Hit crime show FBI: Most Wanted quietly reveals one of its main characters is queer

Nick Duffy January 29, 2020
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FBI: Most Wanted features an LGBT+ character

FBI: Most Wanted features an LGBT+ character (Photo: CBS)

New CBS crime procedural FBI: Most Wanted has quietly revealed that one of its primary characters is in a same-sex relationship.

The TV show, a spin-off of Dick Wolf’s series FBI, explored the home life of the agent Sheryll Barnes in its fourth episode, which aired on January 28.

The episode saw the character, played by Roxy Sternberg, go undercover to ensnare a gang leader. In the process, the show revealed the hard-nosed detective has a loving wife and daughter waiting for her at home.

Roxy Sternberg:  It’s important to show all family backgrounds.

The TV star told CinemaBlend that she is proud of the way that the show approaches her character’s healthy family life, treating her family no differently than any other detective.

Sternberg said: “Barnes has a wife and a daughter and I think there should be more relationships like this shown on television.”

Roxy Sternberg plays Agent Sheryll Barnes in FBI: Most Wanted
Roxy Sternberg plays Agent Sheryll Barnes in FBI: Most Wanted (CBS)

She added: “I think it’s important for television, full-stop, no matter what the sex, ethnicity, race, or whatever.

“I think it’s important to see these family backgrounds and ultimately we’ve all come from a family, we all come from one, so why aren’t we showing it?”

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Of course, much of the episode focused on her crime solving, rather than her home life.

Sternberg continued: “It should be included into the storyline even though that’s not the main premise of the show. The main premise of the show is this fugitive task force hunting down criminals. So I think it’s important.”

She added: “As an actor we only dream of having storylines that have a lot of depth to them so that we can tap into our emotions.

“I think this was a great one for me. I had a lot of fun exploring a range of different emotions and if I’m given that opportunity again, I will be very happy.”

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