The Handler is the head of the Commission and Five’s former boss. The Handler is also Lila’s adopted mother, as she used the Commission to kill her parents and claim Lila for herself. Walsh makes a speaking-only cameo in season 3 episode 7.
Which actress plays The Handler role?
The Handler was a high ranking member of the Temps Commission and is the main antagonist of Season 2. She was frequently seen dealing personally with matters concerning Number Five and the apocalypse, despite not being the case leader. (See more)
54 years old American actress Kate Walsh portrays as The Handler in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy series. She is also known for her roles as Rebecca Wright on the short-lived NBC sitcom Bad Judge (2014–2015), and Olivia Baker on 13 Reasons Why (2017–2019).
Who is Kate Walsh?
Walsh was born in San Jose, California, the daughter of Angela and Joseph Patrick Walsh Sr. She grew up in a Catholic household in Tucson, Arizona. Her mother is of Italian descent, and her father was Irish, from Navan in County Meath.
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Walsh graduated from Catalina Magnet High School and studied acting at the University of Arizona before dropping out. Walsh moved to New York City and joined a comedy troupe, Burn Manhattan, supporting herself by waitressing.
Walsh worked at fast-food outlets before modeling and teaching English in Japan in the 1980s. Later, she moved to Chicago and worked with the Piven Theatre Workshop.