Who plays Shiv on 'Succession'? Get to know the actress behind the Roy daughter

The redhead looks awfully familiar, but who plays Shiv on 'Succession'? What to know about Sarah Snook

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Shiv on Succession stands out not only because she's the sole daughter in the powerful Roy family—those killer pantsuits are pretty memorable, too—but also because of the Golden Globe-winning actress who portrays her on the HBO hit. 

Meet Sarah Snook, an Australian actress who was already well-known back in her home country before becoming a breakout star stateside courtesy of Succession, a deliciously dark comedy whose third season premiered on Sunday, October 17.

Snook's Siobhan "Shiv" Roy "possesses natural leadership instincts, but would rather wield her talents in politics," reads HBO's character description, staying out of the family business to work for the campaign of a liberal politician. That is, however, until her media mogul father Logan Roy falls ill in season one, causing Shiv and her three brothers to rethink their ambitions and begin scheming and strategizing for dad's seat in his multi-billion-dollar global empire. 

But you already know Shiv—now it's time to get to know Sarah. 

Who plays Shiv on 'Succession'? 

Sarah Snook—rhymes with "kook," FYI—has played Siobhan "Shiv" Roy in all four seasons of HBO's Succession. She was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 2020 Emmy Awards and for Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2020 Critics Choice Awards for her performance as Shiv. 

Where is Sarah Snook from?

Sarah Snook was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Snook worked extensively on stage and screen in her native Australia before expanding to international projects. She splits time between New York City, where Succession films, and a home in Melbourne. 

Sarah Snook age: How old is she?

Born on December 1, 1987, the Aussie is currently 33 years old. She's a Sagittarius. 

Sarah Snook Instagram handle

Snook posts on Instagram under the verified handle @sarah_snook. Though the Shiv Roy actress hasn't updated the page since June 2021, Succession fans can still enjoy behind-the-scenes snaps that she's taken of her Waystar Royco cohorts. 

Sarah Snook husband: Is she married?

Eagle-eyed fans might have spotted the diamond ring on that finger during Succession's season three premiere at New York's Museum of Natural History on October 12. Yes, Sarah Snook is officially married, after keeping the nuptials a secret for a whole year. 

“At the beginning of the pandemic last year, I got locked down in Melbourne with one of my best mates and we fell in love,” she told Vogue Australia in an October 2021 interview. “We’ve been friends since 2014, lived together, traveled together, always excited to see each other, but totally platonic. We’ve just never been single at the same time.”

The lucky guy? Australian comedian Dave Lawson, who Snook revealed she proposed to in October of last year before marrying in a backyard ceremony at her Brooklyn home in February 2021, with Succession co-star Ash Zukerman playing witness to the nuptials. In lieu of a traditional white gown, the bride wore a vintage velvet Chloé coat and Blundstones, reports Vogue Australia. 

Sarah Snook baby: Does she have children?

Currently, no, Snook does not have any children nor has gone public with a pregnancy.

Sarah Snook height: How tall is she?

Snook stands at 5' 5" (1.65 m), 10 full inches shorter than her Succession hubby Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Tom Wambsgans on the HBO series. 

Shiv Roy outfits: The making of a style star

Thanks to that sleek bob haircut, those perfectly tailored high-waisted pants, and her signature turtlenecks, Snook's Shiv Roy has become one of TV's go-to style icons. Need proof? There are entire Instagram accounts dedicated to her lewks

Where else have you seen Sarah Snook?

Before Succession started, Snook garnered acclaim in Australia for her roles in films like Predestination and shows like Sisters of War. She's featured alongside Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker, Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs, Brie Larson in The Glass Castle, Seth Rogen in An American Pickle and Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman, and also appeared in the Netflix series Black Mirror. 

Season three of Succession airs Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT on HBO and HBO Max in the US, and on Monday nights at 9pm on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

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