It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Kevin Spacey‘s portrayal of the ruthless and power-hungry Frank Underwood was on television some of the finest acting in recent times. ‘House of Cards‘ became a sensation when it first premiered in 2013. It is created by Beau Willimon and is based on the 1990 BBC show of the same name. The inspiration for the original comes from the novel written by Michael Dobbs.
The show is a political drama that charts the rise and fall of Frank Underwood, an ambitious and driven House Whip to the President of the United States. It became the first web-series to receive Emmy nominations in major categories and was actually a breakthrough for streaming services in award functions like Emmys and Golden Globes. Both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for their performance in the show. The show is executive produced by David Fincher, Eric Roth, Joshua Dorren, Dana Brunetti, Andrew Davies and Michael Dobbs. Several other people, including Spacey, also served as executive producers for one season or another.
House of Cards Cast: Who’s in it?
The cast for the first five seasons of ‘House of Cards’ is led by Kevin Spacey. He plays the role of Francis Underwood, a man who will stop at absolutely nothing to get what he wants. Spacey is a two-time Academy Award-winner, receiving the accolade for his roles in ‘The Usual Suspects‘ and ‘American Beauty‘. He is also known for his roles in ‘Seven‘, ‘L.A. Confidential’ and ‘Beyond the Sea’, among others. For the sixth season of ‘House of Cards’, Spacey had to exit the series after he faced controversy and received widespread media attention due to sexual allegations made by Anothny Rapp. The dragging of his name into the dirt made Netflix sceptic about continuing the series and it even stalled the production.
Robin Wright plays the role of Claire Underwood, Frank’s wife and partner-in-crime. She is a Golden Globe winner and has received multiple Emmy nominations. She is best known for her roles in ‘The Princess Bride‘, ‘Forrest Gump‘, ‘The Conspirator’, ‘Moneyball’ and ‘Wonder Woman‘. After Spacey’s exit from ‘House of Cards’, it was Wright who made Netflix realise that he wasn’t the only person working on the show. There were hundreds of other people in the cast and crew. The cancellation of the series due to the actions of one man wouldn’t be fair to others. The script received a do-over and Claire became the main character in the sixth season.
Michael Kelly plays the role of Douglas Stamper, one of Frank’s loyal and trusted confidant. He is known for his work in ‘The Adjustment Bureau’, ‘Now You See Me‘, ‘Everest’ and ‘Changeling’. He has appeared in various TV shows like ‘Black Mirror‘, ‘Taboo‘, ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Generation Kill’, ‘The Sopranos‘ and ‘Kojak’. He has received Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor owing to his role in ‘House of Cards’.