Mary Kills People Cast

Mary Kills People, a character-driven, six-part television event follows Dr. Mary Harris – An overworked single mother and ER doctor who also moonlights as an underground angel of death – working outside the law assisting patients who want to die on their own terms. So far Mary has managed to stay under the radar but business is booming, and her double life is getting complicated.


Caroline Dhavernas

Caroline Dhavernas

as Mary Harris

Caroline Dhavernas, a Montréal native, began her career at age eight. Dhavernas is immediately recognizable from Hannibal where she played Dr. Alanna Bloom opposite Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen.

On the big screen, Dhavernas recently starred in Easy Living opposite Elizabeth Marvel and Charlie Hofheimer. She also worked with acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin on Seances which was screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The project of more than 100 short films pays homage to lost silent films of the 1920s and 1930s, and is being filmed in several cities on two continents over two years.

Dhavernas also appeared in the sci-fi film Mars et Avril. Directed by Martin Villeneuve, Mars was based on the novels by the same name and screened at numerous film festivals before being released in Quebec in 2012.

In 2011, Dhavernas starred in Off the Map. The medical drama, from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, was set in a remote South American village where seven doctors each searched for the reasons that brought each of them to medicine.

In 2010, Dhavernas starred as Vera Keller in The Pacific. This epic 10-part miniseries event received an astounding eight Emmy Awards, including outstanding miniseries as well as a Golden Globe nomination for best miniseries or motion picture made for television.

Dhavernas starred in the widely acclaimed Canadian feature Passchendaele which won the 2009 Genie Award for best motion picture. She also starred as Kit Holliday in the film Hollywoodland opposite Adrien Brody, and Breach alongside Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillipe, and Laura Linney.

Dhavernas, also received a nomination for a Genie Award in 2005 for her role in Gary Nates’s Niagara Motel and is a two-time nominee of the Gémeaux Awards (Quebec’s television awards).

Dhavernas made her American television debut in 2004 in the critically acclaimed Wonderfalls from Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller.

Dhavernas currently resides in Montréal.


Jay Ryan

Jay Ryan

as Joel Collins

In his early thirties and ready to break new ground, Jay Ryan, originally from New Zealand, hails from a critically acclaimed theatre background and an international television career spanning almost 15 years.

A highlight in his early career is The Packer, a critically acclaimed one-man show in which he single-handedly played eight characters, slaying the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where reviewers likened his performance to a “live stage version of Trainspotting re-situated in New Zealand, with a single actor pulling off the impossible trick of playing all the parts…”

At the age of nineteen, Ryan was chosen by Australian producers to appear as a season regular in Neighbours, the Australian soap opera that launched the likes of Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe, garnering a huge audience within the United Kingdom. After a stint of theatre in the US and UK working alongside Monty Python’s John Cleese, he returned to Australia to star in various award winning television shows. In 2011 he debuted on American Television in Terra Nova, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, in which he donned an American accent. Shortly after, Ryan went on to win the role of Mark Mitcham, the ‘crafty son’ of a drug lord in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning BBC and Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake, for directors Jane Campion and Garth Davis. In the same year Ryan signed on to star as the male lead in the People’s Choice Award-winning Beauty & the Beast. He has not slowed down, securing a leading role on Global’s highly anticipated assisted-death drama Mary Kills People.

Richard Short

Richard Short

as Des Bennett

Richard Short is an English actor, who’s spent over a decade based in the US. Short is at home on the stage or screen and has starred in many critically acclaimed theatre productions worldwide.

In film and television, Short recently worked on the 2016 pilots Time After Time and Training Day. His notable television roles include Vinyl, Covert Affairs, and ther US television appearances include Agent Carter, American Horror Story, White Collar, Bored to Death, and Blue Bloods as well as Vera in the UK. Short recently wrapped as the lead on the indie features Cockroaches, Not Welcome, and Crazy Famous, all to be released later this year. Along with several other feature appearances, Richard starred as Agent Sam Crowley in the Johnny Depp feature film Public Enemies, and as Jace Hipley in Delirious for director Tom DiCillo.

On Broadway, he appeared in Jezz Butterworth’s Jerusalem alongside Mark Rylance. Prior to that, he created the role of Eric Saunders in the original cast of Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s play, King of Shadows, also in New York. Other highlights include A Night with Simon Gray at Lincoln Centre, a hugely acclaimed performance as Harry in Mary Rose for the Vineyard Theatre, New York and John Eastma in the National Theatre of London transfer of The Night Season directed by Lonny Price at Bay Street Theatre. After a career which began in the UK West End version of Grease, Short became an actor of some renown amongst the theatrical community and has worked onstage alongside Katherine Helmond, Alec Baldwin, Robert Sean Leonard, Michael O’Keefe, Lily Rabe, Michelle Williams, Mackenzie Crook, Marisa Tomei, Roger Allam, David Patrick Kelly, Keir Dullea, Roger Rees, Dana Ivey, Julian Ovenden, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Chris Carmack, and many more.

Short is also a prolific writer, having published articles, a World Cup book in 2014, written several feature screenplays and interviewed soccer stars (including Thierry Henry) for various publications.

Lyriq Bent

Lyriq Bent

as Frank Gaines


Lyriq Bent is best known for his roles in the hit Canadian series, Rookie Blue, and the extremely successful Saw franchise. His performance in the miniseries, The Book of Negroes, earned him a 2016 Canadian Screen Award Nomination for Best Performance in a Dramatic Series.


Born in Jamaica, Bent moved to Canada when he was five years old. He began taking acting classes shortly after college. Bent likes to seek out roles that address issues with cultural relevance, such as oppression and human rights, which has led him to projects that are important to him – many of which he credits for shaping him into the actor and person he is today.


Bent starred as the male lead, Chekura Tiano, in the hit mini-series based on Lawrence Hill’s best-selling novel, The Book of Negroes. Alongside Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Aunjanue Ellis, the mini-series was nominated for several awards, including the Critics’ Choice Awards. This project was personally symbolic to Bent because it brought him together with Bruce McDonald and Clement Virgo, who had been industry role models since his first project Blind Spot as an acting student. More recently, Bent starred in lead roles in Pay the Ghost opposite Nicholas Cage, the Aaliyah bio pic and Shoot the Messenger, a political thriller that aired in Canada this past fall.


In 2017, Bent will be appearing as the male lead in Spike Lee’s new Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, a contemporary update of Lee’s groundbreaking 1986 indie film as well as the new Tyler Perry produced feature film, Acrimony, opposite Taraji P. Henson.


Bent is extremely passionate about music and DJ’ed in his youth. He loves to cook, play golf and spend time working with charities that support children’s causes.