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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 LoveThe Big EasyThis Boy's LifeOcean's ThirteenSwitch, Tender Mercies and the recent Hands Of Stone, starring Robert De Niro.

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.

 

Scott Speedman
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's Out 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's My 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's 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 series Bosch, Fear The Walking Dead, and Flaked with Will Arnett.

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, Longmire, 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)
Craig Cody

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 also starred 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 can be seen in Lakeshore's The Boy, William Brent Bell's horror film that was successfully released wide last year. 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. He now resides in Los Angeles full-time.

 

Jake Weary (@JakeWeary)
Deran Cody

Born in Montclair, New Jersey, to an award-winning actress mother and actor/director father, Jake Weary started following in their successful footsteps in his early teens.

After booking a number of guest roles and arcs, Weary 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, Weary starred in Film Independent Spirit nominee David Robert Mitchell's thriller, It Follows, an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Jordan Rubin's horror spoof Zombeavers, an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, and Message From the King for Fabrice Du Welz, an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. Other notable past film appearances include Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President, an official Sundance Film Festival selection, and Kaare Andrews's Altitude.

Weary will soon be seen as the lead in Oscar nominated director Juanita Wilson’s Tomato Red, Smartass for Jena Serbu, as well as Finding Steve McQueen for Mark Steven Johnson.

Currently, Weary stars in John Wells’s highly touted Animal Kingdom adaptation for TNT.  Other recent television credits include multi-episode arcs on NBC's hit drama Chicago Fire and Freeform’s smash Pretty Little Liars, as well as notable turns in the Lifetime 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. Recent credits include An Inspector Calls with David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson for the BBC, ITV's Lewis IX and season three of Peaky Blinders. Cole has most recently been seen in TNT's new series, Animal Kingdom, with Ellen Barkin in which he plays the lead and is now shooting season two.

 

Molly Gordon (@mollsterg on Instagram)
Nicky Belmont

Molly Gordon recently wrapped the New Line feature film Life of the Party, in which she plays Melissa McCarthy’s daughter. Gordon stars as Nicky in the TNT drama Animal Kingdom, based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name. She was last seen in the feature film Love the Coopers, directed by Jessie Nelson and in Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, Ithaca, which had its world premiere at the Middleburg Film Festival.

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 guest-starred 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. 

 

Carolina Guerra (@carolinaguerram)
Lucy

Carolina Guerra stars on TNT’s crime-family drama Animal Kingdom as “Lucy,” an earthy, sexy woman, who is Baz’s (Scott Speedman) lover and the sister of a mid-level drug trafficker who has a history with the Cody family. Previously Carolina had a co-starring role on Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons. The Colombian-born star first made her mark in Spanish entertainment, starring in a number of telenovelas and Latin American features including Restos, La Lectora, La Luciernaga and Oro y Polvo. Carolina’s first English language role was the indie feature The Damned for Spanish director Víctor García, where she starred opposite Peter Facinelli.