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- 1 Appearances
- 2 Main characters
- 2.1 Carrie Mathison
- 2.2 Nicholas Brody
- 2.3 Jessica Brody
- 2.4 David Estes
- 2.5 Mike Faber
- 2.6 Chris Brody
- 2.7 Dana Brody
- 2.8 Saul Berenson
- 2.9 William Walden
- 2.10 Virgil Piotrowski
- 2.11 Abu Nazir
- 2.12 Peter Quinn
- 2.13 Mira Berenson
- 2.14 Andrew Lockhart
- 2.15 Dar Adal
- 2.16 Fara Sherazi
- 2.17 Martha Boyd
- 2.18 Otto Düring
- 2.19 Allison Carr
- 2.20 Elizabeth Keane
- 2.21 David Wellington
- 2.22 Max Piotrowski
- 2.23 Brett O'Keefe
- 3 Recurring characters
- 4 Guest characters
- 5 References
|Claire Danes||Carrie Mathison||Main|
|Damian Lewis||Nicholas Brody||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Morena Baccarin||Jessica Brody||Main||Does not appear|
|David Harewood||David Estes||Main||Does not appear|
|Diego Klattenhoff||Mike Faber||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Jackson Pace||Chris Brody||Main||Does not appear|
|Morgan Saylor||Dana Brody||Main||Does not appear|
|Mandy Patinkin||Saul Berenson||Main|
|Jamey Sheridan||William Walden||Recurring||Main||Does not appear|
|David Marciano||Virgil Piotrowski||Recurring||Main||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Navid Negahban||Abu Nazir||Recurring||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Rupert Friend||Peter Quinn||Does not appear||Recurring||Main||Does not appear|
|Sarita Choudhury||Mira Berenson||Recurring||Guest||Main||Recurring||Does not appear||Guest||Does not appear|
|Tracy Letts||Andrew Lockhart||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|F. Murray Abraham||Dar Adal||Does not appear||Guest||Main||Recurring||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Nazanin Boniadi||Fara Sherazi||Does not appear||Recurring||Main||Does not appear|
|Laila Robins||Martha Boyd||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|Sebastian Koch||Otto Düring||Does not appear||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Miranda Otto||Allison Carr||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|Alexander Fehling||Jonas Hollander||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|Sarah Sokolovic||Laura Sutton||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|Elizabeth Marvel||Elizabeth Keane||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|Maury Sterling||Max Piotrowski||Recurring||Does not appear||Recurring||Main|
|Jake Weber||Brett O'Keefe||Does not appear||Recurring||Main||Does not appear|
|Linus Roache||David Wellington||Does not appear||Guest||Main|
|Morgan Spector||Dante Allen||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|Costa Ronin||Yevgeny Gromov||Does not appear||Recurring||Main|
|Numan Acar||Haissam Haqqani||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear||Main|
|Nimrat Kaur||Tasneem Qureshi||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear||Main|
|Amy Hargreaves||Maggie Mathison||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Afton Williamson||Helen Walker||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Alok Tewari||Latif Bin Walid||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Omid Abtahi||Raqim Faisel||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Marin Ireland||Aileen Morgan||Recurring||Guest||Does not appear|
|Hrach Titizian||Danny Galvez||Recurring||Does not appear|
|James Rebhorn||Frank Mathison||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Does not appear|
|James Urbaniak||Larry||Guest||Does not appear|
|Marc Menchaca||Lauder Wakefield||Guest||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Chris Chalk||Tom Walker||Recurring||Does not appear||Guest||Does not appear|
|Ramsey Faragallah||Mansour Al-Zahrani||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Billy Smith||Special Agent Hall||Guest||Does not appear|
|Nasser Faris||Bassel||Guest||Does not appear|
|Zuleikha Robinson||Roya Hammad||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Valerie Cruz||Joy Mendez||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Talia Balsam||Cynthia Walden||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Tim Guinee||Scott Ryan||Does not appear||Guest||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Timothée Chalamet||Doyle Walden||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Mido Hamada||M.M.||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Sam Underwood||Leo Carras||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Gary Wilmes||Troy Richardson||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Jason Butler Harner||Paul Franklin||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Shaun Toub||Majid Javadi||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|William Abadie||Alan Bernard||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|William Sadler||Michael Higgins||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Suraj Sharma||Aayan Ibrahim||Does not appear||Recurring||Guest||Does not appear|
|Alex Lanipekun||Hank Wonham||Does not appear||Recurring||Guest||Does not appear|
