Sleepy Hollow Exclusive: True Blood Baddie to Butt Heads With Ichabod

Sleepy Hollow Cast James FrainLife in the future will be no present for Sleepy Hollow‘s Ichabod Crane.

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TVLine has learned that James Frain — one of TV’s go-to guys for playing off-putting, imperious individuals — will guest-star on multiple episodes of Fox’s freshman hit as Rutledge, a modern-day nobleman who will interrogate Ichabod, who is being passed off as a “visiting Oxford professor,” about his past.

What’s more, Rutledge harbors a secret that could affect Ichabod’s future.

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Frain’s credits include runs on Grimm, White Queen, True Blood, The Cape, Invasion, 24 and The Tudors, plus guest spots on The Mentalist and Burn Notice.

Sleepy Hollow — which this week delivered Fox’s best fall drama debut in seven years — airs Mondays at 9/8c.

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  1. DL says:

    James Frain and Sleepy Hollow? A perfect match!

  2. Nicole says:

    Awww yeah, James Frain is making the rounds this season! White Queen, Grimm, and now Sleepy Hollow. Can’t wait!

  3. ladyluck527 says:

    James Frain on Sleepy Hollow!! Yay!!

  4. Michelle says:

    *does happy dance*

  5. GeekGirl13 says:


  6. Sherri Dorbritz says:

    “one of TV’s go-to guys for playing off-putting, imperious individuals ” LOL – Perfectly worded! He will be great in SH

  7. Znachki says:

    Mark Sheppard, James Frain is breathing down your neck! Love them both. If we could get them to work together, the world might implode.

  8. liz says:

    James Frain makes everything better.

  9. Sheldon W. says:

    Frain is a past master at playing “one molecule short of absurd” so, perfect match!

  10. John says:

    Ten bucks says he turns out to be some immortal version of Brom, Ichabod’s nemesis!

  11. S says:

    Awesome! loved him on TB and I really liked Sleepy Hollow :)

  12. Mikael says:

    I thought the 1st episode of Sleepy Hollow was very well-done. I’m looking forward to this season, and this casting makes me even more excited for the creepiness.

  13. tvdiva says:

    Love James Frain as pure evil in everything he does. Saw him on Fringe as Mr. Jone’s lawyer, but that bland lawyer character was a waste of his talent.

  14. Colleen says:

    Yeesh, all those credits and nary a mention of his amazing guest appearance on The Closer? Still my favorite performance of his.

  15. Sam says:

    Good God that guy is in everything. He must never be out of work. Lucky dog.