TORONTO (October 11, 2013) – Bell Media’s Space, BBC America, and Temple Street Productions announced earlier today that Michiel Huisman (WORLD WAR Z, TREME, NASHVILLE), Peter Outerbridge (NIKITA, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, REGENESIS) and Ari Millen (MONSTER BRAWL) have joined the recurring cast of the critically-acclaimed conspiracy clone thriller ORPHAN BLACK. Season 2 of the 10-episode, one-hour drama is currently in production and is scheduled to premiere on Space in April 2014.
In Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK, Michiel Huisman takes on the role of Cal Morrison, a rugged, resourceful outdoorsman. He’s adaptive and creative with a sixth sense about people and situations. These venerable human traits will come in handy as crossing paths with clones is fraught with surprise, danger, and surprising revelations.
Peter Outerbridge is Henrik “Hank” Johanssen, a modern day cowboy. He leads a flock of followers that has broken away from the Old World “Prolethean” brotherhood. Under his messianic vision, the age-old divide between science and religion has merged into a new fresh threat to the clones.
Ari Millen is cast as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge. Mark is utterly devoted to Johanssen, who took him in and built him into a True Believer. Now, guided by twisted morality and desperate faith, he’s a relentless and dogged pursuer of the clones.
Season 2 hits the ground running with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter. Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with Rachel (Maslany), dividing and imperiling all the clones. As Sarah gets closer to her own origin story, several mysterious newcomers appear, but nobody can be trusted.
ORPHAN BLACK stars Critics’ Choice Award winner Tatiana Maslany (PICTURE DAY, PARKS AND RECREATION), who to date has portrayed seven different characters (Sarah, Beth, Katja, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and Rachel). Rounding out the cast is Jordan Gavaris (UNNATURAL HISTORY) as Felix, Sarah’s foster brother; Gemini Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY) as Mrs. S, Sarah and Felix’s hard-nosed working class foster mother; Dylan Bruce (NCIS) as Paul, Beth’s boyfriend with a secret linked to his army days in Afghanistan; Kevin Hanchard (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Art, a veteran detective; Michael Mando (THE KILLING) as Vic, Sarah’s sporadically violent ex; and Skyler Wexler (ALPHAS) as Kira, Sarah’s seven-year-old daughter.
ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (BEING ERICA), Graeme Manson (CUBE, FLASHPOINT) and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, GINGER SNAPS). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.
ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and Bell Media, and BBC America. Production Executives are Trish Williams and Gosia Kamela. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.