"Good Omens 2" Calls Jon Hamm Back to Heavenly Role with a Cast of Angels
Amazon Studios today confirmed that Jon Hamm (Top Gun: Maverick) will be returning as the Archangel Gabriel in the Prime Video series Good Omens 2, currently in production in Scotland. Gabriel will be aided and abetted by the Angels Michael, played by returning cast member Doon Mackichan (Toast, Smack the Pony), and Uriel, played by the previously announced Gloria Obianyo (Dune, High Life). They will be joined by new angels, Saraqael, played by Liz Carr (Devs, Silent Witness) and Muriel, played by Quelin Sepulveda (Havoc, The Man Who Fell to Earth). Another key character from Hell this season will be played by Shelley Conn (Bridgerton, The Irregulars).
Neil Gaiman, writer and co-showrunner, comments: "Good Omens 2 just would not be the same without the astonishing Jon Hamm as Gabriel, everyone's worst boss. The story that Terry Pratchett and I created all those years ago continues to take us from London's Soho into Heaven and Hell. It's a delight for me to bring back characters we loved (or hated) and bring in new characters, from the shiniest top floors of Heaven to the dankest basements of Hell, to love (or to hate, or to love to hate or hate to love). All of them are part of the strange and unusually beloved family of Good Omens."
Douglas Mackinnon, director and co-showrunner adds: "I couldn't be happier that Jon has come back to do more Good Omens as the Archangel Gabriel, who is second in command in Heaven. He joins us nearly halfway through production, when we have already welcomed to the Good Omens 2 family familiar faces in familiar roles, familiar faces in unfamiliar roles, and unfamiliar faces in unfamiliar roles. We also have an unfamiliar face in a familiar role."
Originally based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's international best-selling novel, the new season will explore storylines that go beyond the original source material to illuminate the uncanny friendship between Aziraphale, a fussy angel and rare book dealer, and the fast-living demon Crowley. Having been on Earth since The Beginning, and with the Apocalypse thwarted, Aziraphale and Crowley are getting back to easy living amongst mortals in London's Soho when an unexpected messenger presents a surprising mystery.
Neil Gaiman continues as executive producer and will co-showrun along with executive producer Douglas Mackinnon, who will also return to direct. Rob Wilkins of Narrativia, representing Terry Pratchett's estate, John Finnemore, and BBC Studios Productions' head of comedy Josh Cole will also executive produce, with Finnemore serving as co-writer alongside Gaiman. Good Omens is based on the well-loved and internationally best-selling novel by Terry Pratchett (Hogfather) and Gaiman. The new season is produced by Amazon Studios, BBC Studios Productions, The Blank Corporation, and Narrativia.
Jon Hamm's nuanced portrayal of the high-powered, advertising executive Don Draper on AMC's award-winning drama series Mad Men has firmly established him as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors. He has earned numerous accolades, including an Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Awards in 2016 and 2008, Television Critics Association Awards in 2011 and 2015, a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2011, as well as multiple Screen Actors Guild nominations. Mad Men concluded its seventh and final season on May 17, 2015.
Hamm is currently in production on Maggie Moore(s) in which he will star opposite Tina Fey. The film is being directed by John Slattery. Earlier this year Hamm completed production on Fletch. Hamm will produce alongside manager/producer Connie Tavel. Greg Mottola, whose credits include Superbad, Adventureland, and Arrested Development, will direct from a script by Zev Borrow. Hamm also recently appeared as a guest star in Season Ten of Curb Your Enthusiasm, with critics calling his impersonation of Larry David "inspired" and a "highlight of the season." Next year, he will be seen in the much anticipated, Top Gun: Maverick with Tom Cruise and Miles Teller. In 2020, Jon appeared opposite Emily Blunt in John Patrick Shanley's Wild Mountain Thyme. In 2019, he appeared in Neil Gaiman's Good Omens series for Amazon and Noah Hawley's directorial debut film, Lucy in the Sky, opposite Natalie Portman. Additionally, Hamm starred in Scott Z. Burns' The Report opposite Annette Benning and Adam Driver, and Richard Jewell, directed by Clint Eastwood.
In 2018, he starred in Drew Goddard's Bad Times at the El Royale for Twentieth Century Fox as well as in Warner Bros. comedy Tag opposite Ed Helms and Jeremy Renner. He also starred in Tony Gilroy's Beiruit alongside Rosamund Pike. Hamm starred as a former U.S. diplomat who returns to service to save a former colleague. Critics called Hamm's performance his "best work yet."
In 2017, Hamm starred in Edgar Wright's hugely successful heist thriller Baby Driver opposite Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx. Hamm also appeared in the independent film Marjorie Prime.
