Christine Baranski is an Emmy and Tony winner known for her role in “The Good Fight.”
In “The Gilded Age,” Baranski portrays Agnes van Rhijn, a snobbish matriarch intent on preserving New York City’s social order amid an influx of the nouveau riche.
Leading up to the performance, the 69-year-old has earned coveted awards for her performances in a wide variety of productions.
The Emmy winner is known for her TV roles on “The Good Wife” and its spinoff series “The Good Fight.” She’s also appeared in “Cybill,” “Frasier,” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
Baranski’s film credits include “The Birdcage,” “Chicago,” and “Mamma Mia,” among many others.
Also a highly-regarded stage actress, she’s won two Tony Awards for her performances in “The Real Thing” and “Rumors.”
Cynthia Nixon plays Miranda Hobbes in “And Just Like That,” the “Sex and the City” revival.
Nixon’s Ada Brook is a soft-spoken spinster easily swayed by her domineering older sister Agnes.
Without the corset and wig, you’ll likely recognize the 55-year-old as successful lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the “Sex and the City” series, the two “Sex and the City” movies, and the HBO revival, “And Just Like That.” Nixon won a Primetime Emmy, among other awards, for her role on the original series.
She’s also made a name for herself in theater, scoring Tony Awards for her performances in “Rabbit Hole” and “The Little Foxes.”
Outside of her acting career, the Manhattanite ran in New York’s 2018 gubernatorial election but ultimately lost to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Louisa Jacobson makes her TV debut in “The Gilded Age.”
Jacobson has a prominent role in “The Gilded Age” as Marian Brook, a young Pennsylvanian who moves to Manhattan following her father’s death.
The HBO series marks Jacobson’s TV debut. The 30-year-old previously attended the Yale School of Drama and appeared in stage productions of “Member of the Wedding” and “Romeo & Juliet.”
Her mother, Meryl Streep, is an Oscar-winning actress.
Carrie Coon has appeared in shows such as “The Leftovers,” “Fargo,” and “The Sinner.”
Coon stars as Bertha Russell, an Upper East Side newcomer laser-focused on penetrating the neighborhood’s inner circle.
You may recognize the 41-year-old from her roles in shows such as “The Leftovers,” “Fargo,” and “The Sinner.” She’s also appeared in films including “Gone Girl,” “The Post,” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”
Off-camera, Coon has received a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Morgan Spector is in another HBO series: “The Plot Against America.”
Spector’s George Russell may be new to the neighborhood, but the self-made railroad tycoon is on his way to owning the entire city.
Before the 41-year-old landed his role in “The Gilded Age,” he appeared in the HBO miniseries “The Plot Against America,” based on the Philip Roth novel of the same name. He’s also been cast in other TV series such as “The Mist,” “Homeland,” and “Pearson.”
Spector has appeared alongside his wife Rebecca Hall in films including “Christine” and “Permission.” And like so many other “Gilded Age” cast members, Spector has performed on Broadway, landing roles in “A View From the Bridge,” “Harvey,” and “Machinal.”
Audra McDonald is a Broadway legend who has also had roles in “The Good Wife” and “Private Practice.”
In “The Gilded Age,” McDonald’s Dorothy Scott just wants her family to get along. She does her best to convince her daughter Peggy to move back home to Brooklyn, despite the young woman’s feud with her father, Arthur Scott.
Before McDonald signed onto Fellowes’ series, the 51-year-old had already made Broadway history with six Tony wins, breaking the record for most acting performance awards, and becoming the first person to win awards in all of the performance categories.
The actress has also had roles in “Private Practice,” “The Good Wife,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Good Fight.”
John Douglas Thompson was in the popular HBO series “Mare of Easttown.”
Arthur Scott, played by Thompson, is Peggy’s stubborn father in “The Gilded Age.”
The 58-year-old Tony-nominated actor is a trained theater performer, having appeared in Broadway productions such as “Julius Caesar,” “A Time to Kill,” “Jitney,” “Carousel,” and “King Lear.”
On-screen, he recently played Chief Carter in the Emmy-winning HBO drama series “Mare of Easttown.” His other credits include “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Bourne Legacy,” and “For Life.”
Broadway star Denée Benton has been in the musicals “Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812” and “Hamilton.”
Benton plays Peggy Scott, an aspiring writer that meets Marian Brook on her journey from Pennsylvania to Manhattan. The Brooklynite ends up working for Marian’s aunt Agnes (and living in her uptown palace) as she tries to get her writing career off the ground.
Broadway fans may have seen Benton in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” or “Hamilton.”
The 30-year-old also had a role in the TV show “UnREAL” before joining the “Gilded Age” cast.
A renowned stage actress, Donna Murphy has won two Tony Awards.
At the epicenter of New York’s high society sits Mrs. Astor, played by Murphy.
Outside of her role as the Upper East Side’s definitive decider of who’s in and who’s out, the 62-year-old is famous for her on-stage performances. She’s been nominated for five Tony Awards, winning two of them for her runs in “Passion” and “The King and I.”
