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Know the Cast: ‘The Gilded Age’

The Gilded Age Cast - Every Performer and Character in the HBO Series

The Gilded Age cast features Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector and Louisa Jacobson. This info article contains minor spoilers for Julian Fellowes’ HBO series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Set in 1882 New York, The Gilded Age explores the conflict between two high society families on 5th Avenue. Socialite Agnes van Rhijn stays loyal to her “old money” crowd when a “new money” neighbor, Bertha Russell, moves in across the street. Meanwhile, various supporting players form alliances while observing the changing power dynamics. Here’s every main performer and character in The Gilded Age.

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The Gilded Age Cast: Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell

The Gilded Age Cast - Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell

Character Profile: A Dutch-American socialite. She’s married to a wealthy businessman and represents “new money.” Bertha hopes to impress her “old money” neighbors who live across the street.

Coon’s Resume: Margo Dunne in Gone Girl (2014), Nora Durst in The Leftovers (2014-17), Meg Greenfield in The Post (2017), Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Allison O’Hara in The Nest (2020)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Morgan Spector as George Russell

The Gilded Age Cast - Morgan Spector as George Russell

Character Profile: Bertha’s husband. He’s a Manhattan business mogul who shows no mercy to his perceived enemies. George supports his wife as she tries to make a name for herself in Manhattan.

Spector’s Resume: Scott in How to Make It in America (2010), Peter Yogorov in Person of Interest (2011-13), Frank Capone in Boardwalk Empire (2013), Dante Allen in Homeland (2018), Herman Levin in The Plot Against America (2020)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Louisa Jacobson as Marian Brook

The Gilded Age Cast - Louisa Jacobson as Marian Brook

Character Profile: The widow of a Civil War general. She leaves Pennsylvania to live with her well-to-do aunts in New York City. Marian wants to “be busy and be needed.”

Jacobson’s Resume: Trish Sparks in Gone Hollywood (2019)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Denée Benton as Peggy Scott

The Gilded Age Cast - Denée Benton as Peggy Scott

Character Profile: A Brooklyn native who attended the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia. She receives a job in New York upon a chance meeting with Marion. Peggy works as a secretary and freelance writer.

Benton’s Resume: Ruby Carter in UnREAL (2016), Morgan in 25 (2018), Charlotte in Our Friend (2019), Lark in Mother’s Milk (2021)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Taissa Farmiga as Gladys Russell

The Gilded Age Cast - Taissa Farmiga as Gladys Russell

Character Profile: Bertha and George’s daughter. She hopes to be treated as an adult. Gladys prepares for her high society debut while observing her mother’s behavior.

Farmiga’s Resume: Various in American Horror Story (2011-18), Sam in The Bling Ring (2013), Max Cartwright in The Final Girls (2015), Melanie Clark in 6 Years (2015), Laurie in John and the Hole (2021)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Harry Richardson as Larry Russell

The Gilded Age Cast - Harry Richardson as Larry Russell

Character Profile: Bertha and George’s son. He arrives at the family’s 5th Avenue home upon graduating from Harvard University. Larry befriends his “new money” neighbor, Marian.

Richardson’s Resume: Jamie in Looking for Grace (2015), Private in Dunkirk (2017), Frank Gresham in Doctor Thorne (2016), Drake Carne in Poldark (2017-19), Jonathan Cosgrove in Total Control (2019)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Blake Ritson as Oscar van Rhijn

The Gilded Age Cast - Blake Ritson as Oscar van Rhijn

Character Profile: One of Bertha and George’s “old money” neighbors. He returns home from a European vacation and hides a queer relationship with a man. Oscar’s personality aligns more with Bertha than his mother, Agnes.

Ritson’s Resume: Drowned Sloane in RocknRolla (2008), Rob in Love Hate (2009), Glenn Millberg in For Elsie (2011), Brainiac in Krypton (2018-19), Gunther in Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Thomas Cocquerel as Tom Raikes

The Gilded Age Cast - Thomas Cocquerel as Tom Raikes

Character Profile: A Pennsylvania lawyer. He informs Marian that she didn’t receive a large inheritance from her father. Tom hopes to maintain a friendship with Jacobson’s character.

Cocquerel’s Resume: Martin “Brakes” Erkamps in Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015), Bill Stemple in Red Dog: True Blue (2016), Huck in Table 19 (2017), Errol Flynn in In Like Flynn (2018), Ryker Desai IX in The 100 (2019)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Simon Jones as Bannister

The Gilded Age Cast - Simon Jones as Bannister

Character Profile: The butler for the van Rhijn family. He welcomes Marian to 5th Avenue and helps Peggy get settled. Bannister maintains domestic order and seems open to change.

Jones’ Resume: Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Lord Brideshead in Brideshead Revisited (1981), Zoologist in 12 Monkeys (1995), Judge Mason Kessler in Oz (2000-03), King George V in Downton Abbey (2019)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Jack Gilpin as Church

The Gilded Age Cast - Jack Gilpin as Church

Character Profile: Bertha and George’s butler. He tries to minimize chaos before a high society event. Church manages various employees, such as a chef who doesn’t want to prepare ham sandwiches.

Gilpin’s Resume: Mr. McCleod in The Life Before Her Eyes (2007), Bob Phillips in 21 (2008), Mr. Brennan in Adventureland (2009), Schwartz in Trouble with the Curve (2012), Sean Ayles in Billions (2016-21)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Cynthia Nixon as Ada Brook

The Gilded Age Cast - Cynthia Nixon as Ada Brook

Character Profile: Marian’s aunt. She defends her older sister Agnes and believes in moral codes. Ada has an easy-going personality but adheres to familial rules.

Nixon’s Resume: Alex Tanner in Tanner ’88 (1988), Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City (1998-2004), Mrs. Piggee in Igby Goes Down (2002), Gail White in James White (2015), Gwendolyn Briggs in Ratched (2020)

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The Gilded Age Cast: Christine Baranski as Agnes van Rhijn

The Gilded Age Cast - Christine Baranski as Agnes van Rhijn

Character Profile: Marian’s aunt. She is the matriarch of the van Rhijn family and only hosts people from the “old money” crowd. Agnes manipulates the power dynamics in high society Manhattan.

Baranski’s Resume: Maryann Thorpe in Cybill (1995-98), Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2002), Tanya in Mamma Mia! (2008), Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife (2009-16), Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight (2017-21)

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The Gilded Age cast also includes Audra McDonald (Private Practice, Beauty and the Beast), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Waterworld, Basic Instinct), Ben Ahlers (When the Streetlights Go On, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Ashlie Atkinson (Mr. Robot, BlacKkKlansman), Michael Cerveris (Fame, The Mexican), Kelly Curran (The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, The Blacklist), Claybourne Elder (The Carrie Diaries, FBI), Katie Finneran (The Michael J. Fox Show, Bloodline), Amy Forsyth (Hell Fest, CODA) and Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Visit, Diane).

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