Official Show Photos, Bios for New “Torchwood” Characters Hit the Web!

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Torchwood: Miracle Day‘s premiere is creeping up on us (Starz, July 8th) and the show’s distributors are finally releasing some photos and information to fans! Torchwood‘s explosive fourth series left us with few characters, which have now headed to America to rebuild the Torchwood institute (also allowing the BBC to find a new partner with Starz).

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

Joining us from the old Torchwood crew are Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper, and Rhys Williams. The rest of the cast is entirely new, comprised mostly of American actors:

Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer): Rex Matheson is a CIA agent at the top of his game. Ruthless, brilliant and destined for fast-track promotion, nothing’s going to stop this man from getting whatever he wants in life. But when the world convulses under Miracle Day, Rex discovers that everything he thought was true and safe and fair is now in danger. And when the CIA itself turns against him, Rex finds himself on the run. The only people he can trust are some strangers from a long-lost British institute called Torchwood. Rex finds himself traveling across continents as the scale and ambition of the threat is revealed – but in trying to save the world, will he put his own life at risk once too often?

Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman): Well-educated and a former school teacher, Oswald’s a convicted child killer, both guilty and unrepentant. But when Oswald survives his own execution, he’s given a whole new life. The most infamous man in the world, he becomes the most provocative figure in modern media. He’s a flare, reviled yet mesmerizing, whose very existence embodies how the world changed on “Miracle Day.”

Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose): As a PR woman, Jilly sees how the world spins and instinctively knows how to manipulate her position in it. Ambitious and ruthless, there’s little she wouldn’t do for her career. A great talent spotter with a dark understanding of human needs, she is unshockable in a world that is increasingly corrupt and boiling. Jilly soon realizes that, in a world gone mad, Oswald Danes could easily become her ticket to power.

Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins): Esther is an innocent, in a world of assassins, liars and zealots. She got where she is with the CIA through diligence and application. Hard work keeps Esther focused but she still dreams of active duty as a field agent serving her country. The dream is going to happen faster than she thinks and in no time at all, Esther finds herself running alongside Jack, Gwen and Rex, living off the grid, gun in hand, fighting a global conspiracy against enemies ranging from big business to the state. It’s a tough, brutal, hard lifestyle where survival is hard won and life-changing choices have to be made.

Dr. Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur): An attending surgeon in Washington D.C., she’s smart, fast talking and hard working, Vera is on the frontline of medical care on “Miracle Day.” As the world crisis grows, Vera’s surgical and ER experience sees her recruited to advise on government think-tanks. Sexy, confident and passionate, Vera’s life is soon inextricably tangled up with Rex’s.

Check out the full gallery of official character photos from Torchwood: Miracle Day below:

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It’s been nearly two years since Captain Jack and Gwen kicked some alien ass on our TV screens. Think the pair still have it in them, especially now that they’re forced to re-build in a new country?

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