|Akshay Kumar||Rahim||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Shavani Seth||Kiran||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Claire and McKenna Keane[a]||Frances "Franny" Mathison||Does not appear||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Michael O'Keefe||John Redmond||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Mark Moses||Dennis Boyd||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Raza Jaffrey||Aasar Khan||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Art Malik||Bunran Latif||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Nina Hoss||Astrid||Does not appear||Guest||Recurring||Does not appear|
|John Getz||Joe Crocker||Does not appear||Guest||Does not appear|
|Atheer Adel||Numan||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Sven Schelker||Armand Korzenik||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Micah Hauptman||Mills||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Allan Corduner||Etai Luskin||Does not appear||Recurring||Guest||Does not appear|
|Mark Ivanir||Ivan Krupin||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear||Guest|
|René Ifrah||Bibi Hamed||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Morocco Omari||Conrad Fuller||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Hadar Ratzon-Rotem||Tova Rivlin||Does not appear||Guest||Does not appear|
|Hill Harper||Rob Emmons||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Robert Knepper||Jamie McClendon||Does not appear||Recurring||Guest|
|Dominic Fumusa||Ray Conlin||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Patrick Sabongui||Reda Hashem||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Zainab Jah||Aby Bah||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|J. Mallory McCree||Sekou Bah||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut||Simone Bah||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Leo Manzari||Saad Mahsud||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|C.J. Wilson||Porteous Belli||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Bernard White||Farhad Nafisi||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|James Mount||Agent Thoms||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Seth Numrich||Nate Joseph||Does not appear||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Marin Hinkle||Christine Lonas||Does not appear||Recurring||Guest|
|Lesli Margherita||Sharon Aldright||Does not appear||Guest||Recurring|
|Dylan Baker||Sam Paley||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Ellen Adair||Janet Bayne||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Mackenzie Astin||Bill Dunn||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Courtney Grosbeck||Josie Mathison Dunn||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Sandrine Holt||Simone Martin||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Matt Servitto||Special Agent Maslin||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Sakina Jaffrey||Dr. Meyer||Does not appear||Recurring|
|David Maldonado||Bo Elkins||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Colton Ryan||J.J. Elkins||Does not appear||Recurring|
|James D'Arcy||Thomas Anson||Does not appear||Recurring|
|William Popp||Stein||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Clé Bennett||Doxie Marquis||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Ari Fliakos||Carter Bennet||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Catherine Curtin||Sandy Langmore||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Peter Vack||Clint Prower||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Beau Bridges||Ralph Warner||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Elya Baskin||Viktor||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Merab Ninidze||Sergei Mirov||Does not appear||Recurring|
|Damian Young||Jim||Does not appear||Recurring|
- In the fourth season, Franny is portrayed by an uncredited baby actress. In the fifth season, Franny is portrayed by baby actresses Luna and Lotta Pfitzer.
The following is a list of series regulars who have appeared in one or more of the series' six seasons. The characters are listed in the order they were first credited in the series.
Played by Claire Danes, Carrie Mathison is a CIA officer who grapples with bipolar disorder. While deployed in Iraq, Carrie receives information leading her to suspect rescued American POW Nicholas Brody of being a terrorist. During a lengthy unauthorized investigation into Brody, she becomes obsessed with him, and the two even have a brief romantic relationship. Her suspicions ultimately being correct, she loses her job when her investigation is exposed by Brody. Carrie successfully stops Brody's suicide bombing attempt but is unaware she was successful and is instead made to believe that Brody was innocent. Now completely demoralized, she submits herself to electroconvulsive therapy as she is no longer confident in her skills.
When Brody's confession video is discovered, Carrie is brought back into the CIA. She successfully interrogates Brody, getting him to admit his complicity and to agree to work against al-Qaeda rather than be exposed to the world as treasonous. Carrie acts as Brody's handler and their romance is eventually rekindled. She is kidnapped by Abu Nazir on American soil but is instrumental in his subsequent capture and killing by FBI forces. When Brody is framed by al-Qaeda as the perpetrator of the Langley bombing on 12/12, Carrie helps Brody flee to Canada and promises to clear his name.
