When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small northern California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case turns neighbor against neighbor and sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of the town’s residents.
Welcome to GRACEPOINT, a new 10-episode mystery event series based on “Broadchurch,” the U.K.’s critically acclaimed hit crime drama. GRACEPOINT is an expansion of the original series, introducing new characters, identifying new suspects and threading new storylines through the gripping narrative that will end when the killer is caught.
Leading the investigation is Detective Emmet Carver (David Tennant, “Broadchurch,” “Dr. Who”), who has just arrived in Gracepoint to fill a high position in the town’s police force. That job previously had been promised to Detective Ellie Miller (Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”), who, in light of the tragedy, must put any resentment aside and work the case with her prickly new boss. Det. Miller must break the news of the crime to her doting husband, Joe (Josh Hamilton, “American Horror Story”), and her son, Tom (newcomer Jack Irvine), who was the best friend of the murder victim, Danny Solano (guest star Nikolas Filipovic, “Falling Skies”).
Danny is survived by his grieving parents, Mark (Michael Peña, “End of Watch”) and Beth Solano (Virginia Kull, “Boardwalk Empire”), and his rebellious older sister, Chloe (newcomer Madalyn Horcher), who has an older boyfriend, Dean Iverson (Kendrick Sampson, “The Vampire Diaries”), unbeknownst to her parents.
All of Gracepoint is pulled into the investigation, including Jack Reinhold (Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Nick Nolte, “Luck”), a private man who runs the kayak rental service on the beach, as well as the local wildlife observation program, for which Danny volunteered; and Susan Wright (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”), a mysterious woman, who lives in the RV park near the coast, with her dog. The town’s minister, Paul Coates (Kevin Rankin, “Justified”), becomes the de facto spokesperson for the community as the media descends on Gracepoint. Danny’s death also impacts tourism, with the decline in visitors felt most harshly by hotel owner Gemma Fisher (Sarah-Jane Potts, “Kinky Boots,”), a vivacious Brit with secrets of her own. Also touched by Danny’s death is Mark’s apprentice at his plumbing company, Vince Novik (Stephen Louis Grush, “Lucky 7”).
The investigation is followed closely by the town’s local newspaper reporter, Owen Burke (Kevin Zegers, “Transamerica”), who is Det. Miller’s nephew. Owen’s ambition is fueled by San Francisco Globe reporter Renee Clemons (Jessica Lucas, “Cloverfield”), who has a history with Det. Carver and sets up camp in Gracepoint to cover the case.
The riveting crime series carves a powerfully dark wake through the town of Gracepoint with a startling conclusion, as the detectives piece together what happened on the night of Danny’s death.
Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends, GRACEPOINT is executive-produced by Anya Epstein (“In Treatment,” “Homicide”); Dan Futterman (“Capote,” “In Treatment”); the original series’ creator, Chris Chibnall (“Dr. Who,” “Camelot”); Kudos’ Jane Featherstone (“The Hour,” “Utopia”); John Goldwyn (“Dexter”); and Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein (“The Bridge”). Futterman and Epstein serve as showrunners. Chibnall wrote the premiere episode, and James Strong (“Broadchurch,” “Downton Abbey”) directed.
21st Annual SAG Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
David Tennant, Michael Pena, Nick Nolte, Josh Halmilton, Kevin Rankin, Kevin Zeggers, Stephen Louis Grush, Kendrick Sampson, Jack Irvine
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, Virginia Kull, Jessica Lucas, Sarah-Jane Potts, Madalyn Horcher
2015 WGA Awards
New Series – Gracepoint
Episodic Drama – “Episode 1” written by Chris Chibnall, "Episode 4” and “Episode 7” written by Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman
Detective Emmett Carver
David Tennant is one of the U.K.’s most popular, versatile and acclaimed actors. He is perhaps best known for his roles as “Doctor Who,” the title role in the TV serial “Casanova” and as “Bartemius ‘Barty’ Crouch Junior” in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Born in Scotland and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Tennant’s early career encompassed film, television and theater. His first film role was in Michael Winterbottom’s “Jude” in 1996.
Tennant’s film work includes “What We Did On Our Holiday,” “Fright Night,” “Bright Young Things,” “Glorious 39,” “The Decoy Bride” and “St Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold,” as well as major animated movies “How To Train Your Dragon” and “The Pirates!”
In 2005, it was announced that Tennant would take over as the 10th“Doctor Who,” and he quickly became one of the most popular actors to play the role, winning Best Actor at both the National Television Awards and the TV Quick Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and a Welsh BAFTA for Best Actor in 2007. He has also been nominated as Best Actor in the Royal Television Society Awards for “Recovery” and “Single Father,” for which he also won the TV Choice Award. Among his other TV credits are “Blackpool,” “Learners,” “Einstein and Eddington,” “United,” “True Love,” “Spies in Warsaw,” “The Politician’s Husband” and the critically acclaimed “Broadchurch” for ITV 1, for which he won Best Actor at the TV Choice Awards 2013. He currently is in production on “Broadchurch 2.”
