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The Veil (miniseries)

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The Veil
Created bySteven Knight
Written bySteven Knight
Music byJon Opstad
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Adrian Kelly
  • Xavier Roy
CinematographyBonnie Elliott
  • Hunter M. Via
  • Nikki McChristie
Running time38–67 minutes
Production companies
  • Nebula Star
  • Di Novi Pictures
  • Love & Squalor Pictures
  • FXP
Original release
NetworkFX on Hulu
ReleaseApril 30 (2024-04-30) –
May 28, 2024 (2024-05-28)

The Veil is an American thriller television limited series written by Steven Knight, produced by FX Productions, and starring Elisabeth Moss and Yumna Marwan. The series premiered on FX on Hulu on April 30, 2024.[1]


A thriller series about a potentially deadly game of truth and lies as two women travel from Istanbul to Paris and London, with one of them possessing a secret that the other needs to expose.[2]



Guest starring[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
1"The Camp"Daina ReidSteven KnightApril 30, 2024 (2024-04-30)
Adilah El Idrissi (Yumna Marwan), first seen at a refugee camp, faces imminent danger due to her alleged ties to ISIS. Imogen Salter (Elisabeth Moss), posing as an NGO worker, forms an unexpected alliance with Adilah, aiming to protect her from a mob seeking revenge. Meanwhile, suspicions arise about Imogen's true motives, leading to tension with her UNICRI contact, Guy. As Imogen and Adilah embark on a perilous journey, their backgrounds and motivations come to light, revealing a complex web of personal and political intrigue. Adilah's identity is questioned by French intelligence, setting the stage for a high-stakes confrontation.
2"Crossing the Bridge"Daina ReidSteven KnightApril 30, 2024 (2024-04-30)
3"The Asset"Daina ReidSteven KnightMay 7, 2024 (2024-05-07)
4"Declassified"Damon ThomasSteven KnightMay 14, 2024 (2024-05-14)
5"Grandfather's House"Damon ThomasSteven KnightMay 21, 2024 (2024-05-21)
6"The Cottage"Damon ThomasSteven KnightMay 28, 2024 (2024-05-28)



The project was announced in August 2022, and marks the fourth series Steven Knight has made with FX Productions. Knight also acts as executive producer. Elisabeth Moss is also executive producer via her Love & Squalor production company for whom Lindsey McManus is also an executive producer. Denise Di Novi and Nina Tassler of PatMa Productions also executive produce.[7][8]


Elisabeth Moss was confirmed in the lead role in August 2022.[9] Moss has stated that developing an authentic British accent and practicing the action and stunt choreography to make her character believable was more challenging than any previous role. She started learning the accent several months before filming began. [10]

In February 2023, Josh Charles, Dali Benssalah, and Yumna Marwan joined the cast.[11] In March 2023, Haluk Bilginer was added to the cast.[12] The cast also includes Alec Secareanu, Thibault de Montalembert, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, James Purefoy, Joana Ribeiro, Phill Langhorne, Dan Wyllie, Aron von Andrian, and Dali Benssalah.[13]


Filming took place in Turkey, which wrapped in March 2023. Other filming locations include Paris and London.[14] Filming took place in Kent, England in May 2023, with locations including Canterbury Cathedral.[15] Whilst filming a stunt in Istanbul, Moss fractured a vertebra in her spine.[16]


The series was shown on Hulu in the United States, premiering on April 30, 2024, with a two episode premiere,[1][17] Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner internationally.[18] The show will reportedly consist of six episodes, concluding on May 28, 2024, with episodes being released weekly. [19]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 52% approval rating with an average rating of 5.7/10, based on 33 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Elisabeth Moss' dramatic power remains undiminished with another arresting performance, but The Veil's clunky storytelling doesn't live up to its star's chops."[20] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 52 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[21]

Aramide Tinubu of Variety praised the series as 'gripping', commending Moss' performance, the action and the pacing.[22] Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times said 'As a spy story, it’s a decent example of its kind, but as a dramatic two-hander, fueled by subtle performances from Moss and Marwan, it’s pretty terrific.'[23] Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone was more mild in his praise, also praising Moss and the action sequences but questioning the balance between spy thriller and psychological drama.[24] Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter complimented the opening and Moss, but felt that ' The Veil first becomes perfunctory — Homeland-lite — before fizzling entirely in its concluding episodes, in which almost none of its twisty reveals hits deeply on either a plot or character level.'[25] Benjamin Lee of The Guardian awarded the first episode one star out of five, dubbing it 'a bafflingly bad time-waster' and criticizing the plot and acting. [26] Saloni Gajjar of The A.V. Club was also harsh, dubbing the series 'boring and aimless'.[27]


