The When a Stranger Calls cast features Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan and Tessa Thompson. This info article contains minor spoilers for Simon West’s 2006 movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
When a Stranger Calls takes place in Furnhill, Colorado. A teenager named Jill Johnson baby-sits at a luxurious home and receives several creepy phone calls. Incidentally, she reaches out to her love interest, Bobby, who recently kissed her best friend, Tiffany. Based on Fred Walton’s 1979 film, the thriller follows Jill as she realizes that someone intends to harm her. See below for a breakdown of the main performers and characters in When a Stranger Calls.
When a Stranger Calls Cast: Camilla Belle as Jill Johnson
Character Profile: A 16-year-old resident of Furnhill, Colorado. She babysits for a wealthy doctor and his wife. Jill speaks with several people, including her best friend and boyfriend, while investigating the property.
Belle’s Resume: Rose Slavin in The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), Crystal in The Chumscrubber (2005), Evolet in 10,000 BC (2008), Kira Hudson in Push (2009), Melyssa in Dollface (2019)
When a Stranger Calls Cast: Tommy Flanagan as Stranger
Character Profile: The primary villain. He makes creepy phone calls to Jill throughout the movie. The film reveals little about his motivations.
Flanagan’s Resume: Morrison in Braveheart (1995), Cicero in Gladiator (2000), Filip “Chibs” Telford in Sons of Anarchy (2008-14), Aeolus in The Wave (2019), Martin Connells in Westworld (2020)
When a Stranger Calls Cast: Katie Cassidy as Tiffany Madison
Character Profile: Jill’s best friend. She hopes to re-pair their relationship after a drunken incident. Tiffany encounters the Stranger while visiting Jill.
Cassidy’s Resume: Zoe in 7th Heaven (2005), Tiffany Madison in Melrose Place (2009-10), Kris Fowles in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Juliet Sharp in Gossip Girl (2010-12), Laurel Lance/Black Siren in Arrow (2012-20)
When a Stranger Calls Cast: Tessa Thompson as Scarlett
Character Profile: Jill’s friend. She appears during the opening sequence and shows up in a later scene as well. Scarlett scoffs at Jill’s drama with Tiffany.
Thompson’s Resume: Bianca in Creed (2015), Valkyrie in the MCU (2017-), Charlotte Hale in Westworld (2016-20), Josie Radek in Annihilation (2018), Irene in Passing (2021)
When a Stranger Calls Cast: Brian Geraghty as Bobby
Character Profile: Jill’s boyfriend. He defends himself after being drunkenly kissed by Tiffany. Bobby later attends a bonfire and has a friend prank Jill while she babysits.
Geraghty’s Resume: Jimmy in Bobby (2006), Specialist Owen Eldridge in The Hurt Locker (2008), Ken Evans in Flight (2012), Sean Roman in Chicago P.D. (2014-20), Ronald Pergman in Big Sky (2020-)
When a Stranger Calls Cast: Clark Gregg as Ben Johnson
Character Profile: Jill’s father. He gets upset about his daughter going 800 minutes over her phone limit. Ben takes away Jill’s car for a month and drives her to a doctor’s home to babysit.
Gregg’s Resume: Richard Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-10), Lord High Charlie in Choke (2008), Agent Phil Coulson in the MCU (2012-), Gerald in Labor Day (2013), John in Moxie (2021)
When a Stranger Calls Cast: David Denman as Officer Burroughs
Character Profile: A police officer who speaks with Jill on the phone throughout the movie. He initially believes that someone is trying to harass her, and then later discovers that a phone call was made from within the home. Officer Burroughs appears for the first time on camera during the climax.
Denman’s Resume: Roy Anderson in The Office (2005-12), Dave “Boon” Benton in 13 Hours (2016), Kyle Breyer in Brightburn (2019), Ralph Vento in Greenland (2020), Frank Sheehan in Mare of Easttown (2021)
The When a Stranger Calls cast also includes Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Hard Target), Derek de Lint (Soldier of Orange, Geub), Kate Jennings Grant (Frost/Nixon, Billions), Arthur Young (Daddy Day Care, Alias), Madeline Carroll (Resident Evil: Extinction, Flipped), Steve Eastin (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Con Air) and Dianna Agron (Glee, Shiva Baby).
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