The Handmaids Tale Aunt Lydia star looks completely different in throwback snap

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For many, actress Ann Dowd is most known for her current role, playing Aunt Lydia Clements on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

However, the star looks almost unrecognisable in a red carpet photograph from more than 20 years ago.

As you might expect, Ann has changed her appearance over the years depending on the different roles that she has taken on.

But at the 2000 red carpet premiere of the TV movie, Baby, Ann is seen without her trademark brunette hair.

The actress played the role of Ms Minifred in the adaptation based on the acclaimed novel by Patricia MacLachlan. In it, a couple find a baby on their doorstep alongside a note that asks them to care for the young child temporarily.

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After taking the baby in and caring for it as if it were their own, they start to worry what will happen if the child’s mother really does return to take the baby back.

Ann acted alongside co-stars Farrah Fawcett, Keith Carradine, Jean Stapleton and Alison Pill in the TV movie and joined the movie’s director, Robert Allen Ackerman, on the red carpet, where she wore her hair in a much lighter shade.

Within the photographs, she looks worlds away from her Gilead character’s appearance.

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Some of Ann’s other most notable roles over her career include movies such as Compliance and Mass, for which she won a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for a British Academy Film Award and a Critics’ Choice Award, respectively.

She’s also starred in movies including 2004’s The Manchurian Candidate, Marley & Me, Hereditary and Philadelphia.

Ann was a series regular on HBO’s The Leftovers, where she played Patti Levin, which saw her nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

You may have seen her in shows Masters Of Sex, Olive Kitteridge, Freaks and Geeks and Good Behaviour too.

Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale may have some time to wait for the sixth and final season of the hit dystopian show.

This is due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes which have caused production to come to a halt. So, it looks as though it will be at least 2024 before new episodes are set to air.

The Handmaid’s Tale is available to stream on both Channel 4 and Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Hulu in the US.

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