The Queen’s Gambit: Real-Life Partners

Which actor from The Queen’s Gambit not only hides his relationship but even his age? Why did Anya Taylor-Joy almost run away in panic from one of the biggest opportunities of her life? And who from the cast will soon appear in the movie about the lockdown with their whole family? Let’s discover all the details about The Queen’s Gambit!


HARRY MELLING AS HARRY BELTIK

Do you guys still call him Dudley? We know you do! Though the actor has changed since his most famous role. A lot! At some point Melling realised - he didn’t want to be overweight anymore.

Image Credits: Youtube/Netflix/Harry Melling


"If I want to have the career I would like, I am going to have to lose weight. I was just starting drama school, and found I was moving around a lot. I also started to eat sensibly. The weight just dropped off," the actor explained.

Image Credits: Getty Images/Harry Melling


Melling lost so much weight that the filmmakers of the Potter franchise even had to put special face prosthetics on him for his last appearance in the wizard movies! Melling comes from the famous Troughton acting dynasty. His grandfather Patrick Troughton, was very well known for playing in Doctor Who. So we can say that Melling was literally born to act.


And he’s always ready to surprise us with unexpected roles. Have you seen him in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs? Try it - it's worth it! Harry Melling’s net worth is rumored to be around $2 million. Which is fair enough for a 31-year-old actor. 

Image Credits: Getty Images/Harry Melling


Talking about his personal life, Melling is a James Bond-style guy. In the sense, that he’s super secretive about it. And his social network accounts are silent too! When it comes to traveling, Melling prefers quiet places, which fits his keep-it-all-private way of life perfectly.

Image Credits: Youtube/Netflix/Harry Melling


‘I’ve always wanted to stay in one of those glass pods that sit in the snow-filled woodlands of Finland – looking out to the sky and, hopefully, a perfect view of the Northern Lights. Wouldn’t that be incredible!’ the actor said.

Image Credits: Getty Images/Harry Melling


MARIELLE HELLER AS ALMA WHEATLEY

It may surprise many of you, but Heller is firstly a director and a screenwriter, not an actress. Yes, she’s the one who’s responsible for creating several feature movies like The Diary of a Teenage Girl and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Tom Hanks in the lead role. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Marielle Heller, director of "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," attends the movie premiere special screening at the Southside Works Cinema on November 20, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Pretty amazing that Heller, despite not being an actress in the first place, managed to deliver such a great performance as Beth's mother! The thing that we love about Heller is that, despite her very tough schedule, she also finds time for her family.


She’s happily married. Her husband's name is Jorma Taccone and he’s a comedian and actor. Their love story started at the University of California in the nineties. And they have been together ever since. Heller and Taccone tied the knot in 2007 and they have two kids now: a son and very recently a daughter. 


Since their kids are so young Heller and Taccone has a very lovely family rule: If one parent takes on a big project, the other one has to stay home with the kids. That’s sweet and also makes a lot of sense. Heller’s net worth is rumored to be around $500 000. Maybe she isn’t the richest in the cast, but she’s definitely very happy!


JACOB FORTUNE-LLOYD AS TOWNES

Perhaps Jacob is the most mysterious actor from the cast. Just so you get the idea, nobody really knows how old he is! Yes, even though he appeared in the massive hit Star Wars Episode 9! Crazy… Here are a few facts we managed to find out about the actor:

Image Credits: Getty Images / David M. Benett | Jacob Fortune-Lloyd attends the press night after party for "The Importance Of Being Earnest" at Smith & Wollensky on August 2, 2018 in London, England


Fortune-Lloyd can speak Italian and French, he’s a great singer and dancer, he plays several musical instruments, he has very supportive friends, who cheered at his fictional death in the Medici’ series, and he adores soccer. That’s what his Instagram bio says: ‘Actor, still planning on being a footballer.’ We won’t spend too much time here because, well, there’s nothing really to talk about yet.


BILL CAMP AS MR.SHAIBEL

We got super mad at Beth when we found out she didn’t give Mr. Shaibel the $10 she promised! He didn’t deserve such attitude! The fact that this moment enraged the audience means only one thing: Bill Camp is a terrific actor!

Image Credits: WireImage via Getty Images / Adela Loconte | Actor Bill Camp attends the 2016 Drama Desk Awards Nominees Receptionat The New York Marriott Marquis on May 11, 2016 in New York City


And we all have seen him in lots of iconic movies: Joker, Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, and many more. No surprise that his net worth is rumored to be around $12 million! Bill Camp’s look is great for creating various types of characters, right? 

Image Credits: Youtube/Netflix/Bill Camp


Camp isn’t only successful in his career, but in his family life too. He’s been married to actress Elizabeth Marvel for a long time. Yes, they tied the knot in 2004 but they were together for 14 years before that. Why did it take them so long to get married? Camp’s wife explained that, in the past, work had been their priority: "As actors we can be so egomaniacal" Marvel said.

