Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale has shone new light on Commander Joseph Lawrence but just who plays this unreadable character?

The Handmaid’s Tale has been steadily marching through its third season on Channel 4 here in the UK.

The dystopian series, that focuses on the extreme oppression of women has certainly been one of the biggest talking points on TV in recent years and this new season has been no different. 

However, a familiar face in the show, who has risen to prominence in The Handmaid’s Tale’s third season, has left viewers wondering, just who plays Commander Lawrence and where the hell have I seen him before?

What’s the Handmaid’s Tale all about? 

The Handmaid’s Tale tells the delightful story of the sexual oppression of women. 

It’s set in a dystopian future that clings onto the past where the females of the world are used as little more than reproductive machines to churn out babies.

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Season three sees one of the show’s main characters, June, on a mission to build the resistance against this totalitarian regime that subjugates women in this barbaric manner.

Who is Commander Lawrence? 

Commander Joseph Lawrence first appears in The Handmaid’s Tale in season two but only briefly. 

Lawrence is a Commander in the totalitarian Gilead regime that has imposed these oppressive rules on women. 

In season three, his role has grown in prominence as he is appearing to offer help to our bold heroine.

However, there is a lot of debate surrounding Commander Lawrence’s true intentions.

Who plays him?

Lawrence is played by Bradley Whitford. The actor has appeared in several notable TV shows over the years, most prominently as Josh Lyman in over 140 episodes of The West Wing.

His career on the big screen had been somewhat less successful with the odd film performance here and there until 2017 when he appeared as Dean Armitage (The Dad) in Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning Get Out.

Since then he’s appeared alongside Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in The Post, played Brie Larson’s father in Netflix’s Unicorn Store and featured in 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

With much more attention being paid to The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s a fairly safe bet that Bradley Whitford will certainly have plenty more work lined up in the coming years.


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