Eoin Macken is an Irish actor, director and model, perhaps best known for being a featured model on GQ and playing the role of Sir Gwaine in “Merlin”. This biography contains full details about the famous actor/model and his relationship with actress Anya Taylor-Joy. Keep reading to get the scoop on both celebs.
Early life, family, educational background
Eoin (pronounced Owen) Christopher Macken was born on February 21, 1983 under the zodiac sign of Aquarius in Dublin, Ireland. He is of Irish ethnicity and nationality.
Eoin has two sisters (Freya is the youngest), and both parents raised them. His father, James Macken, was a lawyer, while his mother worked as a nurse.
While the details of his early education remain a mystery, Macken developed an interest in drama while studying at University College, Dublin.
Around the same time, he started modeling for popular fashion houses. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2004.
Eoin Macken’s modeling career began at the age of 19 when he was a student; he graced the runway at the university’s fashion shows in 2002 and 2003.
He then joined Morgan the Agency, a renowned modeling agency in Ireland. His association with the agency made him famous in Ireland, and he was soon in demand for several fashion companies.
In late 2003, Macken was chosen as the face of the Abercrombie and Fitch campaign. Five years later, he was the face of Braun’s 2008 campaign and since then Macken has modeled for Ralph Lauren and GQ, among others.
Eoin Macken appeared in short films in 2005; he co-starred with Brendan Gleeson and Emmet J. Scanlan in the short film “Studs” (2006).
He wrote and edited his feature debut, “Christian Blake”, playing the leading man Christian; it premiered at the 2008 Mid Ulster Film Festival. Subsequently, Eoin moved to Los Angeles to study with acting coach Vincent Chase.
In 2008, he made his TV debut as Gavin Cluxton, the drug dealer in season 19 of the Irish soap opera “Fair City”. Between 2008 and 2010, Eoin appeared in movies/TV shows such as “Fifth Street” (2008), “Once Upon a Time in Dublin” (2009) and “Raw” (2010). From 2009 to 2010, he played a supporting role in the BBC drama “Small Island”, portraying an American soldier, Calhoon. In 2010, he made a cameo appearance as an English officer in the seventh season of “The Tudors”.
Eoin joined the cast of the fantasy adventure drama ‘Merlin’ in 2010, playing the role of Sir Gwaine for 30 episodes of the show. In 2014, he landed the lead role as Dr. TC Callahan opposite Jill Fling and Ken Leung, in the American medical drama ‘The Night Shift’.
Other major roles included in “Nightflyers” (2018) playing Karl D’Branin, the astrophysicist and leader of the Nightflyer expedition, before landing a starring role as Gavin Harris in “La Brea” (2021). Other films in which Eoin Macken has appeared include ‘Suspension of Disbelief’ (2012), ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ (2016), ‘The Wedding Invitation’ (2017) and ‘Till Death’ (2021).
In October 2020, Epic photos announced that Eoin Macken would star in the Irish horror film “The Cellar”, opposite Elisha Cuthbert.
Eoin made his directorial debut with Una Healy’s “Don’t Leave Me Alone” music video in 2008. In the same year, he directed his first feature film, “Christian Blake”, in which he also starred.
In 2009, Eoin directed ‘The Fashion of Modelling’, a one-hour documentary on the rudiments of modeling in the Irish fashion industry, which aired on RTE 2 on 24 May 2009. Other films Macken has directed include ‘The Green Rabbit & the Ice Cream Girl’ (2016), ‘The Night Shift’ (2017) and ‘Here are the Young Men’ (2020).
According to Macken, which he likes filmmaking is that “it’s a collaborative effort, and you’re working with people who know so much more than you do.”
Personal life, relationship
Eoin’s father died in 2007; he preserves the memory of his father by wearing two charms around his neck, his father’s wedding ring and a charm with an Egyptian symbol of his mother.
He had a relationship with the Irish singer Una Healy, but they broke up after two years. He also dated Irish actress Kellie Blaise.
He started dating British actress Anya Taylor-Joy in 2017 after they met on the set of “Crossmaglen”. There were rumors of an engagement between them, but they never acted on the rumours. Eoin and Taylor-Joy split in 2019 and the actor has kept his love life quiet ever since.
When you speak to Virgin Media Elaine Macken said, “It’s hard to maintain a relationship when you’re on the road, especially if you’re into music or film.”
Eoin Macken has homes in Dublin and New York, and his work schedule dictates where he lives at all times.
Appearance, clothing style
Eoin Macken is 1.8 m tall and weighs about 70 kg. He has short brown hair and brown eyes. As an old model, Macken is a fashion icon through and through. He shines in stylish suits on the red carpet, while on casual outings he can be seen wearing a leather jacket or button-up shirt.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- Eoin’s favorite song is “Bat Out of Hell” by Meatloaf.
- He is proficient in swimming, horseback riding, kickboxing, sailing and surfing.
- Eoin Macken also likes to travel.
Just posted a photo https://t.co/02rbvUc3Pf
— Eoin Macken (@eoincmacken) December 1, 2021
Net worth and salary
Who is Anya Taylor Joy?
Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy is an actress and model, best known for her role as Elizabeth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit”. She was born on April 16, 1996 under the zodiac sign of Aries in Miami, Florida, USA. She has a mixture of Spanish and Scottish ancestry, but holds dual citizenship of Great Britain and the United States.
Anya was raised by her parents, Jennifer Marina Joy, a psychologist, and Dennis Alan Taylor, a former banker. She spent her childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is why Spanish is Anya’s first language.
Anya and her family moved to London when she was six years old; she stubbornly refused to learn English at the time, hoping they would move back to Argentina. She received her early education at Hill House and Queen’s Gate School, Kensington, where she trained in ballet and participated in school plays.
Due to the constant bullying she faced in school, Anya dropped out at the age of 16 to pursue an acting career. At the age of 17, she caught the attention of Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Management, who later scouted her as a model.
Anya made her film debut playing the role of Philippa Collins-Davidson in the British detective drama series “Endeavour” (2014), and made her feature film debut the following year, playing Thomasin in “The Witch” (2015), a role that earned her an Empire and a Gotham Award.
From 2016 through 2019, Ms. Taylor-Joy starred in several films, including ‘Barry’ (2016), ‘Marrowbone’ (2017), ‘Crossmaglen’ (2018) and ‘Love, Antosha’ (2019).
In 2020, she played the titular character in the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel ‘Emma’, and the same year she starred as Beth Harmon, chess prodigy in the Netflix mini-series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. For her role in the series, Anya won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries.
Anya maintains the utmost privacy regarding her romantic relationships. Since splitting with Macken, she has been in a relationship with photographer Ben Seed and is now with American musician Malcolm McRae; she states that “it’s nice to be anonymous.”