The holiest city on earth has an unholy secret . . . From the executive producers of Homeland and Heroes, USA Network presents DIG, a thrilling ten-part television event. Starring Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs and Emmy Award-winner Anne Heche.
When Peter Connelly, an FBI agent recently stationed in Jerusalem, begins investigating the murder of a young American, he realizes that he has uncovered an ancient international conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history. Certain that the dangerous prophecy is nearing fruition, Peter must race against the clock to unravel its mystery. From a remote farm in Norway, to an enigmatic compound in New Mexico, to the serpentine tunnels of Jerusalem, this immersive, fast-paced adventure will take viewers on a quest for a truth that will shake the world's beliefs to its very core.
Shot in contemporary Jerusalem, Croatia and New Mexico, DIG premieres on Thursday, March 5 at 10/9c. Only on USA Network. #DIGDEEPER
Cast & Crew
Jason IsaacsPeter ConnellyActor BioCharacter Bio
Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs stars as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem, who, while investigating a murder, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making.
Born in England and raised in London, Isaacs made his film debut with the groundbreaking role of Colonel William Tavington in “The Patriot.” Two years later Isaacs began his role as Lucius Malfoy in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” He went on to reprise the role in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - Parts I and II.” He was most recently seen in “Fury.” His other film roles include “Black Hawk Down,” “Green Zone,” “Friends with Money,” “Peter Pan,” “The Tuxedo,” “Sweet November,” “Windtalkers,” “End of the Affair,” “Armageddon,” “Event Horizon” and “Abduction.”
Isaacs’ television credits include appearances in the dramas “The West Wing” and “Entourage.” He starred in “Brotherhood” and the NBC drama “Awake.” He also was seen in the NBC mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby.” Isaacs has garnered multiple awards and nominations for his television roles including the Best Actor BAFTA Award for his performance in “The Curse of Steptoe” and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series for Motion Picture Made for Television for the six-part conspiracy thriller “The State Within.”
Peter is a dedicated, headstrong FBI agent and Quantico-trained criminologist. After a heart-wrenching death in Peter’s family led to a rift between him and his wife, Peter requested a reassignment that took him from Washington to Jerusalem. That was six months ago, and he’s still living in a hotel. Peter is about results, and that usually means following his gut rather than doing things by the book. But after a serious misstep in a previous case, Peter’s got a chip on his shoulder and to prove he still has what it takes he’ll have to cooperate with his current superior, and sometimes lover, Lynn Monahan. Peter better learn to play nice, because with a family life in shambles, and with the agency looking for any excuse to fire him, Lynn may be the only ally he’s got. Peter has thrown everything into his work, but if he’s not careful, he could lose that, too.
Anne HecheLynn MonahanActor BioCharacter Bio
Emmy Award winner Anne Heche stars as Lynn Monahan, the head of the Jerusalem FBI office and Peter Connelly’s (Jason Isaacs) boss.
Heche most recently starred in the series “Save Me” as well as the film “Arthur Newman” opposite Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. Additional film credits include starring roles in “Wag the Dog,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Birth,” “Walking and Talking,” “Six Days, Seven Nights” and “That’s What She Said.” Among her television credits are starring roles in “Hung,” “Men in Trees,” “Silent Witness,” “The Dead Will Tell” and “Gracie’s Choice.”
Recently, Heche co-starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film “One Christmas Eve.” In 1989 she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and in 2004 she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role in "Gracie’s Choice.” Heche made her Broadway debut in 2002 in the critically-acclaimed production of the Tony Award winning play “Proof.” She also earned a Tony Award nomination for her appearance in “Twentieth Century.”
Lynn heads up the FBI agency office in Jerusalem—no easy task given the ongoing political and cultural unrest in the region. On top of that, there’s the delicate balance she must strike with the local authorities and her superiors, including Ambassador Ruth Ridell. Lynn is also Peter’s supervisor. The irony is that she learned everything she knows from when she trained under him. As Peter's closest and only true friend, she understands him better than anyone else. She got him the assignment in Jerusalem when he asked her help in getting him out of Washington. Lynn still believes in him, even if he did make some big mistakes and now her reputation depends on proving that she made the right call.
