Keri Russell’s 8 Best Performances, Ranked

Keri Russell is a film and television actress best known for her roles as Felicity Porter in the WB teen drama Congratulations and Elizabeth Jennings in FX’s Russian spy thriller Americans. The former earned him a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Prior to her breakthrough performance as pensive artist Felicity Porter, Russell wore many hats throughout her career: dancer, Mickey Mouse Clubber, sitcom star, music video maven and CoverGirl model, to name a few. -ones. Despite her resume and Hollywood status, the down-to-earth starlet revels in the mundane minutiae of ordinary life like doing laundry. According to an article in PEOPLE magazine, Russell says, “I love doing laundry! It’s so satisfying. I like the way it smells. I love making sheets.



Throughout her diverse career, Russell has won several awards and nominations celebrating her work, and in 2017 was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. More recently, Russell starred in the chilling horror filmWood and can next be seen opposite the late Ray Liotta in the thriller Elizabeth Banks cocaine bear. Until then, here are Keri Russell’s eight best performances, ranked.

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8 We were soldiers

We were soldiers is a 2002 war film based on the book We were soldiers once… and young by Lieutenant General Hal Moore and journalist Joseph Galloway. The film is a dramatization of the events of the Battle of La Drang. Russell, a Hollywood newcomer at the time, defended himself against Hollywood heavyweights Mel Gibson and Madelaine Stowe. She plays Barbara Geoghegan, the wife of a young soldier who takes on the devastating task of reporting deaths to widows in the War Department.

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seven August Rush

August Rush is a musical drama with an element of magic centered on an orphan child named Evan (Freddie Highmore), who flees to New York to embrace his natural affinity for music because he believes it will reunite him with his biological parents. Russell plays the role of a young mother victim of circumstance, but never loses hope of one day reuniting with her son.

6 Mission: Impossible 3

Four years after his success with the WB college drama Congratulations, Russell is reuniting with former director JJ Abrams. Abrams, known for his work, cast Russell opposite Tom Cruise in the action-packed spy thriller Mission: Impossible 3. Russell stars as Lindsey Farris, a well-trained and highly skilled new agent who disappears. His disappearance prompts the return of Agent Ethan Hunt to the field.


5 Blades of grass

Blades of grass is an American dark comedy about Ivy League professor Bill Kincaid (Edward Norton), who is lured to his hometown under false pretences. Upon arrival, he becomes caught up in his pot-growing twin brother Bardy’s ill-conceived plan to take out his rival, a rival drug lord. Russell stars as Janet, a local poet and teacher who, with her beauty and wisdom, entices Bill to stay and help his brother in his plan.

4 Congratulations

Russell shot to fame with the lead role in Congratulations as budding entertainer and medical student Felicity Porter on the popular WB drama. The show follows the shy but formidable teenager on her journey of self-discovery after following her New York college crush on a whim. Russell sparked controversy in Season 3 when she cut off her untamed curly locks and sparked speculation that her new “do” was to blame for the ratings slump. Russell’s portrayal of the pensive teenager won her a Golden Globe Award and a Teen Choice Award.


3 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes marks the second film in the trilogy and follows the main chimpanzee Caesar as he faces the social dilemma of balancing his desire to protect his surviving clan, while also trying to mend a relationship with the remaining human population. Russell stars as Ellie, a nurse and wife of Malcolm, one of Caesar’s human friends.

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2 Waitress

Waitress stars Russell as Jenna Hunterson, a small-town waitress with a knack for baking delicious, one-of-a-kind pies. Stuck in a loveless marriage with an abusive husband, Jenna, who finds herself pregnant, begins a whirlwind affair with a local doctor in a last-ditch effort toward happiness. Waitress is a heartfelt and moving film that examines loneliness and toxic relationships. The film was sadly hit by tragedy before its 2007 release when star and director Adrienne Shelly was murdered in her Manhattan home during an attempted robbery.


1 Americans

In Russell’s best performance, she stars as Elizabeth Jennings in FX’s Russian spy drama Americans. Americans follows two Soviet spies under deep cover who pose as a typical American couple in Washington DC at the height of the Cold War. During the day they appear like any average American family, while at night they engage in high-stakes espionage. In 2018, Russell’s performance was praised by Vulture Magazine, stating, “Russell is a performer who speaks volumes in the quietest, most fleeting moments. Her performances are seductive and hard to pin down.”

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