Fear the Walking Dead is back this June for season 3 and promises to be the most exciting instalment of the apocalyptic drama yet.
Ahead of the series 3 premiere on Monday, June 5th BT TV 332/381 HD - take a look at whose coming back and which new stars will be joining the cast.
Madison Clark - Kim Dickens
“The devil you know...”
In season three, Madison moves beyond mercy. She promises herself never to repeat the mistakes of the past. If that means she must embrace brutality, so be it. As Madison evolves over the course of this season, we will see her turn even darker. Her ends are pure, but her means are morally compromised. She will sacrifice compassion – and she will risk those she holds most dear. In pursuit of Nick, Madison leads Travis and Alicia through the aftermath of the battle that ended season two – a fight that could have taken Nick and Luciana’s lives. Madison has reconnected with Travis, but Alicia is emotionally fractured by her murder of Andres. Their search for Nick will take them north into the United States. What they discover offers her family hope but demands sacrifice, and blood will be shed. Madison’s maternal obligation will not weaken and she will evolve into our apocalyptic queen.
Kim Dickens has proven herself to be a versatile actress, portraying a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career in television and film. Vanity Fair described Dickens as one of the most reliably appealing actors working today. In 2016, Dickens was seen in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. In 2014, Dickens was seen co-starring in David Fincher’s critically acclaimed psychological thriller Gone Girl, opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. From 2010 to 2013, Dickens co-starred in HBO’s award winning drama “Tremé.”
From 2008 to 2009, Dickens co-starred in NBC’s smash hit “Friday Night Lights” which depicted the trials and tribulations of a smalltown Texas football team, their friends, family and coaching staff. From 2006 to 2009, Dickens had a guest arc in ABC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series “Lost.” In 2005, Dickens co-starred in the Golden Globe Award-nominated satirical comedy Thank You for Smoking. From 2004 to 2006, Dickens was seen in HBO’s Golden Globe Award-winning drama series “Deadwood.” In 2001, Dickens starred opposite Gabriel Mann in Allison Anders’s The Things Behind the Sun. Outside of acting, in 2015, Dickens became an Ambassador for the National Women’s History Museum and resides in Los Angeles.
Daniel Salazar - Ruben Blades
Guess who's back? Presumed dead after a fire in season two, Daniel Salazar returned in the third episode of the third season as Strand's "guardian angel".
Daniel was forced into this situation because of his beloved wife Griselda’s generosity. Were it not for her kindness, he never would have let Travis and family into his shop; their story would have run a very different course. In Daniel’s mind, the sins of his past have been visited on his wife and his daughter. Daniel knows his relationship with Ofelia may never be as it was before, but that won’t stop him from doing everything he can to protect her. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.
Rubén Blades is an artist whose work spans many media and arenas. He will next be seen starring in Hands Of Stone opposite Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez and John Turturro, and recently appeared in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, opposite Michael Fassbender.
Blades has played memorable roles in films helmed by such acclaimed directors and talent as Robert Redford in The Milagro Beanfield War, Robert Rodriguez in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spike Lee in Mo’ Better Blues, Alan Pakula in The Devil’s Own, and Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes. He was also seen in Safe House, opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Blades was nominated for three Emmys for his roles in the television movies The Josephine Baker Story, Crazy From The Heart, and The Maldonado Miracle. His work in over 35 films and documentaries also won Blades a Cable ACE Award, plus Independent Spirit and ALMA nods. The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors honored him with its Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award, and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation honored him with its Arts Award.
In addition to his film work, Blades is a composer and vocalist, and one of the most successful artists in the history of Latin music. His landmark albums in classic Afro-Cuban salsa, as well as Afro-Cuban music touched with rock, jazz, pan-Latin, and other influences from around the world have won 14 Grammy® Awards, including one in the World Music category. Blades has collaborated with rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, reggaeton, and salsa artists, and has composed hundreds of songs and dozens of hits, known for their eloquent, politically-aware lyrics, colorful characters, and memorable melodies. ASCAP honored him with its Founders Award, and the Grammy Recording Academy with its Heroes Award.
Beyond Blades artistic success, he holds degrees in political science and law from the University of Panama, and an LLM from Harvard Graduate Law School. The Loeb Music Library at Harvard University formed The Rubén Blades Archives in 2009 with the purpose of collecting his work and papers. He has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from Berkeley University in California (Chicano Studies), Lehman College in the Bronx (Humanities) and the Berklee College of Music in Boston (Music).
