Dr. Dylan Reinhart
Alan Cumming is an accomplished performer whose seven seasons of work as Eli Gold on The Good Wife, earned numerous accolades, including Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award, and Critics Circle Award nominations. His additional television credits include Sex and the City, Frasier, The L Word, Web Therapy, and Tin Man. Also, he is the host of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery, he wrote and starred in the British sitcom The High Life, and he appeared in several films for the BBC.
Cumming made his professional acting debut in Michael Boyd’s production of Macbeth at the Glasgow’s Tron Theater in 1985. He went on to work extensively in the Scottish theater before his West End debut in Conquest of the South Pole earned him his first Olivier Award nomination. He has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played Romeo for the Royal National Theatre Studio and earned further Olivier Award nominations for La Bete and Cabaret. His career-defining Hamlet for the English Touring Theatre earned him critical acclaim, a TMA Best Actor award, and a Shakespeare Globe nomination. He won an Olivier Award for Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the Royal National Theatre. In 2006 he returned to the West End in Martin Sherman’s Bent, and in 2007 he appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Bacchae.
In 1998 Cumming made his Broadway debut when Cabaret transferred to New York, winning him a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, New York Press Award, and FANY Award. He went on to appear on Broadway in Design for Living, The Threepenny Opera, and Macbeth. Off-Broadway, he appeared as the Pope in Jean Genet’s Elle, which he also adapted, and as Trigorin in The Seagull opposite Dianne Wiest. From 2014-2015, he returned to Studio 54 and Cabaret once more, recreating his performance opposite the Sally Bowles of Michelle Williams, Emma Stone, and Sienna Miller.
Cumming’s wide-ranging film career has seen him work with everyone from Stanley Kubrick to the Spice Girls and make appearances in the X-Men, Spy Kids, Flintstones, and The Smurfs franchises, as well as roles in the independent films Sweet Land, Titus, The Tempest, and Any Day Now, among others. He appeared in Battle of the Sexes, opposite Emma Stone and Steve Carrell, and starred in After Louie. Along with Jennifer Jason Leigh, he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in The Anniversary Party, which earned a National Board of Review Award and two Independent Spirit Award nominations.
Cumming performs regularly in concert and has performed with Liza Minnelli at New York’s Town Hall in addition to appearances at the Sydney Opera House, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and London’s Vaudeville Theatre. In 2015 he premiered his cabaret show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at the legendary Cafe Carlyle in New York. The show has since toured all over America, Canada, Australia, and England and was the hit of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival. The show was filmed for a PBS special, and a live album of the same name was released in February 2016, to coincide with his sold-out debut at NYC’s Carnegie Hall.
As an author, Cumming made his debut with the novel Tommy’s Tale, and in 2014 he released a memoir Not My Father’s Son, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller, and was the recipient of the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Award, two Audible awards, an Audie Award, and a Lambda Literary Award nomination. In 2016 Rizzoli published his book of stories and photographs, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, and in 2017 published a children’s picture book created with his illustrator husband, Grant Shaffer, The Adventures of Honey and Leon.
For his humanitarian work, particularly in the field of LGBT rights and equality, Cumming has been honored by the Human Rights Commission, GLAAD, The Trevor Project, and The Matthew Shepard Foundation, among many others. From his homeland, he was honored with both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards and was made an Order of the British Empire in the 2009 Queen’s Honors List.
Cumming was born in Aberfeldy, Scotland. His birthday is Jan. 27. Follow him on Twitter at @AlanCumming.
Det. Lizzie Needham
Serbian native Bojana Novakovic’s television credits include Westworld, Shameless, and Rake. She received the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award in 2004 for her role in the miniseries Marking Time.
Novakovic’s feature film credits include the upcoming sci-fi film Beyond Skyline, as well as The Hallow, The Little Death, Generation Um, Burning Man, Devil, Drag me to Hell, and Edge of Darkness. She is editing her first documentary, The Forbidden Aunt, which she directed and shot.
