HOMELAND (Season 2)





Carrie Mathison                                       



Nicholas “Nick” Brody                                



Jessica Brody                                          



David Estes                                             



Captain Mike Faber                                  



Chris Brody                                             



Dana Brody                                             



Vice President Walden                              






Abu Nazir                                                



Peter Quinn                                            




Saul Berenson                                        





Executive Producers                                  













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Gansa, Alex - Exec. Produc.


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Gordon, Howard - Exec. Produc.



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Coming off a highly successful first season both creatively and critically, how is writing and producing Season 2 different from your process from last season?


Alex Gansa: We know more about who our characters are, so we can push them in unexpected directions. We’re blessed with great actors and a discerning audience. Given all that, the hope is not to repeat yourself.


The series employs such an experienced and impressive team of writers. Can you talk about their writing styles and what each individual brings to the collective?


Gansa: Howard and I feel incredibly fortunate to have the team we do. They’ve all been showrunners, which makes our jobs much easier. The six of us sit in a shabby, windowless room and break story together. We share the intermittent glory and those grinding hours of asking ourselves, “What should happen next?” Chip Johannessen, our fellow alum from 24, brings tremendous rigor combined with an incredible emotional radar. Alex Cary’s military experience is essential to our operational narratives, and he’s always pushing us toward smarter, bolder story beats. Henry Bromell, whose father was in the CIA, is a grand master with decades of producing superb television under his belt. And Meredith Stiehm has an uncanny gift for writing the tightrope act that is the Carrie-Brody relationship.


One of the signature devices employed last season was creating these revelatory moments for Carrie and Brody almost two or three steps ahead of where the audience thinks the story might be going.  Can you talk about that process of staying ahead of the audience and keeping them on their toes?


Gansa: One of the things we learned from 24 was not to be afraid to spend narrative capital early and often. It keeps the story energized, and it forces you to be more inventive. Sometimes creating a blank space on the storyboard allows an idea to come forward that would not have otherwise. Although sometimes that blank space stays blank a lot longer than you’d like.


With 2012 being a Presidential election year, will there be storylines and characters that deal with the election?


Gansa: We won’t specifically be referencing this particular election, but in HOMELAND, the vice president, played by Jamey Sheridan, is going to make a choice about how he wants to shape his candidacy. I think we referenced in Season 1 that it might involve Nick Brody in some way.


One of the unique qualities of HOMELAND is the way you incorporate real- world headlines and geopolitical events into the show’s storylines.  Can you talk about some current events that might make their way into an upcoming script in Season 2?


Howard Gordon: There always seems to be turmoil and unrest in the world and the setting of our show demands that we take that into account. The CIA is constantly on the lookout for trouble spots, so obviously contemporary conflicts are going to be referenced. But our characters are specifically concerned about Abu Nazir and what connection he could play in potential attacks on America.


Carrie’s Bipolar Disorder played a major role in both her character’s development, along with providing the audience with a reason to doubt her suspicions of Brody because of her illness.  How do you plan to address her illness in Season 2?


Gansa: By the end of Season 1, the Farragut Square bomb blast and Brody’s betrayal sent Carrie into a manic flight. Forced to confront her illness, she chooses to enter psychiatric care and undergo ECT. Her secret’s out; no more stealing pills from her dad. At the top of Season 2, it’s been six months since she was fired from the CIA. She’s slowed down, radically reduced her daily stress, but is that a satisfying existence? The fundamental dilemma she faces – choosing a quieter, saner life or a fulfilling one that could potentially destroy her – hasn’t changed.


At the end of last season, Brody’s political star seems to be on the rise, despite his every effort to decapitate the senior leadership of the U.S. via a suicide bombing.  Will Brody begin to pull away from his Jihadist conversion? Or will he still be loyal to Nazir?


Gordon: That question is a big part of Season 2. Brody’s now a Congressman. He has a higher profile – and more access to sensitive information – than he did last season. How did what happened in the bunker impact his loyalties? It’s a very complicated question. We’ll be exploring that, as will the audience watching the show.


Can you shed some light on some storylines about some of the other characters, including Saul, Jessica, Estes, VP Walden, Dana, Capt. Faber, etc., for Season 2?


