Orphan Black: Production Begins on Fifth and Final Season

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Fresh off her Emmy® win, Tatiana Maslany and the gang at Orphan Black are back and production is now underway on the show’s fifth and final season. The Space and BBC America drama series will return in 2017 with 10 one-hour episodes and is currently filming in Toronto.

Joining the cast for Season 5 will be guest stars Elyse Levesque (Shoot the Messenger) as Detective Engers, a dirty Neolution cop who is a true believer; Andrew Moodie (Covert Affairs) as Mr. Frontenac, Rachel’s new mysterious consultant; Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) as Mr. Mitchell, Kira’s new teacher; Jenessa Grant (Reign) as Mud, an eclectic young islander, and Stephen McHattie (The Strain) as P.T. Westmoreland, the mythical 170-year-old founder of Neolution.

Returning to the final season of Orphan Black are fan-favourites Jordan Gavaris as Sarah’s battle-worn foster brother Felix; Kristian Bruun as Alison’s incredibly devoted husband Donnie; Maria Doyle Kennedy as Sarah and Felix’s fiercely loyal and stouthearted foster mother Mrs. S; Kevin Hanchard as Art, a detective torn between being a good cop and his loyalty to the clones; Ari Millen as castor clone Ira; Josh Vokey as Scott, science geek and confidante to Cosima; and Skyler Wexler as Sarah’s daughter Kira. Also returning this season is James Frain as Ferdinand, an intimidating and scheming executive; Evelyne Brochu as love-torn scientist Delphine, and Calwyn Shurgold as Hell Wizard.

New writers for Season 5 include Jeremy Boxen (Killjoys), Greg Nelson (Frontier), Jenn Engels (Bitten), David Bezmozgis (Natasha), Renee St Cyr (Deadly Voltage), Natalia Guled (IRL: The Series), and Aisha Porter-Christie (Defiance) alongside returning writers Alex Levine and Orphan Black co-creator/writer Graeme Manson. Returning to direct is co-creator John Fawcett, along with David Frazee (Flashpoint); Aaron Morton (Spartacus: War of the Damned); David Wellington (Saving Hope, Vikings), Grant Harvey (Bitten), and Helen Shaver (Vikings).

“It has been a privilege to share the compelling stories of the Leda clones with Canadians over the last five seasons,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Orphan Black will forever leave its mark on the television landscape and we look forward to working with our exceptional showrunners Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, our extraordinary cast and dedicated crew, as well as our partners at Temple Street and BBCA as this story comes to its thrilling natural conclusion.”

“It’s with mixed feelings that we start this final leg of our journey with Sarah and her sisters,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios. “We are incredibly proud of Orphan Black and what it’s come to mean to all those involved and, especially, the fans. Our pride is only matched by our gratitude to the wonderfully talented writers, producers, cast and crew who have been so dedicated to bringing to life such engaging and compelling characters and storylines.”


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Orphan Black Season 5 returns in 2017 to Space and BBC America.

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