Allison Janney Joins ‘The Diplomat’ Season 2 as Vice President Grace Penn on Netflix

LOS ANGELES – Emmy and Academy Award-winning actress Allison Janney is set to join the second season of the critically acclaimed political thriller series “The Diplomat” on Netflix, according to exclusive information obtained by Variety. Janney will make a guest appearance in the show, portraying Vice President Grace Penn. She will join the lead actress Keri Russell in the series, who plays the titular diplomat Kate Wyler. The show’s ensemble cast also includes Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Rory Kinnear, and Ato Essandoh.

Janney is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished actresses of her generation. She has a successful history of starring in political dramas, notably her role as White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg in the renowned series “The West Wing.” The actress has received numerous accolades throughout her career, winning seven Emmy Awards, two of which were for her portrayal of Cregg. She has also won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “I, Tonya,” as well as a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Janney has proven her versatility as an actress, having earned Tony Award nominations for her work on Broadway in the plays “A View from the Bridge” and “9 to 5.” She is represented by CAA, Thruline Entertainment, and Nelson Davis LLP.

“The Diplomat” made an impressive debut in April 2023, quickly gaining popularity and ranking first on the Netflix weekly global top 10 English TV list. The series received critical acclaim and was well-received internationally, making it onto the top 10 lists in 87 countries. Russell’s performance garnered her an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination, while the show itself was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama. Shortly after its premiere, the series was renewed for a second season.

Debora Cahn, the creator of the series, serves as the executive producer and showrunner. Russell also executive produces alongside Janice Wiliams, Alex Graves, and Peter Noah.

“The Diplomat” follows the story of Kate Wyler, the new US Ambassador to the United Kingdom. As she navigates her new role in London, she must also contend with international crises and the challenges of her marriage to fellow diplomat Hal Wyler. The political thriller highlights the intricate world of diplomacy and the personal sacrifices made by those involved.

Janney’s addition to the cast brings excitement and anticipation for the upcoming season, as fans eagerly await her appearance. The second season of “The Diplomat” is expected to build upon the success of the first and further captivate audiences with its gripping storyline and stellar performances.