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A Look Back at the Cast and Characters of ‘ER’
The medical drama ‘ER’ was a hit show that ran for 15 seasons from 1994 to 2009. It was one of the most popular shows on television and won numerous awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and 23 Primetime Emmy Awards. The show followed the lives of the doctors and nurses at County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. It was a groundbreaking show that featured an ensemble cast of characters who were all equally important to the story. Here’s a look back at some of the cast and characters from ‘ER’.
George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross
George Clooney was one of the most recognizable faces on ‘ER’. He played the role of Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician who worked in the emergency room at County General Hospital. He was known for his good looks, charm, and dedication to his patients. He had a reputation as a playboy but eventually settled down with nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies). His character left after five seasons but returned for guest appearances in later seasons.
Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene
Anthony Edwards played Dr. Mark Greene, an emergency room doctor who was initially introduced as a resident in season one and eventually became chief of emergency medicine by season six. He was known for his intelligence, compassion, and dedication to his work. His character faced many personal struggles throughout the series, including dealing with cancer and his divorce from wife Jennifer (Laura Innes).
Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter
Noah Wyle played Dr. John Carter, an intern who eventually became chief resident by season six and then chief of staff by season ten. He was known for his intelligence, wit, and dedication to medicine but also had a bit of a rebellious streak that often got him into trouble with his superiors. He also had a romantic relationship with nurse Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney).
Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway
Julianna Margulies played Nurse Carol Hathaway, an ER nurse who worked alongside Drs Ross and Greene in the early seasons before leaving to pursue her career as an administrator at County General Hospital in season four. She eventually returned to nursing in season eleven after her marriage to Ross ended in divorce. She was known for her intelligence, compassion, and dedication to her patients but also had her own personal struggles throughout the series including depression and alcoholism which she eventually overcame with help from her friends and colleagues at County General Hospital.
These are just some of the many characters that made ‘ER’ such an iconic show over its 15-season run on television. From George Clooney’s charming Dr Doug Ross to Julianna Margulies’ compassionate Nurse Carol Hathaway, each character brought something unique to the show that made it so beloved by viewers around the world.
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'Ghosts' Cast and Character Guide
Meet the characters (living and otherwise) of the hit CBS show!
CBS' Ghosts is an American remake of a popular British sitcom. Much like The Office and Shameless before it, it's become a highly-rated smash hit adored by audiences and critics alike. Joe Port and Joe Wiseman came on board from the original series across the pond to adapt the series for CBS and have served as showrunners of the American series for two seasons thus far. Ghosts follows married couple Samantha ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) as they inherit the Woodstone Estate, a beautiful mansion, from a distant relative of Sam's. Together, they have dreams of renovating an old home into a bed and breakfast, but upon arriving, Samantha discovers that many spirits are haunting the halls, and she's the only one that can interact with them.
If you're curious and want to learn more about the cast behind your favorite group of ghosts, look below to find out who's who in this spooky ensemble.
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Rose McIver as Samantha “Sam” Arondekar
Sam Arondekar inherits a mansion from a distant relative, and although she has dreams of turning it into something grand, that bubble pops when she realizes that she can both see and speak to the ghosts in the mansion. She discovers that she has this ability because she once had a near-death experience. With this newfound ability and the support of her husband, Jay, Sam tries to help the ghosts out.
Sam is played by Rose McIver, who you may have previously seen eating brains and solving crimes as Olivia "Liv" Moore on The CW's iZombie , an adaptation of the comic book of the same name. She also had a starring role in Netflix's A Christmas Prince and the subsequent sequels The Royal Wedding and The Royal Baby . Here's what McIver told Collider about Ghosts Season 2 during San Diego Comic-Con 2022 :
“There’s a deepening that has happened between the connections of everybody — between the ghosts within themselves and also the ghosts and the livings, and even Jay to the ghosts. I often say this; even though he doesn’t communicate with them directly, he understands them a lot better than Sam does some of the time. He’s more inclined to believe things. He’s more open-minded in a lot of ways. So I feel like the depth, and we’ve all professed love to each other now, that’s a pretty major way to go — [to Jones] you’ve professed a lot of love, actually. You and [Nigel]. So there’s a lot this season we kind of get to unpack further and further.”
Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay Arondekar
Utkarsh Ambudkar plays the hilarious chef Jay Arondekar, Sam's loving and supportive husband. Unfortunately, he cannot see the ghosts in their new mansion. Initially, the supernatural presence in their house freaks him out, and he doesn't believe Sam until after she has a freak accident and slips into a coma. But slowly, he starts to accept the ghosts and even goes on to play D&D with them.
Ambudkar is known for his film roles in Pitch Perfect , Blindspotting , and Free Guy alongside Ryan Reynolds , Jodie Comer , and Joe Keery . He also has had roles in television shows, including The Mindy Project , White Famous , Never Have I Ever , and The Dropout . He's also shown off his improv skills on Ghosts and continues to be one of the funniest actors to watch on the show. Next up for Ambudkar, he will be starring as King Bumi in the live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender , set to be released on Netflix in 2023 .
Brandon Scott Jones as Captain Isaac Higgintoot
Noticeable to the living as a foul passing order, Captain Isaac Higgintoot is a former American revolution officer who passed away from dysentery two weeks after the siege of Fort Ticonderoga. Unfortunately, his American Revolution legacy was forgotten. But even in this afterlife of relative anonymity, Higgintoot struggles with his closeted sexuality. He didn't come from a time in which he could be openly gay but comes out with the help of his fellow ghost, Hetty.
Played with comedic flair, Brandon Scott Jones brings the prim and proper gentleman ghost to life. Brandon Scott Jones has previously starred in the Rebel Wilson rom-com Isn't It Romantic? . He also co-wrote and starred in another Rebel Wilson film for Netflix, Senior Year . Ghosts was his breakout role, for which he received a Critic's Choice Award nomination. Jones is also set to appear in the vampire horror-comedy Renfield in an as-yet-undisclosed role.
Danielle Pinnock as Alberta Haynes
A former Prohibition-era jazz singer with joie de vivre, Alberta Hynes, uses Sam's help to find out how she really died. Sam does some investigating and discovers that Alberta's death was caused by poisoned moonshine. When she was alive, Alberta played dirty to get to the top and often threw her rivals under the bus, leading her to develop a few enemies. While humming sweet melodies, Alberta can be heard by not only the living but Alexa devices as well. She is played by Danielle Pinnock , who made her television debut in an episode of This Is Us . She went on to star in a multi-episode arc for CBS's Young Sheldon , but Ghosts is by far her most popular role yet. Here's what Pinnock said during an episode of Collider Ladies Night Pre-Party about Alberta's murder and where that arc could go next:
“For the 100 years that she's been there, she's been telling the ghosts that she thinks she's murdered, and they've been gaslighting her the whole time. I mean, Hetty’s like, ‘Sis, you died of a heart attack. Leave it alone.’ And a lot of these ghosts probably were there when it happened, so I’m curious to see, as we get farther along in the episodes, which ghost knows more information than what they're telling.”
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Richie Moriarity as Pete Martino
Richie Moriarty plays Pete Martino, a sweet, cheerful, and socially inept Pinecone Trooper leader. He died in 1985 after one of his troops accidentally discharged an arrow and shot him in the neck. He harbors an unrequited crush on songstress Alberta. Moriarty has had appearances in several television shows, including Orange Is The New Black , Search Party , House of Cards , and What We Do In The Shadows . His role in Ghosts marks the first main character he's played in a live-action television show.
Asher Grodman as Trevor Lefkowitz
The youngest of the group of ghosts haunting the mansion, Trevor is a hedonistic, wealthy former Wall Street tycoon who died from an accidental drug overdose. Notably, his dead body was found pantsless. Because of his recent death, Trevor can interact with the living to a limited degree if he concentrates enough.
