Political intrigue is engulfing Keri Russell anew: The Americans actress has landed the title role in Netflix’s eight-episode drama series The Diplomat, TVLine has learned.
The thriller — created by West Wing and Homeland alum Debora Cahn — centers on Kate Wyler (played by the Felicity vet), a career diplomat who lands a high-profile job that puts her on the front lines of an international crisis. The gig finds her in way over her head, with tectonic implications for her marriage and her political future.
Russell will also serve as an EP on The Diplomat alongside Janice Williams (Pieces of Her, The Magicians) and the aforementioned Cahn.
“I’ve seen firsthand Deb’s incredible work on shows including The West Wing,” Jinny Howe, Netflix’s VP of Drama Development, previously raved. “She knows how to tell an amazing story, with character depth, stakes and surprises, all of which she’ll bring to The Diplomat.”
Russell wrapped her six-season run on FX’s Cold War-era spy drama The Americans in May 2018. She will next be seen in Apple TV+’s upcoming climate change-themed anthology series Extrapolations.
The Americans. One of the best series ever.
I loved that show so much. Thinking it’s time for a re-watch.
Seconded. I’m not sure if I was a Keri fan before but I am now. And the ending didn’t make me want to not re-watch ever.
This makes me incredibly happy!
Hope it’s good! Love her!
Elizabeth Jennings is my all-time favorite character on any show I’ve ever watched. Seriously. It’s like I fell in love. Lol. There’s just something about the way Keri portrayed her, the personality, the IDGAF but I do attitude, and just all around bad-assery. Looking forward to this new show very much.
Oh, I love Keri Russell! She was iconic as Felicity. But her best role was as Elizabeth in The Americans. I can’t believe she never won an Emmy for that show. She was absolutely phenomenal. As was the series.
How can she be?
Sophie Rundle is on IMDb, as well as photographed in filming?