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The Equalizer Cast, Characters, and Show Guide

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A character guide for CBS’ “The Equalizer.” Included is information about characters and noteworthy information about the series.


Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

General Information

Title Card - The Equalizer

Network(s)CBS
Created or Developed ByMichael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
First Aired2/7/2021

Plot

After a mission that went horribly wrong, former CIA operative Robyn McCall decided to call it quits and spend more time at home with her family. However, after stumbling onto

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  • 37 Blackbird (1.1): A group of ex-special forces soldiers for hire – some with war crimes on their record.

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Other Noteworthy Information

  • Time Passed (2.1): Two weeks passed between seasons 1 and 2

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The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 9 “Bout That Life” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Robyn gets involved with a rap beef, we learn Delilah may have a special friend, and Harry tries to figure a way to do the work he loves without getting caught.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 8 “Separated” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The Equalizer returns, and with Harry in jail, so comes the question of whether Robyn can continue without his expertise.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 7 “When World's Collide” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)After Bishop gets hacked, Robyn and her team have to face a terrorist willing to expose all of his secrets, and to protect Bishop, Robyn may have to make a sacrifice.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 6 “Shooter” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Mel's past becomes necessary for a rogue sniper case, Delilah deals with the trauma of her best friend getting shot and dying in front of her.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 5 “Followers” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Robyn finds herself working with online detectives to save a woman's life, Aunt Vi and Delilah deal with a Karen who threatened Vi's freedom.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 4 “The People Aren't Ready” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)With Robyn coming face to face with the DA and Mallory, does this mean a new chapter has to begin for everyone's favorite equalizer?
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 3 "Leverage" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Mallory has his first up close and personal meeting with Robyn as she gets involved in a DEA case featuring two gang leaders.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 2 “The Kingdom” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Robyn has a new cop on her case, goes up against Saudi Arabia, and is dealing with Delilah lying to her – so it's just another day.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 1 “Aftermath” [Season Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Robyn is back and as she deals with the fallout of Delilah learning the truth, she questions how much longer she should be The Equalizer.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 10 [Season Finale] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)When a case gets too personal, Robyn slips up and leaves herself open for exposure.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 9 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Robyn continues to try to work with the system, Dante shows where his loyalty lies.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 8 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The time has come for Robyn to nearly have her secret revealed, as she watches what can happen if she maintains the path she is on.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 7 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)With the DA catching wind of what Robyn is doing, it seems there will be a pattern in who Robyn's greatest threats will be.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 6 "The Room Where It Happens" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Robyn finds herself getting justice for a young woman with a #MeToo situation, as she also deals with Delilah making a friend from the juvenile detention center.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 5 "The Milk Run" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The Equalizer returns, and after an extended absence, it returns with an excellent case of the week and a much-needed, multi-episode, adversary for Robyn.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 4 "It Takes a Village" – Recap (with Spoilers)Robyn finds herself avenging a community leader against an oppressive real estate developer.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 3 "Judgement Day" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)A new week, a new case, more mother/daughter adjustments, and Detective Dante continuing to be an uneasy ally to Robyn.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 2 "Glory" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)A new week, a new case, but the struggles of being a former CIA operative trying to only take on cases for good and manage a teenaged daughter? That's forever.
The Equalizer: Season 1 Episode 1 "The Equalizer" [Series Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Though its film franchise doesn't even have a 3rd movie, The Equalizer has again been remade, but this time as a series – one that Queen Latifah puts her own spin on.
The Equalizer 2 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)While Equalizer 2 lacks a compelling story, its action scenes, as well as Washington and Sanders’ chemistry, compensate for it.
The Equalizer - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)

Lead Characters

Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah)

Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah) masquerading as a public defender

Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah)

Robyn was a troubled kid growing up who was given an ultimatum: Either you will go to jail or join the army. Robyn chose the army and eventually worked her way into the CIA. There she’d handled various sensitive missions, which made her quite the asset. However, in the process of saving the world, under the guise she was working for a charitable non-profit, she sacrificed her relationship with her daughter.