Played by Damian Lewis, Nicholas Brody is the husband of Jessica Brody and father to Dana and Chris. He is an ex-Marine who was captured by al-Qaeda and held as a POW for eight years in Iraq. Brody, after years of brutal treatment, becomes sympathetic to Abu Nazir's cause during his captivity and agrees to return to the United States as a sleeper agent. Once back in the U.S., Brody has a turbulent relationship with his family, partly due to Jessica's having had an affair with Brody's best friend Mike. Brody has an affair of his own with Carrie Mathison, the CIA officer who suspects him of working for al-Qaeda. According to plan, Brody successfully gets himself into a bunker with the Vice President while wearing a suicide vest, intending to detonate it, but he aborts when Dana calls him, begging him to come home. He leaves the scene with nobody being the wiser.
Brody takes advantage of his public popularity, and support from Vice President Walden, to win a seat in the United States House of Representatives. He continues to secretly work for Abu Nazir until he is discovered by the CIA. Carrie, using her emotional connection with Brody, is able to convince him to turn against al-Qaeda. Using Brody's inside information, a major al-Qaeda terrorist attack is thwarted by the CIA. However, Brody is made to look like the perpetrator of a second bombing at CIA Headquarters on 12/12, making him the most wanted man in America. He goes into hiding in Canada.
Played by Morena Baccarin, Jessica Brody is the wife of Nicholas Brody and mother of Dana and Chris. In the eight years her husband is gone and presumed dead, Jessica does not remarry but does engage in a serious relationship with Brody's best friend Mike Faber, which is abruptly ended when Brody returns home. The reunited couple struggle with their marriage. He resents Jessica's relationship with Mike. Jessica, in turn, learns of Brody's affair with Carrie. As his behavior becomes increasingly bizarre, Jessica suspects further infidelity. When Brody is off on a CIA-sanctioned mission, Jessica and Mike's relationship is rekindled; Jessica and Mike had fallen in love. Nicholas and Jessica eventually come to a mutual agreement that their marriage cannot continue.
Played by David Harewood. The director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. He has a tense relationship with Carrie, partly due to a past affair with her which led to the end of Estes' marriage. He fires Carrie upon learning of her bipolar disorder and her multiple contraventions of CIA protocols, but later on, he must reinstate her when she is proven to have been right about Brody. Saul discovers that Estes and then-CIA-director Walden ordered a drone strike launched in Abu Nazir's homeland, resulting in the destruction of a nearby school and that his efforts to undermine Carrie were actually an attempt to cover up the incident. Estes makes plans to have Brody assassinated once Abu Nazir is neutralized, and when Saul opposes this action, he threatens Saul's job. He is among those killed when a bomb explodes at the CIA building.
Played by Diego Klattenhoff, Mike Faber is Nick Brody's best friend—they served in the Marines together. While Brody is being held as a prisoner-of-war, he is presumed to be dead. Mike gets involved in a long-term relationship with Nick's wife Jessica, becoming very attached to her and the Brody family. The relationship is abruptly ended when Brody returns. The Brody family still comes to depend on Mike when they are neglected by Nicholas. Mike and a fellow Marine, Lauder Wakefield, feel that Brody may have had something to do with the murder of Tom Walker and investigate the matter. He eventually confronts Jessica with his theories.
Played by Jackson Pace, Chris Brody is the son of Nicholas and Jessica and younger brother to Dana. Chris is too young to remember Nicholas before he went into service, and struggles to connect with his returned father at times. When his father's behavior becomes more erratic, Chris finds comfort in the familiar presence of Mike Faber.
Played by Morgan Saylor, Dana Brody is the daughter of Nicholas and Jessica and older sister to Chris. Intelligent and strong-minded, Dana is the member of the family with whom Brody feels most comfortable after his return home. She is the only one to whom Brody freely admits his conversion to the Muslim faith. Dana exhibits some resentment towards her mother for having had an affair with Mike. When Brody is about to detonate his suicide vest at the State Department, Carrie convinces Dana to call him and "talk him down", which convinces Brody to not go through with the attack, though Dana is left not having any clue what Brody was planning to do.
While she is on a date with her boyfriend Finn Walden, Finn is driving recklessly, fatally strikes a pedestrian, then drives away. Dana is overcome with guilt. Her relationship with her father deteriorates when she wants to report the accident to the police, but her father doesn't allow it (his hand is forced by the CIA), much to her disillusionment.
