Cast & Characters
It's a good thing Jake ended up working with his father Malachy as a Private Investigator. If not, he probably would have ended up in jail after dropping out of police training – he drinks too much, fights too much, lusts too much, jokes too much, pretty much does everything too much. Impulsive, he punches first and asks questions later, does whatever he wants and thinks nothing of the consequences until it is too late (which is often). But his core beats with the heart of a man of real character and good intentions, and with a moral compass that leads him in the right direction – unless a beautiful woman shags up his compass and makes the needle point him due south. (Hey, that stuff just kinda happens sometimes). But that doesn’t make him bad, just – curious. There really truly is a good soul trying to grow up and do the right thing deep inside of Jake – a soul that tries, fails, learns, forgets, tries again and hopefully not failing this time around… but one thing he doesn’t fail at is being a fine P.I.
Allan Hawco is a Newfoundland born actor and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal.
Most recognized from his lead role as 'Jake Doyle' on the CBC hit TV series, Republic of Doyle, Allan also serves as the Co-Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, and Head Writer for the Gemini-nominated series.
Allan's major accolades include such awards as the Gascon Thomas Award from the National Theatre School, an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Television Hall of Fame, a Gemini Nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series (Republic of Doyle), and an ACTRA Nomination for Best Male Actor (Love & Savagery).
Malachy Doyle (Peter MacNeill in the pilot)
Malachy is a working-class hero and a commanding figure in his late 50s. He can banter and bullshit with the best of them, the kind of man people trust implicitly – but there’s a silvery streak of mischief in his soul, which glimmers in his eyes from time to time. In a world of chaos (read: Jake Doyle) Malachy is the rock to which everyone is anchored – come to him with your troubles and you know he’ll do whatever he can to help using his cool head and logical mind.
Mal will always be doomed to be raising kids in some respect: he’s got Jake underfoot at the moment and it’s like going back in time, with father and son butting heads over just about everything; his daughter, Kathleen, has left her fiery daughter, Tinny, in Mal’s care while she’s working out West in Alberta and Mal tries his best to keep up with the goings-on of this modern and maddening teenage girl; Des Courtney, a troublesome graffiti artist/misfit who strayed into the Doyles life through a case spends more time there than anywhere; and Mal’s oldest, Christian, comes and goes with years between visits and inevitably leaves family fractures in his wake. It’s a wonder Mal hasn’t packed up and retired to Boca under the palm trees.
Born in Donegal, Ireland, actor Seán McGinley has a long accomplished theatre history performing in productions at the Abbey and Druid Theatres in Dublin and abroad. He was seen off Broadway in 2010 in a starring role alongside Stephen Rea in Pulitzer Prize winning writer Sam Sheppard’s Ages of the Moon, produced by the acclaimed Atlantic Theatre Company.
McGinley’s numerous film credits include roles in Braveheart (1995), Michael Collins (1996), The Butcher Boy (1997), Gangs of New York (2002), On a Clear Day (2005), directed by friend Peter Mullan and for which McGinley won Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards, and the highly acclaimed series Bleak House (2005). More recently he has had recurring roles in the Irish series single-handed and Love/Hate.
1968 PONTIAC GTO - Passed away suddenly when detonated into a fiery ball of death on the St. John's waterfront at the end of Season 3. She is survived by her owner of many years, Jake Doyle. No flowers, please. Donations welcome.
Born in 1968, an Azure Blue, automatic transmission, 360 HP, beautiful metal beast, Jake's GTO met her untimely demise as an innocent bystander to an intense Doyle case. Until the moment all went boom, she served our hero well for three seasons - the GTO was one of Jake's most reliable allies, propelling him through countless car chases around the streets of St. John's, handled like a dream around curving dirt roads, and was just about the best getaway vehicle the ultimate instigator, Jake, could ever ask for. May she rest in peace.
Adam Rothenberg has starred in films alongside Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes in Mad Money (2008), as well as guest appearances on House M.D. (2010) and CBS' Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary (2012).
