Animal Kingdom Cast Bios
Season 1 Cast Bios
Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin)
Janine "Smurf " Cody
Tony® and Emmy®-winning actress Ellen Barkin's diverse body of work spans over 55 films, along with many acclaimed plays and television performances. During her 35-year career, two-time Golden Globe nominee Barkin has worked with an illustrious list of directors, including Sidney Lumet (twice), Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Blake Edwards, Tony Scott, Terry Gilliam, Barry Levinson, Todd Solondz, Walter Hill and Antoine Fuqua.
Barkin's list of co-stars is equally impressive, among them Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Bridges, Gabriel Byrne, Don Cheadle, Ellen Burstyn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mickey Rourke, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Barkin made her feature film debut in Barry Levinson's groundbreaking film Diner. Other indelible film performances include Sea of Love, The Big Easy, This Boy's Life, Ocean's Thirteen, Switch, Tender Mercies and the upcoming Hands Of Stone, starring Robert DeNiro.
In 2011, Barkin received a Tony, Drama Desk, Theatre World and Outer Circle Critics award, among others, for her critically acclaimed performance in George C. Wolfe's award-winning Broadway production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.
A Bronx native, Barkin was raised and educated in New York City, where she attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School and Hunter College.
Barry "Baz" Blackwell
Scott Speedman continues to captivate audiences on both the big and small screen.
He most recently starred in Atom Egoyan's The Captive, an official main competition selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, opposite Ryan Reynolds. This was his second collaboration with Egoyan following 2008's Adoration. He also recently starred in Barefoot, opposite Evan Rachel Wood for director Andrew Fleming; Citizen Gangster, playing the title role of Canada's most infamous bank robber; Lluis Quilez'sOut of the Darkness, opposite Julia Stiles; Open, opposite Michelle Monaghan for HBO/Ryan Murphy Productions; and Barney's Version, opposite Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman.
Speedman's box-office hits include the worldwide blockbusters Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, opposite Kate Beckinsale; the horror smash The Strangers, opposite Liv Tyler; and The Vow, with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. His other film credits include Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries; Henry Milller's Anamorph, opposite Willem Dafoe; Jacob Tierney's Good Neighbors, opposite Jay Baruchel; Allan Moyle's Weirdsville, opposite Wes Bentley; Ron Shelton's Dark Blue, opposite Kurt Russell; Isabel Coixet'sMy Life Without Me, opposite Sarah Polley (for which he won Best Actor at the Bordeaux International Film Festival), Tony Piccirillo's The 24th Day, opposite James Marsden; Bruce Paltrow's Duets, co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow; Lee Tamahori's XXX: State of the Union ; and Gary Burns' Kitchen Party.
His first film was the short feature "Can I Get a Witness?" directed by Kris Lefcoe. The film was developed at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, founded by Norman Jewison, and was screened at the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival. Speedman then began studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York before landing the role of Ben Covington in J.J. Abrams' popular WB Network drama Felicity, which had a successful four-season run. He made his stage debut in summer 2000 in Edward Albee's The Zoo Story at the Equity Theatre in Toronto.
Shawn Hatosy (@ShawnHatosy)
Andrew "Pope" Cody
One of the most versatile actors of his generation, Shawn Hatosy continues to expand upon his already impressive resume by starring in a succession of buzzworthy projects. He appeared in Werner Herzog's cult classic Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans as Nicolas Cage's partner and with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Michael Mann's acclaimed Public Enemies. He took a darker turn alongside the likes of Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch and Justin Timberlake in Alpha Dog, which reunited him with his John Q director Nick Cassavetes.
While juggling multiple film roles, Hatosy also starred on John Wells' Peabody Award-winning TNT drama Southland, for which he garnered a Critics' Choice Award nomination. He also had a memorable arc on Dexter. Hatosy most recently starred in the Catherine Hardwicke-directed drama Reckless and recurred on the drama series Bosch and Fear The Walking Dead.
Among Hatosy's two dozen+ films are the likes of Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty, with Josh Hartnett; Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here, opposite Natalie Portman; In & Out, with Kevin Kline; George Hickenlooper's Factory Girl, with Sienna Miller; The Cooler, which once again paired him with his Outside Providence co-star Alec Baldwin; and Simpatico with Jeff Bridges.
In the realm of critically lauded telefilms, Hatosy starred as John McCain in Faith Of My Fathers and played lead roles in Frank Pierson's Peabody Award-winning Showtime drama Soldier's Girl and the Emmy®-nominated Witness Protection. Also drawing critical acclaim was his guest performance as a schizophrenic on John Wells' ER. Additional forays into television include guest-starring roles on Body Of Proof, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, Numb3rs, CSI, CSI: Miami, Law & Order: SVU , Homicide, My Name Is Earl, Felicity and Six Feet Under.
