Beauty and the Beast taps former 'Hero' for new role

Dec 19, 2012 at 9:15 p.m. ET

Beauty and the Beast is getting some new blood. The CW drama is stirring the pot with an alum from NBC's Heroes. Sendhil Ramamurthy will mix it up Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan.

Sendhil Ramamurthy

Catherine Chandler (Kreuk) and Vincent Keller (Ryan) can't catch a break. We're halfway through season one, and Beauty and the Beast's star-crossed lovers are in a heap of trouble.

Thus far, their friendship has put their lives in jeopardy more than once. Now, Catherine's career is on the line. According to Zap2it, a new character's coming to shake up her personal and professional life.

Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes, Covert Affairs) has been cast as assistant district attorney Gabriel Lowen. He and Catherine will get off to a rocky start thanks to their initial meeting — in the women's locker room. What's he doing in there? You'll have to watch to find out.

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Lowen makes his presence known as he attempts to find the city's mysterious vigilante. Catherine will pull double-duty trying to keep her job and Vincent's secret. If Ramamurthy wasn't enough, Brendan Hines (Lie to Me) is also joining the show.

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TVLine reports that Hines has signed on to play a police department psychologist. He'll attempt to get into the head of a detective or two. We wonder if his arrival has anything to do with Evan (Max Brown)? He's been on edge ever since he was kidnapped and unknowingly saved by Vincent.

Catherine's got her work cut out for her. Hines makes his debut when the show returns in January. Meanwhile, Ramamurthy is slated to appear in Episode 15.

What do you think of the newest cast members?

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