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Know the Cast: ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

The Tragedy of Macbeth - Every Performer and Character in the Apple TV+ Movie

The Tragedy of Macbeth cast features Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand and Alex Hassell. This info article contains minor spoilers for Joel Coen’s Apple TV+ movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Based on William Shakespeare’s 17th century text, The Tragedy of Macbeth follows the rise and fall of a Scottish general. When three witches predict that Macbeth will become King, he orchestrates a series of power moves that help fulfill the prophecy. In the process, however, the titular character suffers a mental breakdown. Here’s every main player in The Tragedy of Macbeth.

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast: Denzel Washington as Lord Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast - Denzel Washington as Lord Macbeth

Character Profile: The Thane of Glamis. He fulfills a prophecy from three witches by becoming the King of Scotland. Macbeth viciously eliminates his enemies while experiencing declining mental health.

Washington’s Resume: Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), Alonzo in Training Day (2001), Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007), Tobin Frost in Safe House (2012), Joe “Deke” Deacon in The Little Things (2021)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast: Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast - Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth

Character Profile: Macbeth’s wife. She urges her husband to murder the King of Scotland. Lady Macbeth begins sleepwalking as her life becomes increasingly chaotic.

McDormand’s Resume: Abby in Blood Simple (1984), Marge Gunderson in Fargo (1996), Elaine Miller in Almost Famous (2000), Mildred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Fern in Nomadland (2020)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast: Alex Hassell as Ross

The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast - Alex Hassell as Ross

Character Profile: A Scottish noble. He colludes with assassins who kill Banquo. Ross betrays Macbeth by informing his cousin’s husband, Macduff, about a murder plot.

Hassell’s Resume: Louis in Suburbicon (2017), Manach in Genius (2018), Translucent in The Boys (2019), Max Rose in The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019), Vicious in Cowboy Bebop (2021)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast: Bertie Carvel as Banquo

The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast - Bertie Carvel as Banquo

Character Profile: The Thane of Lochaber. He is prophecized to be the father of a future King. Banquo gets targeted by the power-hungry Macbeth.

Carvel’s Resume: Bamatabois in Les Misérables (2012), Finn Kirkwood in Babylon (2014), Jonathan Strange in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015), Simon Foster in Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned (2015-17), DCI Adam Dalgliesh in Dalgliesh (2021)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast: Brendan Gleeson as King Duncan

The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast - Brendan Gleeson as King Duncan

Character Profile: The King of Scotland. His son Malcolm is declared a Prince and thus the rightful heir to the throne. King Duncan is murdered during a visit to Macbeth’s home.

Gleeson’s Resume: Hamish in Braveheart (1995), August Nicholson in The Village (2004), Ken in In Bruges (2008), Gerry Boyle in The Guard (2011), Father James in Calvary (2014)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast: Corey Hawkins as Macduff

The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast - Corey Hawkins as Macduff

Character Profile: The Thane of Fife. He discovers King Duncan’s corpse and theorizes about the possible killer. Macduff’s wife and children are murdered by Macbeth’s assassins.

Hawkins’ Resume: Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton (2015), Houston Brooks in Kong: Skull Island (2017), Kwame Ture in BlacKkKlansman (2018), Seven in 6 Underground (2019), Benny in In the Heights (2021)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast: Harry Melling as Malcolm

The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast - Harry Melling as Malcolm

Character Profile: The Prince of Cumberland and the heir to the throne. He flees Scotland and thus allows Macbeth to become the new King. Malcolm develops an army and returns to Scotland to seize control.

Melling’s Resume: Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter Movie Franchise (2001-10), Artist in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Roy in The Devil All the Time (2020), Merrick in The Old Guard (2020), Harry Beltik in The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast: Miles Anderson as Lennox

The Tragedy of Macbeth Cast - Miles Anderson as Lennox

Character Profile: Macduff’s traveling partner, a Thane. He is present when King Duncan’s body is found. Lennox exposes Macbeth as a master manipulator.

Anderson’s Resume: Martin Millar in Doctors (2006-12), Alistair in La La Land (2016), The Reverend in The Wind (2018), Farmer Glenn in Radioflash (2019), Father Michael in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2021)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth cast also includes Matt Helm (The Kitchen, Greyhound), Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit, The Same Storm), Kathryn Hunter (Rome, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Scott Subiono (Vice, Snowfall), Brian Thompson (The Terminator, Cobra), Stephen Root (Office Space, Barry), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intentions, Save the Last Dance), Richard Short (Vinyl, Mary Kills People), Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Green Knight) and Jefferson Mays (Inherent Vice, Perry Mason).

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