Drew Barrymore comes to television on Feb. 3 with “Santa Clarita Diet,” a 13-part comedy series made for Netflix. She portrays Sheila Hammond, a southern California real estate salesperson. Timothy Olyphant portrays her husband, Joel, and Liv Hewson is their teen-aged daughter, Abby. As is often the case, Netflix is being sketchy about the plot, other than to state that Sheila has a change in life leading to death and destruction “but in a good way.” Barrymore and Olyphant are among the series’ executive producers.

Lifelong star

Barrymore has been a film star since the age of seven, when she had a prominent role in 1982 as Gertie in the movie “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” She had already been an actress for four years, appearing in such varied productions as “Suddenly, Love,” “Bogie,” and “Altered States.” She appeared on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” in which she notably spoke her lines accurately and on cue while some cast members stumbled over their words.

More successful movies followed, including “Firestarter” and “Irreconcilable Differences.”

Multiple awards

Barrymore has gone on to win more than 30 major fan and critics’ awards. Her most prestigious honor to date is her 2010 Golden Globe Awards trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, which she earned for her portrayal of Little Edie in “Grey Gardens.” Among her other popular movies are “Scream,” “Never Been Kissed,” the “Charlie’s Angels” series of movies with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, and “Ever After.”

Timothy Olyphant

Olyphant was nominated for a 2011 Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor In a Drama Series for “Justified.” The same year, he won a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series Drama, for the same series.

Other series in his credits are "Deadwood," "Damages," and "The Grinder." Hewson is best known for her role as Claire Duncan in the 2016 internet series “Dramaworld.” Earlier in her career, she was in the television series "I've Got No Legs."

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