Nick Lewis as
EVAN HAVEN is the middle child in the Haven brood. He has spent his life proving to his father that he is worthy of running Empire, though he has long been living in his brother Thomas's shadow. For years he loved his best friend Marin Lively, but feared of losing her friendship if he shared his true feelings.
Finally, Evan and Marin confessed their love for one another in Season 2, but it all came crashing down around Evan when he betrayed Marin's confidence by printing her sister's teen pregnancy on the cover of Empire. Now, Marin is out of Evan's life and he must learn to pick up the pieces and move on without her.
Nick Lewis recently moved to New York from Chicago where he worked with the TONY Award-Winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers' Theatre, the side project, and WBEZ, among others. Since arriving in New York, Nick has appeared in the short films Solstice 21 and The Reformation and has worked with the Intentional Theatre Group and Ars Nova. Recent shows include Never/Cracked (named Outstanding Production of a Special Event at The Midtown International Theatre Festival), An American Werewolf in Equus, and Mimi at the 44th Parallel.
Ryan Clardy as
CANE HAVEN is a private detective. The youngest Haven brother, Cane was booted out of the family sometime after coming out as a gay man. He left Long Island for New York City and had a long term relationship with Alex Russo, which ended when Alex was shot to death in Season 2. Cane's investigation into Alex's murder in Season 3 led him down a path that he never would have expected and turned old friends into sworn enemies.
Ryan Clardy (nominated for "Best Performance by a Lead Actor" Indie Soap Award for Empire) is a New York based tv, theatre, and film actor. Most recently he appeared on One Life To Live chasing cars and bungling investigations as a Seattle Cop, Lt. Hicks. Some of his theatre credits include Scandalous People (NY Fringe 2009); David Mamet's premiere adaptation of Voysey Inheritance (Kansas City Rep); I Do, I Do (Bay Theatre); A Man's a Man (Arena Stage); Floyd Collins & Snapshot (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Running & Galileo (Milk Can Theatre); How to Succeed..., Sunday in the Park with George, Ragtime, & Comic Potential (Heritage Repertory); and Funny Girl & Miss Saigon (Seaside Theatre).
His film work includes Off Season, an indie horror film, a lead in indie film Turkey Day and roles in the Language Learning Project for Reader’s Digest and short film Knock Knock. He earned his BA in Acting and Directing from the University of Virginia and worked toward an MFA at the University of Missouri: Kansas City.
Annalisa Derr as
KATHERINE VALENTINE'S childhood was spent raised by her now-deceased mother, who was the former maid for Cubbie and Sandra Haven. When she was a teenager, Katherine's mother died and the Havens took her in as their maid.
Katherine had no idea that her biological father is Cubbie Haven. And Sandra Haven planned to keep it that way at any cost, going so far as to lock Katherine away in a secret room in Season 2. Rescued from the room in Season 3, Katherine moved to NYC with Cane, her long time friend who she now knew was her brother. Her relationship with Cane was strained however following Cane shooting his best friend Rodney in the chest in an attempt to avenge his dead boyfriend's murder.
Annalisa Derr attended LAByrinth Theater's Master Class, has her BA in theatre from Willamette University, and has specialized training in Commedia del'Arte from Accademia del'Arte in Italy.
She performs both in front of the camera and on stage, with over 20 stage credits under her belt. She loves experimental/physically based theater, and is a member of Seattle based Nebunele Theater. Other passions include: singing, tango, traveling, making cappuccinos.
Josh Davis as
JESSE JORDAN is an old friend of Rachel Stone's who came to Long Island following Rodney's death… well what they thought was Rodney's death before they learned he was faking his death to investigate Irving Reed.
Jesse is a photo journalist who previously ran a wedding photography business in Indiana. Jesse is bisexual and now that he's set his roots in Long Island with a job at Empire, he is looking for love.
Theater: Les Miserables, Beauty & The Beast, White's Lies, My First Time, The Last 5 Years, Guys & Dolls. TV & Film: Law & Order, The Beautiful Life, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live. Josh also produced and acted in the feature film The Graduates. His voice can be heard on numerous TV and Radio commercials as well as the audio book, Miracle in the Andes.