Image Credits: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images / Jimi Celeste | Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp attends the2016 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City


Luckily things have changed, as they have a son to consider now. His name is Silas and he’s 13 years old. Oh, by the way! All three of the Camps will soon appear in the anthology movie called ‘With/In’ that takes place during the lockdown. Looking forward to watching it!

Image Credits: Youtube/HBO/Bill Camp


THOMAS BRODIE-SANGSTER AS BENNY

The actor who played the ex-champion of the US is definitely full of surprises. For example, did you know that Sangster is a second cousin once removed, of Hugh Grant? And that he’s perhaps the only actor in history who has played both Adolf Hitler and Paul McCartney before he was 20? Pretty unbelievable, right?

Image Credits: Getty Images/Thomas Brodie-Sangster


Besides for acting, Sangster is also a musician. Yes, he plays drums, and guitar (by the way, both right and left-handed as he had to prepare for the role of Paul McCartney). And more than that, he plays bass in a band with his mother, father, and sister. Pretty cool, right?

Image Credits: Flickr/​Gage Skidmore/Thomas Brodie-Sangster speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International, for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials


Talking about Thomas Sangster's private life, he never tries to hide anything from his fans. Yes, we know that he was in a relationship with set designer Patience Harding. But just for a year or something.  Later he started dating former child actress Isabella Melling in December 2012.

 

The couple were together for more than 4 years. But something happened, we really don’t know what exactly, and they split up. Later, Sangster was spotted with a model and photographer Gzi Wisdom. This is the first photo they were spotted together in:


Since then a lot of their cute mutual photos have appeared on the internet. With his girlfriend, a net worth of around $1.5 million and his many talents, Thomas Sangster seems to truly be enjoying his life! 


MARCIN DOROCINSKI AS VASILY BORGOV

We can’t say that Borgov is a 100% anti-hero, cause, you know… He also wanted to win that championship. But his character was definitely the scariest one in the series. So! Who is Marcin Dorocinski? He’s a Polish actor. And he’s definitely not scary at all IRL!

Image Credits: Youtube/Netflix/Marcin Dorocinski


Well, at least not until he got shaved for his next role after The Queen’s Gambit: Aside from being an actor, Dorocinski is also a writer. He wrote a book about the beauty of Polish nature, about his love for animals and how humanity can save them. The book was published a year ago in Polish. 


Though after the huge success of The Queen’s Gambit and Borgov’s character in particular, it’s only a matter of time until the book is translated into English. Dorocinski is married and has 3 kids - two sons and a daughter. With an estimated net worth of $1-3 million, we can be sure that this man is doing just fine IRL! 


ANYA TAYLOR-JOY AS BETH

The kid prodigy who became the best US chess player insanely fast. Was Anya Taylor's life path any similar to Beth’s? Well, kind of! Anya is the youngest of six kids. Probably, being the smallest in the family pushed her to become a stronger personality in order to be noticed. Believe it or not, but she only learned English when she turned 8!

Image Credits: Youtube/Netflix/Anya Taylor-Joy


Before she and her family moved to London, she lived in Argentina and spoke Spanish. At first, it was hard for Anya to assimilate to the UK. But she’s a hard worker. And soon she started achieving great results at school. Anya even left school at the age of 16 in order to become an actress. Talk about a risk! 


However, she started as a model. And her story of getting into Storm Model Management in London is pretty interesting. And a bit scary, actually… Young Anya was walking down the street when all of a sudden a car started following her. Anya got so scared that she was ready to run away! 

Image Credits: Getty Images/Jacopo Raule/Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 03, 2020 in Paris, France


And then she heard a voice out of the car: "If you stop you won't regret it... please, there's someone in this car who would really like to meet you."  Which, actually sounds even SCARIER! But Anya’s brilliant intuition told her that it was the chance of a lifetime, and in that car was the founder of Storm Model Management. 

Image Credits: Flickr/Gage Skidmore/Anya Taylor-Joy speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International


So, Anya talked to the man in the car and that’s how she got into the business. Phew! Though please don’t be as risky as Anya was. Things like that could be very dangerous.

Image Credits: FilmMagic via Getty Images/Michael Tran/Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features' "Emma." held at DGA Theater on February 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California


The unexpected thing is that for Taylor-Joy fame isn’t really of interest to her: ‘There’s a beauty in being anonymous, there’s a reason why we’re actors, we’re playing other people so I think the idea of someone being interested in me, I’m quite a private person, is a bit daunting but I try not to think about it.’ she told The Guardian. 


Who is she dating? We know two things here: Taylor-Joy was in a relationship with photographer Ben Seed. Did they previously work together for the model agency? Could be. They were spotted together a couple of times. Once even being super casual!