Don Berryman
played by Christopher Heyerdahl
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Holden County is a quiet corner of the Earth. Or at least it has been for some time. And though this is due in part to the town’s meager agricultural roots, it’s largely the doing of its seemingly unshakable authority figure, Sheriff Don Berryman. For decades, Berryman has arguably been the most powerful man in Holden, and has operated with a firm, steady hand. He’s not only the rule of law in this isolated county, he also oversees the local booze, gambling, and prostitution rackets. But with an election on the horizon and the farmer’s strike tearing the town apart, Sheriff Berryman is struggling to appease both the farmers and the townspeople.

An award-winning Canadian actor, Christopher Heyerdahl is known internationally for his powerful performances in film, theatre, and television having just worked with David Mackenzie on Damnation for UCP, Rowan Joffe’s Tin Star for Sky Atlantic and the feature film sequel to Sicario, Soldado. Other film credits include: Dr. William Pepper in Eadweard, Simon in The Calling and as H.P. Lovecraft in the Gemini (Canadian equivalent to Emmy) award-winning Out Of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Fluent in French he has also starred in Le Dernier Tunnel, Cadavres, and La Loi Du Cachon.

Heyerdahl has an impressive list of television credits including series regular roles ranging from Hell on Wheels to True Blood, and guest starring on TV shows from Gotham to Girlfriends Guide to Divorce. He also co-starred in Steven Spielberg’s Emmy and Golden Glove Award-winning miniseries Into the West.

On stage, Heyerdahl has a long list of theatre credits including Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Changeling, The Grand Inquisitor (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, The Last Comedy, Le Making of De Macbeth, and Savage/Love, to name a few. Christopher enjoys traveling with his wife, taking in the arts, ocean swimming, and mountain skiing. He supports charities including MSF, SPCA, and Plan Canada’s: Because I’m a Girl.