The Manifest cast spotlights Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and J. R. Ramirez. This info article includes minor spoilers for the popular TV series. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Created by Jeff Rake, Manifest revolves around the mystery of Flight 828. The craft disappears on April 7, 2013 and then shows up on November 4, 2018, with the passengers and crew unaware of the time jump or what happened to them. Various characters receive supernatural “callings” that guide them through life in New York City while providing clues about Flight 828. Netflix picked up the series in 2021 after a three-season run on NBC. Here’s every main character and performer in Manifest season 1 (check back in the coming days for updates on later seasons).
Manifest Cast: Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone
Character Profile: A NYPD detective and Flight 828 passenger. Michaela investigates a possible government conspiracy in Manifest season 1, and chooses her words carefully amongst colleagues, all the while trying to cope with grief from a pre-Flight 828 tragedy.
Roxburgh’s Resume: Rachel in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), Blake in Arrow (2012-13), Betty Seaver in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (2016), Thea in Valor (2017-18), Heather in I Still Believe (2020)
Manifest Cast: Josh Dallas as Ben Stone
Character Profile: A Flight 828 passenger and math professor. He reunites with his wife Grace after five years and urges her to move on from a boyfriend named Danny. In Manifest season 1, Ben displays behavior that contrasts with his personality before disappearing.
Dallas’ Resume: Greg in The Descent: Part 2 (2009), Spunk Davies in Money (2010), Fandral in Thor (2011), David Nolan/Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time (2011-18), Frantic Pig in Zootopia (2016)
Manifest Cast: J. R. Ramirez as Jared Vasquez
Character Profile: Michaela’s NYPD colleague and ex-fiancée. He investigates the Flight 828 mystery while trying to maintain a healthy marriage. Jared eventually gives in to his romantic feelings for Michaela.
Ramirez’s Resume: Diego Hernandez in House of Payne (2008-2010), Eddie Jr. in Hacienda Heights (2010), Ted “Wildcat” Grant in Arrow (2014-15), Julio in Power (2014-17), Oscar Arocho in Jessica Jones (2018-19)
Manifest Cast: Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone
Character Profile: Ben’s wife who starts her own business after the Flight 828 incident. She has a boyfriend named Danny and tries to sort through all her feelings about the return of her husband. Incidentally, Grace’s romantic life becomes especially complicated during Manifest season 1 while trying to process “callings.”
Karkanis’ Resume: Lindsey Perez in Saw IV (2007), Tomboy in Survival of the Dead (2009), Dani Khalil in Low Winter Sun (2013), Octavia Muss in The Expanse (2015-16), Melody Cruz in House of Cards (2018)
Manifest Cast: Luna Blaise as Olive Stone
Character Profile: Ben and Grace’s daughter. She’s a perceptive character who has a close bond with her mother’s boyfriend, Danny. As Cal’s twin, Olive could sense that her brother somehow survived the Flight 828 incident.
Blaise’s Resume: Chloe in Vicious Circle (2009), Loonz in The Breakdown (2013), Nina in Memoria (2015), Nicole in Fresh Off the Boat (2015-18), Luna in Concrete Kids (2018)
Manifest Cast: Jack Messina as Cal Stone
Character Profile: Ben and Grace’s adolescent son with leukemia. He’s a Flight 828 passenger who struggles to process the five-year time jump. Cal has a telepathic connection with a fellow passenger named Marko Valeriev in Manifest season 1.
Messina’s Resume: Salvatore in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2018)
Manifest Cast: Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl
Character Profile: A Flight 828 passenger and cancer researcher at Mercy Hospital. She finds a rare protein in Cal’s blood. Saanvi investigates a Jamaican passenger’s connection to Flight 828, and also receives “callings” during Manifest season 1.
Kaur’s Resume: Aanya Gupta in The Strain (2015), Asha Mirani in Saving Hope (2015-16), Lucy Crushner in Workin’ Moms (2018), Bree in Edging (2018), Christine in Beyond (2016-18)
The Manifest cast also includes Victoria Cartagena (You, Batwoman), Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me, The Dark Knight Rises), Elizabeth Marvel (True Grit, News of the World), Matt Long (Mad Men, Private Practice), Daryl Edwards (Daredevil, The Americans), Holly Taylor (The Americans, The Unsettling), Ellen Tamaki (The Drowning, Charmed) and Ed Herbstman (The Big Sick, Hustlers).
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