Alison Wright is an English actress, best known for her role as Martha Hanson on The Americans.

She is starring in the first season of Feud as Pauline Jameson.

Early Life

Wright was born and raised in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. She began dancing at a very young age. She studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and at The Barrow Group in New York City.


Wright made her television debut in 2013 as FBI secretary Martha Hanson on FX's The Americans, which landed her on numerous critics lists as one of the Best Performers of 2016. Where she once seemed to be a minor character intended to facilitate the plot, Martha became the heart of the show in season four, with fans and critics applauding Wright’s heart wrenching performance.

Wright also starred in the HBO film Confirmation, which detailed the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington). Wright played Virginia Thomas, Clarence Thomas' attorney/lobbyist wife, who stuck by his side throughout the scandal.

Wright's film credits also include roles in The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johansson and the short films Nights and Braaains!. She has also appeared in the CBS series Blue Bloods, opposite Donnie Wahlberg. On stage, Wright is best known for her roles in the Off-Broadway production of The New Group’s Marie & Bruce, opposite Marisa Tomei and Rafta Rafta, as well as regional performances in Educating Rita, Godspell, The Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie, The Golden Age, The Thickness of Skin, and Short Stuff IV ‘Pops’, the latter two both productions at The Barrow Group in New York City.

Most recently, Wright played a pivotal role in the Gavin O’Connor-Ben Affleck film The Accountant. In addition, Wright recurs opposite Bryan Cranston and Giovanni Ribisi in Amazon’s new series Sneaky Pete, which premiered on January 13, 2017. She is also currently starring in the FX drama anthology series, Feud, as Pauline Jameson.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Nanny Diaries Bridget
2009 Nights Bartender Short film
2011 Braaains! Monique Gold Short film
2015 Growing Up Smith Mrs. Reynolds
2016 The Accountant Justine


Year Title Role Notes
2013–2016 The Americans Martha Hanson 34 episodes
2013 Blue Bloods Brijita Holden Episode: "Lost and Found"
2015–2017 Sneaky Pete Marjorie 7 episodes
2016 Confirmation Virginia Thomas TV Movie
2017 FEUD: Bette and Joan Pauline Jameson


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