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Captain Victoria Gates

Played by Penny Johnson Jerald

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Captain Victoria Gates is the newest member of the 12th Precinct having taken over for the deceased Roy Montgomery. She’s as by-the-book as they come. Given her political aspirations, she seems determined to do whatever is necessary to climb the ladder to a high ranking position at One Police Plaza.

Captain Gates cut her teeth as a detective with internal affairs. Nicknamed Iron Gates, she prefers to be addressed as Captain or Sir. Gates missed out on being the youngest woman in the NYPD to make detective by six weeks. The person who beat her out just happens to be currently in her charge—Detective Kate Beckett.

As we mentioned, Captain Gates is a stickler for the rules. Not entirely thrilled with Castle’s contributions to the precinct and the professional embarrassment he might cause to her, she nonetheless abides by his presence because of his friendship with the Mayor. Though quick to reprimand, Gates is first and foremost a fair and decent cop—sometimes even backing up her detectives when they least expect it.

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Penny Johnson Jerald is perhaps best known as the scheming and conniving Sherry Palmer on "24," a role for which she won critical acclaim and which put her on the list of TV's 50 Most Powerful Divas.

Jerald completed two seasons as Dean Etwood on ABC's "October Road," recurred on the sitcom "Eve," played Condoleezza Rice on ABC's "Path to 9/11," was Maxine on "House of Payne," and has had other roles on such shows as "Bones," "Law & Order" and "NCIS," among others. She was nominated for both a Cable Ace Award and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series as quick witted assistant Beverly on "The Larry Sanders Show." She also spent four seasons on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" as Captain Kasidy Yates -- Commander Sisko's love interest and then loving bride.

When not shooting film or television, Jerald works side by side with her husband, Gralin, producing vocals and music in her recording studio, Behind the World Productions (www.behindtheworld.net). Presently, the couple's production company is preparing to launch its first "Scratch Back Event" series in summer 2014, where up and coming artists are given the opportunity to showcase and barter their talents in front of a panel of professionals. And if that is not enough to keep Penny busy, she continues to inspire people around the globe to get fit through her Body New Year challenge, or to become workout warriors in her 50-day workout challenge: (www.facebook.com/PJJs50day).

A veteran theater actress, Jerald was thrilled to have participated in the 17th annual Pacific Playwright's Festival at SCR in Theresa Rebeck's "Zealot," as the beautifully self-composed Ann Chambers. Penny also recently won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Rose in Chicago's Goodman Theatre production of Regina Taylor's "Trinity River Plays," earning her a Chicago critics Best Actress nomination. She has directed over 45 plays, including "The Tinker," "A Very L.A. L.A. Christmas Carol," "Chains of Freedom," "Just in Time," "The Descent from the Cross: A Living Portrait," "A Christmas Carol," "Heaven's Gates/Hell's Flames," "Zodiocracy," "Loving the Beloved," "The Christmas Club," "Gold," "Frankincense," "Christmas Tree Ornaments," "Myrrh," "A Question of Innocence/The People Versus Christ," "The Windows of Christmas," "A Stranger in Bethlehem," "The Vagina Monologues" and "Moist!" Theater performance credits include her one-woman show, "Not My Child," "Our Country's Good," "The Debutante Ball," "The Night of the Assassin," "The Two Sisters," "The Vault" and "The Derelict."

Jerald also continues to do public speaking engagements, personal appearances and to help charities close to her heart.