TV 2020: Shira Haas, Unorthodox (Netflix)

Shira Haas, the 25-year-old Israeli star of Unorthodox, was unable to beat Watchmen star Regina King at the Emmys. But that does not change the status of her performance or that of the original Netflix series.

Haas excels in a breakout turn as an Orthodox Jew who flees her insular Brooklyn community for Berlin and finds her voice. It’s a role that lets Haas play her rich character as two different women, one a source of sympathy and concern, the other a beacon of hope and inspiration. She shows both precarious fragility and the joy of empowerment.