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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