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Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit: Character Guide

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General Information

Network(s)Netflix
Creator(s)Scott Frank, Allan Scott
First Aired10/23/2020

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.

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Notable Locations & Items

  • Henry Clay High School (1.2): One of the locations, in Kentucky, that Beth competed in chess.

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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.

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I don’t know why my body is so intent on sabotaging my brain when my brain is perfectly capable of sabotaging itself.
— Mrs. Wheatley (1.3)


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 Season 1/ Episode 3
  • Record (1.3): Has no losses, but one draw
  • Child Prodigy (1.3): Benny was 8 years old when he started to really become big in the chess world

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Jolene (Moses Ingram)

Jolene (Moses Ingram)
Jolene (Moses Ingram)

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

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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  Season 1/ Episode 2
  • Champion (1.2): Is Kentucky’s state champion
  • Teeth (1.5): Gets his teeth fixed – due to his feelings for Beth.

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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.

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Ms. Deardroff (Christiane Seidel)

Ms. Deardroff (Christiane Seidel) greeting Liz
Ms. Deardroff (Christiane Seidel)

The headmistress of the orphanage Liz finds herself in after her mother’s death.

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After grief brings you low, prayer and faith brings you high. High enough to see a new path for yourself.
— Ms. Deardroff (1.1)


Mr. Ganz (Jonjo O’Neill)

Mr. Ganz (Jonjo O'Neill) watching Liz play chess
Mr. Ganz (Jonjo O’Neill)

A high school chess club mentor who is astounded by Liz’s abilities.

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Allston (Patrick Kennedy)

Alma’s husband who works in sales and often is away.

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Annette (Eloise Webb)

Someone Beth competes against and helps her when she has her first period.

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DL Townes (Jacob Fortune-Lloyd)

DL Townes (Jacob Fortune-Lloyd) playing chess with Beth
DL Townes (Jacob Fortune-Lloyd)

One of Beth’s competitors who she gets a crush on.

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Manuel (Pablo Scola)

A picture of Manuel (Pablo Scola) that Alma received
Manuel (Pablo Scola)

Alma’s pen pal from her childhood who she meets in Mexico City, in 1966, when Beth has a competition there

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Georgi Girev (Louis Ashbourne Serkis)

A young boy, a prodigy in the making, who Beth faces in Mexico City.

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