Harper’s Island: Character Overviews

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Character details are listed below, and grouped based on how they fit into the overall story, as we know it. This page will be updated weekly, keeping a running total of who died, when, and how. Check back on this page often and share with your friends.

The Victim

Abby Mills – The Good Girl

abby_millsStatus: Alive

Abby Mills (played by Elaine Cassidy) is a natural beauty in her mid-20s, who hails from Harper’s Island. She is the groom’s best friend, and his wedding brings her back to the island for the first time since her mother was murdered seven years ago. Abby’s father, the local Sheriff, gunned down the psychopath at the end of his killing spree, but the event shattered Abby’s relationship with her dad, and left her haunted by her mother’s death and the memory of the man who killed her.

The Bride and Groom

Henry Dunn – The Groom

henry_dunnStatus: Alive

Henry Dunn (played by Christopher Gorham) is a pauper marrying a princess. While growing up, Henry worked summers on Harper’s Island, tending to the boat of real estate mogul, Thomas Wellington. He returns to the island as the fiancé to the mogul’s beautiful daughter, Trish Wellington. Henry may have won the heart of Trish, but he still faces staunch resistance from his soon-to-be father-in-law who disapproves of Henry, and would love nothing more than to see this wedding never happen.

Trish Wellington – The Bride

trish_wellingtonStatus: Alive

Trish Wellington (played by Katie Cassidy) is the radiant bride-to-be who loves Henry Dunn with all of her heart and can’t wait to marry him. Money is no object for a Wellington, so Trish’s perfect wedding comes in the form of a grand week-long stay on Harper’s Island, full of activities, food and fun for her family and closest friends. Trish doesn’t care about Henry’s lack of pedigree, but she is “Daddy’s Little Girl” and finds herself torn between the two men in her life.


The Groom’s Family

J.D. Dunn – The Black Sheep

jd_dunnStatus: Alive

J.D. Dunn (played by Dean Chekvala) is Henry’s brother. He’s a dark and brooding loner with tattoos all over his body that speak more to his true nature than he ever lets on in conversation. Being the only brother of the groom should have made him a lock for “best man”, but J.D. is barely a guest at the wedding, and wouldn’t mind just missing it altogether. His childish antics make Henry’s life more difficult, and sometimes there is a malevolence in them that makes everyone wonder if J.D. has some secret endgame.

Uncle Marty Dunn – The Uncle

marty_dunnxStatus: Killed (1×01, 4/9/09 – Victim #2)

Uncle Marty (played by Harry Hamlin) is a surrogate father to Henry, the only family besides J.D. he has at the wedding. Uncle Marty loves being the center of attention; he started partying sometime in the `70s and just never stopped. Lurking behind his blithe demeanor is someone who cares deeply for Henry, who would do anything to protect him. Behind that is a guy who pops pills when no one is looking, while toting around a bag stuffed with bundles of cash and a gun.

His Death

Uncle Marty was killed as he returned from talking to Mr. Wellington. We still don’t know why Uncle Marty felt the need to bring a gun to the island, or why he was carrying around a bag full of money. As he crossed a wooden bridge over a dry creek-bed, the boards broke and he fell through and was trapped. A knife or sword could be heard under him, but even as he yelled for help the killer began slashing at him. Uncle Marty managed to fire off several shots toward the killer, but ultimately the bottom half of his body was severed, killing him instantly. RIP Uncle Marty.


The Bride’s Family

Thomas Wellington – The Father of the Bride

thomas_wellingtonStatus: Alive

Thomas Wellington (played by Richard Burgi) is the father-of-the bride. He’s a conservative real estate mogul. He only wants the best for his daughter; but as far as he’s concerned that doesn’t involve marrying Henry Dunn. Mr. Wellington is accustomed to getting his way, and plans on stopping this wedding at all costs.

Katherine Wellington – The Step-Mother

katherine_wellingtonStatus: Alive

Katherine Wellington (played by Claudette Mink) is the very definition of a trophy wife; a sexy woman closer in age to her stepdaughter than her husband. Trish resents her, but Shea tolerates her because she makes their dad happy. But considering Katherine’s secret dark desires, that might not last too long.

Shea Allen – The Maid of Honor

shea_allenStatus: Alive

Shea Allen (played by Gina Holden) is Trish’s big sister and the Matron of Honor. From the outside, she appears to have it all – a great husband, a beautiful daughter, and all the money in the world. Nothing is as it seems, however. There are problems in her marriage, and her daughter Madison is acting out. The stress of keeping up appearances has Shea trapped in a life she never wanted for herself.

