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Anya Taylor-Joy        

Argentinian-American Actress; Best Known For "The Witch" & "The Queen's Gambit"

Anya Taylor-Joy is an American-born Argentine actress. After studying ballet for much of her youth, Taylor-Joy eventually branched out into modeling, though her real goal was to become an actor. She made her debut in the fantasy series Atlantis, before rising to prominence with her memorable performance as Thomasin in the period horror film The Witch. The latter role earned her several accolades, including an Empire Award and a nomination for a Saturn Award. She gained further attention for her performances as Casey Cooke in the psychological horror films Split and Glass and Lily Reynolds in the black comedy Thoroughbreds. In 2017, she received the Cannes Film Festival's Trophée Chopard and a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Taylor-Joy had starring roles in the BBC One drama miniseries "The Miniaturist", the BBC One crime drama series "Peaky Blinders," and the Netflix fantasy drama series "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" (2019). She earned critical acclaim for her performances as Emma Woodhouse in the Jane Austen adaptation Emma and for playing Beth Harmon in the Netflix miniseries "The Queen's Gambit." In 2021, she received Golden Globe and Satellite Award nominations for both performances.

Taylor-Joy headlined the Netflix miniseries "The Queen's Gambit," playing Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as she strives to become the world's greatest chess player. Both the series and her performance received widespread critical acclaim. Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly called her performance "darkly fascinating" and took note of how she "excels in the quiet moments, [with] her eyelids narrowing as she decimates an opponent, [and] her whole body physicalizing angry desperation when the game turns against her." Similarly, Caroline Framke of Variety found her performance to be "so magnetic that when she stares down the camera lens, her flinty glare threatens to cut right through it."

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