Darren Richmond, the president of the Seattle City Council, is running for Mayor. He gives every impression of being "Seattle's JFK." Richmond is carrying on a relationship with Gwen Eaton, his campaign advisor -- a relationship he is keeping under wraps until the election is over -- but still longs for his wife who passed away years ago. He is the type of politico with potential on the national scale, a man of principle and unshakeable beliefs amidst a political world swimming with sharks.
Richmond becomes tied to the Rosie Larsen case after one of his campaign's cars is pulled from a lake and the teenager's dead body is found in the trunk. He becomes a prime suspect after a high-end escort indicates to detective Stephen Holder that Richmond, using the name "Orpheus," is one of her clients and that he once proposed a morbid drowning scenario. Sarah Linden becomes convinced of Richmond's guilt after emails sent to the address used by Orpheus to register with the escort service are delivered to Richmond's computer, and later convinces Lieutenant Oakes of his guilt when Holder produces a photograph that depicts Richmond in the campaign car on the night Rosie was killed. Sarah arrests the councilman, only to later learn that Holder's photo is a fake. Meanwhile, Holder slips into a car and tells its driver, "Photo worked. He's going down."
When Belko Royce learns that police are arresting Richmond for Rosie’s murder, he shoots Richmond. The councilman undergoes surgery and survives, but is paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. Richmond is cleared of the murder charge, on account of the inauthenticity of Holder’s photo.
Once discharged from the hospital, Richmond continues to lag behind in the polls, due in large part to public opinion that he was involved in Rosie’s murder. As election day approaches, he admits to his constituents that he tried to kill himself on the night Rosie was murdered. He goes on to win the election and begins his tenure by holding a meeting with Nicole Jackson and Michael Ames — a sign that this idealistic politician is now willing to get his hands dirty.
Billy Campbell is best known for starring opposite Sela Ward in the beloved ABC drama Once and Again. In the series, Campbell portrayed single father Rick Sammler, a role for which he earned a 1999 Golden Globe Awards nomination in the Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama category, as well as a People's Choice Award in the Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series category. The show was also nominated in 1999 for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama.
Most recently, Campbell wrapped production on three independent pictures: The Red Knot, which also stars Olivia Thirlby and Vincent Kartheiser and was filmed in Antarctica; The Disappeared, a story about six fishermen lost at sea in the North Atlantic; and the film adaption of author K.L. Going's young-adult novel Fat Kid Rules the World, actor Matthew Lillard's directorial debut.
Campbell starred as Jordan Collier on USA Network's science fiction series, The 4400 from 2004 to 2007. His other television credits include NBC's Crime Story and ABC's Moon Over Miami. Campbell appeared in two acclaimed Armistead Maupin miniseries, Tales of the City and More Tales of the City, with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis; ABC's Max Q, and CBS’ Monday After the Miracle, with Roma Downey and Moira Kelly. He also starred as Moses in the critically acclaimed NBC miniseries In the Beginning, co-starring Martin Landau and Jacqueline Bissett, and he played Ted Bundy in the USA Network original movie The Stranger Beside Me.
Campbell is still recognized for the cult classic The Rocketeer with Jennifer Connelly. The film celebrated its 20th anniversary in December 2011. His feature film credits include Gettysburg, The Night We Never Met, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Enough opposite Jennifer Lopez.
Among his stage credits, Campbell starred in "Fortinbras," for which he received a 1996 Ovation Award for Best Actor in LA Theatre, as well as "Backbone of America," "Hamlet," "Guys & Dolls," and "The Best Man."
Campbell's other passion in life is sailing. From May 2005 through June 2006, he circumnavigated the globe while crewing on the 179-foot tall ship, the Barque Picton Castle. During this trip -- covering 50,000 deep-water miles and 52 ports in over 20 countries around the world -- he and the crew delivered construction and medical supplies, and donated educational materials to remote villages throughout the South Pacific. From 2001 through 2004, Campbell also served on voyages in and around the North Sea and Europe on the full-rigged ship Sørlandet out of Kristiandsand, Norway.
Campbell grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he studied illustration. He was trained at the Ted Liss Studio for the Performing Arts and the Players Workshop of Second City in Chicago, and at the Howard Fine Studio in Los Angeles.
Campbell is an avid rugby player. He enjoys reading, writing, hang-gliding and long walks in the deep woods, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, which he has for the last few years called home.