Meet the Characters

DANIEL RADCLIFFE AS CRAIG

Danielle Radcliffe plays "Craig," a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity's prayers.

 

About Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe recently wrapped the comedic action film Guns Akimbo in New Zealand and Germany. He currently stars on Broadway in the acclaimed original play Lifespan of a Fact. Last year he starred in the survivalist film Jungle, the true-life story of Yossi Ghinsberg who was stranded alone in the Amazon jungle, as well as Beast of Burden playing a drug runner with only an hour to deliver his illegal cargo.

Radcliffe has also starred opposite Michael Caine in Now You See Me 2, and opposite Paul Dano in A24’s indie hit Swiss Army Man, as well as in Imperium, a thriller inspired by real events about white supremacists in America. He also won rave reviews for his performance as “Rosencrantz,” opposite Josh McGuire’s “Guildenstern,” in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at The Old Vic, London. And in 2016, he completed a sell-out run of Privacy, a timely play at New York City’s The Public Theater about the digital age and technology.

Prior to this, Radcliffe starred opposite James McAvoy in the feature film Victor Frankenstein and in the BBC telefilm The Gamechangers. In 2014, he starred in the horror-thriller Horns and the romantic comedy What If, and in the previous year, Sony Pictures Classics’ Kill Your Darlings. On stage, he starred as “Billy” in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece. The play made its way to Broadway from London’s West End, where it debuted in the summer of 2013.

Since completing the final installment in the series of eight Harry Potter films in 2010, Radcliffe quickly proved himself to be a diverse talent. In 2011, he starred in a ten-month sell-out run of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The following year Radcliffe starred in the horror/thriller The Woman in Black. He also starred opposite Jon Hamm in two seasons of the TV mini-series A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a comedy/drama based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov.

Radcliffe first appeared on stage in 2007 as “Alan Strang,” playing opposite Richard Griffiths in Peter Shaffer’s Equu’. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the play then transferred from London’s West End to Broadway in 2008.

A lifelong fan of The Simpsons, Radcliffe has lent his voice to the show three times. First, to the character of a brooding vampire named “Edmund” for the show’s “Treehouse of Horror XXI” special entitled “Tweenlight,” which aired November 2010. He then voiced the character “Diggs,” a new transfer student whom “Bart” befriends. Previously, Radcliffe made a guest appearance as himself in the HBO/BBC series Extras. He has also lent his voice to Robot Chicken and BoJack Horseman.

STEVE BUSCEMI AS GOD

Steve Buscemi plays "God," who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies.

 

About Buscemi

Steve Buscemi has built a career out of portraying some of the most unique and unforgettable characters in recent cinema.

Buscemi has won an Independent Spirit Award, The New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in MGM’s Ghost World directed by Terry Zwigoff, co-starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his role as “Tony Blundetto” in season five of The Sopranos and received Guest Actor Emmy nominations for his appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock and IFC’s Portlandia. He was nominated for a Lola from the German Film Academy Awards for his work in John Rabe, which was directed by Academy Award-winning director Florian Gallenberger and stars an international cast.

He starred in the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, which garnered him a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Emmy nominations.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Buscemi began to show an interest in drama while in his last year of high school. Soon after, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg. There he and a fellow actor and writer Mark Boone Junior began writing and performing their own theater pieces in performance spaces and downtown theaters. This soon led to Steve being cast in his first lead role in Bill Sherwood's Parting Glances as a musician with AIDS.

