BBC AMERICA'S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ORIGINAL SERIES "ORPHAN BLACK" ADDS TO CAST
Justin Chatwin, James Frain and more join the clone drama
Toronto - November 25, 2014 - BBC AMERICA, in association with Space and Temple Street Productions, announced casting additions to the new season of Orphan Black. Justin Chatwin (Shameless) and James Frain (Intruders) join the channel's hit original drama for its third season, which is currently in production and set to return in 2015.
Justin Chatwin joins in a recurring role as Jason Kellerman. With rugged good looks and street-smarts, Jason is a savvy drug-dealer in the guise of a charismatic businessman. James Frain guest stars as Ferdinand, a well-educated, "cleaner" who is both charming and intimidating. Ferdinand is a powerful player in a secretive, multi-national political faction that operates with questionable ethics and a ruthless approach.
Also joining the cast this season is Ksenia Solo (Black Swan) as Shay, a soulful and compassionate holistic healer with a great sense of humor destined to become a new friend to Cosima Niehaus (Tatiana Maslany). Kyra Harper (Warehouse 13) will play Dr. Coady, a ruthless doctor and advisor to the military. Coady is outwardly the soul of reason, but her maternal, nurturing manner conceals an agenda that even her superiors do not suspect. And rounding out the additions is Earl Pastko (Murdoch Mysteries) as Bulldog, Ferdinand's silent, imposing and violent personal bodyguard. Communicating with his boss by looks only, Bulldog carries out the dirty work of his shady employers.
Starring Golden Globe(R) nominee Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles, Orphan Black's second season brought new enemies to light, culminating in a shocking finale which revealed a new line of male clones, played by Ari Millen. Season three plunges the clone sisterhood into unexpected territory with the realization that they're not alone.
The original series co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director, is produced by Temple Street Productions with Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier executive producing. The international hit series is distributed by BBC Worldwide and can be seen in more than 170 countries. The first two seasons are currently available on Blu-ray and DVD and via digital download on all partner platforms. Season one is available for live streaming through Amazon Prime.
For more information on where to catch up on Orphan Black, visit www.bbcamerica.com/orphanblack.
Orphan Black is shooting in Toronto through March 2015 and returns on BBC AMERICA in 2015.
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