Calder Michaels
played by Hill Harper
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When Annie and Auggie first met Calder Michaels, he was an ambitious CIA station chief in Medellin, Colombia. But thanks to Henry Wilcox’s meddling, Calder soon arrived at Langley to take Joan’s old job leading the DPD. It quickly became clear that he was a rising star: confident and charismatic, capable of handling sticky situations, and determined to climb the ranks at the Agency. But his allegiances, and whether he could be trusted, remained to be seen. 

Fast-forward to today and Calder has proven himself to be a good agent in more ways than one. After helping Annie fake her death, he risked everything to help Annie, Auggie, Joan and Arthur bring down Eric Brathwaite and Henry Wilcox. Their ultimate success with that mission solidified his standing with the team and brought Calder acclaim – and another promotion – at the Agency. But although Calder seems to be swiftly ascending the CIA ladder, he’s not without secrets of his own—secrets that could bring his big dreams to a screeching halt.

Hill Harper stars on COVERT AFFAIRS as Calder Michaels, a former South American CIA station chief now acting as Director of Clandestine Services. 

An accomplished film, television and stage actor, Harper recently starred on the hit CBS drama series "CSI: NY" as reclusive coroner Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. Prior to that leading role, he appeared as an ambitious undercover FBI operative on the CBS series "The Handler", and starred in CBS’s ensemble medical drama series "City of Angels". He also starred in the HBO film "Lackawanna Blues," appeared on recurring episodes of Showtime's "Soul Food" and guest starred on HBO's "The Sopranos." Other television roles include the CBS mini-series "Mama Flora's Family" and UPN’s "Live Shot," as well as numerous guest appearances on such hit series as "ER," "NYPD Blue," "Murder One," "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Married....With Children."  

On the big screen, Harper will soon be seen in the upcoming "Parts Per Billion," and “The Boy Next Door.” Recently, he appeared in "The Volunteer" and "1982. Harper received critical acclaim and an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for his performance in the film "The Visit." His feature credits also include "Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls," "The Skulls," "In Too Deep," alongside Omar Epps, Stanley Tucci, and LL Cool J, Beloved, starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, and two Spike Lee projects: "He Got Game" and "Get on the Bus."  

Harper’s interests also extend beyond the acting realm. After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, he received a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government. Harper founded the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit outreach program for at-risk teens, and is also the author of multiple bestselling books, including “Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny,” an advice book for teens that won the American Library Association's 2007 prize for Best Book for Young Adults, and the newly-released “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones.”