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 second season this autumn on Amazon Prime Video.

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.

Jack Ryan's first season on Amazon Prime Video proved to be such a hit that the show has already been given the go-ahead for a third season.

What happens in season 2?

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.

Who’s who in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan – Meet the cast and characters

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 uncovers a major terrorist plot.

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

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

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 Emily Blunt.

The film centers on a couple raising their children in silence after their family’s survival is threatened by mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. A Quiet Place opened the SXSW Film Festival to rave reviews and has already exceeded industry box-office expectations with an impressive $50.2 million opening weekend, the fifth-best opening of all time for a horror film. After just two weeks in theaters, A Quiet Place crossed the $100 million threshold domestically.

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 starred for nine seasons as charming boy-next-door Jim Halpert on NBC’s Emmy-winning smash hit The Office. His recent film credits include Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, which he also co-wrote with Matt Damon; the Pixar hit Monsters University, to which he lent his voice; legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated film, The Wind Rises; and Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, opposite Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper. Krasinski was previously seen in Big Miracle, Something Borrowed, It’s Complicated, Away We Go, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek the Third, Leatherheads, License to Wed, For Your Consideration, and Kinsey.

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 1, Greer's success with Ryan earned him a job as deputy station chief in Moscow.

Where have you seen him before?

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, Parker, Lay the Favorite, Elsa & Fred, Ray, Love Ranch, Angst & Alienation in America, A Hole in One, The Fighting Temptations, The 24 Hour Woman, Volcano, Bulworth, Get on the Bus, Sleepers, Waiting to Exhale, It Could Happen to You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Malcolm X, Husbands and Wives, A Rage in Harlem, Bonfire of the Vanities, Casualties of War, Ishtar, Patty Hearst, and The Money Pit.

Pierce’s memoir, The Wind in the Reeds, was published to rave reviews in 2015.

Dr Cathy Mueller – Played by Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish 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, Greer is eager to get back to the front lines in the War on Terror.

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.

These Australian productions garnered her Best Lead Actress awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia. She won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) award in the same category for Somersault and received a nomination for Candy. Cornish recently filmed Amma Asante’s wartime race drama Where Hands Touch and appeared in the Academy Award-nominated Martin McDonagh film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She was also seen in Lavender, from filmmaker Ed Gass-Donnelly; José Padilha’s remake of RoboCop, alongside Joel Kinnaman; and Geostorm, directed by Dean Devlin. On the small screen, she appeared in 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; Limitless, co-starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper; and W.E., which screened at both the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2010 Cornish lent her voice to the animated film Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, directed by ZackSnyder. In 2008, Cornish starred as the female lead in Stop-Loss, directed by Kimberly Peirce, and in 2007 she starred opposite Cate Blanchett in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Also in season 2

John Hoogenakker will be back with a bigger role in season 2, playing Black Ops operative Garth.

Season two has added Noomi Rapace to the cast as German intelligence agent Harry Baumann and Michael Kelly (House of Cards) as CIA field officer Mike November.

Jovan Adepo, Jordi Molla, Cristina Umaña, Francisco Denis and Tom Wlaschiha will also have recurring roles in season 2.

Season 1 cast

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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