Ghanaian-British actress, Freema Agyeman will play a lead role in a yet-to- be titled medical drama by American broadcaster, NBC.
Agyeman will play the role of a medical officer in a Manhattan hospital headed by Max Hollander, Ryan Eggold’s character. Eggold is famous for his role as ‘Tom Keen’ in crime thriller television series ‘The Blacklist.’
Janet Montgomery and Tyler Labine are co-stars on the show.
The series is inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer’s memoir Twelve Patients: Life & Death at Bellevue Hospital. The series tells the story of the new director of a hospital whose approach disrupts the status quo while always prioritizing patient care.
Located in Manhattan, it’s the only hospital in the world that has the capability to treat Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers Island and the president of the United States all under one roof.
It was written by David Schulner (Emerald City, Do No Harm) and executive produced and directed by Peter Horton. Manheimer will produce the Universal Television drama.
A table read was held early this week in preparation for shooting to begin in the coming days.
Freema Agyeman, born Frema Agyeman is an English actress who is known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood, and Amanita Caplan in the Netflix science fiction drama Sense8.
Agyeman was born in London. Her mother, Azar, is Iranian, and her father, Osei, is Ghanaian. They divorced when she was a child. Agyeman has an older sister, Leila, and a younger brother, Dominic. Although her mother is Muslim and her father Methodist, Agyeman grew up to be a practising Roman Catholic.
Agyeman attended Our Lady’s Convent RC High School, a Catholic school in Stamford Hill and during the summer of 1996 she studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington and studied performing arts and drama at Middlesex University, graduating in 2000.
Following her departure from Doctor Who and guest spots in the BBC programme Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips in the crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK between 2009 and 2012.
In 2013, she made her US television debut on The CW’s teen drama The Carrie Diaries as Larissa Loughlin, a style editor at Interview magazine. Other television appearances include Old Jack’s Boat, Silent Witness, and Survivors. Agyeman also appeared as Penny in the 2015 film North v South.
In June 2007, Agyeman was named “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 “Glamour Women of the Year Awards.”
The same year she won the 2007 People’s Choice category for “Female TV Star” in the 5th annual Screen Nation Film and TV Awards, held on 15 October 2007 at the Hilton Metropole in London.
The Observer had an interview with Agyeman in December 2007 and named her as a “face of 2007.”
In 2003, Agyeman was nominated in two categories in the British Soap Awards for her role as Lola Wise in Crossroads, as “Best Newcomer” and “Sexiest Female.”
In 2007, Agyeman was one of the top four nominations for best actress in the National Television Awards, for playing Martha Jones in the 2007 series of Doctor Who. She was also nominated for Best Actress in the TV Quick Awards the same year for her role in Doctor Who.
Agyeman was also longlisted for the 2010 National Television Awards for best dramatic performance for her role as Crown Prosecutor, Alesha Phillips.
In 2009, Agyeman was also nominated for Best Actress at the Birmingham Black International Film Festival’s Music, Video and Screen Awards (MVSAs).
The tattoo Agyeman has on her upper arm is symbolic of her ancestry, containing the Persian word “raha” meaning “free”, under an image of a butterfly.