'Circle of Deception' Full Cast List: Meet Diane Neal, Tahmoh Penikett and rest of the stars from Lifetime film

'Circle of Deception' revolves around the true story of a beauty queen who turns criminal

                            'Circle of Deception' Full Cast List: Meet Diane Neal, Tahmoh Penikett and rest of the stars from Lifetime film
Tahmoh Peniket and Diane Neal star in 'Circle of Deception' (Lifetime)

Lifetime's upcoming thriller 'Circle of Deception' follows the incredible true-life story of Peggy Sue Thomas, a beauty queen-turned criminal. The film is based on real-life incidents that turned a small island community inside out when businessman Russel Douglas was found dead the day after Christmas. The investigation takes many twists and turns as Russel's wife Brenna, Brenna's best friend former beauty queen Peggy Sue Thomas and her boyfriend Jim Huden are all investigated. Let's now meet the actors who have played these interesting true-life personalities.


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Diane Neal as Peggy Sue Thomas

Diane Neal stars in 'Circle of Deception' (Getty Images)

Diane Neal plays the sensuous and resilient Peggy Sue Thomas, a former beauty queen with a history of rocky relationships. Diane Neal who portrays Thomas' over-the-top character is a familiar face from television. She is best known for her roles as New York Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak in the television series 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'. She is also known for portraying Coast Guard Investigative Service Special Agent Abigail Borin in the 'NCIS' franchise.

Tahmoh Penikett as Jim Huden

Tahmoh Penikett stars in 'Circle of Deception' (Getty Images)

Tahmoh Penikett is a Candian actor who plays the brooding and dark Jim Huden whose troubled past leads to his murderous rage. He is known for playing Karl 'Helo' Agathon on the television series 'Battlestar Galactica' and has appeared in quite a few TV series like 'Supernatural', 'Dollhouse' and 'Continuum'. Penikett was born in Whitehorse, Yukon. He is the son of former Yukon premier Tony Penikett, who moved to Victoria, British Columbia from England at age twelve.

Jill Morrison as Brenna Douglas

Jill Morrison stars in 'Circle of Deception' (Getty Images)

Jill Morrison plays the seemingly innocent but darker beneath role of Brenna Douglas whose husband Russel Douglas is murdered under mysterious circumstances. Jill Morrison is known for her roles in films such as 'Mean Girls', 'Motherland: Fort Salem' and 'Project Blue Book'.

Tamara Tunie as Detective Williams

Tamara Tunie is a familiar face from both the big screen and the small screen. She is perhaps best known for her role as attorney Jessica Griffin on the soap opera 'As the World Turns' and as medical examiner Melinda Warner in the NBC police drama 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'.

Tamara Tunie (Getty Images)

She has also appeared in a number of films such as 'Wall Street', 'The Devil's Advocate' and 'Flight'. Tunie received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination for her performance in the 2001 drama film 'The Caveman's Valentine'. In 2010, she made her directing debut with romantic comedy film 'See You in September'.

Who are the other stars?

The other stars of 'Circle of Deception' include Paul McGillion, Alison Wandzura, Viv Leacock, and Richard Keats.


'Circle of Deception' is produced by Lighthouse Pictures.  Executive producers on the film include Conor Allyn, Benjamin Anderson, Jamie Goehring, Shawn Williamson, Barbara Lieberman and Neal Dodson. 'Circle of Deception' marks Ashley Williams’ television movie directorial debut from a script written by Christina Ray.

You can catch 'Circle of Deception' on March 6 at 8 pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

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