Gansa: After his discovery of Estes’ collusion with Walden on the drone strike cover-up, Saul has opted to go back in the field. He’s now Station Chief in Beirut. He’s right in the middle of the action. As for Estes and Walden, we’ll see them in very different contexts this season, both operationally and emotionally.


Gordon: Jessica’s firing on all cylinders. She’s enjoying the possibilities Brody’s new career brings to the family – better schools, a chance to make a difference, the stabilizing of her marriage. So she’s embracing the new start. Dana, on the other hand, has distanced herself from Brody since her call to the bunker in the Season 1 finale. She’s been reluctantly swept up in Brody’s political ascent, but they’ve never really discussed that traumatic day. There’s an uneasy détente between them.


Despite a promotion, Faber’s still wrapped up in the past. He’s unsettled by the murder of Walker. And he’s alone. Both his loyalty to his fellow Marines and his lingering feelings for Jessica will put him on a collision course with Brody.


Do you plan on introducing any new characters in Season 2?


Gansa: We do, but we’d rather not spoil any surprises. Let’s just say both Brody and Carrie will have more people in their lives making trouble.


Since this is your second successful television series in a similar genre, what is the biggest challenge and most satisfying aspect to writing an action/psychological thriller set in the world of counterterrorism?


Gordon: The biggest challenge is just writing in general. But in this specific genre, I’d say it’s how to keep it exciting. After eight years on 24, it seemed we explored every possible scenario anyone could think of. HOMELAND allowed us to explore similar crises in a very different way, focusing much more on character. That shift opens up new storytelling terrain. At the end of the day, it’s satisfying to know there’s more oil in the well.


Gansa: The situation in the Middle East changes daily. On one hand, we’re just trying to keep up with reality. That said, espionage thrillers have always been a great way to explore the nature of human trust – whether it’s between superpowers or two people who love each other.


CLAIRE DANES (CARRIE MATHISON) has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading actresses.


For her performance as “Carrie Mathison” on HOMELAND she won the 2012 Golden Globe® Award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama’ and was just nominated for an Emmy® Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.’


Danes also received critical acclaim for her performance in HBO’s critically acclaimed Temple Grandin biopic. Based on the extraordinary life of Temple Grandin, the film chronicles how she turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer, and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder educations. Danes won the 2010 Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie’ and the film won for ‘Outstanding Made for Television Movie.’ She also won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television’ and the 2011 Screen Actors Guild® Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.’


Danes starred in Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed film Me & Orson Welles, opposite Zac Efron and Christian McKay. The screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. is based on the novel by Robert Kaplow and is set in the heady world of Orson Welles’ famed Mercury Theater. The National Board of Review named the film one of 2009’s Top Independent Films.


In 2007, Danes made her Broadway debut starring in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion opposite Jefferson Mays. Her performance as “Eliza Doolittle” was well reviewed by critics.


Danes garnered critical acclaim for her performances in Anand Tucker’s Shopgirl opposite Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman; Richard Eyre’s Stage Beauty opposite Billy Crudup; Burr Steers’ Igby Goes Down, opposite Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum, Ryan Phillippe and Kieran Culkin; and Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.


Danes first caught critics’ and audiences’ attention in Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s acclaimed series, My So-Called Life, which earned her an Emmy Nomination, and she was awarded the Golden Globe for her leading role as “Angela Chase.”


Danes’ other film credits include Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust opposite Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer; Lajos Koltai’s Evening, opposite Toni Collette, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave; Thomas Bezucha’s The Family Stone, opposite Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker; Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nick Stahl; Stephen Daldry’s Academy Award®-winning drama The Hours, opposite Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney, Ed Harris and Toni Collette; Jonathan Kaplan’s Brokedown Palace, opposite Kate Beckinsale; Bille August’s Les Misérables; Theresa Connelly’s Polish Wedding; Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker, opposite Danny DeVito and Matt Damon; Oliver Stone’s U Turn, opposite Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix; Michael Pressman’s To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher; Jocelyn Moorhouse’s How To Make An American Quilt, opposite Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft and Ellen Burstyn; Billy Hopkins’ I Love You, I Love You Not, opposite Jude Law; Jodie Foster’s Home For The Holidays, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Holly Hunter and Anne Bancroft; and Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women, opposite Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon and Kirsten Dunst.


