As the third addition to the expanding NCIS franchise, NCIS: New Orleans took the procedural drama's familiar format to the Big Easy, resulting in some unique locales, high-profile cases, and memorable characters. With an ensemble that includes Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, CCH Pounder, Vanessa Ferlito, and Necar Zadegan, this CBS spin-off series is filled with familiar faces — though you might have trouble remembering where you've seen these actors before. Especially if you're catching up on this show before its series finale in May, here's how you recognize the NCIS: New Orleans cast.
Scott Bakula (Dwayne “King” Cassius Pride)
As Dwayne "King" Cassius Pride, an NCIS Supervisory Special Agent, Scott Bakula plays the main character in CBS's NCIS: New Orleans. Most notably, Bakula is known for his Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning performance in Quantum Leap. He also starred in Star Trek: Enterprise. His other notable TV credits include Men of a Certain Age, Looking, Chuck, Murphy Brown, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Two and a Half Men, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: SVU, Gung Ho, Designing Women, Matlock, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and NCIS. He also appeared in HBO's Behind the Candelabra and he was heard in a recent episode of The Simpsons.
Additionally, Scott Bakula's other film credits include American Beauty, The Informant!, Source Code, Major League: Back to the Minors, Color of Night, Necessary Roughness, My Family, Life as a House, Elsa & Fred, Me Him Her, Summertime, and Basmati Blues.
Lucas Black (Christopher LaSalle)
In the role of Christopher LaSalle, a senior NCIS Special Agent, Lucas Black was a major character on NCIS: New Orleans for its first six seasons. Additionally, Black starred in CBS's American Gothic. He can also be seen in Chicago Hope and NCIS. Most notably, Black is known for his roles in movies like Sling Blade, Flash, All the Pretty Horses, Jarhead, Friday Night Lights (2004), Legion (2010), Get Low, Crazy in Alabama, Seven Days in Utopia, Cold Mountain, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The actor can also be seen in The X-Files (1998), Promised Land, 42, Killer Diller, The Miracle Worker, Ghosts of Mississippi, The War, and Furious 7. Next, Lucas Black appears in the upcoming F9.
Zoe McLellan (Meredith Brody)
Playing the part of Meredith Brody, an NCIS Special Agent, Zoe McLellan was a lead in the first two seasons of NCIS: New Orleans. Previously, McLellan had a recurring role in JAG. She was also in the main cast for Dirty Sexy Money. Her other TV credits include Star Trek: Voyager, The Mentalist, House, Suits, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, and NCIS. Additionally, the actress starred in the TV movie, Deadly Honeymoon.
Additionally, Zoe McLellan's film credits include Dungeons & Dragons, Inventing the Abbotts, Mr. Holland's Opus, Imaginary Crimes, Conversations with God, and One Fall. Following NCIS: New Orleans, the actress played a main role in Designated Survivor Season 2. Most recently, McLellan starred in the TV movie, Is My Daughter Really Dead?
Rob Kerkovich (Sebastian Lund)
As Sebastian Lund, a Jefferson Parish forensic specialist who joins a Pride's team as a Forensics Agent, Rob Kerkovich plays one of the main characters in CBS's NCIS: New Orleans. In addition to starring in this show, the actor also wrote an episode in 2018.
Away from NCIS: New Orleans, Rob Kerkovich can be seen in Cloverfield, CSI: Miami, The Rebound, Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, Masters of Sex, House of Lies, and Chasing Life. He also appeared in movies like Galaxy of Horrors, The Atticus Institute, Flesh Computer, Our RoboCop Remake, and Still Waiting... Additionally, Kerkovich served as a writer and actor for Happy Endings.
CCH Pounder (Dr. Loretta Wade)
In the role of Dr. Loretta Wade, the coroner of Jefferson Parish, CCH Pounder plays a smart, eccentric medical examiner in CBS's NCIS: New Orleans. Away from this series, Pounder is known for her work in ER. She also starred in The Shield. Additionally, the TV actress lent her voice to the role of Amanda Weller in Justice League: Unlimited. Her other television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Brothers, Warehouse 13, Revenge, The West Wing, Sons of Anarchy, The X-Files, Women in Prison, L.A. Law, and NCIS. Additionally, Pounder can be heard in Beware the Batman, The Lion Guard, and Archer.
Away from TV, CCH Pounder can be seen in films like All That Jazz, Face/Off, Postcards from the Edge, Avatar, Prizzi's Honor, Go Tell It On the Mountain, Pyscho IV: The Beginning, Benny & Joon, Orphan, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Demon Knight, End of Days, RoboCop 3, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Next, CCH Pounder reprises her role in Mo'at in the upcoming Avatar sequels.
