12/12/2012 07:04 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Margo Martindale Cast In FX's Spy Drama 'The Americans'

Emmy-winning actress Margo Martindale has been cast in FX's new spy drama "The Americans," the network announced Wednesday.

Martindale will play "Claudia,” a KGB illegal living in the U.S. who delivers assignments to KGB Directorate S illegals Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), Russian spies posing as Americans. She is scheduled to appear in at least eight of the 15 episodes ordered for the show's first season.

Martindale has a fruitful history with FX -- she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Emmy for her role as Mags Bennett in the network's Timothy Olyphant-led "Justified" in 2011.

Read FX's description of the series below.

"The Americans" is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings who have two children -– 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity –- grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Philip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent. Stan and his partner, Agent Chris Amador (Maximiliano Hernández), are members of a new division of Counterintelligence tasked with fighting against foreign agents on U.S. soil.

"The Americans" premieres Wed., Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. EST on FX.

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