Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

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Holly Taylor
Holly Taylor at the International Emmy Awards.png

Taylor in November 2015
Born Holly Taylor
(1997-10-31) October 31, 1997 (age 20)
Middleton, NS, Canada
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 2008–present

Holly Taylor (born October 31, 1997) is a Canadian-born American actress and dancer. She began her career in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot at the age of 11 as Sharon Percy (Ballet Girl) and continued in the role for almost two years. She played the role of Paige Jennings in the FX television series The Americans for its entire run. She has also been cast in several television ads.

Life and career[edit]

Taylor was born in Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada, on October 31, 1997, the daughter of Margaret and Mark. She has an older brother named Philip. After her family moved to New Jersey in early 2000, she was enrolled in a dance class at age 3. About a year later she surprised her parents by announcing that she was going to dance on Broadway when she grew up. By the time she was 11 years old, Taylor was dancing eight shows a week as a member of the cast of Billy Elliot at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.[1]

Taylor attended middle school in her home town in New Jersey as much as the Billy Elliot schedule would allow and kept up her academics at the gifted and talented level. She was invited to attend the Johns Hopkins program for Gifted and Talented Children and the following year was invited to the International Student Exchange program for Gifted Children.[1]

Billy Elliot lasted 22 months. After that, she started looking into acting more, although she was so shy it was difficult at first. “But then, the more I started to do it, the more I came out of my shell and the more I enjoyed it”, she said.[1]

She did an audition tape for the spy thriller television series The Americans in Los Angeles and booked the show after having a chance to meet the producers in New York.[1]

Taylor has lived in Wayne, New Jersey, since she was two years old. She graduated Wayne Hills High School in 2016.[2]

She is a student at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Love and Zombies Allie Short film
2012 The Cook Gretchen Short film
2013 Ashley Young Ashley
2014 Worst Friends Little Girl
2016 The Otherworld Dannan
2017 We Still Say Grace Maggie Pre-production
2017 The Witch Files Claire Post-production
2017 July Lina Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Celebrity Nightmares Decoded Daughter Television film
2013–18 The Americans Paige Jennings 72 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2015 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series The Americans Nominated
2015 Young Artist Awards Best Supporting Younger Actress in a Television Series Won

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