Named by Variety as “one of the greatest villains in television history,” two-time Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe nominee, Michael Emerson (“LOST”, “Person of Interest”), is garnering praise for his performance as the menacing lead opposite Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) of what Variety calls this year’s “standout” pilot, CBS’ “Evil” (season finale airs Thursday, January 30th at 10/9c). “Evil” is a psychological mystery created by Robert and Michelle King that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. Emerson stars as the lead ‘Townsend,’ a seemingly kind and trustworthy man with an appealing manner, however, outward appearances could not be more deceiving. An expert witness for the defense in a mass murder case, ‘Townsend’ ma y actually be an agent of evil who spurs his followers on to acts of unspeakable violence and murder.
Emerson is best known for his iconic character ‘Ben Linus’ on ABC’s “LOST”, whose nuanced portrayal of the enigmatic villain has gained Emerson critical acclaim and made him THE fan-favorite of LOST. 2009 EMMY WINNER for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and 2010 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role” Emerson proved in LOST that being the bad guy pays off. Named by Variety as “One of the greatest villains in television history”, Emerson held LOST’s inexplicable answers close for his five-season tenure on the hit series. Emerson’s first Emmy win came from when he arrived on small screen in the form of serial-killer ‘William Hinks’ on ABC’s THE PRACTICE, winning an Emmy for “Best Guest Performance in a Dramatic Series.” “Evil” comes hot off the heels of Emerson’s most recent award-worthy performance opposite Rupert Everett and John Turturro as the ‘Abbot’ in Sundance’s critically acclaimed dramatic limited series “The Name of The Rose,” a massive production undertaking shot over three months in Italy. Emerson also starred alongside James Caviezel in the hit CBS crime drama “Person of Interest.” Additional recent television roles also include “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Arrow” and “Claws.”