Jake Ballard

Played by Scott Foley
Character Biography

Jake Ballard lives to serve his country, first as a U.S. Navy captain and now as the head of the NSA, though not always at the pleasure of the President. Jake is the former stand-in-the-sun partner of Olivia Pope. Not to mention, he was Command of the black-ops team B613. You can take the man out of the darkness, but you can't take the darkness out of the man. Jake sees the laws of the country as mere guidelines—which means no one can ever predict what he'll do next to save the people he loves.

Characters: Olivia Pope | President Fitzgerald Grant | First Lady Mellie Grant | Jake Ballard | Abby Whelan | Huck | Quinn Perkins | Cyrus Beene | David Rosen | Elizabeth North | Marcus Walker

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Actor Biography

Scott Foley currently stars as Jake Ballard on ABC's hit drama "Scandal."

Foley recent wrapped production on Lincoln Square Production's "Final Vision," a two-hour TV movie based on Joe McGinniss' bestselling true-crime book for Investigation Discovery. He will next be seen Netflix's remake of the 2000 Swedish romantic comedy, "Naked," which is set to stream in August 2017.

In 2014, Foley starred in Donald Margulies' "The Country House," as Michael Astor at the Geffen Playhouse. In film, Foley was last seen in the comedy "Let's Kill Ward's Wife," which he wrote, directed and produced.

Foley's television credits include the critically acclaimed WB series "Felicity," "True Blood," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Unit," "A.U.S.A" and "Scrubs."

Foley made his feature film debut in Wes Craven's "Scream 3" for Dimension Films. He followed that with a leading role in Dimension Films' "Below," opposite Matthew Davis, and the indie feature "Rennie's Landing," opposite Ethan Embry and Peter Facinelli.

Foley made his Broadway debut in "The Violet Hour."

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Foley lived all over the world, including Sydney, Australia, and Tokyo, Japan. Foley attended high school in St. Louis, Missouri, performing in school and community theater productions. After graduating high school, he bought a one-way plane ticket to Los Angeles.

Foley currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

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