Alfre Woodard joins the cast of the CBC and Bet Plus TV series ‘The Porter’

American actor Alfre Woodard, known for dozens of TV shows and movies, including “St. Elsewhere,” “Luke Cage” and “12 Years a Slave,” has joined the cast of the CBC series “The Porter.”

CBC, Bet Plus and producers Inferno Pictures and Sienna Films say Woodard will play the role of Montreal brothel madam Fay, who “takes great pride in living life on her own terms,” and will also executive produce the show.

Set partly in Montreal’s St. Antoine neighbourhood in the 1920s, as well as Chicago and Detroit, “The Porter” is about Black railway workers in Canada and the United States, and the birth of the world’s first Black union.

Woodard is a four-time Emmy Award winner, for “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Miss Evers’ Boys” and “The Practice,” and a 17-time nominee. She was also nominated for an Oscar, for the 1983 film “Cross Creek,” and won a Golden Globe for the miniseries “Miss Evers’ Boys.”

The “Porter” cast also includes British actor Aml Ameen (“I May Destroy You”); Toronto actors Ronnie Rowe Jr. (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Mouna Traoré (“Murdoch Mysteries”) and Oluniké Adeliyi (“Workin’ Moms”), and American Loren Lott (“The Young and the Restless”).

“The Porter” was created by co-executive producers Arnold Pinnock and Bruce Ramsay, with Annmarie Morais, Marsha Greene and Aubrey Nealon.

Shooting is underway in Winnipeg.

TORONTO STAR