He is a proud member of A.E.A and SAG-AFTRA. He is also the Senior editor for hemp.com an educational and advocacy site for industrial hemp. Online at joshadamdavis.com
Lise Fisher as
RACHEL STONE is the new co-host of Theodora's gossip TV show, TGH. This job did not come a moment too soon, as she was burnt out as the office manager at Empire and frankly sick and tired of all things Haven-related. Rachel can be a little off-putting when you first meet her, due to her sharp wit and sarcastic tongue, but all that sarcasm and sass hides a big heart.
Her heart was broken in Season 3 when she believed Rodney was dead only to discover he had faked his death while working for Cubbie Haven. Now that she knows the truth, it's unlikely she will be forgiving Rodney too soon.
Lise Fisher is a dynamic actor and writer born and bred in New York. Her most recent film credits include principal roles in the Independent feature film ‘Insidious’ which just won the NYIFF best director award this fall and ‘Daft Queens’, as well as starring in two web series ‘3X Harder’ and ‘Bounty Warz’ in conjunction with Troopers Touch Films and Action Scene Combat productions. In addition to film Lise has also had a love for the theatre all her life taking to the stage as early as 5 years old in church productions. She’s performed on several New York stages, even having the pleasure to perform at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Her most recent Theatre credits include playing the role of Desdemona in Othello at Theater Vision, Sex, Lies and Sometimes Love with the Michael Chekhov Theatre Co, and The Illusion in the Wonderland One Act festival. Lise is thrilled to join the Empire family and with the opportunity to explore this delicious new role.
Christian Barber as
RODNEY DILLON was Cane's best friend and a cop at the local police department in Long Island, before he faked his death to investigate Irving Reed for Cubbie Haven. This choice led him to the discovery that his fiancée, Rachel Stone, had murdered Cane's boyfriend, which ultimately led to Rodney being shot in the chest by Cane. Rodney's recovered from his injuries, but he has a long way to go before he can smooth things over with Cane, Rachel, or his former boss Bailey, who feels personally betrayed by him.
Christian is from the Bronx, NY. He can be seen in the upcoming urban web series 'Six of One' directed by Dwayne Henry and produced by Andre Wilson, as well the post production Iraq war veteran film 'Happy New Year' starring Michael Cuomo. In addition to his recent film work he has also performed in the drama 'Raw' at the Actors's Playhouse in NYC, and the comedy 'Fallout' at the Secret Theatre in Queens. Christian is also a martial arts practitioner and studies at Anderson's Martial Arts Academy in NYC. Christian would like to thank his friends and family for their constant support and the production staff for an opportunity to be a part of this project.
Tina Sloan as
THEODORA GRANT HAVEN
THEODORA GRANT HAVEN is the daughter of West Coast publishing legend Theodore Grant. She is also the widow of East Coast publishing heir/self-made movie star Arthur Haven. While she and Arthur shared a somewhat tumultuous romance, she was shocked and humiliated to read in Empire that Arthur fathered two sons with her sister-in-law, Sandra. Theodora Grant Haven always gets the last laugh and wouldn't take being humiliated by her dead husband lying down. She relocated to Long Island in Season 2 and proceeded to steal Empire away from Cubbie and Sandra and wreck their marriage in the process.
Tina joins Empire following an incredible 26 year run on GUIDING LIGHT as Lillian. Tina's new book CHANGING SHOES has just hits bookstores! The book is all about keeping the twinkle in our lives as we age and finding the meaning of life in the bottom of our closets. She has also been touring the country performing in her one-woman show of the same name. Tina also completed two movies HAPPY NEW YEAR (playing Grace the mother of a badly wounded Iraqi war vet) and BLACK SWAN with Natalie Portman and Winona Ryder where she plays a society woman. Both films are being released shortly. She can currently be seen as Katherine on the web soap VENICE.
Richard Flight as
CUBBIE HAVEN is the second born son to the powerful Long Island publishing Havens. Cubbie's father ran a society magazine, Empire, in one of the wealthiest Long Island neighborhoods. Cubbie's older brother, Arthur, had little interest in Empire, and Cubbie saw how that disheartened their father who desired that his first born son would take over his business.