Between projects, she stars in a show she created called The Blind Date Project, in which she has a surprise guest each week that takes her on an unscripted and unrehearsed “blind date.” The show has had runs in Edinburgh, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, and New York.
Novakovic trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Australia and has had starring roles with all of Australia’s major theatre companies, including The Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, and the Bell Shakespeare Company. Also, she ran her own independent theater company, Ride On Theatre, from 2003 to 2013, for which she wrote, directed, and starred in numerous productions and earned numerous theatre award nominations.
Currently, Novakovic lives and works in Los Angeles. She is a professional photographer who has had two solo shows in Los Angeles. Her hobbies include motorcycle riding and training in Muay Thai. She is involved with B Project/Seven Summit Women Nepal, a project she started with the Seven Summit Women to rebuild schools and get kids off the streets in the district of Sindhupalchok, Nepal.
Her birthday is July 12. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @bojnovak.
Lt. Jasmine Gooden
Sharon Leal received international attention for her role in the Golden Globe Award-winning film Dreamgirls, portraying Michelle Morris, the singer who replaced Effie White (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson) in the female trio The Dreams.
Leal recurs on the television series Supergirl and has had series regular roles on Hellcats, Recovery Road, and Boston Public. Also, she has appeared in Person of Interest, CSI: Miami, Suits, Perception, Grimm, and Private Practice.
Recently, Leal wrapped back-to-back feature films: a starring role opposite Noah Wylie in the independent drama Shot, and the Netflix film Amateur, alongside Josh Charles. She co-starred in the two ensemble films; the #1 box office hit Why Did I Get Married?, with Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, and Jill Scott, and the holiday feature This Christmas, alongside Idris Elba, Regina King, and Chris Brown. Her additional feature film credits include Soul Men, Why Did I Get Married Too?, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, Freedom, 1982, and Addicted.
Leal’s professional career began in regional theater productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Into the Woods, and Little Shop of Horrors. Soon thereafter, she moved to New York and landed roles on Broadway in Miss Saigon and Rent. Leal went on to star in the original musical Bright Lights Big City at the New York Theater Workshop. While in New York, she produced an original production of Stormy Weather at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in which she starred as the legendary Lena Horne.
Leal is a huge fan of the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors, enjoys boxing, kickboxing, and dancing (salsa and hip hop) in her free time and supports Chrysalis and the Save the Music Foundation.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, she now resides in Los Angeles. Her birthday is Oct. 17. Follow her on Twitter @SharonLeal17 and on Instagram @realleal.
Naveen Andrews is perhaps best known for his role in J.J. Abrams’ Emmy Award-winning series Lost. His performance as Sayid, a former member of the Iraqi military, earned him Best Supporting Actor nominations at the 2005 Emmy Awards and the 2006 Golden Globe Awards.
Andrews’s additional television credits include Sense8, The Buddah of Suburbia, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and Sinbad.
Andrews starred alongside Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Juliette Binoche in Anthony Minghella’s 1996 feature film The English Patient. His additional film credits include Joel Silver’s The Brave One and Grindhouse. Recently, Andrews starred alongside Naomi Watts in Diana, centered around the story of Princess Diana and her secret love affair with the renowned heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan, played by Andrews.
Andrews began his career in London where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He loves music and is an accomplished guitar player who has performed at several venues around Los Angeles, including The Roxy.
Currently, Andrews resides in Los Angeles. His birthday is Jan. 17.
In addition to his role on Instinct, London native Daniel Ings appears as Commander Mike Parker in the television series The Crown and has a lead role in the Netflix series Lovesick. His other television credits include W1A, Mount Pleasant, and The Café. His feature film credits include Eddie the Eagle and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
On stage, Ings appeared in Frankenstein at the National Theatre, directed by Danny Boyle.
Ings, who lives in London when not filming, is a fan of Manchester United. His birthday is Nov. 30.