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Dakota Johnson


Dakota Mayi Johnson


October 4 1989, Austin, Texas, USA






Anastasia Steele


Don Johnson (father), Melanie Griffith (mother), Antonio Banderas (former step-father)

Years active

1999 - present

Dakota Mayi Johnson will be portraying Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.


Johnson was born in Austin, Texas, the daughter of actor Don Johnson and actress Melanie Griffith. On her mother's side, she is a granddaughter of advertising executive and former child actor Peter Griffith and actress Tippi Hedren, and half-niece of actress Tracy Griffith and production designer Clay A. Griffith. Her stepfather is Antonio Banderas. She has six half-siblings; four on her father's side and two on her mother's side. Johnson attended Aspen Community School in Aspen, Colorado. She was an avid dancer as a child. She became interested in modeling at age 12 after a photo shoot with other children of celebrities for Teen Vogue.


Johnson made her film debut at age 10 in the 1999 film Crazy in Alabama, directed by her stepfather, Antonio Bandreas, and co-starring her mother, Melanie Griffith. After finishing high school and signing with an agent, she got a very small role in 2010's The Social Network, which she got to share a scene with Justin Timberlake.

Johnson went on to have small parts in other films such as All That Glitters (2010), Beastly (2011), and the film version of the 1980s TV series, 21 Jump Street (2012). In 2012 she got her first big role in the Fox sitcom Ben and Kate, which was cancelled after one season.

In addition to acting, Johnson has also worked as a model, having done ad campaigns for such fashion companies as Wish and MANGO.

Fifty Shades of Grey

After months of rumors and speculation, author EL James announced via Twitter on September 2, 2013 that Johnson would be portraying Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of her novel Fifty Shades of Grey . The film is slated for release on February 13, 2015.


When news of Johnson being cast as Ana was announced, it caused a massive outrage among fans of the trilogy, many of whom continue to complain about Johnson supposedly looking too "old" for the part despite being just 24 years old and not fitting Ana's physical description in the books. Some even started a petition on to have Johnson and then-costar Charlie Hunnam replaced. The petition garnered over 80,000 signatures. After Hunnam dropped out of the film, many predicted Johnson would follow suit. However, she remained committed to the film.


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