Moira Walley-Beckett is a Canadian-born, American-based television actress, producer and writer. She has worked on the AMC drama Breaking Bad as a writer and producer and has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series as well as being nominated for a Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for her work on the series. She is the creator of television series Flesh and Bone and Anne with an E.
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 throughout the 1980s and 1990s as a television actress. She had guest starring roles on many different series.
Walley-Beckett began writing for television in 2007 as a staff writer for a 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 the crew of 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.