'The Walking Dead' Cast List

Below is the The Walking Dead Season 5 cast list, along with a biography for each actor.

Andrew Lincoln recently earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series at the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards for his role in The Walking Dead, in addition to 2011 and 2013 Saturn Awards nominations for his work on the series.

Lincoln made his television debut in the 1994 series Drop the Dead Donkey. His first major role was in BBC’s drama This Life. Since then, his television credits have included This Woman in White, Bomber, A Likeness in Stone, Trevor’s World of Sport, Canterbury Tales, Whose Baby?, Lie with Me, and Teachers, on which Lincoln also made his directorial debut and was nominated for BAFTA TV Award for Best New Director (Fiction). More recently, Lincoln has played major roles in Strike Back and Stephen Volk’s Afterlife, for which he won a Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.

Lincoln made his big-screen debut as Ted in Paul Hills’ 1995 drama Boston Kickout. However, film audiences perhaps best know him for his role in Richard Curtis’ Love Actually. Other film credits include Enduring Love, Human Traffic, These Foolish Things, Hey Good Looking!, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Heartbreaker, and Made in Dagenham. He also appeared in Moonshot, a movie for American television, and Wuthering Heights for ITV.

A veteran of the theater, Lincoln also starred in many theatrical productions including Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song at London’s Almeida Theatre, Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange at the National Theatre, Jonathan Harvey’s AIDS drama Hushabye Mountain, and Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss.

Norman Reedus recently completed production on Robert Kirkman’s feature film, Air, from Sony Pictures. Reedus leads the sci-fi thriller, which also stars Djimon Hounsou. He is currently in production on John Hillcoat’s ensemble cop drama Triple Nine with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, and Aaron Paul. Both films are scheduled for 2015 releases.

Reedus is best known for playing the role of Murphy MacManus in the cult movie The Boondock Saints, written and directed by Troy Duffy. Reedus starred opposite Sean Patrick Flanery and Willem Dafoe. He starred opposite Flanery again in the sequel Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. More recently, Reedus starred opposite Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon in the indie drama Sunlight Jr., which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. He also appeared in the Robert Redford directed feature The Conspirator and in Michelle Danner’s indie, Hello Herman. Additional past film credits include the sci-fi feature thriller Pandorum, with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster; the Sony feature Cadillac Records, opposite Adrien Brody; Six Ways to Sunday; 8MM; Beat; Deuces Wild; Blade II; Gossip; The Notorious Bettie Page; and American Gangster.

Reedus is also a burgeoning director, having directed three short films, and an accomplished photographer. In October 2013 he released a book of his photography, The Sun’s Coming Up . . . Like a Big Bald Head: Photographs by Norman Reedus.

On the big screen, Steven Yeun stars opposite Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in Mike Cahill’s independent sci-fi drama I Origins. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned raves and was sold in one of the biggest deals at the festival. Fox Searchlight released the film this past July.

Upcoming, Yeun will star in and executive produce The Aquariums of Pyongyang, the film adaptation of Kang Chol Hwan’s autobiography. Hwan was the first survivor to escape from one of the brutal North Korean concentration camps, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea.

Yeun has a number of theater credits, including the Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Kafka on the Shore where he understudied the roles of Kafka and Crow. Yeun’s television credits include appearances on The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Warehouse 13, and NTSF:SD:SUV. He has also lent his vocal talents to the Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the city of Troy, Michigan, Yeun began his foray into acting while studying psychology at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. After seeing a performance of the school’s improv group, he decided to switch his focus to acting. Following graduation, Yeun moved to Chicago, where he performed with the famed Second City Theatre comedy troupe in various shows with their Touring Company. He has been a part of several improvisational/sketch comedy groups, including Stir Friday Night, Hands, and Detective Detective.

An Atlanta native, Chandler Riggs began acting at age four. Riggs’ early work included local stage productions of The Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. When he was nine years old, he landed his first two film roles simultaneously: The Wronged Man with Julia Ormond and Get Low with Robert Duvall.

Most recently Riggs filmed Blumhouse Productions’ supernatural thriller Mercy, with Shirley Knight, Frances O’Connor, Joel Courtney, Mark Duplass, and Dylan McDermott; and Voltage Pictures’ Home Invasion with Bella Thorne.

Earlier this year, Riggs won Hollywood’s Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series Comedy or Drama and the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series, both for his role in The Walking Dead.

DANAI GURIRA, “Michonne”
Actress and playwright Danai Gurira recently appeared in the independent drama Mother of George. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories. It premiered in New York and expanded to Los Angeles and an additional 10-20 markets the following week.

