Leslie Grahamplayed by Felicity Huffman
The astute headmaster of The Leyland School, Leslie Graham oversees the institution like any other aspect of her life: with extreme diligence. Usually one—or three—steps ahead of those around her, Leslie’s more than equipped to lead the school through the damning allegations that arise involving the basketball team. Her steadfast support of the school will reach levels which even she will question as the circumstances of the allegations come into relief.
Felicity Huffman has proven herself as an exceptional actress in both dramatic and comedic roles. Huffman earned an Academy Award nomination for her stunning performance in Transamerica, as well as a Golden Globe Award and Independent Spirit Award for the same role. Huffman has also been honored with an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Desperate Housewives. She was most recently nominated for an Emmy for her role as Leslie Graham on the second season of John Ridley's ABC drama, American Crime. Additionally, she garnered a nomination for the role of Barb Hanlon on the first season of the show.
Huffman was seen in William H. Macy's directorial debut, Rudderless. The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and also stars Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne. She was also seen in Trust Me, directed by Clark Gregg, alongside Allison Janney and Amanda Peet. In 2008 Huffman was seen in THINKFilm's Phoebe in Wonderland, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and also starred Elle Fanning and Patricia Clarkson. In 2007 she appeared in Universal Pictures' Georgia Rule, directed by Garry Marshall and co-starring Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan. In 2004 she appeared in the feature film Christmas with the Cranks, starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. She also appeared in Raising Helen, starring opposite Kate Hudson and John Corbett.
In 2006 she starred in the critically acclaimed Weinstein Company film Transamerica. The film, which was written and directed by Duncan Tucker, was the first ever acquisition for the company and starred Huffman as Bree, a transgendered woman who embarks on a journey across country with her newly discovered son. In addition to an Oscar nomination, Huffman won a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for the role. She was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and was awarded Best Actress by the National Board of Review and received a nomination for Best Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Awards Multiple film festivals screened the film, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. She received Best Actress awards from the Tribeca Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, the Aspen Film Festival, the Florida International Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Huffman is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on the ABC hit Desperate Housewives. The cast won the 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Her other television credits include the television movies Reversible Errors, with William H. Macy, Tom Selleck and Monica Potter; Out of Order; the critically acclaimed Door to Door, starring William H. Macy; Path to War, starring Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland; The Heart Department; Harrison, Cry of the City; Quicksand; Heart of Justice; The Water Engine; and Underworld. Other television credits include Chicago Hope, The X-Files, Law and Order, Bedtime and appearances as a series regular on The Human Factor, the ABC series Sports Night, Thunder Alley, Early Edition, Jules and The Golden Years.
In March 2012 Huffman launched her website for moms and women, WhatTheFlicka.com. What The Flicka is a "virtual kitchen counter" for women to laugh and share their honest stories about motherhood in an effort to take down the icon and myth of the "perfect" mother. Boasting over 100 contributors, Huffman's website has received recognition from Forbes, Time magazine, Mashable, Yahoo News and CNN.
Huffman is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, an Off-Broadway theater company where she has been featured in numerous plays, including "Dangerous Corner," "Shaker Heights" and "The Joy of Definitely Going Somewhere." Among her other stage credits are "Oh Hell," directed by Greg Mosher at the Lincoln Center Theatre, "Boy's Life," directed by William H. Macy, "The Loop" and "Grotesque Love Songs." She also appeared in David Mamet's "Speed the Plow" and received an OBIE Award for her portrayal of Donnie in Mamet's "Cryptogram."
Huffman resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor/director William H. Macy.