The Blacklist cast

James Spader

James Spader

as Raymond "Red" Reddington

James Spader stars as Raymond "Red" Reddington on the action thriller The Blacklist. Ex-government agent Reddington is one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives, who has brokered shadowy deals for criminals across the globe. Known as "The Concierge of Crime," Reddington has mysteriously surrendered to the FBI, offering to help catch high-profile terrorists - but on the condition that he only speaks with rookie profiler Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone).

Some of Spader's credits include Steven Soderbergh's Sex, lies and videotape, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival; David Cronenberg'sCrash, which received the Special Jury Prize at Cannes; and Steven Shainberg's Secretary, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature. His other film credits include 2 Days in the ValleyWolf and Less Than Zero. He starred in David Mamet's Broadway play Race in 2010. Spader starred in Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks feature Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis last year, while also starring on the hit comedy The Office. Most recently, Spader shot the feature film The Homesman, starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed).

From 2004-2008, Spader won three Emmy Awards for his seminal role as shameless attorney Alan Shore on The Practice and Boston Legal, making him the only actor to win consecutive Emmys playing the same character on two different series.

Spader currently resides in Los Angeles.

Megan Boone

Megan Boone

as Elizabeth Keen

Megan Boone stars as rookie FBI agent Elizabeth Keene on the high-action government crime thriller The Blacklist.

Boone made her feature film debut in the Lionsgate cult hitMy Bloody Valentine, directed by Patrick Lussier. Boone also played a supporting role in HBO Films' Sex and the City 2, starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth and Cynthia Nixon. Boone has also starred in numerous independent films, including Stephen Elliott's About Cherry, opposite James Franco, Heather Graham and Dev Patel, as well as Adele Romanski's deconstruction of a relationship drama Leave Me Like You Found Me, for which she won the Best Actor award at the 2012 Gen Art Film Festival. She will next be seen in the Universal ensemble comedy Welcome to the Jungle, alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kristen Schaal, Rob Huebel and Adam Brody.

On television, Boone played the role of Junior Deputy District Attorney Lauren Stanton on the television seriesLaw & Order: LA.

Diego Klattenhoff

Diego Klattenhoff

as Donald Ressler

Diego Klattenhoff stars as FBI agent Donald Ressler on the high-action government crime thriller The Blacklist.

With distinguished roles in a variety of projects, Klattenhoff currently appears as a series regular on the Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series Homeland as Major Mike Faber, best friend to Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis).

Klattenhoff's big break came when he was cast to play Shane Oman in the cult classic movie Mean Girls, where he had a chance to work with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lindsay Lohan. Since then, Klattenhoff has consistently worked on major films, including The Dry LandLucky Number Slevin" and The Informers. Klattenhoff can be seen in the sci-fi thriller Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is set in a world where soldiers piloting giant robots battle against monsters that have mysteriously risen from five miles beneath the ocean.

On the small screen, in addition to Homeland, Klattenhoff has had memorable guest and recurring character appearances in series like Men in Trees with Anne HecheERMercy and Falling Skies. He has had the opportunity to work with Tom Welling in Smallville and Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in Supernatural. Additionally, he had the opportunity to meet Michael Klick, producer of Homeland, while working on the set of 24 alongside Jon Voight.

Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix

as Harold Cooper

Harry Lennix stars as FBI head Harry Cooper in the action-thriller The Blacklist.

Lennix is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who appears in the Warner Bros. feature Man of Steel. Other recent credits include Emily Owens, M.D.Dollhouseand Little Britain, as well as the critically acclaimed series24.

Lennix made his Broadway debut in August Wilson's Tony-nominated play Radio Golf. He was seen on the big screen in Working Title's State of Play. In 2006, Lennix starred in the Golden Globe-nominated the show Commander in Chiefas Jim Gardner, Chief of Staff to the POTUS. His other appearances include the Oscar-winning film RayThe Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. Lennix received critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as Aaron in Julie Taymor's Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins. A host of other film credits include Across the Universe,Barbershop 2 and Love and Basketball. Lennix starred as the legendary Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in Showtime's Keep the Faith, Baby for which he won a Black Reel Award and was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Satellite Award. He continued to make his presence known with recurring roles on ER and "Diagnosis Murder" and guest-starring appearances on shows such as Law & Order: Los Angeles.

Lennix has directed and appeared in stage productions across the country, including the Northlight Theater Company's production of Permanent Collection at the Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles, which, under his directing consultation, was remounted at Los Angeles' Kirk Douglas Theater. He directed the stage version of Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, which received three NAACP Theater Award nominations, and The Glass Menagerie for the Steppenwolf Theater Company. As a stage actor, Lennix was the first distinguished recipient of an Ollie Award for his portrayal of Malcolm X at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and two Joseph Jefferson Citations for his roles in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom andCaught in the Act. He starred in the title role of August Wilson's King Hedley II at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production ofCymbeline.

Lennix has also been extremely active in his native Chicago community where he was an English and music teacher before becoming an actor. He founded Legacy Productions with renowned director Chuck Smith in 1989. The company is dedicated to promoting significant works about the African American experience. He is on the staff of the Goodman Theater. He is also active in various civic groups and is on the Advisory Council for his alma mater, Northwestern University.

Hisham Tawfiq

Hisham Tawfiq

as Dembe

From IMBD: Hailing from Harlemworld, New York - A Force to be reckoned with. Hisham discovered his passion for the arts while performing the poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, in a high school English class. Hisham studied at the world renowned Negro Ensemble Theatre Company, which has brought forth such notable actors as Denzel Washington, Ossie Davis, and Phylicia Rashad. He also studied with acting coach Susan Batson, who is known for coaching actors such as Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, and more recently Mary T. Boyer. Hisham says, "As an actor, just like a human being, evolution and education is infinite." Throughout his career, Hisham continues to call on his life experiences and training to inform his choices as an actor and an artist, be it as a Marine in Desert Storm, corrections officer in Sing Sing or as one of New York's bravest firefighters. Hisham recently snagged a series regular role on BET's groundbreaking 1 hour drama, "Gun Hill" starring Larenz Tate, Tawny Cypress, and Aisha Hinds. As Capt. Sanford, Hisham commands a counter-crime task force. Hisham has also starred in the FX drama "Lights Out," NBC dramas "Law & Order SVU," "Law & Order Criminal Intent," "Kings" and "The Guiding Light." Most recently, Hisham has won over audiences as James Spader's Raymond Reddington's right hand man, Dembe, on NBC's hit "The Blacklist." Hisham Tawfiq is going from Harlem to Hollywood.

 

Amir Arison

Amir Arison

as Aram Mojtabai

From IMBD: Amir Arison was born on March 24, 1978 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an actor, known for The Visitor, I Hate Valentine's Day and The Blacklist.

 

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