Gurira also starred in the multiple award-winning film The Visitor, opposite Richard Jenkins. Other film credits include 3 Backyards and Restless City. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Lie to Me, as well as a recurring role on the HBO David Simon series Treme.

An award-winning playwright, her most recent play, The Convert (Stavis Award, LA Drama Critics Award and six Ovation Awards), is a historical drama set in Rhodesia, present day Zimbabwe. It is part of a trilogy Gurira is writing about her native country’s coming of age. A commission of Center Theatre Group, it premiered at the McCarter Theater and also ran at The Goodman, CTG’s Kirk Douglas, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. The play recently completed its African premiere in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Gurira’s initial success was as the co-lead of In the Continuum, a play she co-performed and co-wrote while in the MFA acting program at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Gurira performed the play off-Broadway, in numerous theaters around the U.S., and in Africa. She received numerous accolades including an Obie, the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, the Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations), and the Theater Hall of Fame Honors. Gurira also received the Helen Hayes Award (Woolly Mammoth).

She subsequently received a grant for research in Liberia, which resulted in her second play Eclipsed and earned Gurira Best Playwright at the NAACP Theatre Awards and Best New Play at Helen Hayes Awards. On Broadway, Gurira starred in Bartlett Sher’s award-winning revival of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. She also earned the Actors’ Equity Joe A. Callaway Award for her performance as Isabella in the 2011 Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Measure for Measure.

Gurira was also a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and a commissioned playwright with Yale Rep. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Whiting Writers’ Award (2012). Her newest play Familiar will premiere at Yale Repertory later this year. She is cofounder and President of Almasi, a Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts Collaborative Organization. Its mission is to instill professional values, skills, and practices in Zimbabwean Dramatic Arts through education, collaboration, and cultural exchange with professional American dramatic artists and artistic institutions.

Gurira was born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe by Zimbabwean parents.

A veteran commercial, voice, and television actress, Melissa McBride began her acting career in Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after graduating college. She made her prime-time network television debut guest starring in Matlock opposite the late Andy Griffith in a two-part special.

McBride’s additional television credits include Dawson’s Creek, Walker, Texas Ranger, Profiler, and American Gothic. Her television movie credits include Living Proof, with Harry Connick Jr.; Pirates of Silicon Valley, with Noah Wyle; A Season in Purgatory, based on the book written by Dominick Dunne, with Patrick Dempsey; along with numerous television commercials.
McBride’s film credits include The Mist, directed by Frank Darabont; the festival award-winning film Lost Crossing, directed by Eric Blue; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, directed by Peter Care and produced by Jodie Foster. She was also the voice double for Anne Bancroft in the 2008 animated feature Delgo.
In the music scene, McBride played ‘Lucy, the messed-up dressed-up waitress’ opposite Martin Sheen in Diamond Rio’s music video It’s All in Your Head. In addition to her on-camera and voice acting, McBride has worked behind the camera as a commercial casting director.
McBride was honored with the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in The Walking Dead Season Four episode “The Grove.” This episode also garnered McBride a Critics’ Choice Television Awards nomination.
In addition to The Walking Dead, Lauren Cohan’s television credits include a series regular role on Supernatural, pivotal guest arcs on Chuck and The Vampire Diaries, as well as guest appearances on Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family, CSI: New York, and Cold Case. She also contributes the voice of Juliana to the critically acclaimed animated series Archer.

Last year, Cohan finished filming the John Herzfeld directed independent film, Reach Me, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kelsey Grammer. Other film credits include Casanova, with Heath Ledger; Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj; and Death Race 2.

Born in Philadelphia, Cohan spent her childhood in New Jersey before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of thirteen. There she graduated from the University of Winchester/King Alfred’s College, where she studied Drama and English Literature. While at the university, she cofounded and toured with a theater company called No Man’s Land.

Originally from Nebraska, Emily Kinney is a television, film, and stage actress, as well as a recording artist.

Her television credits include The Following, The Big C, The Good Wife, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Unusuals, and The Gamekillers.

In film, Kinney has appeared in the Universal Pictures feature film It’s Complicated, directed by Nancy Meyers, and the independent film Concussion, directed by Stacie Passon.

On Broadway, Kinney held the role of Anna in the Tony Award®-winning Production of Spring Awakening, and starred opposite Estelle Parsons in the first national tour of August: Osage County. Additional theater credits include the Off-Broadway production of Iphigenia 2.0 at the Signature Theatre and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s annual production of Peter Pan.

Emily Kinney is also a singer/songwriter, and released her sophomore EP Expired Love in October 2013 (Em-K Music and Thirty Tigers). Expired Love was rereleased on March 18, 2014, with two additional tracks. She performs regularly at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall and LA’s Hotel Café, and is earning comparisons to Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and Nellie McKay.