Cubbie went to school at Harvard where he met both his future wife Sandra and a lifelong friend and rival, Irving Reed. Following college, Cubbie took over Empire and married Sandra and they had three sons, Thomas, Evan, and Cane …
Or so he thought. Cubbie recently learned that Thomas and Evan's biological father is Cubbie's own brother Arthur! Sandra slept with Arthur for revenge after learning Cubbie had an affair with the maid—an affair that produced a child, namely Katherine, who was once Sandra and Cubbie's maid herself! After learning that Sandra locked Katherine away in a secret room to prevent her from claiming any inheritance, Cubbie slept with his brother Arthur's widow, Theodora. He couldn't find it in him to confront Sandra about the secret room, so he simply confessed his affair and she was gone… without even telling him that she was pregnant with his child.
Past television credits include a recurring role on “One Life to Live” a U/5 on “Guiding Light” and a role in the “Psychic Detectives” on Court TV. Richard co-stars as Lenny in the TV pilot, "I Used to Be a Millionaire" and will begin work soon on two independent features--Hoboken Vigilante and North Star. Films: The Sunset Sky, Aversion, Forgiveness and See Saw. Infomercials/Commercials: “Teach Me To Trade,” Osteo-Bi-Flex, Connecticare, B2x.com, and Fox Business News Channel. He studies with Caymichael Patten.
Orlagh Cassidy as
COLLEEN LIVELY was once a promising young actress who traded fame for love with a popular politician. When her husband died, she was left to care for their daughter Marin. She was a good mother, for a time, but she was also resentful of her daughter's youth and beauty. When she found herself pregnant again seventeen years ago, she vowed to do things differently. She began entering her daughter Lucy into the pageant world very early on. From pageants to agents to movies to parties, Colleen has managed Lucy's life and career very carefully. And for a time, nearly every night of the week, Colleen could be found out boozing it up with Lucy. This was until Lucy became pregnant. At that moment, some long, dormant mothering instincts kicked in and she's vowed to protect Lucy from here on out.
Orlagh Cassidy is thrilled to join the cast of ‘Empire’ after her eleven year run as Doris Wolfe on CBS’ The Guiding Light.
Ms. Cassidy has appeared on Broadway and Off Broadway, most notably in Present Laughter with Frank Langella and The Field at The Irish Rep , which earned her a Drama Desk Nomination. Her television appearances include, “Sex and The City”, “Law and Order”, “Law and Order S.V.U.”, and “Criminal Intent”. Film credits include “Spinning Into Butter”, “Definitely Maybe”, “Motherhood” and “Calling It Quits”. She has recorded many audiobooks and television and radio commercials.
Afton Boggiano as
LUCY LIVELY has been a star all her life. She knows nothing else, and frankly doesn't want to. Unfortunately for Lucy, getting pregnant by her gay best friend has taught her some of the harsh realities that the real world has to offer.
Afton Boggiano is a native New Yorker with stars in her eyes from a very early age. In her High School years she trained with Bert Michaels as a triple threat at the Long Island HS of Performing Arts. At this time she appeared in community shows and also won the National Arts Competition her Sr. year for Musical Theater. Upon graduation with a BFA from Montlcair State University, Afton found herself in high demand.
She did shows for the Michael Chekov Theater Company, and independent films of all different types. She acted in commercials for ikeepsafe.com, NintendoDS, and Clearisil. She appears in The Forest Is Red as a singer in the band.
She appeared on TV featured briefly on CW's Gossip Girl and the Tyra Show; and Discovery! Channel's Popular Science: Future of.
Afton is eager, excited, and animated. She's a homerun! Much of her recent training has been developed under the guidance of Susan Batson and the teaching staff at Black Nexxus Inc. She is delighted at the success of Empire and dedicates her performance of Lucy to Greg Turner for getting her involved in the webisode soap opera; and to you all for watching!
Toby Levin as
JAKE HARPER is now 17. His life as a prostitute on Long Island was so two years ago. His crush on his foster-dad Alex ended with a literal bang when Alex was murdered. Now, Jake has to deal with a one night stand he had with a girl… his best friend Lucy… and the baby that she is now carrying as a result of that one night stand.
