Anna Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actor in theater productions. Her first prominent role was in the 1998 musical , which earned her a nomination for . She made her film debut in the musical comedy (2003).
Kendrick rose to prominence for her supporting role in (2008–12), the blockbuster film franchise based on ’s book series of the same name. She went on to earn widespread acclaim for her performance in (2009), including an nomination for .
Kendrick has since featured in successful films like the comedy-drama (2011), the crime drama (2012), and the musical fantasy (2014). She has achieved further fame for playing the protagonist in the successful musical comedy (2012) and its blockbuster sequel (2015).
Early life Kendrick was born in , the daughter of Janice ( Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a history teacher who also works in finance. She is of , , and descent. Her maternal grandparents were Ronald and Ruth (née Small) Cooke (1918–2011). She has an older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film . She attended in Portland before entering Bates College.
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 . Her performance earned her a , as well as nominations for Featured Actress in a Musical at the and . She went on to play a supporting role in the 2003 production of ’s musical .
Kendrick made her film debut in the musical comedy . Her performance as the nerdy Fritzi Wagner earned her a nomination for the for Best Debut Performance. She went on to play an ambitious high school debater in (2007), for which she earned a subsequent nomination for Best Supporting Female.
Kendrick rose to prominence in 2008 for the fantasy romance , based on ’s , which became a major blockbuster at the box office. Kendrick played Jessica Stanley, the best friend of protagonist Bella Swan. In 2009, she featured in the comedy , played her first leading role in the crime thriller Elsewhere, and reprised her role of Jessica Stanley in .
She then starred alongside in director 's (2009). Her performance as an ambitious college graduate was praised by critics, who called her performance "funny and touching" and commented that she "grabs every scene she’s in.". For her performance, she earned nominations for Best Supporting Actress at several awards ceremonies, including the , , , and .
In 2010, Kendrick reprised her role of Jessica Stanley in . Later that year, she appeared in , 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 over time. In 2011, she next appeared in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama , playing an inexperienced therapist to a cancer patient played by . Later that year, she reprised her role of Jessica Stanley in (2011), her final on-screen appearance in The Twilight Saga.
In 2012, Kendrick featured opposite as part of the ensemble cast of , loosely based on the . She also lent her voice to the stop-motion animated film (2012). She next starred in the commercially successful crime drama (2012), playing the love interest of ’s character. She also appeared in ’s political thriller (2012).
Kendrick’s most successful film of 2012 was the musical comedy (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 also featuring , , , , , and more. She played Beca Mitchell, a rebellious college freshman who joins an group 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.”