We've just worked out why Janine from The Handmaid's Tale looks so familiar.

If you’ve been watching The Handmaid’s Tale, you might have noticed some familiar faces.

There’s Gilmore Girls‘ Alexis Bledel playing the baddass OfGlen and Orange Is The New Black‘s Samira Wiley as June’s college friend Moira.

But if you’re like us, there are definitely a few characters that are a bit harder to place.

Take Janine.

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Her face wasn't entirely foreign to us... and we've finally worked out where we've seen her before - in another binge-worthy series Orange Is The New Black, way back in 2013.

Actress Madeline Brewer played Tricia Miller, who didn't have much better luck in OITNB than she does in The Handmaid's Tale.
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One of the youngest inmates and part of Red's "family", Tricia was a drug addict and kleptomaniac, who gets drugs from the prison guard Mendez in exchange for sexual favours. After she gets clean, Mendez blackmails her into selling drugs for him again.

After she takes some from his stash, concerned his involvement will be revealed, he hides her in an empty broom cupboard. When he returns, he finds she is dead after taking the whole bag. Mendez makes the situation look like suicide and the truth of her death is never discovered by the administration.

Serena Joy.

Yep, Serena Joy is played by Aussie actress Yvonne Strahovski, better known as CIA Agent Sarah Walker from Chuck and Hannah McKay in Dexter.



June or OfFred.

Prior to playing the protagonist in The Handmaid's Tale - a role many are tipping for major awards - Elizabeth Moss was Peggy Olsen in Mad Men, the secretary who worked her way up to be a copy writer and advertising executive in her own right.

Both strong female roles, both winning performances.



Max Minghella who plays Nick, Commander Waterford's driver who develops feelings for Offred, has been in a few notable productions. You might recognise him from The Social Network, The Internship, The Mindy Project (pictured below) or indie film Elvis and Annabelle.


Commander Waterford.

The beard. The eyebrows. Could it be...? Yes, Joseph Fiennes who plays Commander Waterford has appeared in many things over the years but to us he'll always be William Shakespeare in 1998's Shakespeare in Love.


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How many did you recognise?