Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Meet the cast and characters

Who plays who in Amazon Prime Video’s adaptation of the classic Tom Clancy thriller?

Globe-trotting thriller Jack Ryan returns for an explosive season two this autumn on Amazon Prime Video.

Eight new episodes are released on November 1 - find out how to watch on BT TV >

The classic Tom Clancy character has been reinvented with John Krasinski playing the CIA analyst and unexpected hero. Thrust into the deadly world of field operations, the new Jack Ryan is an up-to-the-minute reimagining of the iconic American leading man.

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Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan – Meet the cast and characters

In the second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, after tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan heads down to South America to investigate.

As Jack’s investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President's nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos.

Jack Ryan – Played by John Krasinski

John Krasinski in Jack Ryan

Armed with a PhD in economics and guided by a strict moral compass, this rookie CIA analyst uncovered a major terrorist plot in season one.

Smart, wry, and resourceful, Ryan soon found himself in the field, where his combat background as a Marine proved invaluable.

At the end of season one, Ryan was promoted to head of T-FAD for his success in thwarting a terrorist attack.

In season two, Ryan finds himself on a mission that involves Venezuela, the UK, Russia and the USA. Events on the mission take a personal twist for Ryan, which drives him to get answers and places him in grave danger.

Speaking to BT TV ahead of season two, Krasinski revealed why he thought it was important for the 2019 version of Jack Ryan to have a more vulnerable side.

"One of the biggest things for me when I went to the CIA and I met the men and women who were there is that not only were they a very diverse group of people, but also they were a very normal group of people. I mean that in the best way," he said.

"You think of the intelligence community and fierce, no feeling, willing to do whatever it takes. But the truth is that they are incredibly kind, people with families and fears and with that constant narrative of ‘what if’ going on in their head when they go into the field. That’s what makes them heroes to me."

 

Where have you seen him before?

Krasinski has established himself as one of today’s most exciting talents as an actor, writer, and director, engaging audiences on both the big and small screens. After an incredible start to 2018, Krasinski was chosen as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. This follows the successful opening of A Quiet Place, which Krasinski co-wrote, directed, and starred in, opposite his wife Emily Blunt.

Krasinski directed and starred in The Hollars, alongside Anna Kendrick and he also starred as a Navy SEAL in Michael Bay’s Benghazi thriller 13 Hours, alongside James Badge Dale.

Krasinski is probably best know for his nine seasons as charming boy-next-door Jim Halpert on NBC’s Emmy-winning smash hit The Office.

James Greer – Played by Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce in Jack Ryan

Savvy, dedicated and hard-nosed, Jack’s boss is a hothead whose personal demons have wrecked his family life and derailed his work as a legendary CIA operative.

Demoted to a desk job in season one, Greer's success with Ryan in thwarting the Syrian terrorism threat earned him a job as deputy station chief in Moscow, setting up a change of scenery for season two.

Greer starts season two in Russia, but his work collides again with Ryan's mission in Venezuela and the pair quickly team up again to uncover the truth about mysterious shipments and a potential threat to the USA.

Greer has some personal secrets in season two, which he is hiding from everyone - including Ryan.

Talking about the casting of Greer, Krasinski told BT TV: "One of the greatest draws for me doing this show was who could I find to play Greer. Wendell was my first choice and my first call.

"Not only had I seen everything he’d done and been a big fan, I’d heard nothing but the greatest things about him."

Where have you seen him before?

Jack Ryan season two

Pierce is a seven-time NAACP Image Award nominee for Best Actor in a Television Drama, earning this honor for his work in the feature Selma and the HBO series The Wire and Treme. He won the 2008 Image Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie for HBO’s Life Support, opposite Queen Latifah. Pierce narrated Golden Days, Purple Knights: 50 Years of the Los Angeles Lakers, which won five Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

More recently, Pierce starred opposite Kerry Washington as Clarence Thomas in the HBO feature Confirmation and played Coach Calhoun in Fox’s musical special Grease Live! for Hamilton director Thomas Kail. His other television work includes Chicago PD, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., The Odd Couple, Ray Donovan, Suits, Law & Order, Third Watch, I’ll Fly Away, Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story, Strapped, and the BBC miniseries With Two Lumps of Ice.

Pierce’s film credits include Clemency, Bad Moms, The Gift, Horrible Bosses, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two, Malcolm X and The Money Pit.

