Dakota Johnson is an American actress and model who has gained much coveted international recognition for her role in the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey. Her active role as Anastasia Steele in the romantic drama catapulted her to fame and earned her the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress and a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination.

As one whose parents are celebrities, Dakota Johnson is no stranger to the camera. Thus her acting career spanned way back in 1999 when she had her screen debut alongside her mother in the comedy-drama Crazy in Alabama. She won Miss Golden Globe in 2006.

Dakota Johnson Biography

The actress was born on October 4, 1989, in Austin, Texas to Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith who were also one of Hollywood’s most revered stars in the 1980s. Her maternal grandmother is actress Tippi Hedren and her stepfather was Antonio Banderas from her mother’s longtime marriage to the Spanish actor (the couple divorced in 2015).

Although Johnson grew up in Colorado, she attended schools in Monterey and Santa Monica, California. Being an avid dancer as a child, Johnson eventually explored a career in modelling before transitioning into acting.

Acting Career 

Johnson was 9 years old when she first made her film debut in 1999, playing daughter to her real-life mother Melanie Griffith in Crazy in Alabama. Since then, life in the spotlight became another way of life, hence in 2006, she was chosen to be Miss Golden Globe.

Right after high school, Johnson featured in several other movies such as The Social Network (2010), Beastly in 2011, The Five-Year Engagement (2012) and 21 Jump Street (2012). While she had a brief stint in television, Johnson made a huge come back to the big screen when she landed a role of a lifetime, playing Anastasia ‘Ana’ Steele in 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey.


Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t the only project Johson was working on in 2015, she starred in the thriller A Bigger Splash, opposite Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, and appeared opposite Johnny Depp in the Whitey Bulger mobster biopic Black Mass.

Also in 2016, Dakota Johnson starred in How to be Single and had since disclosed that she is already deep in ballet training to prepare for the remake of the 1977 Italian horror film Suspiria.

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Her Parents

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Dakota Johnson’s parents Melanie Richards Griffith and Donald Wayne Johnson are both famous actors of the 1980s who have earned honourable positions in Hollywood. Both have won several awards including the Golden Globes and Donald was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Her parents’ romance was never a stable one. After being away for a while, they remarried on June 26, 1989, and again, separated in May 1995 with Melanie getting married to Antonio Banderas, her co-star.  Donald Johnson, on the other, already had five wives. Besides Dakota, the man has other kids which he had with Kelley Phleger. The children include a daughter, Atherton Grace and two sons – Jasper Breckinridge Johnson and Deacon Johnson.

Boyfriend or Husband, Is Dakota Married? 

The actress was dating Matthew Hitt, a member of band group – Drowners, whom she dated for a year before they reportedly broke up in 2015. She also dated two other men, Jordan Masterson from 2011-2014 and Benedict Cumberbatch in 2013.

Later in October 2017, Johnson was spotted having an intimate sushi date alongside Coldplay frontman Chris Martin who was the husband of actress, Heidi Klums. It is yet to be confirmed where their relationship is heading. Martin is currently divorced.

Dakota Johnson’s Net Worth

Being a major cast member of very successful Fifty Shades Darker, it is estimated that Johnson’s net worth reached $5 million. The movie was a huge success, breaking the record for the most-viewed trailer in its first 24 hours with a whopping 114 million views.

Despite its overwhelming success, the Fifty Shades of Grey cast reportedly did not get rich from the film. Dakota Johnson and co-star Jamie Dornan were only paid $250,000 each for their work, including box office bonuses. However, it is said that the duo asked for seven-figure salaries for Fifty Shades Darker.

Body Features, Height and Feet

The body statistics of the actress is detailed as follows:

Height: 5 ft 7½ in (171 cm);

Weight: 54 kg (119 lb)

Measurements: 34-24-34 (86-61-86 cm);

Shoe Size/feet: 8 (US) or 38.5 (EU);

Eye Color: Blue;

Hair colour: Brunette.

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