David Sutcliffe chats about his role on CBC’s Cracked


On Thursday, February 7th, the TIFF Lightbox hosted The City Life Film project’s red carpet event. The organization is a not-for-profit that uses film as a way of relating to underprivileged youth. One of the many supporters of this project is Cracked co-creator and Toronto Police officer Calum de Hartog, who attended the event along with lead Cracked cast member, David Sutcliffe.

We sit down with Sutcliffe for a quick conversation, among all the buzz and chit chat of the event, to get to know his beginnings with the show, more about his character Detective Aidan Black and of course, his advice for young, aspiring artists. Watch the video above!

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, David Sutcliffe has been in a variety of different television productions and films. After studying English literature at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College and taking part in a few Canadian productions, Sutcliffe hopped across the border to Hollywood to what would be a great career in the world of TV and film. He is widely recognized for his role as Christopher Hayden on CW’s Gilmore Girls and as Officer Kevin Nelson on ABC’s Private Practice.

Cracked is a new procedural drama on CBC, created by writer Tracey Forbes and Toronto Police Officer Calum de Hartog. The story puts a spotlight on mental illness and psychiatric disorders by following a team within the Canadian police department called the Psych Crimes Unit. Set up by psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), the team is joined by SWAT officer Detective Aidan Black (David Sutcliffe), who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after incidents on the job. Together their unit hopes to not only help people with mental disabilities, but also protect the citizens of the city from harm.