The Surface cast features Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Ari Graynor. This info article contains minor spoilers for Veronica West’s 2022 Apple TV+ miniseries. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Surface follows a San Francisco woman named Sophie. After surviving an alleged suicide attempt, she loses her memory and tries to understand her former life. The narrative focuses on Sophie’s perspective as she learns the truth about the closest people in her inner circle. Here’s every main performer and character in Surface.
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Surface Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Sophie
Character Profile: A San Francisco doctor. She loses her memory after a suicide attempt and suspects that someone tried to kill her. Sophie teams up with a former lover who works as an undercover cop.
Mbatha-Raw’s Resume: Dido Elizabeth Belle in Belle (2013), Noni in Beyond the Lights (2014), Prema Mutiso in Concussion (2015), Plumette in Beauty and the Beast (2017), Hannah Shoenfeld in The Morning Show (2019)
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Surface Cast: Oliver Jackson-Cohen as James
Character Profile: Sophie’s husband. He behaves erratically as his wife recovers. James admits to embezzling money from his company and knows that Sophie cheated on him in the past.
Jackson-Cohen’s Resume: Jonathan Harker in Dracula (2013-14), Luke Crain in The Haunting of Hill House (2018), Adrian Griffin in The Invisible Man (2020), Peter in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), Toni in The Lost Daughter (2021)
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Surface Cast: Ari Graynor as Caroline
Character Profile: Sophie’s best friend. She is an art seller who had a romantic fling with James in the past. Caroline helps Sophie recover but hides some facts from her.
Graynor’s Resume: Caroline in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008), Eva Destruction in Whip It (2009), Cassie Feder in I’m Dying Up Here (2017-18), Juliette/Lisa in The Disaster Artist (2017), Brenda Feigen-Fasteau in Mrs. America (2020)
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Surface Cast: François Arnaud as Harrison
Character Profile: James’ colleague. He is a businessman who doesn’t necessarily respect Sophie. Harrison is loyal to James and implies that he’ll do anything to protect their financial investments.
Arnaud’s Resume: Antonin Rimbaud in I Killed My Mother (2009), Cesare Borgia in The Borgias (2011-13), Oscar in Blindspot (2015-20), Jeremiah Rosen in Jean of the Joneses (2016), Dan Moody in The Moodys (2019-21)
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Surface Cast: Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Hannah
Character Profile: Sophie’s therapist. She recommends a change of scenery. Hannah helps Sophie piece together scattered facts.
Jean-Baptiste’s Resume: Gladys Jennip in Spy Game (2001), Vivian Johnson in Without a Trace (2002-09), Gloria Morisseau in Homecoming (2018), Sheila in In Fabric (2018), Sarah Sharpe in The Sea Beast (2022)
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Surface Cast: Stephan James as Baden
Character Profile: Sophie’s former lover. He warns her about James and potential dangers. Baden is an undercover cop who believes that someone tried to kill Sophie.
James’ Resume: John Lewis in Selma (2014), Jesse Owens in Race (2016), Walter Cruz in Homecoming (2018-20), Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Michael in 21 Bridges (2019)
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The Surface cast also includes Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, The Queen’s Gambit), Christin Park (Charmed, Tales from the Loop), Andres Joseph (The Art of Racing in the Rain, Firefly Lane), Theresa Wong (Firefly Lane, Lost in Space) and Stefania Indelicato (Snowpiercer, Upload).
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