Pierce's memoir, The Wind in the Reeds, was published to rave reviews in 2015 and he's currently starring in a critically accalimed West End run of Death of a Salesman.

Matice aka Garth - Played by John Hoogenakker

John Hoogenakker in Jack Ryan season two

Season one fan favourite John Hoogenakker is back as the tough-as-nails and salty CIA Special Activities operative Matice. In season two, he's heading into the Venezuelan jungle on a top secret mission.

John Hoogenakker previously starred in the TV series Castle Rock, Colony, The Playboy Club, Chicago Fire and Boss.

Harry Baumann - Played by Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace plays 'Harry', the most mysterious character in season two, who crosses paths with Ryan in Venezuela. Her true identity and motives are not clear - is she an ally, a love interest or an enemy? Harry and Ryan's relationship is one of the most thrilling parts of season two.

Noomi is a Swedish actress, who lives in England, and she agreed to take part in Jack Ryan season two after meeting John Krasinski for dinner. Famed for her roles in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, she's also starred in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Bright on Netflix, Dead Man Down and Prometheus.

Talking to BT TV about what her attracted her to the series, Rapace said: "I was intrigued and amazed by the scale and how beautiful it looked. And it felt very cinematic.

"And then I met John in London, where we just talked for an hour about films and families and I just came away thinking - 'man, he’s so cool, I love him'. He said, if I came on board, I could help create and shape the character and I just called my team straight away and said, ‘I’m in’."

Mike November - Played by Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly in Jack Ryan season two

The legendary Michael Kelly adds even more star power for season two, playing CIA lifer and field officer Mike November. Mike is based in Venezuela and is the local expert that Ryan and Greer turn to when they land in trouble in Venezuela. 

Kelly is most well known for playing Doug Stamper in Netflix series House of Cards, but also starred in the films Changeling, Dawn of the Dead, The Adjustment Bureau and Everest.

"For me, I was finishing my sixth year on House of Cards and this looked like the perfect one season project to work on," Kelly told BT TV.

"And having seen the pilot, I just thought, 'wow this looks like a film'. It has incredible production values that they've been able to accomplish with this show. It was really a no-brainer."

 

Marcus - Played by Jovan Adepo

Jovan Adepo

Recruited by John Hoogenakker's Matice, Marcus is a former special crewman in the Navy, who is lured back out of retirement for a covert and dangerous mission into the Venezuelan jungle.

Adepo is best know for playing Michael Murphy in the HBO television series The Leftovers and for his role as Cory Maxson in the film adaptation of August Wilson's play, Fences.

Gloria Bonalde - Played by Cristina Umana

Cristina Umana plays Gloria Bonalde

Gloria Bonalde is a woman who fearlessly balances her career in politics with the demands of motherhood. Charismatic and confident, she displays unnatural courage and a strong moral centre to take on corruption and the political system.

You may recognise Colombian actress Cristina from her role as Judy Moncada in the Netflix series Narcos.

President Nicolas Reyes - Played by Jordi Molla

Jordi Molla in Jack Ryan season two

Molla plays the powerful and charismatic leader of Venezuela, who uses his intelligence and strategic mind to lead his country and battle his foes. Ryan quickly runs into his path in season one and they don't see eye-to-eye.

The Spanish star's CV includes Knight and Day, Ibiza, Riddick, Blow and Bad Boys II.

Molla's co-stars sang his praises and were impressed by the actor's ability to bring the season two villain to life.

"He’s such a very dedicated actor. He’s extremely committed to his role and it was amazing to watch," said Krasinski.

"It’s really hard to play the bad guy and play it believably and not do it arch. It was incredible to get a guy like that come in who can really fill that need. It’s the biggest need and focus for the show - it’s what is driving Jack, it’s where we’re all heading and it’s the whole direction of the show. It’s a takedown story and a personal story for Jack, as he had taken my best friend. That made Jordi so much fun to play with."

Wendell Pierce added: "He was very, very intense. The scenes that I had with him were all incredibly intense. At the end of the shoot, I thought, 'let him have his space. Allow him to do his work'. We didn’t interact at all. But the moment, the second, we knew we had finished working together, he turned to me and we talked about the craft of acting for half an hour, he talked about all our scenes together and all of a sudden it was like he was my best friend.

"That’s one of the incredible things about this show, meeting actors of his calibre, coming on board from around the world."