Toby Levin is a graduate of Bennington College where he appeared in many productions, including In the Heart of America by Naomi Wallace and Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Recent credits include The Taming of the Shrew at the EndTimes Undergound Theatre, The Seed, winner Best Play in the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Summer ‘08, and numerous student films.
Yvonne Perry as
VALERIE is an old friend of Colleen Lively's. Much of her past is still unknown to us, but she and Colleen know one another very well. Even though they have not been in great touch over the last several years, Valerie is devoted to her old friend Colleen and she is not afraid to tell her when she gets out of line.
Yvonne was cast in the contract role of Rosanna Cabot on the CBS Soap As The World Turns in 1992. In this role she won the series' first Soap Opera Digest Award in 1993, for "Outstanding Female Newcomer in Daytime" - the character was temporarily written off the show and Yvonne left for London to study with the Royal National Theatre. Other stage credits include Intimate Apparel (Capital Rep, Albany NY), Picnic & All My Sons (Oldcastle Theatre Co., VT).
More info is available at her website, http://www.yvonneperry.com.
Harlan J Strauss as
IRVING REED and Cubbie met in college. They were friends and rivals instantly and that tumultuous relationship continues today. Irving is ruthless in his career as a high powered attorney. He has recently kicked his son Landon out of the house and he is currently married to his second wife, a young, former stripper named Kinky. He is also currently under investigation for fraud and embezzlement.
Harlan J Strauss has entered the acting world with a strong background in international negotiations, diplomacy, and legal affairs. During his time as a senior adviser to the last several Secretaries of Defense, he negotiated more than 20 international treaties and agreements. As a character actor, he has been sought after for roles as executive, government official, doctor, professor in more than 35 films over the last two years. More recently he has played the lead role (Harry Caul) in a remake of FF Coppola's 1974 classic The Conversation. Other credits include the CMJ award-winning The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch; the Valet in Sartre's No Exit; the US President in the musical Opening Night of the Living Dead; and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Harlan studied at the Stella Adler School of Acting, and privately with Ron Burrus and Bill Hopkins.
Visit his website: www.harlanjstrauss.com
Mary Leggio as
LESLIE REED was recently at the lowest point of her life, renting a room in her home dirt cheap to try to make ends meet but barely earning enough to pay for her monthly liquor bill. That all changed when she was finally reunited with her son, Landon. Sure she stills drinks, but her outlook on life is a lot brighter now.
Recent credits include an SNL Digital Short with Andy Samburg, originating the role of Cassy Clepstern in Under the Rug, a new play by Jamie Gerardi, and a number of independent films including Waking the Foal by Jamie DeStefano and Paper Bag Blues by Ralph Patterson.
Kevin DeBacker as
LANDON REED could be described as spoiled. His father, Irving Reed gave him everything he ever wanted and he's never worked a day in his life. However, a recent disagreement with Irving led to Landon leaving home and finding his mother, a drunk. What secrets does Landon hide? And what will happen when he and his mother return to Irving's East Hampton estate?
Kevin DeBacker is a New York-based actor/writer who co-wrote and starred in the Upright Citizen's Brigade hit 2Pac: The Musical! -- an ensemble comedy spoofing jukebox musicals. Other UCB projects he wrote and performed in include: Celebrity Funeral: Matthew McCounaghey as Matt's estranged T-shirt, Celebrity Funeral: Sarah Jessica Parker as Hugh Grant, The It Sucked Awards! as The Facebook Dad, Brooks Brothers Clambake! as the JCrew dance crue member, and Iron Man 2 Premiere Party as RoboCop.
Currently, he's working on a one-man sketch show, Kevin DeBacker Is A Prophet of God, a half-hour comedy pilot, and a satirical coffee table book poking fun at Urban Outfitter's "literature". You can see him live hosting, Late Night Rockin' - a monthly comedy music show - at the UCBEast Theater.
