Orphan Black Books Michelle Forbes for Arc

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Orphan Black Michelle ForbesOrphan Black just upped its badass quotient.

Michelle Forbes, who recently wrapped up a stint on NBC’s Chicago Fire, is joining the BBC America hit in Season 2 for multiple episodes, the network confirmed Saturday at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour in Pasadena.

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Forbes will play Marian Bowles, a powerful new player at the Dyad Institute with a birds-eye view on the war between Sarah and Rachel.

Other Season 2 additions include Michiel Huisman (Nashville), Peter Outerbridge (Nikita) and Ari Millen (Rookie Blue, Nikita).

Orphan Black returns Sunday, April 19.



Comments (23)

  • Never seen Orphan Black because I don’t receive BBC America but Michelle Forbes is my all time favorite villain on True Blood, playing a character named Maryann no less.

    Now I will just have to find a way to tune in!

    Comment by Ray – January 11, 2014 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You can buy the DVD or watch via Amazon.com or iTunes. I promise you, oh total stranger, you will not regret the investment. It’s addictive!

      Comment by Leigh – January 11, 2014 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I second this. Watch “Orphan Black”. It’s amazing.

        Comment by Brian – January 11, 2014 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I third this. Its completely perfect. There isn’t one misstep the entire first season.

        Comment by liz – January 11, 2014 09:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Orphan Black. I’m still not completely convinced that Tatiana is just one girl. She is so incredible with each of the characters. I think I remember this chick from True Blood before I stopped watching it.

    Comment by barbaradesmond – January 11, 2014 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes!! This makes me very happy. Big Michelle Forbes fan since Homicide:Life on the Streets. This could be good. Thanks for the spoilage.

    Comment by Mel – January 11, 2014 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Clone birth mother? She looks a lot like Maslany.

    Also, great casting. Michelle Forbes can turn even mediocrity into a delight (if someone else played Maryanne, it could have been a disaster), so I’m excited to see what she does on a show deserving of her talents.

    Comment by Sam – January 11, 2014 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG! I think I just wet my pants I’m so excited!! :-)

    Comment by Aimee – January 11, 2014 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holy Cr@p that’s awesome news! Love her!

    Comment by LDSK – January 11, 2014 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t think Orphan Black could get any better. I was wrong.

    Comment by Dav – January 11, 2014 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes!! That’s amazing! I’m so happy Michelle and OB found each other! :)

    Comment by Mik – January 11, 2014 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fantastic!!! I’ve been a fan of her since Star Trek. Go Ensign Ro!

    Comment by April – January 11, 2014 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is great!!! Michelle is such a great actress and it has me wondering too if she’s the clones’ birth mother.

    Comment by Amanda – January 11, 2014 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s like the creators of Orphan Black are giant genre fans and are concocting the perfect sci-fi show; Michelle Forbes is the exact right ingredient – only adds, doesn’t detract – for this already awesome story.

    Comment by Leigh – January 11, 2014 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She was also terrific in The Killing…I will never forget that scene in the bedroom when she finds out who the killer is

    Comment by Allen – January 11, 2014 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. Her performance those first two seasons was incredible.

      Comment by Simon Jester – January 11, 2014 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s nasty… in a good way :-)

    Comment by Diz – January 12, 2014 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way too many new characters. There’s barely enough screen time for the characters already established. I hope this doesn’t become another Heroes.

    Comment by Gary – January 12, 2014 12:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ^^^ Why do people always judge stuff before they even seen it? SMH you make judgement before the season has even premiered. (And please this show is light years ahead of Heroes it seems they actually have a plan on what’s going to happen) They had a relatively small cast imo in the first season so adding more characters could only advance the universe. Now onto this casting! Yes Maryanne is coming to Orphan Black. I loved her on True Blood. I’m just watching the Killing and noticed her on their too. Anyways I love her she’s a fierce actress and I’m sure that she’ll slay this role.

    Good luck TM at the Globes I’m rooting for her and Kerry Washington. I’m torn on both of them on should win LOL!

    Comment by Quentin – January 12, 2014 06:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WTF are you talking about? We have 3 main clones and only one that is fully developed. And I don’t know what rock you live under but people constantly ask for more Alison and Cosima screentime. We have Felix, Art, Paul, Mrs. S and Vic. Those are the main credits characters. We also have key players like Delphine, Leekie, Donnie, Kira and that annoying ass cop D’Angelis. And then there is Rachel. And we had Helena in the first season, too. Now they are supposedly adding another clone or two and 3-5 recurring characters? Yes, I’m judging it before I’m seeing it because I love the show. And Heroes was fantastic in its first season. They didn’t have a Tatiana Maslany, but the show was a powerful ensemble that got nominated for awards (which OB did not).

      Comment by Gary – January 12, 2014 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved her since she was on Star Trek TNG as Ensign Ro and then on True Blood,The Killing and most recently Chicago Fire. She plays an awesome villian

    Comment by Carlos Alvarez – January 12, 2014 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good, another female actress. We kinda only really have the one. (ok, I”m exagerating, but it’s always funny when they show the actor names at the beginning of the episodes and they show Tatiana’s name and then like 8 guys.) Return to us soon, Orphan Black!

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