When she watches the news showing that her father was turned in Afghanistan, Dana attempts suicide and is eventually placed in a psychiatric hospital, where she meets Leo Carras. The two begin a relationship and eventually run off together until Dana learns that Leo was possibly involved in the death of his own brother, which Leo told her was a suicide. After this, Dana changes her last name to disassociate herself from her father and moves out of the house. Psychologically ruined and disillusioned, she ends up cleaning motel rooms, seeing Brody one final time before he goes to Iran. Her father tries to reconnect with her, but Dana rejects him and claims to never want to see him again.
Played by Mandy Patinkin, Saul Berenson is Middle East Division Chief of the CIA. Saul recruited a young Carrie Mathison into the CIA, and is a friend and mentor to her. His measured approach to his job often clashes with Carrie's drastic, impulsive methods.
Saul is instrumental in getting cooperation from captured terrorist Aileen Morgan, which leads to information that implicates Tom Walker. Saul later runs afoul of CIA Director Estes when he discovers that Estes and then-CIA director William Walden ordered a drone strike that hit a school in Iraq and have been taking measures to cover up the incident. After an operation with Carrie in Beirut, Saul finds a copy of the confession tape that Brody recorded. This leads to Saul, Carrie, and Estes forming a task force attempting to use Brody as a re-doubled agent against al-Qaeda. Saul discovers that Estes' plan is to have Brody killed once the operation is finished and tries to put a stop to it which leads to further friction with Estes, almost losing his job. However, Peter Quinn, the black ops operative hired by Estes to kill Brody, decides not to go through with the plan once Abu Nazir is killed. When Estes is killed at the bombing of the memorial service for William Walden at Langley on December 12, Saul becomes the acting director of the CIA.
Once he is director, Saul and Carrie almost immediately put into action a plan to lure out the mastermind behind the 12/12 attacks in which Carrie is outed to the press as having bipolar disorder and having had an affair with Brody. Appearing vulnerable, Carrie is contacted by representatives of an international bank with ties to the middle east, as Saul predicted, who ask her to inform on CIA operations to their client, Majid Javadi, Iran schwanz igence Chief and the orchestrator of the 12/12 attack who Saul has a troubled history with. When they were both getting their starts in their respective nations, Saul and Javadi worked together during the Iranian hostage crisis, but Javadi betrayed Saul by having several hostages who Saul was going to extradite back to the states killed. In response, Saul helped Javadi's wife and son escape to America. Saul, with the help of Fara Sherazi, finds that Javadi embezzled millions from his own nation to fund the attack, making him an enemy of the Iranian state should this ever be revealed. Using this as leverage to make Javadi a CIA asset, Saul sends Javadi back to Iran. At the same time, Saul clashes with Senator Andrew Lockhart, who is soon to replace him as director, and he discovers that his wife is having an affair with a man named Alan Bernard.
Saul manages to bring Brody, now a heroin addict after his captivity in Caracas, back to the United States before revealing the entirety of his master plan to Carrie. He intends to send Brody to Iran where he will tell the government that he wishes for asylum there. Once in Tehran, Brody is to kill Danesh Akbari, leader of the Revolutionary Guard, who will be replaced by Javadi, ushering in a regime change in the nation. Brody is brought back to health, overcoming his addiction and training with several members of a special ops unit in preparation of the assignment. Meanwhile, Saul finds that Alan is an Israeli intelligence agent hired by Lockhart to spy on him, and Saul uses this info to give himself more time in office to see through the mission to the plan. Brody manages to make it into Tehran, where his first attempt to kill Akbari fails, forcing Brody to keep his cover until another opportunity arises, though this makes Lockhart and Dar Adal believe that Brody has no intention to go through with the mission. However, Brody arranges a meeting with Akbari, and kills him in his office before fleeing. Carrie takes him to a safe house, but Lockhart gives Brody up to the Iranians in order to ensure Javadi's public image. Brody is executed in Tehran, but despite this, Saul's plan is a success. He is fired from the CIA once Lockhart takes office, and then begins work in the private sector.
Played by Jamey Sheridan, William Walden was the Vice President of the United States and a former director of the CIA. Both Brody and Abu Nazir hold him accountable for the drone strike that killed Nazir's son Issa. He is killed during a meeting with Brody when Nazir's associates tamper with his pacemaker. Brody agreed to provide the pacemaker's serial number for Nazir in exchange for releasing Carrie as his hostage. Walden attended the University of Notre Dame and was an All-American football player there.
