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Adapted from author Giles Blunt’s award-winning John Cardinal Mysteries series, CARDINAL is a six-episode dramatic thriller that follows Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, THE KILLING) on a chilling hunt for a brutal killer in a small Northern Ontario town. Demoted for a hunch about a case that he wouldn’t let go, Cardinal is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of missing 13-year-old Katie Pine is discovered, proving his instincts correct. Back on the case, his search for her murderer soon becomes an all-consuming race to stay ahead of a serial killer. Meanwhile, Cardinal must manage his own precarious family issues and secrets, and keep a watchful eye on his new partner, Detective Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse, REVENGE), who he believes may have her own secret agenda.
JOHN CARDINAL Played by BILLY CAMPBELL
Smart and tenacious, Detective John Cardinal has a dry sense of humour and a private quality that veers towards aloofness. That’s both his nature and a result of his circumstance. Unlike so many of his fictional contemporaries, Cardinal is not a misfit or maverick, not a drunk or a drug-user. He is sensitive to the pain caused by the crimes he investigates and maintains his humanity even when confronting corruption, madness, and absolute evil. But Cardinal is burdened by his past as an undercover cop in Toronto. He raised his daughter, Kelly, mostly on his own, while straining under the emotional toll of his wife Catherine’s depression. In spite, or perhaps because of this, he throws himself into his work, honing in on a final chance at justice for Katie Pine, and a serial killer he’ll stop at nothing to bring down.
PLAYED BY BILLY CAMPBELL
With a career spanning over thirty years, Billy Campbell is known for many feature film and television roles. Perhaps best known for his lead role opposite Sela Ward (CSI: NY) in the beloved television drama series ONCE AND AGAIN, which earned him a 1999 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series.
Campbell’s feature film credits include starring roles in Disney cult classic The Rocketeer, Enough opposite Jennifer Lopez (SHADES OF BLUE), Bram Stoker’s Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Bling Ring), Ghost Town opposite Ricky Gervais (THE OFFICE) and Tea Leoni (MADAM SECRETARY) and Matthew Lillard’s (BOSCH) directorial debut, Fat Kid Rules the World, a comedy that won the Narrative Feature Spotlight Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.
In television, Campbell starred in the critically acclaimed series THE KILLING, and in the docu-drama KILLING LINCOLN in the title role. His additional credits include the television series THE 4400, CRIME STORY, MOON OVER MIAMI, and the miniseries TALES OF THE CITY.
A Permanent Resident of Canada, Campbell has roots in both western and eastern parts of the country. In addition to shooting THE KILLING in Vancouver, he starred in the Canadian feature The Disappeared, shot on location in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. After filming additional productions in Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and B.C., Billy purchased a home in Vancouver, where he resides periodically throughout the year.
Campbell’s stage credits include The Winter’s Tale at the Old Globe Theatre, a starring role in Fortinbras, for which he received a 1996 Ovation Award, as well as Backbone of America, Hamlet, Guys & Dolls and The Best Man.
Campbell grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He was trained at the Ted Liss Studio for the Performing Arts and the Players Workshop of Second City in Chicago and Howard Fine in Los Angeles.
Campbell is also an avid and accomplished sailor, and currently owns a 50-foot sailing vessel docked in Nova Scotia. From 2005 to 2006, he served as part of the crew on the 179-foot tall ship, the Halifax-based Picton Castle, to circumnavigate the globe. Sailing over 50,000 miles to more than 20 countries around the world, during this trip, he and the crew delivered supplies and educational materials to islands in the South Pacific. Billy also served on the stunning Norwegian full-rigger, the Sorlandet, on voyages all around the North Sea and Europe.
LISE DELORME Played By KARINE VANASSE
Detective Lise Delorme is a gifted investigator – shrewd, imaginative, and incisive. A native of Algonquin Bay’s French Canadian community, this workaholic cop cut her teeth in the Financial Crimes Section, busting dirty councilors and real estate frauds. A precise, black-and-white thinker, she excelled at the work, cutting through bureaucratic accounting jargon to sort the good guys from the bad. Her success was noticed, and she was promoted to the Homicide division to partner with Cardinal. As they hunt for Katie Pine’s killer, they grow to respect and admire each other – until the new partnership is put to the ultimate test when Cardinal suspects Delorme has a dark secret of her own.
PLAYED BY KARINE VANASSE
Award-winning Canadian actress Karine Vanasse has been recognized for her dazzling performances on both TV and film.