Danes is also an accomplished dancer and has received critical acclaim for her performances in Edith And Jenny and Christina Olson: American Model, both choreographed by Tamar Rogoff at P.S. 122. 


MANDY PATINKIN In his 1980 Broadway debut, Mandy Patinkin won a Tony® Award for his role as “Che” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role as “George” in the Pulitzer Prize- winning musical, Sunday In The Park With George. In 1991, he returned to Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical The Secret Garden and in 1997, played a sold-out engagement of his one-man show, Mandy Patinkin In Concert, with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations. Patinkin’s other solo concerts, Dress Casual, Celebrating Sondheim and Mamaloshen have been presented both on Broadway and Off.


He recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of performing his solo concerts with a two-week run of all of his concerts in rep at New York’s Public Theater, the very space he began his concert career. Patinkin continued the celebration with a critically acclaimed two-week run of Mandy Patinkin In Concert in London’s West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Patinkin’s other stage credits include: the world premiere of Compulsion, a new play by Rinne Groff and directed by Oskar Eustis, appearing in productions of the play at Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep and The Public Theater; Paradise Found (London’s Menier Chocolate Factory); The Tempest (Classic Stage Company); Enemy Of The People (Williamstown Theater Festival); The Wild Party (2000 Tony nomination); Falsettos; The Winter’s Tale; The Knife; Leave It To Beaver Is Dead; Rebel Women; Hamlet; Trelawney Of The ‘Wells’; The Shadow Box; The Split; Savages and Henry IV, Part I.


Feature film credits include Everybody’s Hero, The Choking Man, Piñero, The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland, Lulu On The Bridge, Men With Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl (1984 Golden Globe® nomination), The Music Of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House On Carroll Street, True Colors, Maxie and Squanto: Indian Warrior.


Patinkin won a 1995 Emmy® Award (as well as a Golden Globe nomination) for his critically acclaimed performance in the CBS series Chicago Hope, and recently starred in the CBS series Criminal Minds as FBI profiler “Jason Gideon” and in the SHOWTIME Original Series Dead Like Me as the reaper “Rube Sofer.” His other television appearances include the role of “Kenneth Duberstein” in the SHOWTIME film Strange Justice; playing “Quasimodo” opposite Richard Harris in the TNT film presentation of The Hunchback; a film version of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass for BBC/WGBH-Boston; and episodes of Three Rivers, The Larry Sanders Show (1996 Emmy nomination), Law & Order, Boston Public, Touched By An Angel, and The Simpsons.


In 1989, Patinkin began his concert career at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. This coincided with the release of his first solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold-out audiences across the United States, Canada, London and Australia, performing songs from writers including Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. In 1990, he released his second solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual on CBS Records. His 1994 recording, Experiment, on the Nonesuch label, features songs from nine decades of popular music from Irving Berlin to Alan Menken. Also recorded on the Nonesuch label are Oscar & Steve, Leonard Bernstein’s New York, Kidults and Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim. In 1998 he debuted his most personal project, Mamaloshen, a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish. The recording of Mamaloshen won the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy Award). In October 2007, Patinkin debuted a new concert with dear friend Patti LuPone and they continue touring their show An Evening With Patti LuPone And Mandy Patinkin throughout the US, Australia, New Zealand and most recently on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre.



NAVID NEGAHBAN (ABU NAZIR) Critically acclaimed television, film and stage actor, Navid Negahban’s film credits include a powerful leading role in the critically acclaimed feature The Stoning Of Soroyo M., in which he played “Ali,” dubbed by The New York Times as, “…satanic as any horror-movie apparition.” He has also had significant supporting roles in Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; Powder Blue with Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker; and Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams.


Most widely recognized for his recurring role on Fox’s eighth and final season of the TV hit show 24, Negahban played “Jamot,” an IRK (Islamic Republic of Kamistan) delegate and confidant to President Dalia Hassan (Necar Zadegan) during the politically delicate United Nations Conference. He has also made appearances (among others) on CSI: Miami; NCIS: Los Angeles; Law & Order: SVU; The Closer; Criminal Minds; The Unit; Las Vegas; Lost; JAG; The West Wing; Without A Trace and The Shield.