Played by David Marciano, Virgil Piotrowski is a freelance surveillance expert and former CIA employee. He is one of Carrie's few friends. Carrie sometimes enlists him to help her with surveillance operations.
Played by Navid Negahban, Abu Nazir is a high-ranking operative, possibly the operational leader, of al-Qaeda. Nazir oversees the captivity of prisoners of war Nicholas Brody and Tom Walker, and over a period of years is able to persuade them both to turn on the U.S. and align with al-Qaeda. Issa, Nazir's son, is killed by a CIA-sanctioned drone strike. The incident is pivotal in shifting the allegiance of Brody, and also leads Nazir to swear revenge on the CIA and its director. He sends Brody and Walker back to the U.S. with a plot to kill Walden and many other officials but it is thwarted by the efforts of Carrie Mathison.
Brody is captured by the CIA and forced to work with them against al-Qaeda. Nazir infiltrates the United States himself with a new plan. First, he orchestrates the assassination of Vice President Walden, forcing Brody to assist by holding Carrie as a hostage. He then sacrifices himself (killed by SWAT team), along with his cell (captured by CIA forces), in order to give the appearance that the terror threat has been neutralized. However, Nazir had planted a bomb in Brody's car, and one of his associates detonates the bomb at the CIA's headquarters, killing 219 people and wiping out much of the CIA's infrastructure, and setting up the innocent Brody as the culprit.
Played by Rupert Friend, Peter Quinn is originally introduced as a CIA analyst brought in by Estes to head up the Brody task force. He clashes with Carrie as she is not very willing to take orders from him, but they come to respect each other's skills. Quinn is later revealed by Saul to be a black ops officer hired by Estes to assassinate Brody once Abu Nazir is neutralized. He ends up refusing to kill Brody, realizing that carrying out the job would only be advancing Estes' interests, and knowing the effect it would have on Carrie.
Quinn was later assigned to the CIA station in Islamabad, and saw action during the hunt for Saul Berenson and Haissam Haqqani's assault on the US embassy, where his actions saved the lives of many Americans. After Haqqani escaped, the US made the decision to break off ties with Pakistan and the embassy was evacuated; despite orders to evacuate, Quinn remained in Islamabad and tracked Haqqani to a heavily guarded apartment complex in Islamabad and was going to explode a pipe bomb under Haqquani's car but Carrie got in the way so he had to call it off.
In Berlin, Quinn was initially assigned to investigate a leak of classified documents dealing with cooperation between the CIA and German intelligence. Saul later recruited him for an off-the-books operation to target ISIS terrorists in Berlin, an operation that was complicated when Carrie's name ended up on his list. Quinn later rescued from an ambush by assailants that turn out to be Russian intelligence officers. He later infiltrated the ISIS cell (led by Hajik Zayd, a convicted jihadist released after the journalist Laura Sutton revealed that he was illegally put under surveillance and imprisoned by the German Bundesnachrichtendienst) and discovered their plan to use chemical weapons in Berlin. He attempts to convince them to stop the attack, but the ISIS recruits decide to use him as the test subject for their chemical weapon. One of the terorists gets qualms about the operation and injects Quinn with an antidote. The rest of the ISIS recruits make their way to the Berlin train station; Carrie is able to intercept Qasim and convince him to desist. When his partner Bibi kills Qasim, Carrie shoots and kills him. Quinn is later hospitalized and suffers a massive brain hemorrhage, leaving little chance for survival.
Having returned to the US, Quinn was treated for PTSD at a hospital in Brooklyn. He rejected any help from Carrie, who was told by the medical staff that it was probably better if she did not visit him. However, he later left the facility and ended up in the company of prostitutes and high on drugs. He was robbed of his government check and after Carrie was notified that he was missing she located him and attempted to return him to the hospital, he violently resisted it and she decided to let him move into the apartment downstairs from her and Frannie. He soon became convinced that a person who lived across from Carrie was spying on the house but his attempts to tell Carrie fell on deaf ears. Following Sekou Bah's death, the press convened on Carrie's house while she was out, leaving Frannie in his care, and he tried to protect Frannie and her nanny, which led to a shoot out between him and the authorities. They eventually managed to take him into custody and Frannie was soon taken away by social services, who felt that Quinn's actions had put her in danger.
