‘Covert Affairs’ Taps ‘Fargo’ Thesp Shawn Doyle in Recurring Role

USA Network’s “Covert Affairs” has cast Shawn Doyle in a recurring season five guest role, Variety has learned exclusively.

Doyle will appear as Aleksandre Belenko, a Georgian diplomat educated in the U.S. and celebrated for his work with charitable organizations worldwide. Despite his reputation as a charismatic humanitarian, Annie (Piper Perabo) senses Belenko may have more sinister intentions.

Doyle recently appeared in FX’s “Fargo” as police chief Vern Thurman. He has also recurred and made guest appearances on “Hannibal,” “Vegas,” “Lost Girl,” “Reign” and “24,” and is perhaps best known for his role as Joey Henrickson on “Big Love.”

Season five of the spy series picks up after CIA operative Annie Walker fakes her death, alters her identity and goes deep undercover in the streets of Hong Kong to defeat her most cunning opponent, Henry Wilcox (guest star Gregory Itzin). The new season examines the price Annie will have to pay for this risky maneuver and the implications it will have on her relationships — both personally and professionally — as she attempts to re-emerge into the world she once knew while concealing her secrets from her time off the grid.

Covert Affairs” hails from Universal Cable Productions. The series is written and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, and is executive produced by Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein through Hypnotic. Stephen Kay, Sean Ryerson, Stephen Hootstein and Henry Alonso Myers also serve as executive producers.

Doyle is represented by The Characters Talent Agency, Magnolia Entertainment and Kohner Agency.

“Covert Affairs” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on USA.

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