Like many of his fellow castmates, Ghosts is Asher Grodman 's first series regular role in a television series. Before the show, Grodman had guest-starring roles on HBO's Succession and Netflix's House of Cards . He wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Train (2015), which starred Academy Award winner Eli Wallach in his final performance and was featured in multiple film festivals, including the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Sheila Carrasco as Susan "Flower" Montero
Sheila Carrasco plays Flower, a charming, happy-go-lucky hippie who unfortunately met her end when she tried to befriend a bear while she was under the influence of psychedelics. The bear, sadly, mauled her to death. Passing through her makes the living instantly high. Previously, Carrasco starred in a multi-episode arc on Jane the Virgin and the Snap Original #VanLife .
Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn
Thorfinn, also referred to as Thor, was a Viking and is the oldest ghost on the estate. Thousands of years ago, he once set out on an expedition to North America. His journey was cut short after he was struck by lightning and abandoned by his crew. He can make lights flicker in the land of the living. His two favorite things to talk about are fighting and seafood.
Devan Chandler Long brings an infectious energy to our favorite Viking. Before his acting career, he almost played in the NFL. An injury dashed his dreams of playing pro football. Since then, he's pivoted to acting to great success, especially with his series-regular role in Ghosts.
Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty Woodstone
As played by Rebecca Wisocky , Hetty Woodstone is the exacting self-proclaimed lady of the house. She's also the original owner of the Woodstone Estate, Sam's great-great-great-great grandmother. When she was alive, Hetty was snooty and frowned upon working-class folk, partially because her husband cheated on her with their maid.
Before Ghosts , Wisocky had a series-regular role on Lifetime's Devious Maids and a recurring role in The Mentalist . Recently, she appeared in Netflix's controversial Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde and David O. Russell 's Amsterdam alongside Christian Bale and Margot Robbie .
Román Zaragoza as Sasappis/"Sass"
Sass was a member of the Lenape tribe with a penchant for cynicism. The Native American is often left to be the voice of reason among the ghosts, but he secretly enjoys stirring the pot and starting drama. Sam helps him establish a long-distance relationship with his former crush, Shiki ( Crystle Lightning ), a ghost stuck in a magazine office in town. Román Zaragoza previously starred on ABC's Stumptown and Disney Channel's Austin & Ally , but Ghosts ultimately allowed Zaragoza to shine.
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Those mischievous Ghosts are playing tricks on us again! After warning that this week's fifth outing would be the final episodes of the hit sitcom, we now know that a Christmas special will offer one last hurrah this festive season.
Still, fans can expect emotional moments in the six episodes launching on Friday (6th October) as long-awaited backstories are told and Button House's living residents face some major challenges.
Of course, the Ghosts cast are back for this latest edition, led by co-creators and star writers Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.
Only Katy Wix is absent, following Mary's shock exit in season 4, with Charlotte Ritchie , Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Lolly Adefope rounding out the celebrated series regulars.
Read on for everything you need to know about the Ghosts cast.
Charlotte Ritchie plays Alison
Who is Alison? Alison is a cash-strapped woman who finds out that she has inherited a country manor from her "step-great-auntie" – a distant relative who died leaving no direct descendants.
In the first series, she has a near-death experience that gives her the ability to see ghosts, allowing her to get to know the larger-than-life personalities haunting her new home. Over time, they become unlikely friends, but life in Button House still has plenty of challenges.
Where have I seen Charlotte Ritchie before? She played Nurse Barbara Gilbert on Call The Midwife until making a heartbreaking exit in season 7 , and previously starred in Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat as Oregon.
Since leaving Midwife, she has also co-starred in Netflix's Feel Good and E4's Dead Pixels , as well as making guest appearances in Doctor Who and Death in Paradise . More recently, she joined the Grantchester cast for season 7, playing a love interest to vicar William Davenport (Tom Brittney), and took on a dark new role for You season 4.
