Emily Wickersham first appeared as Ellie Bishop in 2013. Ellie was an NSA agent helping Gibbs and the team with a case, and she eventually joins the NCIS squad. Wickersham’s role was never intended to be permanent. However, after actress Cote de Pablo left the show, much to the disappointment of CBS, Wickersham was brought on as a series regular to balance the loss of de Pablo’s Ziva David. (De Pablo, however, would eventually reprise her role for a multi-episode arc in Season 17.)
Wickersham certainly has the acting chops to star on such a high-profile show like “NCIS,” having previously appeared on “The Sopranos” and in films “Gone” and “I Am Number Four.” Her cheerful demeanor proved to be a positive impact on the “NCIS” work culture, too, no doubt aiding her chances at scoring that full-time gig.
“Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly complement the NCIS team,” executive producer Gary Glasberg said to The Hollywood Reporter in 2013. “Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.”
171 episodes later, Ellie Bishop is still a strong member of the NCIS squad, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in Season 19.