The 'Mare of Easttown' Cast Captures a Community Steeped in Darkness

Lauren Kranc
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The 'Mare of Easttown' Cast Captures a Community Steeped in Darkness

HBO has a new sheriff in town on Sunday nights. In Mare of Easttown, which premieres April 18 and runs for seven weeks, Kate Winslet returns to TV for the first time in a decade to play Mare, a detective in a fictional small Pennsylvania town.

Mare is a well-known hometown hero, but the unsolved case of her high school classmate’s missing daughter has already begun to erode her professional reputation when tragedy strikes another young girl in the close-knit area. What begins as a story of a local detective tasked with solving a murder quickly becomes a twisting tale of small town secrets and trauma. It’s both a gripping mystery and a portrait of interconnected families wading through deep hardship—more poignant and well-rounded than many recent crime shows.

Winslet offers a moving performance alongside a stellar cast of fleshed-out supporting characters, many of whom are no stranger to an HBO series. Here’s who else you can expect to grace your screen Sunday night.

Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan

Her first TV role since HBO's 2011 miniseries Mildred Pierce, the Oscar-winning actress is the lead of the series, and an executive producer.

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Jean Smart as Helen

The scene-stealing actress Jean Smart, who most recently appeared in Watchmen and Netflix's Big Mouth, returns to HBO as Mare Sheehan’s live-in mother, Helen.

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Angourie Rice as Siobhan Sheehan

Black Mirror actress Angourie Rice plays Mare's smart, headstrong daughter Siobhan.

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David Denman as Frank Sheehan

Yes, that is really Roy Anderson, Pam's pre-Jim fiancé from The Office. David Denman has played roles on a few TV shows since, and returns to the small screen as Mare's ex-husband Frank in Mare of Easttown.

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Julianne Nicholson as Lori Ross

Law & Order and I, Tonya actress Julianne Nicholson plays Mare's childhood best friend Lori Ross.

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Evan Peters as Detective Colin Zabel

X-Men, American Horror Story, and most recently Wandavision actor Evan Peters plays Detective Colin Zabel, who comes to Easttown to aid Mare with the case.

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Guy Pearce as Richard Ryan

Memento and Iron Man 3 actor Guy Pearce plays Richard Ryan, a new Easttown transplant and writing professor who takes a liking to Mare. Pearce and Winslet also starred together in HBO's Mildred Pierce.

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Cailee Spaeny as Erin McMenamin

Actress Cailee Spaeny, who also appeared in Devs last year, portrays the tragic young single mother Erin McMenamin.

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Patrick Murney as Kenny McMenamin

Patrick Murney plays Erin's volatile, alcoholic father Kenny. Murney starred in the 2018 Netflix series Seven Seconds, and had a small role in 2019 film The Irishman.

James McArdle as Deacon Mark Burton

Scottish actor James McArdle who’s acted recently in films Ammonite, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and Mary Queen of Scots plays Deacon Mark Burton.

Neal Huff as Father Dan Hastings

Neal Huff is a stage and screen actor who’s appeared in Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway as well as in Wes Anderson films Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. In Mare of Easttown, he plays Mare’s cousin and the town's spiritual leader Father Dan Hastings.

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Sosie Bacon as Carrie Layden

Kevin Bacon’s daughter Sosie, who has previously appeared in Netflix’s contraversial hit 13 Reasons Why, plays the mother of Mare’s grandson in the new HBO series.

The ensemble cast also includes John Douglas Thompson as Easttown Police Chief Carter, Ruby Cruz as Erin's best friend Jess Riley, Jack Mulhern as Dylan Hinchey, Joe Tippett as John Ross, Cameron Mann as Ryan Ross, Kassie Mundhenk as Moira Ross, and Izzy King as Mare's grandson Drew Sheehan.

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