Anna Kendrick

Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress in theater productions. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society. She later made her feature film debut in the musical comedy Camp (2003).

Anna Kendrick
Anna Cooke Kendrick

(1985-08-09) August 9, 1985
Portland, Maine, United States
EducationDeering High School
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1998–present

Kendrick rose to prominence for her supporting role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga (2008–2012). Her starring role in Jason Reitman's comedy-drama film Up in the Air, which was released in 2009, received praise from critics and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She achieved further recognition for starring as Beca Mitchell in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017).

Kendrick also had starring roles in 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 adult comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), the animated comedy Trolls (2016), and the mystery-thriller comedy A Simple Favor (2018). Kendrick published a memoir in 2016, titled Scrappy Little Nobody.

Early life

Kendrick was born on August 9, 1985, in Portland, Maine.[1][2] She is the daughter of Janice (née Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a history teacher who also works in finance.[3] Her maternal grandparents were Ronald[4] and Ruth (née Small) Cooke.[5] She has an older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo. Kendrick is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.[6] She attended Deering High School in Portland before entering the entertainment business.[7]


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 played a supporting role in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society. Her performance earned her a Theater World Award, as well as nominations for Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards. She went on to play a supporting role in the 2003 New York City Opera production of Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music.

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

2008–2011: Twilight and Up in the Air

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

She then starred alongside George Clooney in director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009). Her performance as an ambitious college graduate was praised by critics, who called it "funny and touching"[8] and commented that she "grabs every scene she's in".[9] She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at several awards ceremonies, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and BAFTA Awards.

In 2010, Kendrick again appeared as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Later that year, she appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, in which she played the sister of the title character. The film did not fare well at the box office, but has emerged as a cult classic over time. In 2011, she appeared in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama 50/50, playing an inexperienced therapist to a cancer patient played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Later that year, she reprised her role of Jessica Stanley in Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011), her final on-screen appearance in The Twilight Saga.

2012–2015: Pitch Perfect and Into the Woods

In 2012, Kendrick featured opposite Chace Crawford 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, playing the love interest of Jake Gyllenhaal's character; and appeared in Robert Redford's political thriller The Company You Keep.

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 the protagonist of the film, leading an ensemble cast including Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, and more. She 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."[10]

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 opposite Jeremy Jordan 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 starring Jennifer Aniston. 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 including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and others. The film became a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics.

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 (2015). 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.


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 opposite Miles Teller 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, alongside Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, and Aubrey Plaza, voiced a main character, Poppy, in the animated film Trolls,[11] and co-starred in the action thriller The Accountant, with Ben Affleck.[12][13][14] Kendrick's memoir Scrappy Little Nobody was published on November 15, 2016.[15]

Kendrick starred in Table 19, which was released March 3, 2017.[16] She again took up the role of Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 3, released on December 22, 2017.[17] In September 2018, she starred as Stephanie Smothers in the mystery-thriller film A Simple Favor.

In September 2018, Kendrick began appearing in a series of advertisements for Hilton Hotels.[18]



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) In production
Stowaway Levenson Post-production


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"[19]
2017 Trolls Holiday Poppy (voice) TV special
2019 Human Discoveries Jane (voice) Main role, web series[20]
2020 Dummy Cody Main role, web series[21]
Love Life Darby Carter Main role, web series

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist
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


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

Soundtrack appearances


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Cups" 2013 6447512262671
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[22]
  • ARIA: Platinum[23]
  • RMNZ: Gold
Pitch Perfect (Soundtrack)
Year Album Title
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 the cast
"No One is Alone" with the cast
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"
"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)
"Can't Stop the Feeling!" (with Trolls cast)
"September" (with Justin Timberlake and Earth, Wind & Fire)


  • Kendrick, Anna (2016). Scrappy Little Nobody. New York: Touchstone Books. ISBN 978-1-5011-1720-6. OCLC 946903044.

Awards and nominations


  1. Rahman, Ray (August 9, 2013). "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1271). p. 22.
  2. Willis, John (2002). Theatre World 1998-1999. 55. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 234. ISBN 1557834334.
  3. Gibbs, Ed (October 21, 2012). "Classic-era Hollywood has always been Anna Kendrick's inspiration". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  4. Ronald Cooke Obituary, May 26, 2006, Sarasota, FL, Herald Tribune, Retrieved 09/12/16
  5. Ruth Cooke Obituary - Portland, ME, November 4, 2011, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Retrieved 11/23/14
  6. Hughes, Jason (September 20, 2011). "Anna Kendrick Talks About an Awkward Compliment, on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)". Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  7. Pacheco, Patrick. "Portland Native Anna Kendrick Charms Hollywood". Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  8. Lumenick, Lou (December 4, 2009). "Top flight!". New York Post. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  9. Dargis, Manohla (December 3, 2009). "Neither Here Nor There". The New York Times. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  10. Richards, Olly (June 20, 2012). "Pitch Perfect Review". Empire. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  11. AnnaKendrick [@AnnaKendrick47] (January 6, 2016). "Hair we go! Meet Poppy! #DreamWorksTrolls #HairGoals #NewYearNewMe" (Tweet). Retrieved June 8, 2016 via Twitter.
  12. Kroll, Justin (November 12, 2014). "Anna Kendrick In Talks to Join Ben Affleck in 'The Accountant'". Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  13. Hayden, Erik (August 7, 2015). "Ben Affleck's 'Accountant' and 'Live By Night' Pushed Back by Warner Bros". Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  14. Justin Kroll (April 1, 2015). "'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates': Anne Kendrick Joins Zac Efron". Variety. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  15. Kendrick, Anna (2016). Scrappy Little Nobody. New York: Touchstone. ISBN 978-1501117206. OCLC 946903044.
  16. Anthony D'Alessandro (March 24, 2015). "Anna Kendrick Reunites With 'Rocket Science' Director For 'Table 19′". Deadline. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  17. Lesnick, Silas (May 31, 2016). "Pitch Perfect 3 Release Date Moves to December -". Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  18. New Hilton Campaign Featuring Anna Kendrick Urges Travelers to ‘Expect Better. Expect Hilton’ (Sept. 28, 2018)
  19. "Pharrell, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick Coming to SNL – Time". Time.
  20. McCarter, Reid. "Watch prehistoric Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron discover booze, fire, and misogyny in Human Discoveries trailer". AV Club. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  21. Petski, Denise. "Meredith Hagner Joins Anna Kendrick & Donal Logue In Quibi Comedy 'Dummy'". Deadline. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  22. "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - May 21, 2015". Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  23. "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. December 31, 2013. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013.
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