Franklin Williams is the newly elected councilman to the Board of Control of Toronto introduced in the Season 10 finale, Hell to Pay, played by Robin Dunne.

Twenty years earlier, Constable Brackenreid had arrested young Frank Williams for robbery but his father made it go away, now Williams is running the Board of Control – and City Hall.

Appearances and Mentions

Hell to Pay

  • In cahoots with a ruthless developer Robert Graham who holds the secrets of almost every elected city official, the Inspector warns his Detective if he wants to go after the newly elected Councilor Williams and Robert Graham, Murdoch is going to need more than the words of a dance-hall girl and a socialist's wife.
  • Williams re-instated Davis from City Records to Chief Constable and puts him in charge of the manhunt for Murdoch.
  • Last seen with a bloody nose (possibly broken), given to Williams by Dr. Ogden who he kidnapped. Her undercut punch uncovers his hood, revealing his identity and that knowledge jeopardizes Julia's life.

Up From Ashes

  • Franklin Williams brings Miss Penelope Marsh from London to take charge of Station House No. 4, replacing Inspector Brackenreid and to elicit a confession from suspected murder William Murdoch.
  • Councilor Williams wants that confession so that he and Robert Graham will not be suspected of any work doing nor charged in the foreseeable future.


  • Actor Robin Dunne, who plays Franklin Williams, played in another Canadian show, Sanctuary – only he played a good guy.


Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsShanice Banton as Violet HartLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidClare McConnell as Effie NewsomeBea Santos as Louise CherryPeter Keleghan as Terrence MeyersPeter Stebbings as James PendrickMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggNigel Bennett as former Chief Constable Giles • Siobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeShailene Garnett as Nomi JohnstonStephanie Belding as Nurse SullivanSebastian Pigott as Dr. DixonColin Mochrie as Ralph FellowsJames McGowan as Dr. ForbesPatrick McKenna as Hamish SlorachDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaJohn Tench as Alexander Graham BellMartin Moreau as Theodore RooseveltCyrus Lane as Rupert NewsomeCraig Brown as Eddie CrawfordDavid Reale as Mr. ClementsErin Agostino as Nina BloomMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceCharlotte Sullivan as Charlotte (formerly Minerva Fairchild)Sean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan Doyle
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