The Americans | SEASON PREMIERE March 7 | 10PM | FX Networks

The Americans


Alison Wright plays Martha Hanson, the secretary to Special Agent Frank Gaad, the head of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division. She began working with Clark, who convinced her he was part of a secret FBI internal affairs investigation looking into her department - though he's actually Philip in disguise. Martha and Clark became intimate and the two got married, and though they spent many happy times together, the weight of Clark's secrets - and the spying he convinces Martha to do for him - is becoming too much to bear... and now, Martha is learning things she wishes she never knew about her husband's true identity.

Television, film and theater actress Wright might play the "saddest character on TV," right now (according to New York Magazine),but this British born, multi-talented actress is making a name for herself in the industry. Currently starring as Matthew Rhys' semi-clueless, yet vital confidential informant at the FBI, "Martha Hanson," Wright takes on a pivotal role in the plot of the hit FX series, The Americans.

Wright most recently wrapped production on the star-studded HBO drama Confirmation, which details the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington), which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern race relations. Wright will play Ginni Thomas, Clarence Thomas' attorney/lobbyist wife. In addition, Wright has once again teamed up with Gavin O'Connor in the Warner Bros. film The Accountant. The thriller stars Ben Affleck as an accountant who moonlights as an assassin.

Born in the Lake District, in the UK, Wright 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 Wright's participation at the Elsa Wilkins School of Dance in Sunderland, England, that allowed her to naturally progress to acting.

Her first acting job was Catherine Cookson's The 15 Streets, at Newcastle Theatre Royal at the age of 11, and she continued to perform from then on. Training at Newcastle Centre for Performing Arts in the UK, and later in New York City at The Barrow Group, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and HB Studio, Wright's favorite medium may be the stage, but her talent extends to all formats.

Film credits include a recent supporting lead role in Good Ol' Boy, The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johansson, Nights, and Braains!. Wright has also appeared in the CBS series Blue Bloods opposite Donnie Wahlberg. Her stage roles include off-Broadway productions of TheNew 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 of which were both productions at The Barrow Group in New York City.

When Wright isn't acting, she is an avid traveler, having been to six continents; visiting everywhere from Buenos Aires and Australia to Abu Dhabi and Morocco. She also enjoys yoga, interior design and decorating.

Wright currently lives in New York City.