Born in Mashhad, Iran, Negahban took a liking to acting at the age of eight when he first provoked laughter from a large audience while he was on stage. After the Revolution began to take hold in Iran, Negahban went to Germany where he continued to hone his theatrical skills before arriving in the United States. He is fluent in English and Farsi and in his spare time he enjoys traveling, studying anthropology, shooting pool and playing poker.



RUPERT FRIEND (PETER QUINN) trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He was named ‘Outstanding New Talent’ at the 2005 Satellite Awards™ and was also nominated ‘Best Newcomer’ at the British Independent Film Awards.


He first came to the public’s attention as “Mr. Wickham” in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice opposite Keira Knightley and directed by Joe Wright. He also appeared with Johnny Depp in The Libertine (2004). Other film credits include Outlaw (2007) directed by Nick Love; The Moon And The Stars (2007) with Jonathan Pryce and Alfred Molina, directed by John Irvin; The Last Legion (2007) with Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth, directed by Doug Lefler; Mrs. Palfrey At The Claremont (2005) opposite Joan Plowright and David Leland’s Virgin Territory (2007).


In 2008, he appeared in Dan Ireland’s Jolene and Mark Herman’s The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2008). In 2009, he starred opposite Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and later that year opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Stephen Frears’ Chéri. His other credits include Lullaby For Pi (2010) with Clémence Poésy, directed by Benoît Philippon and produced by Christine Vachon of Killer Films; The Kid (2010) starring Natascha McElhone, Ioan Gruffudd and directed by Nick Moran; and 5 Days Of War (2011) directed by Renny Harlin.


DAVID MARCIANO (VIRGIL) is a professional actor, writer and director who has achieved considerable success in a vast career that has spanned over twenty-five years. As a series regular, Marciano has had the honor of working with such entertainment luminaries as Steven Bochco, who brought Marciano into America’s homes on a weekly basis in Civil Wars as the poet bicycle messenger, “Jeffrey Lassick.”


His second series was the CBS drama, Due South, created by Oscar® winner Paul Haggis. Here, Marciano was able to bring his flair for comedy to the buddy-cop genre on the streets of Chicago as “Detective Ray Vecchio.” While on Due South, the Canadian Academy nominated Marciano, two years consecutively, for a Gemini Award. 


Next, Marciano completed a four-year run as a regular cast member on the FX Emmy® Award-winning drama The Shield as old school detective “Steve Billings.”


Marciano’s other credits include numerous television guest spots and movies, as well as a starring role as “Giorgio,” in the CBS miniseries The Last Don and The Last Don II. Among the projects of which he is most proud was his participation in director Leslie Dektor’s CLIO Award-winning commercial campaign for Partnership for a Drug-Free America.



Season 2 Overview




In the wake of Israeli air strikes against Iran, the Middle East threatens to erupt in fresh violence. In Beirut, flags bearing the ‘Star of David’ and the ‘Red, White and Blue’ burn in the streets. A woman swims through the chaos towards the American embassy, trying to make contact. The abused wife of a Hezbollah commander, she carries information about an attack – retaliation against Israel’s ally, The United States. But this would-be informant insists she will only speak to her one-time CIA handler: Carrie Mathison.


The problem: Carrie Mathison is no longer with the Agency. The disgraced ex-Officer is on the slow path to recovery, after her manic flight in Season One nearly crashed the political career of American hero Nicholas Brody. Months after her expulsion from the CIA, the adventure and turmoil that once defined Carrie’s life is now a dull memory, replaced by regular ECT treatment and her father and sister’s protective cocoon. It’s this fragile new existence that Carrie’s former colleagues Saul Berenson and David Estes threaten to shatter when they arrive at her door asking for help.


Meanwhile Nicholas Brody, several months into his inaugural term as a freshman Congressman, finds himself buffeted daily by competing agendas. Everyone has a plan for him – whether it’s Vice President William Walden, fellow Marine Capt. Mike Faber, or terrorist mastermind Abu Nazir. While Brody strives to change the face of American foreign policy without bloodshed, he learns that doing so may not be good enough for Nazir. And with every lie he tells, the walls around him close in a little tighter, threatening to bring Brody down, along with his family and everything they’ve achieved since his return.


