Who is Joe Alwyn? Meet the man behind the 'Conversations with Friends' character

The actor has an uber-famous girlfriend, but now he's personally stepping into the limelight

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You definitely know his girlfriend, but who is Joe Alwyn?

You might know him as Nick Conway from Conversations with Friends, Hulu's latest Sally Rooney adaptation. A few people here and there might recognize his love interest. (Hint: she rose to fame with her single "Time McGraw" and hasn't looked back since.)

But there's more to the British actor than you might've realized, and we're here to give you the scoop.

Who is Joe Alwyn?

Born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, the actor is one of three boys and first got the acting bug upon joining the prestigious National Youth Theatre. He tested out his theater chops for several Edinburgh Festival Fringe productions and graduated from the University of Bristol and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

You've definitely seen him in some of your go-to movies. Though he made his career debut in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk in 2016, his resumé is only growing. Check out some of Alwyn's other films: 

  • The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021) 
  • The Favourite (2018)
  • Mary Queen of Scots (2018) 
  • Boy Erased (2018) 
  • The Sense of an Ending (2017) 

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Oddly enough, he initially kept his interest in film a secret, but now it is certainly safe to say that the secret is out.

"I was really interested in acting and thought secretly I could do it but didn't tell anyone. It was a quite private thing that I wanted to do," he told People (opens in new tab).

Later this year, the Conversations with Friends cast member is set to make an appearance in other roles: Catherine Called Birdy, which follows a young tween in Medieval England who is attempting to thwart her father's matchmaking. 

Additionally, we'll see him in Stars at Noon, which takes us back to 1984 in Nicaragua where an English businessman and American reporter fall in love in a high-intensity scenario and must find their way out of the country. 

How old is Joe Alwyn?

Born on February 21, 1991, Alwyn is 31 years old. He is a Pisces. 

Joe Alwyn 'Conversations with Friends'

Premiering on Hulu and BBC on May 15, Conversations with Friends follows a married couple that becomes intertwined with two young college students, Frances and Bobbi, and things don't necessarily turn out simple. Alwyn plays Nick, an actor struggling with depression and in his marriage. Things change when he meets a certain university poet, though...

In true Sally Rooney fashion, the story is steamy, complicated and provides the exact opposite of relationship advice. We do catch Nick in some very intimate situations. (His IRL lady friend didn't mind, as she's a huge fan of the book.) 

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Joe Alwyn and Taylor Swift's relationship

For the past five years, Alwyn has been linked to one of the biggest singers in the biz: Taylor Swift. However, both remain tight-lipped about their romance, much to fans' disappointment. They did work together on several songs for Swift's "Folklore" album, however. Perhaps Alwyn's career will dip into musical territory in the future?

Is Taylor Swift engaged to Joe Alwyn?

Ah, the million-dollar question. Some believe the two tied the knot without telling anyone. Even if they did, it looks like the public will find out on the couple's terms.

"The truth is … if I had a pound coin for every time someone told me I’ve been engaged or I’m getting engaged, I would have a lot of pound coins," Alwyn told Vulture (opens in new tab).

Whatever is in store for the actor next—romantic or otherwise—we're anxious to see where the journey leads him.

Catch Joe Alwyn in Conversations with Friends on Hulu starting Sunday, May 15. 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


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