Meet the Cast of Black Box

By ABC.com Jan 31, 2014

See the cast and creators of ABC's Black Box. From writer Amy Holden Jones (“Mystic Pizza,” “Indecent Proposal”) comes the story of a doctor and her staff who attempt to unravel the mysteries of the brain and are constantly challenged by cases never-before-seen on television.

Black Box Cast Members and Characters

Kelly Reilly as Dr. Catherine Black

Kelly Reilly stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a world-renowned neuroscientist and neurologist who studies extraordinary and fascinating brain cases. Catherine has a special empathy and understanding for her patients because secretly, she is one of them.

Reilly was most recently seen in Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis in which she co-starred with Denzel Washington and John Goodman. The film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards and Reilly won a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. Reilly recently completed work on the feature film Heaven is For Real, a film based on a New York Times bestselling book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. The movie is scheduled for release in April, 2014.

Last year, Reilly finished filming multiple projects including Innocence, an adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel, and A Single Shot directed by David M. Rosenthal, starring Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy. Next, she will be seen in Cédric Klapisch's Chinese Puzzle, starring opposite Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, the third and final film in the trilogy, followed by the new film Calvary, starring alongside Chris O'Dowd and Brendan Gleeson, due for release in early 2014.

In 2011, Reilly was reunited with director Guy Ritchie for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows reprising the role she played in the 2009 hit Sherlock Holmes, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Also in 2011, she was seen in the World War II drama Edwin Boyd, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. For her previous film work Kelly has received both critical and international acclaim. She garnered a 'Best Actress' nomination at the British Independent Film Awards for her riveting performance in James Watkins debut thriller, Eden Lake, opposite Michael Fassbender.

She also gained international acclaim playing a supporting lead role in the film Mrs. Henderson Presents, a role for which she won 'Best Newcomer' at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards and a nomination as 'Best Supporting Actress' at the British Independent Film Awards in 2005. That same year, Reilly also won the award for 'Best Newcomer' at the Empire Film Awards, which also recognized her performance as the haughty and manipulative 'Miss Bingley' in the successful Working Title re-make of Pride and Prejudice. She also appeared alongside Johnny Depp in The Libertine. It was for her roles in these three films that she was awarded the Steinmetz Award for 'Best Breakthrough' at the 2006 pre-BAFTA London Party. Additionally, Reilly won the Chopard Award as the 'Female Revelation' at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, as well as a 'Best Supporting Actress' nomination at the prestigious Cesar Award as 'Best Supporting Actress' for her performance in the internationally successful French film Les Poupees Russes (Russian Dolls), a sequel to the award-winning Auberge Espanol. Among her other film credits are a wide range of international releases including Meant to Be, Ti presento un amico, Me and Orson Welles, Triage, with Colin Farrell and Last Orders.

Reilly is also well known for her stage work. She became the youngest-ever Olivier Award nominee in the category of 'Best Actress' when she was nominated in 2004 for her performance in After Miss Julie, presented at London's Donmar Warehouse Theatre. She was also nominated as 'Best Actress' at the Evening Standard Theatre awards for the same role. In 2008, she received another Olivier Award nomination in the same category for the role of 'Desdemona' in the Donmar Warehouse production of Othello. She also received praise for her role in Look Back in Anger, opposite David Tennant at the Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre and The Comedy Theatre production of Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Other theatre credits include parts in Piano/Forte (Royal Court), A Prayer for Owen Meany (Royal National Theatre), Blasted (Royal Court), The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre), Three Sisters (for which she was nominated as Actress in a Supporting Role for the Barclays TMA Awards) and The London Cuckolds (Royal National Theatre) for which she was a finalist for an Ian Charleson Award.

Last year Kelly was seen revisiting her lead role of 'DC Anna Travis' in Silent Scream, the third series of Above Suspicion, ITV's hugely successful adaptation of Lynda La Plante's bestselling novels. She has also starred on the small screen in He Kills Coppers, and Joe's Palace, co-starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Michael Gambon.

Ditch Davey as Dr. Ian Bickman

Award-winning Australian television headliner, Ditch Davey, stars as the handsome and funny Dr. Ian Bickman. Bickman is a brilliant neurosurgeon and a known womanizer. His work comes first, and he treasures his freedom, until he meets the beautiful and complicated Catherine Black.

Ditch Davey is a graduate of one of Australia's leading drama schools, WAAPA. Ditch first established himself as one of Australia's best known television actors through a regular role on the award winning, highest rating primetime series Blue Heelers, which also earned him a Logie Award for Best New Talent. During his time on the show, Davey also performed in various classical contemporary theatre productions, including the character of Michael in the world renowned hard hitting play Festen.

