Q: Who plays Diana on "Slow Horses"? She looks so familiar.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

It's honestly hard to know where to start with the career of the great Kristin Scott Thomas. She's an incredibly accomplished English actress who received a damehood for her services to drama in her home country — that's the somewhat unhelpful short answer.

Any longer answer would have to include "Gosford Park" (2001), the star-studded drawing-room mystery in which she played the pampered, flirtatious Lady Sylvia McCordle. It would also include 1996's "The English Patient," the highly decorated romantic drama in which she played a married woman having an affair with the titular patient.

As a fan of Apple TV 's spy drama "Slow Horses," you might know her from the 1996 series-launching blockbuster "Mission: Impossible." She played Sarah Davies, one of the operatives whose murders in the early stages of the film kick off the whole plot.

She was also part of the ensemble cast of the landmark 1994 romantic comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral," which is how she came to the attention of most North Americans.

Prior to that, she was mostly doing theatre or lower-profile English and French cinema (she's actually fluent in both languages, having lived for a long time in Paris during her pre-fame years).

This is all just a small sample of her body of work — she's done loads more, from a lot of different genres. That said, she's a little more tied down than she's used to at the moment: being a key player in a prestige drama like "Slow Horses" is a pretty big time commitment, and the show has already been renewed for two more seasons.


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