Raymond "Red" Reddington
James Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
Spader’s film credits include Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival; David Cronenberg’s “Crash,” which received the Special Jury Prize at Cannes; and Steven Shainberg’s “Secretary,” which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature. Other film credits include “2 Days in the Valley,” “Wolf” and “Less Than Zero.”
He starred in David Mamet’s Broadway play “Race” in 2010.
Spader starred in Steven Spielberg’s feature “Lincoln,” opposite Daniel Day Lewis, while also starring on NBC’s hit comedy “The Office.” Most recently, he co-starred in the feature film “The Homesman,” alongside Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed), and starred as the titular villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
From 2004-08, 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.
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Megan Boone stars as FBI agent Elizabeth Keen on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
Boone made her feature film debut in Lionsgate’s “My Bloody Valentine,” directed by Patrick Lussier. She also had a supporting role in “Sex and the City 2,” starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth.
Boone has also starred in several independent films, including Stephen Elliott’s “About Cherry,” opposite James Franco and Dev Patel. She appeared in “Moonlight” and Producer Adele Romanski’s relationship drama “Leave Me Like You Found Me,” for which she won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 GenArt Film Festival.
On television, Boone played the role of Junior Deputy District Attorney Lauren Stanton on the NBC series “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” opposite Terrence Howard, Corey Stoll and Alfred Molina.
In 2008, Boone produced and starred in the Charles L. Mee play “Limonade Tous les Jours.” She received two L.A. Weekly Theater Awards for her performance – Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy.
Diego Klattenhoff stars as Agent Donald Ressler on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
Klattenhoff recently appeared in the sci-fi film “Radius,” directed by Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard, which premiered at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival. Recent film roles include the lead in the psychological thriller “Lavender,” co-starring Abbie Cornish, Dermot Mulroney and Justin Long, and as the brother of Charlie Hunnam’s character in Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.”
Klattenhoff played Mike Faber opposite Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Showtime series “Homeland,” created by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (“24”).
Also on television, Klattenhoff starred opposite Taylor Schilling on NBC’s “Mercy” and has had memorable guest and recurring character appearances in series that include “Men in Trees,” “Falling Skies,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “24” and “ER.”
Film credits include the 2010 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition entry “The Dry Land,” for which he received standout reviews, “The Informers,” “Lucky Number Slevin” and “Unconditional.”
Klattenhoff was cast to play series regular Brendan Casey in the 2009 HBO pilot “Anatomy of Hope,” directed and produced by J.J. Abrams.
Harry Lennix stars as Harold Cooper in the NBC series “The Blacklist.”
Widely known for his role as Gen. Swanwick in the 2013 Warner Bros. blockbuster “Man of Steel,” he reprised the role in the sequel “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Lennix also starred as Commissioner Blades in Spike Lee’s 2015 feature “Chi-Raq.”
In 2014, Lennix announced the creation of Exponent Media Group, a movie production company he founded with longtime Chicago associate Steve Harris. Three of the company’s titles include “Mr. Sophistication,” “H4” and “Revival!”
Additional films include “72 Hours,” “Timeless,” “Back to School Mom,” “Stand Down Soldier,” and two films in which he both starred and executive produced: “Romeo and Juliet in Harlem” and “The Algerian,” which premiered in 2015.
Past film credits include “State of Play” (2009), “Across the Universe” (2007), “Stomp the Yard” (2007), the Oscar-winning “Ray” (2004), “Barbershop 2” (2004), “The Matrix: Reloaded” (2003), “The Matrix: Revolutions” (2003), “Collateral Damage” (2002) and “Love & Basketball” (2000). Lennix received widespread critical acclaim and a Golden Satellite Award as Aaron in Julie Taymor’s “Titus” (1999) with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. He is also known for his starring role in Robert Townsend’s “The Five Heartbeats” (1991).
Lennix is active in various civic groups and serves as spokesman for NOBLE, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, as well as being an ambassador to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is also on the Advisory Council for Northwestern University, his alma mater, and campaigned actively for Hillary Clinton in her 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns.
A Chicago native, Lennix is married to businesswoman Djena Graves Lennix.
Hisham Tawfiq stars as Dembe Zuma on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
Tawfiq’s television credits include “Gun Hill,” a recurring role on NBC’s “Kings” and several episodes of both “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
Tawfiq has performed at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in notable plays such as “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Intimate Apparel.” His New York theater credits include performances at African Globe TheatreWorks, the WorkShop Theater Company and the Aaron Davis Hall at the City College of New York.
Tawfiq recently retired from the New York Fire Department after 20 years of service. He also served in the U.S. Marines Corps from 1990 – 1995 during Operation Desert Storm.
Amir Arison stars as Aram Mojtabai on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
Arison’s notable recurring roles in television include HBO’s “Girls,” the Emmy Award-winning “Homeland,” “Zero Hour,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Dallas” and “State of Georgia.” Recent guest star appearances include “American Horror Story,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” “Major Crimes,” “The Mentalist,” “NCIS,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Fringe,” as well as Rodrigo Garcia’s hit web series “Blue” with Julia Stiles. Arison was also a series regular on Bryan Singer’s digital series “H+” for Warner Bros.
Arison’s film credits include “Jane Wants a Boyfriend,” “Before the Sun Explodes,” “Big Words,” “Merry Friggin’ Christmas” with Robin Williams, “Today’s Special,” Nia Vardalos’ “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” Tom McCarthy’s “The Visitor,” Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps” and “20 Weeks,” which had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival in 2017.
On stage, Arison recently starred in the Waterwell production of “Hamlet” alongside Arian Moayed and Sherie Rene Scott.
Additional New York theater highlights include “The Muscles in Our Toes” (off-Broadway, Labyrinth), “Aftermath” (NYTW, Drama League Nominee), Christopher Durang’s “Why Torture Is Wrong” (The Public Theatre), Charles Mee’s “Queens Boulevard” (Signature), “A Very Common Procedure” (MCC), “Modern Orthodox,” “Omnium Gatherum” (Pulitzer Finalist), “Candy and Dorothy” and “A First Class Man.”
Internationally, Arison starred in “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (RSC’s Complete Works Festival). Notable regional credits include the Shakespeare Theatre, the Huntington, Yale Repertory, Paper Mill Playhouse, Long Wharf, the Lyric, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Shakespeare Theatre of St. Louis, Olney Theatre Center, and the Dorset Theatre Festival.
Arison has directed theater projects in New York and Los Angeles for IAMA Theater Company, Circle X and Mind the Gap, among others. He produced and directed the award-winning short film “Fortress.”
Mozhan Marnò stars as Samar Navabi on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
Marnò is a New York-based film, television and theater actress and writer. She appeared as investigative journalist Ayla Sayyad in the second and third season of Netflix’s Emmy Award-nominated series “House of Cards.” She also appeared in the Sundance hit “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.
Film credits include the title role in “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” “Traitor,” alongside Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” directed by Mike Nichols. Television credits include recurring and guest appearances on “Madam Secretary,” “The Mentalist,” “Hung” and “Bones.”
Marnò wrote the screenplay “When the Lights Went Out,” which was a quarterfinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship. She adapted her screenplay for the stage and it premiered at New York Stage and Film, starring Laura Innes and directed by Kate Whoriskey.
Marnò has a B.A. in comparative literature from Barnard College of Columbia University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Fluent in German, French and Farsi, she has lived in France, Germany, Sweden and Argentina.