Samantha Bloom

Alias: Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Background: Actress, age 27, born in Oxford, England, and raised in Witney, Oxfordshire.


Previous work: “M15,” “Dr. Who”

“Undercovers” training: “For me, it was a
relatively rapid casting process, but a lot of fight training,”
Mbatha-Raw says. “I got a chance to work with the stunt coordinator on
martial arts styles, a little bit of a Capoeira. I come from a dance
background. … So in terms of all of the fighting and kicking and that
sort of thing, it’s already part of my, you know, body chemistry.”

Steven Bloom

Alias: Boris Kodjoe

Background: Actor, age 37, born in Vienna, Austria, and
raised in Frieburg im Breisgau, Germany. Kodjoe came to America on a
tennis scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Previous work: “Soul Food: The Series.”

“Undercovers” dream attainment level: “My head explodes
when I think about it — it’s an absolute dream come true for an actor,”
Kodjoe enthuses. “There’s so many genres mixed in one that, as an
actor, this is a once-in-a-lifetime situation. [For instance], we were
shooting in a strip club, speaking three languages. I mean, that right
there is a dream come true in itself. And in the next scene, you’re
fighting two secret agents. It is amazing.”

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