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Elizabeth Jennings
Elizabeth jennings

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Portrayed By Keri Russell
Alias(es) Kelly, Jennifer, Jackie, Ann, Michelle
Occupation(s) KGB Directorate S Agent

Travel Agent

Status Alive
First Appearance "Pilot"
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Elizabeth Jennings is an undercover KGB Directorate S agent operating near Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s, along with her husband Philip Jennings. Her children are Paige Jennings and Henry Jennings.


Backstory Edit

Life as Nadezhda Edit

Elizabeth was born as Nadezhda in Smolensk, Soviet Union, in the early 1940s. Growing up in post-World War II Soviet Russia, her life was very difficult, and she never had a childhood.

Elizabeth's mother was always very serious, most likely due to being a single mother. She told Elizabeth that she should always rely on herself in their tough world. As a bookkeeper for their local party committee, she was very patriotic to the USSR. It angered her when she learned that her late husband was a deserter during World War II.

Elizabeth's father was a coal miner, and she never knew him because he died during World War II when she was a baby. When Elizabeth asked her mother why she never attended his memorial, her mother said that he was a deserter during the war, and that the memorial was not for him.

When Elizabeth was 14 years old, her mother was diagnosed with diphtheria, and she took care of her for 10 months without any help.

When Elizabeth was 16 years old, the KGB approached her to join the organization and gave her a week to decide. Although she was not allowed to tell anyone about it, she told her mother all the details, and her mother did not hesitate to let her serve her country. She was 17 years old when she officially joined the KGB.

KGB Training Edit

Because she showed great promise, she was advanced to become a Directorate S operative, an undercover Soviet agent hiding in plain sight in America. As a young cadet in training, she learned how to speak English with a flawless American accent, how to be an effective spy and how to think and act like a typical American. She dropped her name, Nadezhda, and adopted the name, Elizabeth.

In April, 1962, General Viktor Zhukov introduced Elizabeth to Philip, another Directorate S operative in training, who was to be her husband in America solely as a cover story. During her training, she formed a bond with Zhukov because he acted like a paternal figure to her. She and Philip continued their training until August, 1965, when they arrived in America. They were instructed to never speak Russian again and to never discuss their former Russian lives.

Life Undercover Edit

When first settling down in Virginia, Elizabeth told Philip that she felt a weakness in the American people. In order to further their cover, they had to produce children together. She gave birth to Paige in late 1967 and Henry in early 1971. She once told Zhukov that life for children was simple in the US compared to her harsh upbringing.

She later admitted to Philip that life in the US was nicer and easier than in the USSR, but not necessarily better. Throughout their years living undercover in America, she strongly held on to her Soviet values.

Season 1 Edit

In 1981, Elizabeth, disguised in a blonde wig, was first seen seducing a federal worker in order to get information about a KGB defector named Nikolai Timoshev. Three days later, she, Philip and their colleague Robert McKenzie kidnapped him. After hiding him in their car trunk, it was revealed that he raped Elizabeth during her training in Gryazi, Soviet Union, in 1960. When FBI agent Stan Beeman moved in across the street from them, Philip considered defecting to America, and she was against the idea. After Philip killed Timoshev for assaulting her, she began to feel intimate with him for the first time and told him about her old Russian life (Pilot).

In order to bug Caspar Weinberger’s home office, Elizabeth and Philip targeted Viola Johnson, the Weinbergers’ maid, to plant the device. Dressed up as a mousy nurse, she poisoned Viola’s son, and used the poisoning as leverage for Viola do do their task. After Viola planted the bugged clock in the office, Elizabeth cured Viola’s son. Back at home, she told Philip that the Centre should not ask them to do impossible things (The Clock).