Richard Allen – The Brother-In-Law

richard_allenStatus: Alive

Richard Allen (played by David Lewis) is Shea’s husband; a guy who married into the Wellington family and business, and lives everyday with that fact hanging over his head. Henry sees Richard as an example of what not to become – a meek subordinate who has completely broken under the thumb of Mr. Wellington. Richard keeps his severe contempt for Mr. Wellington under wraps, but is already in the process of taking revenge on the man who has made his life so miserable.

Madison Allen – The Flower Girl

madison_allenStatus: Alive

Madison Allen (played by Cassandra Sawtell) is Shea and Richard’s daughter. She’s cute, sweet and, at times, horribly spooky. Lots of kids enjoy mischief; Madison might enjoy it a little too much. She has a tendency to say things that indicate she has a better idea about what’s happening on Harper’s Island than the adults do. She knows something they don’t…something bad.


Friends of the Bride and Groom

Christopher Sullivan – The Best Man

christoper_sullivanStatus: Alive

Christopher ‘Sully’ Sullivan (played by Matt Barr) is Henry’s best man. All of his friends call him Sully, and he has lots of friends. He’s a fun-loving frat boy at heart, whose good buddies live vicariously through his many sexual escapades. He’s been Henry’s best friend since high school, but it’s questionable if he’s at the wedding more for Henry’s benefit or for the bachelor party and bridesmaids, particularly when he gets and eyeful of Chloe.

Malcolm Ross – The Hustler

malcolm_rossStatus: Alive

Malcolm Ross (played by Chris Gauthier) is a groomsman. He’s a big, boisterous guy who not only brings his own beer to a party, but he brews it himself. Malcolm is trying to start up a business to mass-produce his microbrew, Sacred Turtle. His friends are very supportive, emotionally, but lack the funds to finance his endeavor. His inability to raise capital has put a lot of stress on Malcolm, and made him desperate enough to do things his friends would never suspect.

Joel Booth – The Nerd

joel_boothStatus: Alive

Joel Booth (played by Sean Rogerson) is a groomsman. Everyone calls him “Booth”. He is a loyal friend who lacks some of the social graces of the other groomsmen. His hypochondria amuses his friends to no end.

Danny Brooks – The College Buddy

danny_brooksStatus: Alive

Danny Brooks (played by Brandon Jay McClaren) is a groomsman, and one of Henry’s best friend’s from college. Danny is the sensitive guy of the group. He’s thoughtful, and always wants to do the right thing. Danny feels things deeply: When he senses injustice, he can’t walk away, but has to try and make things right.

Chloe Carter – The Flirt

chloe_carterStatus: Alive

Chloe Carter (played by Cameron Richardson) is one of Trish’s bridesmaids. She’s sexy, playful, impulsive, and always looking for ways to live life to the fullest. She has a surprising curiosity about serial killers, especially John Wakefield. Beneath the blonde bombshell exterior is an intelligent woman searching for romance and love.

Cal Vandeusen – The Outsider

cal_vandeusenStatus: Alive

Cal Vandeusen (played by Adam Campbell) is Chloe’s boyfriend, and a doctor. He’s a charming, British outsider who doesn’t know anyone in the wedding party, but tries to fit in with the tight knit group. He treats Chloe like gold, and bought an engagement ring before ever stepping foot on Harper’s Island. As he waits for the right moment to pop the question, things keep getting in the way, and at times the frustration causes his “nice guy” demeanor to fall away and reveal something darker.

Beth Barrington – The Single Girl

beth_barringtonStatus: Alive

Beth Barrington (played by Amber Borycki) is a bridesmaid and Trish’s former college roommate. She’s beautiful, energetic and athletic. Though she didn’t grow up as privileged as Trish, she’s very comfortable in that world.

Lucy Daramour – The Socialite

lucy_daramourxStatus: Killed (1×02, 4/16/09 – Victim #5)

Lucy (played by Sarah Smyth) is a bridesmaid, and one of Trish’s childhood friends. Their families traveled and summered together. Though Lucy is more of a socialite than the other bridesmaids, she’s trying to find her own way in the world by attending law school. Gigi is Lucy’s handbag dog.

