Alison Wright

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Alison Wright
Born (1976-07-12) 12 July 1976 (age 43)
EducationLee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Years active2007–present

Alison Wright (born 12 July 1976) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Martha Hanson on the television series The Americans, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2017. Wright's other notable roles were in the film The Accountant (2016), as well as on the television series Sneaky Pete (2015–2018) and Feud (2017).

Early life[edit]

Wright was born in Sunderland and raised there by adoptive parents.[1] She began dancing at a young age. She studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and at The Barrow Group in New York City.[2]


She made her television debut in 2013 as Martha Hanson on The Americans. She was promoted to a series regular for season 2, which premiered in January 2014.[3][4] In 2017, Wright received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her guest appearance in The Americans fifth season.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Nanny Diaries Bridget
2009 Nights Bartender Short film
2011 Braaains! Monique Gold Short film
2015 Good Ol' Boy Mrs. Reynolds
2016 The Accountant Justine
2017 Active Adults Therapist
2018 Ask for Jane Ada


Year Title Role Notes
2013–17 The Americans Martha Hanson 37 episodes
2013 Blue Bloods Brijita Holden Episode: "Lost and Found"
2015–present Sneaky Pete Marjorie 13 episodes
2016 Confirmation Virginia Thomas Television film
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan Pauline Jameson 7 episodes
2018 Snowpiercer Lilah Anderson Upcoming series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2016 13th Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Supporting Actress
The Americans
20th OFTA Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 21st Satellite Awards[5] Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated
14th Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Guest Actress Nominated
69th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
21st OFTA Television Awards Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated


  1. ^ "We Are All Martha: Alison Wright On How Her 'Americans' Character Became A Hit". Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Sunderland actress hides Mackem accent to land role in US TV spy drama The Americans". Sunderland Echo. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  3. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (7 May 2013). "'The Americans' Season 2 Spoilers — Nina and Martha Returning". TVLine. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  4. ^ "'The Americans' actress Alison Wright sued by former agent". NY Daily News. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  5. ^ Kilday, Gregg (29 November 2016). "Satellite Awards Nominees Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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