Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Last of Us’

The Last of Us Cast - Every Actor and Character in the HBO Series

The Last of Us cast features Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie and Gabriel Luna as Tommy. This info article contains minor spoilers and character/actor details for Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann’s HBO Max series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

The Last of Us explores the relationship between a pandemic survivor and a child soldier. As Joel searches for his missing brother, he receives assistance from a woman named Tess. The narrative follows Joel as he protects a young girl who could save humanity. Here’s every actor and character in The Last of Us, an adaptation of the Naughty Dog video game.

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The Last of Us Cast: Pedro Pascal as Joel

The Last of Us Cast on HBO - Pedro Pascal as Joel

Character Profile: A Texas native who survives a pandemic. He smuggles items while thinking about his daughter’s death 20 years prior. Joel and his business partner travel with a young girl.

Pascal’s Resume: Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones (2014), Whiskey in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Francisco “Catfish” Morales in Triple Frontier (2019), The Mandalorian in The Mandalorian (2019-), Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

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The Last of Us Cast: Bella Ramsey as Ellie

The Last of Us Cast on HBO - Bella Ramsey as Ellie

Character Profile: An orphan. She has spent most of her life in a FEDRA military school. Ellie is protected by revolutionaries who make a deal with Joel.

Ramsey’s Resume: Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones (2016-19), Hilda in Hilda (2018-20), Angelica in His Dark Materials (2020), Birdy in Catherine Called Birdy (2022), Jane Grey in Becoming Elizabeth (2022)

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The Last of Us Cast: Gabriel Luna as Tommy

The Last of Us Cast on HBO - Gabriel Luna as Tommy

Character Profile: Joel’s brother. He gets jailed during the 2003 timeline and later disappears in the present narrative. Tommy is a former soldier.

Luna’s Resume: Kevin in Bernie (2011), Tony Bravo in Matador (2014), Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2016-17), Lance Flores in Transpecos (2016), Gabriel/REV-9 in Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

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The Last of Us Cast: Anna Torv as Tess

The Last of Us Cast on HBO - Anna Torv as Tess

Character Profile: Joel’s smuggling partner. She gets locked up by FEDRA after being mistaken for a revolutionary. Tess helps Joel transport Ellie across the United States.

Torv’s Resume: Nikki Martel in The Secret Life of Us (2004-05), Olivia Dunham in Fringe (2008-13), Virginia Grey in The Pacific (2010), Dr. Wendy Carr in Mindhunter (2017-19), Helen Norville in The Newsreader (2021)

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The Last of Us Cast: Merle Dandridge as Marlene

The Last of Us Cast on HBO - Merle Dandridge as Marlene

Character Profile: The head of a revolutionary group called the Fireflies. She is based in Boston and actively colludes against the U.S. military. Marlene looks after Ellie and strikes a deal with Joel and Tess for help.

Dandridge’s Resume: Rita Roosevelt in Sons of Anarchy (2011-12), Maria Guerrero in The Newsroom (2012-13), Gwen Gaskin in The Night Shift (2015-16), Zarina Killebrew in Truth Be Told (2021), Natasha Ross in Station 19 (2022-)

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The Last of Us Cast: Nico Parker as Sarah

The Last of Us Cast on HBO - Nico Parker as Sarah

Character Profile: Joel’s daughter. She travels with him during a pandemic outbreak in 2003. Sarah dies in the first episode.

Parker’s Resume: Milly Farrier in Dumbo (2019), Ellie in The Third Day (2020), Zoe in Reminiscence (2021)

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The Last of Us cast also includes:

  • John Hannah as Dr. Neuman
  • Murray Bartlett as Frank
  • Nick Offerman as Bill
  • Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen
  • Lamar Johnson as Henry
  • Keivonn Woodard as Sam
  • Graham Greene as Marlon
  • Elaine Miles as Florence
  • Storm Reid as Riley Abel
  • Scott Shepherd as David
  • Troy Baker as James
  • Jeffrey Pierce as Perry
  • Ashley Johnson as Anna
  • Rutina Wesley as Maria

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