Quinn managed to drive to a diner near Queens where he met with an old friend before arriving at a suburban house, which he had known from his days working as a Black Ops agent. He called Carrie to meet them but the man who had killed Astrid tracked them down and Quinn killed him via multiple blows to the face. Carrie later found another van in the garage similar to the one Sekou was driving when he died and they soon realized the house was rigged with a bomb. She and Quinn survived the blast while other agents were killed. Carrie and Quinn went to Brooklyn to talk with President-elect Keane and it was discovered that there was a bomb in the hotel. Quinn managed to get them to safety but was killed in a hail of bullets.
Played by Sarita Choudhury. Mira is the wife (later ex-wife) of Saul Berenson. She leaves Saul to move to New Delhi, but she returns to the U.S. after the CIA bombing. She stays at Saul's side throughout his tenure as acting director of the CIA, though she briefly begins a relationship with another man, Alain Bernard, who is later revealed spying on Saul, acting on behalf of Andrew Lockhart. After breaking it off with Alain, she recommits to her marriage to Saul, which continues after his tenure at the CIA ends and he begins work in the private sector. However, after Saul rejoins the CIA, Mira files for divorce. They meet again in New York, as Saul prepares to go into hiding; their conversation causes Saul to reconsider.
Played by Tracy Letts. Senator Andrew Lockhart leads the committee investigating the bombing of the CIA. At a hunting retreat led by the White House Chief of Staff, Lockhart is revealed to be the nominee for director of the CIA to replace Saul. Lockhart clashes with Saul while the latter is still director, and hires an Israeli intelligence agent, Alan Bernard, to spy on him, a scheme which Saul uncovers.
Played by F. Murray Abraham. He is a black ops specialist who had been a friend of Saul 18 years prior. He is the handler of Peter Quinn, who is lent to David Estes to terminate Nicholas Brody. After the 12/12 bombing, Saul, in his remaining time as director of the CIA, keeps Dar Adal as a close ally, helping him during the course of Saul's plan to instigate a regime change in Iran. Dar Adal grows to great prominence during season three. Dar has Carrie detained and is primarily responsible for keeping her locked up in a psychiatric facility. He was also behind the operation to kill or capture the Langley bomber, who was still residing in the United States. Carrie wanted to ensure the survival of the perpetrator to exonerate her beloved Brody, who had been blamed for the 12/12 bombing and nearly compromised the mission. Dar gave the order to Quinn to have Carrie shot in order to prevent the mission's failure, which landed Carrie back in the hospital. Later in the season, Brody is brought back to the United States from Venezuela and experiences heroin withdrawals. Saul only has six days before Lockhart is confirmed as the new director of the CIA and must get Brody back to full recovery to implement his regime change plan. Dar recommends they use ibogaine, a drug that speeds up the withdrawal process while also causing violent and severe hallucinations. In the season finale, Saul promised Carrie that he would have her and Brody extracted from Iran immediately after Brody completed his objectives. However, Javadi believed that the capture and execution of Brody would give further credence to the plot. Unbeknownst to Saul, Dar informs Lockhart and gets approval from the president to take command of the CIA 11 hours before he is to be confirmed. Lockhart gives the orders to Javadi to have Brody arrested and publicly executed.
Played by Nazanin Boniadi, Fara Sherazi is a young professional Persian analyst, who assists Saul in linking the Langley bombing to Majid Javadi. She lives with her father, who was for a time unaware that she worked for the CIA. She has an uncle in Tehran, who assists Carrie when she goes there.
Played by Laila Robins, Martha Boyd is the United States ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Played by Sebastian Koch, Otto Düring is the founder of the Düring Foundation, a philanthropic organization which is headquartered in Berlin. He hires Carrie Mathison to be his head of security.
Played by Miranda Otto, Allison Carr is the CIA station chief in Berlin. She turns out to actually be working for Russian intelligence. Flashbacks show that in 2005, Allison was in love with an operative who claimed to have stolen $8 million and offered to run away with her with the money. Allison agreed only to find out that it was all a setup to blackmail her into helping keep an eye on the CIA for Russia.
Played by Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Keane is the President of the United States. Before she takes office, Keane enlists Carrie as a foreign policy advisor, while things are complicated by Dar Adal's attempts to manipulate her agenda. After a special ops group attempts to assassinate her, Keane lashes out at the U.S. intelligence community, ordering dozens of arrests, including Saul Berenson. She ultimately resigns the Presidency.
