Angel Batista – David Zayas

Angel Batista David Zayas

Angel is a fellow homicide detective who shares Dexter’s meticulous nature and works closely with him on forensics cases.

While an officer in the New York Police Department, David Zayas caught a performance of A Few Good Men on Broadway. The play was an inspiration, and Zayas enrolled in acting classes at Ernie Martin’s studio. Soon after, Zayas teamed up with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz to become a member of the renowned Labyrinth Theatre Company. Through his theatre company, Zayas has starred in plays including Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings and Our Lady Of 121ST St. After doing approximately 30 plays, Tom Fontana cast him as the ringleader of the Latino prisoners, ‘Enrique Morales’ in the series Oz. Zayas’ feature film credits include Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead, The Yards, Undefeated, Mike Nichols’ Wit, Angel and The Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack. Recently, Zayas was seen in Sixteen Blocks, playing the corrupt ‘Detective Robert Torres’ opposite Bruce Willis and Mos Def. His upcoming roles include starring opposite Harvey Keitel in the ABC miniseries, The Path To 9/11, the feature film Michael Clayton opposite George Clooney and The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Most recently, Zayas starred on Broadway opposite Jimmy Smits in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna In The Tropics. The play ran at the Royale Theatre for over a hundred performances.

Harry Morgan – James Remar

Harry Morgan James Remar

Harry is a street-wise police detective who spotted young Dexter’s passion for human vivisection and helped his son channel his homicidal impulses in a more constructive pursuit: the deliverance of vigilante justice. Morgan taught him to blend into the “normal” world by day and use his “talents and interests” in a constructive way at night by eliminating heinous perpetrators who think they’re above the law or who may have slipped through the cracks of justice.

James Remar’s has appeared in more than 50 feature films, numerous television projects (both episodic and long form) and on the New York stage. He has played historical figures such as Gen. Omar Bradley opposite Tom Selleck in Ike: Countdown to D-Day and Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club. Remar’s most memorable performances include a streetwise gang kid in The Warriors and as the billionaire playboy ‘Richard’ in Sex And The City opposite Kim Cattrall. Remar’s early training with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and later with Stella Adler helped give him a tremendous dedication to authenticity in his work. This dedication led to playing diverse roles such as ‘Ganz’ in 48 Hrs., a gay Nazi hustler opposite Richard Gere in Bent on Broadway, a hard, yet sympathetic narcotics detective opposite Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant’s independent classic Drugstore Cowboy and a tough customs agent in Jon Singleton’s smash hit 2Fast 2Furious.

Debra – Jennifer Carpenter

Debra Morgan Jennifer Carpenter

Debra, Dexter’s step sister is a tough, ambitious cop who is desperate to become a homicide detective in spite of constant antagonism from her boss, the head of the division.

Jennifer Leann Carpenter was born 7th December 1979 at 3AM in Louisville, Kentucky. For education she went to St. Raphael Elementary School, Walden School and Sacred Heart Academy. Jennifer always knew that acting was something that she wanted to pursue. Her aunt would actively encourage her to pursue this dream. While at the Walden School she played Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream“. At age 8 she played Tiny Tim at the annual Dickens on Main Street celebration and held the role for three years. For college, Jennifer attended Juilliard in New York City since the age of 18. “I went to school. I went to Juilliard. You spend 13 hours a day on voice and speech. In 2002 Jennifer portrayed Mary Warren in the Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible“, also starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Linney, calling her the finest young actress she’s ever known, was so taken by Carpenter’s performance that she suggested her to the casting directors of “The Exorcism of Emily Rose“. While she is best known for dramatic roles, Jennifer says that she loved this role and the experience of working in “White Chicks“. The film lead Carpenter to her first TV series, Danny DeVito’s “Queen B” (2003), in which she co-starred alongside Alicia Silverstone. Unfortunately only a pilot was filmed because Fox did not end up picking up the show. Carpenter moved on to star in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” (2005) alongside close friend Laura Linney in a role that made her both a household name as well as an acclaimed character actress. Her impressive performance made TV produces take notice and so she was shortly cast as Debra Morgan in Showtime’s risque and brilliant new series, “Dexter“. Later in 2008 she made the horror movie “Quarantine” (2008) where she plays the TV reporter Angela Vidal who is going to interview and make a reportage of some fire fighters. She and her cameraman follows the fire fighers to a small apartment building and that’s when stuff starts to become frightening. This was a remake of the Spanish film “[Rec]” (2007) and both versions got a lot of viewers and people were positive about Jennifer’s part.

Rita Bennet – Julie Benz

Rita Bennet Julie Benz

Rita is Dexter’s sweet, naïve and emotionally downtrodden girlfriend, a struggling single mom with two kids. To Dexter, Julie is a kindred, damaged spirit and the two form a sweet courtship that provides a strange sense of normalcy in his upside-down world.

Julie Benz is best known for her role as the evil vampire ‘Darla’ which she originated on The WB’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer and continued on the hit series Angel. A WB favorite, she also had a recurring role on the cult series Roswell. Benz’s other television roles include the lead in the dramatic thriller Circle Of Friends for Lifetime, starring with Marsha Mason in the Hallmark feature The Long Shot and starring in the Dream Works/Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken, for the Sci Fi Channel. Her episodic work includes: Navy:NCIS, Peacemakers, King Of Queens, Supernatural and CSI: Miami. Benz’s film work includes a starring role in the independent film Kill Your Darlings, a dark “road trip” comedy about suicide; she appeared with Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets; played ‘Ursula’ in George Of The Jungle 2, and starred with Rose McGowan in the Tri-Star feature Jawbreaker. Benz recently co-starred with Bill Bellamy and Shemar Moore in the Sony/ Screen Gem feature The Brothers. Benz can also be heard as the voice of ‘Captain Miranda Keys’ in the popular video game Halo 2.

Born in Pennsylvania, Julie Benz’s father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Julie was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off. By 1989, with her figure skating career over, Julie turned to acting and got involved in the local theater where she got a role in the play “Street Law”. Her first movie role was a small, credited, speaking part in in the Black Cat episode in the Dario Argento/George A. Romero co-direction horror flick, Due occhi diabolici (1990) playing in one scene alongside Harvey Keitel. A year later, she got a role on a TV show called “Hi Honey, I’m Home”. After graduating from high school, Julie entered New York University to study acting there. After graduation, Julie moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career and landed some small roles in movies and TV shows including a guest appearance on “Married with Children” (1987) and in the Aaron Spelling TV pilot Crosstown Traffic. In 1996, Julie auditioned for the role of “Buffy” in the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997), but lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in which she did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vampire “Darla”.