His online identity --> kevindebacker.com
Heidi Jane Sparks as
KINKY REED maintains that that is her real name. She is Irving Reed's much younger second wife. Kinky is a former stripper and some are quick to label her a gold-digger, but Kinky claims it is true love she feels for Irving.
Chris J Handley as
LANCE is Theodora Haven's right-hand-man. Lance is ambiguous and sycophantic. To him, Theodora is a supreme sort of being and he will do everything he can to keep her happy. Lance has had a lot of trouble in the love department, but maybe things will change for him soon. Or maybe not.
Chris is excited to be a part of the Empire family this season. He is the creator of "This Just In", a new comedy series.
Morgan Lindsey Tachco as
NORMA NORTON is Empire's trusty cleaning lady. She's good for always telling it like it is.
Molly Burnett as
LISA wants the finer things in life. She just doesn't know how to go about getting them yet. Lisa's a fan of Theodora, a feeling which is not mutual after Lisa left Lance high and dry in Season 3. A sucker for love and a breaker of hearts, Lisa knows she is destined for great things.
Mark Hapka as
TREVOR will be making his first appearance in Season 4. You will learn about him then.
Lauren B Martin as
BAILEY is a sexy, smart and sophisticated police detective who always gets her man. She has had legal tangles with both Cubbie Haven and Irving Reed. Her former protégé was Rodney Dillon who left her to go private to work for Cubbie… and he took all her piling evidence against Irving with him. This clearly did not make Bailey very happy and she will certainly make sure that Rodney knows it.
Lauren B Martin originated roles on "Another World", "As the Word Turns", "All My Children" and "Guiding Light". She was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Series for her role as Camille Bennet on "As The World Turns". Winner of the Best Actress in A Short Film category in the Nosotros American Latino Film Festival for her role in "Beauty." Nominated for best supporting actress In the New York Independent Film and Video Festival for the role of Mary in "The Kings of Brooklyn."
Lauren has voiced roles on Disney"s animated series "My Mom Married a Yetti" and "Archer" to name a few. She has been seen on "Cosby," "Law and Order," and "IFC " comedy spots.
Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest named Lauren one of the 50 most beautiful women in the industry. "God Bless hair and makeup."
Lauren is currently in production directing and staring in the short film "You Are Not Special."
Pajamacations Productions has several productions in the works slated for this spring and summer. Lauren is currently in the studio recording new music for the film "You Are Not Special."
Ellen Dolan as
BAG LADY has started hanging out in the entry way to Empire, a nuisance to Theodora and Lance. She is psychic so she likes to tell everyone what she sees as they come and go. Who is this bag lady really? What secrets does she hold?
Ellen Dolan joined AS THE WORLD TURNS as policewoman Margo Hughes in November 1989, having been asked to consider the part by the late Doug Marland, the then head writer for the CBS daytime drama. (Marland had created Dolan's former role of Maureen Bauer on Guiding Light.)
Dolan debuted on GUIDING LIGHT in 1982, portraying the character for the next four years. Her additional television credits include the made-for-television movies MOTHER'S DAY, MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS AND LOVERS with Helen Shaver and Claude Atkings, and DANCING WITH DANGER, with Cheryl Ladd and Ed Marinaro.
Her stage career began in 1980 at Milwaukee Repertory with roles such as Katrin in MOTHER COURAGE. Her subsequent roles in numerous regional productions have included Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at the Virginia Stage Company, May in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES at the Pennsylvania Stage Company, and Clelia in THE NERD at the Capitol Repertory. She was a founding member of The Studio Three Group and is currently a member of The Workshop Theater Group. With them, she has starred in GRACELAND, which was chosen to take part in the New York Fringe Festival in 2004, PINAPPLE AND HENRY, INTELLECTUALS and most recently a premier production of Paul Weidner's translation of TARTUFFE. Her film debut should be out this summer: MOLLY'S GIRL. She will be stepping in next month for SOAP WEEK playing Angela in MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING.
Dolan was born in Monticello, Iowa but was raised in Decorah, Iowa. She currently lives in New York City's Tribecca area. She and businessman Doug Jeffrey are the proud parents of daughter, Angela Emmett (b. 4/15/00). Dolan celebrates her birthday on October 16.