Most recently Vanasse completed work on the highly anticipated Québécois films De père en flic 2 and Lea Pool’s Et au pire, on se mariera, and also starred opposite David Cronenberg in the BravoFACT short film Tomorrow’s Shadows.
Vanasse starred in Season 4 of the hit drama, REVENGE, portraying French heiress Margaux LeMarchal. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed series PAN AM, which followed the glamorous lives of pilots and stewardesses employed by the iconic airline in the 1960s.
Perhaps best known for her starring role as Valerie in Denis Villeneuve’s, Polytechnique, Vanasse also co-produced the film which premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to win nine Genie Awards including Best Picture, and a nod to Vanasse for Best Female Performance.
Vanasse’s other film roles include the lead role in Buddha’s Little Finger, set during the failed coup against Russian President Mikhail Gorbachov, and starring roles in dramas En Solitaire, and Switch, comedy French Immersion, and romantic-dramedy I’m Yours alongside Rossif Sutherland. Vanasse also appeared in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and Quebec thriller Angle mort. Additional film credits include Rhonda’s Party, Andre Mathieu, Ma FilleMon Ange, Sans Elle, Head in the Clouds, Un Homme et Son Peche, Du Pic Au Coeur and Emporte-Moi. As the lead in Emporte-Moi, Karine received much critical acclaim, and received the Chlotrudis Award, the Gala des Jutra Award, the Festival du film Francophone de Namur Award and the Filmcan Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance.
No stranger to television, Vanasse currently stars in the highly successful Quebecois series BLUE MOON. She also starred in Quebecois series 2 FÈRES, TV mini-series KILLER WAVE, OCTOBER 1970, and the TV movie MARIE-ANTOINETTE.
Karine is also currently the face of Marcelle skin care line in Canada, and divides her time between Montreal and Los Angeles.
NOELLE DYSON Played By KRISTEN THOMSON
World-weary, highly competent and quick to anger, Dyson is a political thinker and a pragmatist. She often clashes with Cardinal, whose sprawling investigative demands run roughshod over her budgets. But she respects Cardinal’s talents as a detective, and though she won’t admit it, she’d rather contend with his over-eagerness than the indifference that more commonly pervades police work. Dyson has made tremendous personal sacrifices to rise to her position, a female staff sergeant in a struggling mining town.
PLAYED BY KRISTEN THOMSON
Kristen Thomson notable career in the theatre as an actor and playwright, extends to lauded performances in film and television as well.
Thomson’s award-winning first play, I, Claudia, toured internationally, and garnered a Gemini Award, Canadian Comedy Award and an ACTRA award for its performances. The play went on to be adapted for television in collaboration with Sienna Films.
Her performance in Away From Her, earned Thomson a Genie Award, and working again with Sarah Polley on her short film I Shout Love garnered her an ACTRA award. She was also recognized with a Leo Award for her work in Keith Behrman’s Flower and Garnet. Other select appearances include The Republic of Love, The Matthew Shepard Story, Downsizing, and the hit CTV series FLASHPOINT.
Thomson is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
MALCOM MUSGRAVE Played By DAVID RICHMOND-PECK
Perceptive and persistent, Sergeant Musgrove has been unable to catch a dangerous local crime boss, and he wears that failure in every line on his face. Musgrove believes Cardinal is a dirty cop, responsible for tanking Musgrove’s efforts. Heading the investigation into Cardinal’s corruption he is determined to take Cardinal down.
PLAYED BY DAVID RICHMOND-PECK
Multiple award-winning film and stage actor David Richmond-Peck is one of Canada’s most visible and versatile actors. From his lead role in Paul Gross’ (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) award-winning Canadian feature Hyena Road and The Day The Earth Stood Still opposite Keanu Reeves (The Bad Batch), and his portrayal of Olivier Duval (the man with the tail) in Space’s ORPHAN BLACK, he has made a career of transforming his appearance for the camera. Building upon his over a hundred film and television credits, Richmond-Peck continues to shift between the big and small screen, working opposite Chris Cooper (August: Osage County), Viola Davis (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER), Keanu Reeves, and countless seasoned directors, to become one of Canada’s busiest performers.
Born into a medical family and raised in Oakville, Ont., Richmond-Peck now lives in Toronto with his wife, award-winning actor Alisen Down (12 MONKEYS), and their sons Lucas and Elijah. As he juggles time between work and family he continues to be an avid kiteboarder and can be seen on the water anywhere between British Colombia, Ontario, or Hatteras, North Carolina.
