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Biography & Career Of Keri Lynn Russell

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Biography & Career Of Keri Lynn Russell

Keri Lynn Russell is an accomplished American actress known for her captivating performances. She gained recognition for her portrayal of the lead character in the drama series Felicity, which brought her a Golden Globe Award.

In recent years, she has received critical acclaim for her role as Elizabeth Jennings in the spy thriller series The Americans, earning her nominations for multiple prestigious awards such as the Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Early Life And Education

Keri Lynn Russell was born on March 23, 1976, in Fountain Valley, California. She was raised by her parents, Stephanie Stephens and David Russell, and has two siblings, Julie Russell and Todd Russell.

As a teenager, she attended both Highland Ranch High School and Cypress Creek High School.

Career

Keri Russell’s career can be broadly split into two parts: her success on television and her roles in films.

Television

Russell is perhaps best known for her leading roles in two successful drama series. She first rose to fame in the late 1990s playing the title character in Felicity (1998-2002).

The coming-of-age story about a college freshman won her a Golden Globe Award. More recently, she garnered critical acclaim and award nominations for her portrayal of Elizabeth Jennings in the Cold War spy thriller The Americans (2013-2018).

Film

In addition to her television career, Keri Lynn Russell has also had a successful film career. While appearing on Felicity, she took on film roles such as in We Were Soldiers (2002) and Mission: Impossible III (2006).

She went on to star in critically praised films like Waitress (2007) and August Rush (2007). In recent years, she has also appeared in major Hollywood productions including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and Antlers (2021).

Russell’s film career has showcased her range as an actress and her ability to take on diverse and complex roles.

Awards and Nominations

Wins

  • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (1999) for Felicity

  • Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Series, Drama (2015) for The Americans

  • Critics’ Choice Television Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (for her work on The Americans)

Nominations

  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (multiple nominations for The Americans and The Diplomat)

  • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In a Television Series – Drama (multiple nominations for The Americans)

  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (for The Americans)

  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (for The Americans)

  • Satellite Awards (multiple nominations for various projects)

  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards (multiple nominations for The Americans)

Personal Life

Keri Lynn Russell has been in two serious relationships. Her first marriage was to contractor Shane Deary in 2007, with whom she had two children, River Deary and Willa Deary.

However, they separated in 2013 and divorced the following year. In 2014, Russell began a relationship with her co-star from the show The Americans, Matthew Rhys.

They have a son, Sam Rhys, born in 2016. While they have referred to each other as husband and wife in recent interviews, there have been no official reports of a wedding.

Discography/Filmography

Television

  • Felicity (1998-2002) – This coming-of-age drama TV series launched Russell’s career and earned her a Golden Globe Award.

  • The Americans (2013-2018) – This Cold War spy thriller series stars Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB spies living undercover in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

Films

  • We Were Soldiers (2002)

  • Mission: Impossible III (2006) – She starred alongside Tom Cruise in this action spy film.

  • Waitress (2007) – Russell plays a pregnant pie waitress in this quirky romantic comedy.

  • August Rush (2007) – This musical drama features Russell as a young woman who gives up her child for adoption.

  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) – Russell had a supporting role in this final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

  • Cocaine Bear (2023) – This horror-comedy features Russell in a supporting role.

Net Worth

Keri Lynn Russell is an accomplished American actress and dancer. With a net worth of $12 million, she has achieved success in her career and has amassed a considerable amount of wealth. Her talent and hard work have made her a household name in the entertainment industry.

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