Kiell Smith-Bynoe plays Mike
Who is Mike? Mike is Charlotte's husband, who moves with her to Button House to help renovate the dilapidated property. He isn't able to see the ghosts like Alison can, but does believe that they exist and supports her in coping with them where he can.
The writers of Ghosts have dismissed the idea of finding a way for Mike to see the paranormal tenants himself, feeling it would change the premise of the show too radically and irreversibly. Besides, Mike gets into plenty of hijinks all on his own, with the season 4 finale follow his ill-fated purchase of a taxidermy bear.
Where have I seen Kiell Smith-Bynoe before? Smith-Bynoe is best known for playing Dean in acclaimed Channel 4 comedy Stath Lets Flats, while he has also appeared in Man Like Mobeen, Death in Paradise and Bloods.
He made a guest appearance in Daisy May Cooper comedy The Witchfinder and featured in Dave mockumentary Live at the Moth Club. Most recently, he starred alongside Lily Allen and Freema Agyeman in Sky comedy Dreamland .
Mathew Baynton plays Thomas
Who is Thomas? A failed romantic poet who now haunts Button House. He quickly becomes infatuated with Alison, and finds it hard to accept that she isn't interested in him.
Where have I seen Mathew Baynton before? The Horrible Histories and Yonderland star first came to national attention in the Gavin & Stacey cast , where he played Smithy's dim-witted friend and colleague, Deano. He teamed up with James Corden once again on comedy-drama series The Wrong Mans.
His other television credits include ITV's Vanity Fair, The Split, Peep Show and Sky's You, Me and the Apocalypse. He'll next be seen in family blockbuster Wonka, which is co-written by Simon Farnaby (more on him below).
Simon Farnaby plays Julian
Who is Julian? A Conservative MP who passed away under embarrassing circumstances. Hint: he's not wearing any trousers. Julian also has the ability to move objects in the real world, but only short distances and with great concentration. His fellow ghosts regard Julian as morally bankrupt, although he has shown a softer side from time to time.
Where have I seen Simon Farnaby before? As well as Horrible Histories and Yonderland, Simon Farnaby has also had roles in Detectorists and This Time with Alan Partridge, as well as a brief cameo appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Behind the camera, he is known for co-writing family adventure Paddington 2, which received critical acclaim and was a box office hit. He's reuniting with director Paul King for Hollywood blockbuster Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet.
Lolly Adefope plays Kitty
Who is Kitty? One of the ghosts haunting Alison and Mike, Kitty is a Georgian noblewoman who is very kind and easily excited. Sadly, she's also rather naive and this has been exploited in the past – including by her mean sister.
Where have I seen Lolly Adefope before? The comedy star played infuriating roving reporter Ruth Duggan in This Time with Alan Partridge , while she also stars in US comedies Shrill and Miracle Workers.
She also competed on the fourth season of Greg Davies and Alex Horne's smash hit Taskmaster . This year, we've seen her in offbeat Channel 4 sitcom Everyone Else Burns and Emerald Fennell's awards contender Saltburn.
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Martha Howe-Douglas plays Lady Button
Who is Lady Button? A distant relative of Alison who passed away in Button House during the Edwardian era. She starts out extremely pompous and elitist, still considering the house to be her home above all else. However, over time, she has warmed to her fellow ghosts as well as the latest living owners.
Where have I seen Martha Howe-Douglas before? The Horrible Histories and Yonderland regular also featured in Doctor Foster and made a surprise appearance on EastEnders back in 2018. More recently, she has guest starred in BBC One sitcom Motherland and Sky comedy Breeders .
Ben Willbond plays The Captain
Who is The Captain? A former army officer who fancies himself the leader amongst the spirits in the mansion. It has been strongly implied that the Captain is gay, with one emotional episode revealing he developed feelings for one of his fellow soldiers during World War II. However, he did not come out of the closet before his death – and may not completely understand his feelings to this day.
