THREE-TIME EMMY® AWARD WINNER JEAN SMART JOINS CAST OF BRAVO MEDIA’S ‘DIRTY JOHN’
From Universal Cable Productions, in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment, Production on the Scripted Anthology Series Starts This Summer
Los Angeles, CA – June 14, 2018 – Jean Smart (“Legion,” “Fargo”) will recur in Bravo Media’s “Dirty John” playing Arlane Hart, Debra’s (Connie Britton) mother. Smart will join Britton and Eric Bana in the scripted anthology series based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast of the same name from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. The series reunites Smart with Bana, who she previously starred alongside in the film “Lucky You.”
“Dirty John” tells the true story of how Debra’s romance with the charismatic John Meehan (Eric Bana) spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP), in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment, and will be executive produced and written by Alexandra Cunningham (“Chance,” “Desperate Housewives”). Richard Suckle and Charles Roven will serve as executive producers for Atlas Entertainment; Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen and Chris Argentieri will serve as executive producers for Los Angeles Times Studios; Britton and Bana will also serve as executive producers.
Winner of three Emmy Awards with an additional five nominations for her work on “Fargo,” “Harry’s Law,” “Frasier,” “The District,” “24,” and “Samantha Who,” Smart has also made her presence known on the big screen and garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in the Miramax feature film “Guinevere.” On stage, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress for her starring role on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” In 2016, she also received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for her work on “Patience and Sarah.” In the fall, Smart will be seen in Paul Feig’s film “A Simple Favor” opposite Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Her other upcoming films include: Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself” with Olivia Wilde, Samuel L. Jackson, and Oscar Isaac, “Brampton’s Own” and “Senior Moment.” Notably, she was seen starring alongside Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck in director Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant.” On TV, Smart stars in Noah Hawley’s new FX series, “Legion.” She also starred as Floyd Gerhardt on the second season of Hawley’s acclaimed series “Fargo” on FX, for which she won a Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award.
During her career, Smart has showcased her talents alongside numerous top Hollywood actors including Reese Witherspoon in “Sweet Home Alabama,” Steve Martin in “Bringing Down the House,” Mark Wahlberg in “I Heart Huckabees,” Zach Braff and Peter Sarsgaard in “Garden State,” Bruce Willis in “The Kid,” Robert De Niro and Martin Landau in “Mistress,” and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in “The Odd Couple II.” Other recent film work includes “Great Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep, “Barry Munday” with Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer, “Youth in Revolt” with Michael Cera, and the dark comedy “Miss Meadows” opposite Katie Holmes and James Badge Dale.
Smart is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment. WME also reps Los Angeles Times Studios, Atlas Entertainment, Britton, Bana and Cunningham.
About Bravo Media:
Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and the recently announced anthology series “Dirty John,” along with unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.
About Universal Cable Productions:
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted content for all media platforms. Its robust slate of programming includes: the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” the Golden Globe nominated “The Sinner,” “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G,” “The Purge” and “Suits” for USA Network; “The Umbrella Academy” for Netflix; “Homecoming” for Amazon; “Dirty John” for Bravo; “Happy!,” “The Magicians” and “Channel Zero” for SYFY; “Impulse” for YouTube Premium; and “The Act” for Hulu. UCP’s content library also features critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy award-winning “Monk” as well as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Psych.” UCP is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.