The Politician is a star-studded satire bringing names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Platt, and Bette Midler to Netflix in September 2019. But there are a few less familiar faces you need to learn about. You should be wondering who plays Astrid on The Politician because she's running against Payton (Ben Platt) for president of Saint Sebastian High School and she's totally giving me some Tracy Flick in Election vibes. Watch out, Reese Witherspoon.
The actress' name is Lucy Boynton. She began her career playing a young Beatrix Potter (with Renée Zellweger playing her older self) in 2006's Miss Potter, the life story of the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She then starred on other period shows like Sense & Sensibility, plus several TV movies before landing a guest spot on the UK version of Law & Order.
She's also no stranger to Netflix, having starred in the 2017 thriller Gypsy opposite Naomi Watts — about a psychologist who becomes obsessed with her patients. Anyone who dare take on Ben Platt in a high school election ought to be tough, so I did some digging to learn more about his opposition.