The Black Cake cast features Mia Isaac, Adrienne Warren and Chipo Chung. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Marissa Jo Cerar’s Hulu series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Black Cake centers on a mysterious woman named Eleanor Bennett. After her death, she leaves seven audio recordings for her two children. The narrative follows Eleanor as she recalls her life experiences as an immigrant named Covey. Here’s every main actor and character in Black Cake, an adaptation of Charmaine Wilkerson’s 2022 novel.
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Black Cake Cast: Mia Isaac as Covey
Character Profile: An accomplished swimmer from the West Indies. She is the daughter of a Chinese man and a woman who left her at age 11. Covey escapes to London after being sold to a gangster.
Isaac’s Resume: Claire in Lovestruck (2019), Wally Park in Don’t Make Me Go (2022), Rowan in Not Okay (2022), Aurora in Gray Matter (2023)
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Black Cake Cast: Adrienne Warren as Benny
Character Profile: Covey’s daughter. She is a musician who has been estranged from her family for eight years. Benny clashes with her brother before learning about her mother’s past.
Warren’s Resume: Rachel Manning in Blue Bloods (2013), Malory Haynes in Quantico (2017), Ode in The Woman King (2022), Mamie Till-Mobley in Women of the Movement (2022), Claudia Taylor in Rustin (2023)
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Black Cake Cast: Chipo Chung as Eleanor Bennett
Character Profile: An older version of Covey. She dies from a brain tumor after a surfing accident. Eleanor explains her life story through seven audio recordings.
Chung’s Resume: University Friend in Proof (2005), Icarus in Sunshine (2007), Annabelle Hsin in In the Loop (2009), The Master in Into the Badlands (2017-19), Sandy in Silo (2023)
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Black Cake Cast: Ashley Thomas as Byron
Character Profile: Benny’s brother. He is an ocean scientist. Byron loses a promotion opportunity while learning the truth about his mother’s past.
Thomas’ Resume: Isaac Carter in 24: Legacy (2016-17), Calvin Hart in The Night Of (2016), Henry Emory in Them (2021), Paul Maddox in The Ipcress File (2022), Jaggers in Great Expectations (2023)
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Black Cake Cast: Lashay Anderson as Bunny Pringle
Character Profile: Covey’s friend. She helps her flee from the West Indies. Bunny has romantic feelings for Covey.
Anderson’s Resume: Clara in Rebel Cheer Squad – A Get Even Series (2022), Natalie in Consent (2023)
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Black Cake Cast: Faith Alabi as Pearl Thomas
Character Profile: A maid during the 60s timeline. She fees loyal to Covey. Pearl quits her job because of her boss’ behavior.
Alabi’s Resume: Eliza Schumacher in Cold Feet (2017), Jenny Poythress in We Are Who We Are (2020), Lauren in Master of None (2021), Aurore Adekunle in Industry (2022), Desreta King in Death in Paradise (2022)
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Black Cake Cast: Glynn Turman as Charles Mitch
Character Profile: Eleanor’s lawyer. He meets with Benny and Byron to discuss their mother’s past. Charles listens to Eleanor’s audio recordings with her children.
Turman’s Resume: Clarence V. Royce in The Wire (2004-08), Dr. Frank Hopper in Sahara (2005), Dr. Woodward in Super 8 (2011), Detective in John Dies at the End (2012), Toledo in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
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The Black Cake cast also includes:
- Jade Eshete as Mathilda
- Samuel Lorenzo Bulgin as Percival Henry
- Karise Yansen as Elly
- Stephanie Jacob as Sister Janette
- Simon Wan as Lin
- Rupert Evans as James Everett
- Cara Horgan as Mildred
- Anthony Mark Barrow as Clarence “Little Man” Henry
- Tom McKay as Bossman
- Anna Mawn as Beatrice Rossimoore
- Rebecca Calder as Mrs. Quintrell
- Ahmed Elhaj as Gibbs Grant
- Elly Roberts as Irene Whitaker
- Rachel Lin as Mama Lynncook
- Anthony J. Abraham as Delroy Furgusson
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