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.
|2007||The Nanny Diaries||Bridget|
|2011||Braaains!||Monique Gold||Short film|
|2015||Growing Up Smith||Mrs. Reynolds|
|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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