Riann Steele Is Looking to Make American Television Breakthrough from Alien Sci-Fi Drama ‘Debris’
After working on nearly 30 acting projects, British American actress Riann Steele will be finally appearing in her first regular role in American television with NBC’s alien sci-fi drama series Debris, which is set to premiere on Monday, March 1, 2021.
Moreover, the actress was finalized to play the female lead opposite actor Jonathan Tucker in February 2020.
Her character Finola Jones, an MI6 agent, is assigned to work together with CIA operative Bryan Beneventi (played by Tucker) to investigate the happenings of an alien spacecraft that crash-landed across the Western Hemisphere.
Riann Steele and Jonathan Tucker from the series Debris. (Photo: Instagram)
And as they investigate the case, they realize that the debris left by the alien spacecraft is messing with the laws of physics, leading to unexplainable changes in human lives. The series' synopsis on IMDb reads:
A pair of agents work together to investigate an alien spacecraft that is causing mysterious effects on people.
On the cusp of her American television breakthrough, the actress spoke with the ET Online outlet to talk about the show and what the series has in offer.
Steele explained that her character Jones and Beneventi are “confronting the unknown with the known,” and they “get to live in the possibilities of what things might be like if there was such a thing [aliens].”
She further discussed the "similarities" within the sci-fi genre and the show’s comparisons to The X-Files. But she hinted that the show does have something unique for the audiences. Relating to that, she said:
And so, I think they share similarities in that way, but I do feel like our show [is different because of] where we're going, because it is so grounded in the relationships and with connection to each other, which I think is so timely for now.
In another interview with FabTV, NCIS: New Orleans star shared what she loved about the show. She expressed that she could identify herself to the show and her character, as she would also look up towards the stars curiously while growing up, just like her show’s character Jones.
The Arts Educational Schools, London graduate has been a familiar face for a long time, working in various movies and TV shows.
The actress’s initial acting stint dates to the late 2000s when she appeared in Royal Shakespeare Company productions’ plays, including Hamlet alongside David Tennant and Patrick Stewart.
In 2010, she made her movie debut with the comedy-drama movie Treacle Jr. opposite actor Aiden Gillen. Following that, she appeared in prominent movies and TV shows such as Holby City, 300, Crazyhead, NCIS: New Orleans, The Magicians, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.