In addition to his film and television work, Tennant has also starred in numerous theater productions, including the widely praised Royal Shakespeare Company’s sold-out production of “Hamlet,” for which he won Best Actor at the Critics Circle Awards. His other work with the RSC includes “Love’s Labour Lost,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Comedy of Errors” and “As You Like It.” He was nominated for Best Actor at the prestigious Olivier Awards for his role in “Lobby Hero” at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2011, he partnered with Catherine Tate in a sold-out production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Last fall, Tennant starred in the British TV miniseries “The Escape Artist” and played “Richard II” for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He resides in London and Los Angeles.
Detective Ellie Miller
Anna Gunn has emerged as one of the most compelling actresses on both stage and screen. For her portrayal of “Skyler White” on the hit cable drama “Breaking Bad,” she just earned her second Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, having won in the category last year.
In 2004, Gunn landed her breakout television role, playing “Martha Bullock” on cable’s “Deadwood,” which received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast in 2006. Gunn’s other television credits include "The Mindy Project", “The Practice,” “Six Feet Under,” “E.R.,” “Boston Legal,” “Law & Order” and “Seinfeld.”
In film, Gunn was featured in “Nobody’s Baby,” with Gary Oldman and Mary Steenburgen; and “Enemy of the State,” opposite Jon Voight.
She resides in Los Angeles.
Michael Peña has distinguished himself in Hollywood as an actor with a wide range of performances and has worked with an impressive roster of award-winning directors. He earned notable recognition for his performance in the provocative Academy Award-winning film “Crash,” alongside Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. Most recently, he starred as civil rights and labor organizer Cesar Chavez in “Chavez.” He also appeared in the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning film “American Hustle.”
Peña can currently be seen in the feature film “Fury,” starring opposite Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.
In September 2012, Peña starred in the critically acclaimed movie “End of Watch.” For his role as “Officer Zavala,” he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and the film was recognized by the National Board of Review as one of the Top 10 Independent Films of the year.
Peña also was featured in the independent film “Everything Must Go”; “Gangster Squad,” opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling; and the animated movie “Turbo.”
Other film credits include “The Lucky Ones,” “Observe and Report,” “Lions for Lambs,” “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done,” “World Trade Center,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The United States of Leland,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” “Shooter,” “Tower Heist” and “Babel.”
On television, Peña starred in the cable film “Walkout,” for which he received an Imagen Award for Best Actor in the television category. He re-teamed with Danny McBride on the second season of “Eastbound and Down,” after appearing in the first season. He also was featured in the fourth season of “The Shield,” as one of the central leads opposite Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson.
Peña resides in Los Angeles
Virginia Kull has worked extensively in the theater, appearing on Broadway in “The Heiress,” with Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn; “Man and Boy,” opposite Adam Driver and Frank Langella; and the Tony Award-nominated “Dividing The Estate.” Some of her many off-Broadway credits include Gina Gionfriddo's “Rapture Blister Burn,” Leslye Headland's “Assistance” and Horton Foote's epic “Orphans’ Home Cycle,” for which she was named a 2010 Drama Desk Award recipient.
Kull made her television debut as a recurring guest star on “Boardwalk Empire.” Soon after, she guest-starred on other hit shows, including “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife” and “The Following.”
She resides in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband.
A three-time Academy Award nominee, Nick Nolte was most recently seen in the coming-of-age, mixed-martial arts drama “Warrior,” for which he received Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics nominations for Best Supporting Actor. He was also seen in the Ben Stiller-directed Hollywood spoof “Tropic Thunder”; “The Spiderwick Chronicles”; “The Beautiful Country,” directed by Hans Peter Moland and executive-produced by Terrence Malick; the Olivier Assayas-directed “Clean,” co-starring Maggie Cheung; “Peaceful Warrior,” adapted from the Dan Millman novel “Way of the Peaceful Warrior,” and directed by Victor Salva; and “Neverwas,” directed by Joshua Michael Stern and co-starring Ian McKellan, Jessica Lange and William Hurt. He also voiced the character of “Vincent,” the bear, in the animated feature “Over the Hedge.”
Additional film credits include playing the United Nations commander in the critically acclaimed feature “Hotel Rwanda,” starring Don Cheadle; as well as director Neil Jordan’s crime caper “The Good Thief”; Ang Lee’s “Hulk”; and the Polish brothers’ “Northfork.”
