ANN DOWD was the recipient of the 2017 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as “Aunt Lydia” on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Her recent film credits include CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, COLLATERAL BEAUTY, as well as COMPLIANCE (for which she was named Best Supporting Actress of the Year by the National Board of Review), OUR BRAND IN CRISIS, BACHELORETTE, THE DROP, SIDE EFFECTS, THE INFORMANT!, MARLEY & ME and GARDEN STATE. Her television roles include The Leftovers (for which she received an Emmy nomination for her performance as Patti Levin), Good Behavior, Quarry, Masters of Sex, Olive Kitteridge, Louie, The Divide, Freaks and Geeks and Nothing Sacred. She has been seen on Broadway in “The Seagull,” “Taking Sides” and “Candida.
Aunt Lydia runs the Red Center, where she indoctrinates handmaids into the Gilead system. She trains them, by any means necessary, for their role as ritualized sexual servants in the homes of “Commanders,” the elite of Gilead.