Oscar winners William Hurt (Broadcast News) and Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Mystic River) join the cast of Damages, as a new series of the award-winning legal thriller, starring Glenn Close, begins tonight on BBC One. Close, who plays Patty Hewes, a revered and reviled high-stakes litigator, and Hurt are reunited after starring together in 1984’s Oscar-nominated The Big Chill. Hurt is taking on his first regular role in a TV series.
The new season also sees Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Hitman) join the cast.
Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Glenn Close says: “Whatever’s handed to us from the writers, they have the kind of acting ensemble that can do anything, and I find that thrilling.
“The writers have come up with some brilliant twists and introduced some fascinating characters. I think the audience is going to be absolutely blown away.”
Rose Byrne, who plays Ellen Parsons, Patty’s ambitious protégé, adds: “Damages is like a mini film. That’s the sort of level they are trying to aim for, that defines it from every other show. Glenn brings to the show distinction and class.”
Looking ahead to the second series, we bring you a round-up of the main players in Damages:
Patty Hewes (played by Glenn Close)
Fresh from her greatest legal victory, Patty Hewes is the undisputed champion in the ruthless, back-stabbing world of high-stakes litigation. When a man from her past re-enters her life, the manipulative lawyer is thrust into a murder case that leads to a conspiracy involving one of the country’s most powerful energy companies. It’s a case that could cost her far more than she’s bargained for…
Ellen Parsons (played by Rose Byrne)
No longer an idealistic fledgling attorney, Ellen Parsons is becoming masterful at navigating the morally ambiguous maze of high-stakes litigation, while dealing with Patty Hewes.
Suspecting that Patty tried to have her killed, and haunted by her fiancé’s murder and the need for revenge, Ellen decides to take matters into her own hands.
Tom Shayes (played by Tate Donovan)
Recently made a partner in Hewes & Associates, Tom Shayes has stepped into a leadership role at Patty’s side. While Tom’s newfound position opens up new avenues for fulfilment, his ambition affords him a variety of temptations to compromise his ethics – both personally and professionally.
Katie Connor (played by Anastasia Griffith)
Katie Connor is Ellen Parsons’s best friend. A vivacious young woman with an outgoing personality, she tries to help Ellen reconnect with the world following the murder of David Connor – Katie’s brother and Ellen’s fiancé. Despite her best intentions, Katie creates increasing problems for Ellen.
Daniel Purcell (played by William Hurt)
Newcomer Daniel Purcell is a brilliant scientist with a mysterious past. When the corrupt company he works for threatens his family, he seeks out the one person powerful enough to help – Patty Hewes. Patty’s efforts are complicated by her personal history with Purcell, setting off an unpredictable chain of events with shocking – and fatal – consequences.