She’s tough as nails and hot as hell – God help her older boyfriend! Rose is quick-witted and fast-talking; in another era she would’ve been proud to call herself a “dame”. And Malachy’s no easy man to live with, for sure – what with his late-night stakeouts, dangerous criminal run-ins, temporary family live-ins and obsession to catch the bad guys and all – but she’s proven to be Mal’s equal and has a few investigative tricks up her own sleeve.
She keeps a nice home for Mal and his family and runs the office/Doyle headquarters with an iron hand as a valuable member of Team Doyle. She also pinch-hits, playing mother for 16 year-old Tinny when she needs it – and even when she doesn’t want it.
Originally hailing from Vancouver, BC, Lynda has been a working actress for over two decades, appearing in numerous television series and films on both sides of the border. Her impressively long list of small screen credits includes roles in Sanctuary, Robson Arms, The L Word, The Outer Limits, The X-Files, and Smallville, and she is currently starring in CBC's Republic of Doyle as Rose Miller, the feisty live-in love of P.I. Malachy Doyle.
In her feature career, Lynda has shared silver screen time with some of the industry’s most celebrated actors and directors. Her film credits to date include An Unfinished Life (with Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford and Lasse Hallström), I Spy (with Owen Wilson and Betty Thomas), On Thin Ice (with Diane Keaton), Harvey (with Leslie Neilsen), Intern Academy (with Dave Thomas) and Mission to Mars (with Brian DePalma, Gary Sinise and Don Cheadle). In 2004, Lynda appeared in a TV version of Neil Simon’s classic The Goodbye Girl alongside Emmy winner Patricia Heaton and Jeff Daniels.
Dr Nikki Renholds
Nikki is an ER Doctor who’s every bit Jake’s match in sex drive, volatile temper and fiery personality. And she’s a good Catholic girl, too, who believes in her wedding vows and that marriage should be for life – but what if “life” means a sure descent into madness and misery? She and Jake got married in a fury, it was a mistake, living together proved to be impossible – but so seems ending the whole damn thing for good, just putting a bullet in it and walking away. What are a boy and girl to do when they can’t live with or without one another? Did U2 ever answer that question?
Nikki transferred medical schools from Toronto to be with Jake, the love of her life she came to hate (and love and hate and love…). With her long hours at the hospital, Jake’s weird hours as a P.I. and despite the pair’s attraction to one another, the marriage never quite took – and now the marriage struggles daily to die a dignified death. Although they fight about who’s gonna pull the plug on it, you can be sure if one actually does the other one will plug it right back in for spite. And so the marriage lives to gurgle another day.
Rachel Wilson began her professional acting career in Toronto at the age of twelve. Since then she has divided her time between Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles working in numerous films and television series. In 2009, Rachel had two films come out: Man V. Minivan and 75 El Camino, both included as official selections in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival; and her web series My Pal Satan, was officially selected for the 2009 Independent Pilot Competition at the New York Television Festival. In addition, Rachel regularly voices the role of Heather on the award-winning Teletoon cartoon Total Drama Island.
When we first meet Leslie she is a plain clothes Constable with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, a recent transfer from a stint in rural Labrador and the best advertisement for law and order there is. Ambitious and sharp, she’s on the rise in the force as long as she plays her cards right – and as long as she can keep wild card Jake Doyle out of her business, out of trouble and out of her head, she’ll do just fine.
That type of sweetness and goodness wrapped in a tough and gorgeous boldness – she might be the perfect woman for Jake. But her ambitions lie with the force first and the job is Number One – a fact that she and Jake have in common. She’ll always draw the line when Jake crosses the line between work and “friendship”, something she thinks he does entirely too much and too often. But despite what it seems Jake always has her back, and often helps her rise in the ranks by helping her get a great collar once in awhile.
