La La Land Actress Sonoya Mizuno

La La Land Actress Sonoya Mizuno

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Sonoya Mizuno (ソノヤ・ミズノ?) (also stylized as SONOYA; born 1 July 1988) is a BritishJapanese actress, model and ballerina.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Tokyo, Mizuno was raised in Somerset in England. Her father is Japanese, and her mother is half-British, half-Argentine. She attended the Royal Ballet School as a child, and graduated from the Royal Ballet School before working for several ballet companies including Semperoper Ballet in DresdenBallet Ireland, New English Ballet Theatre and Scottish Ballet.[1][2] She began modeling at age 20 due to frustrations with her ballet career[1] and has modeled for Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton.[2] During 2014 Mizuno appeared in Arthur Pita’s work of dance theatre The World’s Greatest Show at Greenwich Dance and the Royal Opera House.

Mizuno made her movie debut in Alex Garland‘s critically acclaimed science-fiction thriller Ex Machina, released in the UK in January 2015. She also appeared in the dance film High Strung, directed by Michael Damian and released in 2016. In 2016, she was also the feature dancer in the music video for “Wide Open” by the Chemical Brothers and Beck.

In August 2016, she appeared in the music video for Frank Ocean‘s song, “Nikes”. Mizuno showed off her triple-threat talents in the award-winning film La La Land (released in the UK in January 2017), playing the role of Caitlin, the roommate of Mia (Emma Stone).


Year Films Role Notes
2012 Venus in Eros Forest Guard Film debut
2015 Ex Machina Kyoko
2016 High Strung Jazzy
2016 Alleycats Suzie
2016 La La Land Caitlin
2017 Beauty and the Beast Debutante completed
2017 Ambition Sarah post-production
2017 Annihilation TBA post-production
TBA The Domestics Betsy post-production




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