After Robert was confirmed dead, the FBI knew he was a Directorate S Illegal, and it was revealed that he had a wife named Joyce Ramirez and a baby son. When she sent out an emergency signal, Elizabeth called on her agent, Gregory Thomas, to put a team together to hide Joyce from the FBI. While hiding Joyce in a safe house, Joyce deduced that Elizabeth, Philip and Gregory were all spies, and later on they sent her to Claudia, their new handler, knowing the KGB would kill Joyce and send her baby to the USSR. During the mission, it was revealed that Elizabeth had an ongoing affair with Gregory. Later, she told Philip she broke up with Gregory because she started having feelings for him (Gregory).

When President Reagan was shot, Philip and Elizabeth scrambled to find out who did it so that the FBI would not just blame the KGB. Claudia told Elizabeth that they should go through with Operation Christopher, assassinating those responsible for a possible coup. When she and Philip went through with the operation, a security guard asked to inspect their vehicle, resulting in Elizabeth killing him. While listening to a recorded device from the bugged clock, Elizabeth told Philip that it sounded like the US was planning a nuclear attack against the USSR. They ended up ignoring the potential threat, thanks to Philip’s intuition (In Control).

When Adam Dorwin, an unstable KGB recruit, threatened to expose KGB agents, Elizabeth paid him a visit to evaluate his condition, only to kill him later on. While on another mission to learn about the FBI’s new portable technology, her target beat her before having sex with her. After getting home, Philip saw her bruises and wanted revenge on the abusive man, even though Elizabeth got the intel. Later, at a car repair shop, Elizabeth got into an FBI car’s trunk to copy the encryption codes of the portable technology. After escaping, she told Philip that she wished she did not worry so much (COMINT).

Because Nina Krilova helped supply Stan with classified information, the KGB realized they had a mole. They suspected Philip and Elizabeth, and kidnapped both of them, taking them to a safe house. They physically beat up Philip and psychologically tortured Elizabeth. When they found out Claudia was behind the event, Elizabeth brutally beat her up. Philip realized that they were suspected because Elizabeth reported over the years that he liked America too much (Trust Me).

With Philip away in New York for a mission with Irina, Elizabeth had her own mission to accomplish. Dolled up as a black-haired vixen, she targeted Sanford Prince, a KGB informant with a gambling debt. He became her agent after she paid off his debt for him. Later on, she apologized to Claudia by saying she was sorry she did not kill her. Missing Philip, she called him while he was in New York, telling him to come home (Duty and Honor).

Desperate to stop a rogue KGB assassin, the Centre enlisted Philip and Elizabeth to do the job. After locating him in a hotel room, they told him to stop what he was doing, but he refused. He had a bomb in the room, and after a quick showdown of gunfire, Elizabeth threw the bomb at him which killed him. Later, Claudia told Elizabeth about Philip’s affair with Irina. Hurt from such a betrayal, she told Philip they needed to spend some time apart (Mutually Assured Destruction).

At dinner one night, Elizabeth announced to their kids that they were separating, and Paige and Henry took the news hard. After Philip accidentally injured FBI agent Chris Amador, Elizabeth went to the safe house where Philip hid him to try to get information out of him. After Chris died, she and Philip tried laying low for a while (Safe House).

Determined to maintain their cover, Elizabeth met with Gregory to tell him of the crisis and to lay low. Later on, Claudia told Elizabeth to persuade him to be exfiltrated to Moscow, as the KGB framed him for Chris's murder. After one last night with Elizabeth, Gregory told her that he did not wish to live in the USSR. As a result, Gregory decided to commit suicide by cop, leaving a crying Elizabeth alone at home (Only You).

When Claudia revealed the news that Zhukov was assassinated, Elizabeth tracked down CIA agent Richard Patterson, the man responsible for the operation. In disguise, she met Richard at a bar, and took him to the bathroom for sex. Once her saw her take a syringe out of her purse, he realized that she was an agent of some sort. After a quick fight, she kidnapped him with Philip’s help. When she was about to kill Richard for revenge, he got inside her head, and she snapped, allowing him to go free later on. When Elizabeth visited Philip’s motel room, she told him that she was ready for him to return home, only to hear that he got an apartment (Covert War).

