Furthermore, in the same year, Kendrick took on another executive producer role in the HBO Max romantic comedy anthology series Love Life. She also portrayed the lead character in the series. Additionally, she starred in the science-fiction thriller Stowaway, which was released on April 22, 2021.

To add to her filmography, Kendrick appeared in the movies Alice, Darling and Self Reliance in 2020.

Personal Life

Kendrick currently resides in Los Angeles, as mentioned in a previous report.

During an interview with Terry Gross on NPR, Kendrick revealed that she was raised in the Episcopalian faith. However, as a child, she had a fear of certain passages in the Old Testament, which led her to stop attending church at the age of 14.

In 2009, Kendrick started dating English filmmaker Edgar Wright after they crossed paths while working on the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

However, their relationship came to an end in March 2013.

Following her split from Wright, Kendrick began dating English cinematographer Ben Richardson in February 2014. They met while filming Drinking Buddies. Unfortunately, their relationship has also ended since then.

In late 2020 or early 2021, Kendrick started dating actor Bill Hader.

However, by June 2022, they had decided to end their relationship.

Kendrick has openly shared that her experience in an emotionally abusive relationship served as inspiration for her performance in the film Alice, Darling.

Tragically, Kendrick’s father passed away in November 2022.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Camp Fritzi Wagner
2007 Rocket Science Ginny Ryerson
2008 Twilight Jessica Stanley
2009 Elsewhere Sarah
The Marc Pease Experience Meg Brickman
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Jessica Stanley
Up in the Air Natalie Keener
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Stacey Pilgrim
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jessica Stanley
2011 50/50 Katherine McKay
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Jessica Stanley
2012 The Company You Keep Diana
End of Watch Janet Taylor
ParaNorman Courtney Babcock (voice)
Pitch Perfect Beca Mitchell
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Rosie Brennan
2013 Drinking Buddies Jill
Rapture-Palooza Lindsey Lewis
2014 Cake Nina Collins
Happy Christmas Jenny
Into the Woods Cinderella
The Last Five Years Cathy Hiatt
Life After Beth Erica Wexler
The Voices Lisa
2015 Digging for Fire Alicia
Mr. Right Martha McKay
Pitch Perfect 2 Beca Mitchell
2016 The Accountant Dana Cummings
Get a Job Jillian Stewart
The Hollars Rebecca
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Alice
Trolls Poppy (voice)
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Beca Mitchell
Table 19 Eloise McGarry
2018 A Simple Favor Stephanie Smothers
2019 The Day Shall Come Kendra Glack
Noelle Noelle Kringle
2020 Trolls World Tour Poppy (voice)
2021 Stowaway Zoe Levenson
2022 Alice, Darling Alice
2023 Self Reliance Maddy
Woman of the Hour Cheryl Bradshaw Also director and producer
Trolls Band Together Poppy (voice)

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Viva Laughlin Holly Episode: “What a Whale Wants”
2009 Fear Itself Shelby Johnson Episode: “The Spirit Box
2012 Family Guy Nora (voice) Episode: “Internal Affairs
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: “Anna Kendrick Wears A Patterned Blouse & Burgundy Pants”
2014 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: “Anna Kendrick/Pharrell Williams
2015 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: “Anna Kendrick vs. John Krasinski”
2017 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Nan Britton Episode: “Sinclair Broadcast Group” (Segment: “Harding”)
Trolls Holiday Poppy (voice) Television special
2019 Human Discoveries Jane (voice) Main role; also executive producer
2020 Dummy Cody Heller Main role; also executive producer
2021–2022 Love Life Darby Carter Main role (season 1)
Guest role (season 2); also executive producer
2021 Trolls: Holiday in Harmony Poppy (voice) Television special
2023 Scott Pilgrim Takes Off Stacey Pilgrim (voice) Main role

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist Ref.
2010 Pow Pow Shape Shifter LCD Soundsystem
2012 “Do It Anyway” Secretary Ben Folds Five
2012 Starships Herself Mike Tompkins with the cast and fans of Pitch Perfect
2013 Cups (When I’m Gone) Kitchen Worker Herself
2017 Freedom! ’90” / “Cups” Beca Mitchell The Bellas from Pitch Perfect 3 and the Top 12 contestants of The Voice season 13
2020 Love On Top Cast of Pitch Perfect

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
1998 High Society Dinah Lord St. James Theatre
2003 A Little Night Music Fredrika Armfeldt New York City Opera

Awards and nominations

Throughout her career, for her work on screen and stage, Kendrick has received several awards and nominations. Among them, she is one of the few actors to have been nominated for an OscarEmmy and Tony in acting categories, labeled the “Triple Crown of Acting“.

  • Tony Award (1998) nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, for High Society
  • Academy Award (2009) nomination for Best Supporting Actress, for Up in the Air
  • Primetime Emmy Award (2020) nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Series, for Dummy

Achieving the feat at age 34, she is one of the youngest people to do so, and one of few to be nominated for all three awards without winning one.

Kendrick’s other accolades include three MTV Movie & TV Awards, a Satellite Award and nominations for a BAFTAGolden Globe and SAG Award.

Anna Kendrick Net Worth

Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer who has a net worth of $20 million, as at the time of writing this article

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