Played by Alison Wright
Television, film and theater actress Alison Wright might be the “saddest character on TV” according to New York Magazine’s Vulture, but this British born, multi-talented actress is making a name for herself in the industry. As Philip Jennings’ (Matthew Rhys) semi-clueless, yet vital confidential informant at the FBI and wife, Martha Hanson, Alison took on a pivotal role in the plot-line on the suspenseful series The Americans. Alison reteamed with The Americans executive producer Gavin O’Connor in the Warner Bros. film The Accountant starring Ben Affleck.
Born in the Lake District in the U.K., Alison was the only one in her family with an interest to work in the arts and never had a backup plan, but credits her mom’s love of musicals, theater and ballet for piquing her interest in entertainment. They’d often watch Gene Kelly, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews films together, and it was Alison’s participation at Elsa Wilkins School of Dance in Sunderland, England, that allowed her to naturally progress to acting.
Her first acting job, at the age of 11, was Catherine Cookson’s The 15 Streets at Newcastle Theatre Royal. Training at Newcastle Centre for Performing Arts in the U.K., and later in New York City at The Barrow Group, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and HB Studio, Alison’s favorite medium may be the stage, but her talent extends to all formats.
Film credits include roles in The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johansson, Nights,and Braaains! Her stage roles include off-Broadway productions of The New Group’s Marie & Bruce (opposite Marisa Tomei) and Rafta Rafta, as well as regional performances in Educating Rita, Godspell, The Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie, The Golden Age, The Thickness of Skin and Short Stuff IV Pops, the latter two both productions at The Barrow Group in New York City.