In 2006 the president of Chile awarded Blades the Pablo Neruda Order of Cultural Merit, and in 2010 the president of Ecuador honored him with their Orden Nacional al Mérito Cultural.
Blades has always had an eye for political activism. In 1994 he formed a political party, Movimiento Papa Egoró (“Mother Earth” in the indigenous Embera language), and ran for President of the Republic of Panama, coming in third place with 18% of the vote. In 2000 Blades was named U.N. World Ambassador Against Racism in 2000. He epitomizes a true Renaissance man.
Travis Manawa - Cliff Curtis
"Nature always wins..."
Travis meant something different when he lectured on Jack London and “survival” a lifetime ago. The apocalypse has consumed and broken him. But will it now build him back up? What remains of his family is precious. He loves Madison and he owes Alicia a debt. Travis will defend them, but do so in a different way. Travis tried embracing compassion and it cost him. He lost a part of himself, but it has been replaced by something stronger. He finds himself closer to Madison than he’s been in a long time – they have both committed dark acts, both lost their sons. Madison has made sacrifices for Travis and he will kill for her. He betrayed Liza’s dying wish to protect their son but he won’t fail to protect what remains. Opening season three, Travis’s state of mind is spartan and exacting; his default setting primeval. But will he find redemption?
A successful film and television actor with a varied body of work, Cliff Curtis’s career encompasses a wide range of compelling performances spanning more than two decades. Curtis is currently in production on the Warner Bros. sci-fi action-thriller Meg. His recent releases include the Sony feature Risen, the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, opposite Joseph Fiennes; and the Broad Green release, The Dark Horse, an inspirational true story which he also executive produced.
Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, New Zealand and is of Maori descent. He attended the New Zealand Drama School, and then the Teatro Dmitri Scoula in Switzerland. After returning to New Zealand from Europe, his first ever role was in the Academy Award®-winning film, The Piano.
Subsequent roles in New Zealand include: the camp melodrama Desperate Remedies; the gruelling urban drama Once Were Warriors; and the lighthearted comedy Jubilee. In Hollywood, Curtis has played an array of diverse roles and ethnicities ranging from a Colombian in Blow, opposite Johnny Depp; an Arab in Three Kings, opposite George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg; and a Latino in Training Day, opposite Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
Other film credits include: The Insider, alongside Al Pacino and Russell Crowe; Runaway Jury, alongside John Cusack; Martin Scorsese¹s Bringing Out the Dead; and M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Curtis also played the role of Paikea’s father, Porourangi, in Whale Rider. In 2007, Curtis turned his hand to producing, and among his credits are Taika Waititi¹s debut feature, the geek comedy Eagle vs Shark starring Jermaine Clement and, later, another Waititi feature, Boy, which became the highest grossing local film in New Zealand history. On television, Curtis appeared in Fox’s “Gang Related” as Javier Acosta and as FBI Agent Dax Miller on ABC’s “Missing".
Nick Clark - Frank Dillane
"The redemption of the prodigal son..."
Nick’s first action as a leader led everyone into a trap and their deadly encounter with a militia group has scattered members of the Colonia throughout Tijuana. Having finally embraced the living and found hope, he quickly finds a darker, more desperate world at the end of season two. Nick has grown up considerably. Except for the brief moment that he thought he was bringing something good to Luciana and her people, he’s been knocked back and no longer feels immortal. The spirituality he sought at the Colonia may or may not exist and he’s going to have to rebound as he heads into season three.
Frank Dillane trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), graduating in 2013.As a child, he played Christopher Henderson in Welcome to Sarajevo, directed by Michael Winterbottom.When he was sixteen, he played Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Princeand later Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Warner Bros).During his first year at RADA, he filmed the role of James Papadopoulos in the film Papadopoulos & Sons.Immediately upon graduating, he played Eugene Marchbanks in Candida at the Theatre Royal Bath.
He then filmed the role of Coffin in In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard. After this, he went on to film the role of Keyes in Viena and The Fantomes, directed by Gerardo Naranjo which will be released in 2017.For television, Dillane played Shugs in season one of “Sense 8,” directed by Lilly and Lana Wachowski and was then cast in “Fear of the Walking Dead” playing the part of Nick. During the hiatus between seasons, he has filmed the lead role of Alex in Astral, directed by Chris Mul. Aside from acting, Dillane is part of the band Tinker Wright.
