First-generation American Peter Porte grew up in a small village in upstate New York with his European parents. He earned a BFA in Acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Furthering his education, he studied in Paris, Hong Kong and London, at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After earning multiple degrees, Porte toured with the Broadway National Touring Company of Mamma Mia!, after which he made the move to Los Angeles.
Porte has amassed a body of work in lead and supporting roles in film, as well as in several hit network television shows including “Cold Case,” “CSI: Miami,” “Medium,” “The New Normal” and “Parks and Recreation.” In 2011, he joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” as a series regular, playing the role of Ricky Williams. Following his run on the series, Porte landed recurring roles in “Devious Maids” for Lifetime as well as “Baby Daddy” for FreeForm, now in its sixth season. He has also had roles in episodes of the NBC comedy “Telenovela,” CBS’ “Mom” and “NCIS: LA,” as well as Fox’s “New Girl.”
Porte recently guest starred in an episode of “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.” He starred the Hallmark Channel original movies “Love, Once and Always,” “A Gift to Remember” and “Love at the Shore.” He starred in Lifetime’s “Christmas Harmony,” “The Good Nanny” and “Cinderella Christmas” for ION Television, while recurring on the comedy web series “Living with Models” and starring in the world premiere of Eve Ensler’s new play O.P.C. at the American Repertory Theatre. Porte resides in southern California, where he has returned to the stage, performing five seasons with the critically acclaimed For the Record company, as well as mounting videos for the website Funny or Die.
Italia Ricci stars opposite Kiefer Sutherland as Emily Rhodes in the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Designated Survivor.” Ricci is best known for her starring role as April Carver in ABC Family’s “Chasing Life.” She has guest-starred as the Silver Banshee in episodes of “Supergirl” and her work in feature films includes roles in actor/director Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Don Jon and the independent feature The Remaining.