Dakota Johnson Parents, Biography, Early Life, Career and Net Worth

Dakota Johnson Parents, Biography, Early Life, Career and Net Worth

Dakota Johnson ParentsDakota Mayi Johnson simply named as Dakota Johnson is an American actress and model. She also received the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress and a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination for her performance in the series named “Fifty Shades”. She made her film debut in the year 1999 and appeared in the movies such as The Social Network (2010), Beastly (2011), 21 Jump Street (2012), The Five-Year Engagement (2012) and Need for Speed (2014).

Dakota Johnson Parents, Biography, Early Life, Career and Net Worth

Dakota Johnson comes from a creative family of actors. She was born to Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith who happened to be popular actors. Her maternal grandparents, Peter Griffith, and Tippi Hedren were successful child actors who later got jobs as advertising executives.

She is also the half-niece of production designer Clay A. Griffin and actress Tracy Griffith. 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.

Early Life and Biography

Dakota Mayi Johnson was born in Austin, Texas on the 4th of October, 1989. She was practically raised in Woody Creek and Aspen in Colorado where she attended Aspen Community School.

Dakota was no lazy kid, as a young girl, summertime was usually spent working at the local market. For her freshman year of high school, she attended the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California, but later transferred to New Roads School located in Santa Monica, California.

Dakota Johnson Parents, Biography, Early Life, Career and Net Worth

Though she started off being particularly interested in dancing and acting when she was a child, when she was 12 years old, her focus began shifting towards modeling. This was after she got selected to be a part of a photo shoot for Teen Vogue in which she was paired with the children of other celebrities.

Her first appearance on screen was in the 1999 comedy movie, Crazy Alabama, in which she was cast alongside her mum, Melanie Griffith, and half-sister, Stella Banderas. The movie was directed by her step-father popular actor, Antonio Banderas.

Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t a hit at the box office. In 2006, a launching pad bestowed on off-springs of famous parents was given to her when she was voted Miss Golden Globe. By 2009, she signed a deal with the brand IMG Models.

Dakota later traveled to Sydney, Australia for “Rising Star” campaign shoot which was organized by the fashion label – Wish. Other movies she has featured in include; The Social Network (2010), Beastly (2011), Need for Speed (2014), A Bigger Splash (2015), the dramatic comedy titled How to Be Single in (2016) among other successful movies.


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.

Dakota Johnson Parents, Biography, Early Life, Career and Net Worth

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.

Net Worth

Being a major cast member of very successful Fifty Shades Darkerit 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.