Peaky Blinders actress Anya Taylor-Joy has lived a life almost as interesting as any of her on-screen characters.
The 25-year-old star – who is currently portraying Gina Gray, the scheming wife of Michael Gray, on the sixth season of the hit BBC show.
Fans may also know her from roles as diverse as Thomasin in the horror film Split, Emma Woodhouse in an adaptation of Jane Austin’s Emma, or as the red-haired prodigy playing chess in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit.
Despite her huge success, Anya has previously admitted that she didn’t feel conventionally attractive enough to ever become a star.
Aside from lighting screens, Anya enjoys a relatively quiet life behind the scenes – but has a rock star boyfriend.
The Mirror takes a look at Anya’s secret life and incredible rise to fame.
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“Looks too weird to be a star”
Born on the Golden Coast of Miami, Florida and raised in Argentina, Anya was discovered by a model scout in London at the age of 16 after moving to the UK with her family.
She was outside Harrods in the capital when she was spotted by Sarah Doukas, the world famous model scout who was also responsible for discovering Kate Moss.
The very next day, the teenager Anya signed with the world-famous model agency Storm.
Despite being all over TV and winning awards for her roles, Anya was full of self-doubt and said she never believed she was beautiful enough to be a star.
“I never thought of myself as beautiful and I don’t think I ever will,” the actress admitted.
“I don’t think I’m beautiful enough to be in movies. It sounds pathetic and my boyfriend warns me that people will think I’m a complete idiot for saying these things, but I just think I’m weird. Looking for.
“I will not go to the cinema to see my own film, I will see it first. The beauty of being in your own skin is that you don’t have to look in your own face.”
She concluded, “I really had a panic attack on Emma because I was like, ‘I’m the first ugly Emma and I can’t do this,’ because the first line in the movie is ‘I’m handsome, smart, and rich’ ‘.”
rock star friend
The award-winning actress is said to be dating the 27-year-old rocker Malcolm McRae, frontman of the band More.
Part of a musical duo with bandmate Kane Ritchotte, they are a modern rock and roll act driven by a melodic guitar sound and are currently signed to Warner Records.
While Anya has kept quiet about the romance, she and Malcom have often been pictured not being afraid to hide their connection when spending time together in public.
However, Malcolm seemed to confirm rumors when he shared a snap of Anya on his Instagram, in which he said he was “besotted” with her.
Sharing an artistic snap of Anya, his caption read, “I’m obsessed,” as Anya responded with “my love” and a kiss emoji.
Anya and Malcolm have a super low-key relationship, which isn’t surprising that she wants to keep some of her life private since she’s such a big star.
The couple are reportedly now living together amid allegations that Malcolm moved into their Los Angeles home last summer.
A source told the Daily Mail at the time: “ Malcolm now practically lives with her in her house in LA and they spend every night together.”
Their romance grows from strength to strength as they take the next step in their relationship.
There are rumors that she was engaged to Irish actor Eoin Macken in 2016, although this has not been confirmed by the star.
Cara Delevinge rumours
Since forming a friendship during lockdown, bisexual model Cara has reportedly urged Anya to move to LA to be closer – but friends say no romance is on the cards as Anya is engaged
A source told The Mirror: “Cara thinks Anya is amazing and says she’s deep and philosophical but with a devilish sense of humor.
“They have a lot in common and have really intense conversations, but also laugh all the time.
“Cara and Anya have been hanging out in LA and New York a lot, but it’s difficult to coordinate schedules.
“Any has been busy filming in England and owns a house in London, but Cara is trying to convince her to settle in Los Angeles so they can see more of each other.”
Anya’s real accent
The actress’ accent is “complicated” because she moved a lot when she was young.
Anya was raised primarily Hispanic after her family moved to Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, when she was a toddler.
The family moved to London again when she was six – but it’s claimed Anya was ‘traumatized’ by the move and refused to speak English.
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Anya’s real accent is mainly London, but she can learn other accents very quickly when she visits other countries.
According to fans on forum website Quora, Anya tends to unknowingly use different accents in interviews.
A fan shared an example, saying that she tends to adopt an Irish accent when speaking to Irish media.
Glorious showbiz career
Anya had the perfect strategy to take her to the top – because she knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress.
She declared her Hollywood dream when she was only five years old and told her parents at the age of seven that she wanted to be an agent.
Anya later became “a leading figure” in early shows at a London prep school before a high-profile modeling agency got her a hiatus.
Anya then switched to acting full-time, landing big screen roles in The Witch and period drama Emma – while British TV fans saw her as the meddling American wife of Michael Gray in Peaky Blinders.
She became big during lockdown after The Queen’s Gambit was seen by 62million viewers.
But that was just the beginning of something very special for Anya, who recently filmed for The Northman in the Antrim Hills, half an hour north of Belfast.
This will be preceded by another of her films, the psychological thriller Last Night In Soho.
Anya was paid between £100,000 and £200,000 for The Queen’s Gambit. But rolls of film are said to pay ten times that amount.
And while Hollywood directors are clamoring for her, she’s also forged relationships with fashion houses, much like Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana in The Crown.
Like Emma, Anya has worked with designer Miu Miu and is also the face of Viktor and Rolf’s fragrances. Anya’s free-spirited parents helped her become a star.
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