Through his production company, Kingsgate, Nolte currently has two projects in development: “White Jazz,” based on the James Ellroy script, which itself is based on Ellroy’s best-selling film noir novel; and “The Last Magic Summer,” an adaptation of the Peter Gent novel of the same name.
In 2000, Nolte returned to his theater roots when he starred, along with Sean Penn, in the stage production of Sam Shephard’s play, “The Late Henry Moss.”
In his early film career, diversity of character became Nolte’s signature, with roles as a drug-smuggling Vietnam veteran in “Who’ll Stop The Rain”; a disillusioned football star in “North Dallas Forty,” which he developed with author Peter Gent; free-spirited beat-era writer Neal Cassady in “Heart Beat”; and a reclusive marine biologist in “Cannery Row.”
He continued to challenge himself with such character roles as the philosophical vagrant in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” a tough cop in “48 Hours,” an American photojournalist in “Under Fire” and a determined lawman in “Extreme Prejudice.”
On cable, he created another unique character in “Weeds,” as an ex-con-turned-playwright.
In recent years, Nolte has successfully added to his credits with films such as director Paul Schrader’s “Affliction,” for which he received Academy Award, Golden Globe and Independent Film nominations for Best Actor; Oliver Stone’s “U-Turn,” co-starring Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez; “Afterglow,” produced by Robert Altman; “Jefferson In Paris,” in which he portrayed Thomas Jefferson; Martin Scorsese’s thriller remake, “Cape Fear”; and “The Prince of Tides,” in which he starred opposite Barbra Streisand, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. He starred opposite Julia Roberts in “I Love Trouble,” and as a basketball coach in “Blue Chips,” for director William Friedkin. Additionally, Nolte starred in “I’ll Do Anything” for writer/director James L. Brooks, and in the critically acclaimed “Lorenzo’s Oil,” co-starring Susan Sarandon. Other film credits have included “Three Fugitives,” “Farewell to the King,” Scorsese’s segment of “New York Stories,” Karel Reisz’ “Everybody Wins” and Sidney Lumet’s “Q&A.”
Nolte resides in Los Angeles.
An Australian theater, film and television actress, Jacki Weaver made her film debut in the United States with “The Five-Year Engagement.” She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “The Silver Linings Playbook,” co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.
Her performance in the 2011 film “Animal Kingdom” garnered her Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. She also appeared in the 2013 film “Parkland,” with Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden and Zac Efron. She will next be seen in Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” with Colin Firth and Emma Stone; “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” with Gena Rowlands and Julian Sands; “The Voices,” with Anna Kendrick and Ryan Reynolds; and “Reclaim,” with John Cusack and Ryan Phillippe.
Weaver resides in Los Angeles.
Kevin Rankin made his television debut in 2002, in FOX’s Judd Apatow comedy series “Undeclared,” alongside Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler. Since then, he has recurred on many critically acclaimed television series, including “Justified,” “Big Love,” “Friday Night Lights” and the final season of “Breaking Bad.” Rankin also starred in the medical drama “Trauma” and the crime procedural “Unforgettable.”
Last year, Rankin was seen alongside Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in the critically acclaimed feature film “Dallas Buyers Club.” His other film credits include supporting roles in “White House Down,” Robert Duvall’s “The Apostle” and Ang Lee’s “Hulk.”
Rankin was recently seen in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” opposite of Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke. He recently reunited with “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee for “Wild,” opposite Reese Witherspoon, which is scheduled for release later this year.
Rankin currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Jessica Lucas has quickly established herself as a highly sought-after young actress in film and television. She was most recently seen in Paul W.S. Anderson’s period action-adventure film “Pompeii,” opposite Kit Harrington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland. She also was seen in the romantic comedy “That Awkward Moment,” alongside Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan.
In 2013, Lucas played “Olivia” in the remake of “Evil Dead,”opposite Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez. In 2008, she starred in one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, “Cloverfield,” from executive producer J.J. Abrams. Other film credits include the romantic comedy “She’s the Man,” and leading roles in “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” opposite Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson; and “The Covenant,” opposite Taylor Kitsch and Chace Crawford.
TV credits include series regular roles on the dramatic thriller “Cult,” the comedy “Friends with Benefits,” “Melrose Place,” Canadian teen drama “Edgemont” and “Life As We Know It,” as well as two buzzed-about recurring roles on “90210” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Lucas has been acting since she was seven years old. She began her professional training with Children’s Theatre Arts and quickly earned theater credits in local productions of “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs,” “Grease,” “Cinderella” and “Mousetrap.”
She resides in Los Angeles.
Josh Hamilton most recently was featured on “American Horror Story: Coven.” He also has appeared on “Louie,” “The Good Wife,” “Necessary Roughness” and “Elementary.”
