Who is Russian Doll actress Natasha Lyonne and what other TV shows has she been in?

Series one of Russian Doll was met with great reviews and high praise from critics, and fans will be glad to learn that the show’s second season is due to land on Netflix soon. The sci-fi/comedy-drama stars Charlie Barnett as Alan and Natasha Lyonne as Nadia.

The synopsis for the hit show’s second series tells us: “Set four years after Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) escaped mortality’s time loop together, season two of Russian Doll will continue to explore existential thematics through an often humorous and sci -fi lens. Discovering a fate even worse than endless death, this season finds Nadia and Alan delving deeper into their pasts through an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations. At first they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure but they soon discover this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for and, together, must search for a way out.”

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Considerable praise was heaped on lead actress and co-creator Natasha Lyonne for season one of the show, and many fans have been looking to learn more about the actress.

Who is Russian Doll actress Natasha Lyonne?

Born in New York on April 4, 1979, Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein is currently aged forty-three. From a very early age, she was involved in the world of modeling, TV, and film and has gone on to star in some huge movies like American Pie and Slums of Beverly Hills.

Her personal life has been turbulent, with much media spotlight shone on it. In an interview with The Guardian, it was reported that she was estranged from her parents de ella as a teenager and went to NYU to study film and philosophy at the age of sixteen but she left soon after arriving. She reportedly struggled with legal problems, serious medical problems, and heroin addiction for several years, attending rehab in 2006.

It was widely reported that she has recently split up from her long-term partner Fred Armisen. She has continually worked as an actress, producer, and writer and has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys, as well as numerous other awards.

What other TV shows has Natasha Lyonne been in?

As well as prominent roles in movies and on stage, Natasha Lyonne has had some significant parts in several popular TV series in the past. Beginning with her first role of Ella when, as a child, she was cast as Opal in the kids show Pee-wee’s Playhouse. In the early 2000s, she appeared as Gillian in the hit comedy Will & Grace, as well as having parts in Night Visions, Grounded for Life and The Knights of Prosperity.

Post-2010, she had several parts in some big TV shows like New Girl, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the hit Showtime series Weeds. Lyonne also had other one or two episode parts in NTSF:SD:SUV, As Da Art World Might Turn, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Inside Amy Schumer. She also appeared as several different characters in the sketch comedy series Portlandia.

In 2013, she landed a big role as Nicky Nichols in the popular series Orange Is the New Black and continued on the show until 2019. She’s also done a lot of voice acting for series like The Simpsons, Ballmastrz: 9009 and Big Mouth.

Series one of Russian Doll first aired in 2019. Season two is one of the shows coming to Netflix this month on April 20, 2022, at 8am.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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