5 Surprising Facts About Anya Taylor-Joy, the Fascinating British-Argentine-American Star
It's no secret that Netflix's The Queen's Gambit is a smash hit of a series, and lead actor Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays Beth Harmon, is an immensely talented rising star. With quite a few impressive performances under her belt — like leading roles in Emma and The Witch — fans have become very curious about Anya, and we found five surprising facts that will make you love her even more.
Anya was born in Miami to a mother of British and Spanish descent and a Scottish-Argentine father. She moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a child where she learned Spanish before moving to London where she was raised. After attending the prestigious Hill House preparatory school in Kensington, she returned to Argentina, and later continued her studies at the Queen's Gate School in London. At 16, Anya was scouted by Sarah Doukas of Storm model management outside of Harrods department store, which gave her the opportunity to sign with an acting agent. The Witch was her breakthrough role, in which she played Thomasin in the acclaimed period horror. She later rose to prominence through her roles as Charlotte Baughman in the Barack Obama biopic Barry, Casey Cooke in M. Night Shyamalan's Split alongside James McAvoy, and the lead role in the 2020 Jane Austen remake of Emma.
Fancy knowing more about the impressive young actor? Keep reading for five fascinating facts about Anya.
The Witch Was Anya Taylor-Joy's Breakthrough Role
Anya Taylor-Joy's breakthrough role came at 19 years old when she starred as Thomasin in the 2015 period horror film The Witch. The film, as well as her performance, won numerous awards and nominations, including a 2017 nomination for young British/Irish performer of the year by the London Film Critics' Circle.
Anya Taylor-Joy Was Nominated For a BAFTA Rising Star Award
In 2017, she was nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award alongside Tom Holland, Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges, and Ruth Negga. Although the award went to Spider-man's Tom Holland, the nomination propelled Anya's name to greater recognition.
Anya Taylor-Joy Is Latina, and Speaks Fluent Spanish
Spending many of her formative years in Argentina, Anya speaks fluent Spanish. In a 2020 interview with Wall Street Journal, the actor described her move to London as "traumatic" and refused to speak English for two years in hopes that her family would return to Argentina.