Following Blue Heelers, Davey performed a range of comedic and dramatic roles in Australian film and television including a recurring role on the high rating primetime drama Sea Patrol, in the Underbelly telemovie Lucifer Was Here, and guest roles in award winning shows All Saints, Satisfaction, and Wilfred. He also appeared in the feature films John Doe, Blessed, and Under a Red Moon before shooting a lead role in the action thriller Crawlspace.

Prior to his role of Dr. Ian Bickman in Black Box, Davey most recently starred as Nemetes in the last two seasons of Spartacus.

David Ajala as Will Van Renseller

David Ajala is Will Van Renseller, a handsome, trailblazing new chef in Brooklyn with a cutting edge. Will is attractive and smart and he's ready to settle down with Catherine, and yet there's a secret she's been keeping that could derail their happiness.

Ajala is becoming a force of nature on the entertainment landscape. He was most recently seen in Fast & Furious 6 alongside the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Ajala also completed work on the Wachowski feature Jupiter Ascending, and the indie film Kill Command. Additional notable credits include, One Day, The Dark Knight, and Payback Season.

Appearing in A wide range of television roles, Ajala was a rapper in the television series Trexx and Flipside, in addition to major guest roles in award winning shows including Law & Order: UK, Death in Paradise, Silent Witness, and the wildly popular Dr. Who.

Ajala began his career performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Courtyard Theater in Stratford-upon-Avon. He's performed in productions of The Witness, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, among others.

Ajala was awarded Best Acting Performance by the Royal Television Society in 2009.

Ali Wong as Lina Lark

Ali Wong stars as Lina Lark, the intelligent and eccentric radiology technician hiding a secret of her own. Wong has appeared in the critically acclaimed series Newsroom.

Wong is an actress and stand-up comic living in Los Angeles. Since being named one of Variety Magazines 10 Comics to Watch in 2011, she has appeared in Oliver Stone's Savages and was a series regular on Are You There Chelsea? She has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and hosted the 2012 Golden Globes live pre-show coverage on E! You can catch her on the reboot of Best Week Ever, and Inside Amy Schumer, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, and @Midnight.

Most recently, Wong was seen in Dealing with Idiots alongside Jeff Garlin and Gina Gershon.

Laura Fraser as Reagan Black

Laura Fraser plays Reagan Black, a complex woman and sister-in-law to Catherine Black. At times it's a struggle to standby and support Catherine knowing all her secrets, but having a teen-aged daughter that looks up to her aunt complicates matters further.

Fraser was raised in Glasgow, where she attended the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Fraser's first starring role was in the BBC adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere series. She then moved on to studio films, appearing in Cousin Bette with Jessica Lange, and The Man in the Iron Mask with Leonardo DiCaprio. She also appeared in such TV dramas as The Investor and The Tribe. Hot off the success of the British comedy feature film, Virtual Sexuality, she landed starring roles in numerous UK television series and indies, including, The Match, Divorcing Jack, Conviction and Casanova.

It was her performance as Lavinia opposite Anthony Hopkins in Julie Taymor's film, Titus, that brought her to the attention of American audiences. Fraser next earned the admiration of fans and critics alike in the hit feature A Knight's Tale starring Heath Ledger. Other films include, The Flying Scotsman, opposite Johnny Lee Miller, and Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back, opposite Clive Owen.

Laura has also starred in numerous film festival favorites, including 16 Years of Alcohol, Coney Island Baby, and will appear in the upcoming Wish You Well with Ellen Burstyn. She also recently starred as a series regular on the BBC drama, Lip Service.

Laura most recently starred as Lydia on the award winning series, Breaking Bad and resides in Woodstock, NY.

David Chisum as Joshua Black

David Chisum is Joshua Black, Catherine's best friend and brother. Joshua is Catherine's protector, standing by her side and keeping her rooted along with his daughter Esme. Her brother and his wife are aware of the secret she is desperately defending and at times it puts them at odds with one another.

Fan-favorite, David Chisum is widely recognized for his role in the beloved daytime series One Life to Live. He is no stranger to the network landscape with roles in the hit primetime series Castle, and Desperate Housewives. Other notable appearances include Dexter, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, American Horror Story, and Criminal Minds among others.

Chisum's acting career started in 1995 with roles in the series, Ned & Stacey, EZ Streets, and Melrose Place. He will next be seen in Summer Snow, and Unknown Caller.

Siobhan Williams as Esme Black

Siobhan Williams was born in Cambridge, England. She moved to Canada with her family at a young age. Williams has a solid performing arts background -- she trained intensively for 13 years at the School of Alberta Ballet in Jazz, Ballet, and Modern Dance. She also studied voice, guitar, theatre, and has played violin for 7 years.