As the situation at home and abroad escalates, Carrie and Brody’s worlds will collide yet again, deepening a relationship built on lies, suspicion and longing. Will Carrie finally be vindicated for the truth she was so close to uncovering? Can Brody keep his head above water, as opposing powers play him like a pawn? Whoever gains the upper hand in this dangerous pairing, neither Carrie nor Brody will come out of it unscathed.


DAMIAN LEWIS (NICHOLAS BRODY) With an expansive list of diverse film, theatre and television credits, Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated actor Damian Lewis has evolved into one of this generation’s most respected and sought-after actors.


This September, Lewis can be seen co-starring in The Sweeney, a film adaptation of the popular 70s UK television series in which a pair of London Metropolitan police officers takes on the criminal underworld. The action/crime drama, directed by Nick Love, also stars Ray Winstone, Hayley Atwell and Ben Drew.


Lewis recently completed filming the role of “Lord Capulet” in the Carlo Carlei directed adaptation of Romeo And Juliet, written by Oscar®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti, Natascha McElhone and Lesley Manville.


Lewis first came to the attention of American audiences in 2001 with his Golden Globe-nominated performance as World War II hero “Richard Winters” in the award-winning HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Tom Hanks. He also starred as “Soames Forsyte” in the acclaimed British production of The Forsyte Saga, Series I and II. From 2007–2009, Lewis starred as the complex and eccentric “Detective Charlie Crews” in two seasons of the NBC drama series Life. In April 2012, Lewis appeared for a fourth time as a guest host on the iconic British television panel quiz show Have I Got News For You, which airs on BBC1.


Lewis’ other television and miniseries credits include the BAFTA-winning BBC miniseries Warriors; Hearts And Bones; Jeffrey Archer: The Truth; Colditz and the BBC’s ShakespeaRe-Told: Much Ado About Nothing.  


Additional film credits include David Gordon Green’s Your Highness, Rupert Wyatt’s The Escapist, Brides, Chromophobia, Keane, The Situation, Dreamcatcher, Stormbreaker and The Baker, which he also co-produced through his production company, Picture Farm.


Lewis always felt a strong connection to the stage, and has given brilliant performances as some of Shakespeare’s legendary characters, including “Romeo” in Romeo & Juliet and the title character in Hamlet. After training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Lewis joined the British theatre community and appeared in a number of plays between 1993–98, primarily as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. During that time, he starred as “Laertes” in Jonathan Kent’s Broadway production of Hamlet opposite Ralph Fiennes. He also played the role of “Hamlet” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London. In 2003, Lewis returned to the London stage opposite Helen McCrory in Five Gold Rings at the Almeida Theatre. He then starred in the 2005–06 National Theatre production of Ibsen’s Pillars Of The Community. Most recently, Lewis led an outstanding ensemble with Keira Knightley, Dominic Rowan and Tara Fitzgerald in the 2009/2010 West End Comedy Theatre production of The Misanthrope, directed by Thea Sharrock.


MORENA BACCARIN (JESSICA BRODY) was born in Rio de Janeiro, and at seven, moved with her family to New York. She attended the prestigious Juilliard School, where she was featured in a number of theatrical productions including Mary Stuart, The Importance Of Being Earnest and Love’s Labour’s Lost. After graduating, she worked on stage and in film before moving to Los Angeles.


Shortly after her arrival in Hollywood, Baccarin caught the eye of writer/director Joss Whedon, who cast her as a series regular in the critically acclaimed Firefly as well as in its big-screen adaptation, Serenity. From there, she was a sought-after guest star in both drama and comedy series, and then landed a starring role in the TNT series Heartland opposite Treat Williams.


Until HOMELAND, her most recognizable role was as the star of ABC’s V, in which she played the leader of ‘The Visitors’ – a beautiful woman most of the time, but a nasty-looking alien lizard thing when she was crossed. More recently, during this year’s HOMELAND hiatus, Baccarin reprised her acclaimed role as “Erica Flynn” in CBS’ wildly popular seriesThe Mentalist and guest-starred on the award-winning series The Good Wife.


