Rhea County native Deena Dill, an award-winning producer, writer and actress, is set to be in front of the camera in a recurring role on “Ambitions,” a multigenerational family saga premiering June 18, at 10 p.m. on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
“Ambitions” is an upcoming American drama television series created by Jamey Giddens and Will Packer. The series stars Robin Givens as the glamorous and powerful Stephanie Carlisle, the wife of the Atlanta mayor, and Essence Atkins as Amara, a lawyer in U.S. Attorney’s Office, who recently relocated to Atlanta.
“Ambitions” explores the deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Ga. The series centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives.
Produced by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, the series stars an ensemble cast including Robin Givens (“Riverdale”), Brian White (“Scandal”), Kendrick Cross (“Acrimony”), Brely Evans (“Being Mary Jane”), Erica Page (“Ozark”) and Essence Atkins (“Marlon”).
Brian Bosworth (“What Men Want”), Gino Anthony Pesi (“Shades of Blue”), Kayla Smith (“Star”), Steven Williams (“Yellowstone”), Felisha Terrell (“Shooter”), and Christina Kisrkman (“All That”), also star in recurring roles.
Dill portrays “Juniper Purifoy,” the wife of Purifoy Pharmaceuticals’ CEO/owner Hunter Purifoy (Bosworth) and mother of company public relations executive Lori Purifoy (Kirkman). Juniper is a tart-tongued socialite with questionable loyalties.
Recently, Dill appeared in Lifetime’s “Conrad & Michelle” as Gayle Carter, the mother of accused “text killer” Michelle Carter (Bella Thorne). Previously, Dill recurred on two of TV’s most popular comedies, ABC’s “Suburgatory” and Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and, in a tic turn, she recurred on The CW’s “Star-Crossed” as a the leader of a terrorist organization. A few of her other acting credits include HBO’s “Vice Principals,” “Dynasty,” “Scandal,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “Bones,” “CSI:NY,” “Two and a Half Men,” “24,” “Dirty Grandpa” and numerous independent films.
Dill has created, sold, and produced entertainment programs that have aired on major U.S. broadcast and cable networks, as well as in numerous countries around the world. Among other shows, she co-created, executive produced, and wrote The CW’s prime-time game show “Oh Sit!,” which won the prestigious Rose d’Or Award for Best International Game Show. “Oh Sit!” is produced by The Gurin Company and 405 Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television.
Dill grew up in Dayton and graduated from Rhea County High School. She is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University where she was an NCAA Division I triple jumper and 100-meter hurdler, as well as a varsity cheerleader.
She is represented by RCM Talent and Management, Talent Trek Agency and attorney Shannon Hensley of Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson.