FIRST LADY ALEX KIRKMAN (Natascha McElhone)
The main woman. Much like her husband Tom, Alex is thrust very quickly into a role she never expected: First Lady of the United States. A human rights lawyer, Alex is as liberal and morally motivated as her husband the President, always seeking an opportunity to provide a listening ear and ethical compass for her husband, while attempting to use her position to do good for the country.
Alex faces personal difficulty via her children at several points across the first season, when son Leo first faces the ignominy of a drug-pushing charge, while later his paternity is questioned after revelations from her imprisoned ex-boyfriend. Alex seems likely to serve as President Kirkman’s rock going forward.