Where have I seen Ben Willbond before? Another Horrible Histories and Yonderland favourite, Willbond has also featured in comedies such as The Thick of It, Tracey Ullman's Show, There She Goes and Alma's Not Normal. He also appeared in Neil Gaiman's fantasy series Good Omens .
On the big screen, you may recognise him from belated sequel Bridget Jones's Baby. He collaborated with Ghosts co-star Laurence Rickard on the UKTV sci-fi feature We Are Not Alone .
Jim Howick plays Pat
Who is Pat? Another of the ghosts in Button House: a former scout leader who got an arrow in the neck during a day trip gone horribly wrong. He is a warm-hearted soul and expresses much nostalgia for the 1970s and early '80s, when he lived.
Where have I seen Jim Howick before? The Horrible Histories, Yonderland and Peep Show favourite has a memorable recurring role as teacher Mr Hendricks in Netflix's Sex Education . He currently stars in another BBC sitcom, Here We Go , while he recently took a dramatic turn for ITV thriller Hollington Drive .
Laurence Rickard plays Robin
Who is Robin? A caveman and the longest serving ghost in the house by far, Robin also has the ability to make the lights in the house flicker.
Where have I seen Larry Rickard before? As well as Horrible Histories and Yonderland, Rickard has also written for and starred in Tracey Ullman's Show and Tracey Breaks the News. He co-wrote and appeared in UKTV sci-fi comedy We Are Not Alone, alongside Ben Willbond.
Laurence Rickard plays Sir Humphrey Bone
Who is Sir Humphrey Bone? Humphrey is a ghost from the Tudor period who was beheaded. As a result, his head often detaches from his body and goes missing around the house. In season 3, we learn more about the surprising circumstances that led to his grisly fate.
Where have I seen Larry Rickard before? See above.
Anna Crilly plays Joy
Who is Joy? Joy is an ironically stern individual who works for Mike and Alison's insurance company.
What else has Anna Crilly been in? Crilly starred opposite former Ghosts star Katy Wix in the 2013 sketch show Anna & Katy. More recently, she's had roles in television dramas COBRA, The Sixth Commandment and Still Up.
Geoffrey McGivern plays Barclay Beg-Chetwynde
Who is Barclay Beg-Chetwynde? Barclay is Mike and Alison's wealthy neighbour. He frequently annoys the young couple with his arrogant attitude, but did have a heroic moment on the night Button House was almost burgled.
What else has Geoffrey McGivern been in? McGivern has a brilliant role on the Mitchell and Webb sitcom Back , where he plays the outrageously loudmouthed Uncle Geoff. His other credits include ITV drama Quiz, BBC sitcom Semi-Detached and Grantchester.
Katy wix plays mary.
Who is Mary? A dim-witted "witch" who was burnt at the stake in the Middle Ages. She was "sucked off" – that is to say, elevated to the next stage of the afterlife – in season 4, effectively removing her from the show.
Where have I seen Katy Wix before? She played Daisy in Not Going Out, Fergie in The Windsors, and Carole in Stath Lets Flats. Wix has made memorable guest appearances in This Time with Alan Partridge, Sherlock and Death in Paradise among others. Most recently, she co-starred in acclaimed Channel 4 sitcom Big Boys .
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Kylie minogue plays herself.
Who is Kylie Minogue? Kylie is a world famous pop star, known for hits including Can't Get You Out of My Head, Spinning Around and most recently Padam Padam. She arrives at Button House in search of a possible venue for a gig.
What else has Kylie Minogue been in? Before her music career took off, Minogue was known for playing Charlene Robinson on the Australian soap opera Neighbours – a character she returned to for the terrestrial finale.
She has also taken acting roles in video game adaptation Street Fighter, Dwayne Johnson disaster flick San Andreas, and BBC sci-fi drama Doctor Who .
Tanya Moodie plays Tess Ross
Who is Tess Ross? Tess is a music promoter, who works closely with Kylie Minogue.
