Madam Secretary cast

Téa Leoni

Téa Leoni

as Elizabeth McCord

Born in New York City, Téa Leoni became interested in acting through the influence of her grandmother, a former Broadway actress. Nicknamed Sarah Bernhardt because of her melodramatic tendencies, Leoni didn’t pursue her craft immediately. Instead, she studied anthropology and psychology at Sarah Lawrence and then took time off from school to travel, living in Tokyo, Italy and St. Croix. Upon her return to New York, she went on her first audition.

She has appeared in many feature films, including “Tower Heist,” “Ghost Town,” “You Kill Me,” “Fun with Dick and Jane,” “Flirting with Disaster,” “Deep Impact,” “The Smell of Success,” “House of D,” “Spanglish,” “People I Know,” “Hollywood Ending,” “Jurassic Park III” and “The Family Man,” among others.

On television, she is well-known for her critically acclaimed role in the situation comedy “The Naked Truth,” which aired for three seasons. She also starred in the series “Flying Blind.”

Since 2001, Leoni has been a UNICEF Ambassador and, since 2006, she has been a National Board Member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Leoni is the third generation of her family working with UNICEF. Her grandmother co-founded the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 1947 and served as its President for 25 years. She has been heavily involved in the organization, and her contributions were recognized in November 2007 when she and her father, Tony Pantaleoni, received the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award for their dedicated service.

Tim Daly

Tim Daly

as Henry McCord

After making his film debut in Barry Levinson’s “Diner,” Tim Daly went on to appear in many feature films including “Lowdown,” with John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, and Elle Fanning, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and of which he is a co-producer. Also, he starred in “Against the Ropes,” “Year of the Comet” and “Denise Calls Up,” among many others.

On the small screen, Daly starred in “The Fugitive,” on the Network, for which he earned a SAG Award nomination, and guest starred on HAWAII FIVE-0 and “Judging Amy,” also on the Network, “Almost Grown,” “Private Practice,” “Wings,” “The Nine,” “Eyes,” “The Mindy Project” and “The Sopranos,” for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination. Additionally, he appeared in several television miniseries and movies, including “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Storm of the Century” and “The Outsider.”

Behind the camera, Daly produced the documentary film “Poliwood,” directed by Barry Levinson. “Poliwood” presents an in-depth look at the 2008 Presidential election, blending footage from the Republican and Democratic conventions, as well as interviews with celebrities and key political figures. Daly’s association and work with “Poliwood” stems from his long involvement with The Creative Coalition, for which he has served as president for the past six years. The Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan, social and political advocacy organization in which members of the entertainment community promote issues of public importance, specifically in the areas of First Amendment rights, arts advocacy and public education.

Daly studied theatre and literature at Bennington College.

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

as Nadine Tolliver

Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth was born December 31, 1959 in the ironbound city of Newark, New Jersey. Bebe grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and was an independent child who loved to dance. After high school, Bebe entered The Julliard School (as did her filmic husband-to-be, Kelsey Grammer!) and studied modern dance from 1976-77. Shortly after she began her studies, she was cast in Broadway's A Chorus Line and left school. Bebe went on to perform in more Broadway musicals, including West Side Story. In 1986, she was cast in Sweet Charity, for which she won her first Tony. That same year she was cast in her first significant television role-the fiercely intellectual fire-and-ice woman Dr.Lilith Sternin-Crane on NBC's CHEERS.

Bebe won two Emmys for her work on the show. During her time on Cheers, Bebe began to act in films. Credits include Say Anything (1989), Bugsy (1991) and Malice (1993).

Post-Cheers, she went on to make Jumanji (1995), Celebrity (1998), Summer of Sam (1999), Liberty Heights (1999), Tadpole (2002), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Le Divorce (2003) and The Big Bounce (2004). Bebe often reprised the role of Lilith on FRASIER, and continues to perform on Broadway. In 1996 she won the Tony for Best Actress in Chicago.

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

as Russell Jackson

Željko Ivanek is well known to audiences for his many film, stage and television roles including his Emmy Award-winning performance in the legal thriller “Damages,” and as a series regular in “The Event” and “The Mob Doctor.”

On television, he had recurring roles in the series “Banshee,” “Revolution,” “True Blood,” “Shark” and “24,” among others. He has guest-starred in “The Mentalist,” “Cold Case” and “CSI,” on the Network, “Lost,” “Bones,” “ER,” “Law & Order,” “Frasier,” “The West Wing,” “N.Y.P.D. Blue” and “The X-Files.” Additionally, he appeared in many television mini-series, including “The Reagans,” “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal,” on the Network, “John Adams,” “Dash and Lilly,” “The Rat Pack,” “Truman,” “Our Sons,” “Echoes in the Darkness” and “American Playhouse.”

On Broadway, Ivanek received Tony Award nominations for his roles in “The Caine Mutiny Court-martial,” “Two Shakespearean Actors” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” His additional Broadway credits include “The Pillowman,” “The Glass Menagerie” and “Loot.” Off-Broadway, he appeared in “A Map of the World,” “Cloud 9,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “It’s Only a Play,” “Hamlet,” “bash,” at the Almeida in London, and “Master Harold… and the Boys,” at the Yale Repertory, in which he originated the role of Hally.

On the big screen, Ivanek starred in “Argo,” “In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “Tower Heist,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “The Hoax,” “Manderlay,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Dogville,” “Unfaithful,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Hannibal,” “Dancer in the Dark,” “A Civil Action,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Infinity,” “Courage Under Fire,” “White Squall,” “School Ties” and “Mass Appeal.”

Ivanek was born and raised in the former Yugoslavia, in Ljubljana, the capital of what is now Slovenia. Currently, he resides in New York City. He is a graduate of Yale University and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His birthday is August 15.

Keith Carradine

Keith Carradine

as President Conrad

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