March 23, 2012 7:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Hell on Wheels' Ups Robin McLeavy to Series Regular (Exclusive)
AMC's Western drama Hell on Wheels is increasing the screen time for Eva in Season 2.
Actress Robin McLeavy has been upped from recurring to series regular on the Western drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
McLeavy plays the tattooed Eva, who in the season finale of the drama based on the building of the first transcontinental railroad was last seen parting ways with Common's Elam and setting up a potential new love interest in Irishman Toole (Duncan Ollerenshaw). The character is based on the life of Olive Oatman.
AMC renewed the drama, which ranks as its second-highest original series premiere, in December.
The Western marked the fifth of six original series to stretch beyond freshman seasons as AMC continues to find success with scripted fare, joining Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Killing. In addition, the series has proven a valuable property internationally.
McLeavy, who appeared in eight of the series' 10 freshman season episodes, next has Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter due in June. She's repped by UTA, Wishlab and attorney Jodi Peikoff.
A premiere date for Season 2 of Hell on Wheels has not yet been determined.