Alison Wright made her Broadway debut earlier this year in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated drama Sweat The show played Off-Broadway at the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway, and Wright was the only new cast member when the show bowed at Studio 54—but she more than held her own.
As Jessie, a down-on-her-luck factory worker in rural America, the English-born Wright delivered an impactful performance.
Wright drew on her stage training, having studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and The Barrow Group in New York City.
Photos: Meet the Cast of Sweat
But Wright also had a busy year on screen. She played Pauline Jameson alongside Emmy nominee Alfred Molina on Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan, but her Emmy nomination comes for her longstanding role on FX’s The Americans. Now in her fifth season as Martha Hanson on the show about Soviet agents posing as American citizens during the Cold War, Wright started out as a minor character in the series’ first season before being promoted to series regular in Season 2. Finally, Wright earns her first Emmy nomination for her work as the secretary for the FBI counterintelligence department who unknowingly married a KGB agent.
Tune in to the 69th Annual Emmy Awards September 17 on CBS.