Defiance Installs Primeval Vet as New [Spoiler]

Defiance Season 2 Cast James MurrayBritish actor James Murray, whose TV credits include Primeval, Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (as Ralph Longshaft) and CBS’ short-lived Chaos, is joining Syfy’s Defiance in the new series regular role of Niles Pottinger, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Hailing from the UK (which was devastated during the Pale Wars), Niles is appointed Defiance’s provisional mayor by E-Rep — probably because Datak has either gone on the lam after killing the military conglom’s Colonel Marsh, or because he gets caught.

Niles is described as a man who has transcended his working class roots to appreciate the finer things in life — all while exhibiting a rock star’s charisma. And the next “finer thing” he obsessively sets his sights on is none other than ex-mayor Amanda (played by Julie Benz). Smart man.

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Defiance is set to launch its 13-episode sophomore run in June 2014.

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  1. macabre says:

    I’m glad Amanda is still going to be connected to politics in some way even though she is no longer Mayor! Eagerly awaiting more Defiance!

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    I loved him in Primeval.

  3. Cherry says:

    I thought it say Jaime Murray then, I was gonna say “errm isn’t she already of the show?”

  4. Sara says:

    Oooo! Good casting!

  5. majamababe says:

    Rats – have to wait until summer of 2014 for new episodes of Definance. Thank goodness for The Walking Dead!

  6. GeekGirl13 says:

    LOVE THIS NEWS!!!!!!

  7. Maggie says:

    Great choice! He’s an under-appreciated actor, and gorgeous too. For those who listed him as a contender for the next Doctor (cough*tvguide*cough) it looks like he’s out of running for the role.

    Maybe they can find a role for his beautiful and talented wife, Sarah Parish.

  8. Belinda says:

    Woo! Loved him in Chaos – such a pity CBS treated that show like c**p and doomed it to failure from the get-go. Anyway, will be great to see Jim back on our screens!

  9. LOVE him. This is exciting!

  10. phamster says:

    I tried this show but simply could not get into it. However, I love this guy so this is enough for me to give it a second chance. He oozes charm.

    Still waiting for an American show to pick up Andrew Lee Potts, though. (Okay, it does not have to be “American” per se, as long as it is televised in the US.,)

  11. Judy says:

    I’m eagerly awaiting next season.

    Personally rather like Datak and family and can see his defence being along the lines of the major was hitting on Stahma and a jealous Datak defended her honor and protected his mate from unwanted advances. Amanda having a suitor will be nice to see and I’m sure we will eventually see more of Irisa. I’m not sure how Rafe will react to the changes, nor how the recently married couple will find life in a culturally mixed household.

    On a side note, I truly wish the Castithan poison on the flask has slightly different results when absorbed into the human biological system. Perhaps an unrealized suspended animation that appears to be death for a few months. Her body could have been concealed in a small cave per Castithan burial traditions. This biological difference could give Dr. Yewall more to investigate as well as opening up the potential for unexpected complications in humans after receiving medical treatment. If this happens it could lead to ‘dead and unrecovered’ humans in the world with very serious PTSD.