About the Show

From Neil Cross, the award-winning creator of "Luther," along with James V. Hart & Amanda Welles comes "Crossbones," a compelling new one-hour drama filled with extraordinary action, adventure and intrigue - set in a world where one can never be sure just who is hero and who is villain.

It's 1729. On the secret island of Santa Compana, Edward Teach, better known as the barbarous pirate Blackbeard (Emmy winner John Malkovich, "Death of a Salesman," "Red"), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreants. Part shantytown, part utopia, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other.

Blackbeard has designs on the longitude chronometer, an invention that will change the world. During a massive attack on an English vessel, his most trusted pirates attempt to steal the device. But on board is Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle, "Covert Affairs"), an English spy working undercover as ship's surgeon. Lowe's mission is to prevent the chronometer from falling into the hands of pirates - and to assassinate Blackbeard, should the opportunity arise.

Taken as prisoner to Santa Compana, Lowe must find a way to reassemble the precious chronometer, all while trying to uncover Blackbeard's master plan - a plan that includes a greater threat to the English throne than merely pirates...

In addition to Cross, executive producers include Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ("Gladiator," "Men in Black"), Ted Gold ("Three Rivers") and Ciaran Donnelly ("Vikings," "The Tudors").

"Crossbones" is produced by Parkes+MacDonald Productions in association with Universal Television.

Cast Bios

John Malkovich
Yasmine Al Massri
Richard Coyle
Claire Foy
David Hoflin
Tracy Ifeachor
Chris Perfetti


Created By

Neil Cross and James V. Hart & Amanda Welles

Executive Producer

Neil Cross, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold, Ciaran Donnelly


Rudd Simmons, Jane Bartelme


David Slade (pilot), Ciaran Donnelly, Steve Shill, Dan Attias, Terrence McDonough, Deran Sarafian

Co-Executive Producer

Liz Sarnoff, Blake Masters, David Digilio, Michael Oates Palmer, Josh Friedman


Neil Cross, James V. Hart & Amanda Welles, Michael Oates Palmer, Josh Friedman, Liz Sarnoff, Blake Masters, Dave Digillio

Line Producer

Rudd Simmons, Jane Bartelme

Casting Director

Avy Kaufman (U.S.A.), Patricia Alonso (P.R.)

Production Designer

Tom Conroy


Puerto Rico

Produced By

Universal Television in association with Parkes+MacDonald Productions

Associate Producer

Todd Lachniet

Director of Photography

Chrisotpher J. Baffa


Art Jones, Meg Reticker, Tim Streeto, Andy Keir

Costume Designer

Caroline Harris