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'Shield' actress joins AMC's 'Walking Dead'

THR EXCLUSIVE

AMC has added to the cast of Frank Darabont's apocalyptic zombie drama "The Walking Dead."

The production has tapped Laurie Holden for the role of Andrea, a key member of the survivor group who has a proficiency with a sniper rifle and falls for a man twice her age.

Holden was in writer-producer-director Darabont's "The Mist" and had a recurring role in the final season of FX's "The Shield." She is repped by APA and Framework.

Also, Adam Fierro has joined the production as a consulting producer. The ICM-repped Fierro has worked on such serialized dramas as "Dexter," "Shield" and "24."

In addition, newcomer Steven Yeun has been added to the cast as Glenn. He and Holden join Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey DeMunn and Jon Bernthal on the show.

In other casting news, Jaime Ray Newman (ABC's "Eastwick," Syfy's "Eureka") has booked a recurring arc on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." Repped by Innovative and managed by the Burstein Co., she will play Jackson Hurst's love interest on the show.

On Syfy, Jewel Staite ("Stargate: Atlantis") and Alan Dale have been added to the original movie "Doomsday Scrolls," which starts production this week in Vancouver.

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