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Keri Russell

Keri RussellKeri Lynn Russell, born March 23, 1976 in Fountain Valley, California is an American actress and dancer. After appearing in a number of made-for-TV movies and television series during the 1990s, she gained recognition for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the series Felicity, which ran from 1998 to 2002.

After winning a Golden Globe Award, Russell has since appeared in several films including Mission: Impossible III in 2006, Waitress in 2007, August Rush in 2007, Extraordinary Measures in 2010, Dark Skies in 2013, and is currently starring in the FX Television series The Americans.

Born the daughter of Stephanie and David Russell, she has an older brother, Todd, and a younger sister, Julie. The family lived in Coppell, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; and Highlands Ranch, Colorado, always moving frequently because of the father's employment with Nissan Motors. At an early age her dancing earned her a spot on the Mickey Mouse Club at age 15 as a cast member of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club variety television show on the Disney Channel.

She was on the show from 1991 to 1994 and co-starred with future actor Ryan Gosling and future pop stars Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake.

Keri RussellIn 1992, she appeared in the film Honey, I Blew Up the Kids alongside Rick Moranis and in 1993 she had a role on the television sitcom Boy Meets World as Mr. Feeny's niece.

Russell also appeared on the series Married with Children in a 1995 episode - Radio Free Trumaine. She subsequently starred in several film and television roles, including the 1996 made-for-television film The Babysitter's Seduction. That same year she also had a role on the short-lived soap opera series Malibu Shores.

In 1994, she appeared as the 'other woman' in Bon Jovi's music video Always with Jack Noseworthy, Carla Gugino, and Jason Wiles. During 1997 she appeared in two episodes of Roar with Heath Ledger. From 1998 to 2002, Russell starred as the title character on the successful WB Network series Felicity for which she won a Golden Globe in 1999.

Russell's long and curly hair was one of her character's defining characteristics and a drastic hairstyle change at the beginning of the second season was believed to have caused a significant drop in the television ratings for the show.

Keri RussellDuring the run of the show, 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 movie We Were Soldiers in 2002, playing the wife of a United States soldier during the Vietnam War, which was released two months before the end of the run of Felicity.

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.

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, a theatrical film called The Upside of Anger with Kevin Costner, Joan Allen and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as the television miniseries Into the West.

While directing Mission: Impossible III in 2005, J.J. Abrams invited 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.

Keri RussellShe played Melody on the NBC television show Scrubs in 2007 and she starred as Jenna in Waitress, which marked the fourth time Russell had portrayed a pregnant woman.

Russell's performance was enthusiastically received by critics. She has also performed roles in Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story - titled Rohtenburg for its German release, in which she plays Katie Armstrong, a graduate student who writes a thesis paper on an infamous cannibal murder case. She also had a role in the thriller The Girl in the Park, opposite Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Alessandro Nivola.

Russell next appeared in August Rush, released in November of 2007. She also appeared on the cover of the New York Post's Page Six Magazine on November 11th in 2007.

Russell later appeared in Bedtime Stories and in an appearance on The View on December 15th in 2008, Russell said she got the part because Sandler's wife Jackie had seen Russell in Waitress and suggested her for the movie. She starred alongside Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford in the Tom Vaughan film Extraordinary Measures for CBS Films.

The drama, which started filming on April 6th of 2009 and was released on January 22nd of 2010, was the first film to go into production for the new company.

Keri RussellRussell played Aileen Crowley, a mother who tries to build a normal home life for her sick children while her husband, John (Brendan Fraser), and an unconventional scientist (Harrison Ford) race against time to find a cure.

Russell played Emmy Kadubic in the premiere season of Running Wilde, a Fox comedy series cancelled in May 2011.

In the summer of 2006, Russell was chosen to be a celebrity spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics and in the summer of 2007, Russell appeared in The Keri Kronicles, a reality show/sitcom sponsored by CoverGirl and aired on MySpace. The show was filmed at Russell's home in Manhattan and spotlighted her life.

Russell voiced Wonder Woman in a direct-to-video animated feature released March 3rd of 2009. She has also worked with the FX network twice, the first time on the original FOX/FX series Running Wilde, from 2010 to 2011, and again in 2013 in the new series The Americans, playing a deep undercover KGB spy living as an American in the early 1980s.

Keri RussellKeri Russell and Shane Deary, a carpenter she met through mutual friends, became engaged in 2006 and were married on February 14th of 2007 in New York.

The couple have two children: son River Russell Deary, born June 9th, 2007 and daughter Willa Lou Deary, born December 27th, 2011.

Keri Russell at Internet Movie Data Base


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


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Boy Meets World Jessica Episode: "Grandma Was a Rolling Stone"
1993 Emerald Cove Andrea McKinsey TV series
1994 Daddy's Girls Phoebe Walker Main role (3 episodes)
1995 Married... with Children April Adams Episode: "Radio Free Trumaine"
1995 Clerks. Sandra TV film
1996 The Babysitter's Seduction Michelle Winston TV film
1996 Malibu Shores Chloe Walker Main role (10 episodes)
1996 The Lottery Felice Dunbar TV film
1997 When Innocence Is Lost Erica French TV film
1997 7th Heaven Camille Episode: "Choices"
1997 Roar Claire Episodes: "Pilot", "Banshee"
1998–2002 Felicity Felicity Porter Main role (84 episodes)
1999 CinderElmo Princess TV film
2005 The Magic of Ordinary Days Livy TV film
2005 Into the West Naomi Wheeler Episode: "Manifest Destiny"
2007 Scrubs Melody O'Hara Episodes: "My Turf War", "My Cold Shower"
2010–2011 Running Wilde Emmy Kadubic Main role (13 episodes)
2013–present The Americans Elizabeth Jennings Main role

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Production Result
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show The All New Mickey Mouse Club Nominated
1993 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama Felicity Won
1999 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
1999 Teen Choice Award TV - Breakout Performance Felicity Won
2000 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award TV - Choice Actress, Drama Felicity Nominated
2005 Satellite Award Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Magic of Ordinary Days Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Award Movies - Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure Mission: Impossible III Nominated
2006 Camie The Magic of Ordinary Days Won
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Drama August Rush Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress The Americans Nominated

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