Notable TV roles: Philip Jennings, The Americans (FX); Kevin Walker, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

Aside from Brothers & Sisters, Matthew Rhys was largely unproven until this season’s debut of The Americans. It didn’t take long for us to become fans, however; in a nice contrast to Keri Russell’s emotional brick-wall, Rhys’ Mischa Philip Jennings is an open book.

Where his wife is steadfast in her loyalty, Philip is the conflicted one, which gives Rhys a ton to work with. Even when he’s shopping in the mall you can sense a longing for a normal life. But 20 minutes later, he’s kicking ass. Welcome to the club of middle-aged emotionally conflicted antiheroes, sir.