Shiri Appleby jumped in front of the lens as a youngster appearing on such notable hits as Who’s the Boss, Doogie Howser MD and Lawrence Kasden’s I Love You To Death. At 19, she had her breakout performance on the series Roswell, playing the leading role of Liz Parker. She went on to guest star in ER, Six Degrees, as well as Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, before playing the lead in the CW’s Life Unexpected. Since then, Appleby has done recurring turns on NBC’s Chicago Fire, HBO’s GIRLS and most recently CBS’s Code Black.
Shiri currently stars in Lifetime’s critically acclaimed drama UnREAL, playing Rachel Goldberg, a producer working behind the scenes of a dating competition show, and she’ll take on the role of director in the sixth episode of the second season. Additionally, Shiri was recently nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Actress for her work on the series.
Josh Kelly stars in Lifetime’s drama series UnREAL inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s award-winning independent short Sequin Raze. Kelly stars as cameraman Jeremy Caner in this provocative titillating drama, which gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program. In addition, to his breakout role in UnREAL, Kelly is best known for his role as Cutter Wentworth on ABC’s Emmy winning daytime series One Life to Live. Other television credits include Ben and Kate, Army Wives, True Blood, and Dollhouse, to name a few. His feature film acting credits include Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire, Zero Dark Thirty, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, among many others.
Born in Yokosuka, Japan to a Navy family, Kelly was active in theater from a young age as he moved around the globe. After four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, Josh moved to Los Angeles to return to his passion for acting. In honor of his military background, Josh is a huge advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services, and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001. Josh also wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short film Cope, a story of two special operations soldiers who return from war wrought with post-traumatic stress.
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman is most recognizable for his portrayal of ambitious producer Jay in the critically acclaimed Lifetime series UnREAL, which returns for its second season this June. Earlier this year, Bowyer-Chapman starred opposite Robert De Niro and Zac Efron in the comedy Dirty Grandpa. He also wrapped production on the indie feature Tao of Surfing alongside Eric Balfour and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Bowyer-Chapman began his career as an international model before making his feature film debut in Shock to the System, which premiered at the 2006 Outfest Film Festival. In 2012, he starred opposite Jussie Smollett in Logo’s romantic comedy-drama The Skinny. Additional credits include his critically-acclaimed breakthrough performance in HBO’s Dear Mr. Gacy, SyFy’s Stargate Universe and the Nickelodeon animated series Iron Man: Armored Adventures, in which he voiced the role of the iconic superhero Black Panther.
Bowyer-Chapman is passionately involved with the Human Rights Campaign, for which he serves as a guest speaker.
Craig Bierko and his combination of leading-man good looks, mesmerizing charm, and incredible range as an actor have enabled the talented actor to crossover between numerous productions on the big screen, television, and theatre. Craig currently stars as Chet Wilton, the eccentric creator of the fictional dating show Everlasting, in Lifetime’s UnREAL.
Bierko most recently appeared in Anthony Fabian’s feature film Louder than Words opposite David Duchovny, Hope Davis, and Timothy Hutton. The film is based around the true story of John and Brenda Fareri who, after the unexpected death of their daughter, work to build a state-of-the-art children’s hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process. Craig’s other motion pictures credits include The Change Up, The Three Stooges, Scary Movie 4, For Your Consideration, Cinderella Man, Long Kiss Goodnight, and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas amongst several others.
In the theatre, Craig appeared in the 2012 New York Philharmonic’s performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Company directed by Lonny Price. He also starred in Des McAnuff’s Tony-Nominated Broadway production of Guys & Dolls in the role of Sky Masterson, as well as the critically acclaimed Broadway run of The Music Man in the role of Professor Harold Hill. He received a nomination for the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama League Award. He was the winner of The Theater World Award that same year.
Bierko’s other television credits include large roles in the Farrelly Brothers’ sitcom Unhitched and David E. Kelley’s Boston Legal. Additionally, Craig had guest appearances on Damages, The Good Wife, Necessary Roughness, and Sex and the City.
