Daughter of Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith,
Tyler began a career in modeling at the age of 14, but, after less than a year, she decided to focus on acting. After her film debut Silent Fall (1994), she appeared in supporting roles in Empire Records (1995), Heavy (1996) and That Thing You Do! (1996). Tyler later achieved critical recognition in the leading role in Bernardo Bertolucci’s drama film Stealing Beauty (1996), playing a teenage girl visiting her deceased mother’s artist friends in Italy. She followed this with supporting roles in films, including Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Robert Altman’s black comedy Cookie’s Fortune (1999).
Tyler achieved international recognition with her portrayal of Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in the acclaimed Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003). She has appeared in an eclectic range of films, including the comedy film Jersey Girl (2004), the indie comedy-drama film Lonesome Jim (2005), the drama film Reign Over Me (2007), the home invasion horror film The Strangers (2008), the superhero comedy film Super (2010), and the sci-fi black comedy film Space Station 76 (2014). She has also starred in big-budget studio films, such as Armageddon (1998) and The Incredible Hulk (2008). Tyler made her television debut in a regular role as Meg Abbott on the HBO drama series The Leftovers (2014–2017).
She has served as a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador for the United States in 2003, and as a spokesperson for Givenchy’s line of perfume and cosmetics.