Meet some of the cast and creators who inhabit the mysterious world of DIG, where connections between past and present collide. But is fact stranger than fiction? We unearth the ways in which these distinguished artists are connected in the real world.
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27 May 2015 - 4:07 PM  UPDATED 23 Jun 2015 - 1:50 PM

GIDEON RAFF

Co-Creator/Executive Producer

Raff is the creator of the Israeli series Prisoners of War, as seen on SBS, which has won nine Israeli Emmys. He is also executive producer of the critically acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning drama series Homeland (based on Prisoners of War) starring Claire Danes.  Currently Raff is executive producing the highly-anticipated series Tyrant, which he also created.

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Gideon Raff lived a block away from where Ori Pfeffer was raised in Jerusalem.

 

ORI PFEFFER

Golan Cohen
Ori Pfeffer stars as Golan Cohen, a straight talking detective with the Israeli National Police.

Pfeffer has worked with a number of prestigious directors and actors including Brad Pitt in World War Z, Steven Spielberg in Munich, Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, and Leonardo DiCaprio in Gardener of Eden. 

 

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 Ori Pfeffer starred in Munich with Omar Metwally

 

OMAR METWALLY

Yussef Khalid
Tony Award nominee Omar Metwally stars as Yussef Khalid, an American who disappeared after being accused of murder, now believed to be in Israel.

Metwally made his feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s Munich and most recently appeared in the Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop. Metwally’s numerous television and film appearances include Grey’s Anatomy, Rendition, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II and Amsterdam

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Omar Metwally starred in the thriller Non-Stop with Julieanne Moore. 
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Julieanne Moore starred in Gus Van Sant’s Psycho with Anne Heche.

 

ANNE HECHE

Lynn Monahan
Emmy Award winner Anne Heche stars as Lynn Monahan, the head of the Jerusalem FBI office and Peter Connelly’s (Jason Isaacs) boss. 

Heche most recently starred in the series Save Me and the film Arthur Newman opposite Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. Her film credits include starring roles in Wag the Dog, Donnie Brasco, Cedar Rapids and Birth. In 2002, Heche made her Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed production of the Tony Award winning play Proof. 

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 Anne Heche appeared in The Other Guys starring Samuel L. Jackson.
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  Samuel L. Jackson starred in The Negotiator with Regina Taylor.

 

REGINA TAYLOR

Ambassador Ruth Ridell
Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor stars as Ruth Ridell, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

Taylor is best known for I'll Fly Away, for which she received a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Image Award and two Emmy Award nominations.  Taylor most recently starred in The Unit and has numerous television appearances

 

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 Regina Taylor was the first African American woman to star as Juliet in Broadway's Romeo and Juliet. 
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Lauren Ambrose starred as Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Delacorte Theater, Central Park, NYC, 2007. 

 

LAUREN AMBROSE

Debbie Morgan
Emmy Award nominee Lauren Ambrose stars as Debbie Morgan, a devout follower of evangelist Tad Billingham (David Costabile). 

Ambrose is perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed role on Six Feet Under as Claire Fisher, for which she received two Emmy nominations. Ambrose most recently starred in Sleepwalk with Me, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

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 Lauren Ambrose starred in Six Feet Under, on which Jill Soloway was a recurring producer. 
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 Jill Soloway is creator and executive producer of Transparent, in which Alison Sudol had a recurring role.

 

ALISON SUDOL

Emma Wilson
Alison Sudol stars as Emma Wilson, an enigmatic American archeologist working on a dig site in Jerusalem.  

Sudol is perhaps best known as the front woman for the band A Fine Frenzy, having achieved critical acclaim for her music.  Most recently, she appeared in the independent feature film Other People’s Children.

 

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Alison Sudol appeared in House with Hugh Laurie.

Hugh Laurie appeared in Spice World with Richard E. Grant.

 

RICHARD E. GRANT

Ian Margrove
Richard E. Grant stars as Ian Margrove, the Cambridge archaeologist leading the dig Emma (Alison Sudol) is working on in Jerusalem. 

Grant made his big break with the cult hit Withnail and I in 1986.  Grant has appeared in over 60 movies with some of Hollywood's leading directors including Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.  He has published three books, and written and directed his autobiographical movie WAH-WAH.

 

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 Richard E. Grant starred in the 1998 film St. Ives with Jason Isaacs

JASON ISAACS

Peter Connelly
Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs stars as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem, who, while investigating a murder, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. 

Isaacs made his film debut with the role of Colonel William Tavington in The Patriot. Isaac’s is well known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - Parts I and II. He was most recently seen in Fury.  His numerous television and film roles include Black Hawk Down, Armageddon, as The West Wing and Entourage.  

 

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 Jason Isaacs starred in the Harry Potter film series with Emma Watson.
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 Emma Watson starred in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah with Jennifer Connelly. 
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 Jennifer Connelly starred in Aloft with Zen McGrath.

 

ZEN MCGRATH

Josh
Zen McGrath plays Josh, a 13-year-old American who has lived in Tad Billingham's (David Costabile) New Mexico compound all his life.

McGrath's feature film debut was the 2014 film Aloft with Jennifer Connelly.

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Zen McGrath’s brother is Gulliver McGrath. 
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Gulliver McGrath starred in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln with David Costabile.

 

DAVID COSTABILE

Tad Billingham
David Costabile stars as Tad Billingham, a bestselling author of religious books, TV personality and charismatic leader of a religious congregation in the New Mexico desert.

Costabile recurred on SUITS as Daniel Hardman in season two before co-starring in Low Winter Sun. He has also appeared on Breaking Bad, Damages, The Wire and Flight of the Conchords.

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 David Costabile starred in The Wire, with Jamie Hector.
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 Jamie Hector appeared as Benjamin 'Knox' Washington in Tim Kring’s TV series Heroes.

 

TIM KRING

Co-Creator/Executive Producer

76 million Heroes fans around the world know his name, and Kring’s Heroes Evolution won the Primetime Emmy for Interactive Television in 2008.  Heroes Reborn was recently announced as a 13-episode miniseries slated to premiere in 2015.  Kring’s television credits also include Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Daybreak, Crossing Jordan, Providence and Chicago Hope.

 

DIG premieres Thursday 9.30pm on SBS ONE

 

Sources: official biographies and IMDb