The Maid cast features Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell and Nick Robinson. This info article contains minor spoilers for Molly Smith Metzler’s 2021 Netflix series. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Based on Stephanie Land’s 2019 book, Maid centers on a single mother named Alex who flees from an abusive relationship with her young daughter, Maddy. The protagonist struggles financially but receives guidance from women at domestic violence shelters. The miniseries follows Alex as she reflects about her unstable upbringing and tries to provide a better life for her child. Here’s a rundown of all the main players in Maid.
Maid Cast: Margaret Qualley as Alex
Character Profile: A single mother who escapes an abusive relationship. She finds work at Value Maids and lives at a domestic violence shelter called McMullen House. Alex looks after her daughter Maddy while forming healthy friendships and learning to better deal with dysfunctional familial relationships.
Qualley’s Resume: Raquel in Palo Alto (2013), Jill Garvey in The Leftovers (2014-17), Pussycat in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), Ann Reinking in Fosse/Verdon (2019), Joanna in My Salinger Year (2020)
Maid Cast: Nick Robinson as Sean
Character Profile: Alex’s boyfriend and Maddy’s father. He’s an alcoholic who is emotionally and physically abusive. Alex seeks full custody of Maddy but drops the case upon realizing that he can’t maintain his sobriety while looking after his daughter 24/7.
Robinson’s Resume: Rowland Smith in Boardwalk Empire (2012), Joe in The Kings of Summer (2013), Zach in Jurassic World (2015), Simon in Love, Simon (2018), Eric Walker in A Teacher (2020)
Maid Cast: Anika Noni Rose as Regina
Character Profile: A wealthy Fisher Island resident and lawyer. She hires Value Maids and initially refuses to pay Alex for her work. Regina later hires Qualley’s character again and reveals that an egg donor from Oregon is pregnant with her child.
Rose’s Resume: Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls (2006), Tiana in The Princess and the Frog (2009), Wendy Scott-Carr in The Good Wife (2010-13), Pauline in Everything, Everything (2017), Ella Mae Johnson in Them (2021)
Maid Cast: Tracy Vilar as Yolanda
Character Profile: Alex’s boss at Value Maids. She takes a stern approach with employees but likes to joke while delivering a message. Yolanda only allows her maids to work six hours per day.
Vilar’s Resume: Sophia Ortiz in The Steve Harvey Show (1996-97), Orbe in Double Jeopardy (1999), Maria in K-PAX (2001), Angela de la Cruz in Saved (2006), Nurse Regina in House (2008-12)
Maid Cast: Andie MacDowell as Paula
Character Profile: Alex’s mother, an artist. She misinterprets a conversation and claims that she’s been offered her own show. Paula has a boyfriend named Basil who clashes with Alex.
MacDowell’s Resume: Ann in Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), Anna Baragli in Hudson Hawk (1991), Rita in Groundhog Day (1993), Carrie in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Elaine Braddock in Wireless (2020)
Maid Cast: BJ Harrison as Denise
Character Profile: The leader at McMullen House. She drives Alex to PEP class and offers advice for a custody case. Denise states that women at McMullen House ofter return to their abusive partners.
Harrison’s Resume: Dottie in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Cutter’s Mom in Lowdermilk (2017), Mrs. Bass in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2018-19), Mrs. Curtis in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018-20), The Biddy in Motherland: Fort Salem (2020)
Maid Cast: Aimee Carrero as Danielle
Character Profile: A McMullen House resident with a son named Max. She befriends Alex and helps her prepare for court. Danielle returns to her boyfriend who previously strangled her.
Carrero’s Resume: Lucia in The Americans (2014), Princess Elena in Elena of Avalor (2016-20), Adora in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018-20), Carly in Holidate (2020), Opal in Exandria Unlimited (2021)
Maid Cast: Billy Burke as Hank
Character Profile: Alex’s father. He picks her up after an early-season car accident. Hank started a new family after separating from Paula.
Burke’s Resume: Charlie Swan in the Twilight Movie Franchise (2008-12), Jonah King in Drive Angry (2011), Miles Matheson in Revolution (2012-14), Mitch Morgan in Zoo (2015-17), Billy Tyson in 9-1-1: Lone Star (2020-)
Maid Cast: Raymond Ablack as Nate
Character Profile: Alex’s former Neptune co-worker. He’s a structural engineer who recently divorced. Nate helps Alex early in the series and discovers that she’s not prepared to date anybody.
Ablack’s Resume: Sav Bhandari in Degrassi: The Next Generation (2007-11), Raj Singh in Orphan Black (2013-16), Gabriel in Teenagers (2014-17), Stoddard in Narcos (2017), Joe in Ginny & Georgia (2021)
The Maid cast also includes BJ Harrison (2012, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Erin Karpluk (Slasher, Holly Hobbie), Tobi Levins (The 100, Get Shorty), Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Rylea Nevaeh Whittet.
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