What else has Tanya Moodie been in? Earlier this year, Moodie starred opposite Ghosts co-creator Jim Howick in Channel 4 comedy-drama The Change . She is also known for acclaimed dramas Silo and Rain Dogs as well as popular sitcom Motherland.
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Oliver maltman plays alexander.
Who is Alexander? Alexander is a scout leader in the present day, who is friends with Pat's widow and continues the troop he once worked for.
What else has Oliver Maltman been in? Maltman played pub barman Mike in the Mitchell & Webb comedy Back. He is also known for roles in Red Dwarf, Liar, The Crown and Brexit: The Uncivil War, where he portrayed Michael Gove.
Sophie Bould plays Carol
Who is Carol? Carol was Pat's wife, before his tragic accident.
What else has Sophie Bould been in? Bould played Miss Talbot in the third season of Sex Education .
Lauren Douglin plays Andi
Who is Andi? Andi is a qualified archery tutor. She is hired as the Pat's old scouting troop don't want another life lost due to carelessness.
What else has Lauren Douglin been in? Douglin has recently appeared in Prime Video's Mammals, BBC One's Marriage and crime drama Grantchester , which also features Ghosts star Charlotte Ritchie.
Billy Byers plays Young Daley (12)
Who is Daley? One of Pat's sons.
Who is Billy Byers? Byers is a screen newcomer.
Charlie Mackinnon plays Young Daley (7)
Who is Charlie Mackinnon? Mackinnon is a screen newcomer.
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Jennifer saunders plays lavinia, mother to lady button.
Who is Lavinia? Lavinia is the overbearing mother of Lady Button who is determined to see her daughter married and settled down in the near future.
What else has Jennifer Saunders been in? Saunders rose to fame as part of the Comic Strip troupe on Channel 4, later forming a double act with Dawn French.
The duo specialised sketch comedy for a number of years and later shared the screen again in BBC sitcom Jam & Jerusalem. Saunders is also known for creating the legendary sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, where she co-starred opposite Joanna Lumley.
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Christopher villiers plays simeon, father to lady button.
Who is Simeon? Simeon is a businessman and father to Lady Button.
What else has Christopher Villiers been in? Villiers played the role of Grayson Sinclair in ITV soap opera Emmerdale, but was written out of the show in 2008. Since then, he has appeared in The ABC Murders, The Royals and Indian Summers, among several other television programmes.
Justin Edwards plays Nicholas
Who is Nicholas? Nicholas is a homeless man who Mike and Alison find camped out on their lawn. Kitty quickly becomes convinced that he is Father Christmas.
What else has Justin Edwards been in? Edwards has worked with Armando Iannucci on both The Thick of It and US spin-off Veep, with other small screen projects including Father Brown and Murder in Successville.
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Leon herbert plays mike's dad, errol.
Who is Errol? Errol is Mike's father, who comes to stay at Button House with the rest of his family for Christmas. He's a kind and caring man, but his eagerness to help in all the preparations rather than simply relax proves frustrating for his son.
What else has Leon Herbert been in? Herbert's previous roles include Eutroclus in fantasy drama Outlander and Dr Kahari on BBC One's Silent Witness . He also appeared in sci-fi blockbuster Alien 3 and made his directorial debut with 2003's Emotional Backgammon.
Lorna Gayle plays Mike's mum, Betty
Who is Betty? Betty is Mike's loving mother who also comes to stay for the festivities. Much like her husband, she finds it difficult to sit down and relax, preferring to find things to help out with.
What else has Lorna Gayle been in? Gayle's recent projects include Steve McQueen's Small Axe film Red, White and Blue, as well as hard-hitting drama Anthony .
Timmika Ramsay plays Leila
Who is Leila? Leila is one of Mike's sisters who delights in winding him up.
What else has Timmika Ramsay been in? Timmika played Sabelle on Channel 4 drama series Adult Material . She also appeared in an episode of BBC iPlayer's Enterprice, which also featured Ghosts star Kiell Smith-Bynoe.
