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Source: ABC

Why Did Natascha McElhone Leave 'Designated Survivor'?


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.