Designated Survivor will be returning to our screens today (Friday, June 7) when it drops on Netflix. The political drama is a hit among fans who love the story of Tom Kirkman’s (played by Kiefer Sutherland) rise to power but who plays him? Here’s everything you need to know about the cast of Designated Survivor.
Who is in the cast of Designated Survivor season 3?
President Tom Kirkman – Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland stars as the lead character of Tom Kirkman who finds himself as the President of the United States.
Kirkman was the Designated Survivor while serving as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
When a terrorist attack kills everyone at the State of the Union address, he becomes the 46th President of the United States.
Sutherland says that in season three his character will find himself edged into corruption by the allure of power.
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine he said: “Does politics corrupt the man or does the man corrupt politics?
“This is the first time the president has made a conscious choice to keep the power that was given to him simply by a tragic accident.”
“For the first two seasons you were dealing with a man who was widely perceived as a good honest man put in this incredible position of becoming president overnight.”
He continued: “He’s shown that the office over the two years has corrupted enough that his integrity has been challenged.”
Fans will know Sutherland for his character Jack Bauer in the hit series 24, which ran until 2014.
Seth Wright – Kal Penn
House actor Kal Penn is also returning as Seth Wright, the White House Press Secretary.
Penn is probably best known for playing Kumar in comedy film series Harold & Kumar.
Hannah Wells – Maggie Q
Maggie Q will also star as FBI agent Hannah Wells, who will be recruited into the CIA during the third series.
Fans will know her for her starring turn in The CW’s action series Nikita from 2010 to 2013.
Aaron Shore – Adan Canto
Adan Canto will also be back as we can see from the trailer, joining the president as his Vice Presidential candidate.
Viewers will have also seen the Mexican actor in Netflix series Narcos and Fox show The Following.
Emily Rhodes – Italia Ricci
Emily Rhodes is the White House Chief of Staff under Kirkman’s president.
We last saw her offering her resignation to President Kirkman after facing a tough legal dilemma in season two, which Kirkamn refused.
She is played by Italia Ricci who last hit the small screen in Supergirl.
Mars Harper – Anthony Edwards
ER actor Anthony Edwards will be joining the cast this season as Chief of Staff Mars Harper.
We don’t know too much about his character but it seems that he will clash with other new character Lorraine Zimmer (played by Julie White) in the series.
Designated Survivor season 3 available to stream on Netflix