After the Verdict a homecoming for Michelle Lim Davidson
11 years after Nine gave her a very first acting job, the Newsreader's Michelle Lim Davidson is back at the network.
Jury dramas are in vogue right now with The Twelve on Foxtel and After the Verdict coming to Nine.
Stars Michelle Lim Davidson, Magda Szubanski and Lincoln Younes appeared at Nine’s post-Logies recovery brunch to tease the series coming later this year.
After The Verdict tells a story of four very different Australians who have just finished jury duty on a high-profile murder trial… and there is plenty of humour in this tale.
“You think you’re going to figure out what’s happened. But what happens if you get a ‘not guilty’ verdict, and what happens if you’re a bit bored in your own life and decide to take it upon your own hands without any qualifications at all to investigate a murder?” said Michelle Lim Davidson.
“That’s where we find Clara, recently-divorced, trying to co-parent in a terrible job. Basically, she’s a hot mess.”
But the light drama also represents a homecoming of sorts, having previously appeared on Nine in the short-lived sketch comedy Ben Elton: Live from Planet Earth in 2011.
“It’s really special for me to come to Nine and play Clara. I’m getting emotional. I’m the first Korean Australian person to play a lead role on Australian television. Channel Nine gave me my first job out of drama school so it feels really great to come back to the network and bring Clara to life.”
The series also features Tess Haubrich (Wolf Creek) join the previously announced Sullivan Stapleton (Blindspot, Animal Kingdom), with Virginia Gay (Judy and Punch), Emma Diaz (Diary of an Uber Driver), Richard Brancatisano (Harrow), Nicholas Brown (Wakefield), Hazem Shammas (Safe Harbour, The Twelve) and Vivienne Awosoga (Wentworth).
Produced by Subtext Pictures the creative team includes creators, writers and executive producers, Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt (House Husbands, Dead Lucky), writer Romina Accurso (The Heights, Spreadsheet), directors Peter Salmon (Halifax: Retribution, Rake), Ben C Lucas (The Wilds, Fighting Season) and Fadia Abboud (Les Norton, Five Bedrooms), producer Jo Rooney (Jack Irish) and executive producers Greg Sitch (Fisk, The Letdown) and Nine Head of Drama, Andy Ryan.