Shalita Grant (Sonja Percy)
Playing the part of Sonja Percy, an NCIS Special Agent who joins the FBI, Shalita Grant starred in the first four seasons of NCIS: New Orleans. Outside of this series, Grant is known for her recurring roles in Mercy Street, Santa Clarita Diet, and Search Party. She also appears in Bones, The Good Wife, Melissa & Joey, and Battle Creek, as well as the original NCIS. Most notably, Grant is Tony-nominated for her performance in 2013's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Next, the actress will be seen in You Season 3.
Daryl “Chill” Mitchell (Patton Plame)
As Patton Plame, nicknamed "Triple P," an NCIS investigative computer specialist, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell was a recurring character who became a lead starting in Season 2. Away from NCIS: New Orleans, Mitchell appeared in The John Larroquette Show, Alex Haley's Queen, Veronica's Closet, Ed, and Brothers. Currently, the TV actor plays a recurring role in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. He was also recently heard in Netflix's F is for Family. Furthermore, Mitchell's other notable television credits include The Game, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Law & Order, Desperate Housewives, and Wizards of Waverly Place.
Additionally, Daryl Mitchell can be seen in movies like House Party, House Party 2, Galaxy Quest, Boomerang, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Country Bears, Inside Man, Home Fries, Sgt. Bilko, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Lucky Numbers, Black Knight, 13 Moons, and Playback. Also, the actor was recently seen in Love & Debt.
Vanessa Ferlito (Tammy Gregorio)
In the role of Tammy Gregorio, a Washington FBI Special Agent who becomes an NCIS Special Agent, Vanessa Ferlito became a main character on NCIS: New Orleans starting in Season 3. Away from this broadcast series, Ferlito is known for her roles in 24, Graceland, The Sopranos, Law & Order, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY. Outside of TV, Ferlito's movie credits include Spider-Man 2, Death Proof, Madea Goes to Jail, Julie & Julia, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Man of the House, 25th Hour, Shadowboxer, Descent, Nothing like the Holidays, Stand Up Guys, The Tollbooth, and All Mistakes Buried.
Necar Zadegan (Hannah Khoury)
Playing the part of Hannah Khoury, a former NCIS Senior Field Agent, Necar Zadegan joined NCIS: New Orleans starting in Season 5. Outside of this broadcast series, Zadegan is known for her work in 24 and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. The actress was also in the main cast for short-lived shows like Rake and Emily Owens, M.D., Her other television credits include Nip/Tuck, How I Met Your Mother, CSI: Miami, Lost, The Shield, The Event, Legends, The Good Doctor, Here and Now, Documentary Now!, Extant, Major Crimes, Masters of Sex, The Bernie Mac Show, Star Trek: Picard, and NCIS.
Away from TV, Necar Zadegan appeared in Unthinkable, Elena Undone, Joshua Tree, Eleven Eleven, and Meth Head, which she produced. Additionally, the actress was heard in video games like The Elder Scrolls Online and Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. Previously, Zadegan made her Broadway debut in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
Charles Michael Davis (Quentin Carter)
As Quentin Carter, another NCIS Special Agent, Charles Michael Davis became a main character in the sixth season of NCIS: New Orleans. Additionally, Davis is in the main cast for TV Land's Younger. He's also known for The CW's The Originals. Previously, Davis played recurring roles in Switched At Birth, The Game, Grey's Anatomy, and Chicago P.D., as well as a main role in For the People. His other TV credits include That's So Raven, Jane the Virgin, Z Nation, and Noah's Arc. Outside of TV, Davis can be seen in Battle Scars, No Sleep 'Til Christmas, and Same Time, Next Christmas. Recently, the actor appeared in Kygo & Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It" music video.
Chelsea Field (Rita Deveraux)
In the role of Rita Deveraux, New Orleans' District Attorney, Chelsea Field joined NCIS: New Orleans in Season 3. She's also married to Scott Bakula and worked as a choreographer in one episode. Field's other television credits include Capital News, Nightingales, Angels Falls, Secrets and Lies, Tales from the Crypt, and Without a Trace, as well as Cold Case, Thirtysomething, A Year in the Life, and An Inconvenient Woman.
Away from television, Chelsea Field appears in films like Commando, Masters of the Universe, Perfect, The Last Boy Scout, I'll Do Anything, Flipper, Andre, The Dark Half, Extreme Justice, The Birds II: Land's End, and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.
You can stream NCIS: New Orleans on Paramount+ here.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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