The Diplomat Season 2 Cast Adds The West Wing’s Allison Janney

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According to Variety, Oscar winner Allison Janney has officially signed on for a guest-starring role in Netflix’s The Diplomat Season 2.

Janney is set to portray Vice President Grace Penn in the Keri Russell-led drama. Janney is no stranger to the political genre as she previously starred in NBC’s The West Wing for seven seasons. For her performance as White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, she won four Emmy Awards, including two Outstanding Supporting Actress and two Outstanding Lead Actress.

What is The Diplomat about?

“In Season 1, Kate Wyler (Russell) is the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. She was supposed to go to Afghanistan,” reads the synopsis. “She’s great in a crisis zone. In a historic home… less so. War is brewing on one continent and boiling over on another. Kate will have to diffuse international crises, forge strategic alliances in London, and adjust to her new place in the spotlight — all while trying to survive her marriage to fellow career diplomat and political star Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell). It is a high-stakes, contemporary political drama about the transcendence and torture of long-term relationships, between countries and people.”

The Diplomat is created and executive produced by Debora Cahn, who is also serving as the showrunner. The series also stars Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Rory Kinnear, Ato Essandoh, Celia Imrie, Michael McKean, Nana Mensah, T’Nia Miller, and Miguel Sandoval. It is executive produced by Russell, Janice Williams, and Simon Cellan Jones, with Dan Toland producing.

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