Von Hottie as
Part pin up, part human graffiti, von Hottie is a New York moment incarnate. From SoHo to Times Square von Hottie spontaneously decorates the urban landscape in an arranged marriage between grandeur and the pedestrian. As a guerrilla performance artist, von Hottie blows a kiss to the glamour of yesterday, winks at modern celebrity culture, rubs up against the digital age, and charges New York City by the hour.
For more on von Hottie, visit vonHottie.com.
Casey Jon Deidrick as
GABE loves Lisa and he loves himself. He also loves money and he hopes Lisa will be his meal ticket. Only time will tell if he's right.
Shane Zeigler as
We first were introduced to Wesley at the beginning of Season 3 in a compromising position with Jake only to proclaim his heterosexuality when Jake tried to take it a step further. As we enter Season 4, Wesley will be making another appearance in Jake's life but how exactly does he fit in at this point? Only time will tell.
Kate Forsatz as
MARIN LIVELY grew up alongside the Havens. Her best friend has always been Evan Haven, but it is Thomas Haven who she was about to marry ... until he tried to pass his teen lover off as an illegitimate son. Still, Marin forgave Thomas enough to let him hide out with her following his stint in prison. And when Marin found out marrying Thomas could give Evan, her boyfriend at the time, full control of Empire, she did what she thought was right, biting the bullet and marrying Thomas. Unfortunately, when Evan discovered Marin was married to his brother, old jealousies and new rages arose within him and he exposed Marin's teen sister's pregnancy on Empire. Marin clearly didn't appreciate that move… she left without a word.
Kate Forsatz, originally from New Jersey, Kate has appeared in projects in New York and Sydney. Some of her theater credits include: Berry, Manhattan Rep.; Limericks from Undisclosed Locations, Larry Myers Theatre Project; Only You, English Made Simple, RS Productions; Hell Hath No Fury, Newtown Theatre, Sydney. Her film credits include: The Camera's Eye, Unreal, Last Kung Fu Monk, Bedfellows, Beautiful Kid. Kate Forsatz is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio and works with coaches Rob McCaskill and Ilse Pfeifer.
Chris Douros as
THOMAS HAVEN was supposed to be the wonder child of the Haven brood. Following a conviction for statutory rape after a tryst with a fifteen year old male hooker, Thomas has fallen from grace. He was last seen hiding out with Marin Lively and tricking her into marrying him. No one knows where he is now.
Chris Douros has worked as a worked as an actor in both New York and Tokyo. In 2009 he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Long Island International Film Expo. He also co-starred in Nu-Yo-Ka-No Eikaiwai-jutsu. A thirteen episode mini-series shot in New York and aired in Japan on the NHK network.
Also, visit www.chrisdouros.com.
Kathryn Neville Browne as
SANDRA HAVEN is from a good New England family. She went to Harvard to find a husband and landed the most eligible bachelor there, Cubbie Haven. Sandra and Cubbie had a fairly flawless relationship, except for each having children outside of their marriage, her with his brother. She kept the knowledge of his illegitimate daughter from him and kept her locked in a secret room to avoid her getting any slice of the Haven pie. Sandra thought she'd have Cubbie wrapped around her little finger when she released his daughter and told him she was pregnant with his child, but before she had a chance, Cubbie slept with Theodora. Sandra left crushed and hasn't contacted Cubbie since then.
Kathryn Neville Browne thoroughly enjoys being the “Grande Dame” of the Haven Dynasty. New York Stage: A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit); The Women of the Mahabharata (Gandhari). Other Theatrical Credits: For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Amanda); The Laramie Project (Rebecca Hilliker); A Stye of the Eye (Ma); Adventures in Wonderland (Cheshire Cat). Independent Feature Film Credits: The Scoundrel (Mark Thiedeman, director); Anomaly (Matthew Sheridan, director); Wilted (Rafael de Leon, director); In (Christopher Massi, director); The Blue Knight (Mark Anthony, director); Self 2.0 (Manolo Celi, director); A Life Without Pain (Jonathan Castro, director); Special thanks to Greg, Brian, Steven, Wyatt, and the talented actors of our little Empire family!