EXCLUSIVE: GregAlan Williams and Lovie Simone have been promoted to series regulars on Greenleaf, OWN’s freshman drama exec produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Greenleaf cast
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Set against the backdrop of sprawling Memphis megachurch, the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she re-enters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

Williams plays Robert “Mac” McCready,” the brother Lady Mae and former chief counsel at Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, whose life has been blown up by his involvement in a sex abuse scandal at the church. Simone is Zora Greenleaf, the spirited daughter of Jacob and Kerissa Greenleaf and her cousin Sophia’s best friend. Unlike her cousin, Zora always is pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable in the church and the family, which makes her a constant source of both joy and concern.

Williams, whose credits also include Containment, Powers and Game of Silence, is repped by STW Talent Agency. Newcomer Simone is with Shirley Grant Management and Don Buchwald & Associates.

Greenleaf, which is summer’s No. 1 new drama in all of TV and has been renewed for Season 2, is produced by Lionsgate in association with Harpo Films and Pine City.