Anya Taylor-Joy hailed as the breakout star of 2020

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Anya Taylor-Joy is proving to be one of Hollywood's fiercest actress (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Anya Taylor-Joy is proving to be one of Hollywood's fiercest actress (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

For those who don’t know the rules, chess can seem boring – a long, slow game where two players seem to stare at the board more than move the pieces. 

But that was before a Net­flix show came along and put the charm into chess, making it as thrilling as a nail-biting Wimbledon final – and it doesn’t matter if you don’t know a king from a rook or a queen from a pawn. 

The Queen’s Gambit is one of the shows reigning supreme on the streaming giant – and a lot of the credit can be heaped on the delicate shoulders of Anya Taylor-Joy, the actress who plays the brilliant but troubled chess prodigy Beth Harmon. 

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