Who plays Shannon in Painkiller? (Everything to know about West Duchovny)

Painkiller. West Duchovny as Shannon Shaeffer in episode 103 of Painkiller. Cr. Keri Anderson/Netflix © 2023
Painkiller. West Duchovny as Shannon Shaeffer in episode 103 of Painkiller. Cr. Keri Anderson/Netflix © 2023 /
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Up-and-coming actress West Duchovny is one of several talented stars in Netflix’s new limited series Painkiller, a fictionalized retelling of how Purdue Pharma produced OxyContin and contributed to the opioid crisis.

West plays the character Shannon Schaeffer, a former college athlete Britt Hufford (Dina Shihabi) recruits to become a sales representative for Purdue Pharma and convince doctors to prescribe more of the company’s blockbuster drug, OxyContin.

Even though OxyContin sales reps were a real thing, the character of Shannon is fictional and not based on a real person. Shihabi’s character is also fictitious. But several characters in the show depict fictionalized versions of real people, like Matthew Broderick, who plays the show’s version of Purdue’s former chairman and president, Richard Sackler. MCU star Clark Gregg also stars as Richard’s uncle, the late Arthur Sackler.

The new series investigates Purdue Pharma’s role in America’s opioid crisis. Here’s everything you need to know about actress West Duchovny!

How old is West Duchovny?

West Duchovny is currently 24 years old. She was born in Los Angeles, California, on April 24, 1999.

How tall is West Duchovny?

The 24-year-old stands at approximately 5 feet 6 inches.

David Duchovny and West Duchovny. Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival.
David Duchovny and West Duchovny. Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival. /

Is West Duchovny related to David Duchovny?

Yes, West Duchovny is David Duchovny’s daughter with actress Téa Leoni.

West Duchovny movies and shows

Painkiller is one of West’s biggest shows to date, but before the Netflix limited series, she also had a lead role in the Hulu show Saint X, based on the novel of the same name by Alexis Schaitkin. Prior to that, West starred in a few episodes of The Magicians and movies like Linoelum, The Report, and A Mouthful of Air. When she was younger, she was also in a season 11 episode of her dad’s hit show, The X-Files.

West Duchovny’s Instagram

You can follow the Painkiller actress on Instagram @westduchovny. She currently has over 26.2k followers and regularly posts updates about her life, including stunning photographs from photoshoots and sneak peeks at her latest projects.

Don’t miss seeing West Duchovny starring in the new Netflix series Painkiller, streaming now.

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