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Counterpart (TV series)

Genre Thriller
Science fiction
Created by Justin Marks
Starring J. K. Simmons
Olivia Williams
Harry Lloyd
Nazanin Boniadi
Nicholas Pinnock
Sara Serraiocco
Mido Hamada
Ulrich Thomsen
Composer(s) Jeff Russo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Original network Starz
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)

Counterpart is an upcoming American sci-fi thriller television series created by Justin Marks, ordered to series by the premium cable network Starz.[1] The first two episodes will be directed by Morten Tyldum.[1] Starz ordered two 10-episode seasons, the first of which is to air beginning January 21, 2018.[2]


An espionage, sci-fi thriller with a metaphysical twist, Counterpart tells the story of Howard Silk (Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic UN agency who is turning the last corner of a life filled with regret, when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his “counterpart” on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, idealism, what ifs, and lost love.

Main cast

Recurring cast

  • Kenneth Choi as Bob Dwyer, a director in strategy within the OI, he serves as the checks and balances for the operatives that work under him[6]
  • Stephen Rea as Alexander Pope, a charming old-world Englishman and an old friend of Prime, he’s an éminence grise who pulls strings from behind the scenes[7]
  • Richard Schiff as Director of Diplomacy Roland Fancher, an expert litigator and feared power negotiator between both dimensions and the head of the Office of Interchange’s diplomacy department, responsible for negotiating the exchange of prisoners between worlds[7]
  • Sarah Bolger as Anna, a mysterious young woman whose appearance on the “other side” threatens to disrupt the tenuous truce between Howard and his counterpart[7]
  • Tina Masafret as Talia, a friendly nurse with real affection for Howard, who visits his comatose wife in the hospital on a daily basis.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Jaafar, Ali; Andreeva, Nellie (April 22, 2015). "JK Simmons To Star In Starz Drama Series From 'The Imitation Game' Director". Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Patten, Dominic. "Starz Sets JK Simmons Starrer 'Counterpart' Premiere For Early 2018; Drops 1st Trailer". Deadline. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (September 30, 2016). "'Counterpart': Olivia Williams & Harry Lloyd To Co-Star In Starz Drama Series". Deadline. 
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (December 1, 2016). "'Counterpart': Ulrich Thomsen Joins In Recasting As Production Begins On Starz Spy Series". Deadline. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Pedersen, Erik (October 26, 2016). "'Counterpart': Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, 2 Others Join Starz Spy Series". Deadline. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Petski, Denise (December 7, 2016). "'Counterpart': Mido Hamada & Kenneth Choi Join Starz Spy Series". Deadline. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d Petski, Denise (January 19, 2017). "'Counterpart': Stephen Rea, Richard Schiff & Sarah Bolger Set To Recur On Starz Spy Thriller". Deadline. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 

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