The Rookie’ Cast Unveiled: A Comprehensive Guide to Actors and Characters, Seasons 1-6

“The Rookie” is a captivating police drama series centered around John Nolan, who becomes the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department in an unexpected career shift. Leaving behind his small-town life after a pivotal event, Nolan ventures into L.A. with the ambition to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer. Despite being at an age where many are at their career zenith, Nolan faces skepticism from both younger colleagues and supervisors who dismiss him as undergoing a midlife crisis.

Within the thrilling, yet often humorous and unpredictable environment of law enforcement, he is steadfast in his resolve to give this new chapter in his life meaning, striving to demonstrate that dedication and a pursuit of justice are not confined by age. “The Rookie” weaves together the diverse narratives and challenges of its characters, offering a deep dive into the lives of LAPD officers and showcasing the courage, difficulties, and realities faced by those in the line of duty.


Mercedes Mason took on the role of Zoe Andersen, the commanding officer at the Mid-Wilshire Division in the first season of “The Rookie.” The Swedish actress is known for her roles in series such as “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” in addition to her film work in “Little Dixie” (2023). Off-screen, Mason is married to David Denman since September 2014, and together they have two sons, Caius Kane and Sagan Cyrus.


Niecy Nash guest-starred in the fourth season of “The Rookie,” setting the stage for her character, FBI agent Simone Clark, in the spinoff “The Rookie: Feds.” Despite the show’s cancellation after one season in November 2023, Nash’s extensive career includes leading roles in “Reno 911!” and “Claws,” and a Daytime Emmy win for hosting “Clean House.” She has been recognized for her performances in “Getting On,” “When They See Us,” and “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” Nash, a Palmdale, California native, has three children from a previous marriage and has been married to musician Jessica Betts since August 2020.

Afton Williamson portrayed Talia Bishop, John Nolan’s first training officer, during the initial season. Prior to “The Rookie,” Williamson had roles in TV shows like “Law & Order: SVU” and “Nashville,” and was the understudy for Kerry Washington in the Broadway play “Race.” Williamson announced her departure from “The Rookie” after season one, citing experiences of racial discrimination and harassment on set. Following an investigation, the production company found no evidence of misconduct.

Ali Larter appeared as Dr. Grace Sawyer, Nolan’s love interest in season two. Known for her roles in films like “Final Destination” and “Legally Blonde,” as well as the TV series “Heroes,” Larter has had a diverse acting career. She married Hayes MacArthur in 2009, and they have two children.

Arjay Smith was introduced in season three as James Murray, a community activist and Nyla Harper’s eventual husband. Smith started his career on Nickelodeon’s “The Journey of Allen Strange” and has since appeared in various TV series. He married Brittany Scott Smith in December 2015.

Dylan Conrique joined the cast in season three as Tamara Collins, a teenager mentored by Lucy Chen. A native of Gilroy, California, Conrique has acted in several TV shows and is also a singer-songwriter, with two EPs to her name.

Brandon Routh portrayed Doug Stanton, a training officer in season three. Best known for playing Superman in “Superman Returns” and Ray Palmer/The Atom in the Arrowverse, Routh is an Iowa native married to Courtney Ford with one child.

Titus Makin Jr. played Officer Jackson West through the first three seasons. His decision to leave the show was influenced by a desire to address police brutality through his character’s storyline, following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Since leaving “The Rookie,” Makin has continued to act in TV and film.