Prepare to see a whole lot more of Emily Wickersham this TV season!
Weeks before her character's big debut, NCIS has upped Wickersham to a series regular, a promotion that fills the CBS hit's leading lady void left by Cote de Pablo, who chose to exit the series after eight seasons. So long, Ziva; Hello, Bishop!
A relative newcomer, Wickersham will take on the role of new agent Ellie Bishop when she makes her highly anticipated debut on Nov. 19. (What better time to be introduced than sweeps, right?!) Want to know more about NCIS' new female lead? We've got you covered! Here are five things to know about Wickersham...aside from the fact that her hair is, like, really pretty...
1. She can take on a complex role: Just read to the character description for Ellie Bishop and try not to break out in a sweat: "Bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused and somewhat socially awkward," as well as "a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation." Phew!
2. She was in the mob: OK, not really, but she did play A.J.'s girlfriend Rhiannon on the final season of The Sopranos. She also recurred on the first season of FX's The Bridge as Annabeth Gish's character's stepdaughter. She also costarred in films such as Gone and I Am Number Four.
3. She's fun on Instagram: Hey, we see the world through filters, too! But if you like pics of adorable animals and fun throwback Thursday shows, definitely give Wickersham a follow! (You can also follow her on Twitter, too!)
4. NCIS' executive producer loves her: In a statement after promotion, Gary Glasberg gushed, "Emily Wickersham's Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her on-board."
5. Her new costars like her, too: Always one to tease fans on Twitter, Michael Weatherly posted a photo of himself with just the top of a certain blonde lady's head recently, saying, "On set today! Secret #ncis photo #friday." Cheeky and cute, we love it.
Wickersham makes her NCIS debut on Nov. 19.