The following are a list of descriptions for characters on the
series Sleeper Cell
(played by Michael Ealy
), known as Darwyn
by the terrorist cells, is the protagonist of
. As an African-American Muslim FBI agent, Darwyn was assigned to infiltrate an Islamist terrorist sleeper cell.
His father, Benjamin
al-Sayeed is a Nation of Islam
member and his mother was formerly a Methodist
, but she converted to Islam
to marry Darwyn's father. However, their
different way to practice Islam led to their breakup. It was also
stated that Darwyn was in the United States Army Rangers
addition to English, he speaks fluent Spanish and Arabic.
Saad bin Safwan
(played by Oded Fehr
) is the charismatic leader of the
terrorist cell. Though his real name is Saad, he is more well-known
as Faris al-Farik
(the "deadly knight"), one of
his aliases. He is a former member of the Saudi Arabian National Guard
From 1987 to 1989, he fought the Soviet during the Soviet intervention in
. He later returned to Riyadh after he was
wounded, and later fought in the Gulf War,
on the Kuwait's side,
along the American forces.
After the war, he trained
's men in Somalia during
the Somali Civil War
. Following this, he
fought alongside the Bosnian
mujahideen in Bosnia (where he
met and saved his right-hand man, Ilija Korjenić), and then fought
alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan after
he met Osama bin Laden, and later
run Afghan training camp for
In America, he worked in a
security company as a Jewish
(played by Henri Lubatti
) is a Bosnian-Muslim
who became a terrorist after his
entire family was killed in the Bosnian
. In Bosnia, he was saved from the Serbs
by the Bosnian
, one of them was Farik. He is the cell's resident
math and science expert and Farik's right-hand man. He fought in
the Bosnian War
from 1992 to 1995.
Germany granted him
refugee status, and when they saw his talents in mathematics, they awarded him a scholarship. He first studied in
Berlin, and then in Santa Cruz, California.
He has a fondness for Rap music
states that he used to love America but since the Americans didn't
help the Bosnians
during the war, he began
to hate them. He was a high school science and mathematics
(played by Melissa Sagemiller
) is a single mom
who falls in love with Darwyn. She
has a four year old son named Marcus
First season characters
Christian Aumont (played by
Alex Nesic) is a former skinhead from Paris who
converted to Islam after falling in love with a Moroccan
He served one year in the French Army
as an appelé
In addition to French and English, he also speaks fluent Spanish.
Despite being a devout Muslim, he frequently engages in one-night stands
and even gets drunk when
he learns that his wife wants a divorce. It was revealed that his
wife, Zohra, was pregnant, and that since he was going to kill
innocents she couldn't deal with being associated with him anymore,
even for their child.
Thomas "Tommy" Allen Emerson
(played by Blake Shields) is the
blonde-haired, blue-eyed son of two liberal college professors from
A Muslim convert, he may be inspired by
John Walker Lindh
. He has an
intense dislike of authority figures which, according to him, was
the reason for his conversion. He also served in the U.S Army,
through it was originally just to piss off his mother, and was
discharged after he beat up his sergeant.
(played by James LeGros
) is an FBI agent and Darwyn's
(played by Sonya Walger
) is the FBI agent who takes over
Fuller's position after he is killed.
Second season characters
Salim Abdul Haimi
Salim Abdul Haimi (played by
Omid Abtahi) is a young Iraqi-born Muslim
who was brought up in the UK as a
British Iraqi after his family left
Iraq during the Iran–Iraq
After being sent to an Islamic boarding school when
his parents found out he was gay
found his way to militant extremism. The combination of his
homosexuality and his Islamic fundamentalism
have made him
and violent. He is the
cell's resident engineer. Salim is killed in a failed bomb attack
at Dodger's stadium by an FBI agent.
Wilhelmina van der Hulst
Wilhelmina "Mina" van der Hulst
) is a Dutch woman and
converted to Islam after falling in love with and marrying an
Islamic Extremist man. When the two went to Iraq to join the
insurgency, he was killed by American forces while she survived,
their child in the
process. In America, she serves as a nanny to a family, taking care
of their two children. She is the cell's explosives and demolitions
expert. She is based on Muriel
. She is the one who kills Gayle and detonates a bomb
in Las Vegas killing many U.S. veterans.
