Nikita Exclusive: David Keith Is [Spoiler's] Long-Lost Dad! Plus, Meet the New Birkhoff

David Keith is bringing a whole new set of daddy issues to The CW’s Nikita this fall.

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TVLine has learned exclusively that the Officer and a Gentleman actor (who most recently appeared as James Wolk’s pa on Fox’s short-lived Lone Star) will guest star in what could amount to multiple episodes of Nikita‘s second season, as the titular character’s birth father.

“Episode 6 guest stars David as a man named Richard Nelson, who is Nikita’s father,” showrunner Craig Silverstein tells us. “She actually finds a file under her name in the black box that has some information about her real parents, stuff that she never knew. So, she goes out to seek this person.”

The exec producer adds that for now Keith will only be seen in the “present day, because there are no flashbacks of him for Nikita; she never knew her parents. She was really young when she was given over to the foster system.”

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At Comic-Con in July, Silverstein’s promised fans that Season 2 of Nikita would examine the core characters’ search for their respective “homes” — a story arc the exec says will encompass Nikita’s Division past as well. “We’ll definitely reveal more more training and more missions that she went on,” he elaborates. “Among the writers, there is a desire to see her pre-Division, post-runaway self, leading up to her going to prison, but we’re still trying to find the right place for it within the season.”

Now, about the aforementioned “new Birkhoff”… Don’t worry, Aaron Stanford is still around (and kicking more ass than ever!), but Silverstein tells us that there will be a new computer geek within the Division walls this year. “They’ve replaced Birkhoff with a beautiful new hacker-type — played by newcomer Lyndie Greenwood — but she doesn’t look like one. She’s a Nigerian-born, raised in the UK-woman named Sonya, who you’ll see on the sidelines, though she might grow [as a character] a little bit.”

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How excited are you for Nikita‘s second season (premiering Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c)?!

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  1. Mikaylah says:

    I am such a big Maggie Q fan, and Nikita is such a wonderful show. I can’t wait for it to come back. It will be really interesting to see more of Nikita’s life from before Division, and it will be nice for her and Michael to experience that together.

  2. Jenna says:

    I can’t wait either! This is one of the best shows on The CW right now. It’s so sad that they pulled Nikita to Fridays.

    • Jamie says:

      I disagree. Nikita fits in perfectly on the Friday night timeslot IMO. That’s exactly where I wanted it. We should just be grateful it has a timeslot and got renewed at all when it could have been canceled.

  3. Julie says:

    Thanks Megan!! Just 14 days left!! Can’t wait!!

  4. Lorna says:

    I luvs me Nikita scoops! Really getting stoked about S2 now. Thanks Megan!

  5. Miffy says:

    Is that David Keith or Drew Carey?

  6. Sandra says:

    Love, love Nikita! Can’t wait for new eps, thanks for the scoop.

  7. David says:

    I am so happy the renewed this show! Can’t freaking wait!

  8. sadie says:

    Whoa. Finally, some heavy Nikita backstory. Maggie Q and Keith will rock this story arc. CAN’T WAIT!! Thanks Megan!

  9. Laysa says:

    You are simply the best!!!! Nikita is the shiz!

  10. Jen says:

    I can’t wait for all the Nikita back story to come…all I can say is about damn time and I know Maggie Q will rock it!!! I hope they tell a bunch about her past and where she’s from :P. Thanks for the scoop Meg, as always. :D

  11. Jamie says:

    Can’t wait for Nikita’s backstory! I’m so thrilled we’ll get to see pre-Division Nikita before she went to prison and after she ran away as well as early Division Nikita. Love it. :)

  12. Kayla says:

    am i the ONLY one wondering who her mom is AND if she’s asian/a minority????? i’m DYING to know about her back story…

  13. Taylor says:

    and is her last name nelson then? is her REAL name even nikita?!?! this ep. needs to air. i’m getting way to ahead of myself :\