Joseph Matthew Alwyn is an English actor. Alwyn made his feature film debut as the titular character in Ang Lee's 2016 war drama, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and has since played supporting roles in films such as The Favourite (2018), Boy Erased (2018), Mary Queen of Scots (2018), and Harriet (2019).
Born in Kent and raised in North London, Alwyn developed an interest in acting during his teenage years. He acted in student productions at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and obtained BA degrees in English literature and drama, and acting, from the University of Bristol (2012), and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2015), respectively.
While in a relationship with American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, Alwyn contributed to the writing and production of ten of her songs released from 2020 to 2022, including "Exile" from Swift's eighth studio album, Folklore, which won Alwyn the Album of the Year at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. In 2022, Alwyn starred in three adaptations—Hulu drama series Conversations with Friends, the romantic thriller film Stars at Noon, and the period comedy film Catherine Called Birdy. He appeared on the 2022 Time 100 Next list of rising stars. His accolades include a Trophée Chopard and a Grammy Award.