Since this impressive breakout performance, Buscemi has become the actor of choice for some of the most respected directors in the business. His resume includes Martin Scorsese's New York Stories; Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes and Mystery Train, for which he received an IFP Spirit Award nomination; Alexandre Rockwell's  Somebody To Love and the 1992 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winner In the Soup; Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, for which he received an IFP Spirit Award for his standout performance as “Mr. Pink;” the Coen Brothers' Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, the Academy Award-winning Fargo and The Big Lebowski; Twenty Bucks; Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy and his Sundance Film Festival Award-winning Living in Oblivion with Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener; Desperado; Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead; Robert Altman's Kansas City; John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. with Kurt Russell; Jerry Bruckheimer Productions’ Con Air and Armageddon; Stanley Tucci's The Imposters; the HBO telefilm The Laramie Project; Love in the Time of Money; Tim Burton’s Big Fish; Michael Bay’s The Island; Terry Zwigoff’s Art School Confidential; I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Adam Sandler; I Think I Love My Wife with Chris Rock; and numerous cameo appearances in films such as Rising Sun, The Hudsucker Proxy, Big Daddy, Pulp Fiction, and The Wedding Singer. Buscemi’s recent screen credits include Miguel Arteta’s Youth in Revolt; Oren Moverman’s directorial debut, The Messenger; RampartThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey; Grown Ups 2 opposite Adam Sandler; Time Out of Mind; and Norman from director Joseph Cedar.

Buscemi has provided the voices for characters in many animated features including Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University as the voice of “Randall Boggs;” Columbia Pictures’ Final Fantasy; and Charlotte’s Web as the voice of “Templeton” the rat.  He was the voice of “Nebbercracker” in Sony Pictures’ Oscar nominated animated film Monster House, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, and the voice of “Scamper” in MGM’s Igor opposite John Cusack.  His other voice credits include G-Force, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Disney, and Columbia Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania, Hotel Transylvania 2, and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation as the voice of “Wayne.” He was heard opposite Alec Baldwin in the DreamWorks Animation film The Boss Baby, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2018.

In addition to his talents as an accomplished actor, Buscemi has proven to be a respected writer and director. His first project was a short film entitled What Happened to Pete, which was featured at several film festivals including Rotterdam and LoCarno, and aired on the Bravo Network. 

GERALDINE VISWANATHAN AS ELIZA

Geraldine Viswanathan plays "Eliza," who is excited to finally get to help humanity by answering prayers — but soon becomes frustrated when she realizes only a tiny percentage of prayers are ever answered.

About Viswanathan

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At a young age, Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan has quickly succeeded in establishing her career in television and film.

On February 12th, 2019, Viswanathan will star as the female lead in the TBS comedy Miracle Workers alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi. Set in Heaven Inc., when God (Buscemi) decides to destroy Earth, two low-level angels (Viswanathan and Radcliffe) must convince their boss to save humanity and pull off their most impossible miracle yet. Executive-produced by Lorne Michaels, the series is based off the Simon Rich book What in God’s Name.

Viswanathan can next be seen playing the title role in the coming-of-age drama Hala. Written and directed by Minhal Baig, the story follows a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl living in Chicago under the strict, religious rules of her parents. When she meets a boy from the skate park, she experiences a real and immediate connection and must face the consequences of their developing relationship. Overbrook Entertainment produced the film with Jada Pinkett-Smith serving as executive producer. The film will premiere as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January 2019.

Viswanathan recently wrapped production starring opposite Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney in the upcoming feature Bad Education from producers Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Johns of Automatik. Based on the true events that writer Mike Makowsky experienced at his high school, the film follows the unfolding of the single largest public-school embezzlement scandal in history.

In August 2018, Viswanathan starred in the Netflix original comedy The Package. Produced by Ben Stiller, the dark comedy follows a teenage boy during a camping trip when a horrible accident occurs, leaving him and his friends to save his virility before it’s too late. Directed by Jake Szymanski, the film also stars Sugar Lyn Beard, Sadie Calvano and Alexander Calvert.

In April 2018, Viswanathan starred in the lead role of “Kayla” opposite Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena in the Universal comedy Blockers. Directed by Kay Cannon, the film follows three best friends who make a sex pact to lose their virginity on prom night, while their parents try to do everything in their power to stop them. The film is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver under their Point Grey Pictures banner.

Previously, Viswanathan appeared in the film Spice Sisters that won the Short Screenplay Award at the Sydney Film Festival, one of Australia’s most distinguished festivals. She also played a starring role in Australia’s feature comedy Emo the Musical, directed by Neil Triffett. The film won third place as Most Popular Feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival and was an official selection at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2017.

