NCIS Casts Sarah Clarke

NCIS Casts 24 Vet Sarah Clarke as Special Agent Tess Monroe

Hmm… Once a double agent always a double agent?

Former 24 traitor Sarah Clarke is joining NCIS in the potentially series-regular role of FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe, TVLine has learned.

As TVLine first teased back in January, Tess is a quick-witted, tough and shrewd agent who recently transferred to D.C. from New York City. A multiple divorcée who’s as sexy as she is strong, Tess has no kids so she views her fellow agents as family. Beneath a no-nonsense shell, Tess has a big heart. She believes in honor and justice and doing what’s right. And she’ll fight to protect those values, and her team, with fierce determination and a tinge of sarcasm along the way.

Clarke, who also played a federal agent on Covert Affairs, will guest-star in this season’s final two episodes and has an option to return as a full-fledged regular in Season 14.

“We feel so fortunate to have Sarah Clarke joining us to play Tess,” said NCIS EP/Showrunner Gary Glasberg in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of her’s going back to 24 and, more recently, Bosch. She’s a gifted actress, a total pro, and we can’t wait to introduce her to our NCIS family and have some fun.”

Tess is one of two fresh faces NCIS is adding to its canvas in advance of Michael Weatherly’s exit. The other new character, MI-6 intel agent Clayton, is still being cast.