“Elizabeth Jennings,” played by Keri Russell, is many things: a mother of two bogged down in the minutiae of everyday suburban life, a businesswoman who helps run a very successful travel agency, and an indefatigable Russian patriot posing as an American citizen. She works tirelessly to advance her nation’s agenda by any means necessary. But when her patriotism begins to unravel her family, Elizabeth has to confront responsibilities most of us could never imagine facing.
A familiar face to audiences worldwide, Keri Russell has starred in a number of major motion pictures, independent films and television shows.
For The Americans, Russell has received three Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series, one Emmy® nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series and one Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama.
In 2014, Russell was seen in the hit summer film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which reunited her with director Matt Reeves who created Felicity with J.J. Abrams. Most recently on the big screen, Russell starred alongside Matthew McConaughey in The Free State of Jones for director Gary Ross in June 2016.
Russell’s other film credits include Austenland, Dark Skies, August Rush, The Girl in the Park, Mission Impossible III, The Upside of Anger, We Were Soldiers, Mad About Mambo, Dead Man’s Curve, Eight Days A Week, Leaves of Grass, Goats, Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler, Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford, and of course the romantic film Waitress for which she received rave reviews.
Russell first garnered attention when she starred in the title role of the hit television series Felicity from J.J. Abrams. Just four months after the show’s acclaimed premiere on The WB, she was honored with a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series.
Some of Russell’s other television credits include the miniseries Into the West, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation The Magic of Ordinary Days, Running Wilde with Will Arnett and The All New Mickey Mouse Club.
In 2005, Russell made her Off-Broadway stage debut in Neil LaBute’s play, Fat Pig, opposite Jeremy Piven.
Russell and her family live in Brooklyn, New York.