Netflix has revealed that over 62 million households watched The Queen's Gambit in its first 28 days, making it the streaming giant's biggest ever scripted limited series.

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the drama tells the story of chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), who was abandoned by her parents in the late 1950s.

Hamon discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquillizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children in orphanages.

The series has been a hit the world over, reaching Netflix's Top 10 in 92 countries and hitting the top spot in 63 countries, including Ireland.

The novel has entered The New York Times bestseller list 37 years after its release and Google searches for "How To Play Chess" have hit a nine-year peak.

Directed and written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank, The Queen's Gambit also stars Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp