Cornelius Smith Jr. to be Full-Time Cast Member on ‘Scandal’


Cornelius Smith Jr. has been promoted to series regular and official cast member for the upcoming fifth season of “Scandal,” TV Line reports. 

Last season,  Cornelius appeared as a guest star and  played Marcus Walker in the Michael Brown-inspired episode titled “The Lawn Chair.”  He later appeared on the show again for the episode titled “I’m Just a Bill.” 

It is unclear how Cornelius’ character will be incorporated into the new season, but rumor has it  that he may be added to Olivia Pope’s team of gladiators. 

Prior to his full-time role on “Scandal,” Cornelius was the winner of the 2014 ABC Discovers digital talent competition that offers actors a chance to win a  $25,000 one-year contract with ABC. 

Following the news of his “Scandal,” promotion,  Cornelius took to Instagram to share his excitement and gratitude. 

“This year has been unbelievable yet refreshingly believable. I shall remain forever grateful for the journey and what's ahead. I am super duper excited to be joining the cast of SCANDAL! Let's GO!!,” he  wrote. 

Check out Cornelius’ Instagram here:

Congrats to Cornelius on his new full-time role! We look forward to seeing you next season.