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Kendrick at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Anna Cooke Kendrick

(1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 (age 38)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 1998–present
Awards Full list

Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress. She has received various accolades, including a Satellite Award, five Teen Choice Awards, three MTV Movie Awards, and nominations for an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Tony Award; making her one of the youngest people to be nominated for the "Triple Crown of Acting" and the youngest person to do so without winning.

Kendrick began her career performing in theater productions at a young age. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, for which she earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She made her film debut in the musical comedy Camp (2003), and rose to prominence for her role in The Twilight Saga (2008–2012). She achieved further recognition for the comedy-drama film Up in the Air (2009), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and for her starring role in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–17).

Kendrick also had prominent roles in films such as the action comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), the comedy drama 50/50 (2011), the crime drama End of Watch (2012), the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014), the drama Cake (2014), the comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), the animated comedy Trolls (2016), the comic thriller A Simple Favor (2018), the fantasy comedy Noelle (2019), and the animated sequel Trolls World Tour (2020). She also sang on various soundtracks for her films, as well as at events like the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors and the 2015 Academy Awards, and published a memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody, in 2016.

Early life

Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, on August 9, 1985, the daughter of accountant Janice (née Cooke) and history teacher William Kendrick. Her father has also worked in finance. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. She has an older brother who is an actor and appeared in the drama film Looking for an Echo (2000). She attended Deering High School.


1998–2007: Early career, theater, and film debut

Kendrick started her career as a child, auditioning for theater productions in New York City. When she was 12, she had a supporting role in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society. Her performance earned her a Theater World Award and nominations for Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards. She went on to a supporting role in the 2003 New York City Opera production of Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music.

She made her film debut in the musical film Camp. Her performance as nerdy Fritzi Wagner earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. She played an ambitious high school debater in Rocket Science (2007), for which she earned a Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.

2008–2011: Twilight and Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick, May 2010
Kendrick in May 2010

Kendrick rose to prominence in 2008 for the fantasy romance Twilight, a major box-office hit based on Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name; Kendrick played Jessica Stanley, a friend of protagonist Bella Swan. In 2009, she appeared in the comedy The Marc Pease Experience, in her first leading role in the crime thriller Elsewhere, and reprised her Jessica Stanley role in Twilight's sequel, New Moon.

She then starred alongside George Clooney in director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009). Critics praised her performance as an ambitious college graduate, calling it "funny and touching" and saying that she "grabs every scene she's in". It brought her nominations for several Best Supporting Actress awards, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and BAFTA Awards.

In 2010, Kendrick again portrayed Jessica Stanley in the Twilight saga's third installment, Eclipse. Later that year, she appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as the sister of the title character. The film did not fare well at the box office, but has since become a cult classic. In 2011, she appeared in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama 50/50, as an inexperienced therapist to a cancer patient played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Later that year, she made her final appearance as Jessica Stanley in Twilight's fourth installment, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011).

Kendrick has been a member of the Actors' Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2010.

2012–2015: Pitch Perfect and Into the Woods

In 2012, Kendrick featured as part of the ensemble cast of What to Expect When You're Expecting, loosely based on the pregnancy guide of the same name. Also that year, she lent her voice to the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, starred in the commercially successful crime drama End of Watch, and appeared in Robert Redford's political thriller The Company You Keep.

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Kendrick at Geffen's Fundraiser in March 2014

Kendrick's most successful film of 2012 was the musical comedy Pitch Perfect (2012), loosely based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. Kendrick played Beca Mitchell, a rebellious college freshman who joins an a cappella group called the Barden Bellas and finds that her more modern approach to music clashes with the traditional approach of the group's leader. The film emerged as a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics, who called Kendrick's performance "splendid", saying that she "hits just the right note between pithy and chummy."

In 2013, Kendrick featured in the romantic comedy-drama Drinking Buddies, which received mostly positive reviews from critics, as well as the largely panned fantasy comedy Rapture-Palooza.

At the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, Kendrick was featured in three films. She played leading roles in the comedy-drama Happy Christmas and the horror comedy The Voices, which both received generally favorable reviews from critics, as well as a supporting role in the zombie comedy Life After Beth. Both Happy Christmas and Life After Beth received limited releases later in 2014, while The Voices was given a limited release in early 2015.

At the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014, Kendrick was featured in two films. She starred in the musical romance The Last Five Years, an adaptation of the off-Broadway musical of the same name. While the film itself received mixed reviews, Kendrick garnered widespread critical acclaim for her performance. She also played a supporting role in the comedy-drama Cake. Cake was eventually given a wide release in January 2015, while The Last Five Years received a limited release in February 2015.

Kendrick was next seen playing Cinderella in Disney's Into the Woods (2014), director Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical of the same name. Kendrick was a part of the large ensemble cast. The film became a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics.

Kendrick competed in the first season of Lip Sync Battle against John Krasinski, one of the show's executive producers, in an episode aired in April 2015. She first performed "Steal My Girl" by One Direction, in which she jokingly revealed the object of her affection to be Krasinski's newlywed wife, Emily Blunt. During her performance, Kendrick stares adoringly at images of Blunt on a monitor while sporting a t-shirt imprinted with a heart-shaped photograph of her and Blunt together. Kendrick also performed "Booty" by Jennifer Lopez, in which she makes a surprise appearance at the end of the song. Krasinski performed "Bye Bye Bye" by NSYNC and "Proud Mary" by Ike & Tina Turner. The audience declared Kendrick the winner. The episode garnered over 1.75 million U.S. viewers.