Viswanathan has also appeared in the Australian television series Janet King and was a finalist for Australians in Film’s prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship.

KARAN SONI AS SANJAY

Karan Soni plays “Sanjay,” God’s right-hand man, who confers with God in weekly briefings. A bit of a heavenly yes-man, he tries his best to handle the sometimes-recalcitrant Deity.

About Soni

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Karan Soni was born and raised in New Delhi, India, before emigrating to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an education and career in film and theater. After his feature debut in Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Soni appeared in Deadpool and Deadpool 2 as “Dopinder,” Ghostbusters as “Benny,” Office Christmas Party, Unicorn Store, Office Uprising, B-Roll, Monumental, Goosebumps, And Then There Was Eve and Rough Night. On television, Soni appears in Silicon Valley, Room 104, The Goldbergs, Blunt Talk, Other Space, and Betas.

Karan next appears opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi as God’s right-hand man in the TBS comedy series Miracle Workers (February 2019), created by Simon Rich; opposite Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek in the Paramount feature film Limited Partners (2019); and in POKÉMON Detective Pikachu, Superintelligence, Always Be My Maybe, Better Start Running, and Trolls World Tour. On television, Karan will soon appear in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mira, Royal Detective, and Corporate Animals.

SASHA COMPERE AS LAURA

Sasha Compere plays "Laura," a sweet, intelligent, socially-awkward and lonely young woman. When she meets Sam, she feels she has found her kindred spirit, but she’s too nervous to make a move and show her interest.

About Compere

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Haitian-American actress Sasha Compere is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She recently wrapped shooting on the Netflix feature Uncorked in Memphis. She can next be seen in the highly anticipated TBS / Simon Rich limited series Miracle Workers, starring opposite Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe. She has also wrapped a role in the Plan B / 20th Century Fox feature Ad Astra opposite Brad Pitt.

JON BASS AS SAM

Jon Bass plays “Sam,” a sweet, shy, lonely young man who suffers from low self-confidence. When he meets Laura he is smitten, but too nervous to make a move — so he prays to God to help him get together with her.

About Bass

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Jon Bass started his career on Broadway replacing Josh Gad as “Elder Cunningham” in The Book of Mormon. Earlier this year he starred in Ken Marino’s feature Dog Days, opposite Vanessa Hudgens, Nina Dobrev and Finn Wolfhard. His other film credits include starring alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in Paramount’s Baywatch, and appearing in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game. In film Jon will next be seen alongside Jillian Bell, Marc Maron and Michaela Watkins in Lynn Shelton’s Sword of Trust.  will next be seen opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi in Simon Rich’s TBS series, Miracle Workers. In TV Jon previously starred as “Del Plimpton” on the Comedy Central series Big Time in Hollywood, FL and his other credits include The Newsroom (HBO), Girls (HBO), The Guest Book (TBS), American Horror Story (FX), and House of Lies (Showtime). Jon made his feature debut in Loving, written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter).

LOLLY ADEFOPE AS ROSIE

Lolly Adefope plays “Rosie,” God’s assistant.

About Adefope

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Lolly Adefope is an award-winning character comedian and one of the most exciting comedy actors to emerge from the UK in recent years. Her solo, multi-character live shows have garnered 5-star reviews and led to sellout runs at both the Edinburgh Festival and London’s West End.

Lolly’s extensive broadcast credits include starring in Loaded (Channel 4/AMC), Shrill (Hulu), Ghosts (BBC), Damned (Channel 4), and Taskmaster (Dave Channel). She has previously filmed an authored Sky short Lolly Adefope’s Christmas, which was nominated for a Broadcast Digital Award. This summer saw Lolly co-star in the feature films The Spy Who Dumped Me and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Lolly was included in The Evening Standard’s 2018 Progress 1000, the annual list of influential Londoners; voted The Observer (newspaper) Rising Star of Comedy, 2017; and won both The Hospital Club’s Breakthrough Award 2017 and The Chortle Variety and Character Award 2017.

Lolly recently contributed a short story to the award-winning book, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and is currently developing her own broadcast projects.