The Persuasion cast features Dakota Johnson, Cosmo Jarvis and Nikki Amuka-Bird. This info article contains minor spoilers for Carrie Cracknell’s 2022 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Persuasion explores the love life of a young English woman. When Anne Elliot reunites with a former beau, she must confront unresolved emotional issues and familial concerns. The narrative is complicated by the arrival of Anne’s dashing cousin, an heir to the family estate. Here’s every main performer and character in Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1817 novel.
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Persuasion Cast: Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot
Character Profile: A twenty-something English woman who is “single and thriving.” She tries to compose herself when a former lover arrives in town. Anne receives advice from family members while thinking about her romantic future.
Johnson’s Resume: Amelia Ritter in The Social Network (2010), Anastasia Steele in The Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Franchise (2015-2018), Susie in Suspiria (2018), Maggie Sherwoode in The High Note (2020), Nina in The Lost Daughter (2021)
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Persuasion Cast: Cosmo Jarvis as Frederick Wentworth
Character Profile: Anne’s former lover. He is a sailor who began his career without rank or fortune. Frederick pursues admiralty and Anne’s heart.
Jarvis’ Resume: Sebastian in Lady Macbeth (2016), Fathometer Operator in Hunter Killer (2018), Arm in Calm with Horses (2019), Barney in Peaky Blinders (2019), Campion Sturges in Raised by Wolves (2020)
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Persuasion Cast: Nikki Amuka-Bird as Lady Russell
Character Profile: The best friend of Anne’s mother. She is an “unflinching speaker of truth.” Lady Russell enjoys traveling and her personal freedom.
Amuka-Bird’s Resume: Dr. Becker in The Omen (2006), Diomika Tsing in Jupiter Ascending (2015), Rita Williams in A Private War (2018), Miranda in The Laundromat (2019), Patricia in Old (2021)
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Persuasion Cast: Mia McKenna-Bruce as Mary Elliot
Character Profile: Anne’s sister. She is a charismatic woman who describes herself as an empath. Mary seeks attention and frequently talks about her suffering.
McKenna-Bruce’s Resume: Penny in EastEnders (2008), Tee Taylor in The Tracy Beaker Survival Files (2011), Marilka in The Witcher (2019), Bree in Get Even (2020), Linda in Last Train to Christmas (2021)
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Persuasion Cast: Richard E. Grant as Sir Walter Elliot
Character Profile: Anne’s father. His is a vain man who values his connection to famous relatives. Walter tries to sustain a high society lifestyle.
Grant’s Resume: Withnail in Withnail & I (1987), Darwin Mayflower in Hudson Hawk (1991), George in Gosford Park (2001), Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018), Seifert in Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)
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Persuasion Cast: Henry Golding as William Elliot
Character Profile: The heir to the Elliot family estate. He is a confident man who builds a relationship with Anne. William’s presence creates friction with Frederick.
Golding’s Resume: Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Sean Townsend in A Simple Favor (2018), Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes (2021), Dry Eye in The Gentlemen (2019), Tom in Last Christmas (2019)
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The Persuasion cast also includes Ben Bailey Smith (Cinderella, Suspicion), Yolanda Kettle (The Crown, Roadkill), Nia Towle (Rocketman, The Hollow) and Izuka Hoyle (Mary Queen of Scots, The Outpost).
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