‘NCIS’ Alum Cote de Pablo to Star in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘Dovekeepers’ Miniseries

Actress will play a woman who’s derided as a witch

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Cote de Pablo is returning to CBS.

De Pablo, who starred as Special Agent Ziva David for eight seasons on the network’s “NCIS,” has signed on to star in CBS’ upcoming miniseries “The Dovekeepers,” from executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

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The four-hour miniseries is based on Alice Hoffman’s historical novel about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. De Pablo has been cast to play Shirah, one of the four women.

Described as a sensual, mysterious and fiercely independent single mother with uncanny insights and a quiet and mysterious power, Shirah is nonetheless derided by many as the “Witch of Moab” as she covertly practices forbidden ancient rites of magic, and is keenly knowledgeable about herbal remedies.

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“We are thrilled to have Cote de Pablo starring in ‘The Dovekeepers,’” Downey said.  “Her talent, strength and beauty will light up the screen in the important role of Shirah.”

The miniseries is slated for broadcast next year.