Maggie Q as Nikita
Maggie Q plays Nikita, the former spy and assassin who has vowed to destroy the secret agency that trained her, on The CW's "Nikita."
Actress, humanitarian, and international spokesperson Maggie Q continues to display her range through projects that have immense international appeal. Working opposite some of the world's most established actors, including Hugh Jackman in the feature "Deception," Bruce Willis ("Live Free or Die Hard") and Tom Cruise ("Mission Impossible III"), Maggie has continuously captivated audiences worldwide by showing her versatility in graceful and seductive roles.
Maggie was most recently seen in "Priest," directed by Scott Stewart. The film is set in a world ravaged by war between man and vampires and follows a priest (Paul Bettany) and a priestess (Maggie) who work together to track down a murderous band of vampires. In additon, Maggie appeared in "New York, I Love You," directed by Yvan Attal, and the Chinese epic film "Warrior and the Wolf," directed by award winning director Zhuangzhuang Tian. Maggie received the Maverick Award for "Warrior and the Wolf" at the 2009 Hawaiian International Film Festival. Other film credits include "King of Fighters," based on the popular video game of the same title, and the action comedy "Rogue's Gallery," opposite Zach Galifianakis and Ving Rhames.
In 2008, Maggie starred in the critically appraised Chinese feature "Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon," opposite Andy Lau, for director Daniel Lee. Also, in 2008, she accepted the rare opportunity to play the lead role in EA Games' "Need for Speed – Undercover," which is one of the most successful franchises in videogame history.
Maggie began her acting career in Hong Kong in 2000 in the TV drama "House of the Dragon." This quickly led to lead roles in films like "Gen-Y Cops," opposite Paul Rudd, and "Manhattan Midnight," along with cameos in films "Rush hour 2," and "Around the world in 80 Days." In 2002, she starred as a femme fatale in the popular action film "Naked Weapon," described as a cross between "Charlie's Angels" and "The Matrix" because of its extensive stunts and CGI-enhanced special effects.
Maggie's earlier experiences in Hong Kong action films helped develop her work ethic and action talent for hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. She was able to use these skills during production on "Mission: Impossible III," her first leading action role in an American film. In 2007, Maggie showed her comedic side starring opposite George Lopez in the action comedy "Balls of Fury."
As a humanitarian, Maggie gives much of her time and voice to animal rights. She lends her voice to Animals Asia Foundation's various campaigns, and also works with Human Rights Action Center and Best Friends Animal Society. Her PSA to rescue China's moon bears, is currently airing throughout Asia, and she is also working on another PSA campaign for Best Friends. Maggie produced the 2007 documentary "Earthlings," which took a startling look at the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.
Born in Hawaii to an American father and Vietnamese mother, Maggie spent her childhood competing in swimming and track and field events. At the age of 18, she moved to Hong Kong to pursue a career in modeling. She quickly rose to the status of a top model in many parts of Asia and has appeared on more than 200 magazine covers throughout the world.
When not filming on location or traveling the world to speak out for her charitable causes, Maggie resides in Los Angeles, where she lives with several rescue dogs.
Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex
Lyndsy Fonseca stars as Alex, Nikita's (Maggie Q) former partner who plans to take down her old ally while also seeking revenge on the man who killed her family, in The CW's "Nikita."
A stunning and talented young actress, Fonseca has quickly grabbed attention as one of Hollywood's most vibrant talents. Lyndsy recently completed filming the two-hour Lifetime movie, "Project Five," which consists of five short films directed by Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Penelope Spheeris, and is slated to premiere on September 26, 2011.
Fonseca's other film credits include "The Ward," "Hot Tub Time Machine," and the smash hit "Kick-Ass," in which she starred opposite Aaron Johnson.
Fonseca starred on the hit series "Desperate Housewives," opposite Dana Delaney and Nathan Fillion. She has also had recurring arcs on the critically acclaimed series "Big Love" and the hit comedy "How I Met Your Mother." Other television credits include "Boston Public," "CSI," "House" and "Heroes." She got her start on the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless," in which she starred for three years.
Fonseca currently lives in Los Angeles.
Shane West as Michael
Shane West plays Michael, an ex-Division agent who has fallen in love and joined forces with Nikita (Maggie Q) to take down his former employers, who lied to him, in The CW series "Nikita."
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, West found a passion for acting at an early age. He has achieved success on both the big and small screen, receiving multiple accolades, including the Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow Award, The Philadelphia Film Festival's Rising Star Award, 2 Teen Choice Awards and a nomination for the Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award.
West was last seen on the small screen in long-running hit "ER" as the atypical "Dr. Ray," and is also known for his starring role as Eli on the drama series "Once and Again."
West starred as the legendary Darby Crash in the independent film "What We Do Is Secret" which has garnered a cult following and critics' praise. The biopic follows Crash, the self-destructive lead singer, and his infamous band The Germs near the decline of the ‘80s punk scene. The remaining original members of The Germs, including Foo Fighter's guitarist Pat Smear, were so taken with West's portrayal they invited him to join them on tour as lead singer of the reformed band.
West starred opposite Sean Connery in the feature film "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," as the legendary Tom Sawyer, a courageous, clever young street fighter who is determined to stop the super villain, The Fantam and opposite Mandy Moore in the feature "A Walk to Remember," adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel. Other credits include "Liberty Heights," "A Time for Dancing," Get Over It" and "Whatever It Takes," and most recently, "The Presence" opposite Mira Sorvino.
West's career truly took off when he co-starred in Mark Taper Forum's stage production of "The Cider House Rules." He premiered in the role of Angel and garnered great praise for his first stage role.
West currently splits his time between Toronto and Los Angeles.
Devon Sawa as Owen
Devon Sawa can currently be seen as Owen on The CW's Nikita. A former Guardian, Owen has returned to Division to help Nikita (Maggie Q) take down "The Dirty 30," while finding out information about his past.
Sawa was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Sawa discovered his love for acting in kindergarten and quickly progressed to national commercials. He has been working steadily ever since.
On the big screen, Sawa has appeared in the feature films "Little Giants," "Casper," "Now and Then," "Wild America," "Idle Hands" and "Final Destination." Additional film credits include "Extreme Dating," "Shooting Gallery," "Devil's Den," "Creature Of Darkness," "Endure," "388 Arletta Avenue" and "The Sibling."
In addition to "Nikita," Sawa shot a guest spot on "NCIS: Los Angeles" and was the title character in Eminem's video "Stan." Sawa also voiced the character Flash Thompson in the animated series "Spider-Man."
Sawa currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his hound.
Aaron Stanford as Birkhoff
Aaron Stanford stars as Birkhoff, a computer genius and nonconformist, in The CW's new drama "Nikita."
Aaron Stanford stars as Birkhoff, a computer genius who reluctantly teams up with rogue agents Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) to take down Division, in The CW's "Nikita."
An actor who consistently brings intensity and intelligence to his work, Stanford received critical acclaim for his feature film debut in "Tadpole," opposite Sigourney Weaver and Bebe Neuwirth. Since that breakout performance, he has continued to tackle a variety of roles in films that include "Winter Solstice," for which he received the "Rising Star of Tomorrow" Award at The 2004 Hamptons Film Festival, and supporting roles in David Mamet's "Spartan," Woody Allen's "Hollywood Endings" and Spike Lee's "25th Hour."
Stanford starred opposite Kristen Stewart in the independent film, "Cake Eaters," which was also the directorial debut of Mary Stuart Masterson and premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Stanford's other film credits include "X-Men 2," "X-Men 3, Alexandre Aja's remake of Wes Craven's thriller "The Hills Have Eyes," "Flakes," opposite Zooey Deschanel, and "Live Free or Die" opposite Paul Schneider. Stanford produced and starred in "Runaway," opposite Robin Tunney, which was an officially selection at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
Television credits include "Traveler," "Mad Men," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Numb3rs" and "Third Watch."
Stanford began his career with an intense focus in stage performance, beginning with local theatre in his Massachusetts hometown and continuing with work at the London Academy of Theatre. He returned to the stage in 2004 to star in the Vineyard Theatre's off-Broadway production of "Where Do We Live," for which he received rave reviews.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Stanford currently resides in Los Angeles.
Melinda Clarke as Amanda
Melinda Clarke stars as Amanda, a master manipulator who has assumed control of Division, in The CW's drama "Nikita."
Clarke is most well-known for her role as the materialistic and conniving Julie Cooper in "The O.C." She also recently appeared in "The Vampire Diaries" and "Entourage."
Clarke has spent a career playing out-of-the-norm characters, including roles on "CSI-Crime Scene Investigation." She gained cult status around the world for film roles such as Jessica Priest in "Spawn" and Velasca on "Zena: Warrior Princess."
Clarke's feature credits include "Mulholland Falls," "Young Goodman Brown," "Cold Sweat," "Murder.com," "Critic's Choice," "Return of the Living Dead," "Hot Under the Collar" and "The Killer Tongue."
Clarke began her career as a series regular on "Days of Our Lives." Other television credits include Jerry Bruckheimer's "Special Ops Force," Aaron Spelling's "Heaven Help Us," "Seinfeld," "Nash Bridges," "First Monday," "Xena," "Sliders," "Likely Suspects," "The George Carlin Show" and "Strangeluck."
Clarke has an extensive musical theatre background that includes roles in "The Music Man," "Oklahoma," "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," "Hello Dolly" and "The Fantastiks." Her dramatic stage credits include the critically-acclaimed "Vicious," "The Elephant Man," "Lie of the Mind" and "Dark of the Moon."
Dillon Casey as Sean Pierce
Dillon Casey can currently be seen as Sean Pierce on The CW's Nikita. Sean has fallen for Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) and continues working with Division to be near her, despite his questions about her reasons for staying with Nikita (Maggie Q).
Casey is best known for his role as Trevor Lemonde on the television series "MVP." He also guest starred on various other television series such as "Warehouse 13," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Torchwood." Casey recently took to the silver screen appearing in the romantic comedy "The Vow" starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.
Casey was raised in Oakville, Ontario. He attended McGill University in Montreal and received his BSc. in environmental science, and a Masters Degree in economics from the University of Toronto.
With his two brothers, Conor and Lyndon, Casey formed Films Dunproppa and teamed up with musician Jay McCarrol, Daniel Palermo and James Gallagher of Ryerson University, Annie Bowker, and "MVP's" Anastasia Phillips to win first place in the Fall 2006 24 Hour Toronto Film Challenge with their short film titled "A Rare Affair." Casey was the lead in the film.
He studies Bak Fu Pai Kung Fu in Los Angeles, the school where Bruce Lee learned the one-inch punch, also known as White Tiger Kung Fu.
Casey currently splits his time between Toronto, Ontario and Los Angeles, California.
Noah Bean as Ryan Fletcher
Best known to audiences as David Connor from "Damages," Noah Bean currently stars as Ryan Fletcher, the ex-CIA agent who has now taken over Division, on The CW's "Nikita."
Bean's other television credits include recurring roles on the series "Dark Blue," from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and "Lipstick Jungle," starring Brooke Shields. He also appeared in guest-starring roles on such series as "Once Upon a Time," "Cold Case," "Private Practice," "Fringe," "Medium," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "Numb3rs," "Crumbs," "Joan of Arcadia" and "Law & Order: SVU."
Bean was also recently seen as the male lead in the romantic comedy feature film "The Pill," opposite Rachel Boston. For his work in "The Pill," Bean received the New York Emerging Talent Award at the Big Apple Film Festival; the film received a number of other awards on the festival circuit and was released theatrically in December, 2011. Other recent film credits include "Little Murder," opposite Josh Lucas, "Morning Glory," with Rachel McAdams, and the horror satire "Hysterical Psycho," which premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in April, 2009. In 2005, he appeared in the Marc Forster film "Stay," with Ewan MacGregor, Ryan Gosling and Naomi Watts, from Fox/New Regency. He recently completed filming the male lead in the independent feature "Black Marigolds." The film is scheduled to hit the festival circuit in the Spring of 2013.
On the New York stage, Bean most recently starred in a new adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "One Arm," from acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, at the New Group, in the Summer of 2011. He also starred in "The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall," a new play by Sam Forman, directed by Sam Gold, which was produced by Bean's theater company, Stage 13, that was co-founded with Dan Fogler and several other New York-based actors. Previously, he starred in David Henry Hwang's "Yellow Face," a wild satire about cultural identity, at the Public Theater. Other New York theater credits include starring roles in "Kid Simple," "Amerika," "Crazy Jane on God," "Moon Children," "Mary Rose," "Voyage of the Carcass" and "The Mapmaker's Sorrow." Bean's regional theater credits include Lanford Wilson's classic "Fifth of July," at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, "Bus Stop," at the Huntington Theater (for which he was nominated for both an Elliot Norton Award and an IRNE Award), "Romance," "Our Town," "A Christmas Carol," "The Winter's Tale," "Philadelphia, Here I Come!" and "Love's Labour's Lost." Daily Variety's 2006 review of "Love's Labour's Lost" comments that "Bean is captivating, delivering the play's best speeches with clarity, thought and assured grace."
A native of Mystic, Connecticut, Bean is a graduate of Boston University's School of Fine Arts. His training also includes the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
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