Moira Walley-Beckett

Moira Walley-Beckett Biography

Moira Walley-Beckett is a Canadian television actress, producer and writer. She is the creator of the television series Flesh and Bone and Anne (titled Anne with an E for international distribution).

She previously worked on the AMC drama Breaking Bad as a writer and producer. For her work on the series, she won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, three Writers Guild of America Awards, two Producers Guild of America Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody.

Early life

Walley-Beckett was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and attended the Banff School of Fine Arts. In 1982, she joined the Arts Club Theatre Company.


Walley-Beckett worked from the mid-1980s until the early-2000s as a television actress. She guest-starred on many series, including MacGyver, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, Chicago Hope and ER.

She began writing for television in 2007 as a staff writer for the short-lived NBC detective drama Raines, starring Jeff Goldblum. In 2008 she joined the writing staff for the legal drama Eli Stone and penned the episode "Heal the Pain".

She joined Breaking Bad as a story editor for the second season and wrote the episodes "Breakage" and "Over". The second season writing staff were nominated for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for best drama series at the February 2010 ceremony for their work on the second season. She was promoted to co-producer for the third season in 2010 and wrote the episodes "Mas" and (with Sam Catlin) "Fly." She was promoted again to producer for the fourth season in 2011.

For the fifth season, Walley-Beckett wrote "Gliding Over All" and "Ozymandias"; the latter received universal praise from critics, and has since been called one of the greatest episodes of television ever broadcast. On August 25, 2014 she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for "Ozymandias", becoming the first solo woman to win the award in the Drama category since Ann Biderman won in 1994.

After Breaking Bad ended, Walley-Beckett, a former ballet dancer, created the ballet drama miniseries Flesh and Bone for Starz. The show premiered in November 2015.

In January 2016, it was announced that Walley-Beckett would create, write and executive produce a television series based on children's classic Anne of Green Gables for Canada's CBC. Netflix came aboard in August to distribute the show internationally. The series, Anne (titled Anne with an E for international distribution), premiered in March 2017, and has been renewed for a second season to air in 2018.

She has written the upcoming film The Grizzlies alongside Justified creator Graham Yost, directed by Miranda de Pencier.


Production staff

Year Show Role Notes
2017-present Anne Creator, showrunner, writer Season 1
2015 Flesh and Bone Creator, showrunner, writer Season 1
2011-12 Pan Am Producer Season 1
2013 Breaking Bad Producer Season 5
2011 Season 4
2010 Co-producer Season 3
2009 Story editor Season 2

Year Show Season Episode Title Episode Notes
2017 Anne 1 "Wherever You Are Is My Home" 7
"Remorse Is the Poison of Life" 6
"Tightly Knotted to a Similar String" 5
"An Inward Treasure Born" 4
"But What Is So Headstrong as Youth?" 3
"I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me" 2
"Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny" 1
2015 Flesh and Bone 1 "Scorched Earth" 8
"Cannon Fodder" 2
"Bulling Through" 1
2012 Pan Am 1 "Romance Languages" 13
2011 "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" 9 co-wrote with Lydia Woodward
"Eastern Exposure" 4 co-wrote with Jack Orman
2013 Breaking Bad 5 "Ozymandias" 14
2012 "Gliding Over All" 8
2011 4 "End Times" 12 co-wrote with Thomas Schnauz
"Bug" 9
"Bullet Points" 4
2010 3 "Fly" 10 co-wrote with Sam Catlin
"Mas" 5
2009 2 "Over" 10
"Breakage" 5
2008 Eli Stone 1 "Heal the Pain" 7 co-wrote with Alex Taub

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