  1. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (February 9, 2024). "FX Sets Spring Slate For New & Returning Shows Including 'American Horror Story,' 'Welcome To Wrexham' & 'The Veil'". Deadline. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  2. ^ Remley, Hilary (August 2, 2022). "Elisabeth Moss to Star in FX's Thriller Series 'The Veil'". Collider. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  3. ^ Hodges, Jake (March 30, 2023). "'The Veil': Release Date, Cast, Plot, and Everything We Know About Elisabeth Moss' New Series". Collider. Retrieved May 18, 2024.
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  6. ^ "Shows A-Z – The Veil on FX on Hulu". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 19, 2024.
  7. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 2, 2022). "Elisabeth Moss to Star in FX Limited Series 'The Veil' From Steven Knight". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  8. ^ Rice, Lynette (August 2, 2022). "Elisabeth Moss Set To Star In Steven Knight's 'The Veil' Limited Series Ordered By FX For Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (August 2, 2023). "Elisabeth Moss to Star in FX/Hulu Thriller 'The Veil'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  10. ^ "The Veil was more challenging than The Handmaid's Tale, says Elisabeth Moss". RTE. February 10, 2024. Retrieved February 10, 2024.
  11. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 2, 2023). "Josh Charles, Dali Benssalah, Yumna Marwan Join Elisabeth Moss in FX Limited Series 'The Veil' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 1, 2023.
  12. ^ "Türkiye's Haluk Bilginer to star in 'The Veil' with Elisabeth Moss". Daily Sabah. March 21, 2023. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  13. ^ Zilko, Christian (March 21, 2024). "'The Veil' Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Is a Spy with a Secret in Steven Knight's FX Limited Series". Indie Wire. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  14. ^ Rajput, Priyanca. "Steven Knight's The Veil starring Elisabeth Moss filming in Kent for Hulu". kftv.com. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  15. ^ Warren, Gerry (May 4, 2023). "Filming for The Veil starring Handmaid's Tale actress Elisabeth Moss to get underway at Canterbury Cathedral". Kentonline. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  16. ^ Ingram, Hunter (April 24, 2024). "Elisabeth Moss Fractured Her Spine While Filming FX's 'The Veil'". Variety. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  17. ^ Haring, Bruce (March 22, 2024). "Spy Thriller Series 'The Veil' Releases Official Trailer, Key Art". Deadline. Retrieved March 22, 2024.
  18. ^ Haigh, Josh (August 3, 2022). "The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss cast in new thriller by Peaky Blinders boss Steven Knight". Digital Spy. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  19. ^ Gajjar, Saloni (February 9, 2024). "FX will launch Elisabeth Moss-led The Veil in April". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 22, 2024.
  20. ^ "The Veil: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 27, 2024.
  21. ^ "The Veil: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  22. ^ Tinubu, Aramide (April 30, 2024). "Elisabeth Moss Stuns in FX's Fascinating Spy Thriller 'The Veil': TV Review". Variety. Retrieved May 5, 2024.
  23. ^ "Review: Elisabeth Moss stars as a spy gone rogue in FX's thriller 'The Veil'". Los Angeles Times. April 29, 2024. Retrieved June 13, 2024.
  24. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (April 30, 2024). "'The Veil' Lets Elisabeth Moss Kick Ass and Take Names. If Only It Gave Her a Real TV Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 5, 2024.
  25. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (April 24, 2024). "'The Veil' Review: Steven Knight's FX/Hulu Thriller Series Can't Keep Up With Star Elisabeth Moss". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 5, 2024.
  26. ^ Lee, Benjamin (April 30, 2024). "The Veil review – Elisabeth Moss muddles through creaky spy series". The Guardian. Retrieved May 5, 2024.
  27. ^ "The Veil review: A nothingburger disguised as a timely thriller". The A.V. Club. April 24, 2024. Retrieved June 13, 2024.

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