Alison SudolEmma WilsonActor BioCharacter Bio
Alison Sudol stars as Emma Wilson, a charming young American archeologist working on a dig site under Jerusalem. She befriends Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs) and shows him the secret tunnel where she and Professor Ian Margrove’s (Richard E. Grant) team are working, unwittingly leading him into dangerous circumstances. She herself is a mystery.
Sudol is perhaps best known for her music career, having achieved commercial success and critical acclaim as the front woman for the band A Fine Frenzy. Her television credits include a recurring role on the new series “Transparent” from Jill Soloway, and most recently, she appeared in the independent feature “Other People’s Children.” Additionally, Sudol is currently working on a new music project due out for release in early 2015.
Emma is a young, archeologist working on a historic dig in Jerusalem led by Professor Ian Margrove. Enthralled by archeology ever since she was a kid, she speaks eloquently about the thousands of years of history that are palpable in the streets of Jerusalem. She first catches Peter’s eye in a bustling café because she reminds him of someone who was very dear to him. Their chance encounter, however, winds up sending Peter down a perilous path.
Ori PfefferGolan CohenActor BioCharacter Bio
Ori Pfeffer stars as Golan Cohen, a tough, take-no-prisoners detective with the Israeli National Police who frequently works with the FBI and just as often butts heads with American legal attaché, Peter (Jason Isaacs). Their paths continue to cross as the search for Yussef Khalid (Omar Metwally) and the investigation into the murder of an American lead them both deeper into the mysteries surrounding the dig site in Jerusalem.
Pfeffer has worked with a number of prestigious directors and actors including Brad Pitt in “World War Z,” Steven Spielberg in “Munich,” Adam Sandler in “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Gardener of Eden.” He also starred in “A Strange Course of Events” which was a Cannes Director’s Fortnight Selection, and he will be in the upcoming thriller “Suicide.” Pfeffer’s television roles include “The Unit,” “CSI: NY,” “Alias,” “Philly,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “NYPD Blue.” His Israeli work includes the #1 drama “Yellow Peppers,” which won several Israel Emmy Awards and “2.3 A Week.” On stage, Pfeffer starred in the National Theatre of Israel’s “Ideal Husband.” Pfeffer was raised in Jerusalem a block away from series creator Gideon Raff and currently lives in Tel Aviv.
Golan is a stubborn and proud detective with the Israeli police force, who knows Jerusalem like the back of his hand. Though secular himself, he grew up in one of the poorest and ultra-religious neighborhoods outside the walls of Jerusalem. Golan and Peter clash over the FBI’s involvement in a case of a man who’s wanted for murder back on American soil, yet has also committed a local crime. When Peter insinuates himself into another one of Golan’s investigations, this time against Lynn’s orders, Golan’s hackles are raised even more. He doesn’t trust Peter’s motives for pursuing the case and is determined to figure out what Peter seems to be hiding.
David CostabileTad BillinghamActor BioCharacter Bio
David Costabile stars as Tad Billingham, a coiffed, charming and authoritative bestselling author of religious books that have made him a TV personality and celebrity. This status has given him the access and funds to build a discreet religious congregation in the New Mexico desert with a global agenda.
Costabile recurred on SUITS as Daniel Hardman in season two before co-starring in “Low Winter Sun.” He previously appeared on “Breaking Bad,” “Damages,” “The Wire” and “Flight of the Conchords.” Costabile’s most recent film role was in “Lincoln.”
Billingham is the bestselling author of religious books that have made him a TV personality and celebrity. That massive success has given him the means to carry out his life’s mission and amass loyal followers to help him. He considers himself to be the father figure to his flock and specifically Josh, but whoever crosses him sees a ruthless side that knows no bounds.
Lauren AmbroseDebbie MorganActor BioCharacter Bio
Emmy Award nominee Lauren Ambrose stars as Debbie Morgan, a dedicated follower of evangelist Tad Billingham (David Costabile). She lives at his compound in the New Mexico desert and spends most of her time looking after fellow disciple 13-year-old Josh (Zen McGrath).
