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Photo of Billy Campbell as Cardinal courtesy of CTV.

6 x 60 minutes – Crime, drama, mini-series
Date of first broadcast: January 25, 2017
Originating Network: CTV

2017 – 6×60 minutes (January 25, 2017)
2018 – 6×60 minutes (January 4, 2018)
2019 – 6×60 minutes (January 24, 2019)
2020 – 6×60 minutes (April 6, 2020)

Cardinal is based on the books of Canadian author Giles Blunt and his characters of police detective partners John Cardinal, played by American actor Billy Campbell and Lise Delorme, played by Karine Vanasse. The series is set in the fictional Algonquin Bay, which Blunt named his version of the real locations of North Bay and Sudbury, Ontario where the series is shot. Cardinal, the detective, seems distant, distracted, almost reclusive and unable to connect with his partner, who seems to need a connection in order to function within the confines of a professional relationship where trust is a necessary component behind the idea of being part of a team. The main cast remains in place for each season but the supporting actors change for each mini-series as each deals with a different crime. We have, where possible, identified those key players by putting the year of their appearance in brackets.

For those who have complained about the blandness of Canadian TV production, Cardinal is crafted to a level equal too and in places better than foreign series such as Broadchurch or Wallander without getting as extreme as the often bizarre Fortitude.

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Jessica Daniel

Executive Producer:

Jennifer Kawaja
Julia Sereny
Daniel Grou
Jocelyn Hamilton
Armand Leo
Aubrey Nealon
Sarah Dodd
Patrick Tarr

Co-Executive Producer:

Giles Blunt
Alison Lea Bingeman
Jennica Harper
Jeff Renfroe


Elise Cousineau
Andrea Glinski

Consulting Producer:

Peter Geiger


Daniel Grou (2017, 2019)
Jeff Renfroe (2018)
Nathan Morlando (2020)


Aubrey Nealon
Patrick Tarr
Noelle Carbone
Sarah Dodd
Alison Lea Bingeman
Jennica Harper
Russ Cochrane
Aaron Bala
Shannon Masters


Dylan Macleod
Steve Cosens


Teresa De Luca
Daniel Sadler
Matthew Anas
Michael Doherty


Todor Kobakov

Production Designer:

Rob Gray (2017)
Rory Cheyne (2018)

Art Director:

Dennis Davenport (2017)
Harold Gay (2018)

Costume Designer:

Ginger Martini (2017)
Bonnie Sutherland (2018)
Bernadette Croft (2018)

Cast: Roles:

Billy Campbell
Karine Vanasse
Eric Hicks
Alanna Bale
Zach Smadu
Brendan Fletcher (2017)
Kristen Thomson (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Glen Gould (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Deborah Hay (2017)
Alden Adair (2017)
James Downing (2017)
James Thomas (2017)
David Richmond-Peck (2017)
Robert Naylor (2017)
Gail Maurice (2017)
Jonathan Keltz (2018)
Bruce Ramsay (2018)
Alex Paxton-Beesley (2018)
Allie MacDonald (2018)
Brock Morgan (2018)
Nicolette Pearse (2018)
Kathryn Alexandre (2018)
Aaron Ashmore (2018, 2019)
Susan Coyne (2018, 2019)
Sophia Lauchlin Hirt (2018)
Tom Jackson (2018, 2019)
Devery Jacobs (2018)
Rya Kihlstedt (2018)
Alex Ozerov (2018)
Jennifer Podemski (2018, 2019)
Carmen Moore (2020)

John Cardinal
Lise Delorme
Constable K. Fox
Kelly Cardinal
Detective Ash Kular
Eric Fraser
Noelle Dyson
Det. Jerry Commanda
Catherine Cardinal
Detective McLeod
Detective Hannam
Malcolm Musgrave
Dorothy Pine
Edie Soames
Rachel Wells
Abby Harris
Randall Wishart
Susan Bell
Lloyd Kreeger
Sam Doucette
Sharlene ‘Mama’ Winston
Wendy Doucette
Shiela Gagne