Ruth Ridell
played by Regina Taylor
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Ruth, the tough, no-nonsense U.S. Ambassador in Israel, isn’t about to let anyone get in the way of her ambitious plans, including and especially Lynn Monahan and Peter Connelly. She is critical of the way the FBI is handling an extradition of a man wanted back in the States, and she lets Lynn know this in no uncertain terms. Ambassador Ridell is keenly aware that these days, the U.S.’s political standing in the region is tenuous at best, but that isn’t necessarily her only reason for wanting to keep a close eye on things.

Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor stars as Ruth Ridell, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel who has little time for the problems that Peter (Jason Isaacs) creates for her with the local authorities in the event series DIG.

Taylor is best known for "I'll Fly Away,” for which she received a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Image Award and two Emmy Award nominations.  Taylor most recently starred in “The Unit.”  Her other television roles include “The Education of Max Bickford," "Feds,” “Strange Justice,” "Cora Unashamed," "Children of the Dust," "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now" and "Howard Beach:  Making a Case for Murder."  Her film roles include "The Negotiator," "Courage Under Fire," "A Family Thing," "The Keeper," "Clockers," "Losing Isaiah" and "Lean on Me."
 Taylor was the first African American woman to star as Juliet in Broadway's "Romeo and Juliet."  She is the National Spokesperson for the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization.