From an early age Anya was inspired by acting making her stage debut at the age of 9 playing Pollyanna in Off the Shelf at The Queen Elizabeth Hall. She attended the Henrietta Barnett School In Hampstead Garden Suburb where she completed her A Levels and continued her studies at Birkbeck College, University of London where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and humanities.
Anya began her professional career at the age of 16 when she was scouted in Covent Garden by top London modeling agency Select, shooting for the likes of Italian Vogue, The Face and Marie Claire. This industry led her into the world of music where she was discovered by Medicine management to be a part of the girl group Precious along with Jenny Frost, Sophie Mcdonnell, Lousie Rose and Kalli Clark-Sternberg. Precious were signed to EMI and chosen by the British public to represent Great Britain in the 1999 Eurovision song contest. The band toured nationally and internationally in the United States and Europe for two years and had hit singles with the silver selling ‘Say It Again’, ‘Rewind’, ‘It’s Gonna Be My Way’ and ‘New Beginning. Precious disbanded shortly after the release of their self-titled album, ‘Precious’ after the girls decided to pursue separate careers in different fields of the entertainment industry.
After her foray in the music industry, Anya returned to her studies and began to pursue the career she had always aspired to do. She landed her first part in Keen Eddie, an American production for Paramount and Fox starring Sienna Miller and Mark Valley. It was during the filming of Keen Eddie that an agent at Curtis Brown discovered Anya.
Anya was subsequently cast in the Nui Image American feature, Tornado: Nature Unleashed starring opposite Daniel Bernhardt (The Matrix). She then landed a supporting role in the John Irvin’s ‘The Fine Art of Love’, co-starring Jaqueline Bisset, Mary Nighy and Hannah Taylor Gordon. The film premiered at the 2005 Venice Film festival and was a dark retelling of the German author Frank Wedekind’s ‘Physical Education of Young Girls’ about a group of girls in an early 19th century orphanage.
Anya’s third feature, playing a cameo in Paris Leonti’s Brit Heist flick ‘Daylight Robbery’, saw her acting alongside Leo Gregory and Paul Nicholls.
2009 saw the release of the multi-award winning ‘I Can’t Think Straight’ in the United States, Europe and Asia in which Anya supports Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. The film focuses on a Middle Eastern and an Indian family and the repercussions within both societies when two daughters from either back ground fall in love. Anya plays the difficult younger sister who is on the brink of an eating disorder and in a deeply unhappy marriage to an obsessive, compulsive husband.
The summer of ’09 also saw the release of the eagerly anticipated third installment in the ‘Goal’ trilogy in which Anya plays the female lead alongside Leo Gregory, JJ Feild and Kuno Becker.
2009 has been exceptionally busy with these feature releases and also work on independent projects such as ‘Meet Pursuit Delange’ alongside James Callis, ‘The Scar Crow’ which won best horror at The London Independent Film Festival and the Filmaka competition winner ‘Sweet Heart Escape Goat’.
Next year also looks set to launch Anya’s profile across the water as she plays the lead in the independent American horror film ‘Pearblossom’ opposite Australian pop sensation and actress Sophie Monk. The film is about two girls from the sixties who encounter supernatural forces in the desert that transform them into vampires, it is a comic/horror tale of good versus evil.
Anya is also due to begin filming the Filmaka feature ‘Swinging with the Finkels’ which stars Martin Freeman, Mandy Moore and Melissa George. This is a very exciting project and Anya’s second collaboration with Filmaka this year.