Calder Michaels is the intelligent and ambitious CIA station chief in Medellin, Colombia. Despite his young age, he’s a rising star at the Agency, capable of handling sticky situations, comfortable with politics and double-dealing, and determined to climb the ranks at Langley as quickly as possible. Charismatic, cocky, and hungry for power, Michaels will let nothing stand in the way of his ascent—which means he’s far from happy when Annie and Auggie arrive on his turf with their own agendas, making his life more complicated and jeopardizing his career plan. Though they’re all ostensibly working for the same team, Annie and Auggie can’t help but wonder: is Michaels an ally to be trusted, or a scheming, and potentially dangerous, adversary?
Hill Harper joins COVERT AFFAIRS as Calder Michaels, an ambitious CIA station chief based in Latin America.
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," "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 is also the author of “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.