Between starting her tenure on “Californication” and her next significant TV gig, Natascha McElhone appeared in a few more notable roles. The most unique of these is likely her role as Marie Belmont in the video game “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” and its sequel. She also played Lady Capulet in the 2013 remake of “Romeo and Juliet” and starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the film “Mr. Church.”
When it comes to major TV series, however, McElhone’s next notable role is most certainly that of Alex Kirkman in 2016’s “Designated Survivor.” Starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, McElhone plays the First Lady of the United States after her husband Tom (the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development) is named the de facto U.S. President when he emerges as the highest-ranking survivor on the line of succession in the aftermath of a bombing on the Capitol Building.
McElhone would end up leaving the series after its second season. Despite her early departure, McElhone appears to have parted ways amicably with her “Designated Survivor” co-workers. In response to her departure, showrunner Keith Eisner told The Wrap, “She’s super talented, and we’ve loved what she’s done for the show, and we’re excited for her new endeavor and the other opportunities she wanted to pursue as well as this show.”