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Know the Cast: ‘The Dropout’

The Dropout Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2022 Hulu Miniseries

The Dropout cast features Amanda Seyfried, Naveen Andrews and Utkarsh Ambudkar. This info article contains minor spoilers for Elizabeth Meriwether’s 2022 Hulu miniseries. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Based on Rebecca Jarvis’ podcast series, The Dropout follows the rise and fall of American entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes. She develops groundbreaking technology while attending Stanford during the early 2000s and then forms Theranos in 2007. The miniseries examines the events that led to the subject’s arrest for criminal fraud. Here’s every main performer and character in The Dropout.

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The Dropout Cast: Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes

The Dropout Cast on Hulu - Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes

Character Profile: A Stanford University dropout. She founds a health technology company called Theranos and earns the support of influential entrepreneurs. Elizabeth misleads colleagues about the status of her technology and keeps lying to maintain her CEO position.

Seyfried’s Resume: Karen Smith in Mean Girls (2004), Sophie in Mamma Mia! (2008), Cosette in Les Misérables (2012), Rebecca “Becky” Burnett in Twin Peaks (2017), Marion Davies in Mank (2020)

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The Dropout Cast: Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani

The Dropout Cast on Hulu - Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani

Character Profile: Elizabeth’s love interest. He’s a wealthy man who made a fortune via software technology. Sunny becomes Theranos’ COO upon agreeing to invest $20 million.

Andrews’ Resume: Kip in The English Patient (1996), Sayid Jarrah in Lost (2004-10), Abby in Planet Terror (2007), Hasnat Khan in Diana (2013), Jonas Maliki in Sense8 (2015-18)

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The Dropout Cast: Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rakesh Madhava

The Dropout Cast on Hulu - Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rakesh Madhava

Character Profile: Elizabeth’s Stanford instructor. He joins Theranos and misleads people about the company’s prototype technology. Rakesh means well but actively colludes with Elizabeth.

Ambudkar’s Resume: Donald in Pitch Perfect (2012), Rin in Blindspotting (2018), Real Estate Rat in Tom and Jerry (2021), Todd in tick, tick…BOOM! (2021), Mouser in Free Guy (2022)

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The Dropout Cast: Stephen Fry as Ian Gibbons

The Dropout Cast on Hulu - Stephen Fry as Ian Gibbons

Character Profile: Elizabeth’s head of chemistry. He’s a microfluidics expert who states that science is “maddening and slow.” Ian makes a fateful decision when Theranos crumbles.

Fry’s Resume: Oscar Wilde in Wilde (1997), Inspector Thompson in Gosford Park (2001), Deitrich in V for Vendetta (2005), Narrator/The Guide in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), NSQC Quizmaster in Sex Education (2020)

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The Dropout Cast: Michel Gill as Chris Holmes

The Dropout Cast on Hulu - Michel Gill as Chris Holmes

Character Profile: Elizabeth’s father. He loses his job at Enron in December 2001. Chris receives financial assistance from Sunny.

Gill’s Resume: President Garrett Walker in House of Cards (2013-17), Gideon Goddard in Mr. Robot (2015-17), Mr. Gunns in The Get Down (2016-17), Doug Landry in Ray Donovan (2017), Patrick Morris in The Gilded Age (2022)

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The Dropout Cast: William H. Macy as Richard Fuisz

The Dropout Cast on Hulu - William H. Macy as Richard Fuisz

Character Profile: An American inventor. He owns hundreds of patents and knows the Holmes family. Richard invents blood tech technology that could disrupt Elizabeth’s plans.

Macy’s Resume: Dr. David Morgenstern in ER (1994-2009), Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo (1996), Little Bill in Boogie Nights (1997), Quiz Kid Donnie Smith in Magnolia (1999), Frank Gallagher in Shameless (2011-2021)

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The Dropout Cast: Elizabeth Marvel as Noel Holmes

The Dropout Cast on Hulu - Elizabeth Marvel as Noel Holmes

Character Profile: Elizabeth’s mother. She’s a stoic woman who urges her husband to seek help from Richard. Noel supports Elizabeth but has a somewhat cold demeanor.

Marvel’s Resume: Sandy Pfarrer in Burn After Reading (2008), 40-Year-Old Mattie in True Grit (2010), 40-Year-Old Mattie in Lincoln (2012), President Elizabeth Keane in Homeland (2016-18), Dr. Karen Frank in Dark Waters (2019)

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The Dropout cast also includes Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married, Interstellar), James Hiroyuki Liao (Battle Los Angeles, Snake Eyes), Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW, Cyrano), Michael Ironside (Top Gun, Nobody) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24, The Tomorrow War).

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