On Madam Secretary, a State Department official has been kidnapped in Afghanistan. It’s up to Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) to negotiate his release. She seeks the advice of the real former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Taking Albright’s advice means ignoring the President’s recommendation. That’s not going to sit well with President Dalton’s (Keith Carradine) Chief of Staff, Russell Jackson.
Jackson is portrayed by Zeljko Ivanek. He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1957. As a TV actor, he’s best known for his roles in Homicide and Law & Order (as ASA Ed Danvers), 24 (Andre Drazen), Oz (Governor James Devlin), Heroes (Emile Danko), Big Love (JJ), Damages (Ray Fiske), and True Blood (Magister). Ivanek has also appeared in several films including Argo, Donnie Brasco, and Hannibal. Madam Secretary airs Sundays at 8:30pm on CBS.