ERIC FRASER Played By BRENDAN FLETCHER
Intense, inquisitive, and quietly beguiling, Eric seethes with dark psychopathy, taking pleasure in the pain and domination of others. With his cohort Edie, he lures young victims into his tortuous sphere.
PLAYED BY BRENDAN FLETCHER
Born and raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, Brendan Fletcher’s acting debut came as Des, the lead in CBC’s LITTLE CRIMINALS, a performance that earned him a Leo Award as well as a Gemini nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Dramatic Role.
Fletcher went on to star in several award-winning films, including Jimmy Zip, Rollercoaster, The Five Senses and Edwin Boyd. In 2002, Brendan was awarded a Genie for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in the feature film The Law of Enclosures, starring opposite Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell). The following year he received a Gemini nomination for his work in 100 DAYS IN THE JUNGLE, as well as a Genie nomination for Turning Paige, opposite Katherine Isabelle (HANNIBAL). His work in the film Paper Moon Affair earned him a 2006 Leo Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in Feature Drama. Also in 2006, Fletcher earned his second Gemini Award for his role in the television movie, The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton starring opposite Jessica Pare (MAD MEN).
Over the years, Fletcher has worked on hundreds of productions, most recently appearing in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Oscar®-winning and Golden Globe®-winning The Revenant, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road). His other film credits include Terry Gilliam’s Tideland, starring opposite Jodelle Ferland (DARK MATTER), Jeff Bridges (The Giver) and Jennifer Tilley (FAMILY GUY); 88 Minutes with Al Pacino (Misconduct); and RV with Robin Williams (THE CRAZY ONES). Brendan also starred in cult favorites Ginger Snaps, Freddie vs. Jason, Leprechaun: Origins, and Uwe Boll’s Rampage trilogy.
Other credits include Steven Spielberg’s Emmy Award-winning mini-series THE PACIFIC, and a recurring role in the critically acclaimed drama THE KILLING. His numerous guest star credits include SUPERNATURAL, GRACEPOINT, and BATES MOTEL to name a few. In 2014, Brendan joined the cast of ROGUE during its sophomore season.
EDIE SOAMES Played By ALLIE MACDONALD
With her face disfigured, shy and nervous Edie leads a life of quiet humiliations – shunned by her contemporaries, belittled by co-workers, barked at by her sickly grandmother. Eric is the first person to tell her she has value, and in turn she’s become an ally in his twisted predatory games.
PLAYED BY ALLIE MACDONALD
Growing up in Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton, Allie MacDonald spent her formative years studying theatre, before being discovered by a prominent casting director, and making the move to Toronto in 2008 to pursue a career in film and television.
In 2010, MacDonald landed her breakout role alongside Olivia Newton John (WHO’S DOING THE DISHES?) in Score: A Hockey Musical, which went on to open TIFF.
Dividing her time between Toronto and L.A., MacDonald has worked alongside Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: Apocalypse) in the psychological thriller House at the End of the Street, was hand-picked by Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Baby) in 2013 to play the lead in her 1960s pilot CINNAMON GIRL, and starred alongside Meatloaf (GLEE) and Minnie Driver (SPEECHLESS) in slasher comedy Stage Fright.
MacDonald has worked on numerous TV shows, including a starring role in YOUNG DRUNK PUNK and a recurring role in Space’s ORPHAN BLACK. She has also appeared in Space’s KILLJOYS, REMEDY, LOST GIRL, HAVEN, and THE RON JAMES SHOW.
MacDonald is also a passionate volunteer for many animal rescue organizations and fosters animals in need.
CATHERINE CARDINAL Played By DEBORAH HAY
Intelligent and creative, Detective John Cardinal’s wife, Catherine, suffers from bipolar disorder, an affliction that usually takes the form of deep depression. But she is also subject to manic episodes that spin her into irrational anger and delusions, playing havoc on her home life and her career. Throughout the ups and down of her disorder, Cardinal struggles to ease her pain and help her heal, while Catherine reckons with the terrible guilt of believing she’s a burden to her husband and daughter.
PLAYED BY DEBORAH HAY
Originally from Montreal, Deborah Hay is a Canadian actress who now makes her home in Stratford, Ont.
Hay has performed extensively as a lead for North America’s two largest repertory theatres, the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival. In 2015, she played Katherina in Stratford’s production of The Taming of The Shrew, to great critical acclaim opposite her husband Ben Carlson (Much Ado About Nothing). She also played both Marina and Thaisa in the Festival’s production of Pericles, which was filmed and released in movie theatres across Canada as part of Stratford’s HD series. Hay’s other leading roles at Stratford include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Emilia in Othello, and The Jailor’s Daughter in The Two Noble Kinsmen among many others.
