Toronto-born actress Vinessa Antoine has been cast as the lead in the upcoming CBC-TV drama series "Diggstown."
She'll play a corporate lawyer who switches to a career in legal aid in Dartmouth, N.S., after her aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution.
Her character hails from North Preston, N.S., and the show will be shot in Halifax.
Creator Floyd Kane has said the show will feature "the first black Canadian lead of an hour-long drama on broadcast television in Canada."
The series will also feature a team of lawyers who are described as "a curious band of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers."
Antoine's previous credits include several Off-Broadway plays and the shows "General Hospital," "NCIS," "Being Erica" and "Heartland."
The Canadian Press