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Queen’s Gambit Star Anya Taylor-Joy Was Previously Rumored To Be Engaged

Her Emma character meddled in others' relationships, but the actor keeps her own under wraps.

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The details of British actress Anya Taylor-Joy's dating history are relatively unknown, thanks to the low profile she maintains on the celebrity front. But over the last year, she's become increasingly talked about, thanks to her roles in Emma and Netflix's The Queen's Gambit, which garnered the actor wins at both the 2021 Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Additionally, she’s up for her first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her portrayal of Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit. Such honors have helped her reach A-list status, and with the release of Edgar Wright’s psychological horror Last Night in Soho on the horizon, Taylor-Joy’s star power is bound to increasealong with the amount of potential suitors lining up at her door. Ahead of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 19, here’s everything we know about Anya Taylor-Joy’s relationship status.

Speaking to the Guardian in 2018, Taylor-Joy detailed her conscious choice to not publicly share very much about her personal life, including who she's dating. “There’s a beauty in being anonymous. There's a reason why we're actors,” she told writer Benjamin Lee. “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.”

Of course, many have still speculated about the potential significant others who have been in the actor's life. Previously, outlets reported that her longest known relationship was with Irish actor Eoin Macken, whom she starred alongside in the 2018 short film Crossmaglen. In November 2016, Macken posted a photo of the pair from the film's set to his Instagram page with the caption: "Every now and again you work with people that transcend how you see things. Anya Taylor-Joy is one of those people - this girl got skills."

All but confirming their relationship, Taylor-Joy posted a photo of her and Macken embracing each other to her own Instagram grid in July 2017. "Boy + Girl- NYC," she wrote in the caption alongside apple emojis. The same year, the actress attended the 61st BFI London Film Festival Awards wearing a large ring on her left hand, sparking engagement rumors. In December 2017, the pair were spotted out together for a romantic meal, complete with public kisses and the same ring on Taylor-Joy's finger.

The actress continued sporting the ring until the 2018 Met Gala, which she attended bare-handed. She hasn't been spotted with it on since. Other than working together on the film Here Are the Young Men, released in 2020 but filmed in 2018, the pair appears to have gone their separate ways.

In May 2020, the Daily Mail linked Taylor-Joy to photographer Ben Seed, who goes by the name Pip, publishing photos of the pair out for a casual walk in London. A source told the publication that the two "make a lovely couple," noting that Seed has photographed celebrities, including Sir Ian McKellen and singer Ellie Goulding. Neither Taylor-Joy nor Seed publicly confirmed the relationship themselves.

In an April 2021 interview with Elle, the actor mentioned a new romantic partner in her life. Explaining why she was in her bathroom for the interview, she told the publication: “My partner's just come back from work, and he's moving around all of his equipment, so this was the safe spot.” A few weeks later, Page Six spotted Taylor-Joy holding hands and kissing actor and musician Malcolm McRae in New York City ahead of her May 22 hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.

Though Elle reported earlier this year that the pair had followed each other on Instagram, their first acknowledgement of one another on the platform didn’t come until this summer. On July 1, McRae posted a photo of Taylor-Joy alongside the caption, “I’m besotted” — a fancy term for “utterly infatuated,” per Merriam-Webster. On Sept. 5, the Daily Mail spotted the rumored couple kissing once again on a hotel balcony in Venice, Italy, during the 78th Venice International Film Festival, where Last Night in Soho reportedly received a five-minute standing ovation.

Taylor-Joy is yet to specify her current relationship status, but based on her past, it wouldn't be surprising if she opted not to share further details. Luckily, she has many onscreen romances for us to consume instead!

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