Jamie Wright is the brilliant campaign manager for Darren Richmond. A policy wonk and loyal sidekick, Jamie is focused on the political battle 24/7 and chafes against Richmond's indiscreet relationship with Gwen Eaton. He's a master chess player and strategist, and a valuable -- if deeply opinionated -- asset to the Richmond campaign.
Suspecting there is a leak on his staff, Richmond orders an investigation, which uncovers an email sent from Jamie's computer disclosing Councilwoman Ruth Yitanes' endorsement of Richmond for mayor to the press. When Gwen confronts Jamie, he protests to Richmond that his computer was hacked, and after sensing doubt from Richmond, accuses him of letting his sexual relationship with Gwen cloud his judgment. A subsequent investigation reveals that another aide, planted in the campaign by Yitanes, is the leak.
Mayor Adams tries to recruit Jamie for his own campaign, offering him the chance to "be on the winning team for once." Jamie later meets secretly with Richmond to report back on Adams. When Jamie asks how Richmond knew he wasn't really the campaign's leak, the councilman laughs that Jamie would have found a smarter way to screw him.
When Richmond's poll numbers continue to slide because of his campaign's Rosie connection, Jamie encourages Richmond to go public with information Tom Drexler supplies about Mayor Adams's pregnant former intern. Jamie also counsels Gwen to remain mum after a staff researcher stumbles upon potentially damaging video footage of the councilman shaking hands with Rosie at a campaign event. With Richmond rising in the polls following a setback for Adams's signature development project, Jamie gloats that "we're unstoppable," retaining his confidence even after allegations surface that Richmond had numerous affairs following his wife's death. Jamie asks if Richmond has any other "skeletons" and is assured that there's nothing to worry about. That evening, Sarah Linden arrests Richmond for the murder of Rosie Larsen.
When Richmond is shot by Belko Royce, Jamie devotedly remains by Richmond’s side at the hospital. Once Richmond is discharged, Jamie encourages him to take a hard-hitting approach on the campaign trail. On election day, Jamie’s grandfather Ted Wright reveals that Jamie provided a false alibi on the night of Rosie’s murder. Jamie admits to Richmond that he had colluded with Nicole Jackson and Michael Ames to ruin Mayor Adams’ name by planting Indian bones on his waterfront property. When Rosie witnessed one of their meetings, he attacked her. Linden and Holder barge in on Jamie in the middle of his confession, and he’s shot dead when he brandishes a gun.
Ladin burst into the acting world with his breakout role in HBO’s hard-hitting, topical miniseries, Generation Kill. However, he is probably best known for his recurring role as January Jones’ brother in AMC’s award-winning series, Mad Men, as well as his recurring role as Chloe Sevigny’s diabolical doctor/brother in HBO’s Big Love. His other television credits include guest-starring roles on Castle, The Defenders, Criminal Minds, Bones, The Mentalist and CSI. He will be seen next in the upcoming independent film Highland Park, opposite Parker Posey and Danny Glover.
Recently, Ladin became the new voice of Cole McGrath, the hero with electricity-based super powers, in the 2011 PlayStation 3 video game sequel Infamous 2. The game is set in New Marias, a New Orleans-inspired city and follows Cole as he sets out to enhance his electrical abilities while preparing for a battle with the Beast, a being of pure power and destruction threatening to annihilate the world and everyone in his path. He also voiced the character Ellis in the 2009 cooperative first-person shooter game Left 4 Dead 2. Set during the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic, Ellis is one of four survivors who must escape the now zombie-like human race. A proud native of Houston, TX, Ladin attended The Kinkaid School from K-12 where theatre seemed to always be in his blood. His fist role was as a mouse cop in "The Wiz". Once he came to terms with the fact that he would never be an NFL player (in Junior High Ladin played wide receiver in a no passing offense), he decided to focus on theatre. He remains a diehard fan of the USC Trojans. Ladin attended The University of Southern California where he directed two plays, wrote and stared in a one-man show and earned his SAG card with his first gig in a Pepsi commercial. He performed in various other productions on his way to receiving his BA in Theatre.
He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, designer/stylist Katy. Some little known Eric Ladin facts are as follows: he always steps on a plane with his left foot first, hates roller coasters, eventually wants to host his own radio talk show, photography is a favorite hobby and he loves the LA Lakers.