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Jason Ralph
Quentin Coldwater
Jason Ralph stars as Quentin Coldwater, a novice magician who is responsible for saving the existence of magic, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama...
Jason Ralph

Jason Ralph stars as Quentin Coldwater, a novice magician who is responsible for saving the existence of magic, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Ralph was last seen in the NBC series “Aquarius” opposite David Duchovny and season 2 of the WGN series “Manhattan.” Jason appeared in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” alongside Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain and also starred in the Broadway hit “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages. His other credits include Netflix's “Grace and Frankie” and HBO’s “Looking.”

Currently Ralph serves as artistic Director for his theater company, Strangemen & Co., which produced the recent hit “The Woodsman.” He lives in New York City with his wife.

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Stella Maeve
Julia Wicker
Stella Maeve stars as Julia Wicker, Quentin’s childhood bestie who is on a revenge-seeking journey, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama...
Stella Maeve

Stella Maeve stars as Julia Wicker, Quentin’s childhood bestie who is on a revenge-seeking journey, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Maeve’s other television credits include her work on NBC’s “Chicago PD” as Nadia Decotis, lead roles in the CW pilot “Norfolk” and the CBS series “Golden Boy” also starring Theo James; and guest starring roles on “Law & Order: SVU,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House M.D.,” “Bones,” “Gossip Girl” and “CSI”. She made her feature film debut in the Oscar-nominated film Transamerica with Felicity Huffman. Maeve also had a breakout moment in film when she starred in The Runaways, in which she played Sandy West to Kristen Stewart’s Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning’s Cheri Currie, about the all-girl rock band of the same name. Her additional film credits include IFC’s horror film, Dark Summer, directed by Paul Solet; Starlet, which won the Robert Altman award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards; All Together Now; the Lifetime television movie, Accused at 17; Brooklyn’s Finest, directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes; Asylum Seekers, and Remember the Daze.

Most recently on the big screen, Maeve wrapped production on the Chester Tam-directed comedy, Take the 10, in which she stars alongside Andy Samberg, Kevin Corrigan and Josh Peck. Her most recent film credits include roles in the independent film, Long Nights, Short Mornings alongside Shiloh Fernandez, which premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival, and the independent thriller Flipped, with Michael Madsen. 

Maeve currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Olivia Taylor Dudley
Alice Quinn
Olivia Taylor Dudley stars as Alice Quinn, a powerful magician with newfound confidence, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama...
Olivia Taylor Dudley

Olivia Taylor Dudley stars as Alice Quinn, a powerful magician with newfound confidence, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Dudley began her career in 2012 with a breakout leading role in Oren Peli's The Chernobyl Diaries. She then starred in Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension” and in the Lakeshore/Lionsgate horror flick “Vatican Tapes” opposite Michael Pena, playing a possession victim in a performance praised by The New York Times. Dudley’s other notable television credits include “Arrested Development,” “The Mindy Project,” “Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23,” “CSI: Miami” and “NCIS.”

Most recently, Dudley guest starred opposite David Duchovny in the NBC docudrama “Aquarius” this past summer following a three-episode arc in the Billy Crystal/Josh Gad series “The Comedians.”  Audiences can look forward to seeing her star turn in the forthcoming independent comedy Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins.

A California native born in idyllic Morro Bay, Olivia Taylor Dudley is a founding member of the online comedy group 5-Second Films, which produces new, original daily content and is distributed through such social media outlets as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

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Hale Appleman
Eliot Waugh
Hale Appleman stars as Eliot Waugh, High King of Fillory, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels  by  Lev  Grossman...
Hale Appleman

Hale Appleman stars as Eliot Waugh, High King of Fillory, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels  by  Lev  Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Appleman made his film debut in Chad Lowe’s feature “Beautiful Ohio” opposite, Willian Hurt. Additionally, Appleman played ‘Tobey’ in the 2007 film “Teeth.” On stage, Appleman starred in Jeff Buckley's The Last Goodbye, directed by Alex Timbers' at the Old Globe in San Diego, the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play as Jesus and the revival of David Rabe's Streamers on Broadway.

