The final quote of Netflix's The Queen's Gambit has sat with us as we've taken time to digest the tour de force performances we witnessed. As E! readers surely know, The Queen's Gambit follows Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) as she transforms from stoic orphan to cutthroat chess player.
On learning chess for the role, Anya told Seth Meyers, "I had to learn, like, understand chess for myself because I felt that people care about it so much that I couldn't just show up and not understand the theory of it. But the theory and then applying that theory are two very different things."
The drama series is based off Walter Tevis' 1983 novel of the same name.
While Anya's performance deserves all of the awards, as we walked away actually interested in chess, the entire cast also pulled out stellar performances. Alongside Anya, The Queen's Gambit starred Bill Camp, Marielle Heller, Harry Melling, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram and more.
As we consumed the Netflix mini-series, we found ourselves laughing, crying and Googling where we've seen these performers before. And, following our Internet search, we can't say we're surprised that The Queen's Gambit is a hit because the cast is stacked!
We're talking a Harry Potter alum, a Tony-nominated actor, a Yale School of Drama Graduate and the little boy from Love Actually. Furthermore, co-creator Scott Frank had several actors from his hit Western mini-series Godless appear in The Queen's Gambit.
So, if you're like us and curious about where you've seen The Queen's Gambit cast before, scroll through the images below.
The Queen's Gambit is streaming on Netflix now.