Anya Taylor-Joy

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Born: 16 April 1996, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. 

Anya Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, to a Scottish-Argentinian-English father and a Spanish-English mother. She spent her early years moving between Argentina and the United Kingdom before finally settling in London.

Taylor-Joy’s passion for performing arts blossomed at a young age. She was a natural performer and trained as a ballet dancer from the age of 6. However, her dreams of becoming a professional dancer were cut short due to a series of injuries. Undeterred, she turned her focus to acting and attended the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Taylor-Joy became known worldwide when she took on the role of chess prodigy Beth Harmon in the critically acclaimed Netflix miniseries “The Queen’s Gambit” in 2020. Her mesmeriding performance earned her widespread praise and accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Despite her rising fame, Taylor-Joy remains grounded and dedicated to her craft. She has demonstrated her range by tackling a variety of genres, from psychological thrillers to period dramas. Her commitment to authenticity and her ability to embody complex characters have made her a sought-after talent in the industry.


Suggested viewing


Thoroughbreds (2017)


Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

“Thoroughbreds” is a dark and atmospheric thriller that revolves around the complicated friendship between two wealthy teenage girls, Lily and Amanda. Bonded by their shared disdain for Lily’s stepfather, they plot a sinister plan that spirals into unexpected consequences, blurring the lines between morality and manipulation.

Top cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, Anton Yelchin, Francie Swift, Kaili Vernoff, Svetlana Orlova, Alyssa Fishenden, Jackson Damon.

The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

The Queen's Gambit

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.7

“The Queen’s Gambit” is a riveting miniseries that follows the life of orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon. Set in the 1960s, the show explores Beth’s journey as she battles addiction, personal demons, and gender biases to become a world-class chess player. With its compelling storytelling and powerful performances, the series has garnered widespread acclaim.

Top cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Marcin Dorociński, Matthew Dennis Lewis, Russell Dennis Lewis, Dolores Carbonari, Janina Elkin, Harry Melling, Isla Johnston.

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Peaky Blinders

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.8

“Peaky Blinders” is a gripping British crime drama set in post-World War I Birmingham. Led by the cunning and ambitious Tommy Shelby, the Shelby crime family oversees the treacherous world of gang wars, political intrigue, and family loyalty. With its stylish visuals and intense storytelling, the show has captivated audiences worldwide.

Top cast: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Helen McCrory, Finn Cole, Ned Dennehy, Joe Cole, Harry Kirton, Tom Hardy, Anya Taylor-Joy.

Emma. (2020)


Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.7

“Emma.” is a delightful and witty period comedy based on Jane Austen’s novel. Set in 19th-century England, the story follows the mischievous Emma Woodhouse as she meddles in the romantic lives of her friends and acquaintances. Through matchmaking endeavours and personal growth, Emma learns valuable lessons about love, friendship, and self-discovery.

Top cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Josh O’connor, Callum Turner, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Bill Nighy, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan.

The Miniaturist (2017)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

“The Miniaturist” is a captivating historical drama set in 17th-century Amsterdam. After marrying a wealthy merchant, Petronella Brandt receives an intricate dollhouse as a gift. As she commissions miniatures for the dollhouse, she becomes entangled in secrets and mysteries that mirror her own life, leading to a haunting and suspenseful tale.

Top cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai, Alex Hassell, Emily Berrington, Hayley Squires, Paapa Essiedu.

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