Ambrose most recently starred in “Sleepwalk with Me,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Additional film credits include “About Sunny,” which garnered Ambrose an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Performance, “Wanderlust,” “The Other Woman,” “Cold Souls,” “A Dog Year,” “Starting Out in the Evening” and “Diggers.” Ambrose won the OutFest L.A. Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress for her lead performance in "Swimming” and "Psycho Beach Party.” On television, Ambrose recently had recurring roles on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Torchwood: Miracle Day.”
Ambrose is perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed role on “Six Feet Under” as Claire Fisher, for which she received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Additionally, she appeared in “The Return of Jezebel James” and also was the voice of KW in “Where the Wild Things Are.” Ambrose made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning “Awake and Sing!” and appeared in “Exit the King” and “Buried Child.”
Debbie is the caretaker for thirteen-year-old Josh, a boy to whom she feels more maternal than she probably should. She and Josh are living in an enigmatic, walled compound in the Arizona desert, which is run by Pastor Tad Billingham. As an important deadline nears, Debbie becomes increasingly conflicted about the role she must play and her faltering faith. What the others may not realize is that her quiet demeanor belies her strong survival instincts, honed from years of pain, heartbreak and personal challenges.
Angela BettisFayeActor BioCharacter Bio
Angela Bettis stars as Faye, a devout follower of Tad Billingham (David Costabile) who leads a discreet religious congregation with a global agenda in the event series "DIG."
Bettis has appeared on numerous television shows, films and stage productions. Her television credits include the title character in the remake of “Carrie,” as well as recurring roles on “Dexter,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and “House” among others.
In film, her credits include “May,” “Girl Interrupted,” “Bless The Child,” “The Circle,” “Flamingo Rising,” “Perfume,” “The Ponder Heart,” “Coastlines,” “Toolbox Murders,” “When Is Tomorrow,” “Sick Girl.” Additionally Bettis appeared in the 2010 Sundance entry, “All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, ”and the 2010 Slamdance entry, “Drones.”
She will next be seen in the "Untitled Terrence Malick Project" opposite Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale.
Stage productions include (on Broadway), “The Father,” with Frank Langella and “The Crucible” with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Additionally, Bettis produced and directed a variety of independent movies, shorts, and radio programs with Mo-Freek, an independent production company. She directed the indie feature “Roman,” which premiered at the Sitges Film Festival and has since been distributed internationally.
Faye is Billingham’s right hand, carrying out his dirty work, and sometimes adding her own vindictive, sadistic touch to the proceedings. She has been resentful of Debbie ever since she appeared at the compound and took her place as Billingham’s favorite. She’d like nothing more than to catch Debbie wavering in her loyalty or even better, breaking the strict rules.
Richard E. GrantIan MargroveActor BioCharacter Bio
Richard E. Grant stars as Ian Margrove, the Cambridge archaeologist heading up the dig Emma (Alison Sudol) is working on in Jerusalem. Following a murder, Peter (Jason Isaacs) begins to suspect that Margrove may be more involved in the mystery surrounding the death than he’s letting on.
Grant studied drama at Cape Town University where he co-founded the Troupe Theatre Company. He moved to London in 1982 and worked in theatre until he got his big break with the cult hit "Withnail and I" in 1986. Grant has appeared in over 60 movies with some of Hollywood's leading directors including Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. He has published three books, and written and directed his autobiographical movie “WAH-WAH.”
Aristocratic, charismatic and more than a little pompous, Ian Margrove is a renowned British archeologist from Cambridge University who has been working on a dig in Jerusalem for twenty years. Each summer he has many admiring interns assist him with his work, including Emma Wilson. The professor believes he is on the brink of a profound discovery that could change the course of history, but he’s concerned that a handful of “cowardly politicians” might stop him from getting there.
Regina TaylorRuth RidellActor BioCharacter Bio
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.
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.
Omar MetwallyYussef KhalidActor BioCharacter Bio
Tony Award nominee Omar Metwally stars as Yussef Khalid, an American who disappeared after being accused of murder. Now believed to be in Israel, Yussef is sought by both Peter (Jason Isaacs) and Israeli Police Detective Golan Cohen (Ori Pfeffer).