Hay starred as the incomparable Sally Bowles in the Shaw Festival’s 2014 production of Cabaret, again to rave reviews, and as Dorothea in the rarely performed Tennessee Williams play A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur. Her other leading roles at Shaw include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday, Hesione Hushabye in Heartbreak House and Molly in One Touch of Venus, among others.
Hay has also starred in productions for major theatres across North America, including the Dora Award-winning London Road for the Canadian Stage; Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s The School for Lies ; and Acting Up Stage’s Caroline or Change.
Hay starred in the Canadian indie film The Anniversary, which earned her a Best Actress Award at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. Her television credits include CTV’s SAVING HOPE, REMEDY, and THE MYSTERY OF MAZO DE LA ROCHE.
DETECTIVE JERRY COMMANDA Played By GLEN GOULD
DETECTIVE JERRY COMMANDA
A detective with the Ontario Provincial Police serving the local Nipissing First Nation, Jerry Commanda is an accomplished detective with a spotless record. He grew up at this reserve, so knows everybody there and everybody knows him. This doesn’t always make the job easier. But Commanda navigates the tricky political and social waters with calmness and humour. For all the injustices that Indigenous people have endured at the hands of white institutions like the police, Commanda believes his badge puts him in a position to do good.
PLAYED BY GLEN GOULD
Based in Toronto, actor/director/musician Glen Gould was born and raised in Nova Scotia. At 19 years old, he left to pursue a career in acting and forged a very successful career, appearing in numerous theatre, TV, and film productions.
Gould’s notable television appearances include NORTH OF 60, FIRST WAVE, SO WEIRD, DARK ANGEL, THE RELIC HUNTER, THE CHRIS ISAAK SHOW, THE 4400, and CASHING IN. He also had a recurring role on DAVINCI’S INQUEST, which earned him a Leo Award nomination for Best Performance by a Supporting Male in a Dramatic Series, and recurring roles on DAVINCI’S CITY HALL, and the miniseries DIAMONDS.
Gould recently appeared in the award-winning series BLACKSTONE and MOHAWK GIRLS. His recent work also includes a guest role on HARD ROCK MEDICAL, the miniseries DOMINION CREEK, and had a guest-starring role on hit series MURDOCH MYSTERIES.
Gould’s performance in the award-winning Rhymes For Young Ghouls, earned him a Best Actor win at the 2014 American Indian Motion Picture Awards, and a Best Actor Nomination at the 2014 Red Nation Film Festival. He also starred in the award-winning Charlie Zone, which earned him the prestigious David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor at the Atlantic Film Festival, and the Best Actor Award at the Dreamspeakers Film Festival.
KELLY CARDINAL Played By ALANNA BALE
When Cardinal and Catherine moved from Toronto to Algonquin Bay, precocious and independent Kelly was just entering junior high. The family agreed it wasn’t fair to uproot her, so she stayed in the city at boarding school. With her mother in and out of hospital, Kelly grew very close to her father, the steady parent.
PLAYED BY ALANNA BALE
Alanna Bale was born in Ottawa, but as the daughter of a diplomat, had the privilege of living in different countries around the world. Moving every three years, she spent her earliest years in the Philippines, followed by successive postings in Lima, Ottawa, Cairo, and Warsaw. She currently lives in Toronto.
At 13 years old, Bale landed her first professional acting job in Poland after responding to an audition notice for the film Thr3e that was posted at the American school she was attending. Alanna left a lasting impression on the director; so much so, that when production company returned a year later to shoot the film House, they offered her a more substantial role alongside Bill Moseley (Halloween) and Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight).
Upon her return to Ottawa, Bale landed a lead role in PRIME RADICALS, which ran for two seasons. She sought more substantial training and at the age of 17 was accepted into Ryerson University’s prestigious Performance Theatre program in Toronto where she discovered her affinity for classical theatre. Shortly after completing her BFA, Bale booked roles in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and Hamlet with various Toronto-based theatre companies. She was then offered a role in Tucaret with Odyssey Theatre, for which she was awarded the Prix Rideau Award for Emerging Artist in 2015.
While her love of theatre remains, Bale switched her focus back to film and television and has since appeared in PYOTR495, NEXT STOP, REIGN, and WARRIOR.