LOS ANGELES: Emmy-nominated actor Hugh Dancy (‘Hannibal’) will guest star in a multi-episode arc on the award-winning drama series ‘Homeland’, starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Claire Danes and Emmy and Tony winner Mandy Patinkin. Dancy will recur as John Zabel, a savvy Washington consultant who joins the White House as a new foreign-policy advisor to the President and a formidable opponent to Saul Berenson (Patinkin). The series is currently in production on its eighth and final season and will premiere later this year.
The final season of ‘Homeland’ finds Carrie Mathison (Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – which is a problem for Saul, now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges). The top priority of Warner’s young administration is an end to the “forever war” in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies – and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion’s den – one last time.
Dancy returns to Showtime after recurring on ‘The Big C’. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Earl of Essex in ‘Elizabeth I’. He also recently starred in ‘The Path’ and ‘Hannibal’, for which he received two Critics Choice Television Award nominations for Best Actor.
Dancy’s other television credits include ‘Daniel Deronda’, ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Madame Bovary’. On the big screen, he will appear later this year in the film ‘Late Night’ with Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson.
Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios for Showtime , ‘Homeland’ was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series ‘Prisoners of War’ by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa and Gordon, executive producers for season eight include Chip Johannessen, Deb Cahn, Lesli Linka Glatter, Patrick Harbinson, Claire Danes, Michael Klick, Gideon Raff, Avi Nir and Ran Telem.
The network’s No. 1 drama series, ‘Homeland’ originally premiered in the fall of 2011 and quickly became one of the most acclaimed dramas on television, becoming a meditation on the human costs of the “war on terror.” Following its first season, ‘Homeland’ was honored with six Emmy wins, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series. Additionally, the series has been awarded Golden Globe, Peabody, Television Critics Association, AFI and Critics’ Choice Awards.