Who plays FBI Agent Lisa Rand on NCIS LA? Stars NCIS history exposed

NCIS: Los Angeles teaser for ‘The Body Stitchers’

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NCIS Los Angeles season 14 is set to take a very sinister turn in episode three, titled The Body Stitchers. In it, the likes of Sam Hanna (played by LL Cool J), Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) and Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) face an old and murderous enemy. And in their attempts to take them down, they’ll call on a familiar face – FBI agent Lisa Rand (Alicia Coppola).

Who plays FBI Agent Lisa Rand in NCIS LA?

Lisa is portrayed by 54-year-old actor Alicia Coppola, someone with a wealth of small-screen acting experience.

Arguably her most notable roles in recent years came in Showtime’s Shameless as Sue, and the long-running drama, The Young and the Restless.

She also recently enjoyed a cameo in NBC’s flagship Law and Order series as well as stints in Generation, All Rise and Why Women Kill.

And Coppola’s talents aren’t just limited to the small screen as she also boasts credits for blockbusters National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Stay and Black Widow.

Has Alicia Coppola starred in NCIS LA before?

Fans will undoubtedly recognise Coppola’s character as she’s had a number of cameos in the NCIS spin-off before.

FBI Agent Lisa Rand first appeared way back in the second season of the series in the episode titled Little Angels.

This was in 2010 and Coppola didn’t make a return to NCIS LA until five years later in season six’s Rage.

Season seven, episode 19, The Seventh Child, was Coppola’s next appearance and her last stint on the show came in season nine’s The Monster.

However, Coppola’s cameos in NCIS LA aren’t the only times she’s popped up in the franchise.

Back in the earlier days of NCIS, Coppola took on the role of Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman.

First appearing in 2004, the star made her debut in season one’s UnSEALed and reappeared in the second season.

Coppola starred as Faith in season two episodes, Call of Silence and Hometown Hero.

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NCIS: Los Angeles – Sneak peek at episode 'The Body Stitchers'

But tracking even further back, diehard JAG fans will remember NCIS wasn’t the first time Coppola had portrayed Faith.

Faith first popped up in JAG, the series which the entire NCIS franchise was born from.

Whether The Body Stitchers will be Coppola’s sole stint in NCIS LA season 14 remains to be seen.

However, judging by the promo and a handful of sneak peeks from the episode, she’s certainly in for an action-packed return.

In one sneak peek, Kensi and Lisa visit an elderly lady named Mrs Jefferies who becomes a person of interest during the investigation into the Body Stitchers.

However, after a young carer helps them inside her house, he flees in disgust, prompting Lisa and Kensi to withdraw their weapons and head inside.

But what will the pair find once inside the house and will Lisa be able to help NCIS finally capture the murderous group?

NCIS LA season 14 continues Sunday on CBS in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

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