Beautiful, ruthless and vulnerable, Mary Sibley is Salem’s most powerful enchantress, with a deep secret and deeper desires that may threaten her position and strength. Both villainess and heroine – she is always the center of attention.
Mary uses her position of power and influence not only to promote her personal ascension within Salem, but to wreak revenge upon those whose hypocrisy and cruelty lead Mary to her current struggles.
When John Alden returns, it turns her world upside down. No matter how tough she is, Alden nearly derails everything, causing long-dormant emotions to resurface with a dizzying vengeance.
Regardless of whom she truly loves, her husband or John, Mary may well be bound by ties even deeper to someone – or something – else.
A native of Bournemouth in the U.K., Janet Montgomery was the lead in CBS’s “Made in Jersey.” A trained dancer, Montgomery also appeared opposite Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-nominated psychological thriller, “Black Swan.” In HBO’s “Entourage,” she had a recurring role as E’s assistant and Drama’s girlfriend. She was also a series regular in Fox’s “Human Target.” Her other projects include “Dancing on the Edge” with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode as well as “Spies of Warsaw” opposite David Tennant. She recently played the lead in the independent film “Happily Ever After.”
Handsome, pragmatic and hardened war veteran John Alden is Mary’s onetime love interest who returns to his native Salem to find it consumed in a witch hunt frenzy. Salem itself seems to have gone mad – civil liberties have been suspended, torture implemented – gripped by the fear and paranoia of recent witch hunts. Alden doesn’t believe a bit of it. He realizes that he must save Salem because Salem is the fate of the New World – and if he can, then Mary, too, will be saved.
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Shane West most recently appeared as Michael, the male lead in “Nikita” opposite Maggie Q. West also garnered acclaim playing the atypical Dr. Ray Barnett in NBC’s long-running hit “ER,” and had a starring role as Eli Sammler in the Emmy-winning ABC drama series “Once and Again.” After portraying the legendary punk musician Darby Crash of The Germs in the independent film “What We Do Is Secret,” West replaced him on tour with the band. In addition, West has starred opposite Sean Connery in the Fox feature film, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” and opposite Mandy Moore in the Warner Bros. feature “A Walk to Remember.” He also starred in “Liberty Heights,” “A Time for Dancing,” ”Get Over It” and “Whatever It Takes.”
Driven by secret obsessions and desire, Cotton Mather is the well-educated local aristocrat who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt. The foremost expert on witches and malice, Cotton is responsible for the first bestseller published in America about the subject: Glimpses of the Invisible World.
But even as he is hunting witches, he lives under the shadow of his very famous father and agonizes about living up to him. Cotton is a man of contradiction. He is a God-fearing Believer that strives to uphold the law, and yet he has demons inside himself that he is too afraid to exorcise.
Seth Gabel is well-known for his recurring sinister role as the DC super-villain Count Vertigo in the CW series “Arrow.” He also plays the role of Agent Lincoln Lee in Fox's hit series “Fringe” and has starred in cult shows such as “United States of Tara,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Nip/Tuck.” On the big screen, Seth recently wrapped “Forever,” written by Gil Denis (“Walk the Line”) and is the lead in “Allegiance” which is about the US National Guard’s deployment in Iraq. He also appeared in “Take Me Home Tonight” and the film version of Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code."
Magistrate Hale is Salem’s chief politician who believes in pomp and circumstance. The father of Anne Hale, Magistrate Hale is a close confidant of Mary Sibley’s and a member of the selectman, the most powerful body in town. Though a Puritan, Magistrate Hale is part of a progressive movement that believes in the fair treatment of witches. But he’s got a mask up, and you aren’t quite sure what is behind the mask.
Xander Berkeley began his career in theatre where he performed in numerous plays in regional, repertory, and off-Broadway theaters in New York before he moved west to pursue film projects. Xander Berkeley made his career debut in the cult classic “Mommy Dearest” as Joan Crawford's damaged son, Christopher, followed by his turn as a drug dealing addict, Bowery Snax in the seminal underground favorite, “Sid and Nancy.” And with that, Xander's career path was indelibly established. James Cameron (“Terminator II”), Rob Reiner (“A Few Good Men”), Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”), Spielberg (“Amistad”), Michael Mann, Alex Cox and Mike Figgis all utilized Xander as a key player in their ensembles. In “Air Force One,” Wolfgang Petersen cast Xander as Secret Service agent Gibbs.
Having played the role of an undercover cop in critically acclaimed films, he was a natural for the spy genre, playing George Mason on “24,” Percy in “Nikita” and most recently, Red John on “The Mentalist.” While ranging constantly from obscure independent to blockbuster, cable to network primetime to cutting edge web series (multiple best actor award winner for “The Booth at the End”), Xander remains fresh and effective and original each time out.
Xander will next be seen in the feature “Moments of Clarity” opposite Eric Roberts and Lyndsy Fonseca.
Mysterious and mysteriously ageless, Tituba is the indispensable helper to Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful woman. Tituba is ostensibly Mary’s servant in the Sibley household, but in private, behaves as if she’s Mary’s superior. There is a great deal of history between Tituba and Mary – they have experienced unthinkable deeds throughout the years.