Krystin is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland, and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Her first professional play was Soulpepper's production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing playing opposite Megan Follows, Albert Schultz, and C. David Johnson and has been a company member of Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto for three seasons. She will be returning for her fourth season in 2010 playing Eve in Waiting for The Parade by John Murrell and directed by Joe Ziegler. She has appeared in the second season of CBC's The Tudors as Lady Elizabeth Darrell, which she spent 5 months filming in Dublin, Ireland.
Katrina "Tinny" Doyle
Tinny has always been a handful and now she’s Mal’s to handle for a while. After her mother, Kathleen, followed good work out West to Alberta, Tinny elected not to go. Kathleen didn’t abandon Tinny… well, not exactly; at least, not in her mind, anyway. But Tinny might argue that point. Correction: would argue that point. And did. And lost. So she packed up and went to live with her loving but no-nonsense Poppy – plus his never-wanted-to-be-a-Mom girlfriend, Rose, and her morally ambiguous Uncle Jake. And seriously, would one really expect a teenaged girl to enjoy living with her P.I. family where it's not so easy to get away with a lie?
The daughter of renowned Newfoundland actor-comedians Andy Jones and Mary-Lynn Bernard, Marthe cut her teeth in the industry with her first role in 1998 when she was just a little girl in the acclaimed, award-winning NFB short film When Ponds Freeze Over.
Marthe’s next big role came as the title character and murdered girl in Mary Walsh’s 2006 dark comic feature, Young Triffie’s Been Made Away With. No stranger to the stage, Marthe has also embraced theatre work in her young career, and has played the role of Molly in Rabbittown Theatre/White Rooster’s touring production of Sex, The Rules Of. Republic of Doyle is Marthe's first major television role.
Des is the fashion-challenged and delinquent graffiti artist who tags the town and Jake’s beloved GTO until Jake brings him to heel – and into the employ of Doyle and Doyle Investigations. Des eagerly steps up to the challenges of being a P.I. and it isn’t long before he starts getting more responsibilities and a little respect – well, Doyle-style respect but respect nonetheless – and the odd dinner and place to sleep besides. And being at the Doyles means being close to Tinny… if he can dodge clever Uncle Jake about the truth of his crush.
Mark O’Brien is a native Newfoundlander who began his career at home performing improv and local theatre, before landing a break with the role of Drake in the CBC miniseries Above and Beyond. His other screen credits include the Lifetime TV movie The One That Got Away, and a supporting role in the acclaimed feature film Grown Up Movie Star, premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Mark has also appeared in a slew of award-winning short films, including Heartless Disappearance into Labrador Seas opposite New Waterford Girl’s Liane Balaban. His stage credits include Criminals in Love, Butler’s Marsh, Poor Superman, Rope, Red Noses, and Autobahn.
Walter was the fat kid, the one who got by on his sense of humor – and now he’s a fat grownup, still fat and still funny. Not that it matters to him, nor does it affect his social life, for as Walter puts it: “given the shortage of men in St. John’s you’d have to wear a Blue Jays cap not to get laid.” He’s a good-time party animal who closes down the local pub every night and still manages to be a consummate professional by day. He handles Jake’s divorce from Nikki knowing it’s a battle he can’t win, with the two of them frigging around as much as they fight. He’s always looking out for the Doyles and hands them matrimonial and insurance cases whenever he can.
Sean Panting is a St. John’s singer-songwriter renowned for his razor sharp lyrics, unique guitar playing, hilarious storytelling, and brilliant three minute songs about a vast array of topics including, but not limited to, Rock and Roll, Sandwiches, Washer-Dryers, Love, Power Outages, William Hurt, Vampires, Springtime, Car Trouble and Revenge.
Like so many other Newfoundland artists, Sean is more than a one-trick pony. As talented in front of the camera as he is behind his guitar, his film credits include The Bread Maker (2003), Gordon Pinsent’s Heyday! (2006) and CBC’s Diverted (2009). In 2010 Sean appeared in Love and Savagery with Allan Hawco, and in Grown Up Movie Star, premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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