Viewers will remember her as Adriana, the pushy fiancée of Tony Soprano's protégé Christopher in The Sopranos.
Now Drea de Matteo is moving into Wisteria Lane, joining Desperate Housewives as an Italian matriarch whose husband is a landscape designer.
She has, no doubt, been drafted in to fill the void left by the departure of Nicollette Sheridan, whose man-eating character Edie was killed off.
The 37-year-old Italian-American actress also played Matt LeBlanc's sister in the Friends spin-off Joey.
Drea recently got engaged to country music singer Shooter Jennings. The couple have a young daughter.