Lord of the Rings star Miranda Otto is one of four actors joining the cast of Homeland for the fifth season.

Season five sees Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) working for a private security company in Berlin, and Otto will play Allison Carr, the CIA's Berlin Chief of Station.

Also joining the cast are The Lives of Others star Sebastian Koch, Inglorious Basterds actor Alexander Fehling and Cold Comes the Night's Sarah Sokolovic.

Deadline.com says that Koch will play Otto Düring, Carrie's boss; Fehling will play Jonas Happich, his legal counsel; and Sokolovic will play Laura Sutton, a journalist working for the Düring Foundation.

The new series is filming in Berlin from this week.