Although closely tied to Mary, the beautiful and exotic Tituba has powers and secrets all her own.
A native of London, Ashley Madekwe made her official U.S. debut starring in the CW drama “The Beautiful Life” alongside Mischa Barton, Corbin Bleu and Elle MacPherson. For two seasons, she played Ashley Davenport in the hit ABC drama “Revenge.” As a teenager, she landed her first film role in Lennie James’ “Storm Damage,” a performance that helped her win a place at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; she graduated in 2005. Her film credits include “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” “Venus” and Woody Allen's “Cassandra's Dream.”
In addition to her acting career, Madekwe runs a successful fashion website called Ring My Bell (www.ashley-ringmybell.com).
A fearless girl, Anne Hale is a beautiful, talented artist with a perilous attraction to the newly arrived John Alden. A passing vision that makes the ladies envious and men fall in love; Anne is always testing boundaries – so much so that it deeply concerns the Puritans. Since she is the daughter of the powerful Magistrate Hale, people expect her to behave in a certain way. However, Anne is a rebel who doesn’t like to play by the town’s old rules.
Tamzin Merchant's acting career began when she was 17 when Joe Wright offered her the role of Georgiana Darcy in the Focus Features adaptation of “Pride & Prejudice.” Although she took a break from acting to study at Cambridge University, Tamzin continued to work in film and television with projects such as Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre.” She starred in two seasons of the Showtime series “The Tudors” as Katherine Howard opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers. She was also part of the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”
Reverend Lewis' powerful and vulnerable daughter, Mercy is mysteriously afflicted by a tormenter of unspeakable horror. Seen as a victim of malice and witchcraft, her notoriety is starting to build amongst the town of Salem.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Elise Eberle is best known for her work in the Judy Blume adaptation “Tiger Eyes” as Jane Albertson for which she received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone Magazine. She began her career in films such as “The Astronaut Farmer” and Disney’s “The Lemonade Mouth.” Elise can also be seen in the upcoming Drake Doremus film, “Breathe In.” In the television space, she will guest star this season in “Rizzolli & Isles.”
The town of Salem made an example of Isaac Walton for his indiscretions as a teenager, and he has to live with that reputation every day of his life as “Isaac the Fornicator.” A lower class Driver, Isaac is responsible for ridding the town of all waste. Handling Salem’s dirty work has piqued Isaacs’s interest in the town’s witch hunts and he learns quickly that certain things cannot be unseen.
Born in Haifa, Israel and raised in London, England, Iddo Goldberg can been seen in TNT’s “Mob City,” created by Frank Darabont, BBC’s “Peaky Blinders” opposite Cillian Murphy, Showtime’s “The Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” and currently WGN America’s “Salem.”
Iddo recently starred opposite Dougray Scott in “The Last Passenger,” which opened in theaters in October 2013 to rave reviews. His other feature film credits include: “While We Were Here” opposite Kate Bosworth, Ed Zwick’s “Defiance,” “Unmade Beds,” “The Tourist,” and “Run Fat Boy Run.”
Adam Simon serves as co-creator, executive producer and writer on “Salem,” co-created with Brannon Braga. “Salem,” WGN America’s first original series, is slated for a Spring 2014 premiere. Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, the historical drama explores what really fueled the infamous witch trials, uncovering the suspenseful, supernatural truth of this dark period in American history.
Simon also has written for Oliver Stone, John Schlesinger, James Cameron, Jackie Chan among others, and directed and produced documentaries for BBC, Channel Four and the Independent Film Channel.
His collaborations with Tim Robbins and The Actors’ Gang have been performed around the world. His horror films include “Brain Dead,” “Carnosaur,” and, with Tim Metcalfe, “Bones,” and “The Haunting” in Connecticut.
He is married to the novelist, Cassandra Austin with whom he has two children.
Emmy nominated Brannon Braga serves as co-creator, executive producer and writer on “Salem,” WGN America’s first original series, slated for a Spring 2014 premiere. Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the infamous witch trials, uncovering the suspenseful, supernatural truth of this dark period in American history.
Braga is also an executive producer and director on FOX’s re-launch of “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” the iconic 1980 television miniseries from Carl Sagan. Most recently, Braga served as executive producer and writer on FOX’s “Terra Nova” along with Steven Spielberg. Prior to that, Braga was an executive producer and writer on the award‐winning drama series “24.” Braga also created “FlashForward” and served as an executive producer on the series. Previously, he worked as writer and executive producer on the science fiction drama series “Threshold.”
Braga was a key creative force in one of the most enduring and well-known science fiction franchises as a creator, writer and executive producer of more than 300 episodes of the “Star Trek” television series. For more than 13 years collectively, he worked on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” His film credits include “Mission: Impossible II,” “Star Trek: Generations” and “Star Trek: First Contact.” In 1990, Braga received the prestigious Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Internship, which led to his involvement with “Star Trek.” He attended UC Santa Cruz.
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