Alicia Clark - Alycia Debnam-Carey
"I think I'm in trouble..."
Alicia matured in season two and she and her mother became closer than ever before. Nick is not a challenge for her mother’s love anymore and that has given Alicia a sense of purpose and confidence. In the apocalypse, swift action can mean life or death – yours or someone else’s. Alicia has also now taken a life, the one thing Madison never wanted or expected she would do, but in some respects it tragically bonds mother and daughter. Shaken after murdering Andres to defend Travis, Alicia has lost her future and needs someone or something to blame. If she finds that person or thing, then maybe she can rationalise what she’s done.
An Australian native who made her feature film debut in Rachel Ward’s Martha’s New Coat, Alycia Debnam-Carey recently starred alongside Rufus Sewell in the thriller The Devil’s Hand and in the action thriller Into the Storm with Richard Armitage. She has also appeared in such short films as Jigsaw Girl, At the Tattooist and The Branch. Debnam-Carey will star in the forthcoming Warner Bros. Germany feature film Unfriend.On the small screen, Debnam-Carey is currently starring in the AMC series “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to “The Walking Dead.”
She portrayed Lexa in the second season of the CW’s “The 100” and reprised her role in season three. Among her TV credits are roles in the popular series “McLeod’s Daughters” and “Dance Academy” and she appeared in the telefilm Dream Life. Debnam-Carey was a runner up in the 2012 Heath Ledger Scholarship, touting Australia’s new young talent, and was recently named “One of the Actors to Watch” in the Australians in Film trade magazine. Debnam-Carey currently resides in Los Angeles
Victor Strand - Colman Domingo
"What has value in this world?"
“What has value in this world?”The last time we saw Strand was in the rearview mirror as Travis, Madison and Alicia fled the destruction they wrought at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Recuperating from a stab wound, he’s not ready to hit the road yet and stays behind where there is food, water and relative safety. Calculating his next moves amongst the community of hotel refugees, Strand remains true to his word to Madison when they parted: He is going to survive. He has always been swift to analyse any situation and adapt to his circumstances. But his loss of Thomas Abigail is different, leaving Strand reeling and the departure of Madison with Travis and Alicia didn’t help matters. Just as Alicia must find a reason to survive, Strand must find a reason to live. He needs a new compass to plot a destination and a new currency to finance the trip. What has value in this world now?
Colman Domingo is an award-winning actor, playwright, and director. Den of Geekwrote: “A lot of Strand’s appeal stems from Colman Domingo himself. He’s a compelling actor with an incredible screen presence.” On the big screen, Domingo can be seen with an all-star cast in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, opposite Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King and Nate Parker. Domingo also recently completed filming Netflix’s First Match, directed by Olivia Newman.
As an Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominee and OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award winner, Domingo has solidified himself as a veteran. As a director, Domingo could most recently be seen at the helm of the West Coast production of Barbecue, written by Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O’Hara.
He is also on faculty at The National Theater Institute (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center) and guest-lectured and mentored in many colleges and universities around the country. Domingo has directed for Berkeley Rep, as well as Lincoln Center Director’s Lab
Ofelia Salazar - Mercedes Mason
"I've always been one step behind hope..."
Ofelia proves to be a survivor equal to her father. Free of her parents and the burden they once represented, but trapped with those not her family, Ofelia chose a different path. She chose to deny the apocalypse, deny fatalism. She tried to reach the man she once loved and lost. Ofelia is resourceful like her parents and can manipulate situations to her benefit. She does not believe in sanctuary anymore, and she is no longer a supporter and nurturer. She will reconnect with Madison and her family, but she is now the woman who abandoned them, left them in a zombie-infested hotel and stole their transportation. She followed hope, but how will it repay her? And who was the mystery man who confronted her at the border?
Born into a multi-national family, Mason moved to the United States from Sweden at the age of 12. She was quickly discovered by Ford Modelling Agency, which launched her into an international modelling career while she was still attending high school. Following her years of modelling as a teen, Mason began acting at the age of 22, first appearing on the daytime soap opera, “One Life to Live.”Mason has appeared on over 20 network television series. She starred as the lead of the Fox’s “Bones” spin-off “The Finder” opposite Oscar®-nominated Michael Clarke Duncan and Geoff Stults.
