Inventing Anna: Netflix true crime drama tells tale of New York high-society con woman

Anna Chlumsky and Julia Garner star in the remarkable tale of a real-life con artist who reinvented herself as an heiress to steal the hearts - and the money - of the in-crowd.

By Katie Archer Published: 18 May 2021 - 4.26pm
Getty Anna Chlumsky

Netflix is already known for its fascinating true crime documentaries, but with Inventing Anna they go one step further by transforming the strange case of Anna Delvey into a drama series.

With a cast including Anna Chlumsky and Laverne Cox, the series has had Netflix subscribers itching to see it ever since it was announced.

Here’s all we know about the plot, cast and when it will be streaming.

What is Inventing Anna about?

Drama series Inventing Anna is based on the true story of a con woman working in New York high society.

Anna Sorokin was a Russian-born German who moved to New York in 2013 and set herself up with a fake identity as Anna Delvey, supposedly an uber-rich German heiress.

She told her new friends that her wealth totalled around $60 million, but frequently managed to get her high-society acquaintances to foot the bill for hotel stays, restaurant visits and shopping trips by claiming her money was stuck overseas or that she had forgotten her wallet.

Anna Sorokin in court Getty

In the end, Sorokin was convicted of larceny and theft of services, was imprisoned from 2019 until February 2021, and in March was taken into custody to be deported back to Germany.

The TV series follows a journalist with a lot to prove as she begins investigating Sorokin’s crimes as she awaited trial, finding out how she managed to steal New York high society’s hearts and money.

Inspired by the New York Magazine article 'How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People' by Jessica Pressler, it sees reporter Vivian question whether Sorokin really was a con woman, or just the latest incarnation of the American Dream.

Who stars in Inventing Anna?

Playing journalist Vivian is Anna Chlumsky, best known for her starring role in My Girl as a child and more recently in sitcom Veep.

Anna is played by Julia Garner, best known for playing Ruth in the Netflix series Ozark and Terra in another Netflix true crime series, Dirty John.

Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), Katie Lowes (Scandal) and Alexis Floyd (The Bold Type) also star.

The cast also features Arian Moayed (Succession), Anders Holm (Workaholics), Anna Deavere Smith (Nurse Jackie), Jeff Perry (Grey’s Anatomy) and Terry Kinney (Oz).

How can I watch Inventing Anna?

There’s still a bit of a wait to see Inventing Anna, as it isn't thought to be arriving on Netflix until January 1, 2022.

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