Rebecca Liddiard (Houdini & Doyle), Sharron Matthews (Mean Girls) and Emmanuel Kabongo (21 Thunder) are joining the cast of CBC’s new detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries.
The Canadian actors will play a police morality officer, a morgue attendant and a boxer, respectively.
Set in the 1920s and starring Lauren Lee Smith as Toronto’s only female detective, the show will debut on CBC and at cbc.ca/watch on Nov. 6.
The series from Shaftesbury, makers of Murdoch Mysteries, also star Chantel Riley (Race) as Frankie Drake’s detective partner Trudy.
CBC also announced a number of guest stars, including Lucas Bryant (Haven), Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope),
Grace Lynn Kung (Mary Kills People), Steve Lund (Reign), Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue), Laura Vandervoort (Bitten) and English actor Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis).
The series follows Drake Private Detectives as they take on cases the police don’t want to touch and promises to explore every cross-section of Jazz Age Toronto.
It was created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci, who have written and produced for Murdoch Mysteries. Cal Coons, another Murdoch vet, is the showrunner.
Production is underway in Toronto and southern Ontario until late October.
The series will also debut on Alibi in the U.K. in early 2018.