Who plays young Ruth in Russian Doll? Schitt's Creek fans love the cameo

Eve Edwards April 21, 2022
Who plays young Ruth in Russian Doll? Schitt's Creek fans love the cameo


The highly anticipated second season of Russian Doll has finally landed on Netflix, bringing a familiar face to the show as young Ruth.

Natasha Lyonne’s critically acclaimed Russian Doll returns for its second instalment this Thursday (21 April 2022).

Let’s get to know the Schitt’s Creek star who is joining the cast for season 2.

Russian Doll | Season 2 Official Trailer | Netflix

Russian Doll | Season 2 Official Trailer | Netflix

Ruth’s role in Russian Doll

Ruth Brenner is one of the central characters we are introduced to in Russian Doll. As the adoptive mother of lead character Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne), Ruth plays a key part in understanding Nadia’s back story as it unfolds. She works as a psychologist and the first season introduces Ruth’s friendship with Nadia’s mother, Lenora (Chlöe Sevigny).

The actress portraying Ruth in Russian Doll is Elizabeth Ashley. However, the first season also introduced viewers to a younger version of the character. Young Ruth in season 1 was played by Kate Jennings Grant, starring in episode 7 (The Way Out).

As the second season of Russian Doll continues down a mind, and time-bending, path we are introduced to another actress taking on the role of Ruth.

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Russian Doll. (L to R) Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, Annie Murphy in episode 202 of Russian Doll. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Who plays young Ruth in season 2?

The actress taking on the role of young Ruth in Russian Doll season 2 is Annie Murphy. Schitt’s Creek fans will recognise Murphy from the sitcom as she starred in the lead role of Alexis Rose. Murphy makes her first appearance in Russian Doll season 2 in episode 2.

Russian Doll creator and star Natasha Lyonne gushed over Annie Murphy to E! News: “Annie has a real heart to her. It’s very easy to love Annie. Obviously that has to do with who she is as a human being.

“Who wouldn’t want to be with Annie Murphy? In the meantime, she looks like Jane Fonda or something in the Seventies. She looks great, she looks straight out of a (Martin) Scorsese movie. She was just terrific.”

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Exploring Annie Murphy’s acting career

While Schitt’s Creek fans know Annie Murphy well, those who are just being introduced to the actress might be curious about her career.

Murphy, 35, is an Emmy-winning Canadian actress best known for starring in the likes of Blue Mountain State, Kevin Can F*** Himself, and The Plateaus. After training at the Canadian Film Centre Actors’ Conservatory, Annie Murphy moved to Los Angeles to further her career. Her first credited role, as per her IMDb, was as Sarah in Lethal Obsession (2007).

Murphy starred as Alexis Rose in Schitt’s Creek from 2015 to 2020. She won heaps of critical acclaim for her role in the sitcom, including an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series in 2020 and an SAG for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series in 2021.

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