From ‘Fringe’ to ‘Smash': How ‘Mistresses’ Have Invaded U.S. TV

Sarah Parish

Who is she on Mistresses? Katie, a former doctor whose life and career have crumbled before her. But she must brace herself for one more blow: the appearance of her mother Vivienne (Joanna Lumley).

Where else on American TV might you have seen her? Parish played a hideous, farting troll masquerading as a beautiful lady in episodes of Merlin and the disfigured, ambitious Regan Hamleigh on the Starz miniseries The Pillars of the Earth.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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