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Source: ABC

Why Did Natascha McElhone Leave 'Designated Survivor'?

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When Designated Survivor premiered on ABC in 2016, it was primed to be one of the largest network TV shows around. It starred Kiefer Sutherland — who previously ruled primetime with his work on 24 — it had a huge budget that resulted in some slick production visuals, and an interesting premise. Not to mention a stellar ensemble cast.

And one of the biggest players in the Designated Survivor cast was Natascha McElhone. The British actress, who played Alex Kirkman in the show, had a pivotal role. Viewers watched as Alex was basically thrown into the position of First Lady after a terrorist attack neutralized the majority of the federal government leaving her husband, Thomas Kirkman, as the commander-in-chief.

Natascha played a vital role in the show, which grew considerably and took on a very interesting arc.