Ubarri - Played by Francisco Denis

Francisco Denis

Ubarri is a senior government official in Venezuela and is a man of wisdom, intellect and force. A childhood friend of President Reyes, the dynamic between the duo plays a pivotal role in the political storyline.

Francisco is a Venezuelan actor, whose biggest roles came in 2013 film The Liberator and as Miguel Rodriguez.

Neil Stuke

Neil Stuke will star in Jack Ryan season two

Ryan's latest investigation leads him on a trip to London midway through the adventure and the English capital is where some of the most dramatic scenes in the whole season were filmed.

British actors who star in key roles alongside Krasinski include Neil Stuke, an actor best know for his roles in Doctor Foster, legal drama Silk and the sitcom Game On. He posted a picture of himself working on Jack Ryan on his Twitter account.

Anthony Head

Anthony Head - Jack Ryan season two

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor also stars in Jack Ryan season two, entering the show when Ryan heads to London.

The English actor is best known for his role as Rupert Giles in Buffy, as Uther Pendragon in Merlin and for his comedy cameos in Little Britain as the Prime Minister.

His credits also include The Iron Lady, The Inbetweeners Movie and Abi Morgan legal drama The Split.

Season 1 cast

Dr Cathy Mueller – Played by Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish in Jack Ryan season one

A workaholic research physician specializing in infectious diseases, Muller first meets Ryan at her father's lavish birthday party.

Despite not having the time or desire for a serious relationship, chemistry quickly blossoms between Cathy and Jack.

Cathy's work at Washington Memorial Hospital and expertise in infectious diseases crosses over with Jack's investigations in season one into an Ebola terrorism attack on the United States.

SPOILER ALERT: She doesn't appear in season two and Ryan tells new acquaintances that he is single.

Where have you seen her before?

Cornish is a native Australian and an acclaimed young actress best known for her starring roles in the independent films Candy (2006), opposite Heath Ledger, and Somersault (2004), with Sam Worthington.
She appeared in the Academy Award-nominated Martin McDonagh film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Discovery Channel’s three-part miniseries Klondike, opposite Richard Madden, Sam Shepard, and Tim Roth.

In 2012 Cornish appeared in Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, opposite Colin Farrell,Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken. That same year, she also starred in the independent drama The Girl. The previous year Cornish starred in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, with Emily Browning; and Limitless, co-starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.

Mousa Bin Suleiman – Played by Ali Suliman

Ali Suliman in Jack Ryan

Orphaned during the Lebanese War, this ambitious, Sorbonne-educated financial genius attacks the West while expanding his power base in Syria. Suleiman seeks to establish a unified Islamic caliphate even as his own family falls apart.

Where have you seen him before?

Suliman has recently been seen in major roles in Peter Kosminsky’s miniseries The State, for Channel 4 and Dan Futterman and Alex Gibney’s The Looming Tower. Suliman received many accolades for his performance in 2005’s Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning feature Paradise Now, playing one of two boyhood friends recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The groundbreaking and controversial feature from director Hany Abu-Assad went on to win several international awards and had a successful theatrical release. 

Previously, Suliman co-starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg, and garnered critical acclaim for his performance in the lead role in Ziad Doueiri’s feature The Attack, which won top prizes at the 2012 San Sebastian and Seattle film festivals.

Suliman made his American film debut in The Kingdom, opposite Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper, his first collaboration with Peter Berg.

He also appeared in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, and Rattle the Cage, for award-winning director Majid Al Ansari. Suliman’s small-screen credits include Showtime’s Homeland.

Hanin Suleiman – Played by Dina Shihabi

Dina Shihabi in Jack Ryan

Married off to Suleiman when she was young, Hanin is the devoted mother of their son and two daughters. After she flees Syria to protect her children from Suleiman’s increasingly brutal actions, Hanin proves herself an invaluable ally to Jack and his team.

Where have you seen her before?

Shihabi is a Saudi Arabian-born actress currently based in New York City. Living most of her life in Dubai, Shihabi moved to New York and became the first woman born in the Middle East to be accepted to both the Juilliard and NYU graduate acting programs.

She received her M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Shihabi is probably best known for Sean Mullin’s independent feature Amira & Sam, in which she starred opposite Martin Starr. She also appeared in a recurring role on the CBS drama Madam Secretary.

Shihabi is a trained hip-hop and jazz dancer who danced in Saturday Night Live digital shorts featuring Emma Stone and Justin Timberlake. She has also appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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