Caroline Dhavernas, a Montreal native, began her career at age eight. Dhavernas is immediately recognizable from Bryan Fuller’s hit Hannibal where she played Dr. Alana Bloom opposite Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen.
Nominated for a 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress, Drama Series (Mary Kills People), on the big screen, Dhavernas recently starred in Adam Keleman’s Easy Living opposite Elizabeth Marvel and Charlie Hofheimer. She also worked with acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin on Seances which was screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The project of more than 100 short films pays homage to lost silent films of the 1920s and 1930s and is being filmed in several cities on two continents over two years.
Dhavernas also appeared in the sci-fi film Mars et Avril. Directed by Martin Villeneuve, Mars was based on the novels by the same name and screened at numerous film festivals before being released in Quebec in 2012.
In 2011, Dhavernas starred in the drama series Off the Map. The medical drama, from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, was set in a remote South American village where seven doctors searched for the reasons that brought each of them to medicine.
In 2010, Dhavernas starred as Vera Keller in The Pacific. This epic ten-part miniseries event received an astounding eight Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe Award® nomination for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Dhavernas starred in the widely acclaimed Canadian feature Passchendaele which won the 2009 Genie Award for best motion picture. She also starred as Kit Holliday in the film Hollywoodland opposite Adrien Brody, and Breach alongside Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillipe, and Laura Linney.
Dhavernas made her American television debut in 2004 in the critically acclaimed series Wonderfalls from Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller. In the family dramedy, Dhavernas played Jaye, who lived in a trailer, worked at a Niagara Falls gift shop and had a special gift that allowed her to hear non-living objects encouraging her to help different individuals in the community.
Dhavernas, also received a nomination for a Genie Award in 2005 for her role in Gary Nates’s Niagara Motel and is a two-time nominee of the Gémeaux Awards (Quebec’s television awards).
Dhavernas currently resides in Montréal.
Jay Ryan, originally from New Zealand, hails from a critically acclaimed theatre background and an international television career spanning almost 15 years. In 2011, he debuted on American Television in Terra Nova, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, in which he donned an American accent. Shortly after, Ryan went on to win the role of Mark Mitcham, the crafty son of a drug lord in the Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winning BBC and Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake for directors Jane Campion and Garth Davis. In the same year Ryan signed on to star as the male lead in the People’s Choice Award-winning Beauty and the Beast. Ryan was recently cast as the adult Ben Hanscom in the highly anticipated It: Chapter Two.
Veteran stage and screen actor Richard Short recently starred as Richard Burton in the world premiere of Cleo, a play by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Lawrence Wright of The Looming Tower and directed by Bob Balaban. Additionally, he has completed production on horror feature The Dare and an indie feature called Crazy Famous. He can also be seen in the short-film Abe, directed by Steve Brett, and currently playing in film festivals.
Last year, he co-starred in the television series Time After Time and Training Day. Short’s diverse range of television credits also include appearances in American Horror Story, Blue Bloods, White Collar, Fringe, Bored to Death, Vera, and Covert Affairs. In 2016, Short co-starred in Vinyl opposite Olivia Wilde. In 2015, he co-starred in Agent Carter where he played Marvel’s first ever gay comic book character, Pinky Pinkerton.
In film, Short most recently co-starred in the indie films Cockroaches and Not Welcome. He made his debut in the Sundance hit Delirious. Additional credits include The Exhibitionists alongside Laverne Cox, A New York Love Story, The Guitar, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, Choose, The Butterflies of Bill Baker, and Café.
In theatre, Short co-starred on Broadway in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem alongside Mark Rylance. Prior to that, he created the role of Eric Saunders in Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s King of Shadows. Additional highlights include An Evening with Simon Gray at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Centre, his highly acclaimed performance in Mary Rose for the Vineyard Theatre, and his performance as John Eastman in the National Theatre of London transfer of The Night Season, directed by Lonny Price. He made his theatre debut in 1996 in the UK production of Grease.
An avid writer, Short has published books, articles, and screenplays across the worlds of sports and travel. He currently resides in Los Angeles and Paris with his wife.
