Dakota Mayi Johnson (born October 4, 1989) is an American fashion model and actress, known for her lead role in the short-lived Fox sitcom Ben and Kate (2012–2013).
Johnson attended Aspen Community School in Aspen, Colorado. She was an avid dancer as a child. She became interested in modeling at age 12 after a photo shoot with other children of celebrities for Teen Vogue.
She was voted Miss Golden Globe 2006, where she served as the first second-generation Miss Golden Globe in the Globes’ history.
In 2006, she signed with IMG Models. In 2009, she modeled for MANGO brand’s jeans line.
Once Johnson graduated from high school, she signed with the William Morris Agency and started her acting career. She appeared in the critical and box office hit in 2010 with David Fincher’s film The Social Network, in which she had a scene with Justin Timberlake. The film earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and she quickly landed more films. She appeared in Beastly; Ezna Sands’ film Theo; So Yong Kim’s film For Ellen; and Larry Clark’s film Savage Innocent. She has roles in several 2012 films: Christopher Neil’s film Goats, with David Duchovny; Nicholas Stoller’s film Five Year Engagement for producer Judd Apatow, and the successful feature film version of the 1987 hit television show 21 Jump Street. She also played the female lead in Chris Nelson’s film Date and Switch written by Alan Yang.
In March 2012, Johnson was cast as Kate in the Fox comedy series Ben and Kate, marking her television debut. The show was cancelled on January 25, 2013 after one season. Johnson quickly resumed her film career, and appeared in Need for Speed (2014). She also has been cast in the modern-day film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
In 2010, Dakota traveled to Sydney, Australia, where she shot the “Rising Star” campaign for fashion label Wish.
In 2013, she made a cameo appearance as one of the new hires on the finale of The Office.
On September 2, 2013, author E. L. James announced that Johnson would play Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
In 2014, she will be reuniting with her 21 Jump Street cast member Johnny Depp playing the mother of his child in the feature film “Black Mass”.