• Martin Donovan as Darius Hayes
  • Michael Graziadei as Kyle Walker
  • David Alpay as James Lynch
  • Yul Vázquez as President Thomas Westwood
  • Shelley Conn as First Lady Gabrielle Westwood

Athena Karkanis

Vanessa Keller
Actor
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Athena Karkanis

Athena Karkanis most recently played “Detective Dani Khalil” on the AMC series "Low Winter Sun" opposite Mark Strong. Prior to that, she was already well known in her native Canada for her roles as the wunderkind languages specialist in the award-winning CBC drama "The Border," the fastidious object of affection in the quirky single camera comedy "Almost Heroes" and as the spoiled child star turned ivy leaguer in the popular dramedy "The Best Years." Karkanis recently appeared as “Mauga,” a short fused Parisian gangster in HBO’s "Transporter" series. Other recent television appearances include "Supernatural," "The Firm," "Lost Girl," "Covert Affairs," "Murdoch Mysteries," "Republic of Doyle" and "The Listener." Horror fans will know her from her well-loved performance as “Tomboy” in George Romero’s "Survival of the Dead" and her recurring role as “Agent Perez” in the "Saw" franchise. Karkanis’ voice can be heard in countless cartoons and video games. She is classically trained in theatre and has appeared on stages in New York, Toronto, Montreal and regionally in the United States and Canada.

 

Karkanis has a degree in Political Science from McGill University, speaks seven languages, has traveled the world, studies belly dance and runs marathons. She currently resides in Toronto.

Character
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Vanessa Keller

Vanessa Keller grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but used her ambition and drive to propel herself into the position of Chief of Staff. Now that she’s attained her goal, she finds herself wanting more as she connives the president to hold a national lottery to find surrogates for the embryos. Unfortunately, power is slippery and she soon finds it can also be deadly.