Four-time Emmy-nominee(“9-1-1,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”) has signed on to star in the first season of Media’s scripted anthology series DIRTY JOHN, based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast of the same name from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. The series tells the true story of how a romance with the charismatic John Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation. Britton will lead as Debra Newell, a successful interior designer and single mom from Orange County who falls in love with John Meehan. Britton will also serve as an executive producer.
Four-time Emmy Award-nominatedmost recently starred in the first season of FOX’s “9-1-1,” from executive producer Ryan Murphy. She also appeared this fall in the Golden Globe nominated, “SMILF,” for Showtime. Britton is best known for her Emmy Award-nominated starring roles on “Nashville” and “Friday Night Lights.” Her role on “Nashville” also earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She received another Emmy Award nomination for her role in the first installment of “American Horror Story.” Additional television credits include: “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “Spin City,” “24” and “The West Wing.”
Britton recently completed production on “Land of Steady Habits,” based on the debut novel from Ted Thompson, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. Her recent film credits include “Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman,” “Beatriz at Dinner,” “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,” “This Is Where I Leave You,” “The To-Do List,” “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World” and “American Ultra.”
In April 2014 Britton was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In this role, she raises awareness of UNDP’s work in poverty eradication and women’s empowerment, advocating to the American and global public.
Scripted anthology series DIRTY JOHN received a two season, straight to series order fromMedia earlier this year. Produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP), the studio behind Amazon’s “Homecoming” and Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy,” in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment, the series will be executive produced and written by Alexandra Cunningham (“Chance,” “Desperate Housewives”). In addition to Britton, Richard Suckle and Charles Roven will serve as executive producers for Atlas Entertainment and Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen and Chris Argentieri will serve as executive producers for Los Angeles Times Studios.
Britton is represented by WME, Untitled Entertainment & Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. WME also reps Los Angeles Times Studios, Atlas Entertainment, and Alexandra Cunningham.
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