David Wellington is the White House Chief of Staff during Elizabeth Keane's tenure as President.
Played by Maury Sterling, Max Piotrowski is Virgil's brother. Max works with Virgil in his security consulting business. He is depicted as socially awkward.
Played by Jake Weber, Brett O'Keefe is an influential radio personality. He also presides over an underground corporation that deploys vast amounts of fake social media accounts in order to influence the general population with his agenda; one of his main orders of business is to discredit Keane before she takes office.
The following is a list of recurring characters who have appeared in at least three episodes of a season or in at least two episodes of two different seasons. The characters are listed in the order they were first credited in the series.
Played by Afton Williamson, Helen Walker is the wife of Tom Walker. Aware of his terrorist affiliations, Helen Walker initially agrees to cooperate with the CIA to apprehend her husband Tom. However, at a critical moment, she tips off Tom, allowing him to narrowly escape.
Played by Amy Hargreaves, Margaret "Maggie" Mathison is Carrie Mathison's sister. Maggie is usually the person that Carrie goes to for support when having personal problems. As a medical doctor (not psychiatrist), Maggie secretly obtains medication for Carrie to control her bipolar disorder.
Latif Bin Walid
Played by Alok Tewari, the majordomo for Prince Farid who was an agent for Abu Nazir.
Played by Omid Abtahi, Raqim Faisel, along with his girlfriend Aileen Morgan, are low-level al-Qaeda operatives living in the United States. He is a professor at Bryden University in Washington D.C. As part of an al-Qaeda plot, Morgan and Faisel are assigned to purchase a house within sniper range of a Marine One landing pad. The CIA discovers the house, sending them on the run. Faisel is murdered by unknown assailants while he and Aileen are hiding out at a motel.
Played by Marin Ireland, Aileen Margaret Morgan, along with her boyfriend Raqim Faisel, are low-level al-Qaeda operatives living in the United States. Morgan was born in the U.S. but took on an anti-American perspective while living her teenage years in Saudi Arabia. As part of an al-Qaeda plot, Morgan and Faisel are assigned to purchase a house within sniper range of a Marine One landing pad. The CIA discovers the house, sending them on the run. Faisel is killed, and Morgan is arrested in Mexico by Saul Berenson. In exchange for Raqim Faisel receiving a Muslim burial, she identifies the al-Qaeda accomplice who had been sent to her house as ex-Marine Tom Walker. Morgan ultimately commits suicide during a lengthy stay in solitary confinement.
Played by Hrach Titizian. He is a Muslim-American CIA officer with a Lebanese mother and a Guatemalan father who assists Carrie in most of her cases. He is attacked in one of his missions and shot, and takes a few weeks to recover. He is then believed to be a mole by Carrie, but her suspicions are proven wrong when he shows his excuse for leaving the compound.
Played by Marc Menchaca, Lauder Wakefield is a disabled, alcoholic ex-Marine who served in the same platoon as Nicholas Brody, Tom Walker, and Mike Faber. When Brody returns, Lauder is antagonistic towards him. He comes to suspect that Brody was involved in the death of Tom Walker.
Played by Chris Chalk, Thomas Patrick Walker is a Marine who was in active duty along with Nicholas Brody when they were both captured by al-Qaeda forces. Walker, like Brody, becomes loyal to al-Qaeda after several years as a prisoner-of-war. Both men are dispatched to the United States with roles in an impending terrorist attack. Walker's cover is blown when he is identified by Aileen Morgan, triggering a national manhunt. Walker successfully carries out his part in the attack, assassinating Elizabeth Gaines and causing a mass evacuation into the State Department. Afterwards, Abu Nazir commands Brody to kill Walker, due to Walker's exposed identity.
Played by Zuleikha Robinson, Roya Hammad is a television news reporter who secretly works for al-Qaeda, acting as an intermediary between Abu Nazir and Brody. She is eventually arrested, along with her cell, when Brody gives the CIA information regarding their planned attack on a soldiers' homecoming event.
Played by Talia Balsam, Cynthia Walden is the wife of Vice President William Walden. When Brody is elected as a U.S. Representative, Cynthia befriends and takes Jessica Brody under her wing. When her son Finn causes a car accident that results in the death of a pedestrian, Cynthia orchestrates a cover-up. Cynthia, along with her son Finn, is killed in the bombing that took place at the CIA Headquarters during her husband's memorial.