Born and raised in New York City, Appleman graduated from the famed LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and studied at Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama. He now lives in Los Angeles and enjoys writing his own music and song lyrics in his rare down time as a passionate musician.

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Arjun Gupta
William "Penny" Adiyodi
Arjun Gupta stars as William "Penny" Adiyodi, the proud outcast of the group in the midst of a healing journey, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama...
Arjun Gupta

Arjun Gupta stars as William "Penny" Adiyodi, the proud outcast of the group in the midst of a healing journey, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Gupta made his television debut on Showtime's hit series “Nurse Jackie,” opposite Edie Falco. He portrayed ‘Sam,’ a part of the hospital’s nursing team who, like Nurse Jackie, had a fondness for prescription pills, alcohol and sex. He and his cast mates were nominated for a 2013 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. In his feature film debut, Gupta worked alongside Uma Thurman and Minnie Driver in Motherhood (Killer Films). Other film credits include The Ossining Project, opposite Christian Camargo and Bobby Cannavale; Hairbrained starring Brendan Fraser; Stand Up Guys starring Al Pacino and Chris Walken, and the Lifetime original movie Baby Sellers opposite Jennifer Finnigan and Kirstie Alley. He also produced and starred in the play Dead Fish at Here Arts Center, and can be seen in the webseries “The Walker,” starring Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Lily Rabe and Gabourey Sidibe. Gupta can also be seen in the independent feature The Diabolical, a paranormal thriller that premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

Most recently, Gupta appeared on the ABC hit show “How To Get Away With Murder,” opposite Viola Davis. He played ‘Kan,’ a law student and Legal Aid volunteer who gets involved in a love triangle with a member of Davis’ team. Gupta can also be seen in the independent feature The Diabolical, a paranormal thriller that premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Gupta is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He co-writes and produces the podcast “American Desis” with comedian Akaash Singh, and is the artistic director and co-founder of the LA-based Ammunition Theatre Company.

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Summer Bishil
Margo Hanson
Summer Bishil stars as Margo Hanson, a strong, independent and fashionable woman who becomes High Queen of Fillory, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama...
Summer Bishil

Summer Bishil stars as Margo Hanson, a strong, independent and fashionable woman who becomes High Queen of Fillory, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Bishil began her career in 2006 playing the lead role in Alan Ball's Towelhead, the film adaptation of the novel by the same name. Her performance garnered a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award in the Best Actress category. In the years following, Bishil has appeared in many films, including Wayne Kramer's Crossing Over, alongside Harrison Ford and Ashley Judd, M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, and Mooz-lum, opposite Danny Glover and Evan Ross.

Most recently, during a break in the shooting of THE MAGICIANS, Bishil filmed a role in the Mike DeLuca produced film Under the Silver Lake, starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keogh.

Bishil was born in Pasadena, California. When she was three, her family moved to Saudi Arabia and, two years later, relocated to the small island Kingdom of Bahrain. There she attended The British School of Bahrain and the U.S. Department of Defense School, where she trained intensely on the school swim team with professional coaches. In 2003 the family returned to Southern California where she currently resides.

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Jade Tailor
Kady Orloff-Diaz
Jade Tailor stars as Kady Orloff-Diaz, a broken young women unsure of her who she is anymore, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama...
Jade Tailor

Jade Tailor stars as Kady Orloff-Diaz, a broken young women unsure of her who she is anymore, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Tailor was also seen as recurring characters on the TNT series “Murder in the First,” and the NBC series “Aquarius,” opposite David Duchovny. She also appeared in HBO’s “True Blood” and the NBC series “Vegas,” among others.

On the big screen, Tailor will next be seen in the Lorenzo Di Boneventura film Higher Power, a sci-fi thriller about a regular guy who acquires the power of a demi-God.  She also starred in the thrillers Cam2Cam and Altered Perception. 

Tailor currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.

