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Phylicia Rashad Joins ‘This Is Us’ As Susan Kelechi Watson’s Beth’s Mother

Her character will debut in an episode that will focus on the backstory of Beth.

Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will guest-star on NBC’s This Is Us Season 3 as the mother of Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson).

Her character, Carol, will debut in a Season 3 episode that will focus on the backstory of Beth. On the hour-long episode that will center Beth entirely, Watson told TV Line,

“We have a really great new writer Eboni Freeman, [who is] the main writer on it, and some of it is her story, very personal to her. They found a way to create this really beautiful backstory, and a beginning of a resolution of Beth starting to get back on her footing again. And then we have some amazing surprises in it. It’s going to be a really powerful episode.”

Rashad, best known for her role as the loving mother Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, was recently seen on the big screen in Creed II. She will also star in the upcoming Michael B. Jordan–exec produced OWN series, David Makes Man. She also has a recurring role on Empire as Diana DuBois.

This Is Us is a refreshingly honest and provocative series that follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. This Is Us is a smart, modern series that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.

The cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Michael Angarano, and Ron Cephas Jones.

This Is Us Season 3 explores Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) courtship and more heartbreaking journeys for some of the Pearsons.

Dan Fogelman serves as writer and executive producer with Don Todd. Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak and directors Ken Olin, John Requa, and Glenn Ficarra also executive produce. This Is Us is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

This Is Us returns Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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