Murphy has also appeared on-screen in films such as “Star Trek: Insurrection” and “Spider-Man 2,” in addition to voicing Mother Gothel in the Disney animated movie “Tangled.”
More recently, she’s played the headmistress in HBO’s revival of “Gossip Girl” and joined the cast of Netflix’s “Inventing Anna.”
Tony winner Kelli O’Hara has been on TV shows such as “13 Reasons Why” and “The Accidental Wolf.”
In “The Gilded Age,” O’Hara plays Aurora Fane, an Upper East Side resident tasked with ushering Bertha into the in-crowd.
However, those well-versed in the theater world have likely heard of the 45-year-old actress long before she popped up in Fellowes’ series. She’s been nominated for seven Tonys, winning best actress in a musical for her performance in “The King and I.”
O’Hara’s other screen credits include the TV shows “13 Reasons Why” and “The Accidental Wolf.”
Before playing Mr. Bannister, Simon Jones was in the “Downton Abbey” movie.
Jones’ Mr. Bannister is Agnes’ old-school butler. Proper etiquette comes second nature to him, and he acts as an ambassador of sorts between the upstairs and downstairs of the van Rhijn household.
Before Jones joined the “Gilded Age” cast, he was involved in another Fellowes-created project: the “Downton Abbey” movie. In the film, the 71-year-old Brit’s role was a far cry from a servant; He played King George V.
Along with his extensive Broadway credits, Jones is known for his roles in the film “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and the TV series “Brideshead Revisited.”
Blake Ritson has appeared in various TV series and Jane Austen adaptations.
Ritson joins the “Gilded Age” roster as Agnes’ son, Oscar van Rhijn. Though the young man publicly pursues Gladys Russell, he’s in a secret affair with John Adams.
Audiences may have seen the 41-year-old stage actor in shows such as “Upstairs Downstairs” and “World Without End.”
He’s also been cast in a number of Jane Austen adaptations, including Iain B. MacDonald’s “Mansfield Park” and Jim O’Hanlon’s “Emma.”
Katie Finneran, a two-time Tony winner, has been in TV shows such as “Bloodline” and “Brockmire.”
Anne Morris (Finneran) is a member of “old New York,” and she’s adamant about keeping it closed off to outsiders — regardless of the consequences.
Outside of “The Gilded Age,” the-51-year-old Broadway star has earned two Tony Awards for her performances in “Noises Off” and “Promises, Promises.”
Her TV credits include “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Bloodline,” and “Brockmire.”
Thomas Cocquerel starred in the film “In Like Flynn.”
Cocquerel plays Tom Raikes, a small-town lawyer that moves to Manhattan and, much to Agnes’ annoyance, falls in love with Marian.
The 32-year-old has previously appeared in films such as “Billionaire Boys Club,” “Celeste,” “In Like Flynn,” and “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions.”
His TV credits include “The 100” and “Showmance.”
Harry Richardson has been in “Dunkirk,” “Poldark,” and “Total Control.”
Richardson plays recent Harvard graduate Larry Russell, George and Bertha’s eldest child.
The 28-year-old has previously landed roles in TV shows such as “Doctor Thorne,” “Poldark,” and “Total Control.” Movie-goers may have also seen his brief appearance as a private in Christopher Nolan’s film “Dunkirk.”
Known for projects such as “The Bling Ring” and “American Horror Story,” Taissa Farmiga has an impressive range of work.
Farmiga’s Gladys Russell is more than ready to come out in New York society, but her mother Bertha won’t allow it. Not yet, at least.
Before the 27-year-old played the Russell heiress, she established herself as a sweetheart of the horror genre, with roles in “American Horror Story,” “The Final Girls,” “Wicked City,” and “The Nun.”
Farmiga has also starred in “The Bling Ring” and “6 Years.”
Jeanne Tripplehorn has had roles in “Big Love” and “Criminal Minds.”
Tripplehorn portrays “The Gilded Age” society member Sylvia Chamberlain, a woman with enough wealth to swing an invite but not to repair her reputation.
The 58-year-old Juilliard graduate has been in films such as “Basic Instinct” and “Sliding Doors,” along with TV shows including “Big Love,” “Criminal Minds,” and, more recently, “Mrs. America.”
Michel Gill is known for his roles in “House of Cards” and “Mr. Robot.”
Patrick Morris, played by Gill, is a banker and Alderman that attempts to outsmart George, a man capable of being as ruthless as he is successful.
Outside of the HBO series, the 61-year-old was cast as Garrett Walker in “House of Cards” and Gideon Goddard in “Mr. Robot.” Gill is also set to portray Elizabeth Holmes’ father in the forthcoming series “The Dropout.”
Tony-nominated actress Linda Emond has been on “Succession” and “Gossip Girl.”
Emond shows up on “The Gilded Age” as Clara Barton, the real-life nurse who founded the Red Cross.
Similar to many of her costars, the 62-year-old actress is a trained stage actor. She’s received three Tony nominations for her performances in “Life x 3,” “Death of a Salesman,” and “Cabaret.”
Recently, Emond has played presidential aide Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven on HBO’s “Succession.” She’s also appeared in “Law & Order,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Julie and Julia.”