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'Broadchurch' Beefs Up Season 2 with a Few More Great Actors

By Cindy Davis | Industry | May 21, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | May 21, 2014 |

Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch was one of 2013’s top series. While it was an emotionally draining journey — I’d put it somewhere between Top of the Lake and Rectify — the excellent writing combined with stellar performances made it worth the resulting tears that rolled down my cheek in sympathy with Olivia Colman’s Ellie Miller. And though some may be anxiously anticipating the U.S. remake (Gracepoint), I’m holding out for Original Flavor, Season 2. Not only will we see the return of Tennant, Coleman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill; those fantastic regulars will be joined by some pretty great recent additions. (No character descriptions have been revealed.)

Charlotte Rampling


Fresh off her stint as Dr. Evelyn Vogel on Dexter’s final season, four-time Caesar nominee will take a lead role in Series 2. “There’s none more exceptional than Charlotte: to be writing for her is a dream come true. Charlotte’s character is an integral part of our new story.” (Chibnall) Though we have no details, I’m inclined to think of Rampling playing a suspect…love her dark side.

James D’arcy


Recent Wachowski favorite D’arcy (Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas) was excellent on A & E’s short-lived Those Who Kill…I’d love to see him as a fellow D.I., and maybe Ellie’s lover.

Eve Myles


Finally! Gwen Cooper returns. If we can’t have the real Torchwood back, I’ll take Myles any way we can get her. Though she’s had steady television gigs across the pond, I’ve not seen her since that disastrous Miracle Day business…ready to flush it from my brain forever.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste


The Academy Award nominated London-born actress returns home after years of U.S. acting gigs (Without a Trace, Private Practice, Sons of Anarchy). “We’re over the moon to have wooed Marianne back from Los Angeles to join us in Broadchurch. Marianne is one of Britain’s finest actresses, so it’s an honour and a coup for us. It’s a role written specifically for her and I would’ve wept for months if she’d turned us down…” (Chibnall)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge


The playwright, director and Colman’s Iron Lady co-star also joins Series 2, following her The Cafe gig.

Broadchurch recently won Baftas for Best Drama, Best Actress (Olivia Colman), and Best Supporting Actor (David Bradley). Filming begins later this month.

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