This is why, decades after joining the military and after a botched mission, she decides to quit to do more local work and rebuild her relationship with her kid.

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He’s too busy being good to be great.
— Robyn (1.7)


“God wants you to walk, and the devil sends a limo.”
— Robyn (2.4)

Delilah (Laya DeLeon Hayes)

Delilah (Laya DeLeon Hayes) after getting grounded

Delilah (Laya DeLeon Hayes)

Delilah is Robyn’s daughter who doesn’t necessarily have the best relationship with her mom. Thus, she is starting to act out and follow the path her mother was traveling back when Robyn was 17.

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William Bishop (Chris Noth)

William Bishop (Chris Noth) looking off towards Robyn

William Bishop (Chris Noth)

William Bishop is a former co-worker, possible boss, of Robyn, who at one time tried to convince her to either go into private security or rejoin the CIA. However, what ends up happening is he becomes an unofficial member of her team by helping her get intel.

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Melody Bayani (Liza Lapira)

Melody (Liza Lapira) and Harry (Adam Goldberg) listening ot Robyn

Melody (Liza Lapira) and Harry (Adam Goldberg)

A bar owner by day, formerly a sharpshooter, Melody owes so much to Robyn like many. This includes pairing her with Harry.

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Harry (Adam Goldberg)

Harry (Adam Goldberg) hunched over his desk

Harry (Adam Goldberg)

Before faking his own death, Harry was a notorious hacker. However, now he lives a low-key life with his wife Melody and keeps his skills sharp with the occasional job.

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Detective Marcus Dante (Tory Kittles)

Detective Dante (Tory Kittles) with a worried look on his face

Detective Dante (Tory Kittles)

Fresh from suspension, Detective Dante can be considered a good cop. It’s just his patience for the BS of the legal system, once he hands off his part in it, made him mad enough to punch the ADA. Mainly due to the ADA screwing over a girl, who flipped on her drug-dealing boyfriend, and when the ADA didn’t think they had a case, they left the girl vulnerable. Which, for Detective Dante, led him to feel justified in punching the ADA.

Though it should be noted, we aren’t explicitly told what happened to the girl. However, you could make assumptions.

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  • Introduced In Season 1 Episode 1 “The Equalizer”
  • Following Father’s Footsteps (1.3): Marcus’ father was a famed cop but, after being busted for drugs, his dad fell from grace. Hence Marcus always wanting to do things by the book.
  • Sons (1.7): His two sons are named Stefon and Kyle

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Not every question is an accusation.
— Detective Dante (1.3)

Aunt Vi (Lorraine Toussaint)

Aunt Vi (Lorraine Toussaint) sipping tea

Aunt Vi (Lorraine Toussaint)

Not much is said about Aunt Vi when the show begins. However, from appearances, Aunt Vi has been the one who has watched over Delilah and even has a room in Robyn’s home to possibly do so formally.

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Supporting or Inconsistently Seen

Avery Grafton (Jennifer Ferrin)

DA Avery Grafton (Jennifer Ferrin) talking to the judge

DA Avery Grafton (Jennifer Ferrin)

The district attorney for the area Detective Dante works in.

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Every problem holds the key to its own solution.
—DA Grafton (1.7)

Suri Nash (Laila Robins)

Suri Nash (Laila Robins) who isn't fond of Robyn, one of the CIA's asset, pretending she has autonomy

Suri Nash (Laila Robins) who isn’t fond of Robyn, one of the CIA’s asset, pretending she has autonomy

The director of the CIA who is not fond of Robyn going rogue and trying to freelance – at all.

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Mason Quinn (TBD)

A military strategist and terrorist who tried to kill Robyn in the past.