Mason starred alongside Emmy® Award winner Terry O’Quinn and Emmy nominee Vanessa Williams on ABC’s mystery series “666 Park Ave.” Mason has appeared on critically acclaimed series such as HBO’s “Entourage,” “The Closer,” “Castle,” and in a recurring role on fan-favourite series, “Chuck.” Additionally, Mason starred in a major arc in the final season of Showtime’s “Californication.” She continues to recur on “NCIS: LA” as DEA Agent Talia Del Campo.Additionally, Mason starred in the horror film Quarantine 2 and in the romantic comedy, Ana Maria in Novela Land.Mason resides in Los Angeles with her husband, David Denman.
Luciana Galvez - Danay Garcia
"Cuando no tienes nada..."
When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose. Luciana is a woman accustomed to compartmentalising. She did so when she left home for Tijuana. She did so when her mother died trying to reach her, when her brother Pablo was taken by the Sombras, and when her prophet proved false. She is a strong woman – strong before the apocalypse, stronger during it, but Luciana’s weakening now. And it’s not just the gunshot that felled her at the end of season two – she has lost her people, her place, and now she’s left wounded with only Nick to provide. She knows his default setting is flight. And his one selfless act, the one time he returned, resulted in the death of many of her people and her own injury. Luciana starts questioning her future and it will fall on Nick to bolster her and convince her that she needs to fight, to survive because of what she’s lost. She has an obligation, a duty to survive where others have fallen and to fight for the very thing her family lost.
Garcia has been working steadily in film and television since arriving in the United States from Cuba in 2003.Television audiences first got to know Garcia as the star of the popular Fox series “Prison Break” which ran for four seasons beginning in 2006. Garcia played the lead role of Sofia Lugo during the final two seasons of the series and achieved instant fame, appearing in hundreds of magazines around the world. Garcia has also appeared in episodes of “Supernatural,” “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: New York.”
Garcia just completed filming the action-thriller film Loca, costarring Lou Diamond Phillips, Steven Bauer, Emilio Rivera and Danny Trejo, which will be released in 2017. Other film credits include Liz in September, by acclaimed director Fina Torres; Eternal Ashes, which opened to critical acclaim at the Montreal Film Festival; Rehab; Peep World; From Mexico With Love; Havana Rush; and Danika, a psychological thriller co-starring Marisa Tomei.
A highly sought-after model, Garcia has been featured in print ads for brands including Mercedes-Benz and Macy’s and has appeared in countless US and international fashion magazines. Garcia is also classically trained in ballet.Garcia is the only Cuban actress currently in the US who was born in her homeland and granted political asylum by the United States in 2003. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jeremiah Ott Sr. - Dayton Callies
A patriotic border militiaman who railed against the region’s cartel violence and illegal immigration, Otto patrolled his cattle ranch and linked with other like-minded men and organisations throughout the Southwest. He built a network, became a leader and planned contingencies for the inevitable fall of the American empire — not just a simple survival strategy but a DIY guide for resurrecting society. Otto always expected the fall of democracy but he didn’t plan on the rise of the Dead. Either way, there’s an opportunity to rebuild. The people of Broke Jaw Ranch are ready and tracks have been laid. Does this new society in the making offer Madison’s family hope?
Best known for his role as Chief Wayne Unser on highly acclaimed FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and also as Charlie Utter on HBO’s “Deadwood,” veteran actor Dayton Callie has amassed a wealth of film, television and stage credits during his career spanning two decades. He has performed in over 20 Off-Broadway stage productions in New York City. His television credits include everything from “Kate and Allie” to “K-Ville,” “John from Cincinnati,” “The Miniature Killer,” episodes of “CSI” and dozens of other top-rated shows.
Callie’s feature film credits include The Devil’s Carnival; The Last Days of Frankie the Flyand Executive Target, both of which he wrote and starred in; The Final Season; Undisputed; Derailed; and Volcano. In 2009, he performed in his first horror movie, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2. The Motel Life, in which he starred with Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff, was released in 2012. The Devil’s Carnival II was released last autumn. Most recently, he starred in Darren Lynn Bousman’s Abbatoir, which was released in theatres in December 2016.
