The Special Ops: Lioness cast features Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira and Dave Annable. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount+ series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Special Ops: Lioness centers on a CIA team. When a female agent named Joe loses a recruit, she enlists an inexperienced woman from Oklahoma for a special mission. The narrative follows the main players as they target an elusive terrorist. Here’s every actor and character in Special Ops: Lioness.
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Zoe Saldaña as Joe
Character Profile: A CIA agent. She grieves the death of a 22-year-old recruit. Joe finds the ideal woman for a dangerous mission.
Saldaña’s Resume: Neytiri in Avatar Movie Franchise (2009-), Cataleya in Colombiana (2011), Gamora in the MCU (2014-), Rosa Hernández in Vivo (2021), Amy in From Scratch (2022)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Laysla De Oliveira as Cruz Manuelos
Character Profile: A CIA recruit. She is a U.S. Marine from Oklahoma. Cruz targets the daughter of a terrorist for intel.
De Oliveira’s Resume: Glow in The Gifted (2018-19), Veronica in Guest of Honour (2019), Becky in In the Tall Grass (2019), Dodge/Echo/Ellie Whedon in Locke & Key (2020-22), Sibila in Needle in a Timestack (2021)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Dave Annable as Neil
Character Profile: Joe’s husband. He is a doctor who struggles with the deaths of patients. Neil worries about the mental health of his wife and daughters.
Annable’s Resume: Justin Walker/Justin March in Brothers & Sisters (2006-11), Dr. Jack McAndrew in Red Band Society (2014-15), Lee Dutton in Yellowstone (2018-22), Dr. Ian Harris in What/If (2019), Dan Miller in Walker (2021-22)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Jill Wagner as Bobby
Character Profile: A CIA agent. She leads a QRF team. Bobby defends Cruz from scheming government figures.
Wagner’s Resume: Larrin in Stargate: Atlantis (2007-08), Polly Watt in Splinter (2008), Kate Argent in Teen Wolf (2011-17), Stephanie Braven in Braven (2018), Amy Winslow in Mystery 101 (2019-21)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: LaMonica Garrett as Two Cups
Character Profile: A CIA agent. He is part of a QRF team.
Garrett’s Resume: Deputy Sheriff Cane in Sons of Anarchy (2011-14), Mike Ritter in Designated Survivor (2016-18), Cameron Burk in The Last Ship (2016-18), Logan Cartwright in Clemency (2019), Thomas in 1883 (2021-)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: James Jordan as Two Cups
Character Profile: A CIA agent. He is a charismatic man who works with Joe and Cruz. Two Cups earned his nickname after an experience in Thailand.
Jordan’s Resume: Pete Mickens in Wind River (2017), Livestock Agent Steve Hendon in Yellowstone (2019-22), Ed in Mayor of Kingstown (2021-22), Ben in Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), Cookie in 1883 (2022)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Austin Hébert as Randy
Character Profile: A CIA agent. He is part of Joe’s QRF team. Randy looks after Cruz.
Hébert’s Resume: Prudhomme in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016), Max Duvall in Unbelievable (2019), Randy McCoy in Above Suspicion (2019), Peter in Yellowstone (2020), Young Jim Sullivan in Ray Donovan: The Movie (2022)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Jonah Wharton as Tex
Character Profile: A CIA agent. He is member of Joe’s QRF team. Tex is an actor from New Jersey.
Wharton’s Resume: Dr. Howser in Castle (2011), Lance in Blackout (2012), William Byers in Bones (2014), Robert Flynn in NCIS (2018), Aiden Merritt in The Rookie (2021)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Stephanie Nur as Aaliyah
Character Profile: A CIA mark. She befriends Cruz. Aaliyah is the daughter of a terrorist.
Nur’s Resume: Karu in The Quest (2014), Jenny in Cracks in Concrete (2014), Frosti/Hannah in Four Women and a Funeral (2019), Melodi in 1883 (2021), Nefetari Al Demerdah in North of the 10 (2022)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Hannah Love Lanier as Kate
Character Profile: Joe and Neil’s daughter. She experiences bullying at school. Kate clashes with her parents.
Lanier’s Resume: Hannah in The Tiny Mighty Club (2019), Young Haddassah in A Black Lady Sketch Show (2022)
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Special Ops: Lioness Cast: Nicole Kidman as Kaitlyn Meade
Character Profile: A CIA official. She provides professional advice to Joe.
Kidman’s Resume: Claire Lewicki in Days of Thunder (1990), Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Alice Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Grace Fraser in The Undoing (2020), Masha Dmitrichenko in Nine Perfect Strangers (2021)
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The Special Ops: Lioness cast also includes:
- Michael Kelly as Donald Westfield
- Morgan Freeman as Edwin Mullins
- Richard Haddad as Asif
- Celestina Harris as Charlie
- Sam Asghari as Kamal
- Carla Mansour as Malika
- Layla Mohammadi as Nashwa
- Maggie Parto as Fariha
- Priscilla Doueihy as Nala
- Adam Budron as Sami
- Ray Corasani as Ehsan
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