CHAD L. COLEMAN, “Tyreese”
An accomplished television, film, and stage actor, Chad Coleman received critical acclaim for his work on HBO’s Peabody Award-winning drama series The Wire, playing Cutty for several seasons. He previously starred on the series I Hate My Teenage Daughter, produced by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, and held a recurring role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Additional television credits include Lie to Me, The Good Wife, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

On the big screen, Coleman was seen in New Line Cinema’s Horrible Bosses, directed by Seth Gordon and starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, and Kevin Spacey; as well as The Green Hornet, directed by Michel Gondry. Other film credits include Brother to Brother, with Anthony Mackie; Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power, with Jay Hernandez; and the independent feature Confessions, with Lynn Whitfield and Bokeem Woodbine.

Coleman made his Broadway debut in Lincoln Center Theater’s 2009 revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, which was nominated for six Tony Awards®. Additional Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include the Wooster Group production of North Atlantic, with Willem Dafoe and Steve Buscemi; Elle, with Alan Cumming; the Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere Force Continuum; and American Place Theatre’s Living in the Wind. He also appeared in Watch of the Nightingales; Man in the Polyester Suit; and Miss Evers’ Boys, directed by Kent Gash.

When Coleman is not working in front of the camera, he dedicates his time to helping underprivileged youth find proper mentorship. He is also involved with various causes including Tim & Daphne Reid’s Virginia Scholarship & Youth Development Foundation and the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Sonequa Martin-Green is well known for her roles as Tamara on ABC’s fan favorite Once Upon a Time and as Courtney Wells on CBS’s Emmy®-winning drama The Good Wife. Additionally, Martin-Green made her mark recurring on CBS cop drama NYC 22 and Lifetime’s Army Wives. Her television credits also include Gossip Girl and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Martin-Green received rave reviews for her starring turn in Emily Abt’s Sundance hit Toe to Toe. She played Tosha Spinner, a highly driven inner-city high school teenager, in the Grand Jury Prize–nominated film. She went on to star in Victoria Mahoney’s film Yelling to the Sky, alongside Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Kravitz.

On stage, Martin-Green is best known for her critically acclaimed performances in Des McAnuff’s Fetch Clay Make Man, in which she starred as Muhammad Ali’s first wife, Sonji Clay. Her additional theater credits include Outside People at the Vineyard Theatre.

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. has appeared in many films since shooting onto the scene with his performance in the independent film Straight Out of Brooklyn. Since then, Gilliard has appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York; The Machinist, with Christian Bale; and The Waterboy, opposite Adam Sandler.

Gilliard has an extensive history of New York theater credits. His past stage work includes Zooman and the Sign at Second Stage Theatre, Police Boys at Playwrights Horizons, Life During Wartime at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and regional appearances in Topdog/Underdog at the Seattle Rep and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Gilliard was a series regular on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire and appeared on the A&E network show The Beast, opposite Patrick Swayze. Some of his guest-starring performances include CSI: New York, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NUMB3RS, Friday Night Lights, Southland, Army Wives, and Longmire.

Gilliard is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. He also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Actors Studio and the Baltimore School for the Arts.

MICHAEL CUDLITZ, “Sgt. Abraham Ford”
Hailing from the East Coast, Michael Cudlitz graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Theater program and has established himself as a versatile and prolific character actor in both television and film. Although his first love is the stage, Cudlitz found early success working in front of the camera.

Cudlitz is best known for portraying veteran officer John Cooper in the critically acclaimed drama Southland. He received critical praise for his powerful performance on the show and won the 2013 Critics’ Choice TV Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Cudlitz was most recently seen starring in and producing the psychological thriller Dark Tourist, directed by Suri Krishnamma and also featuring Melanie Griffith.

Cudlitz has appeared in more than twenty films, including A River Runs Through It; Grosse Pointe Blank; The Negotiator; the sci-fi thriller Surrogates, with Bruce Willis; and Tenure, a comedy with Luke Wilson. A few of his notable television credits include roles on Standoff, Lost, Prison Break, Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, 24, all three CSI series, and the Emmy®-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

A native of Long Island, New York, Alanna Masterson is the little sister of four older brothers – Danny, Chris, Will, and Jordan, all of whom have found success in Hollywood.

Masterson made her acting breakthrough as a child, portraying the young Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 1995. Her talents have steadily evolved through guest spots on such television series as Malcolm in the Middle, Greek, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Grey’s Anatomy, Men at Work, and recently on the comedy series First Day. Masterson also starred opposite Tyler Blackburn and Mackenzie Phillips in the independent film Peach Plum Pear, for which she received a Best Actress Award at two different film festivals.