MORGAN SAYLOR (DANA BRODY) was born in Chicago and raised in Georgia, attending Montessori schools through the 8th grade. Living in a small town with a thriving Parks & Rec. Department, Saylor began performing in community theatre and summer camps at a young age.


When she was in the third grade, Saylor’s family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she met more diverse actors, talented directors, and eventually a talent agent. Saylor’s credits include The Sopranos (voiceover); K-Ville; Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant; The Greening Of Whitney Brown; and Father Of Invention.



JACKSON PACE (CHRIS BRODY) did his first commercial at the age of three and has been hooked ever since. He has been in feature films, TV movies such as A Walk In My Shoes and a guest star on a number of television shows including Everybody Hates Chris and Barney & Friends.


Pace lives with his parents, older brother Hunter, and his Weimaraner Tucker. During his free time he likes to play baseball and hang out with his family and friends.



DAVID HAREWOOD (DAVID ESTES) is a talented and versatile actor who has received huge critical acclaim across theatre, television and cinema. In 2012, Harewood was appointed a ‘Member Of The Order Of The British Empire’ (‘MBE’) by Queen Elizabeth II for ‘Services To Drama.’


A RADA graduate, Harewood trained as a Shakespearean actor and has played many of the great Shakespearean protagonists on stage including “Romeo,” the charismatic rebel “Hotspur” in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, and a strong yet conflicted “Antony” to Vanessa Redgrave’s “Cleopatra,” amongst others. Harewood headlined when he was cast by Sam Mendes as the first black actor to play “Othello” in the Royal National Theatre’s 1997 production, hailed by critics as “gripping, intelligent and emotionally overwhelming.”  


In 2010, Harewood wowed audiences as “Martin Luther King Jr.” in the premiere of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, set on the eve of Dr. King’s assassination, at the Trafalgar Studios. The play transferred to the West End and went on to win the Olivier Award for ‘Best New Play.’ It transferred to Broadway the following season.


In addition to his theatrical performances, Harewood boasts an extensive and impressive film and television career.


He also starred as another giant of the 20th Century, “Nelson Mandela,” in Mrs. Mandela for the BBC. Shot on location in South Africa, the film focused on the development of the relationship between Winnie (played by Oscar® nominee Sophie Okonedo) and her husband from their brief courtship in the 50s to the aftermath of Nelson’s release from prison in 1990. Harewood played “Freddie Graham” in the BBC’s compelling five-part thriller Criminal Justice alongside British institution Pete Postlethwaite and Ben Whishaw. The series was named ‘Best Serial Drama’ at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2009. Additional credits include the BBC series Robin HoodFrankenstein’s Wedding…Live In Leeds and Treasure Island, directed by Steve Barron for Sky TV and SyFy.


Harewood compounds this impressive range of roles with his stunningly chilling performance as “Captain Poison” in Ed Zwick’s Oscar®-nominated and rapturously received film Blood Diamond. Dramatically powerful and politically significant, Harewood starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou to create one of the most terrifying and truly monstrous villains in modern cinema.



JAMEY SHERIDAN (VICE PRESIDENT WALDEN) first gained notice on Broadway in All My Sons (Tony nomination). The next year he returned in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Soon he received acclaim for the title role of John Sayles’ NBC drama Shannon’s Deal, and in the miniseries Stephen King’s The Stand.


Sheridan played the title role in Handsome Harry, which premiered in competition at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. A selection of his films includes The Ice Storm, Syriana, Life As A House, Hamlet, The Cradle Will Rock, Luminous MotionDesert Saints, A Stranger Among Us, Distant Thunder, All I Want For Christmas, Whispers In The Dark and Wild America.


On television, Sheridan has turned in notable performances in movies like The Lost Child, The Echo Of Thunder, Spring Awakening and Video Voyeur.


Other Broadway credits include Biloxi Blues and The Shadow Box, and Off-Broadway: “Brutus” in Julius Caesar in Central Park and Killer’s Head at the Public. Other memorable roles: “Alan Turing” in Breaking The Code at the Berkshire, and his return to the role of “James Tyrone, Jr.” in Moon For The Misbegotten at Williamstown.



