Inventing Anna

A Russian fraudster convinces New York high society that she is a German heiress in Netflix's Inventing Anna. Sophia Savage reports.

Inventing Anna tells the story of one of the 21st centuries greatest acts of deception. Based on a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler entitled “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People”, the series follows penniless drifter Anna Sorokin as she ingratiates herself into New York high society with a series of falsehoods. 

Netflix’s new ten part drama focuses on a journalist (Vivian) who has been tasked with finding out who the fake heiress really is.

With Bridgerton’s Shona Rhimes executive producing, Inventing Anna looks set to be one of the must see TV events of 2022.

Here’s everything you need to know about Netflix’s eagerly awaited new drama:

What is Inventing Anna about?

Inventing Anna tells the story of Vivian, a journalist investigating the case of Anna Delvey – the infamous fraudster who convinced New York high society that she was a German heiress.

With her lies finally exposed, Delvey quickly becomes a media sensation in New York with editors competing against one another to see who can bag the biggest scoop about the infamous ‘fake heiress’. Thus begins Vivian’s struggle to get to the bottom of the story.

It transpires that Delvey’s real name is Anna Sorokin. Born in Russia in 1991, she moved first to London in 2011 where she attends, aCentral Saint Martin’s College, then to Berlin where she interns at a public relations firm, and then again to Paris where she works for Purple magazine and adopts the name Anna Delvey. She finally arrives in New York in in 2014.

Once settled in the city, she immediately began to put in place plans for an elaborate members-only arts club on Park Avenue. It would be known as the Anna Delvey Foundation.

However, Delvey (Sorokin) was penniless and she was soon borrowing money to fund her increasingly extravagant New York lifestyle. Moving from one hotel to the next, the fake heiress was soon facing the angry demands for money from disgruntled business owners.

And as the debts began to mount up, Sorokin was soon hitting up her wealthy friends for money, using an elaborate series of excuses for why she could not pay herself.

By the time of her arrest in 2018 Sorokin had committed hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of fraud with banks, hotels, and restaurants just a few of her victims.

In 2019 Sorokin was sentenced to between 4 and 12 years in prison for fraud with her debuts at that time standing at over £156,000.

“Anna and the reporter form a dark, funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and our reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: who is Anna Delvey?” says the synopsis for the show on the Netflix website.

Who’s in the cast for Inventing Anna?

Ozark’s Julia Garner will take the lead role of Delvey. Garner, who is best known for her role as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix smash hit has also appeared in roles such as Maniac, The Americans, and The Assistant.

Anna Chlumsky will take the key role of journalist Vivian in the series. Forever remembered for her role in the 1991 hit My Girl, Chlumsky has more recently appeared in HBO’s Veep.

Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) will portray life coach Kacy Duke while Alexis Floyd (The Bold Type) will play hotel concierge Neff.

Who’s behind the camera on the series?

Inventing Anna represents the third release from Shonda Rhime’s massive production deal with Netflix. Following Dance Dreams and Bridgerton, expectations are naturally at fever pitch for Rhime’s latest work with rumours that the Netflix offices are already buzzing with excitement about the production.

Betsy Beers, Holden Chang and David Frankel are also part of the production team on the series with Jessica Pressler leading the writing team on Inventing Anna.

Where did filming on the show take place?

Principal photography on the series took place in and around New York from September 2019 onwards.

Is there a trailer for Inventing Anna?

Yes and it’s rather fab.

When will Inventing Anna be on TV?

Inventing Anna will debut on Netflix on the 11th of February 2022.

More information about the series can be found here.

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What: new drama
When: 11 Feb 22
Where: Netflix
Website: Netflix