Irina Derevko, aka Laura Bristow, (Lena Olin) was the mother of the central character, Sydney Bristow Jennifer Garner), and a main character during the second season of Alias.
Irina Derevko was a long-term spy for the Soviet Union, recruited at the age of eighteen. She was assigned to gain the trust of CIA agent Jack Bristow in order to get information from him; they married and had a child, Sydney. Not long afterwards she disappeared, apparently having been killed in a car accident. At the end of the first season of Alias, Sydney discovered that her mother was alive and well and was actually the leader of a criminal organization. Irina turned herself in to the CIA early in season two and was used as a source to help bring down SD-6, and also assisted with other important missions before escaping. Later it was revealed that Irina was involved in Prophet Five, an Illuminati-like organization. She died in the series finmale – falling through a skylight to her death.
Being a CIA prisoner Irina did not get out and about much during season two but in the two-part episode ‘Passage’ Sydney, Jack and Irina (Lena Olin) had to put aside their differences and go undercover as a loving family in order to seize six nuclear warheads from an unfriendly nation; they had to adopt Indian disguise to escape when things went pear-shaped.
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