Joe Alwyn rose to popularity for appearing in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's Conversations With Friends. Also, he is well-known for starring in films like Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and The Favourite.

Picture of English actor, Joe Alwyn
Caption: Picture of English actor, Joe Alwyn (Photo: vanityfair)

Early Life of Joe Alwyn

He is the son of the parents of Richard Alwyn, and Elizabeth Alwyn, born on 21 February 1991 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. His full name is Joseph Matthew Alwyn. He grew up in Tufnell Park and Crouch End areas of North London. His father Richard, a documentary filmmaker father and mother Elizabeth, a psychotherapist. Around the age of 13, he temporarily took guitar lessons and played in the "Anger Management" school band. Alwyn, who was characterized as "introverted," entered the National Youth Theatre in his late teens with the secret goal of becoming an actor.

He performed in two student productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival while studying a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English literature and theater at the University of Bristol. He applied to four drama schools after graduating in 2012, but all of them rejected him except for the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, where he earned a BA in acting. Having British nationality, Joe is of English ethnicity. 


In early 2015, he appeared in the lead role of Taiwanese director Ang Lee's 2016 war drama film, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which is a film adaptation based on the 2012 novel of the same name by American writer Ben Fountain within a fortnight of his graduate showcase. Alwyn was chosen by Lee, according to him, because of his "ability to communicate the book's paradox of war with just his facial expressions". He appeared in a supporting part in Ritesh Batra's 2017 mystery drama The Sense of an Ending. Alwyn had several film appearances in 2018. In the historical dark comedy The Favourite, directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, he co-starred with actors Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Nicholas Hoult as the British aristocrat Samuel Masham. In Chris Weitz's historical drama Operation Finale, which stars Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley in the lead roles, he played Klaus Eichmann, the son of German Nazi official Adolf Eichmann. He also had a supporting role in Joel Edgerton's biographical drama Boy Erased, which is based on a 2016 memoir by American LGBT+ activist Garrard Conley.

Joe Alwyn posing for the picture
Caption: Joe Alwyn posing for the picture (Photo: Instagram)

Later, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, and Alwyn played Queen Elizabeth I's favorite English politician, Robert Dudley, and Queen Mary, respectively, in the historical drama Mary Queen of Scots. At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Alwyn and Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki each received the Trophée Chopard as recognition of their respective talents. In the 2019 historical drama Harriet, which also starred Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monáe and was about American abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Alwyn as a slave owner called Gideon Brodess. He played Bob Cratchit in the dark fantasy television miniseries A Christmas Carol, which was based on Charles Dickens' 1843 novella of the same name. He appeared in The Souvenir Part II, a drama film, in 2021, and co-starred with Felicity Jones, Callum Turner, and Shailene Woodley as a 1960s industrialist in The Last Letter from Your Lover, a 2008 love book by English author Jojo Moyes.

Joe Alwyn with his co-actors
Caption: Joe Alwyn with his co-actors (Photo: Instagram)

Alwyn played the lead alongside Jemima Kirke and Sasha Lane in the drama series Conversations with Friends, a 2022 Hulu production of Irish novelist Sally Rooney's 2017 book of the same name. He also starred in two movies from 2022: Catherine Called Birdy, a medieval comedy directed by Lena Dunham and based on the 1994 children's book of the same name by American author Karen Cushman, and Stars at Noon, a romantic thriller by French director Claire Denis. Both of these movies received generally positive reviews, with the former having its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Alwyn has joined the cast of Aneil Karia's next "modern" production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet opposite Riz Ahmed. He has also been cast in Yorogos Lanthimos' upcoming anthology film And, which also stars Emma Stone, Qualley, and Willem Dafoe.

Musical Career of Alwyn

While dating American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, Alwyn explored his musical options. He said he hadn't intended to collaborate with Swift, but "it came about from messing around on a piano, and singing badly," and then "being overheard by Swift, and being, like, 'Let's see what happens if we get to the end of it together'." On Taylor Swift's eighth studio album, Folklore (2020), he co-produced the songs "Exile", "Betty", "My Tears Ricochet", "August", "This Is Me Trying" and "Illicit Affairs"; he also co-wrote "Exile" and "Betty" under the alias William Bowery. In several nations, "Exile" made it to the top 10, peaking at position six on the US Billboard Hot 100 and eight on the UK Singles Chart.

Joe Alwyn posing for the picture
Caption: Joe Alwyn posing for the picture (Photo: Instagram)

"Exile" was up for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2021, and Folklore won Album of the Year, giving Alwyn his first Grammy. On Swift's second album of 2020, Evermore, he (as Bowery) also co-wrote "Champagne Problems," "Coney Island," and the album's title song. Alwyn explained to The Wall Street Journal in April 2022 that the name "William Bowery" was a combination of his great grandfather, a composer of music named William Alwyn, and the Bowery neighborhood in New York City, where he had spent "a lot of time" when he first immigrated to the country. He also collaborated with Swift on her tenth studio album, Midnights (2022), co-writing "Sweet Nothing," the album's closing tune, as Bowery.

What's Joe Alwyn Net Worth?

As per reports, Joe Alwyn has an estimated net worth of $4 Million. He has been earning money working as an actor. Additionally, Alwyn earns money working in the music industry.

Joe Alwyn posing for the picture while sitting inside the car
Caption: Joe Alwyn posing for the picture while sitting inside the car (Photo: magazine)

Therefore, he has been living a comfortable life. Also, his net worth will increase as Joe's professional career progress. 

Personal Life of Joe Alwyn

Joe Alwyn's personal life is most discreet, which he self-described as a "knee-jerk response to the culture we live in". The violation of his privacy by the media bothers him. He was described as a "notoriously low-key actor" by GQ. He was referred to as "Hollywood's Most Private Leading Man" by The Wall Street Journal. He dated Taylor Swift from the year 2016 to 2023. His former girlfriend Swift is a popular American singer-songwriter. 

Joe Alwyn with his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift
Caption: Joe Alwyn with his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift (Photo: Harper's Bazaar)

The fact that Alwyn and Swift kept their romance private caught the attention of the media because Swift had previously been more outspoken about her love life. However, their relationship was often covered by tabloids. In her song "Lavender Haze" from 2022, Taylor Swift talks about relationship rumors. Swift and Alwyn had split up in April 2023.

Height of Joe Alwyn

Joe Alwyn has a height of 6 feet 1 inch or 185 cm tall. Likewise, his body weighs around 75 kg or 165 pounds. Alwyn has light brown hair with bullish eyes color.