Netflix's Stranger Things season 3 cast includes several returning actors and characters as well as some newcomers. The hit Netflix series is serving up eight brand new episodes which continue the story of a select group of people living in the sleepy town of Hawkins, IN, in 1985 who must fight creatures from an alternate dimension and stop them from taking over the town
The Stranger Things season 3 cast and characters have grown in every sense of the word. Not only are a number of the younger characters growing up and coming of age this season, but the cast has added three new actors: Maya Hawke, Jake Busey, and Cary Elwes. It's a good thing the cast is larger and the characters are getting older because it will be all hands on deck if the Stranger Things crew stands a chance of defeating the Mind-Flayer, leader of the Upside Down.
With more than a dozen cast members returning for Stranger Things season 3 and three familiar faces joining the show, a quick breakdown of each character and a reminder of who is playing them feels necessary.
Last updated: July 5, 2019
Returning Stranger Things Season 3 Cast & Characters
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven: Eleven is part of the young gang, equipped with superpowers and the only one able to defeat the Mind-Flayer. Brown was last seen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler: Mike is the leader of the young group and Eleven's love interest. Wolfhard was previously seen in 2017's IT and Netflix's Carmen Sandiego.
Noah Schnapp as Will Byers: Will tries to shake off the clutches of the Mind-Flayer and help the group fight it. Schnapp previously appeared in The Peanuts Movie.
Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair: Lucas is part of the young gang and a love interest to Max. McLaughlin was previously seen in Steven Soderbergh's High Flying Bird.
Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson: Dustin is the young group's comic relief and Steve's partner-in-crime. Matarazzo has also appeared on The Blacklist.
Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield: Max is Billy's stepsister, love interest to Lucas, and now close friends with Eleven. Sink was previously seen in The Glass Castle.
Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair: Ferguson plays Lucas's sister Erica. She is known for roles in 2018's The Oath and Atlanta on FX.
Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler: Nancy Wheeler is Mike's older sister and a recent graduate of Hawkins High. Byer was last seen in Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw.
Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers: Jonathan Byers is Will's brother, Nancy's boyfriend, and recent Hawkins High grad. Heaton will soon be seen in New Mutants.
Joe Keery as Steve Harrington: Steve now works at ice cream parlor Scoops Ahoy with Robin. Keery was last seen in the indie horror film Slice.
Dacre Montgomery as Billy Mayfield: Billy is Max's stepbrother and Hawkins' newest community pool lifeguard. Montgomery is best known for his role in 2017's Power Rangers.
David Harbour as Jim Hopper: Habour plays Hawkins' sheriff, Jim Hopper. He was last seen in the Hellboy reboot.
Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers: Joyce is Will and Jonathan's mom. Ryder is an iconic actress who's best known for roles in Heathers and Beetlejuice.
Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler: Karen is Mike and Nancy's mom. She is known for her supporting role on Mad Men.
Paul Reiser as Dr. Sam Owens: Dr. Owens oversees operations at Hawkins Lab. Reiser is best known for his role on '90s sitcom Mad About You.
Rob Morgan as Officer Powell: Morgan plays police officer Powell, Hopper's co-worker. He was last seen in Mudbound.
Randy Havens as Mr. Clarke: Mr. Clarke is a teacher at Hawkins Middle School and he runs the AV Club. Havens was last seen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman: Murray is a local conspiracy theorist who also happens to be fluent in Russian, making him an asset in Hopper and Joyce's investigation. Gelman was previously seen in Fleabag and Camping.
Joe Chrest as Ted Wheeler: Ted is the patriarch of the Wheeler family. Chrest's past credits include 21 Jump Street and Deepwater Horizon.
John Reynolds as Officer Callahan: Officer Callahan works for Hawkins police department. Reynolds' past credits include Search Party and High Maintenance.
Matty Cardarople as Keith: Keith works at the Hawkins and makes a surprise return during the Season 3 finale. Cardarople's past credits include Jurassic World and Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
New Stranger Things Season 3 Cast & Characters
Maya Hawke as Robin: Robin is Steve's Scoops Ahoy co-worker. Hawke was previously seen in PBS's Little Women.
Jake Busey as Bruce: Bruce is a reporter for the Hawkins newspaper. He is known for roles in Starship Troopers.
Cary Elwes as Mayor Larry Kline: Elwes plays Hawkins mayor Larry Kline. He is known worldwide for his role as Westley in The Princess Bride.
Francesca Reale as Heather Holloway: Heather is a lifeguard at the Hawkins Community Pool and is a victim of the Mind-Flayer. Reale is best known for her previous role in Netflix's Haters Back Off!.
Michael Park as Tom Holloway: Tom is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hawkins post, Nancy and Jonathan's boss, and is a victim of the Mind-Flayer. Park is known for past roles in Gotham, Chicago P.D., and The Blacklist.
Alec Utgoff as Dr. Alexei: Alexei is the lead Russian scientist overseeing operations to re-open the Upside Down gate in Hawkins. Utgoff's past credits include San Andreas, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and Mortdecai.
Andrey Ivchenko as Grigori: Grigori is a Russian hitman and liaison between the Russian army and Mayor Kline. Ivchenko's previous credits include Jane the Virgin and xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
Misha Kuznetsov as Ozerov: Ozerov is the Commander of the Russian operation to re-open the Upside Down gate in Hawkins. Kuznetsov was previously seen in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Peggy Miley as Mrs. Driscoll: Mrs. Driscoll is an elderly woman who first notices something is wrong with the rats in Hawkins and later becomes a victim of the Mind-Flayer. Miley's past credits include Suburbicon and The Back-Up Plan.