In 2016, Hamm starred in 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Jones, opposite Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher. In 2015, Hamm loaned his voice to the wildly successful Universal Pictures animated feature, The Minions, alongside Sandra Bullock and Steve Coogan. Hamm's previous film credits include Disney's Million Dollar Arm, based on a script by Thomas McCarthy and directed by Craig Gillespie, Friends With Kids, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt; Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig; Ben Affleck's The Town, Zack Snyder's fantasy thriller Sucker Punch, Howl with James Franco, Shrek Forever After, in which he voiced the character Brogan, The Day the Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Westfeldt's Ira & Abby and Kissing Jessica Stein, and We Were Soldiers.
Hamm's appearances on the Emmy-winning comedy, 30 Rock, from 2009-2012 earned him three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He has also hosted Saturday Night Live three times, once in 2008 and twice in 2010 to critical acclaim. In addition to Mad Men, Hamm also appears the second season of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Hamm played Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the senior prophet who fools four women into being held captive for 15 years while they believe to have survived the apocalypse. The role earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. His additional television credits include A Young Doctor's Notebook, a BBC miniseries in which he stars opposite Daniel Radcliffe and also executive produced, the Larry David film Clear History for HBO. Hamm first came to audience's attention in the NBC series Providence. Signed for a cameo role, he impressed the producers so much that he ended up with an 18-episode run on the series.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Hamm received his Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Doon is perhaps best known for her extensive work in comedy as both a writer and an actress. Her notable credits include, the two-time Emmy nominated Channel 4 series, Smack the Pony, BBC1 sitcom Beast, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge also on the BBC and Toast of London, for which Doon received a nomination for Best Actress at the British Comedy Awards.
Doon is also well known for playing the role of Cathy in five series of Two Doors Down on the BBC.
Other credits include The Duchess for Netflix, Flack for Pop TV, Pure for Channel 4, Ben Wheatley's feature film, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and subsequently aired on BBC2, Good Omens alongside David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Jon Hamm.
In theatre, Doon most recently starred in the National Theatre's production of Twelfth Night directed by Simon Godwin. Other credits include Loot at the Tricycle Theatre, The Government Inspector at the Young Vic, The Queen and I, in which she played Princess Diana at the Royal Court in conjunction with Jim Cartwright's ROAD, before going to Leicester Haymarket. Doon was in the Olivier nominated production of Jumpy for the Royal Court/ Duke of York's Theatre, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress In A Play at the Whatsonstage.com Awards in 2012. Additionally, Doon appeared in Mother Courage at the National Theatre in the role of Yvette.
Liz is best known for her role as formidable forensic examiner, Clarissa Mullery, in Silent Witness (BBC One). Other TV credits include Devs (FX), The OA (Netflix), and Les Miserables (BBC One). Liz will soon be seen in TV series' Independence Day (BBC), This is Going to Hurt (BBC) and The Witcher (Netflix). She can be seen alongside Mark Wahlberg in Paramount sci-fi thriller Infinite. Theatre credits include And Others (National Theatre), Abnormally Funny People (Soho Theatre), and the critically acclaimed The Normal Heart (National Theatre).
Quelin graduated from LAMDA in 2020. Since graduating her credits include one of the lead roles opposite Tom Hardy in Gareth Evans' Havoc for Netflix and The Man Who Fell To Earth (Showtime) opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Shelley can most recently be seen starring in the second series of Liar for BBC/Sundance TV as well as The Irregulars for Netflix and The Deceived for Channel 5 and Virgin Media. Prior to this she was seen in The Rook for Starz, and Deep State for Endor and Epix. She was also one of the leads of the NBC series Heartbeat, Lifetime's original series The Lottery, 24: Live Another Day for Fox and Terra Nova for Steven Spielberg. Amongst her many high-profile television projects in the UK are Mistresses, W1A, Party Animals, Strike Back, Marchlands (The Oaks), Dead Set, Back, and Raw for RTE in Ireland.
Conn's feature film credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opposite Johnny Depp, the James L. Brooks' film How Do You Know, Nina's Heavenly Delights, and Love Sarah. Conn was featured in Variety as one of the Top 10 Faces to Watch on TV.
On stage Shelley was most recently seen starring in The Doctor which has just completed performances at the 2020 Adelaide Festival and was due to transfer to the West End in April however due to Covid-19 this was unfortunately put on hold. Other notable stage credits for Conn are multiple seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company including The Roman Actor, The Island Princess, and All's Well That Ends Well. She played the lead in Contact Theatre, Manchester's production of An Unsuitable Girl directed by Kully Thiarai. Other credits include The Vagina Monologues (Royal Festival Hall), Miss Julie (Tara Arts), and Muslim Voices (Royal Court).