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Ana's father died from an accident the day after her birth. Her mother's second husband, Ray Steele, is the man Ana considers her "real" father. Ana lived with her mother, Carla Wilks, in Las Vegas during her mother's third marriage. Ana eventually moved back to Montesano to live with her stepfather Ray who taught her several practical skills, including self-defense and gun safety.
At the start of the trilogy, Ana is a senior at Washington State University, majoring in English Literature. After graduating Ana stars working for publishing company SIP. She lives with her best friend, Kate Kavanagh.
Ana is shown to be a stubborn but shy and kind-hearted person. Ana loves books, particularly British Literature. She tends to be highly insecure about her appearance and does not realize her natural beauty. She considers herself a "misfit" at the start of the trilogy, preferring to keep to herself. She is also a virgin before meeting Christian.
Anastasia describes herself as a pale, brown-haired young woman with blue eyes too big for her face. Ana has a fresh, youthful face and innocent appeal. She is described by Christian as beautiful, very attractive, and alluring, but she is shown to be rather insecure about being slim, pale, and scruffy. She does not wear much makeup and classifies herself as a "t-shirt and converse shoes" type of girl. Because she is immensely shy, she blushes easily, which Christian finds alluring.
After months of rumors and speculation, EL James revealed on her twitter account on Sep 2, 2013 that Dakota Johnson would play Anastasia Steele in the film adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey.
September 10, 1989, Montesano WA
Father, Ray Steele &
mother Carla May Wilks