Milford actress Ellen Muth to make guest appearance on new TV thriller

Milford’s Ellen Muth is in the news these days, apparently preparing to guest star on the much anticipated NBC television series Hannibal.

Various news reports, passed along by Muth’s father, Eric Muth, confirm that the one-time Milford child actress, and former lead in the Showtime hit Dead Like Me, will make an appearance on the upcoming thriller which is based on the Thomas Harris novels.

According to press reports, Muth, who is best known for playing soul escort George on Dead Like Me for two seasons, will be appearing in Hannibal as a character named Georgia, sort of a tribute to her role on Dead Like Me.

Reports are vague, however, on how many shows Muth will appear in or how big her Hannibal guest appearance will be.

Hannibal is an upcoming American thriller television series in production at NBC.

Developed for television by Bryan Fuller, the series is based on novels by Thomas Harris and will focus on the relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy.

It looks like the show will be released around May, possibly later.

Because the series is a Bryan Fuller project, reports indicate that actors from his previous shows, like Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies, have been pulled into the cast.

Muth is the latest former Fuller actor to join the Hannibal crew.

Muth, 31, grew up in Milford and is known locally for the picture of herself that hung for years in Wanda’s Sugar Shack downtown as well as for her film and television fame.

Her first major role was in the 1995 film Dolores Claiborne when she was about 14 years old. She followed that with a role in the eighth season premiere of Law & Order and then the 1999 film The Young Girl and the Monsoon.

Muth's most widely known work was as the star of the 2003-2004 Showtime television series Dead Like Me, where she played Georgia "George" Lass, the protagonist and one of a team of reapers.

Muth's more recent roles have been lower in profile, according to an on line news site and included appearances in Jack 'n' Jill, a 2007 MFA thesis film, the voice for the character of Addie Vost in the animated short of Tofu the Vegan Zombie and a character in the audio dramatization Anne Manx in the Empress Blair Project.

In 2008 she joined three other actors at the Theatre Artist Workshop in Norwalk in a reading of Fleece the Flock, an original musical comedy.

Last year, she was in the movie Margarine Wars, which debuted in Los Angeles, Calif.