Who plays Agent 355 in Y: The Last Man?

Bruno Cooke September 14, 2021

Y: The Last Man, adapted from a post-apocalyptic sci-fi comic book series of the same name, premiered yesterday on FX on Hulu. It has so far received lukewarm reviews – from CNN Entertainment and Hindustan Times, among others. Who is Ashley Romans, who plays Agent 355 in the TV adaptation of Y: The Last Man?

Who plays Agent 355 in Y: The Last Man?

Created for television by Eliza Clark, Y: The Last Man stars Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Senator Jennifer Brown, Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief) as Yorick Brown, Olivia Thirlby (Juno) as Hero Brown, and Ashley Romans (Shameless) as Agent 355.

Agent 355 is Yorick’s bodyguard. She works for the Culper Ring, a mysterious government agency that dates back to the American Revolution. 

Source: YouTube [ONE Media]

The Culper Ring was a real life agency. Cavalry officer Benjamin Tallmadge established it in 1778, in his hometown of Setauket, Long Island.

Pronounced “three fifty-five” – not “three-five-five” – Agent 355 owes her name to the code name of a real life female spy whose identity, to this day, remains unknown.

Where have you seen Ashley Romans before?

Ashley Romans may not be a household name, but Y: The Last Man is far from her first television appearance. 

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Per IMDB, her first acting role was in 2014, in sci-fi feature Slave Girls On The Moon. She found her footing in 2017 and 2018, with roles in TV series I’m Dying Up Here (as Alvira), Shameless (Alex) and Hermione Granger And The Quarter Life Crisis (Hermione).

She also appeared in 13 episodes of NOS4A2 – pronounced Nosferatu – a supernatural horror drama based on a Joe Hill novel of the same name.

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Official Trailer | Y: The Last Man | Disney+

Official Trailer | Y: The Last Man | Disney+

Twitter reacts to Ashley Romans being cast as Agent 355

Audiences of the show who are also fans of the comic book series have celebrated the casting of Ashley Romans as Agent 355 in Y: The Last Man.

One described the match as “perfect”; another wrote that their “entire investment” in the show is in Agent 355.

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However, reactions to the show at large have been muted. 

Hindustan Times’ reviewer Rohan Naahar wrote that the show “takes the swashbuckling, humorous tone of the source material and trades it in for a generic end-of-the-world ominousness that makes it seem like a forgotten season of The Walking Dead”.

Meanwhile, for CNN, Brian Lowry laments that the series “falls short, at least initially, despite a strong cast”.

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Bruno is a postgraduate student studying global journalism, with research interests in the intersection of the media, storytelling, culture and politics. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Packs Light and Forge Press, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com. He is a Student Ambassador for Tortoise Media, a big fan of Freddie Mercury and a novelist – his debut novel, Reveries, is available on Amazon.