NIA VARDALOS JOINS THE CAST OF THE EPIX ORIGINAL SERIES GRAVES STARRING NICK NOLTE AND SELA WARD
Series Created by Joshua Michael Stern and Produced by Lionsgate to Debut Fall 2016
New York, NY – October 21 2015 – Premium TV network EPIX® announced today that Academy Award® and Golden Globe ®-nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) has been cast in a recurring role on Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire starring Nick Nolte and Sela Ward, and produced by Lionsgate. Vardalos will play Annie Novak, a top political consultant with a killer instinct, who is hired to manage Margaret’s (Sela Ward) potential Senate campaign. She and Margaret go way back; in fact, Margaret gave Annie her first job, and their old bond is still strong. However, Annie has to understand that Margaret’s first loyalty is to her husband (Nick Nolte).
Vardalos, an alumna of the famed Chicago-based Second City sketch comedy company, is the screenwriter and lead actress of the sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding which earned her an Oscar® nomination for Best Writing and a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress. She has just completed acting in her screenplay My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which she also produced. Her acting credits include the films My Life In Ruins, Connie and Carla (which she also wrote), as well as numerous guest appearances on television shows such as “Jane the Virgin,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Vardalos directed and starred in the feature film I Hate Valentine’s Day and co-wrote Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. She is also a New York Times Bestselling Author for her 2013 memoir Instant Mom, and donates all book proceeds to adoption groups.
The “Graves” cast includes:
- Three-time Academy Award® Nominee Nick Nolte (A Walk in The Woods, The Thin Red Line) as Richard Graves;
- Golden Globe® and two-time Emmy® Award-winning actress Sela Ward (Gone Girl, “Sisters”) as Margaret Graves;
- Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) as Isaiah Miller;
- Heléne Yorke (“Masters of Sex”) as Olivia Graves;
- Chris Lowell (The Help) as Jeremy Graves;
- Callie Hernandez (“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”) as Samantha; along with
- Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) as Jacob Mann;
- Roger Bart (“Desperate Housewives”) as Lawrence Mills and
- Angélica Maria (“Qué Bonito Amor”) as Ramona Alvarez.
Created and written by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote, Jobs), Graves is executive produced by Stern and Oscar®-winning producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and produced by Bill Hill (“Veep,” “Eastbound & Down”). The series is currently filming in New Mexico. Graves will premiere on EPIX in Fall 2016.
Vardalos is represented by APA and Untitled Entertainment.
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