'The Mindy Project' Enlists 'Smash' Alum Jack Davenport for Season 5 (Exclusive)

Davenport will play an English stage actor who takes an interest in Mindy.
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Jack Davenport

The Mindy Project is about to get a taste of Bombshell.

Smash alum Jack Davenport is set to guest star during the upcoming fifth season of the Hulu comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Davenport will play Leland Breakfast, an English stage actor who is known as the "bad boy of the West End." He comes to New York City to star in a one-man show and ends up taking an interest in Mindy (creator, executive producer and star Mindy Kaling).

It's unclear what Leland's interest in Mindy means for her other potential suitors: her ex-fiance and baby daddy Danny (Chris Messina) and her co-worker Jody (Garrett Dillahunt), whom Mindy was trying to choose between at the end of season four.

Co-showrunner Matt Warburton broke down Mindy's romantic dilemma with THR back in July: "She's a character who has a lot of outward confidence but inner self-doubts she's been wrestling with all season, like, 'How picky do I get to be as a single mom? Am I OK with settling? Am I OK with saying no to both?'"

Davenport joins upcoming guest stars including Bryan Greenberg, Nasim Pedrad and Rebecca Rittenhouse. The single-camera comedy also is welcoming back a slew of familiar faces this season, including Adam Pally, Bill Hader, Anders Holm and B.J. Novak.

The guest spot brings Davenport back to Universal TV, where he starred on the studio's Broadway-centered drama Smash as theater director Derek Willis. The British native also is known for his roles on Coupling and Swingtown and in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Davenport, who is next set to headline the Syfy pilot Prototype, is repped by Gersh, Sanders Armstrong and Hamilton Hodell in the U.K.

The Mindy Project is set to return for season five on Tuesday, Oct. 4, on Hulu.

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