Most recently, Metwally appeared in the Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop.” He made his feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” with Eric Bana. Metwally’s other film roles include “Rendition,” “Miral,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” and “Amsterdam.” In 2008, he received the Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in “Rendition.” His numerous television appearances include “The Good Wife,” “Virtuality,” “Harry’s Law,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Fringe” and “The Unit,” among others. Metwally has worked with noted theater companies including Steppenwolf, The Public Theater, and Williamstown Theater Festival. In 2004, he starred on Broadway in “Sixteen Wounded,” receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Featured Role.
A young Palestinian-American, Yussef Khalid is currently in Jerusalem after fleeing the U.S. because of his alleged murder of an antiques dealer in Chicago. He is also wanted in Israel for a robbery, which confuses jurisdictional matters between the Israeli police and the FBI. What neither agency realizes is that both of these cases are not as straightforward as they seem.
Tim KringExecutive Producer
“I think DIG presents a chance for viewers to have a real thrill ride. Any viewer that likes murder mysteries, exotic locations and likes to participate in solving a big puzzle will gravitate to DIG. The show is going to be fast-paced, it’s going to be sexy and it’s going to be a thrill,” said writer/producer Tim Kring, co-creator and executive producer of the event series DIG.
76 million “Heroes” fans around the world know his name and tuned in weekly across broadcast TV, cable, online and mobile to follow plotlines about ordinary people who discovered they possessed extraordinary abilities. Kring’s “Heroes Evolution” set the bar high for multiplatform storytelling when it won the Primetime Emmy for Interactive Television in 2008. “Heroes Reborn” was recently announced as a 13-episode miniseries slated to premiere in 2015.
March 2012 saw the premiere of Kring’s series “Touch,” starring Kiefer Sutherland, which aired for two critically-acclaimed seasons. “Daybreak,” an interactive, multi-platform series executive produced by Kring and presented by AT&T in association with BBDO, saw its online premiere in May 2012. Kring’s other television credits include executive producer of “Crossing Jordan,” co-executive producer of “Providence” and producer of “Chicago Hope.”
In April 2010, Kring received the Pioneer Prize at the International Digital Emmy Awards in Cannes in recognition of his industry-leading creativity in multi-screen storytelling.
During the summer of 2010, Kring teamed with Nokia to launch the “Conspiracy for Good,” a global movement that allows the audience to become part of the story to create positive real world change. The pilot engaged an audience online, through Alternative Reality Gaming elements, Nokia mobile apps and on the streets of London while incorporating charitable and social benefits with Room to Read and the Pearson Foundation. Through this unique blend of entertainment and philanthropy, “Conspiracy for Good” delivered funding to build five school libraries in Zambia, more than 10,000 books to stock the library shelves and created 50 new scholarships for deserving schoolgirls. It was nominated for an International Digital Emmy Award in April of 2011 in Cannes.
Gideon RaffExecutive Producer
“You’ll be amazed how much of the story is fact, how much of our story is based on real theories and findings. Of course we heightened it to make it into a TV show, but so many of the themes and events that are happening in our show are based in reality – some of them happening right now. That’s the cool thing about the world we tapped into,” said writer/director Gideon Raff , co-creator and executive producer/director of the event series DIG.
Raff is the creator of the Israeli series “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War”), which he also writes and directs for Keshet and Hulu in the U.S. “Prisoners of War” is the highest-rated drama series in Israel and has won nine Israeli Emmys, including Best Directing and Best Drama Series. Currently Raff is executive producing the highly-anticipated series “Tyrant,” which he also created. He is also executive producer of the critically acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning drama series “Homeland,” based on “Prisoners of War,” starring Claire Danes. Raff received an Emmy, a WGA Award, an Edgar Allen Poe Award and a Peabody Award for his work on “Homeland.” He also directed the award-winning film “The Babysitter,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003 and went on to be screened in many prestigious festivals. In addition, he is a bestselling fiction author in Israel.