FROM NEWFOUNDLAND TO GILEAD: JONATHAN WATTON JOINS THE HANDMAID’S TALE FOR THIRD SEASON

The Corner Brook-born actor plays Commander Matthew Calhoun in the award-winning show's third season

The Handmaid's Tale begins its third season, airing on Crave and Bravo in Canada, on June 9, and a Newfoundland-born actor has a prominent role. (Hulu)

Newfoundland-born actor Jonathan Watton has gone from being a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, which starts its new season Sunday, to a cast member.

Watton — who has worked in TV, film and theatre for two decades — will play Commander Matthew Calhoun during the award-winning show’s third season, which airs on the Crave service in Canada.

He got the role “the old-fashioned way” after auditioning, but Watton said he had followed the Toronto-shot series closely during its first two seasons.

Coming in as a fan required him to disconnect from that before he started filming, he said.

Jonathan Watton, second from left in the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of 23.5 Hours, has a long career on screen and stage. (Dylan Hewlett)

“I’ve got to go to work now and I sort of have to put the fandom away, for sure,” he said, “and then just show and sort of jump into that world.”

Return to Gilead

That world is a dark one, as the series tells the story of Gilead, an authoritarian and deeply religious society that emerges after a civil war in the United States and a mass societal panic caused by the effects of environmental degradation and disease.

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