Meeting with Elizabeth once again, Sanford told her that he recruited an air force colonel who knew information about Reagan’s missile defense program. She discussed the potential colonel meeting with Philip, knowing it could be a setup. Meanwhile, with Philip’s alter ego, “Clark,” marrying FBI secretary Martha Hanson, Elizabeth disguised herself as “Jennifer,” Clark’s sister, at the wedding. She was touched by their vows to each other, since she and Philip never said them because they were never married (The Oath).

By this time, Viola confessed to the FBI that she planted a bug inside her boss’s office for a KGB couple a few months ago. The FBI planned to catch an illegal by the Weinberger house if anyone approached the car holding the tape. Knowing the colonel meeting could be a setup, Philip ended up meeting with the colonel and Elizabeth went to pick up the Weinberger tape. When Philip realized Elizabeth was compromised, he rushed to Elizabeth’s location just before the FBI grabbed her, and they escaped. Once out of the FBI’s sight, it was revealed that Elizabeth had been shot by Stan. After getting surgery in a safe house, Elizabeth spoke to Philip in Russian for the first time, begging him to return home (The Colonel).

Elizabeth was away from home for a few months due to her injury, and her cover story was that she had to take care of her great aunt Helen Leavis in Pennsylvania. Abigail, another KGB agent, actually took care of Elizabeth in her New York cabin.

Season 2 Edit

In January, 1982, Elizabeth returned from her hiatus of recovering from her gunshot wound. After a successful mission with Emmett and Leanne Connors, another Directorate S couple, she and Philip made love in their bedroom, only to have Paige walk in on them. During a family day at a fair, she noticed Philip completing an operation with the Connors, and they later found Emmett, Leanne and their daughter, Amelia, murdered inside their hotel room, leaving their son, Jared, alive and screaming in horror. Later at home, she wondered if her and Philip’s identities were exposed and feared for her family’s safety (Comrades).

Anxiously staying at home for safety reasons, Elizabeth spent time with Paige and Henry. When she got a distress call from Lucia, a Nicaraguan intelligence agent, she dropped her children off at the movie theatre to help her. After Philip returned home from investigating Fred, one of Emmett’s agents, she asked him how they were going to live in paranoia (Cardinal).

With intelligence from Fred, Philip and Elizabeth posed as movers at a submarine plant. While trying to find specific plans to photograph, she blackmailed Derek, one of the plant workers, into keeping quiet after he realized that she was not actually a mover. Later, posing as a social worker, she visited Jared to deliver a letter written by his parents that would reveal their true identities to him. She ultimately burned the letter, figuring that he was better off not knowing that his whole life was a lie (The Walk In).

In order to find Emmett and Leanne’s killer, Philip and Elizabeth were asked by Claudia to track down Andrew Larrick, a dangerous Navy Seal who was blackmailed into working with the Connors, to determine if he killed them. As a result, Elizabeth seduced Brad Mullin, a seaman recruit, in order to get Larrick’s file. Later on, she flipped out at Paige for reading the Bible and praying, just before attempting to kidnap scientist Anton Baklanov. After a fight with two Mossad agents, Baklanov was out of her and Philip’s sight (A Little Night Music).

Dealing with the fallout of their last operation, Elizabeth helped Philip find a safe house for him and one of the Mossad agents. Back at home, she tried making amends with Paige until hearing about Martha’s frustrated phone messages to Clark. Dressed up as Clark’s sister, Jennifer, she visited Martha to smooth over her problems with Clark. While there, a drunk Martha told her details about how Clark is during sex, making her jealous. After Brad delivered Larrick’s file to her, she devised a plan on how to approach him (The Deal).

Disguised as CIA security, Philip and Elizabeth met with Larrick and figured out that he did not kill the Connors. After learning about Martial Eagle, a base where the US secretly trained Nicaraguan contras, Lucia granted Elizabeth access to a Capital building office, where she photographed documents pertaining to the base. Curious about Martha’s description of Clark being an animal in bed, Elizabeth teased Philip until he behaved similarly with her, leaving her shocked and miserable with the whole experience (Behind the Red Door).