As a graduate of New York Film Academy, Masterson also has experience behind the camera as a writer and director. For her senior thesis, she directed a short film starring Agyness Deyn, her brother Jordan Masterson, and Jake Hoffman.

Christian Serratos is recognized for her role in the highly successful Twilight films as one of the close human friends of Kristen Stewart’s character Bella, earning Serratos the Young Supporting Actress Award at the 30th Young Hollywood Awards.

As a child, Serratos trained in ballet as well as figure skating, but left competitive skating behind to pursue acting. Experience as a Ford model led to commercial work, which in turn led to a starring role on Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.

In 2012, Serratos landed a much different role playing Lena, a carjacker in the serious drama 96 Minutes. She was also featured in the Black Keys video for their song “Howlin’ For You,” starred as the lead in Lifetime Original Film Pop Star, and played the role of Raven in The Secret Life of an American Teenager. She has also been featured in such pop-culture classics as American Horror Story, Hannah Montana, and 7th Heaven.

Her success as an actress has allowed her to work closely with PETA and the Humane Society of the United States on several projects, which is of the utmost importance to her as an ardent animal lover.

JOSH MCDERMITT, “Dr. Eugene Porter”
Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Josh McDermitt wanted to be a police officer or detective. Yet he fell into the radio industry working at the local radio station at fourteen years of age and began to discover his voice creating characters. McDermitt attended Grand Canyon University where he majored in Marketing and Public Relations, while he continued to work in radio.

After college and working at the radio station for more than ten years, McDermitt tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Within two years of performing shows around town, he auditioned for NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the semifinals. As one of the fifty comics picked nationwide, McDermitt decided to tour full time. He opened for such acts as Joe Rogan, Louis CK, and Dave Attell.

In 2011, McDermitt landed a series regular role as Brandon on TV Land’s Retired at 35, working with Oscar® nominee George Segal and Emmy® Award winner Jessica Walter. After two seasons, McDermitt landed his current role on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

McDermitt actively supports several organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, and various foundations that support pancreatic cancer research. He is also a writer and a licensed pilot who enjoys flying his family’s hot air balloon.

ANDREW J. WEST, “Gareth”
Andrew J. West was born in Merrillville, Indiana and grew up in the nearby town of Lake Station. He was interested in acting from an early age, but did not pursue his craft until he went to Indiana University, where he studied philosophy and anthropology. He auditioned for university plays and began landing roles, including the lead in Eric Bogosian’s SubUrbia. He then began writing, producing, and acting in short films with his college friends, some of which went to the festivals and won awards.

After moving to Los Angeles, he landed the role of the young Christian Troy in the cult classic television series Nip/Tuck, had simultaneous recurring roles on Greek and Privileged, and guest starred on shows such as Bones, CSI:NY, Ghost Whisperer, Castle, Body of Proof, Shit My Dad Says, and Suburgatory.

He was also the lead in the critically acclaimed web series Rockville CA from Josh Schwartz. That was followed with the lead in two ABC pilots: Who Gets the Parents, opposite Jane Kaczmarek and Adam Arkin; and Family Practice, opposite Christopher Lloyd and Jean Smart.

Most recently, West starred in the indie film Walter, opposite William H. Macy.

SETH GILLIAM, “Father Gabriel Stokes”
Seth Gilliam joins the cast of AMC’s cultural phenomenon The Walking Dead in its fifth season as Father Gabriel Stokes. An iconic character from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, Father Gabriel is a man of the cloth who is just starting to face the truths of that dark world.

Gilliam is best recognized for his role on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire, opposite fellow The Walking Dead cast mates Chad Coleman and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.; Starship Troopers with Casper Van Dien and Neil Patrick Harris; and Courage Under Fire with Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan and Matt Damon.

Gilliam landed his first recurring television role portraying Aaron Dexter on the classic hit series The Cosby Show. Gilliam’s additional television credits include Oz, Teen Wolf, Assault at West Point, The Bronx Is Burning, The People v. Leo Frank, and guest-starring roles on Homeland, Damages, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: Miami, Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, and The Good Wife.

Gilliam’s additional feature credits include Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Punks, Jefferson in Paris, and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film Personal Velocity: Three Portraits.

No stranger to theater, Gilliam has also appeared in numerous stage productions, including King Lear, Othello, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Topdog/Underdog, Romeo and Juliet, Girl Gone, and Richard III, to name a few.

Gilliam is a graduate of SUNY Purchase.

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