His film credits include Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha” and “Kicking and Screaming,” Scott Stewart’s “Dark Skies,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sam Mendes’ “Away We Go,” Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret,” “Outsourced,” “Broken English,” “Diggers,” “The F Word,” “The House of Yes” and “Alive.”
Other film credits include “Bottled Up,” with Melissa Leo; “The Wait”; and “The Letter,” with Winona Ryder and James Franco.
A longtime veteran of the New York stage, Hamilton recently starred in Manhattan Class Company’s production of Neil LaBute’s “Reasons to be Happy,” and the Broadway staging of Theresa Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts.” Other theater credits include “The Coast of Utopia,” at Lincoln Center; the Broadway production of “Proof”; Kenneth Lonergan’s “This is Our Youth,” “The Waverly Gallery” and “The Medieval Play”; “The Cherry Orchard,” with John Turturro and Dianne Wiest; “Three Sisters,” with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Saarsgard; “A Doll’s House,” with Lily Rabe; “A Lie of the Mind,” directed by Ethan Hawke; “The Bridge Project,” directed by Sam Mendes; “Hurlyburly,” with Ethan Hawke and Bobby Cannavale; “Things We Want,” with Peter Dinklage and Paul Dano; “The Cider House Rules”; “As Bees in Honey Drown”; and “Suburbia.”
He resides in Los Angeles.
Canadian-born Kevin Zegers is best known for his starring role in the critically acclaimed film “Transamerica,” for which he won the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Chopard Award. He recently starred in “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” opposite Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. He also starred in the film “The Colony,” opposite Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. On the small screen, Zegers was last seen starring on the hit teen drama “Gossip Girl.”
Some of Zegers other credits include “Fifty Dead Men Walking,” in which he starred opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess; “The Entitled,” opposite Ray Liotta and Victor Garber; “The Jane Austen Book Club,” with Emily Blunt and Maria Bello; and the critically acclaimed “Gardens of the Night,” with John Malkovich.
Zegers resides in Los Angeles with his wife.
Born in Louisiana, Stephen Louis Grush studied at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he received his B.F.A.
While in Chicago, Grush appeared in a number of stage productions, including “The March,” “Sex With Strangers,” “The Tempest,” “Topdog/Underdog,” “True West,” “Cymbeline,” “A True History of the Johnstown Flood,” “Oedipus Complex” and “Pericles.”
Grush’s television credits include “The Mob Doctor,” “The Chicago Code” and “Detroit 1-8-7.” On film, he appeared in the thriller “At Any Price,” opposite Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid; and the football drama “The Express.” He will soon be seen in “Shreveport,” directed by actor Ryan Phillippe.
He has also written and performed with the award-winning sketch comedy collective The Cool Table, and he is the Founding Artistic Director of X111 Pocket, a Chicago-based multi-media company focused on the development of original works.
Grush resides in New Orleans.
At the age of 14, Madalyn Horcher began booking roles in top TV series and films. She landed her first job on the TV series “My Parents, My Sister & Me,” which led to her role as “Marisa Silva” on the hit FOX series “House.” Guest roles on other TV series include “Good Luck Charlie” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Horcher recently completed work on two upcoming films: “Riding 79” and “Curve,” opposite Julianne Hough.
She resides in Los Angeles.
Growing up in Houston, TX, Kendrick Sampson was surrounded by musicians and gravitated to the arts. His natural charismatic personality took him from one project to the next where he found his breakout role as “Jesse” on the hit series “The Vampire Diaries.” Other TV credits include “Days of Our Lives” and “Greek.”
He resides in Los Angeles.
Sarah-Jane Potts is best known for her roles on the British television series “Sugar Rush,” “Waterloo Road” and “Holby City.”
Other television credits include “Masterpiece Mystery,” “Zen,” “Reunited,” “Emmerdale,” “Casualty,” “You Can Choose Your Friends,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “American Dreams,” “NYPD Blue” and “Felicity.”
She also has appeared in a variety of films, including “Kinky Boots,” “National Lampoon’s Barely Legal,” “Heart of a Dragon,” “Breaking Dawn,” “Wonderland,” “Young Blades,” “Five Seconds to Spare,” “Mauvaise Passe,” “Woundings” and “My Son the Fanatic.”
Potts’ stage work includes starring at the highly acclaimed Royal Court Theatre in the debut of Michael Wynn’s play, “The Knocky.”
She resides in the U.K.
Thirteen-year-old Jack Irvine’s television credits include guest roles on the “The Killing” and “Psych.” He also has completed the short films “Gord’s Brother” and “Sacrifice,” and the music video for rapper Macchild’s “Runaway.”
An all-around Canadian boy, Irvine loves ice hockey. He also plays rugby, basketball and enjoys skiing and skateboarding.
He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his family.