DIEGO KLATTENHOFF (CAPTAIN MIKE FABER) was born outside of New Glasgow in Nova Scotia, and moved to Toronto to pursue acting at the age of 19. He studied in theatre workshops for a number of years while busing tables, bartending, and adapting to life in Toronto. Klattenhoff began studying with some of Canada’s most respected acting coaches, including David Rotenberg, Bruce Clayton and Rae Ellen Bodie, and eventually his dedication and persistence paid off. His first big break was in Mark Waters’ Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams.


Since then, Klattenhoff hasn’t stopped working. He was “Mike Callahan” opposite Taylor Schilling in the NBC/Berman Braun/Universal Media Studios series Mercy. In the winter of 2010, he wrapped a co-starring role opposite Lynn Collins, Bruce McGill and Michael Ealy in the independent film Firebird; a recurring role on Dreamworks/TNT’s series Falling Skies; as well as a recurring role on the ABC TV Studios/CBS series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Prior to that, Klattenhoff received standout reviews for his performance in the Sundance 2010: U.S. Dramatic Competition entry The Dry Land, which also starred America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter and Melissa Leo. Credits include a supporting role in the Gregor Jordan film, The Informers, adapted by Bret Easton Ellis; the lead role in the JJ Abrams/HBO drama pilot Anatomy Of Hope; and many guest appearances, including 24, ER and a recurring role on Men In Trees. On his 2012 hiatus Klattenhoff filmed a role in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.  It is scheduled to be released on July 12, 2013.





ALEX GANSA is the Showrunner and Executive Producer of Showtime’s thriller HOMELAND, which premiered in October 2011 to critical acclaim and the highest debut ratings for a freshman drama on the network. In addition to winning the Golden Globe® for ‘Best Television Series,’ it was also named one of AFI’s ‘Ten Programs of the Year,’ and received two WGA awards in the categories of ‘Best New Series’ and ‘Episodic Drama.’


Gansa previously served as an Executive Producer on the long-running 24, the CBS hit series Numb3rs and Dawson’s Creek, as well as a Consulting Producer on Entourage. He was on staff of the hit series The X-Files and Sisters for NBC, and also created the critically acclaimed ABC series Maximum Bob.



HOWARD GORDON is an award-winning television writer, producer and author whose credits include some of TV’s most prolific series. Most recently, Gordon co-created the breakout series HOMELAND, which is one of the biggest hits in the history of SHOWTIME®.


Gordon was the Showrunner and Executive Producer of the long-running hit television series, 24, for which he received both the Golden Globe and the Emmy® Award for ‘Best Drama Series’ in 2006.


A twenty-five year industry veteran, Gordon first gained national attention for his award-winning work on Fox’s groundbreaking series The X-Files, for which he won multiple Golden Globes. His other credits include Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Beauty And The Beast, Sisters and Spenser: For Hire. He created the innovative 1999 drama Strange World, and the Fox series The Inside.


Also an accomplished author, Gordon released his first novel, Gideon’s War in 2011, and quickly followed it up with the sequel, Hard Target, which was released in January 2012.  


Gordon graduated from Princeton University. He is an active member of the Pacific Council on International Relations, and former board member and president of the Stroke Association of Southern California.



GIDEON RAFF Writer, director and producer Gideon Raff is the creator of the Israeli drama series Hatufim (Prisoners Of War). Written and directed by Raff for Keshet, Prisoners Of War is the highest-rated drama series in Israel, and has won nine Israeli Emmy® Awards including ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ and ‘Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.’


Based on Raff’s Prisoners Of War, HOMELAND was the winner of the 2012 Golden Globe for ‘Best Drama Series’ and was the recipient of a Peabody Award. As Executive Producer, Raff also received a Writers Guild Award and The Edgar® Award for writing the series pilot.


A graduate of the American Film Institute (2003), Raff directed the award-winning film The Babysitter, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Raff began his industry career working as Doug Liman’s assistant on Mr. & Mrs. Smith. His feature film directorial debut, The Killing Floor, was executive produced by Liman and Avi Arad. Train, Raff’s next feature film, starring Thora Birch (American Beauty), was acquired and released by Lionsgate® for domestic distribution.