Samantha Pearl plays Angela
Who is Angela? Angela is Mike's other sister who comes to stay for Christmas. Her partner is a paramedic working the busy Christmas shift, meaning it's down to her to look after their newborn baby.
What else has Samantha Pearl been in? Pearl's previous acting credits include Tom Hardy crime thriller Legend and BBC Three comedy Lee Nelson's Well Funny People.
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- 2019 - 2023
- 34 episodes (5 series)
Comedy about a group of ghosts inhabiting a crumbling country manor and its new living owners. Stars Charlotte Ritchie , Kiell Smith-Bynoe , Mathew Baynton , Simon Farnaby , Martha Howe-Douglas and more .
- Continues on Friday on BBC1 at 8:30pm with Series 5, Episode 3
- Catch-up on Series 5, Episode 2
Alison moved in to the house the ghosts live in with her partner Mike. She is the only one who can see the ghosts.
She aims to find a harmonious routine with the ghosts as she juggles their incessant demands with the pressures of married life and stretched finances.
Enthusiastic and impulsive, Alison is as bad an influence on Mike as he is on her - like two Yangs with no Yin. Still, Alison makes the best of what they have, even as the walls literally fall apart around her.
In Series 2, whilst she still harbours big ambitions for the house, her hotel dream is now on indefinite hold, forcing her to embrace more achievable plans in the short term. This has instilled a new hope in both her and Mike, as fresh thinking promises a new revenue stream for the cash-strapped couple.
A big-hearted liability, Mike will always work hard to keep his and Alison's dream alive. Too 'big picture' to focus on trivial distractions, but very loveable despite his flaws, he'll always leap in with both feet... and only then check if it was into quicksand.
He still sees the potential the house has to offer them in a variety of ways, convinced that - one day - the crumbling money pit will become the house (and business) of their dreams. He firmly believes you can do anything you put your mind to, despite a lifetime of experience to the contrary. Whilst still trying to get used to Alison talking to mid-air, Mike is slowly getting more comfortable with the presence of the ghosts he can't see... At least, that's what he tells himself when one might well be in the toilet with him.
A romantic poet in a Byronian mould. Overly dramatic and linguistically flamboyant, he is very trying company; his tortured melancholy grates upon those from every other era, who simply can't be doing with his nonsense.
He died lovelorn and besotted, so exists in a state of permanent romantic infatuation, which he has transferred wholly onto Alison since her arrival in the house.
Thomas takes every opportunity to belittle her husband Mike, alluding to his shortcomings and character flaws - both real and invented - safe in the knowledge that Mike can neither hear him nor do him any harm. The sort of bravery that you'd expect from a poet.
An MP who died in "mysterious circumstances", leaving him (quite literally) with his trousers down for eternity.
Utterly bereft of morals, but, ever the politician, he tries to give the impression that he's the embodiment of diplomacy.
He says one thing, does another, and would sell his own grandmother if it served his agenda.
Julian allies himself with whoever has the advantage that day but has no hesitation in stabbing them all in the back if the need arises. He's perfectly pleasant to talk to but has a fabulous knack of using a lot of words to say nothing at all. Were he not dead, he'd probably be running the country.
The house's one-time owner, who basically thinks of it as still being hers.
Sees herself as the ghosts' moral guardian, despite the utter futility of trying to enforce Edwardian values on such historically disparate housemates. Inhumanly strict and starchy, she is hugely dismissive of modern thinking, fashion, and, by and large, people.
Since admitting to the others that her husband George pushed her out of a window after she caught him "'upon' the groundskeeper... with the butler 'upon' him", Lady Button has been battling the shackles of Edwardian patriarchy that were placed on her in life, whilst learning what it means to be a woman in the 21st century through her descendant, Alison.
Although she can't help but remind Alison about propriety and appearance whenever she can, a gradual softening may lead to a more compassionate existence in the house for Lady Button. Until someone is impertinent to her, obviously.
