A cast and character guide to Netflix’s “Bodkin.”


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“Bodkin” Summary

Netflix’s “Bodkin” is a murder mystery documenting a murder mystery. Created by Jez Scharf and starring Will Forte, “Bodkin” follows a podcaster and investigative journalist as they try to uncover a 20-year mystery in the town of Bodkin in Ireland. The slow-burn series quietly satirizes our obsession with murder mysteries and all of their tropes (small town, multiple suspects, cliffhangers, etc.). 

Each episode of “Bodkin” begins with ominous narration from Gilbert Power (Will Forte), a man with a true crime podcast who insists he’s more interested in the people within the story rather than solving the mystery. Gilbert is joined by Emmy Scissor (Robyn Cara), a young and eager researcher who wants to help Gilbert by any means necessary. The two are chipper spirits with wide eyes for the town of Bodkin. But Irish native and investigative journalist Dove (Siobhán Cullen) is a no-nonsense detective who’s forced to team up with Gilbert and Emmy as she’s put on leave from her news job. 

The three enter Bodkin, eager to learn more about the mysterious disappearance of three people on one night at a festival 25 years ago. The locals are mostly kind to Gilbert, Emmy, and Dove, but they insist their small, quiet town has nothing to hide. Dove is suspicious of all and knows that, like any town, Bodkin has its skeletons buried deep. Gilbert and Dove often clash with their interview and research processes, but together, they complement each other and are actually able to discover what happened to those missing individuals. Unfortunately for Gilbert, Dove, and the rest of the town, as the sleuths try to uncover more information, more danger and murder lurk behind every revelation. 

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Content Information

Rated TV-MA for profanity, nudity, and sex

“Bodkin” General Information

Network(s) Netflix
Genre(s) Comedy

Crime

Drama

Mystery

Created By Jez Scharf
First Aired May 9, 2024
Executive Produced By Jez Scharf, Alex Metcalf, Tonia Davis, David Flynn, Paul Lee, and Nne Ebong
Director Nash Edgerton

Please Note: The content below contains pertinent spoilers; descriptions are updated as new information is presented; images are changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or recurring role. 

Groups and Organizations

  • The Guardian (1.1, “One True Mystery”): The news organization that employs Dove. 

Notable Locations & Items

  • Bodkin (1.1, “One True Mystery”): A small Irish coastal town where the people went missing.

Terminology

  • Samhain (1.1, “One True Mystery”): The festival that occurred when the three people went missing. It’s considered a Gaelic Halloween. 

Other Noteworthy Information

  • “Bodkin” is Higher Ground’s first scripted series. Higher Ground is a production company founded by Barack and Michelle Obama. 

Gilbert Power

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Played by: Will Forte

Description: Gilbert Power is a pleasant, chipper podcaster who believes you’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar. He’s deeply interested in people and sees his podcast as a chance to meet interesting people instead of solving a murder mystery. But Gilbert also struggles with the loss of his wife, and he may be more alone than we think.

  • Introduced in: 1.1, “One True Mystery”
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Saturday Night Live,” their role in “The Last Man on Earth,” and their role in “Strays.”

Additional Information

  • Forte claims the scripts were so well-written that the acting came easily.

Quotes

“There’s only one true mystery: the human heart.”

Dove

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Played by: Siobhán Cullen

Description: Dove is an investigative journalist who’s determined to solve cases as quickly as possible. She’ll gather evidence and interview people by any means necessary, even at the cost of her job with the Guardian. Dove’s tactics may be ethically questionable, but she’s smart, brave, and always has an answer to a problem.

  • Introduced in: 1.1, “One True Mystery”
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Obituary,” their role in “The Dray,” and their role in “Origin.”

Additional Information

  • In an interview, Cullen explained that acting as Dove was fun because Dove doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her.

Emmy Scissor

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Played by: Robyn Cara

Description: Emmy is new to the podcast game but eager to prove herself. As a researcher, assistant, and novice sleuth, Emmy sees the benefits of both Gilbert and Dove’s approaches to gathering evidence in cold cases. But as Emmy develops a romance with one of the Bodkin locals, she may be getting closer to the case than she thinks.

  • Introduced in: 1.1, “One True Mystery”
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Trying,” their role in “Ackley Bridge,” and their role in “The Rising.”

Seamus Gallagher

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Played by: David Wilmot

Description: A shady fisher that’s suspicious of the podcast crew. Seamus may have been tricked by journalists in the past, and he has his own history that he’s trying to hide, but Gilbert and Seamus share a special connection. 

  • Introduced in: 1.1, “One True Mystery” 
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Station Eleven,” their role in “Anna Karenina,” and their role in “Calvary.”

Sean O’Shea

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Played by: Chris Walley

Description: Sean is the podcast crew’s taxi driver. As a Bodkin native, Sean is rarely bothered by anything and is happy to go along for the ride.

  • Introduced in: 1.1, “One True Mystery” 
  • The actor is also known for their role in “The Young Offenders,” their role in “Lies We Tell,” and their role in “Bloodlands.”

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