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Nicki (Kaci Walfall)

Nicki (Kaci Walfall) appreciating Delilah sticking up for her

Nicki (Kaci Walfall) appreciating Delilah sticking up for her

Delilah’s friend who she meets while working at a juvenile detention center.

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Detective Kenenth Buford Mallory (Dominic Fumusa)

Detective Mallory (Dominic Fumusa) being greeted by Dante

Detective Mallory (Dominic Fumusa

A seasoned detective known for hunting big fish, who is expected to shut down Robyn.

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Episodic Characters

Dorian (Christian Coulson)

Dorian (Christian Coulson), a pompous egomaniac who discovers a God algorithm that can decrypt any government or organization's system

Dorian (Christian Coulson), a pompous egomaniac who discovers a God algorithm that can decrypt any government or organization’s system

A doctoral candidate studying financial modeling for certainties, what draws attention to Dorian is coming up with the God Algorithm. Now, what is that? Well, he has come up with an algorithm that allows him to hack into anything. He can hack into bitcoin, government systems, anything that is computer-based, he can access, and because he recklessly tries to con governments and organizations, he puts himself in harm’s way.

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Jewel (Lorna Courtney)

Jewel (Lorna Courtney) being interviewed

Jewel (Lorna Courtney)

Jewel is the person who triggers Robyn deciding to become The Equalizer. Originally, Jewel was just prepping for college, with a big scholarship interview in the coming days. But with witnessing a murder, she found herself pinned for the killing and relying on Robyn’s team to exonerate her.

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Carla (Alexandra Socha)

Carla (Alexandra Socha) noting she owes Robyn a favor and is there on command

Carla (Alexandra Socha) noting she owes Robyn a favor and is there on command

Carla is David’s 25-year-old daughter who, for most of her life, didn’t know her dad worked as a secret agent for the government.

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David Henson (Jordan Lage)

Davis is, or was, Robyn’s mentor who saved her life.

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Detective Paley (Erica Camarano)

Detective Paley (Erica Camarano) and her parents

Detective Paley (Erica Camarano)

One of Dante’s friends who lead him to call Robyn to help with a bank robbery he can’t solve.

Atticus Lee (Abdul L. Howard)

Atticus (Abdul L. Howard) being tortured

Atticus (Abdul L. Howard)

Atticus is a veteran who has documents which reveal Sanford Ganis, among others, killed a journalist, a political leader, and all for the sake of US capitalism.

Sanford Ganis (Marc Kudish)

Sanford Ganis (Marc Kudish) getting arrested

Sanford Ganis (Marc Kudish)

A congressman from New York who is on the intelligence committee.

Remy Hollenbach (David St. Louis)

Remy Hollenbach (Davis St. Louis) fighting Robyn

Remy Hollenbach (Davis St. Louis)

One of Sanford’s top bodyguards and advisors.

Ali (Arash Demaxi)

Reza (Babak Tafti) and Ali (Arash Demaxi) after Ali was tortured

Reza (Babak Tafti) and Ali (Arash Demaxi)

The son of a Saudi Diplomat who is being hunted under the assumption he is a dissident.

Reza (Babak Tafti)

A close associate of Ali who owns a hookah bar.

Zaki (Sevan)

Zaki (Sevan) meeting with Harry at a restaurant

Zaki (Sevan)

Someone who had to leave Saudi Arabia, due to fear, who Harry hits up for information to save Ali, but may ultimately have become a friend.

Mira (Melis Aker)

Mira (Melis Aker) looking over her shoulder

Mira (Melis Aker)

Ali’s sister who calls on Robyn to help

Nora (Jacqueline Antaramian)

Nora (Jacqueline Antaramian) and Hasan (Nasser Faris) saying goodbye to their son

Nora (Jacqueline Antaramian) and Hasan (Nasser Faris)

Ali and Mira’s mother.

Hasan (Nasser Faris)

Ali and Mira’s father, Nora’s husband, who is a high-ranking diplomat for Saudi Arabia.

