Aaron Perry Taylor-Johnson (born 13 June 1990) is an English actor. He began performing at age six, appearing in films such as Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and The Illusionist. He then moved onto starring roles in Nowhere Boy, in which he played John Lennon, and Kick-Ass, in which he played David "Dave" Lizewski / Kick-Ass. Initially credited as Aaron Johnson, he began being billed as Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the 2012 film Anna Karenina. He took the new legal name after marrying Sam Taylor-Wood.