Stranger Things is well-known for its great ensemble cast, but where do recognize the actors from? Netflix's Stranger Things appeared out of nowhere and quickly became one of the most talked about new shows of 2016. The show feels like someone dropped every 1980s Stephen King novel in a blender with Back To The Future, E.T., and Aliens. While the series was shamelessly nostalgic, it was the characters and drama that really hooked viewers.
Stranger Things season 1 introduced a great line-up of characters, from the central band of young friends to their older siblings and parents. Stranger Things season 2 was bigger in scope, introducing new characters and otherworldly threats, but it never lost sight of the story in the process. Strip away the fun 1980s references and special effects, it’s really the Stranger Things cast that form the beating heart of the show.
Let’s take a look at the main Stranger Things cast and explore some of their past work.
Winona Ryder As Joyce Byers
Two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder was the most famous Stranger Things cast member when the show launched. Ryder made her name working with Tim Burton on Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. Other acclaimed parts from early in her career include Heathers, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Reality Bites, Alien: Resurrection and Girl, Interrupted. In recent years she’s made an impression in 2009’s Star Trek as Spock’s mother Amanda Grayson and Black Swan.
David Harbour As Chief Jim Hooper
Prior to his breakout role on Stranger Things, David Harbour was a well-known character actor with an impressive list of credits. Harbour regularly stole movies with supporting roles in Quantum Of Solace, End Of Watch, The Equalizer, Black Mass and A Walk Among The Tombstones. His TV credits include The Newsroom and Elementary. He will next appear on the big screen as the title character in Hellboy.
Millie Bobby Brown As Eleven
Before her star-making role as Eleven on Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown appeared on episodes of Once Upon A Time and Modern Family. She is due to appear on the big screen in both Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and Godzilla Vs Kong.
Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
Finn Wolfhard worked on shows like The 100 and Supernatural before being cast as Mike on Stranger Things. He appeared as Richie Tozier in IT and will return for IT: Chapter Two. He’s rumored for a lead role in Jason Reitman’s new Ghostbusters movie.
Noah Schnapp As Will Byers
Outside of the Stranger Things cast, young Noah Schnapp has an intriguing list of credits. He played Tom Hanks’ son in Bridge Of Spies, voiced Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie and Jay in The Angry Birds Movie.
Caleb McLaughlin As Lucas Sinclair
Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
Who Else Is In The Cast Of Stranger Things?
Natalia Dyer - Nancy Wheeler: Natalia Dyer first appeared in 2009’s Hannah Montana: The Movie and most recently featured in Velvet Buzzsaw.
Charlie Heaton - Jonathan Byers: Charlie Heaton has appeared in thrillers such as Shut In and Marrowbone, and will play Cannonball in The New Mutants.