Matthew Rhys is a Welsh actor playing a native-born Russian pretending to be from the United States on the FX drama series “The Americans.” We will ask him about this challenge when he joins us for a live chat this Friday, June 6, at 12:00 p.m. PT; 3:00 p.m. ET on Gold Derby’s home page.
Rhys and actress Keri Russell portray a husband and wife living outside Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s. It is the peak of the Cold War between the United States and Russia. They are posing as a classic American couple with two children, but they are actually highly trained agents who steal secrets, murder people, and are constantly on undercover missions. They have been in the U.S. since they 1960s and are deeply hidden in their cover disguises.
For the recently aired second season, Rhys was nominated last week for a Critics Choice TV Award as Best Drama Actor. The show also received nods for Best Drama Series, plus Russell as Best Drama Actress and Annet Mahendru as Best Drama Supporting Actress. Rhys is also nodded at the upcoming TV Critics Awards (TCA) as Best Drama Individual, and the show is up for Best Drama Series. This is his second straight year with nominations at both events.
One of the first breaks in his career was being cast in the Julie Taymor Shakespearan film “Titus” in 1999. Much of his time has been spent on television, including a long run on the ABC drama “Brothers and Sisters” as Kevin Walker, the gay son of Sally Field‘s character Nora Walker. He was also recently seen on PBS in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “Death Comes to Pemberley” (as the classic character of Darcy).
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