After Kate, their new handler, instructed Philip and Elizabeth to assassinate the field commanders at Martial Eagle, they formulated a plan to get in there with Lucia and Larrick. When Larrick told Elizabeth that he was going be out of the country during the operation, she learned that Lucia had planned to kill him once they were inside the base (ARPANET).

When Lucia tried to kill Larrick in his home, he called Elizabeth for help. She let Larrick kill Lucia when she realized that it was no use trying to save an out-of-control agent. Back home, she and Philip dealt with Henry breaking into their neighbors’ home. Later that night, they got information from a kidnapped truck driver on how to infiltrate Martial Eagle (New Car).

During their Martial Eagle operation, Elizabeth assassinated the field commanders while Philip took pictures of the contras’ training. The next morning, they attended Paige’s church’s service and learned that she donated $600 worth of savings to it. On a school night, she woke up Paige to do chores, lecturing her about what it means to be an adult and to make adult decisions. Posing as an alcoholic, she attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to befriend Lisa, a Northrop employee with personal problems (Martial Eagle).

Because of the tensions in Afghanistan, Kate told Philip and Elizabeth to target Yousaf Rana, a Pakistani intelligence officer, to learn about the US arms shipment to the Afghani Mujahideen. Instead of Elizabeth seducing Yousaf, Philip used his agent, Annelise, to do the job. Since Yousaf did not know much information, Elizabeth killed his boss, Javid Pervez, so that Yousaf would step into his position (Yousaf).

Among hearing that the FBI found out about the Connors’ true identities and that Stan visited their son, Elizabeth, dressed as a social worker again, visited Jared to see what Stan asked him. Afterwards, she spotted Jared meeting with Kate at a restaurant and wondered why she was out of disguise. With George, their telephone operator, dead and Kate missing, she and Philip went to Kate’s apartment and found a note saying to exfiltrate Jared (Stealth).

Rushing to exfiltrate Jared, Elizabeth gained his trust and told him the truth about her and his parents’ job. She drove him to a train station and gave him a destination to get off at, promising that she would visit him again before he left the country. Back at home, she told Philip that Paige and Henry would not survive if they were on their own without parents like Jared (Operation Chronicle).

Following a successful mission with Fred, Elizabeth learned that the Centre could not find Larrick. She and Philip woke up Paige and Henry and drove to a motel for safety. She visited Jared the next day at Abigail’s cabin but was shocked to find Larrick confront them. Larrick had already found Philip, shoved him in their car trunk and handcuffed Elizabeth to turn them in. However, Jared had a gun and shot Larrick while Larrick shot him too. After Philip grabbed a gun and killed Larrick, a dying Jared confessed to killing his family. Later, Claudia told Philip and Elizabeth that Jared was part of the Second Generation Illegals Program, and that they wanted Paige to be next. Although initially resistant to the idea, Elizabeth warmed up to it (Echo).

Season 3 Edit

About Elizabeth Edit

Appearance Edit

Elizabeth is a plain but pretty woman, with long, wavy brown hair and blue eyes. She is slim, and stands at 1.63m. She usually wears her hair loose and light, but has been known to put it up, as well as use wigs (primarily blonde) while on missions.

Abilities Edit

Elizabeth has been shown to be an incredibly skilled combatant, being able to take down opponents several times her size. It is evident that her KGB training improved her strength and speed, as well as quickening her reflexes. She has been shown to be quite resilient, as she has been thrown into walls, onto tables, as well as sustaining several injuries and still being able to defend herself. Elizabeth's fighting style resembles Krav Maga, as well as Systema. Her fighting style uses quick jabs and punches, as well as a variety of kicks. Elizabeth has been shown to fight with with vigor, and can at times be very brutal. Such as when she kicked Timoshev's head through her garage wall, and when she beat Claudia to a pulp. Elizabeth is able to compartmentalize her duties and her family life (moreso than her partner at times) and as such is capable of killing both combatants and innocent bystanders without remorse if the mission calls for it.

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