TVLine has learned exclusively that the Canadian-born actor will fill the recurring role of Richard Slymore, the cool, intelligent and artsy BMOC at the high school Norman Bates (played by Finding Neverland‘s Freddie Highmore) enrolls at after he and his mother move to town. Richard is not at all thrilled when his girlfriend finds herself emotionally connecting to the new kid.
Harmon — whose TV credits also include The Secret Circle, Fringe and Canada’s Continuum — marks the latest addition to the Carlton Cuse-produced drama, following Vera Farmiga (as Norman’s mother Norma), Lost‘s Nestor Carbonell (recurring as a sinister-seeming sheriff) and Pan Am alum Mike Vogel (as the sheriff’s deputy).
Described as a look into Norman’s formative years, including his storied relationship with his mother, Bates Motel will premiere sometime in 2013.
PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Harmon by Kin Chan/M Public Relations