Netflix’s latest series, Mindhunter, is grabbing the attention of bingeing audiences across the globe.
The series follows two FBI profilers, Holden Ford and Bill Tench, as they attempt to understand the enigmatic minds of serial killers. The series has received rave reviews from critics so far, with an impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The show takes a more cerebral approach than many crime dramas, and is based loosely on the book of the same name written about an FBI unit that investigated serial killers. Mindhunter comes from the creative mind of David Fincher, who directed Seven, Fight Club, Gone Girl, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, among many other critically-acclaimed films.
Read on to learn more about the cast of the show.
Jonathan Groff as FBI Agent Holden Ford
Jonathan Groff is known for playing the leading role of Melchior Gabor in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in 2007. In 2015, he returned to Broadway to play the role of King George III in Hamilton.
Groff played Ian Todd in the Starz show Boss as well as Patrick Murray in HBOs Looking. He also played opposite Lea Michele in Glee; he remains close friends with Michele.
Discussing Mindhunter with Variety recently, Groff said, “… there’s no visual violence or flashy murder. David [Fincher] really trusts his audience – that they’re intelligent and patient and interested enough to stick with a show that will tell you the ‘why.’”
Holt McCallany as Bill Tench
Holt McCallany is an actor, writer, and producer. He began his career in theater, choosing to pursue an education at the Theater at L’Ecole Marcel Marceau in France. He then studied Shakespeare at Oxford before moving to NYC and landing roles in shows and films like Casualties of War, Alien 3, Creepshow 2 and Rough Riders. McCallany made his Broadway debut in a production of Biloxi Blues.
McCallany has also appeared in The Losers, Three Kings, Men or Horror, and Below.
Mindhunter marks the actor’s reunion with David Fincher, whom he worked with on Alien 3 and Fight Club. Speaking of Fincher, McCallany says, “… he is a very precise guy. Very meticulous. Nobody’s more driven than David to get things as good as they can possibly be, but he’s also a collaborative guy.”
Anna Torv as Wendy Carr
Anna Torv is an Australian actress, best known for playing FBI agent Olivia Dunham on Fox’s Fringe. Torv grew up in a relatively well-known family. Her aunt, Anna Murdoch Mann, was married to Robert Murdoch for over three decades.
Discussing her character with TVLine, Torv said, “I’m a believer that you should serve the show, first and foremost, and so [understandably] most of her scenes are [at work]… There’s no space for her [personal life]; she’s always working. So I was grateful to have those sequences. To have this reprieve.”
Hannah Gross as Debbie Mitford
Hannah Gross made her acting debut in 2002, at the age of 10. Gross attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a BA in Religious Studies.
In 2014, she played the leading role in Charles Poekel’s film Christmas, Again, which had its premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival. She also acted in Nathan Silver’s 2014 film Uncertain Terms.
Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper
Cameron Britton has impressed audiences and critics alike with his portrayal of real-life serial killer Ed Kemper.
Britton is known for playing engineering manager Tim on Stitchers. He made his on-screen debut in Unusual Suspects, followed by work in films like Camp Takota and Redeemed. Britton stands at 6’5″– Ed Kemper, who was also referred to as the “co-ed killer”, was an impressive 6’9″.
Serial killer is far from the typecast Britton usually gets. In an interview with Talk Nerdy With Us in 2015, he dished, “Because of my size and hairiness and general attitude, I play a lot of engineers, crewman workers, techies, roadies or things like that.”
Cotter Smith as Unit Chief Shepard
Cotter Smith is a film, TV, and stage actor. In 1996, he received the Outstanding Performance Award for his performance in George M. Cohan’s “The Tavern”. He has also received four Drama-Logue Awards and two Ovation Award nominations.
Smith co-founded The Matrix Theater Company, where he has performed in The Seagull, The Homecoming, Mad Forest and Habeas Corpus. Fans may also recognize him from The Americans, Madam Secretary, Person of Interest and The Good Wife.