Know the Cast: ‘Archive 81’

Archive 81 Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Series

The Archive 81 cast features Mamoudou Athie, Dina Shihabi and Evan Jonigkeit. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Rebecca Sonnenshine’s Netflix series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Archive 81 explores the disappearance of a New York City filmmaker. Archivist Dan Turner researches 90s documentary footage for a wealthy businessman and spots a family member in one of the tapes. When the missing filmmaker shows up in his dreams, friends and colleagues worry about a psychological breakdown. Here’s every main performer and character in Archive 81, a horror adaptation of Daniel Powell and Marc Sollinger’s podcast.

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Archive 81 Cast: Mamoudou Athie as Dan Turner

Archive 81 Cast - Mamoudou Athie as Dan Turner

Character Profile: A Museum of the Moving Image employee. He researches mysterious documentary footage and makes a startling discovery. Dan reflects about past mental health issues while uncovering the truth about a witch cult.

Athie’s Resume: Grandmaster Flash in The Get Down (2016-17), Jared in The Circle (2017), Matt Greer in Sorry for Your Loss (2018-19), Nolan in Black Box (2020), Rodrigo Nagenda in Underwater (2020)

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Archive 81 Cast: Dina Shihabi as Melody Pendras

Archive 81 Cast - Dina Shihabi as Melody Pendras

Character Profile: A doctoral candidate in sociocultural anthropology at New York University. She produces a documentary in the 90s about cultural shifts in the East Village. Melody investigates a conspiracy involving a cult that operates within a Manhattan building.

Shihabi’s Resume: Hijriyyah/Layla in Madame Secretary (2016), Hanin in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018), Neda Kazemi in Daredevil (2018), Nour in Ramy (2019), Dig 301 in Altered Carbon (2020)

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Archive 81 Cast: Evan Jonigkeit as Samuel Spare

Archive 81 Cast - Evan Jonigkeit as Samuel Spare

Character Profile: A Columbia professor and poetry translator in the 90s timeline. He befriends Melody and lives on the top floor of an East Village apartment. Samuel hides a secret about his connection to a witch coven.

Jonigkeit’s Resume: Toad in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Specialist Coughlin in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), Matt in Easy (2016-19), Will in Sweetbitter (2018-19), Bryce in Together Together (2021)

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Archive 81 Cast: Julia Chan as Anabelle Cho

Archive 81 Cast - Julia Chan as Anabelle Cho

Character Profile: Melody’s friend in the 90s timeline. She’s an artist who begins painting a mysterious woman. Anabelle is given an apartment by an East Village local named Cassandra.

Chan’s Resume: Emily Starling in Rookie Blue (2010), Yoga Zoe in Missed Connections (2012), Dr. Maggie Lin in Saving Hope (2012-17), Karen Jennings in Gotham (2016), Pepper Smith in Katy Keene (2020)

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Archive 81 Cast: Ariana Neal as Jessica Lewis

Archive 81 Cast - Ariana Neal as Jessica Lewis

Character Profile: An assistant for apartment tenants in the 90s timeline. She befriends Melody and helps arrange interviews for a documentary. Jess makes cryptic statements about a supernatural presence in her building.

Neal’s Resume: Military Kid in Footloose (2011), Tatiana in Fruitvale Station (2013), Makayla in Get Hard (2015), Vicky’s Friend Evette in Mother’s Day (2016), Joylette Johnson in Hidden Figures (2016)

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Archive 81 Cast: Matt McGorry as Mark Higgins

Archive 81 Cast - Matt McGorry as Mark Higgins

Character Profile: The host of the podcast “Mystery Signals: True Tales of the Secret City.” He assists Dan in the present timeline. Mark investigates the Vos Society and their connection to a “supreme being” called Kaelego.

McGorry’s Resume: Grey Malcolm in Thursday (2006), John Bennett in Orange Is the New Black (2013-15), Asher Millstone in How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2020), Andy in Death of a Telemarketer (2020), Brett in Good on Paper (2021)

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Archive 81 Cast: Martin Donovan as Virgil Davenport

Archive 81 Cast - Martin Donovan as Virgil Davenport

Character Profile: A Fortune 500 business owner who donates to the Museum of the Moving Image. He hires Dan to research documentary footage. Virgil is related to a main character in the 90s timeline.

Donovan’s Resume: Hap Eckhart in Insomnia (2002), Crocker Fenway in Inherent Vice (2014), Martin Howard in Big Little Lies (2019), Fay in Tenet (2020), Lawrence Morgan in Crisis (2021)

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The Archive 81 cast also includes Daniel Johnson (Manhunt, Happiest Season), Kate Eastman (About a Teacher, The Good Fight), Charlie Hudson III (The Night Of, Manifest), Kristin Griffith (Interiors, The Devil All the Time) and Meg Hennessy (TV debut).

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