Animal Kingdom Cast Bios
Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin)
Janine "Smurf" Cody
Tony® and Emmy®-winning actress and producer Ellen Barkin's diverse body of work spans acting in over 60 films and producing three, along with many acclaimed plays and television performances. During her 38-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, 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 recent Hands Of Stone, her third film with 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.
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 Orleansas 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 Recklessand recurred on the series Bosch, Fear The Walking Dead, and Flakedwith Will Arnett.
Among Hatosy's two dozen+ films are the likes of Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty, with Josh Hartnett; Wayne Wang's AnywhereBut 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 Providenceco-star Alec Baldwin; and Simpaticowith Jeff Bridges.
In the realm of critically lauded telefilms, Hatosy starred as John McCain in Faith Of My Fathersand played lead roles in Frank Pierson's Peabody Award-winning Showtime drama Soldier's Girland 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 Reasonsto be Prettyand previously landed the coveted role opposite Al Pacino in Lyle Kessler's Orphansat 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)
Ben Robson is currently in production on season three of the TNT hit series Animal Kingdomopposite Ellen Barkin for John Wells, based on the critically acclaimed David Michôd film. Robson also landed the co-lead of the independent feature A Violent Separationopposite Brenton Thwaites, which will premiere at Film Festivals later this year. Prior to that he was seen as one of the leads in the Lakeshore feature The Boy. Also on the TV side, Robson starred as the lead role of "Kalf" in the hugely successful MGM/History Channel series Vikings, opposite Travis Fimmel. Prior to that he was the lead role of "Lucian" opposite Jon Voigt in The Dark Princefor Lionsgate, which was taken to Le Marche De Film at Cannes.
Jake Weary (@JakeWeary)
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 series of the BAFTA-nominated show, Peaky Blindersalongside Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, which is now in its fourth season. Recent credits include An Inspector Callswith David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson for the BBC, and TNT's hit series, Animal Kingdom with Ellen Barkin in which he plays the lead. Cole has just wrapped lead roles in Slaughterhouse Rulezfor Sony with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and the independent feature, Dreamland opposite Margot Robbie. He is currently shooting season three of Animal Kingdom.
Denis Leary (@denisleary)
Denis Leary is a five-time loser at the Emmy Awards. And the Golden Globes. He hopes to one day also lose an Oscar, a Grammy and a Tony. In his long and storied entertainment career, Leary has also never won The Stanley Cup, The Nobel Peace Prize or an argument with his wife. He looks forward to playing Kellyanne Conway in the President Trump biopic.
Molly Gordon (@mollsterg on Instagram)
Molly Gordon will co-star alongside Melissa McCarthy in the Warner Bros/New Line comedy feature film Life of the Party, in the role of Maddie, the daughter of McCarthy’s character. The film tells the story of a mother (McCarthy) joining her daughter (Gordon) at college in pursuit of her degree. Gordon can currently be heard voicing the character of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the Showtime animated parody Our Cartoon President, produced by Stephen Colbert. Additionally, Gordon stars as Nicky in the TNT drama Animal Kingdombased 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 Blackand 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)
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 the 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.