A Golden Globe winner for her character as a detective in 2013 series, ‘Top Of The Lake’, Elisabeth Moss, had already made a mark in the industry before starring in this critically acclaimed series, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Starting with a memorable debut in the movie, ‘Girl, Interrupted’, later she moved on to act in the terrific show, ‘The West Wing’, as the president’s youngest daughter for seven seasons. It is believed that Moss’s acting truly came to light with her outstanding role in the TV Series ‘Mad Men’ as our favorite ‘Peggy Olsen’. This is until you watch the first episode of this series. She’s done a fantastic job embodying ‘Offred’ and her unflinching character works well in favour of the riveting series. She definitely has some more Emmy and Golden Globe nominations coming her way.
The character of Commander Fred Watford is played by the powerful actor, Joseph Fiennes. His fine acting is a result of years of theatre study. Once popular for his intense roles in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘Elizabeth’, he was recently seen in the sci-fi series, ‘Flash Forward’. The breath-taking performance in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ lead to his nomination for BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. The ambiguity to his role in the series, his affection towards ‘Offred’ yet holding an important position in the world of Gilead piques our interest in the character.
The agent ‘Sarah Walker’ who got you love struck in the TV series ‘Chuck’ is back on the screens, this time to play an awe-inspiring role which will make you like her in an unpleasant manner. Her short stint as ‘Hannah McKay’ in the hit Showtime television series, ‘Dexter’, was surely thrilling, but ‘Serena’ is already on track to surpass it. Having played diverse roles the Australian actress, Yvonne Strahovski, has come a long way since her big-screen movie debut with ‘Gone’ and has already created the love to hate relationship with the viewers in Serena Joy’s strong character.
Rory Gilmore has grown up! Who could forget the teenage girl from the American comedy-drama television series, ‘Gilmore Girls’. The charming actress, Alexis Bledel, gained stardom at a young age mainly with her entertaining portrayal of one of the two protagonists on the show. Her Excellency in portraying roles could be seen in some outstanding movies like ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants film series’, ‘The Conspirator’, ‘The Brass Teapot’ and ‘Parts Per Billion’.
It’s refreshing to see Alexis in a very different type of a role, and she has already taken up the challenge. In the series, her character might build on to become a rather important one given the mysterious nature of her persona.
O.T. Fagbenle, an actor we haven’t seen enough outside of UK Drama’s and short theatre stints, has landed a role in this series that throws him further into the limelight. He charms his audience with his versatile nature, a musician, director and an actor at the same time. Last, the audience saw him in quite a unique role in the American Television series, ‘Looking’, where he played a protagonist’s boyfriend. His role in this series is as much intriguing. The chemistry of the actor and his onscreen ‘wife’ (Moss) is surely something to look forward to.
The badass boy ‘Nick’ who might or might not be the love interest of ‘Offred’ in the series is being personified by Max Minghella. We can think of no one better for this role and he is set to steal your hearts with this one. He’s appeared in several American films, but his TV series debut has been long awaited. Some of the popular films he has worked in are ‘Bee Season’, ‘Art School Confidential’, ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The Internship’. As the story unfolds, we can expect him to be either a savior or a traitor to ‘Offred’.
Samira Wiley, the actress who has truly made the viewers cry and fall in love with her character in the Netflix original series, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ is playing the role of Moira in this series. The affinity towards her character is such that now world over she is renowned as “Poussey” from that show. In ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, she is tenacious, bold and emerges as a fighter. She’s set to once again deliver a wonderful performance as ‘Moira’ as her character is definitely going to come out as the face of a fighter for LGBTQ rights. With her in the show, it is going to be all the more captivating. Fans will jump off their seats to watch her again in this legendary role.
In the world of Gilead, where ‘Offred’ is not able to decide who’s a friend, who’s a foe, there’s another handmaid who fights the regime. The role is being played by Madeline Brewer, an actress whom you would recognize from her role in the series ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘Hemlock Grove’. With the actress’ portrayal of ‘Janine’ in this series displaying characteristics of being both naive and courageous at the same time, her character is expected to take an expected to surprise us all in the future.
An intensely strong character of a disciplinarian named ‘Aunt Lydia’ is being played by Ann Dowd in this series, giving everyone goose bumps with her strict methods. She has personified the cruelty in her character very well which engages the viewers in the story weaving it further slowly.
With a rich acting experience, Ann Dowd’s portrayals are a treat to the eyes. In the past, she has been acclaimed for her role as Patti Levin on the show ‘The Leftovers’. You will recognize her from some of the wonderful movies in the recent times including ‘Compliance’, ‘Side Effects’ and ‘Marley & Me’.
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