1. She came to fame for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the series Felicity, which ran from 1998 to 2002, and for which she won a Golden Globe Award.
2. Russell has since appeared in several films including Mission: Impossible III , and currently stars as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in the FX television series The Americans.
3. Russell was born in Fountain Valley, California, the daughter of Stephanie , a homemaker, and David Russell, a Nissan Motors executive. She has an older brother, Todd, and a younger sister, Julie.
4. Russell first appeared on television at age 15 as a cast member of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club variety show on the Disney Channel.
5. From 1998 to 2002, Russell starred as the title character on the successful WB Network series Felicity; she won a Golden Globe for the role in 1999.
6. Her next role was in the film We Were Soldiers , playing the wife of a United States serviceman during the Vietnam War.
7. Directing Mission: Impossible III in 2005, J. J. Abrams asked Russell to join the cast and she accepted.
8. She was screen tested for the role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns but lost the role to Kate Bosworth.
9. In the summer of 2006, Russell was chosen to be a celebrity spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics. Also in 2007, she played “Melody” on the NBC show Scrubs.