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Starring Serinda Swan
Monday, 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem
Written by: Shannon Masters
Directed by: Charles Officer
Building on the critical and ratings success of the hit first season, CORONER season two returns to Toronto where Jenny Cooper continues her mission to speak for the dead to protect the living. In the aftermath of a devastating apartment fire, Jenny struggles to control a dangerous new outlet for her anxiety. Meanwhile, a witness to the fire draws Detective Donovan McAvoy into a hidden side of the city. The season dives deeper into what it means to live in the face of death. Jenny must trust her instincts, as her father’s dementia worsens, her son turns 18, and her now-live-in boyfriend Liam is confronted by his own push and pull with death. Every body has a story – and this season, Jenny must figure out the story her own body’s telling.
Serinda Swan | Jenny Cooper stars in Coroner season 1. Photo by CBC
CORONER stars Serinda Swan (Ballers, Marvel's Inhumans) as Dr. Jenny Cooper with Roger Cross (Dark Matter, Caught) as Donovan McAvoy; Éric Bruneau (Goalie, Blue Moon) as Liam; Ehren Kassam (Degrassi, Next Class) as Ross; Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci's Inquest, Bad Blood) as Gordon Cooper; Tamara Podemski (Never Saw It Coming) as Alison Trent; Andy McQueen (Killjoys) as Malik Abed; and Kiley May (It Chapter Two) as River Baitz. Joining the cast this season are Nicola Correia-Damude (October Faction) as Kelly, a survivor of the apartment fire who makes a connection with Jenny, and Olunike Adeliyi (Workin' Moms) as Noor, a social worker who will do anything to protect her clients.
A CBC original series, CORONER is produced by Back Alley Films, Muse Entertainment and Cineflix Studios. Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue) is creator, executive producer and showrunner, Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bellevue) is lead director and executive producer for Back Alley Films, Jonas Prupas is executive producer for Muse Entertainment with Peter Emerson and Brett Burlock executive producers for Cineflix Studios. Michael Prupas and Janis Lundman serve as Consulting Executives for Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films, respectively. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Sarah Adams is Executive in Charge of Production. Cineflix Rights has the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to CORONER.
Coroner - airing Monday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT). Coroner, Dr. Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), River Baitz (Kiley May) and Detective Donovan ‘Mac’ McAvoy (Roger Cross) with the body of Earnest (Joshua Odjick) in the autopsy suite. Courtesy of CBC.
Serinda Swan was born in West Vancouver, B.C., to a family of artists, including her mother, an actress, and her father, a theatre director with a well-established acting school. Serinda actually gravitated to the arts and at three was personally chosen for the role in her first motion picture, Cousins with Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini.
Swan was introduced to the world in popular TV shows such as Smallville and Supernatural in Vancouver. She is most proud of her roles in Feud, Ballers, Marvels and Humans and Coroner.
Coroner - airing Monday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT). Coroner, Dr. Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan) and River Baitz (Kiley May) perform an autopsy. Courtesy of CBC.
She got her ’big break’ in Disney’s TRON: Legacy opposite Beau Garrett, Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges, as well as The Baytown Outlaws with Billy Bob Thornton.
She then made her move to Los Angeles, where she was able to work opposite the ‘The Rock’ in HBO’s Ballers and Jessica Lang and Susan Sarandon in Feud. Recently was a lead in Marvels and Humans which led her to her drastic change in appearance with having shaved her head for her role! Which allowed her to explore her new diverse starring role in Coroner!
Additionally, she starred in the thriller entitled The Veil, opposite William Moseley. Swan recently wrapped Blood on Wheels, a feature produced by James Franco.
Coroner - airing Monday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT). Jenny (Serinda Swan) in the sleep lab. Courtesy of CBC.
Outside of her busy acting career, Swan’s true passion is activism. In 2011 she became an official ambassador of Friends to Mankind, an organization that partners with non-profits to raise awareness and funds through educational campaigns. Swan has cycled across Cambodia, installed nets in Africa, and skydived from 18,000 ft., the highest jump in North America, in hopes of encouraging others to take a stand and make a difference. She has helped raise over one million dollars to date for various charities and causes close to her heart. Swan is the CEO and Co-Founder of the education technology company, Deedly. Her belief is that education should be free, and through their specific month-long curriculum they educate students about world issues and the charities that strive to fix them. Deedly will be in more 1000 schools by the end of the year.
L-R, Coroner - airing Monday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT). Liam (Éric Bruneau), Ross (Ehren Kassam) and Matteo (Graeme Jokic) in a scene from Episode 205 of Coroner S2. Gordon Cooper (Nicholas Campbell). Zeegwon Shilling as Ennis Couchie and Tamara Podemski as Alison Trent have a discussion at the coroner’s office. Courtesy of CBC.
"We have been one of Serinda's biggest fans from seeing season one of Coroner on CBC. We have re watched it on CBC GEM over 20 times. We are loving season 2!" - I'm Here With Mag
By Blaine Schlector with Serinda Swan
Playing a Coroner is kind of a unique role to play, especially as a lead character. Were there any special skills you had to learn to portray this character?
Any character that you play you have to go in and make sure that you have the tools to be able bring them to life, whether that’s physically, emotionally, mentally…whatever it is, you need to make sure that you can pull from personal experience, but then you can really immerse yourself in their own experience and skill set. Whether that’s playing a super hero and I have to learn how to fight (or) I have to learn how to stand like a warrior to I need to learn what it’s like to suffer from panic attacks, or I need to know the ins and outs of an autopsy or the hierarchy and the pathology of the coroner system. So I read a lot of books, I went to an actual autopsy, I called real coroners…I did a lot of research to try to ground Jenny in as much of her own humanity as I could.
Coroner not only films in Toronto, but the series is based in and identified as Toronto and it’s great to see the unique neighborhoods in the show. Do you get to do a lot of location shooting in and around the city?
We shot a lot within Toronto, like the downtown core; you’ll see the TIFF building and certain things like that. Jenny’s house is out in Pickering. We shoot all over Toronto and I love that. We’re a Canadian show, by Canada, for Canada, written by Canadians, starring a Canadian, set in Canada. Yet we’re so very universal and I always say that through specificity you have universality and that’s something that our show is sort of a testament to.
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