Murdoch Mysteries

Updated: Mar 16, 2019

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MURDOCH MYSTERIES is a one-hour drama set in Toronto in the late 1890s and early 1900s during the age of invention, where Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), the methodical detective and his impassioned wife Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) enlist radical forensic techniques like fingerprinting and ultraviolet light to solve a range of gruesome murders.

Murdoch’s associates include his gruff boss Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Constables George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Henry Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) and eccentric Detective Llewellyn Watts (Daniel Maslany). All are valuable allies helping Murdoch solve cases across the many stratums and evolving manners of Victorian society.

Yannick Bisson stars as Detective William Murdoch on CBC's Murdoch Mysteries

With over 60 credits to his name, Yannick Bisson is well known to audiences for his long-running roles as ‘Detective William Murdoch’ on Victorian-era detective series Murdoch Mysteries, with production almost wrapped on season seven for CBC; FBI Agent ‘Jack Hudson’ in the crime drama series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye; and as ‘Joey Barrett’ opposite Rick Springfield in High Tide. Bisson spent a year in New Zealand with his young family shooting the first season of High Tide and several more years in the U.S. shooting seasons two and three of the series. While he was in the U.S., Access Hollywood named him “one of the six hottest most up-and-coming actors to look out for," a list that also included Vince Vaughn. Bisson returned to Canada to perform the lead role of ‘Richmond Hobson’ in the CBC family series Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy as well as performing as attorney ‘Brian Tedrow’ in the U.S. hit Showtime drama series Soul Food.

Other recent credits include the lead role on CBC Kids’ show The Adventures of Napkin Man; guest-starring roles in CBS/CTV’s Flashpoint; CTV/Fox International’s The Listener; four Roxy Hunter family television movies; the dramatic TV movie The Secrets of Comfort House; the action feature Animal 2 starring Ving Rhames; and the lead role in the indie film Nothing Really Matters, which has been successfully received at film festivals throughout the world.

Bisson is happily married to actress, author and producer Shantelle and raising three daughters, Brianna, Dominique and Mikaela, who were instrumental in his decision to volunteer with Sheena’s Place, a support centre for people affected by eating disorders.

Hélène Joy stars as Dr. Julia Ogden

is the busiest actress working in Canadian television. She has starred in several series, including Murdoch Mysteries, Durham County, and M.V.P., and voices an international animated series. Most recently, Joy starred in the CTV pilot Stay With Me, the feature film At the Bottom of the Hill, directed by Vanya Rose, and the play Speaking in Tongues for The Company Theatre in association with Canadian Stage.

Joy is an incredibly versatile and talented actress who is seemingly everywhere on television. She starred in the award-winning series Durham County on Global. Joy portrayed ‘Audrey Sweeney,’ for which she was nominated for a 2010 Gemini and won a 2008 Gemini in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Additionally, Durham County received 13 Gemini nominations that year.  Joy was also nominated for the 2011 Monte-Carlo TV Festival Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress.  Audiences also recognize Joy as the female lead ‘Dr. Julia Ogden,’ in the CBC (formerly Citytv) series Murdoch Mysteries which has also received several Gemini nominations. And finally, Joy continues to lend her talents to voice work, most recently working on her fourth animated series, Pearlie.

Joy starred in An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving opposite screen legend Jacqueline Bisset for Hallmark, which was earmarked as their big holiday movie for 2008. And at Christmas 2007, audiences saw Joy in the fantastical musical film version of the Nutcracker ballet, The Secret of the Nutcracker starring opposite Brian Cox for the CBC.  Most recently, she appeared in guest starring roles on the popular Global/ABC series Rookie Blue, CBC’s Republic of Doyle, Epitome Picture’s The L.A. Complex, as well as The Heartland Christmas Special on CBC.

Joy now calls Toronto home but in her time off, her passion for traveling has taken her all over the world, and is known for throwing a bag on her back and going off for months to Asia or South America.


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