Troy Otto - Daniel Sharman
The youngest son of Jeremiah Otto, Troy has embraced the violence of the Apocalypse. He would kill to protect his father, his family, and his people – and often does. Despite growing up in the same environment as his brother, he developed a wilder personality without the tempering that his brother’s education has given him. He is intensely suspicious of outsiders and more militant than his older brother. Troy has a dark side and while he presents as something of a psychopath and a sadist, he has an intense charisma that draws people to him. Troy’s isolationist viewpoint is more in line with his father’s beliefs, and that may make him better-suited to leading in this new post-apocalyptic world. It may also make him more popular among his father’s followers.
Troy OttoDaniel Sharman made his feature debut in Stephen Fox’s The Last Days of Edgar Hardingand went on to star opposite Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, and Mickey Rourke in Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Within the past few years, Sharman starred in “The Originals” and “Teen Wolf.” Prior to that, he appeared in “Inspector Lewis” as well as Alex Dewhurst’s TV movie Starting Over. Sharman was born and raised in the UK and, at a young age, spent two years at the Royal Shakespeare Company which offered him a five-year contract to join. He went on to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Jeremiah "Jake" Ott Jr. - Sam Underwood
The first born of a border militiaman who spent his life preparing for the fall of democracy, Jake is the scion of a prepper family with mixed feelings about his father’s militant philosophy. His father saw to it that Jake earned an education so he could serve as an advisor to his nationalist father. While in school, Jake gained a larger worldview and began to recognise the uglier side of his father’s ideology. Jake is ready to rebuild with his father but they do not share the same vision of a better nation. While his father is willing to achieve his goals by any means necessary, Jake is more reluctant to shed blood. Jake’s the good son, obligated to carry out his father’s charge. Is he up for the task? And will his men, his father’s men, follow him?
Sam Underwood, originally hailing from England, most recently starred opposite Kevin Bacon in the hit drama “The Following” in which he played twins Mark and Luke. Other recent television appearances include “Dexter,” “Homeland,” and “Power.” Underwood is also the founder of Fundamental Theater Project, a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to supporting international artists in NY. His stage work includes Peter Shaffer’s Equus, opposite Alec Baldwin; Hamlet, opposite Alec Baldwin and Kate Mulgrew; and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’s In Masks Outrageous and Austere, opposite Shirley Knight. He is also Creative Director of Initiative | 26, a production company dedicated to dynamic storytelling, developing new material with emerging artists and reimagining classic texts, as they speak to the personal and political climate of our modern age.
Lola Guerrero - Lisandra Tena
In the old world, Lola Guerrero worked for the water utility Poragua, responsible for water treatment in the Gonzalez Dam outside of Tijuana and water distribution throughout the city and its environs. Since the outbreak, she’s become something of a saint to the people of the city, administering to masses, struggling to provide medicine for the sick and dying. The Gonzalez Dam’s been taken over by less savoury forces and Lola now finds herself caught between her allegiance to the people and her need to defend the reservoir. She’s caught in a vice - until a ghost arrives to rescue the saint.
Lisandra Tena is a Mexican-American actress born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She began her acting training at Working Classroom in Albuquerque and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Acting from the prestigious Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. To list a few, her theatre credits include Mother Road (Goodman Theatre), Crime Scene and This Is Not a Cure for Cancer (Collaboraction Theater Company), Augusta and Noble (Adventure Stage) and Your Problem with Men (Los Angeles Theatre Center).
She has performed her self-written one-woman show, Guera, in Chicago, New Mexico, and Arizona, and her Los Angeles debut is scheduled in August of 2017. She has appeared in numerous short films, commercials, voiceovers, and as Lina Ochoa on the NBC television show “Chicago PD.” In 2013, the Chicago Tribune named her One of the Top 10 New Faces in Chicago Theater. She was a recipient of the 2015 Residency Fellowship from the Women’s International Study Center and is an ensemble member of Teatro Luna.
Fear the Walking Dead returns on Monday, June 5 at 9pm on AMC – exclusive to BT customers.
Watch AMC on BT TV channel 332/381 HD and BT Sport pack subscribers on Sky Guide channel 192.
The double-bill premiere will also be simulcast with the US at 2am on Sunday, June 5.
The premiere episode will also be shown on BT Sport Showcase on Freeview channel 115.
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