Benito 'Benny' Velasquez
(played by Kevin Alejandro
) is a Latino gang
member who converted
to Islam and befriended Darwyn while in prison. His gang
connections make him valuable to the cell. He worked at a grocery
store. The FBI state that for him, Al-Quaeda
is just another gang. He said to Darwyn
that he felt that the Hispanics
are oppresed by
and the White American
. He is based on José Padilla
. Benny is killed
when the compound is overrun with FBI. He had been trying to take
down a helicopter with the rocket, when it malfunctioned. Before
his death, we learn he has a mother and two sisters, that he warns
to leave the city.
(played by Jay R. Ferguson
) is Darwyn's latest supervisor, who
replaces Serxner after she is killed in Sudan. Young and
inexperienced, he got the job only because his uncle is a powerful
Director of the FBI
, and his incompetence causes him to clash
with Darwyn. His forceful nature leads him to pushing Gayle to spy
on Mina and Darwyn and indirectly leads to her death. When Darwyn
finds out Gayle has died, he punches Russell as his meddling has
gotten someone close to Darwyn killed.
Abdullah "Bobby" Habib
(played by Grant Heslov
) was a member of the original Los
Angeles sleeper cell and Gayle's next-door neighbor. He immigrate with his
mother at Chicago,
Illinois, at age fifteen, after his father, who was a
colonel in the Egyptian Army was
executed for participation in the murder of the president Anwar al-Sadat.
He was in the U.S Army
as Biological Chemical Warfare specialist
during the Gulf War
. Farik had the other
him to death because he had
talked about their plans to an uncle, putting them in danger as
someone else could have overheard. Darwyn ultimately shot him in
the head as a mercy killing
him from being killed by the stoning. Because Habib had still been
loyal, Farik made sure his family was looked after.
(played by Albert Hall
) is a "lifer" in prison
where he preaches radical Islam
inmates, preparing them to join terrorist groups upon their
release. He was responsible for recruiting both Darwyn and
Eddy Pangetsu (played by
Jeff Mallare) is an Indonesian-American
biochemical student at USC who moved to America when he was young.
reluctantly helps Farik's operations but refuses to get directly
involved. Farik orders him to drive a shipment of anthrax
from Canada to America. FBI agents capture
the anthrax and claim that it had been on its way to Indonesia.
Farik kills Eddy, believing that Eddy tried to steal the
Zayd Abdal Malik
Zayd Abdal Malik (played by
Marc Casabani) is a sheikh and a Koran scholar from
A moderate Muslim, Malik believes that
Islamic extremists have hijacked his religion for their political
agenda. He often debates captured terrorists in prisons on the
Koran, hoping to convert them. Because of this, many extremists
consider him an apostate
. He travels to
America to deliver a fatwa
terrorism done in the name of Islam but before he can, he is
assassinated by Christian.
(played by Jerrith J. Merz
) is an imprisoned Islamic extremist who
first appeared at the beginning of the episode "Scholar". He is
visited by Zayd Abdal Malik, who challenges him to a debate between
their two views on the Koran. Malik says that if Jamal can prove
that the Koran supports the actions of the extremists, then Malik
will join their cause. But if Malik can prove that the Koran
forbids terrorism, then Jamal must renounce his extremist ways.
After Malik's death, Jamal takes over his work of debating captured
extremists, showing that not only that Malik's methods have
success, and that there are people willing to fight for his
Ken Walls (played by
John Siciliano) is a former mujahid who fought in Bosnia, earning him Ilija's respect. He trains mujahideen
in an undercover facility in Los Angeles and sends them to join the Iraqi insurgency.
Farik wants to use Ken's sophisticated facility as his base of
operations. Ken refuses because, while he has no problem fighting
the American military, he refuses to kill civilians. He is killed
when he attempts to destroy his facility. The cell members give him
a proper burial.