Raff is also a bestselling author in Israel with his 2001 novel The Way To The Top. Raff completed his undergraduate degree in Tel Aviv University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  


MICHAEL CUESTA directed the pilot and served as Co-Executive Producer of the first season of the hit SHOWTIME® series DEXTER®. He also directed and co-wrote the feature L.I.E., which was nominated for seven Independent Spirit Awards, including ‘Best Feature’ and ‘Best Director,’ and has won prestigious awards including the Jury Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. He was honored with the ‘Best New Filmmaker Award’ from the Boston Society of Film Critics. His second film, 12 And Holding, was nominated for the ‘John Cassavetes Award’ at the Independent Spirit Awards. Cuesta also directed and executive produced the pilots of the hit series Blue Bloods and the new series Elementary, both airing on CBS this fall.



ALEXANDER CARY was born and raised in London, spent seven years in the military, and came to Los Angeles fresh from the Gulf War in search of a new career in the film industry. After a few years of writing screenplays, ad copy and short stories, Cary turned to TV writing. 


In 2007, he was staffed on FX’s The Riches, and then USA’s In Plain Sight before being hired on the second season of Lie To Me, where he started as Story Editor, quickly graduated to Executive Producer and finally Showrunner – all in one season. He’s now in his second season as an Executive Producer of HOMELAND.



CHIP JOHANNESSEN was born in Detroit and educated at Harvard University, where he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon. He later embarked on a short-lived career as a rock guitarist before turning his attention to writing. His past writer-producer credits include Beverly Hills 90210, The X-Files and 24. He also served as Showrunner for Millennium, Moonlight and DEXTER®.


Johannessen recently completed a J.D. at UCLA’s School of Law and passed the California bar before joining HOMELAND.  



HENRY BROMELL has written and produced the television dramas Northern Exposure, I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life On The Street, Chicago Hope, Carnivàle, Brotherhood, Rubicon and HOMELAND, for which he has received four Peabody Awards, three Humanitas Prizes, three Writers Guild Awards and a Golden Globe® Award. He is the author of the best-selling novel Little America, which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, as well as The Slightest Distance, winner of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. His other books are I Know Your Heart, Marco Polo: Stories; and The Follower. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone, and he has twice won an O. Henry Award. He has also written and directed two feature films: Panic and Last Call.



MEREDITH STIEHM was the Creator and Executive Producer of the drama series Cold Case, which ran for seven years on CBS. Other writing credits include: NYPD Blue (Emmy® nomination, ‘Best Dramatic Writing’) and ER (two Emmy nominations, ‘Best Drama Series’). She has written pilots for HBO, Showtime®, and FX, and currently writes for HOMELAND. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English/Playwriting. 




EP 201

“The Smile”

Written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon

Directed by Michael Cuesta


Months after the dramatic events that prompted Carrie to undergo Electroconvulsive Therapy, the former CIA Case Officer has found a modicum of peace in her family’s suburban embrace. But the strides she’s made towards mental health are threatened when an asset from her former life comes in from the cold. Meanwhile, freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy. And Dana lets slip a vital secret.


EP 202

“Beirut Is Back”

Written by Chip Johannessen

Directed by Michael Cuesta 

Against the advice of her family, Carrie becomes involved in an operation that may rid the world of Abu Nazir once and for all. Brody’s handler presses the Congressman into service, as his relationship with Jessica takes a hit. And Captain Mike Faber questions the nature of the events surrounding the shooting of Elizabeth Gaines.


EP 203

“State Of Independence”

Written by Alexander Cary

Directed by Lodge Kerrigan

Fresh from her adventures in Beirut, a restless Carrie prepares for what she hopes will be a triumphant return to the CIA. Meanwhile, Brody learns that the Gettysburg bomb maker is on a terrorist watch list and in danger of imminent discovery. With no time to lose, Brody attempts a last-minute exfiltration. And Jessica takes risks of her own as she steps into the political limelight.


EP 204

“New Car Smell”

Written by Meredith Stiehm

Directed by David Semel 

Following a secret debrief from Saul, a stunned Estes authorizes a covert operation to pursue intel recovered in Beirut – but not without putting his own trusted operative in charge. Brody, still reeling from his misadventures with the bomb maker, gets another shock when he runs into Carrie at Langley. A casual invitation to bury the hatchet turns into an encounter neither of them could have foreseen. And Dana discovers she has something in common with Finn Walden, the Vice President’s son.