Kendrick played a supporting role in Digging for Fire, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and received a limited release in August of that year. In May 2015, she reprised her role of Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 2. The film, which followed Mitchell in her senior year of college as the co-president of the Barden Bellas, emerged as a major box office blockbuster and surpassed the success of the first film.

2016–present: Trolls franchise and other projects

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Kendrick at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Kendrick starred in the action comedy Mr. Right, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on April 8, 2016. She also starred in The Hollars, a comedy-drama directed by and starring John Krasinski, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was theatrically released in August 2016. She was then seen in the coming-of-age film Get a Job, which received a limited release in March 2016 after being delayed since 2012.

Also in 2016, Kendrick starred in the commercially successful comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, voiced Princess Poppy, the main character of the animated film Trolls, and co-starred in the action thriller The Accountant. Kendrick's memoir Scrappy Little Nobody was published on November 15, 2016.

Kendrick starred in Table 19, which was released March 3, 2017. She again reprised the role of Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 3, released on December 22, 2017. In September 2018, she starred as Stephanie Smothers in the mystery-thriller film A Simple Favor. Also in September 2018, Kendrick began appearing in a series of advertisements for Hilton Hotels.

In 2019, Kendrick co-starred in the satirical crime comedy The Day Shall Come and played the titular character in the Disney+ Christmas comedy Noelle. Kendrick also voiced a character in the Facebook Watch adult animated comedy series Human Discoveries.

Also in 2019, it was announced that Kendrick would star as a state trooper with irreversible hearing loss in Unsound, directed by Bharat Nalluri.

Kendrick reprised her role as Poppy in the 2020 sequel Trolls World Tour. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal Pictures released the film via video on-demand platforms as a digital rental on April 10. She starred in the Quibi comedy series Dummy, for which she also served as executive producer. For her performance, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Also in 2020, Kendrick starred in the HBO Max romantic comedy anthology series Love Life, for which she additionally served as an executive producer. She appeared next as the lead in Stowaway, a science-fiction thriller which was released on April 22, 2021.

Personal life

Kendrick resides in Los Angeles. She has a soprano voice.

She began dating English filmmaker Edgar Wright in 2009, after they met while filming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. They split up in March 2013. She began dating English cinematographer Ben Richardson in February 2014, after they met while filming Drinking Buddies. That relationship has since ended.

Kendrick began dating actor Bill Hader in late 2020 or early 2021. By June 2022, they had ended their relationship.

She has said that her experience in an emotionally abusive relationship inspired her performance in Alice, Darling.



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


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 Down to Earth with Zac Efron Herself Episode: "France"
Dummy Cody Heller Main role; also executive producer
2021–present Love Life Darby Carter Main role (season 1)
Guest role (season 2); also executive producer
2021 Trolls: Holiday in Harmony Poppy (voice) Television special

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


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



Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Cups" 2013 6 44 75 12 26 26 71
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • BPI: Gold
Pitch Perfect (Soundtrack)

Other featured performances

Year Album Title Certifications
1999 High Society (Original Cast Recording) "Throwing A Ball Tonight" (with Lisa Banes, Melissa Errico and John McMartin)
"Little One" (with Daniel McDonald)
"I Love Paris" (with Melissa Errico)
2003 Camp: Music from the Motion Picture "The Ladies Who Lunch"
2009 Up in the Air (Music from the Motion Picture) "Time After Time"
2014 Into the Woods (Motion Picture Soundtrack) "A Very Nice Prince" (with Emily Blunt)
"On the Steps of the Palace"
"Your Fault" (with Daniel Huttlestone, James Corden, Lilla Crawford and Meryl Streep)
"No One is Alone" (with James Corden, Lilla Crawford and Daniel Huttlestone)
2015 The Last Five Years (Motion Picture Soundtrack) "Still Hurting"
"See I'm Smiling"
"A Part of That"
"A Summer in Ohio"
"The Next Ten Minutes" (with Jeremy Jordan)
"A Miracle Would Happen / When You Come Home to Me" (with Jeremy Jordan)
"Climbing Uphill"
"I Can Do Better Than That"
"Goodbye Until Tomorrow" (with Jeremy Jordan)
Pitch Perfect 2 (Motion Picture Soundtrack) "Winter Wonderland / Here Comes Santa Claus" (with Snoop Dogg)
2016 Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E. / It's a Sunshine Day" (with Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Ron Funches, Walt Dohrn, Icona Pop and Kunal Nayyar)
"Get Back Up Again"
  • BPI: Silver
"The Sound of Silence"
"I'm Coming Out / Mo Money Mo Problems" (with Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Icona Pop and Kunal Nayyar)
"True Colours" (with Justin Timberlake)
  • BPI: Silver
"Can't Stop the Feeling!" (with Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kunal Nayyar)
"September" (with Justin Timberlake and Earth, Wind & Fire)
2020 Trolls World Tour: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Trolls Wanna Have Good Times" (with Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Ester Dean, Icona Pop, Kenan Thompson and The Pop Trolls)
"Just Sing" (with Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak and Kenan Thompson)
"Trolls 2 Many Hits Mashup" (with Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Icona Pop and The Pop Trolls)
"Just Sing (Trolls World Tour)" (with Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak, Rachel Bloom, Kenan Thompson, Anthony Ramos, Red Velvet, Icona Pop, Kunal Nayyar and Sam Rockwell)

Awards and nominations

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