Know the Cast: ‘Nightbooks’

Nightbooks Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

The Nightbooks cast features Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett and Krysten Ritter. This info article contains minor spoilers for the 2021 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Nightbooks follows two children who attempt to escape a traveling haunted house. They are trapped by a witch named Natacha, who needs authentic scary stories to please a sleeping sorceress. Alex and Yazmin use creativity and science to strategize against the focal villains. Here’s every main performer and character in David Yarovesky’s Nightbooks, an adaptation of J. A. White’s 2018 novel.

Nightbooks Cast: Winslow Fegley as Alex

Nightbooks Cast - Winslow Fegley as Alex

Character Profile: A Brooklyn native who loves horror stories. He gets lured into a magical realm by a movie and piece of pie. If Alex wants to survive, he must please a witch by telling an authentic and scary tale, one that forces him to confront painful memories.

Fegley’s Resume: Daniel in Teachers (2018), Mel in Fast Layne (2019), Timmy Failure in Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020), Byron in Come Play (2020)

Nightbooks Cast: Lidya Jewett as Yazmin

Nightbooks Cast - Lidya Jewett as Yazmin

Character Profile: A Washington D.C. native and science enthusiast. In the past, she was lured by a stew known as doro wat, and has been trapped in the traveling haunted house for three years. Yazmin uses her knowledge about the real and fantasy worlds to strategize against the witch Natacha.

Jewett’s Resume: Gracie Walker in WITS Academy (2015), Young Katherine Coleman in Hidden Figures (2016), Young Nakia in Black Panther (2018), Kari in Feel the Beat (2020), Sara Hill in Good Girls (2018-)

Nightbooks Cast: Krysten Ritter as Natacha

Nightbooks Cast - Krysten Ritter as Natacha

Character Profile: The main villain, a necromancer. She has a cat named Lenore, and harvests mist from the original witch. Natacha lives by the motto “the more truth, the more powerful the story,” which helps her maintain control in her wicked realm.

Ritter’s Resume: Gia Goodman in Veronica Mars (2005-06), Jane Margolis in Breaking Bad (2009-10), Chloe in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (2012-13), Dee-Ann in Big Eyes (2014), Jessica Jones in Jessica Jones (2015-19)

Nightbooks Cast: Luxton Handspiker as Todd

Nightbooks Cast - Luxton Handspiker as Todd

Character Profile: The protagonist in Alex’s story “The Playground.” Todd grieves the death of his friend Jenny. He then explores the creepy Foster Playground and finds peace — a happy ending that upsets Natacha.

Handspiker’s Resume: Rex in PAW Patrol (2020), Asher in The Handmaid’s Tale (2021), Periwinkle in Blue’s Clues & You (2021)

Nightbooks Cast: Khiyla Aynne as Jenny

Nightbooks Cast - Khiyla Aynne as Jenny

Character Profile: The secondary character in “The Playground.” She helps Todd avoid being trapped. Jenny also tells her pal that “friends never forget.”

Aynne’s Resume: Sherry in 48 Christmas Wishes (2017), Trish in Ponysitters Club (2017-18), Trish in Ponysitters Club: The Big Sleepover (2020), Little Stomper in Work It (2020)

Nightbooks Cast: Stephen R. Hart as Evil Sorcerer

Nightbooks Cast - Stephen R. Hart as Evil Sorcerer

Character Profile: The villain in Alex’s story “The Bindweed.” He sends children to mine jewels from a monster’s mouth. The evil sorcerer of Quantel gets tricked by a young peasant girl.

Hart’s Resume: Brother Jeremiah in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), Winkie General in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), Tall Boy in Channel Zero (2018), The Monster in Ghostwriter (2020), Tall Man in The Hardy Boys (2020)

Nightbooks Cast: Riley O’Donnell as Peasant Girl

Nightbooks Cast - Riley O'Donnell as Peasant Girl

Character Profile: The secondary character in “The Bindweed.” Before the evil sorcerer attempts to kill a monster, the peasant girl provides him with a magical potion. It’s revealed that the magic has actually been removed, which results in the monster killing the sorcerer.

O’Donnell’s Resume: Celeste in Big Top Academy (2018-19), Helen in When Hope Calls (2019), Shelby in Ghostwriter (2019), Spark in Pup Academy (2019), Biff Hooper in The Hardy Boys (2020-)


The Nightbooks cast also includes Jess Brown (Blink Twice, The Toll), Mathieu Bourassa (Angels Crest, With You Always) and Jill Frappier (Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.