Ioan Gruffudd to make directing debut on new season of ‘Harrow’

Ioan Gruffudd in Harrow season 2.

Ioan Gruffudd is set to make his directing debut on season 3 of the ABC’s Harrow, which starts shooting next month in Brisbane and South-East Queensland.

The Welsh-born actor joins the roster of directors alongside Tony Tilse, Grant Brown, Catherine Millar, Mairi Cameron and Peter Andrikidis.

The new series follows Gruffudd’s forensic pathologist Doctor Daniel Harrow as he investigates the death of a young man who claimed to be his son and gets entangled in a dangerous criminal underworld.

Hoodlum’s Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield continue as the producers, with funding from the ABC, Disney’s ABC Studios and Screen Queensland. The 10 episodes are again being written by co-creators Stephen M. Irwin and Leigh McGrath and Michaeley O’Brien.

Faustina Agolley, who guest starred in the second series, joins the cast of regulars with Jolene Anderson (Dr Grace Molyneux), Damien Garvey (Detective Sergeant Bryan Nichols), Darren Gilshenan (Lyle Fairley), Ella Newton (Fern Harrow) and Hunter Page-Lochard (Callan Prowd).

Agolley plays Edwina Gharam, Harrow’s new assistant, taking over from Remy Hii, whose character Simon died in series two.

Born in London to a Ghanaian father and a Chinese/Malaysian mother, she moved to Melbourne with her family when she was 18 months old.

She is pursuing an acting career after co—hosting The Voice with Darren McMullen and hosting Video Hits on Network 10.

Faustina Agolley in ‘Harrow.’

Hulu will screen the show in the US under a life-of-series deal with Disney Media Distribution, as will UKTV’s Alibi Channel in the UK.

Robertson said: “Hoodlum is thrilled to embark on a third season of Harrow with our talented cast and crew. The series brings together a unique mix of dry wit, compelling drama and forensic procedural and has established itself a firm favourite with audiences in Australia and around the world.

“Season three will mean 30 hours produced and this could only be possible with a shared vision and the ongoing support of our partners at ABC Studios, ABC Australia and Screen Queensland.”

ABC head of drama, comedy and Indigenous Sally Riley added: “After last season’s dramatic cliff-hanger, we’re thrilled to be bringing Harrow back for a third season. The amazing cast, compelling cases and stunning Queensland locations have proven a hit with our broadcast and iview audiences and we can’t wait to continue the adventure.”