Khashul (played by Luis Chavez) is a young man from Afghanistan. When the United States offered rewards for information on al-Qaeda and the Taliban,
Khashul's family was accused by a personal enemy.
was sent to Gitmo but was
released and returned home to Afghanistan.
His farm and
family gone, Khashul is taken in by his sheik who teaches him to
hate America. Khashul goes to Ken Walls' facility, now run by the
cell, hoping to join the insurgency in Iraq. Darwyn looks after
him, hoping to convert him to moderate Islam and help him escape.
However, the FBI finds out about Khashul, who they see only as an
escaped prisoner. Khashul is killed in his attempted escape.
(played by Angela
) is Ilija's American girlfriend. She is strongly
anti-American and believes that the government was behind the
September 11th attacks. After the failed attack at the end of
Season 1, Ilija escapes to Canada and brings Carli with him. When
Ilija seeks to leave Canada, he reluctantly kills Carli to tie up
loose ends. Ilija is greatly angered when the terrorists offer him
a position in Canada after he kills her, as it would have made her
is an out-of-work arms dealer turned
butcher. He obtains a missile launcher
for the cell through his son, who is in the United States Marine Corps
However, due to Warren Russell's meddling, the missile launcher he
gives the cell is defective. Salim calls Hassani a thief and, in
accordance with sharia
law, cuts off his
hand. Hassani bleeds to death.
(played by Patrick St. Esprit
) is the "bad cop" of
Farik's interrogators. He is very violent and not afraid to mock
Islam mercilessly. In turn, Farik gives sarcastic answers to his
questions. Later, Erskine helps Darwyn and Samia get past airport
security on their way to meet Farik.
Robert "Bob" McNeil (played
by Chris Mulkey) is one of the CIA interrogators who questions Farik at Gitmo.
While interrogating Farik, he tells him that as a child, he died in
an accident and was revived a few minutes later. Because he saw no
afterlife while he was dead, Bob rejected his family's strict
and became an atheist
. He is killed in Saudi Arabia during Farik's rescue.
is the nickname of the Saudi Arabian
interrogator who tortures Farik. He is named after Al-Hajjaj bin Yousef
who, according to
him, was very brutal but saved Islam from the extremists. He is
killed during Farik's rescue.
(played by Susan
) is Farik's wife. She was a Palestinian
. She lived there until the British give her a
scholarship to study in Edinburgh, and she now live in London with her
Her brother was a member of the Hamas
who was killed in an attack led by the Israelis.
Darwyn uses her to get close to Farik in Yemen. She is killed when
Darwyn orders a missile strike on Farik's terrorist camp.
Khalid Noor al-Dibb
(played by Aasif Mandvi
) was the leader of the second Los
Angeles sleeper cell. Darwyn killed him when he discovered Darwyn
was a law enforcement agent.
(played by Sarah
) is an Iraqi American
medical student. Her parents want her to marry Salim, who she
begins dating. While she initially appears to be interested in him,
they later break up due to her more liberal view of Islam
conflicting with Salim's more radical sectarian
view of Islam, as well as Salim being
a closet gay
(played by Michael
) is a gay man who Salim starts a relationship with after
the two meet in a health club
takes him to the stadium to die in the attack with everyone else
but Darwyn saves him.
(played by Jasmine Di Angelo
) is Farik and Samia's
daughter. A talanted artist and horseback rider, she loves her
parents very much. However, it is apparent that Farik plans to
radicalize his daughter as he makes her choose between drawing and
Islam. She gives up artistry as she loves her father.
Abu Amin Mussa
, better know by his alias
Karrar Bashir al-Abbani
(played by Saïd Taghmaoui
) is a Muslim terrorist
who Farik has replace Darwyn as the new leader of the second Los
Angeles sleeper cell. When the cell's attack starts, Darwyn reveals
that he's a member of the FBI and tells Karrar to surrender.
Calling him a hypocrite, Karrar tries killing Darwyn. When Darwyn
manages to subdue him, Karrar tries to get Darwyn to kill him by
revealing how he was involved in Serxner's death, but Darwyn
refuses to. He is taken into custody.