The Info List - Keri Russell

Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976)[1] is an American actress and dancer. She came to fame for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the series Felicity, which ran from 1998 to 2002, and for which she won a Golden Globe Award.

Russell has since appeared in several films including Mission: Impossible III (2006), Waitress (2007), August Rush (2007), Extraordinary Measures (2010), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and Free State of Jones (2016). She currently stars as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in the FX television series The Americans for which she received Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. In 2017, Russell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[2]

Early life

Keri Lynn Russell was born on March 23, 1976, in Fountain Valley, California, the daughter of Stephanie (née Stephens), a homemaker, and David Russell, a Nissan Motors executive.[3] She has an older brother, Todd, and a younger sister, Julie. The family lived in Coppell, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; and Highlands Ranch, Colorado, moving frequently because of her father's work. Russell's dancing earned her a spot on The Mickey Mouse Club.[4]



Russell first appeared on television at age 15 as a cast member of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club variety show on the Disney Channel.[5] She was on the show from 1991 to 1994 (Seasons 4–6) and co-starred with future actor Ryan Gosling and future pop stars Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, and Tony Lucca.[6]

In 1992, Russell appeared in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid alongside Rick Moranis and in 1993, she had a role on the sitcom Boy Meets World as Mr. Feeny's niece. Russell appeared on Married... with Children in a 1995 episode ("Radio Free Trumaine", production 9.24). She subsequently starred in several film and television roles, including the 1996 made-for-television film The Babysitter's Seduction.[4] That year she also had a role on the short-lived soap opera series Malibu Shores.[4]

In 1994, Russell appeared as the "other woman" in Bon Jovi's music video "Always" with Jack Noseworthy, Carla Gugino, and Jason Wiles.[7] In 1997, she appeared in two episodes of Roar alongside Heath Ledger.[4]

From 1998 to 2002, Russell starred as the title character on the successful WB Network series Felicity. In 1999, she won a Golden Globe for the role. Russell's long curly hair was one of her character's defining characteristics, and her drastic hairstyle change at the beginning of the show's second season was thought to cause a significant drop in the show's ratings.[8]

During the show's run, Russell appeared in the films Eight Days a Week, The Curve, and Mad About Mambo, all of which received only limited releases in North America. Her next role was in the film We Were Soldiers (2002),[4] playing the wife of a United States serviceman during the Vietnam War. The film was released two months before the end of Felicity's run.


When Felicity ended, Russell moved to New York City and made her off-Broadway stage debut in 2004, appearing opposite Jeremy Piven, Andrew McCarthy, and Ashlie Atkinson in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig.[9] In 2005, she returned to television and film, beginning with an appearance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie The Magic of Ordinary Days, theatrical film The Upside of Anger (alongside Kevin Costner, Joan Allen and Evan Rachel Wood), and the television miniseries Into the West. Directing Mission: Impossible III in 2005, J. J. Abrams asked Russell to join the cast and she accepted. She was screen tested for the role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns but lost the role to Kate Bosworth.[10]

In the summer of 2006, Russell was chosen to be a celebrity spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics.[11] In the summer of 2007, Russell appeared in The Keri Kronicles, a reality show/sitcom sponsored by CoverGirl and airing on MySpace; the show was filmed at Russell's home in Manhattan and spotlighted her life.[12] Also in 2007, she played "Melody" on the NBC show Scrubs.

Russell next starred in the film Waitress, which marked the fourth time she played a pregnant woman.[13] Her performance—opposite Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith and the film's director Adrienne Shelley—was positively received by critics,[12] with Michael Sragow of The Baltimore Sun writing that Russell's performance had "aesthetic character" and "wields tenderness and fierceness with quiet heat".[14] In 2007, Russell also completed roles in Grimm Love (titled Rohtenburg for its German release), in which she played Katie Armstrong, a graduate student who writes a thesis paper on an infamous cannibal murder case, and the thriller The Girl in the Park, opposite Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Alessandro Nivola.

