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        8 October 2010

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Huntsville native plays medical examiner in 'Detroit 1-8-7'

Traveling through space and time from ancient Rome to modern day Detroit, Huntsville native Erin Cummings has had quite a year.

Cummings started out 2010 playing Sura on the Starz network series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” before appearing on a few episodes of the A&E drama “Mad Men.” This fall, she stars in the new ABC crime drama, “Detroit 1-8-7.”

Cummings is a graduate of Huntsville High School and the University of North Texas. While doing a play near Dallas, she was discovered by a Los Angeles talent scout. According to her biography on www.abc.com, she later went on to study Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Cummings plays the role of medical examiner Dr. Abbey Ward on “Detroit 1-8-7,” with storylines that focus on police work in a notoriously violent city.

“It’s a show about homicide detectives in Detroit,” she said. “I have the unique and interesting role of coming in to a case and presenting a piece of information which could turn a case on its head and send the case in a new direction.

“When playing a M.E., you’re a doctor,” she said. “You’re not a creepy guy who hangs out in a basement and cuts things open. You’re a doctor, but you’re also helping solve crimes.”

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