Raymond "Red" Reddington
James Spader stars as Raymond "Red" Reddington on NBC's action thriller "The Blacklist." Ex-government agent Reddington is one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives, who has brokered shadowy deals for criminals across the globe. Known as "The Concierge of Crime," Reddington has mysteriously surrendered to the FBI, offering to help catch high-profile terrorists - but on the condition that he only speaks with rookie profiler Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone).
Some of Spader's credits include Steven Soderbergh's "sex, lies and videotape," for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival; David Cronenberg's "Crash," which received the Special Jury Prize at Cannes; and Steven Shainberg's "Secretary," which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature. His other film credits include "2 Days in the Valley," "Wolf" and "Less Than Zero." He starred in David Mamet's Broadway play "Race" in 2010. Spader starred in Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks feature "Lincoln," opposite Daniel Day-Lewis last year, while also starring on NBC's hit comedy "The Office." Most recently, Spader shot the feature film "The Homesman," starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed).
From 2004-2008, Spader won three Emmy Awards for his seminal role as shameless attorney Alan Shore on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal," making him the only actor to win consecutive Emmys playing the same character on two different series.
Spader currently resides in Los Angeles.
Former government agent Raymond Reddington spent years on the FBI's Most Wanted list. Known as the "Concierge of Crime," he sold secrets to and brokered deals between some of the world's most dangerous criminals. Off the grid for over 20 years, Red spontaneously turned himself in to the FBI, offering to help them hunt down criminals so elusive, the U.S. Government isn't aware they exist. His only condition: he will speak only with Elizabeth Keen, a new agent with whom Red seemingly shares no connection.