Russell next appeared in August Rush, released in November 2007. She also appeared on the cover of the New York Post's Page Six magazine on November 11, 2007.[15] Russell later appeared in Bedtime Stories.[16] In an appearance on The View on December 15, 2008, Russell said she got the part because Adam Sandler's wife Jackie had seen her in Waitress and suggested her for the movie. Russell voiced Wonder Woman in a direct-to-video animated feature released March 3, 2009.[17]

Russell starred alongside Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford in the Tom Vaughan-helmed Extraordinary Measures[18][19] for CBS Films. The drama, which started filming on April 6, 2009 and was released on January 22, 2010, was the first film to go into production for the new company.[4][20] Russell played Aileen Crowley, a mother who tries to build a normal home life for her sick children while her husband, John (Fraser), and an unconventional scientist (Ford) race against time to find a cure.[21]

Russell starred in the Fox series Running Wilde, from 2010 to 2011.[22] Since 2013, she has starred in the FX series The Americans, playing a deep undercover KGB spy living as an American in the early 1980s.[23]

In 2014, Russell starred in the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes alongside actors Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman.[24]

Personal life

Russell and Shane Deary, a carpenter she met through mutual friends,[13] became engaged in 2006 and were married on February 14, 2007, in New York.[25] They have two children together: a son, River (born in 2007), and a daughter Willa (born in 2011).[26][27] Russell and Deary separated in early summer 2013.[28][29]

Since 2013, Russell has been in a relationship with her The Americans co-star Matthew Rhys.[30][31] They welcomed their first child together, a son named Sam, in late May 2016.[32][33]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Mandy Park
1997 Eight Days a Week Erica
1998 Curve, TheThe Curve Emma AKA Dead Man's Curve
2000 Mad About Mambo Lucy McLoughlin
2002 We Were Soldiers Barbara Geoghegan
2005 Upside of Anger, TheThe Upside of Anger Emily Wolfmeyer
2006 Mission: Impossible III Lindsey Farris
Grimm Love Katie
2007 Waitress Jenna Hunterson
Girl in the Park, TheThe Girl in the Park Celeste
August Rush Lyla Novacek
2008 Bedtime Stories Jill
2009 Wonder Woman Wonder Woman Video; voice role
Leaves of Grass Janet
2010 Extraordinary Measures Aileen Crowley
2012 Goats Judy
2013 Austenland Jane Hayes
Dark Skies Lacy Barrett
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Ellie
2016 Free State of Jones Serena Knight


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1993 Mickey Mouse Club Herself Variety show
1993 Boy Meets World Jessica Episode: "Grandma Was a Rolling Stone"
1994 Daddy's Girls Phoebe Walker 3 episodes
1995 Married... with Children April Adams Episode: "Radio Free Trumaine"
Clerks. Sandra Television film
1996 Babysitter's Seduction, TheThe Babysitter's Seduction Michelle Winston Movie
Lottery, TheThe Lottery Felice Dunbar Movie
Malibu Shores Chloe Walker 10 episodes
1997 7th Heaven Camille Episode: "Choices"
Roar Claire 2 episodes
When Innocence Is Lost Erica French Movie
1998–2002 Felicity Felicity Porter 84 episodes
1999 CinderElmo Princess Movie
2005 Into the West Naomi Wheeler Episode: "Manifest Destiny"
Magic of Ordinary Days, TheThe Magic of Ordinary Days Olivia "Livvy" Dunne Movie
2007 Scrubs Melody O'Harra 2 episodes
2010–2011 Running Wilde Emmy Kadubic 13 episodes
2013–present Americans, TheThe Americans Elizabeth Jennings 67 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Widow Carr (voice) Episode: "Señoritis"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1993 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show The All New Mickey Mouse Club Nominated
Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Nominated
1999 Golden Globes Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama Felicity Won
Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Nominated
TV – Breakout Performance Won
2000 TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2001 TV – Choice Actress Nominated
2002 TV – Choice Actress, Drama Nominated
2005 Satellite Awards Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Magic of Ordinary Days Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Movies – Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure Mission: Impossible III Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama August Rush Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
Women's Image Network Awards Outstanding Actress Drama Series Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2017 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actress Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated


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  22. ^ ‘Running Wilde’ Races for an Audience
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Preceded by
Lucy Lawless (2008)
Actress to voice Wonder Woman
Succeeded by
Vanessa Marshall