Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit: Character Guide

Last updated on October 26th, 2020 at 08:25 pm

Noted are cast members, information about their character, notable events, organizations, and other details about the show.


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General Information

Network(s) Netflix
Creator(s) Scott Frank, Allan Scott
First Aired 10/23/2020

Official Synopsis

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.

Where To Watch

www.netflix.com/QueensGambit


Elizabeth “Beth” Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy & Isla Johnston)

An orphaned girl in Kentucky who realizes an incredible talent for chess while developing a dependency on tranquilizers at an early age. As she grows into a young woman, Beth is fueled by her addictions, jeopardizing herself and those around her in her determined pursuit of becoming champion.

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Mrs. Alma Wheatley (Marielle Heller)

Mrs. Alma Wheatley (Marielle Heller) cheering Beth on.
Mrs. Alma Wheatley (Marielle Heller)

A lonely housewife with an absent husband and her own vices, Alma welcomes Beth as both her adopted daughter and much-needed companion.

Additional Information About Mrs. Wheatley

  • Introduced In TBD

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Benny Watts (Thomas Brodie-Sangster)

Benny Watts (Thomas Brodie-Sangster)
Benny Watts (Thomas Brodie-Sangster)

Arrogant, confident, and calm, Benny Watts, a young chess talent himself, becomes one of Beth’s greatest opponents as well as one of her closest allies.

Additional Information About Benny

  • Introduced In TBD

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Jolene (Moses Ingram)

Jolene (Moses Ingram)
Jolene (Moses Ingram)

Fellow orphan, and host to new resident, Jolene, quickly befriends Beth and helps her navigate the rules and regulations of orphan life.

Additional Information About Jolene

  • Introduced In TBD

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Harry Beltik (Harry Melling)

Harry Beltik (Harry Melling)
Harry Beltik (Harry Melling)

A traditional learner and one of the best chess players in the state of Kentucky, Harry is in awe of Beth’s talent and enters her life when she is at a low point.

Additional Information About Harry

  • Introduced In TBD

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Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp)

Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp) playing chess with Beth.
Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp)

A janitor who introduces Beth to the game of chess and is quickly humbled by her natural ability at the game. Mr. Shaibel opens new doors for the young prodigy.

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Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorncinski)

Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorncinski)
Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorncinski)

A Russian world champion who Beth is scheduled to face.

Additional Information About Vasily

  • Introduced In TBD

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