The Politician drops on Netflix this month – but what’s it about and who’s in the cast with Gwyneth Paltrow?

The Politician drops on Netflix this month – but what’s it about and who’s in the cast with Gwyneth Paltrow?

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THE POLITICIAN premieres on Netflix this autumn and follows a wealthy Californian hell-bent on becoming the next President of the United States.

Starring Ben Platt and Gwyneth Paltrow, this eight-part series offers a satirical view on what it takes to become a member of the government. Here is what you need to know…

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The Politician hit Netflix in September 2019

What is Netflix’s The Politician about?

The Politician is a new comedy show, launching on Netflix, which focuses on wealthy student Payton Hobart (played by Ben Platt) from Santa Barbara, California.

Since he was seven-years-old he has wanted nothing else but to become the President of the United States of America.

But before he waltzes into the White House he has to first navigate the most treacherous political landscape: Saint Sebastian High School.

He must win over his fellow classmates to get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard and stay on his singular path to success.

Netflix promises the series is full of comedy and sly satire, offering a rare glimpse into what it takes to make it as a politician.

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The Politician is a new Netflix comedy series

When is The Politician released?

The Politician will launch Friday, September 27, 2019 on streaming giant Netflix and is written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.

All three are executive producers of the series, as is Alexis Martin Woodall, Ben Platt and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The show is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and consists of eight hour long episodes, filmed in Los Angeles and New York.

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The Politician was filmed in Los Angeles and New York

Who is in the cast of The Politician?

Ben Platt

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Ben Platt plays the lead role in The Politician

Ben is best known for his role as nerdy Benji in the hilarious comedy movies Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.

He takes on the lead part of Payton Hobart in the new Netflix series, two years after he appeared in Will & Grace.

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow stars in The Politician

Gwyneth needs no introduction as an Oscar-winning actress and daughter of producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner.

The Iron Man and Glee actress plays Georgina Hobart, the mother of the keen politician.

Jessica Lange

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Jessica Lange plays Dusty Jackson in The Politician

Jessica, who has a lengthy career in acting, was cast as the female lead in the 1976 King Kong and has had numerous roles over the year.

In The Politician she portrays Dusty Jackson but she has been a regular on the small screen since the late ‘70s.

Zoey Deutch

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Zoey Deutch takes of the role of Infinity Jackson  in The Politician
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Zoey has starred in everything from Everybody Wants Some to the 2017 flick Flower and Set It Up.

The young actress takes on the role of Infinity Jackson in Netflix’s The Politician after the release of her film Buffaloed.

Bob Balaban


Bob, who was born August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and is known for his work in TV and film.

He portrays Keaton Hobart in the eight-part series and has a new film, The French Dispatch, out in 2020.

David Corenswet

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David Corenswet plays River Barkley in The Politician

David has appeared in big TV shows such as House of Cards, Elementary and Instinct, as well as Bad Choice.

In The Politician he takes on the role of River Barkley but before that the short drama Michael and Clyde.

Lucy Boynton

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Lucy Boynton portrays  Astrid Sloan in The Politician
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Lucy famously starred in Bohemian Rhapsody and is currently dating her co-star Rami Malek.

The actress has also appeared in Murder on the Orient Express and plays Astrid Sloan in the Netflix comedy.

Julia Schlaepfer

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Julia Schlaepfer (centre) portrays Charlies Says in The Politician

Julia’s TV credentials at present are limited but she has appeared in the TV series Instinct and Madam Secretary.

Her other roles include a part in Charlies Says, however, her most recent work is in The Politician as Alice Charles.

Laura Dreyfuss

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Laura Dreyfuss (second right) takes on the role of McAfee in The Politician

Laura played Madison McCarthy in the all singing, all dancing TV series Glee and has also appeared in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Three years before landing the roles as McAfee in The Politician she appeared on the Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Theo Germaine


Theo is still fairly new to the acting game and only has a few jobs under her belt, including The Politician.

He has starred in Adam, Artificial Intelligence, Latte Feeling and Work in Progress but plays James in the Netflix comedy.

Rahne Jones

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Rahne Jones (left) plays Skye Leighton in The Politician

For Rahne The Politician is her first major TV role and in this new series she portrays Skye Leighton.

Back in June she revealed she had proposed to her girlfriend, Bridget via Instagram and regularly updates her account.

Benjamin Barrett


Benjamin is an actor and writer, who starred in The Night Stalker and Master of Inventions.

His other roles include Spoonful, The Escorts, Tic, as well as Reading to Jack and in The Politician he plays Ricardo.

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