The Midnight Mass cast features Hamish Linklater, Zach Gilford and Kate Siegel. This info article contains minor spoilers for Mike Flanagan’s 2021 Netflix series. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Midnight Mass explores religious conflict within an American island community. When Father Paul arrives to briefly replace a sick priest, he clashes with a local atheist who recently spent four years in prison. Meanwhile, a Muslim sheriff keeps an eye on a Christian leader with a bad reputation. Father Paul eventually performs a miracle during a Sunday service, which raises questions about his long-term motivations. As it turns out, the new priest at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church plans to change the world. Here’s a spoiler-free breakdown of the main players in Midnight Mass.
Midnight Mass Cast: Hamish Linklater as Father Paul
Character Profile: A priest who replaces the missing Father Huitt at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Crockett Island. He provides advice to a local man, Riley Flynn, who accidentally killed a woman in a drunk driving incident. Father Paul’s true motivations emerge not long after he appears to heal a crippled young woman.
Linklater’s Resume: Leonard in Fantastic Four (2005), Matthew Kimble in The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-10), Porter Collins in The Big Short (2015), Clark in Legion (2017-19), John Tyler in Tell Me Your Secrets (2021)
Midnight Mass Cast: Zach Gilford as Riley Flynn
Character Profile: A former stock trader who spent four years in jail for manslaughter. He reunites with his high school love interest, Erin, and explains his atheist views to Father Paul. Riley’s life changes significantly after learning a secret about the priest.
Gilford’s Resume: Matt Saracen in Friday Night Lights (2006-11), Johnny Drake in Dare (2009), Shane in The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Greg in Good Girls (2018-), Ben Walker in L.A.’s Finest (2019-20)
Midnight Mass Cast: Kate Siegel as Erin Greene
Character Profile: Riley’s high school love interest. She is expecting a child at the beginning of the series, only to find out that there’s no sign of her ever being pregnant. Erin takes a fateful boat trip with Riley.
Siegel’s Resume: Maddie in Hush (2016), Jenny Browning in Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Sally in Gerald’s Game (2017), Theodora Crain in The Haunting of Hill House (2018), Viola in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
Midnight Mass Cast: Rahul Kohli as Sheriff Hassan
Character Profile: A former New York City detective whose wife died of pancreatic cancer. He’s skeptical about the Christians in the community, many of whom don’t seem interested in learning about his philosophy as a Muslim man. Sheriff Hassan raises his son Ali and discovers that the boy is interested in a Christian group.
Kohli’s Resume: Ravi Chakrabarti in iZombie (2015-19), Jack Spheer in Supergirl (2017-19), Ed in Happy Anniversary (2018), Fahz Chutani in Gears 5 (2019), Owen in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
Midnight Mass Cast: Samantha Sloyan as Bev Keane
Character Profile: A local Christian leader. She clashes with Sheriff Hassan and has access to lots of poison. Bev leads a group that seeks a new way of life, and believes that St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will play an important role in her journey.
Sloyan’s Resume: Jeannine Locke in Scandal (2012-14), Dr. Penelope Blake in Grey’s Anatomy (2015-19), Sarah in Hush (2016), Leigh Crain in The Haunting of Hill House (20180, Jolene Spivey in Helstrom (2020)
Midnight Mass Cast: Annabeth Gish as Dr. Sarah Gunning
Character Profile: A local doctor. She informs Erin about a contagion theory. Details about Sarah’s family history emerge in the climactic episodes.
Gish’s Resume: Kat in Mystic Pizza (1988), Julie Nixon Eisenhower in Nixon (1995), Charlotte Millwright in The Bridge (2013-14), Diane Gould in Halt and Catch Fire (2016-17), Mrs. Dudley in The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Midnight Mass Cast: Kristin Lehman as Annie Flynn
Character Profile: Riley’s mother. She tries to direct her son in the right path after his prison release. Annie makes a life-changing decision when the local Christians cause big problems in the community.
Lehman’s Resume: Francesca Chidduck in The Way of the Gun (2000), Shirah in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Gwen Eaton in The Killing (2011-12), Detective Angie Flynn in Motive (2013-16), Detective Huggins in The Loft (2014),
Midnight Mass Cast: Henry Thomas as Ed Flynn
Character Profile: Annie’s husband. He gets deeply frustrated with Riley’s atheism. Ed plays a minor role in the overall narrative but sticks by his wife throughout.
Thomas’ Resume: Elliott in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Samuel in Legends of the Fall (1994), Johnny Sirocco in Gangs of New York (2002), Young Hugh Crain in The Haunting of Hill House (2018), Henry Wingrave in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
Midnight Mass Cast: Annarah Cymone as Leeza
Character Profile: A local teenager in a wheelchair. Father Paul orders her to walk during a Sunday communion service at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Leeza experiences a miracle and later plots to leave the island.
Cymone’s Resume: Ashely in Caged (2021)
The Midnight Mass cast also includes Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes, Doctor Sleep), Michael Trucco (Hush, Disjointed), Igby Rigney (Blue Bloods, F9: The Fast Saga), Rahul Abburi (Good Game, Kidnapped by a Classmate), Matt Biedel (Altered Carbon, Narcos: Mexico), Crystal Balint (Mech-X4, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), Louis Oliver (Sherlock) and Robert Longstreet (The Haunting of Hill House, Halloween Kills).
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