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When she was a teenager, Detective Catherine Chandler witnessed the brutal murder of her mother by two gunmen. She would have also been killed if not for a mysterious man who saved her life, turned into a beast of sorts and went after the killers. In present day, Catherine finds a clue that leads her to the discovery of a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who presumed dead in 2002 while serving in Afghanistan. For the last ten years, Vincent has been in hiding because back when he was serving his country, he became an experiment that went terribly wrong and the very people who altered his DNA want him dead before anyone could find out what they did. Catherine and Vincent are slowly falling in love -- but will his other side come out and scare her off forever?

Catherine Chandler (Played by Kristin Kreuk)

Kristin Kreuk as Catherine Chandler
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As a teenager, Catherine's life is forever changed when she witnesses her mother's murder and is almost killed herself. Thankfully, she is saved by a "beast," who turns out to be Vincent, one of her mother's military experiments. As a detective, Catherine is one of the most dedicated on the force, but she soon finds herself distracted after meeting Vincent and then goes in search for answers to her mother's death. Catherine is very clearly in love with Vincent, but she also knows the two can never be together or both their lives could be in mortal danger.

As a side note, most will remember this lovely young actress from playing Lana Lang in the CW's longest running drama series Smallville (which is where Kristin learned most of her swift fighting moves!).

Vincent Keller (Played by Jay Ryan)

Jay Ryan as Vincent
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Vincent was once a successful doctor until he enlisted in the military and soon agreed to become part of a top secret science experiment that turned soldiers into killing machines. Once the experiment failed, all the subjects were murdered -- except for Vincent, who went into hiding after being presumed dead in Afghanistan. Years ago, Vincent saved Catherine's life, and thanks to her outstanding detective work, she learns that he is alive and has been hiding with his childhood friend J.T. She agrees to keep his identity a secret when he promises to help find out why her mother was murdered. Catherine and Vincent have undeniable chemistry and will more than likely give in to their mutual attraction at some point.

J.T. Forbes (Played by Austin Basis)

Austin Basis as JT Forbes
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Vincent's closest and most loyal childhood friend who has been keeping Vincent hidden from the world. As a science professor, J.T. has unlimited access to chemicals so that he may try and find a cure for Vincent's condition. While he has yet to find a cure, J.T. has managed to help fight some of the uglier and more dangerous symptoms of his condition. J.T. has a wicked sense of humor and often uses sarcasm to get through awkward social situations.

Tess Vargas (Played by Nina Lisandrello)

Nina Lisandrello as Tess Vargas
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Catherine's street-smart partner at the New York Police Department. The two are also very close friends, although Catherine has not confided her secret about Vincent with Tess and probably won't for a very long time. I suspect once she does, Tess will become a powerful ally for the two of them.

Heather Chandler (Played by Nicole Gale Anderson)

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Catherine's younger and often irresponsible sister. After losing her job and boyfriend, Heather moved in with Catherine and the two are slowly learning how to live harmoniously together. Heather does not know Catherine's secret, but she is fully aware that she is hiding a huge secret.
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