By Danielle Turchiano
“The Queen’s Gambit” just said “checkmate” to its first big awards.
Netflix’s hit chess adaptation took home two top prizes at Sunday night’s Golden Globes: limited series, anthology or TV movie and limited series/TV movie actress for star Anya Taylor-Joy. …
Taylor-Joy is the first Latina to win in this category. …
UPDATED: This story has been updated. A previous version identified Anya Taylor-Joy as a person of color. She has said she identifies as a white Latina.
Like a lot of British actresses recently, Taylor-Joy is from the upper crust. From Wikipedia:
Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy was born on 16 April 1996 in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother, Jennifer Marina Joy, is a psychologist who was born and raised in Zambia and is of English and Spanish descent. Her father, Dennis Alan Taylor, is an Argentine of Scottish heritage. He was an international banker who changed careers to become a professional racer in offshore powerboat racing, where he won two Union Internationale Motonautique world championships. Taylor was also the director of a private jet hire company. Her parents are both conservationists.
The family moved to Buenos Aires when Taylor-Joy was an infant, and she spoke mostly Spanish while growing up. Her father was awarded an MBE in the 1982 New Year Honours (for services to the British community in Buenos Aires) and an OBE in 1998 (for services to British trade with Argentina). She lived in Buenos Aires until age six, when the family moved to the Victoria area of London. Taylor-Joy was traumatised by the move and refused to speak English for two years, believing this would force her parents to move the family back to Argentina. She attended the preparatory school Hill House in Chelsea and Queen’s Gate School in South Kensington, with a stint at Northlands School in Argentina in between. She trained in ballet.
Taylor-Joy holds triple British, American, and Argentine citizenship.