CBC’S CORONER CUTS DEEP INTO MENTAL ILLNESS

Vancouver actress finds humanity in nuanced crime procedural role

Vancouver-born actress Serinda Swan stars in the CBC drama Coroner.

Jenny Cooper isn’t a real person, but you wouldn’t know it from the way Serinda Swan talks about her.

“I love Jenny’s strength,” Swan says. “I love her weakness. I love her exploration of who she is.”

The Vancouver-born actress portrays Dr. Jenny Cooper on Coroner, the CBC’s Toronto-shot crime procedural based on the series of books by British novelist Matthew Hall. Coroner — which premiered earlier this month —follows the personal and professional exploits of Dr. Cooper in the aftermath of her husband’s unexpected death.

Swan’s filmography includes plum roles in Marvel’s Inhumans, Ballers, Smallville and Graceland. But she’s breaking new ground and having the time of her life in Jenny’s coroner scrubs — and in lifting the character beyond the usual crime procedural clichés.

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