Carol Barbee is has amassed incredible experience in the world of entertainment, having served as Executive Producer/Showrunner on such series and films as Jericho, Swingtown, Judging Amy, Three Rivers, Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland, and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce. Additionally, Barbee acted as a Consulting Producer on Falling Skies as well as the limited series, Dig, for USA. She is currently the Executive Producer/Showrunner of UnREAL Season 2.
Carol was born in Concord, NC. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Theater Arts and received an MFA in Acting from UCLA.
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is co-creator and executive producer of UnREAL, which she developed and sold based on the SXSW award-winning short film she wrote and directed, Sequin Raze.
UnREAL garnered rave reviews in its first season, and was included on Best of 2015 lists ranging from The New Yorker to Time Magazine. The series received an AFI Award, and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award, along with three Critics’ Choice Awards, with Constance Zimmer winning the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role on the show.
Shapiro will be directing the seventh episode of the second season and also wrote and directed a series of shorts, The Faith Diaries, which follow Everlasting‘s beloved season one contestant, Faith (Breeda Wool).
A stalwart supporter of women, Shapiro was one of the early faces of the Broad Focus initiative at A+E and Lifetime, and announced a commitment to hire female directors at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast in December, giving a portion of her TED Talk chronicling her own journey in Hollywood.
Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Shapiro started writing when she was five years old, and discovered that she was a director at 16. After seeing Felini’s 8 1/2 and shooting a roll of black and white Super 8 film, she was a goner and knew filmmaking was her calling.
Shapiro graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Fiction Writing and Filmmaking. She came of age in New York indie film, interning at Killer Films with Christine Vachon, and cutting her teeth in the experimental film scene with the likes of Miranda July. After accidentally landing a job in reality TV, and subsequently fleeing to the wilds of Oregon, she finally returned to Hollywood with her series UnREAL.
Constance Zimmer, who portrays Quinn King, executive producer of the fictional dating show Everlasting, has displayed great versatility as an actress throughout her career. Well-known for playing a number of standout characters in notable projects, Zimmer recently won a 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on UnREAL, which was named one of AFI’s Top 10 shows in 2015 and topped many “Best of” 2015 lists. Zimmer was also named one of TV’s MVPs for 2015 by TVLine.com. Additionally, she was recently seen recurring on the third season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Zimmer also voices characters on Cartoon Network’s animated series, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, as well as the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman.
Starting in 2005, Zimmer played the role of “Dana Gordon” on HBO’s critically acclaimed series Entourage for six seasons. She reprised this role when Warner Bros. released the Entourage film on the big screen last year. Zimmer was also seen starring in the first and second season of the Netflix Emmy® nominated original series House of Cards, executive produced by David Fincher, and she recently returned on season four. Zimmer also had a recurring role on HBO’s Golden Globe nominated series The Newsroom, executive produced by Aaron Sorkin.
Zimmer was a series lead on ABC’s Boston Legal, created by David E. Kelley, which earned her a SAG Award nomination and had recurring roles on the IFC series Maron, Grey’s Anatomy, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. She also guest starred on Seinfeld and the sitcom Ellen.
Another recent noteworthy film project she completed is the independent feature film Results opposite Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival last year.
Zimmer resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Russ, a director, and their daughter.
Versatile young star, B.J. Britt is rising to the top of his game. This North Carolina native, who got his start studying theatre arts, is often recognized for his longest role to date – Devon of the CW’s One Tree Hill – a character he played for seven years. Additionally, Britt has appeared in several hit television series, including The Vampire Diaries, Bones and Sons of Anarchy. Currently starring in the 3rd season of BET’s romantic comedy, Being Mary Jane, his lead role as Paul Jr. is as different as can be from his other recent series, ABC’s, Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in which he played agent, Triplett.
In addition to his work in television, Britt has also appeared on the big screen, with film credits including Jason Friedberg’s and Aaron Seltzer’s 20th Century Fox spoof and box office success, Vampires Suck, which was based on the Twilight film series.
Next up for B.J. is his exciting lead role in, UnREAL, where he will portray the first African American suitor on the reality dating competition, Everlasting.
When he’s not acting, B.J. can be found visiting his family, playing football and basketball, or volunteering with underprivileged children and the homeless.