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Jake McDorman

Jake McDorman

as Brian Finch

Jake McDorman moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to begin his professional acting career and would go on to amass a number of diverse television and film credits. 

McDorman is well known to television audiences for his role as Evan Chambers on the television series Greek. Most recently, he appeared as a series regular in Manhattan Love Story. His additional television credits include Shameless, opposite Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy, and Are You There Chelsea? with Chelsea Handler and Laura Prepon. 

In feature films, McDorman co-starred in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper as Navy SEAL Ryan "Biggles" Job, opposite Academy Award nominee and Limitless Executive Producer Bradley Cooper. Also, he played a supporting role in Live Free or Die Hard opposite Bruce Willis. 

McDorman hails from Dallas, Texas, where he studied acting at the Dallas Young Actors Studio. Currently, he splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City. 

In his free time, McDorman is an avid video gamer and proud cat owner to one feline, named Boo. His birthday is July 8. Follow him on Twitter @JakeMcDorman and on Instagram @jake_mcdorman.
Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer Carpenter

as Agent Rebecca Harris

Carpenter is best known to audiences for her lead role in Showtime's critically acclaimed and Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award-nominated series, Dexter, as the title character’s ambitious sister, Debra Morgan. 

Carpenter's breakout role was in the sleeper hit film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Sheearned rave reviews for her chilling performance and received the 2006 MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance, along with a Hollywood Life Breakthrough Award. She went on to star in another successful horror film, the 2008 Sony remake Quarantine. The film was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Horror/Thriller.

Carpenter’s additional film credits include The Occult, Ex-Girlfriends, The Factory opposite John Cusack, Gone, alongside Amanda Seyfried, Stuart Townsend’s Battle In Seattle, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival; Hungry Rabbit Jumps, Dog Problem, Lethal Eviction, the Wayans’ Brothers’ White Chicks, D.E.B.S., Solos, Revolution, Nice Guys Sleep Alone and Queen B. 

On stage, Carpenter has starred in numerous Broadway productions, including Scott Ellis’ Gruesome Playground Injuries and The Crucible, opposite Laura Linney and Liam Neeson. Her additional theater credits include Everett Beekin off Broadway, Orphan of Zhao at Lincoln Center, the Actors Theater productions of Trudy Blue, Julie Johnson, Jekyll & Hyde and Sherlock Holmes; and Lucy and the Conquest for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

When not filming, Carpenter lends her time to a variety of charitable organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Music & Memory, USAgainstAlzheimer’s and 3 Little Birds 4 Life. Carpenter was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, she resides in North Carolina. She studied acting at the world renowned The Juilliard School in New York City. Her birthday is December 7. Follow her on Twitter @J2thecarpenter.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

as SAC Nasreen Pouran

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is an Academy Award-nominated actress of the stage and screen. She first came to audience attention for her role as Al Pacino's sister in Brian DePalma's Scarface. Also, she is well known for her Oscar nominated role as Carmen in Martin Scorcese's The Color of Money. Her additional film credits include The Abyss, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Perfect Storm.

Mastrantonio has appeared on television in a number of notable roles. Most recently, she developed a cult fan following for her portrayal of Kelly Burkhardt in the series Grimm. Additionally, she has appeared on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Hostages and Without a Trace. 

A veteran of the stage, Mastrantonio has amassed several distinguished theater credits, most recently in A View from the Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. She has appeared on Broadway in a variety of musicals, including West Side Story, Copperfield, The Human Comedy and the 2002 revival of Man of La Mancha, in which her portrayal of Aldonza/Dulcinea opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell earned her Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations in the Best Actress in a Musical categories. 

Also, she has appeared in New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night, and starred in Grand Hotel at the Donmar Warehouse in London’s West End. 

Mastrantonio is a native of Oak Park, Illinois, where she attended high school with actor Dan Castellaneta and comedienne, Kathy Griffin. When not acting, she is a mental health advocate. Her birthday is November 7. (image via Getty)
Hill Harper

Hill Harper

as Agent Spellman Boyle

Hill Harper is a humanitarian, actor, author, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist. He is perhaps most recognizable for his starring role in the hit television drama CSI: NY, where he played eccentric Dr. Sheldon Hawkes from 2004 – 2013. For that role, Harper received three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Prior to CSI: NY, Harper co-starred on The Handler and the mini-series Mama Flora's Family with Cicely Tyson, both on the Network. For his role in The Handler, Harper received a 2004 Golden Satellite Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. 

Most recently, Harper starred on television in USA Network’s Covert Affairs as CIA station chief Calder Michaels. Harper made his television debut in 1993 with a recurring role on the series Married...with Children. He went on to appear in a number of other television projects, including, the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series The Lackawanna Blues, andon Showtime’s Soul Food, as a survivor living with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, he has guest starred on The Sopranos, ER, NYPD Blue, Murder One and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Also, he is the producer of several television documentaries. 

In 1996, Spike Lee hired Harper for his major feature film debut, Get on the Bus, in which he played a UCLA film student filming a bus trip to the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. He continued to demonstrate his versatility on screen in the 90’s films He Got Game and Hav Plenty. Most recently, he starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the film The Boy Next Door. In December, he will appear in the American sports drama film Concussion, alongside Will Smith and Alec Baldwin. 

Harper was awarded the Best Actor prize at the First Time Fest for his starring role in “1982,” which debuted at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. His other film credits include Oprah Winfrey's "Beloved,” “Loving Jezebel,” "The Skulls,” “The Visit,” “The Nephew,” “In Too Deep,” “Zooman” and Showtime's “One Red Rose,” which he also co-wrote. Harper is the writer of two short films and made his directorial debut with the short film “The Truth,” a 2012 Pan African Festival Award winner. 

Harper has authored four New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation and The Wealth Cure, which chronicled his diagnosis of thyroid cancer and his journey to health. Letters to a Young Brother won several awards and was named Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association in 2007. Harper’s latest book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother, was published in 2013. To date, his collective writing and acting work has been recognized with seven NAACP Image Awards. 

In an effort to stop the high school drop-out rate of underserved youth, Harper created the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation. The organization is dedicated to empowering, encouraging and inspiring youth to succeed through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs. 

In 2012, Harper’s Harvard classmate President Barack Obama appointed him to the position of Member, President’s Cancer Panel – a key Administration post seeking to combat cancer and its devastating effects. 

Harper was born in Iowa City, IA, the son of two doctors. His father is a psychiatrist and his mother is an anesthesiologist. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a J.D., and graduated with honors from the Kennedy School of Government with a master’s degree in Public Administration. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Howard University, Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College, Dillard University and Tougaloo College. 

During Harper’s time at Harvard, he was a full-time member of Boston's Black Folks Theater Company, one of the oldest and most acclaimed African-American theater troupes in the country. 

In 2014, People named Harper one of their Sexiest Men Alive. His birthday is May 17. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @hillharper
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