Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Strays’

The Strays Cast - Every Actor and Character in the 2023 Netflix Movie

The Strays cast features Ashley Madekwe, Bukky Bakray and Jorden Myrie. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Nathaniel Martello-White’s 2023 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

The Strays explores the private life of a biracial academic. When two mysterious people show up at Neve’s home, she must acknowledge her former life as “Cheryl.” The narrative follows the main protagonist as she makes a difficult decision about her immediate future. Here’s every actor and character in The Strays.

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The Strays Cast: Ashley Madekwe as Neve/Cheryl

The Strays Cast on Netflix - Ashley Madekwe as Neve/Cheryl

Character Profile: A biracial and married academic. She is the head deputy mistress at a private school. Neve gets paranoid when her estranged children expose her previous life as “Cheryl.”

Madekwe’s Resume: Ashley Davenport in Revenge: The First Chapter (2012), Tituba in Salem (2014-17), Toni in County Lines (2019), Detective Eudora Patch in The Umbrella Academy (2019), Dr. Ana Lasbrey in Dr. Death (2023)

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The Strays Cast: Bukky Bakray as Abigail

The Strays Cast on Netflix - Bukky Bakray as Abigail

Character Profile: Neve’s estranged daughter. She devises a plan to disrupt her mother’s comfortable lifestyle. Abigail aka Dione lands a job with Neve’s husband.

Bakray’s Resume: Shola “Rocks” Omotoso in Rocks (2019), Bless in You Don’t Know Me (2021), Kim in Liaison (2023)

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The Strays Cast: Jorden Myrie as Marvin

The Strays Cast on Netflix - Jorden Myrie as Marvin

Character Profile: Neve’s estranged son. He participates in a payback conspiracy with his sister. Marvin aka Carl earns a job at Neve’s school.

Myrie’s Resume: Connor in Dancing in the Dark (2020), Jorden in Shepherd’s Delight (2020), Stuart Lawrence in Stephen (2021), Kobi in Mood (2022), Raheem Bennett in Screw (2022)

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The Strays Cast: Samuel Small as Sebastian

The Strays Cast on Netflix - Samuel Small as Sebastian

Character Profile: Neve’s son. He develops a friendship with Marvin. Sebastian is more of a follower than a leader.

Small’s Resume: Little Bird in Game of Thrones (2014), Rob Edwards in So Awkward (2017-19), Jack in The Nest (2020)

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The Strays Cast: Maria Almeida as Mary

The Strays Cast on Netflix - Maria Almeida as Mary

Character Profile: Neve’s daughter. She is a choir singer who befriends Abigail. Mary knows little about her mother’s past.

Almeida’s Resume: Cicely in Pretty Red Dress (2022)

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The Strays Cast: Justin Salinger as Ian

The Strays Cast on Netflix - Justin Salinger as Ian

Character Profile: Neve’s husband. He enjoys his upper class lifestyle. Ian requests a divorce when Neve’s estranged children show up and reveal secrets.

Salinger’s Resume: Dr. Joseph Goebbels in Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003), Frank in Enduring Love (2004), Ian Woodall in Everest (2015), Doctor in Brimstone (2016), Carl Meisner in Hanna (2019-21)

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The Strays cast also includes:

  • Lucy Liemann as Amanda
  • Tom Andrews as Barry
  • Rob Jarvis as Robert
  • Michael Warburton as Kenneth
  • Alastair Ellery as Keith
  • Vanessa Bailey as Elle
  • Joanna Brookes as Betty
  • Lara Steward as Sign Teacher
  • Izzy Billingham as Emily
  • Cornelius Booth as Mr. Fillet

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