Her Death
Lucy was at the bonfire and Gigi ran off into the woods. Hunter was seen lurking in the trees just as Lucy went to search for Gigi. Lucy stepped on a covered hole in the ground. Gigi can be seen barking at the top, and then someone wearing gloves dumps gasoline on her, lights a match, and throws it on her. She burns to death in the hole in the woods.

Maggie Krell – The Wedding Planner

maggie_krellStatus: Alive

Maggie Krell (played by Beverly Elliott) is the energetic manager of The Candlewick Inn. She knew Abby, Henry and Trish when they were kids and couldn’t be happier to have them all back…especially for such a special occasion. She’s meticulously planned the week’s events and has more than just a few surprises in store for the wedding party.

Hunter Jennings – The Other Man

hunter_jenningsx1Status: Killed (1×03, 4/23/2009, victim #6)

Hunter Jennings (played by Victor Webster) was Trish’s college boyfriend. He’s from a family as affluent as the Wellingtons. He’s exciting and passionate and every bit her equal. He’s also selfish and completely unreliable, which is why Trish broke up with him. Now that she’s getting married, however, Hunter has shown up uninvited, hoping to convince Trish that he’s the one she should be marrying.

His Death
Hunter had just finished bribing Mr. Wellington for $50,000 in order to leave the island, alone, without telling Trish that her father was involved in bringing him there. Hunter is leaving in a boat and notices a bag full of money with a gun inside. The motor stops suddenly, and when he opens the latch to check the engine a shotgun was rigged to fire and killed him.


The Island Locals

Sheriff Charlie Mills – The Sheriff

sheriff_charlie_millsStatus: Alive

Sheriff Mills (played by Jim Beaver) is the law on Harper’s Island, the man who killed John Wakefield, and Abby’s father. He ended Wakefield’s deadly rampage seven years ago, but not before Wakefield took the life of his wife, Sarah. In his grief, Mills sent Abby away, and now that she’s back for the wedding, he hopes to reconcile with her. But times have changed, and Sheriff Mills has some dark secrets he has no intention of sharing with his daughter.

Jimmy Mance – The Old Flame

jimmy_manceStatus: Alive

Jimmy Mance (played by C.J. Thomason) is a local fisherman who couldn’t be happier about the Wellington-Dunn wedding coming to Harper’s Island because it brings Abby, his high school sweetheart, back to the island. Jimmy immediately renews his pursuit of Abby, even though he harbors some resentment toward her; in seven years she never wrote or called. The years have been difficult for Jimmy, and he did some things that Abby will find very surprising.

Nikki Bolton – The Biker Chick

nikki_boltonStatus: Alive

Nikki Bolton (played by Ali Liebert) is an old friend of Abby’s who lives on the island and manages The Cannery, a bar on the island. She’s a tough, sexy, straight-talking local who doesn’t back down from confrontation. She’s thrilled Abby’s back on the island, and looks forward to having fun while the wedding party’s in town.

Kelly Seaver – The Outcast

kelly_seaverxStatus: Killed (1×02, 4/16/09 – Victim #4)

Kelly Seaver (played by Ana Mae Routledge) has a unique connection with Abby; both of their mothers were killed by John Wakefield. But where Abby left the island, Kelly stayed behind and has never gotten over her mother’s murder. She’s struggled with depression and suicide attempts and a secret belief that John Wakefield is still alive and coming back for her.

Her Death

Kelly was told by Abby that she could move in with her in L.A. just moments before we last saw her alive. She was more excited than she’d been in a long time, and she celebrated by having sex with Henry’s brother J.D. She obviously didn’t know that people who have sex in a horror movie often die. Her friend Nikki came looking for her to go to the bonfire and she is seen hanging from a rope in her bedroom, J.D. nowhere in sight. Kelly is also the first victim that is found, although there will undoubtedly be those who believe that she committed suicide, so I doubt that anyone will assume a killer is on the loose just yet.

Shane Pierce – The Townie

shane_pierceStatus: Alive

Shane Pierce (played by Ben Cotton) is a Harper’s Island local who pretty much dislikes everyone. He works on a boat with his best friend, Jimmy Mance, and hates that the return of Abby Mills has turned Jimmy into her little whipping boy. He has a particular distaste for Henry Dunn’s brother, J.D., especially after J.D. starts flirting with his ex-girlfriend. Shane’s got a short temper, and a history of violence, which makes him capable of just about anything.

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