Hatosy is equally adept at performing in front of a live audience. He received rave reviews for the Geffen Playhouse production of Neil LaBute's Reasons to be Pretty and previously landed the coveted role opposite Al Pacino in Lyle Kessler's Orphans at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. Hatosy also received accolades for his stage debut as the title role in the La Jolla Playhouse production of The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. Off-Broadway, he starred opposite Anna Paquin in the Paul Weitz comedy Roulette.
Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Hatosy currently resides in Los Angeles.
Ben Robson (@RobboBen)
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Ben Robson stars in TNT's Animal Kingdom as Craig, the tough, fearless middle son of the Cody crime family and a veteran criminal.
Robson can currently be seen starring as Kalf, the trusted second-in-command to Lagertha, played by Katheryn Winnick, in season four of the hit original series Vikings.
On the feature side, Robson shot Lakeshore's The Boy, William Brent Bell's horror film that had a wide release this past January.In 2012, Robson earned his first major lead role as Lucian opposite Academy Award® winner Jon Voight in Dracula: The Dark Prince, directed by Pearry Reginald Teo. The film premiered in Le Marché du Film at Cannes Film Festival in May 2013.
Robson grew up in Northumberland and studied in Newcastle and Buckinghamshire. In 2009, he set his sights on Los Angeles, where he studied at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting for two years, after which he returned to the UK in 2011. This past year, Robson has made Los Angeles his permanent home.
Jake Weary (@JakeWeary)
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, to an award-winning actress mother and an actor/director father, Jake Weary started following in their successful footsteps in his early teens. After booking a number of guest roles, he took a break from acting to focus on school, including time at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts.
Since then, Weary's career has been an eclectic mix of memorable characters for prestigious and interesting filmmakers. Most recently, he starred in David Robert Mitchell's Independent Spirit Award-nominated thriller It Follows, an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival; and Jordan Rubin's horror spoof Zombeavers, an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Other notable film appearances include Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President, an official Sundance Film Festival selection; and Kaare Andrews' Altitude.
Weary will soon be seen as the lead in Oscar®-nominated director Juanita Wilson's Tomato Red, Smartass for Jena Serbu and Message from the King for Fabrice Du Welz.
Recent television credits include multi-episode arcs on the hit drama Chicago Fire and the Warner Bros. Television's Pretty Little Liars. He has also given notable turns in the TV movies Escape from Polygamy and A Deadly Adoption, with Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig, both for Rachel Goldenberg.
Weary currently lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to pursue his other passion of writing and producing his own music.
Finn Cole (@FinnCole)
Joshua "J" Cody
Finn Cole landed his first role as the new lead in the second season of the BAFTA-nominated show Peaky Blinders, alongside Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy. His other credits include An Inspector Calls, with David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson. In addition to Animal Kingdom, Cole can also be seen in season three of Peaky Blinders.
Daniella Alonso (@DaniellaAlonso)
New York native, LA-based actress Daniella Alonso is best known as Nora on the first season of the Warner Bros. Television's hit seriesRevolution from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke. In addition to Animal Kingdom, she was also seen in a recurring role on Being Mary Jane, opposite Gabrielle Union.
On the big screen, Alonso starred as the female lead opposite Kevin James in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
As a child, Alonso always knew she wanted to be an actress. Discovered by Ford Models, she began booking jobs for magazines like Seventeen, YM, and Teen, which led to commercials for Clairol, Cover Girl, Clean and Clear, Target, Old Navy and more.
An American actress of Puerto Rican and Peruvian origins, Alonso has played a number of strong female roles, such as series regular Brenda Serrano in the acclaimed 2010 drama series My Generation, as well as recurring roles on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles and Covert Affairs. Recently, Alonso played the lead role in The Night Shift as Landry de la Cruz, the hospital's lone psychiatrist. She is often recognized for the role of Carlotta on the critically acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights, but is best known for her role as Anna Taggaro on the popular series One Tree Hill.
Before that, Alonso starred in an episode of the daytime drama As The World Turns and had roles in the feature films Academy Boyz,Black Knight, Sundance selection Rhythm Of Saints, Lawless Range, All You've Got and Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes 2.
Alonso continues to make a name for herself in the Latino community and will be seen in the title role in the feature Isolated Victim, based on a true story about a woman who went to Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake, saw the injustices, stayed to fight the government and, against all odds, opened two orphanages.
An avid animal lover who supports organizations such as PETA and The Humane Society, Alonso practices karate, for which she has a green belt. She has also been named one of Maxim's "Hot 100" twice.
Molly Gordon (@mollsterg on Instagram)
Molly Gordon was most recently seen in the feature film Love the Coopers, directed by Jessie Nelson and Meg Ryan's directorial debut, Ithaca, which had its world premiere at the Middleburg Film Festival in October.
Over the last few years, Gordon has been workshopping the role of Alice in Alice by Heart, a new musical from the creators of Spring Awakening. MCC Theater produced the most recent workshop.
Gordon was also seen guest starring in Orange is the New Black and Sin City Saints. Her other credits include Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Center, Great Performances) and Murder at the Gates.
Gordon lives in New York City and has a folk band called Louis + June.