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Rick Worthy
Dean Henry Fogg
Rick Worthy stars as Dean Henry Fogg, head of Brakebills University, a powerful magician with newfound confidence, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama...
Rick Worthy

Rick Worthy stars as Dean Henry Fogg, head of Brakebills University, a powerful magician with newfound confidence, on Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Worthy began his career in theatre when he moved to Chicago where he performed at several prestigious Theatres including Chicago Dramatists Workshop, the Goodman Theater, and Victory Gardens Theater. Later, he moved to Los Angeles and received his first big break as Rickey Latrell, an NBA Star acquitted of murder, on the Steven Bochco drama "Murder One" in 1996. He then played Nathan Jackson, one of the Magnificent Seven on the CBS Western "The Magnificent Seven.” He has had several roles within the Star Trek franchise:  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. He also had a supporting role in the 1998 film Star Trek: Insurrection. He guest-starred in "The Warrior,” a 2003 episode of “Stargate SG-1,” where he made use of his Tae Kwon Do and stunt fighting skills as the Goa'uld Imhotep. He played Simon, Cylon #4 in the 2003–09 re-imagined version of "Battlestar Galactica" and soon after took on the role of Chris Didion in the brilliant John McNamara drama "EYES" starring Tim Daly. Soon after Worthy played the ancient warrior Angel Camael in the 2006 ABC Family miniseries "Fallen" starring Paul Wesley. He appeared in four episodes of Heroes in 2009, playing Mike, Matt Parkman's partner, an experienced and capable Los Angeles cop. Many fans know Worthy from the TV series "Supernatural" where he played the Alpha Vampire in two episodes of Season 6 and one episode of Season 7. Worthy also played Rudy Hopkins, Bonnie's dad, in “The Vampire Diaries” starring Kat Graham. In addition, Worthy appeared on “NCIS” Season 10 as Navy Captain Logan Doyle.

Worthy’s most recent credits include the role of Lem Washington, a freedim-fighter in the brilliant Frank Spotnitz drama, "The Man in the High Castle.”

A native Detroiter, Rick Worthy graduated from Southfield Senior High in 1985 and then from the University of Michigan in 1990 with a concentration in Theatre and Film.

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John McNamara
Executive Producer/Co-creator
John McNamara is the co-creator of Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman...
John McNamara

John McNamara is the co-creator of Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

McNamara moved to Los Angeles in 1984 and began a career as a screenwriter, eventually working for Disney, Warner Bros. and Paramount. In 1992, he became a staff writer on the Fox TV series “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” and in 1993 joined ABC’s “Lois and Clark” as a writer and producer for three years. In 1996, he co-created and Executive Produced the critically-acclaimed thriller "Profit," followed by “Vengeance Unlimited," "The Fugitive," "Fastlane," "Eyes," "Jericho," "In Plain Sight" and "Prime Suspect."

Most recently, McNamara became a principal founder, along with Alexandra Cunningham and Sera Gamble, of Fabrication, a TV production company. In collaboration with Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios, the company has several projects in several stages of development, including a reboot of ITV’s 1970s classic, “The Persuaders.” McNamara also wrote and co-produced the feature film “Trumbo,” for which Bryan Cranston was nominated for an Oscar, as Dalton Trumbo. The film was nominated by the WGA for Best Adapted Screenplay and McNamara was awarded the WGAW's Paul Selvin Award, which honors writers whose work “embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil right liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Born and raised in Michigan, McNamara attended the University of Michigan and New York University. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where his personal interests include reading slowly, running quickly and scuba diving deeply.

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Sera Gamble
Executive Producer/Co-creator
Sera Gamble is the writer and executive producer of Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman...
Sera Gamble

Sera Gamble is the writer and executive producer of Syfy’s breakout fantasy drama THE MAGICIANS. Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, the sophomore season will make its highly-anticipated return on Wednesday, January 25 at 9/8c.

Gamble’s first foray into television was an unconventional one: she was a screenwriter finalist on the second season of HBO’s “Project Greenlight.” She then went on to write and produce the CW series “Supernatural” for its first seven seasons, rising to executive producer in Season Five. She also served as a staff writer on the ABC series “Eyes.”

Most recently, Gamble served as writer and executive producer of NBC's “Aquarius.”

A first-generation American born in New York City, Gamble spent her early childhood in Cincinnati before moving to Redlands, California. She attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Gamble currently lives in Los Angeles, is a dog person and enjoys writing essays, poetry, and fiction. Two of her stories have been anthologized in the Best American Erotica series, and her work has appeared in journals such as Washington Square and on Nerve.

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