Kisha (Imani Lewis)

Kisha (Imani Lewis) taking to Robyn

Kisha (Imani Lewis)

A young girl Robyn meets when locked up, who reminds her of herself.

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ADA Ellis (Armando Riesco)

ADA Ellis (Armando Riesco) calling his client

ADA Ellis (Armando Riesco)

DA Grafton’s second in command whose focus on court wins led to a confrontation with Dante.

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Rachel (Nadia Gan)

Rachel (Nadia Gan) asking if she made a monster

Rachel (Nadia Gan)

Rachel is part of a true crimes group that brings to Robyn’s attention a woman is being stalked.

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Vicki (Taylor Steward)

Vicki is the person who would have become a victim if it wasn’t for Robyn.

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Abe (Erik Jensen)

Abe (Erik Jensen) meeting Robyn

Abe (Erik Jensen)

One of the members of Rachel’s true crimes group, who hoped to bust the case before Robyn

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Brandon (Kevin Isola)

Brandon (Kevin Isola) being accused of being the stalker

Brandon (Kevin Isola)

One of the people accused of stalking Vicki and planning to do her harm.

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Lori (Diana Henry)

Lori (Diana Henry) causing drama

Lori (Diana Henry)

An entitled white woman who causes issues for Aunt Vi.

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Amber (Kaley Ronayne)

Amber (Kaley Ronayne) filming Rachel

Amber (Kaley Ronayne)

A childhood friend of Vicki’s who has long been jealous of her.

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Erickson (Terry Serpico)

Erickson (Terry Serpico) at his training school

Erickson (Terry Serpico)

Erickson was who trained Mel to be a sniper and because she is a woman, and because she refused to follow an order she thought was unjust, he uses her as a cautionary tale.

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Silas (Shea Buckner)

Silas' (Shea Buckner) mugshot

Silas (Shea Buckner)

Silas is an Air Force veteran, specifically a sniper, who did 2 tours in Iraq, 3 in Afghanistan, and while he received an honorable discharge, it is noted that it wasn’t a clean exit. His exit from the military aside, what has him become the focus of Robyn is Silas’difficult time readjusting to civilian life, especially after the dissolution of his marriage, which leads to him going on a shooting spree.

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Hassan Talib (Anthony Azizi)

Hassan (Anthony Azizi) before he gets shaved

Hassan (Anthony Azizi)

Educated in Madrid, Spain, and radicalized in Syria after a bombing killed his family, the man known as “The Architect” is an internationally wanted terrorist.

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Zade (Wesam Keesh)

Zade (Wesam Keesh) after being rescued by Bishop

Zade (Wesam Keesh)

Zade is a first-generation Syrian-American who is getting a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and is Bishop’s secret son.

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  • Introduced In Season 2/ Episode 7 “When World’s Collide”
  • The Full Story (2.7): Bishop met Zade’s mother, Adhara, when she was married to Hassan. Their relationship, which started when they were in college in Madrid turned sour after Hassan became radicalized. Adhara was given the opportunity to escape her husband, and Bishop paved that path but, due to them having to hold for a clear, the two talked and eventually, when Adhara was on American soil, had Zade. However, due to Bishop’s job, he has kept tabs on his son, but Zade wasn’t made aware of who his real father is.

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Alma Castillo (Andrea Cortés)

Alma (Andrea Cortes) hoping Robyn can help her

Alma (Andrea Cortes)

In 2020 Alma tried to seek asylum in the United States, after leaving her home country, post her husband’s murder. However, what she experienced instead was the kind of bureaucracy that separated her from her 6-year-old son.

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Pedro (Logan J. Alarcon-Poucel)

Pedro (Logan J. Alarcon-Poucel) found by Robyn

Pedro (Logan J. Alarcon-Poucel)

Perdo is Alma’s son who, because of ICE, was separated from his mother, and ended up bouncing around from place to place, and even into the foster system.

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