ABC's "Revenge" star Ashley Madekwe as Ashley Davenport

*Today, ABC blessed fans of its soapy drama series “Revenge” with a 10-minute clip from its Jan. 4 return.  [Scroll down to watch.]

EURweb caught up with the show’s lone person of color Ashley Madekwe, who plays party planner and social climber Ashley Davenport – assistant to the powerful Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) and best friend of lead character Emily/Amanda (Emily VanCamp).

BTW: Emily/Amanda has two names because she was born Amanda, but changed her identity in order to return to her hometown as a grown woman (known as “Emily”) and seek revenge against the folks who betrayed her father.

"Revenge" cast, from left: Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Emily VanCamp, Ashley Madekwe, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann and Connor Paolo

London-born Madekwe, whose character has just schemed her way into a promotion under Victoria, will likely have a bigger hand in the betrayals and shenanigans set in motion for the show’s final stretch of the first season — as she has also aligned herself somewhat with a hustler looking to bilk the Graysons.

In the audio below, Madekwe opens up about her Nigerian-Swiss background.  Check out her top-rated fashion blog here, and scroll down to watch Madekwe in the first 10 minutes of the next “Revenge” episode, “Duress,” premiering Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m.

Revenge star Ashley Madekwe on her racial background by CherieNic