Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children in her family. Her mother is a photographer and interior designer of Spanish and English descent, and her father is an international banker from Scotland. Taylor-Joy moved to Buenos Aires as a baby and moved to London when she could only speak Spanish at the age of six. English has since become her mother tongue. She also has a natural American accent, but the accent in real life tends to be British, and her choice of words is also a strong British style. Her diverse family background and her growth experience in the UK and the US have made her able to do it without much effort. With natural accent changes, it's often difficult to tell where she's from when first encountering her audience.
She is a former ballet dancer who decided to drop out of school at the age of sixteen because of bullying by her classmates and was spotted by a scout while out walking the dog one day after her school break. In 2020, she starred in a famous TV series "The Queen's Gambit", in which she showed her superb acting skills and infinite charm as an actor. It tells the story of Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), a chess prodigy who grew up in an orphanage. Known for her chess talent, Beth hopes to become a world champion but also struggles with addiction, paranoia, and difficult relationships. The plot of the play begins in the mid-1950s and continues into the 1960s.
The play begins with nine-year-old orphan Beth Harmon, whose mother dies in a car accident, meets a lively and friendly Jolene (Moses England), the head of the orphanage, and the orphanage's janitor, Mr. Shaibel. Mr. Shaibel is the enlightenment teacher of Beth chess. "Methuen House" is similar to other nurseries in the 1950s. Sedatives are given to the children every day to balance their personalities. Beth gradually became addicted to the sedatives.
A few years later, Beth Harmon was adopted by the Whitleys from Lexington, Kentucky. Beth moved into a new home and, with no chess experience, participated in chess competitions, won multiple times, began to gain attention from the public, and became friends with some of the players who participated in the competition, such as former Kentucky champion Gortik, talented chess player Benny, and first love Townes, but lost to the Soviet chess champion. Beth continued to participate in the competition and lived on the prize money, but became more and more dependent on alcohol and drugs, and her life began to spiral out of control.......