In 2013, Williams was nominated for two Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series for Christmas Miracle, and for Best Performance in a DVD Film for Flicka: Country Pride.

Most recently, Williams recurred on AMC's internationally acclaimed series Hell on Wheels as Naomi Hatch. She also wrapped the independent western Forsaken, directed by John Cassar alongside Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore and Donald Sutherland.

Siobhan first broke into the film and television world with her role on CBC's internationally acclaimed series Heartland. Additional credits include guest starring roles in Motive, Forever 16 and Level Up.

Terry Kinney as Owen Morely

Terry Kinney plays Medical Director, Dr. Owen Morely, a mentor and teacher to Dr. Catherine Black. He resides as a neurologist at the highly renowned and state of the art medical facility known as the Cube.

Kinney is a co-founder, along with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry, of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His directing credits there include The Violet Hour, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Clockwork Orange, Of Mice and Men, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, which moved to Broadway and won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. No stranger to the New York City circuit, his directing credits include the world premiere of Checkers by Doug McGrath, reasons to be pretty for MCC and Broadway, and After Ashley and Beautiful Child at the Vineyard Theatre, among others.

Kinney's film directing credits include the short film Kubuku Rides (This Is It) for Steppenwolf Films and Diminished Capacity with Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Film appearances include Save the Last Dance, Sleepers, Fly Away Home, Last of the Mohicans, The Firm, Devil in a Blue Dress, and Turn the River.

Along with his stage and film credits, Kinney's television credits include his portrayal of Emerald City creator Tim McManus in the prison drama Oz. He has been seen in The Mentalist, The Unusuals, NYC 22,The Laramie Project, thirtysomething, Kidnapped, George Wallace, and The Good Wife.

Upcoming stage projects include The Money Shot by Neil LaBute, Sins of the Mother by Israel Horowitz, and Rear Window, adapted by Keith Reddin.

Vanessa Redgrave as Dr. Helen Hartramph

Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave stars as Catherine Black's deeply intuitive and insightful psychiatrist Dr. Helen Hartramph. Dr. Hartramph is more than just a doctor but also a mentor. She knows more about Dr. Black than anyone else and holds the key to her mysterious background.

Called "the greatest actress of our time" by the playwright Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave came from a legendary theatrical family. Her father, Sir Michael Redgrave, was one of Britain's most popular and respected actors. Her mother, Rachel Kempson, was a noted stage actress. Her sister, Lynn, was also a film and stage actress and her brother, Corin, was a successful stage director and actor. Redgrave made her professional debut in the play A Touch of the Sun, in which she co-starred with her father. Although she appeared in her first film, Behind the Mask, in 1958, she concentrated mostly on stage work throughout the 1950's and early 1960's. During the 1959-1960 seasons, she was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Her film career began in earnest in 1966 and within the space of two years she appeared in four films that established her reputation as an intelligent actress with a commanding presence. The first of her six Academy Award nominations was for Morgan! She then appeared in Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up. Her performance as Guinevere in Camelot further secured her status as one of the most popular and respected actresses of the era. In the late 1960's and early 1970's Redgrave showed her mastery of both classical and commercial fare. In 1968, she appeared as Nina in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Sea Gull and as dancer Isadora Duncan in Isadora, for which she won a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, a second Prize for the Best Female Performance at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination. In 1971, Redgrave took on the role of Andromache in The Trojan Women and received another Oscar nomination for her work as the title character in Mary, Queen of Scots. In 1977 she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Julia.

During the following two decades, Redgrave eschewed popular, commercial films, for smaller films. In 1980, her controversial performance as a Nazi concentration camp victim in the television adaptation of Arthur Miller's Playing for Time won her an Emmy. Redgrave received a sixth Oscar nomination in 1992 for her work as Mrs. Wilcox in Howard's End. In 2000, her performance as a lesbian grieving the loss of her longtime partner in the series If These Walls Could Talk 2, earned her a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Excellence in Media Award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. In 2005, Redgrave joined the cast of the FX series Nip/Tuck. In 2006, Redgrave starred opposite Peter O'Toole in the acclaimed film Venus and a year later in the acclaimed films Evening and Atonement, which she garnered a Broadcast Film Critics Association award nomination for her performance. More recently, Redgrave has been in diverse films such as Julian Schnabel's Miral, Letters to Juliet, The Whistleblower opposite Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes' film adaptation of Coriolanus, Roland Emmerich's Anonymous as well as the film A Song for Marion.

Redgrave will next be seen in Foxcatcher opposite Steve Carell and Channing Tatum.