The Truth Be Told cast features Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul and Kate Hudson. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Nichelle Tramble Spellman’s Apple TV+ series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Truth Be Told centers on a famous journalist with a popular true crime podcast. In seasons one and two, Poppy Parnell investigates a convicted killer and one of her best friends. The third installment follows the main protagonist as she tries to stay one step ahead of the competition. Here’s every actor and character in Truth Be Told, an adaptation of Kathleen Barber’s 2017 novel Are You Sleeping.
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Truth Be Told Cast: Octavia Spencer as Poppy Parnell
Character Profile: A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. She hosts a true crime podcast and owns up to her past mistakes. Poppy’s methods cause problems for her family and inner circle of friends.
Spencer’s Resume: Minny Jackson in The Help (2011), Wanda in Fruitvale Station (2013), Dorothy Vaughan in Hidden Figures (2016), Sue Ann in Ma (2019), Kimberly in Spirited (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Echo 3’
Truth Be Told Cast: Aaron Paul as Warren Cave
Character Profile: A convicted killer. He joins a white supremacist group in order to survive prison. Warren helps Poppy correct errors from the past.
Paul’s Resume: Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad (2008-13), Francis in The Last House on the Left (2009), Todd Chavez/Henry Fondle/Emperor Fingerface in BoJack Horseman (2014-20), Tobey Marshall in Need for Speed (2014), Caleb Nichols in Westworld (2020–2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Shantaram’
Truth Be Told Cast: Kate Hudson as Micah Keith
Character Profile: A famous writer. She gains attention after documenting her difficult life experiences. Micah lies about her past.
Hudson’s Resume: Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000), Andie in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Tess in Fool’s Gold (2008), Liv in Bride Wars (2009), Birdie Jay in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Bad Sisters’
Truth Be Told Cast: Lizzy Caplan as Josie and Lanie Buhrman
Character Profile: The daughters of a murder victim. They both protect secrets about Warren’s case. Josie and Laney speak with Poppy about their father’s murder.
Caplan’s Resume: Janis Ian in Mean Girls (2004), Marlena in Cloverfield (2008), April in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (2013-16), Reagan Ridley in Inside Job (2021-)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Five Days at Memorial’
Truth Be Told Cast: David Lyons as Inspector Aames
Character Profile: A San Francisco detective. He investigates a season 2 murder. Inspector Aames was trained by Warren’s father.
Lyons’ Resume: Ian in Eat Pray Love (2010), Sebastian “Bass” Monroe in Revolution (2012-14), Tierney in Safe Haven (2013), Mike DiAngelo in Seven Seconds (2018), Lloyd Green in The Commons (2019)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Surface’
Truth Be Told Cast: Mekhi Phifer as Markus Knox
Character Profile: A private investigator and former San Francisco detective. He assists Poppy with her cases. Markus gets mixed up in a blackmail conspiracy.
Phifer’s Resume: Gregory Pratt in ER (2002-08), Future in 8 Mile (2002), Chaz in Honey (2003), Andre in Dawn of the Dead (2004), Harold Brooks in Love, Victor (2020–2022)
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Truth Be Told Cast: Gabrielle Union as Eva
Character Profile: A high school principal in season three. She warns students about the methods of predators. Eva conducts a personal investigation after a young girl disappears.
Union’s Resume: Chastity in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Isis in Bring It On (2000), Syd in Bad Boys II (2003), Evangeline “Eva” Dandrige in Deliver Us from Eva (2003), Sydney Burnett in L.A.’s Finest (2019-20)
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The Truth Be Told cast also includes:
- Elizabeth Perkins as Melanie Cave
- Michael Beach as Ingram Rhoades
- Tracie Thoms as Desiree Scoville
- Haneefah Wood as Cydie Scoville
- Ron Cephas Jones as Leander “Shreve” Scoville
- Katherine LaNasa as Noa Havilland
- Tami Roman as Lillian “Lily” Scoville
- Rico E. Anderson as Herbie
- Nic Bishop as Chuck Buhrman
- Annabella Sciorra as Erin Buhrman
- Mychala Lee as Trini Killebrew
- Peter Gallagher as Andrew
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