Alex Paxton-Beesley has nothing but pure love for fans of Murdoch Mysteries and of Freddie Pink in particular. But, in the beginning, she was very nervous; Murdoch fans are a passionate group and make their feelings known.
“I was very nervous because the fans are incredibly loyal to the established relationships on the show,” Paxton-Beesley says. “If they [had put William and Freddie together as a couple], I would have said, ‘Guys, I’m going to be killed in real life!’ It’s so cool to see a Canadian-made show—with a Canadian cast, written by Canadians and shot in Canada—that is such a massive hit with a global audience. It’s awesome and inspiring and really fun and speaks to the quality of the show.”
The Toronto actress is days away from wrapping production on Pure, CBC’s upcoming six-episode drama about the Mennonite Mob dealing drugs out of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Paxton-Beesley plays Anna Funk, Mennonite wife to Pastor Noah Funk (Ryan Robbins) who sees her quiet life threatened after a mob leader named Eli Voss (Peter Outerbridge) gives Noah an ultimatum, forcing the Funks into the crime world.
“My character has to hold down the home front and make some pretty tough choices,” Paxton-Beesley teases. “It’s fun to play, but emotional.”
After filming wraps in Halifax, she jets back to Toronto where she’ll once again assume the role of Freddie Pink in a Murdoch Mysteries episode to air later this season.
“I don’t know if I can tell you anything,” she says. “But I can say that show is the most fun.”
Season 1 of Pure will air during the winter on CBC.
Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.