Award Winning Actress Alfre Woodard to Guest Star on ‘Copper’

When the BBC America period piece drama Copper returns for its second season, it will be visited by multi-award-winning actress Alfre Woodard, who will play Hattie Lemaster, a former slave who has recently arrived to the Five Points to start anew; but jarred by the raucous city life, she must reconcile her past against hope for a future.

As a refresher, ‘Copper’ is an American saga set in 1865 New York City. Season two will return on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination with shifts in politics and society altering the landscape for Irish immigrants and African-Americans. At the center is Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), who struggles to tame the wartime metropolis while wrestling with personal demons, including the betrayal of his wife and best friend.

Returning cast members includes Kyle Schmid (‘Blood Ties’), Anastasia Griffith (‘Damages’) Franka Potente (‘The Bourne Supremacy’), Ato Essandoh (‘Django Unchained’), Kevin Ryan (‘RAW’), Dylan Taylor (‘Covert Affairs’) Kiara Glasco (‘Haven’) and Tessa Thompson (‘Veronica Mars’).

They will be joined by actor Eamonn Walker (‘OZ’) as legendary abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass; Lee Tergesen (‘Army Wives’) as Philomen Keating, a wickedly intelligent criminal mastermind whose tendency for dramatic flair is offset by a penchant for brutality, Andrew Howard (‘Hatfields and McCoys’) as James O’Rourke, the physically intimidating yet shrewdly observant manager of a budding criminal organization and Donal Logue (‘Terriers’) [as we reported here] as outspoken General Brendan Donovan, who returns from the Civil War to restore law and order in the Sixth Ward.

Among Woodard’s lengthy credits are roles in the TV shows ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘True Blood’, ‘Three Rivers’, ‘Memphis Beat’ and the made-for-TV (remake) of ‘Steel Magnolias’. Her box office films include ‘Primal Fear’, ‘Something New’ and ‘Radio’.

‘Copper’ will be back for the start of its second season on BBC America on Sunday, June 23 at 10/9c.