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Manteca grad lands role in new TV series

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POSTED May 13, 2014 1:36 a.m.

Cliff Chamberlain — a 1997 Manteca High graduate who has been enjoying success as an actor in live theater in Chicago — is heading to network TV.

Chamberlain has been cast in the NBC pilot “State of Affairs” as Brett Welker, a quirky Central Intelligence Agency linguist. The show will star Katherine Heigel as Charleston Whitney Tucker, a key CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world.

Chamberlain has a slew of stage credits with the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and has appeared on the TV production of “Outnumbered” and in the film “The Wise Kids.”

Chamberlain has more than 13 years as a professional actor under his belt. That includes a stint in 2003 when he wrote and performed a one-man play dubbed “Paper Dreams and Plastic Performances” at venues across the country while handling the booking and marketing himself.

Chamberlain majored in theater at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His first professional gig after getting his degree was performing for 10 months with the Shenandoah Shakespeare Co. in 2001 touring from Canada to the Carolinas while starring in productions of “The Winter’s Tale” and “As You Like It.”

The son of Sharon Chamberlain and Bryan Chamberlain, Cliff was the president of Manteca High’s Class of 1997.

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