Annaleigh Ashford to Depart KINKY BOOTS for Regular Role on Showtime's MASTERS OF SEX
Deadline reports that the Broadway star has nabbed a regular role on Showtime's Masters of Sex season 2. She will depart the role of factory worker 'Lauren' in the Tony-Winning musical Kinky Boots sometime in March.
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In MASTERS OF SEX, Ashford plays the young prostitute 'Betty Dimello' who helps Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) with his research.
Ashford, who was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for her performance in KINKY BOOTS, has also starred on Broadway in Hair, Legally Blonde and Wicked, as well as off-Broadway's Cirque du Soleil: Banana Shpeel, Rent and Dogfight. Her past TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, Smash, Made in Jersey, Nurse Jackie, Submissions Only, A Gifted Man, The Big C and more.
ABOUT MASTERS OF SEX: The one-hour drama stars acclaimed actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson's couch.
Caitlin Fitzgerald (It's Complicated), Nicholas D'Agosto (Heroes), and Teddy Sears (American Horror Story) also star. Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Beau Bridges and Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale also star. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier's book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love.
The pilot was directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) and Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (Justified, A Gifted Man) serve as executive producers.
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