For his work in Season 1 of Mary Kills People, Short was nominated as Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Charlotte Sullivan played police officer Gail Peck for six seasons on the Global hit series Rookie Blue. She is a Genie Award-nominated actress, who has most notably played Marilyn Monroe in the controversial Emmy® Award-winning series The Kennedys, starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes.
She played opposite Academy Award®-winner Kathy Bates in the sci-fi miniseries Alice and Academy Award®-winner Peter O’Toole in the film Iron Road.
Sullivan’s other television and film credits include a recurring character on Season 5 of Global’s Chicago Fire, Defendor starring Woody Harrelson, and Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster which won for Best Canadian First Feature during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. She was chosen to be one of the Rising Stars at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Grace Lynn Kung
Grace Lynn Kung plays Chairman Mao in the Emmy® nominated adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, with Michael B Jordan and Michael Shannon. She plays Betsy in Lie Exposed with Bruce Greenwood, and is thrilled to be recurring as Amy Shu on Global’s new drama The InBetween and as Greer Townsend on Coroner, both premiering in early 2019.
Credits include Miss Sloane with Jessica Chastain, inciting violence on Star Trek: Discovery, playing Congresswoman Yoshida on Designated Survivor, Charlotte Brontë in The Carmilla Movie, Evil Teddy on Odd Squad, running Quon’s speakeasy in Frankie Drake Mysteries, and facing a horror icon in Cult of Chucky. She has toured nationally with Kim’s Convenience and performed The Vagina Monologues in Oranjestad, Aruba.
Kung studied naturopathic medicine in the UK, is a CSA Award and ACTRA Outstanding Performance nominee and holds two Certificates of Distinction for Speech and Drama from Trinity College London.
Her voice can be heard in games like “Far Cry 4” and “For Honor,” as well narrating the Ava Lee crime series audiobooks. Her directorial debut A False Sense of Security won special jury mention at AFFD in Dallas, Texas.
Elizabeth Saunders is an extremely versatile actress whose career has encompassed leading roles on both stage and screen. She has most recently shot the supporting role of Beverly Mole in Rhombus Media’s indie Clifton Hill. Her previous feature credits include the widely acclaimed horror thriller It and Mira Nair’s feature Amelia, starring Hilary Swank and Ewan McGregor.
In episodic television, Saunders was featured as Mrs. Honey in mini-series Alias Grace, as well as guest appearances in Emmy® Award winning series Orphan Black, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries, and Schitt’s Creek, Imposters, V-Wars, Saving Hope, and fan favourite Slings and Arrow. For years she has been heard as the voice of Mrs. Turtle on Nelvana’s popular series Franklin the Turtle.
In theatre Saunders has performed extensively throughout Canada, including playing leads for several seasons with the Shaw Festival. Selected recent credits include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for which she is nominated for a My Entertainment World Award, Jaques in As You Like It and Shelly Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross.
The old saying goes “Break a leg,” which is exactly what Rachael Ancheril did, leading her right into the biz. Ever since that life-and-career-changing accident, Ancheril has been appearing on screens across Canada and the States.
Ancheril can be seen in several episodes of Killjoys, and she joins the cast of Star Trek: Discovery. She has also appeared as a guest star on Taken and Dark Matter, and returned for several episodes as the evil twin Gretta and The Blacksmith on Wynonna Earp.
Ancheril completed a fantastic ten-episode run in the second season of The Art of More starring Dennis Quaid, Christian Cooke, Cary Elwes, and Kate Bosworth. She recently appeared in the feature Special Correspondents with Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana and had a recurring character in Heroes Reborn.
Ancheril has had a successful run as recurring character Marlo Cruz on the Global hit series Rookie Blue. Adding to her film credits, she has made appearances playing Paramedic Mills in the Bravo short Siren, Terri Price in Played, and in Republic of Doyle as Lisa Younghusband. Other work includes; Claire in the feature Tru Love, Sgt. Erin White in The Listener, and undercover cop Charlene Frances in the series King.
When she’s not busy with her career, Ancheril is active in photography and illustration, a hoarder of books, an equestrienne of sorts, and looks for any reason to be in the great outdoors. She also likes to smile a lot.