Orange Is The New Black's Red actress Kate Mulgrew is unrecognisable nine years on from Netflix debut

REMEMBER Galina "Red" Reznikov from Orange Is The New Black? Well the actress behind the Russian inmate now looks completely different. 

Kate Mulgrew portrayed flame-haired prison masterchef Red in 85 episodes of the hit Netflix series between 2013 and 2019. 

The 66-year-old recently took to Instagram to treat her 260,000 followers to a glam snap alongside actress Mary McDonnell at last year’s New York Comic Con. 

In the photo, she appeared in a simple black top and pendant necklace as unrecognisable blonde locks tumbled over her shoulders, while Mary wore an elegant tan blazer and stylish tortoiseshell glasses.

Kate captioned the post with a subtle nod to her role as Kathryn Janeway in Startrek: Voyager and Mary’s as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica.

She wrote: “Feeling powerful with fellow leader Mary McDonnell in my corner! We make a good intergalactic team, don’t you think?” 

In the comments, fans were full of praise for both stars, with many immediately cracking the science fiction reference.

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“Two powerful women of sci-fi!”, one wrote. 

A second added: “The president and the Admiral from two of my favorite shows. Ain't that some s***! Excuse my Texas vernacular”.

“This is all I’ve ever wanted”, a third commented. 

While a fourth simply said: “Iconic”. 

The pic comes the year after Kate appeared on Mary’s Lady Bam Podcast, where the pair sat down to talk about Kate’s new book, How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir.

The duo also discussed their mutual experiences growing up in Irish-American households, as well as Kate’s New York play, The Half-Life of Marie Curie. 

In another nod to their sci-fi characters, the host joked in the episode’s synopsis: “A starship captain and the president of the universe walk into a bar… well, almost!” 

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