Played by Timothée Chalamet. The son of Vice President Walden, he dates Dana. He perpetrates a fatal hit and run on a date with Dana when he is driving recklessly, and then insists that Dana keep it a secret. He is listed among those killed when a bomb goes off outside his father's memorial service.
Played by Jason Butler Harner, Paul Franklin is an associate of Bennett's law firm, who arranges a meeting between the two parties. When he and Bennett are led to believe that the CIA has discovered the Langley bomber, Franklin arrives at the motel where he had been hiding out, and kills him.
Played by Shaun Toub, Majid Javadi is the Deputy Intelligence Chief of Iran, who engineered the bombing on the CIA. Javadi had worked with Saul in the past but betrayed him when he killed several American hostages who Saul was attempting to extradite from Iran. In retaliation, Saul helped Javadi's wife and son escape to the United States. After the bombing, he attempts to turn Carrie against the CIA, but the plan fails and he is blackmailed into becoming a CIA asset when Carrie and Saul find that he had embezzled millions from his own nation to fund the attack.
Played by William Abadie, an apparent friend of Mira Berenson who it was later revealed she was having an affair with. He was later found to be an Israeli intelligence agent working for Lockhart, using Mira to get close to Saul, who he was spying on.
Played by William Sadler, Michael "Mike" Higgins is the White House Chief of Staff. At a hunting retreat, Higgins announces that Senator Lockhart will become the new director of the CIA.
The following is a list of guest characters who have appeared in one or two episodes of a season. The characters are listed in the order they were first credited in the series.
Prince Farid Bin Abbud
Played by Amir Arison, Prince Farid Bin Abbud is a Saudi Arabian prince who Lynne Reed was a consort for. He was seen talking to Abu Nazir and was thought to be connected to his terrorist network.
Played by Waleed Zuaiter, Asfal Hamid was an al-Qaeda fighter who was the sole survivor of the compound Brody was rescued from.
Played by Rohan Chand. Issa was Nazir's young son, to whom Brody was assigned the job of teaching English. Brody witnessed Issa's death in a drone strike ordered by V.P. Walden.
Played by Taylor Kowalski. He was the boyfriend of Dana whom she broke up with when she met Finn Walden.
Played by Brianna Brown, Lynne Reed works as a consort to Farid bin Abbud, a Saudi Arabian prince. Reed also is a CIA informant recruited by Carrie Mathison. She observes Farid meeting with Abu Nazir and reports it to Carrie, leading to a CIA investigation. Reed is eventually killed by an associate of Latif bin Walid (the prince's second), who is involved in an al-Qaeda plot independent of the prince.
Played by Ramsey Faragallah, Mansour Al-Zahrani is a Saudi diplomat stationed in Washington D.C. He is also secretly affiliated with al-Qaeda and acts as a handler to Nicholas Brody and Tom Walker. He is discovered by the CIA and then killed in a bombing attack engineered by Tom Walker.
Played by Linda Purl, Elizabeth Gaines is Chief of Staff to Vice President William Walden and his most trusted advisor. She is assassinated by Tom Walker during the attack on the State Department.
Played by Clara Khoury, Fatima Ali is the wife of Hezbollah district commander Abbas Ali, and a former asset of Carrie Mathison. She approaches the CIA with new information but is only willing to speak to Carrie, forcing the CIA to summon Carrie back into action.
Played by Manny Perez, El Niño is the leader of a band of Venezuelan mercenaries who capture Brody after he is shot by Colombians crossing the border. El Niño and his men take him to the Tower of David, an aborted housing project in Caracas, where Brody is nursed back to health and given heroin to make him dependent on El Niño's men, forcing him to stay with them. He has a daughter named Esme (played by Martina Garcia) who accompanies Brody on an attempt to escape the tower.
Played by Martin Donovan, Leland Bennett is a partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm who represents a bank that has ties to Iranian terrorists. Bennett attempts to convince Carrie to inform on the CIA for a client of his (who turns out to be Majid Javadi), which she agrees to in order to lure Javadi out.
Played by Houshang Touzie, General Danesh Akbari is the Intelligence Chief of Iran who Brody is sent to Tehran to kill.
- "'Homeland,' 'Castle' Stars Join Psychological Thriller 'Reparation'". hollywoodreporter.com. 2014.