Despite being accidentally shot through the neck with an arrow by a young member of his adventure club, Pat still bristles with the heart and energy of an encouraging team leader. Wholesome, positive and determined to keep up morale, Pat is every bit as inspiring - and annoying - as that sounds.
Seeing the good in every situation, he loves the idea of galvanising the ghosts into a team, but utterly lacks the status ever to achieve this. He's the self-ordained entertainments officer - like the really well-intentioned neighbour who constantly tries to induct you into the local am-dram society.
As the house's oldest inhabitant (by quite some margin), he has seen and learnt a great many things... but has forgotten far more than he's remembered. His primitive speech means that even his more lucid thoughts can only be expressed in staccato bursts of adjectives and nouns. Like a badly wired supercomputer than can only communicate through a Speak & Spell.
Full of the wisdom that comes with existing for 10,000 years, Robin is confident in his point of view of the world but is always full of childlike wonder when he learns something new, and he can't help still getting excited by fire. It's just really really cool.
A cantankerous and reactionary WWII army captain who served at the old house during its wartime use as a military base. He thinks of the other ghosts as being under his command, which is in no way the case, thereby thwarting his every attempt to instil discipline.
When the Captain isn't catching up on his newly discovered and beloved war documentaries, he tries to create the type of order in the house that he strived for in the war - a largely fruitless aim, but one that seems to give his life (death) meaning.
Full of unwavering joy and optimism, Kitty will get excited at just about anything. She's adorable and well-spoken, but not the sharpest tool in the box - the sort of person who'd gladly sharpen your axe for you before you cut her head off.
She is utterly absent of any bitterness towards whoever engineered her untimely demise, and likes to see the good in everyone (even Julian, at a push).
Quick to display her accomplishments in singing despite never being asked to, Kitty faces every day like it might be her last... when, in truth, that ship has long since sailed. She easily gets swept up in the romance of even the tamest situations, but her joie de vivre and total lack of cynicism can be tedious for the other ghosts, and now more recently for Alison, whom she idolises.
Mary (Series 1-4)
It is unclear whether Mary is an actual witch or merely a perfectly normal 17th century woman who said something that upset a village elder and ended up being burnt at the stake. Either way, she is certainly a font of knowledge (slash paranoia) when it comes to folklore, tradition and questionable herbal remedies.
A simple soul who struggles slightly with the modern vernacular, Mary has tried to make the best of her tragic situation, spreading her expertise in rural crafts. However, she also has the sort of PTSD and passive aggression you might expect from someone who was burnt alive and does not respond well to 'no smoking in here' type jokes. But then it has only been 370 years, and you have to give these things time...
Beheaded under Elizabeth I, Humphrey is not the type to let a little thing like having his head cut off get him down. Breezy and jocular to a fault, he will (literally) laugh his head off at anything - regardless of whether it's appropriate. Thinks he's light relief but is often just salt in the wound.
Loves: a laugh. Hates: his head being used as a football.
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Ghosts Cast and Character Guide
Ghosts has been a breakout hit for CBS. For anyone looking to check out the series, here is a breakdown of the major characters and the actors.
One of the surprise hit series of the past few years has been CBS's Ghosts . A remake of a British series of the same name, Ghosts follows a young married couple who inherits a mansion that is falling apart and haunted by ghosts who died on the property. Sam, the wife, can see and hear the ghosts, while her husband Jay, cannot.
Ghosts has been a delight since it aired and has grown in viewership. The series is set to conclude its second season on May 11, 2023, and has already been renewed for Season 3. Ghosts has a large colorful cast of characters that has helped make it a hit. Here is a breakdown of all the major characters in the series and who plays them.
Rose McIver as Sam Arondekar
Samantha “Sam” Arondekar is a freelance journalist who gains the ability to see and hear ghosts after she falls and is legally dead for three minutes. Sam inherited the mansion from a distant family relative and decides to turn it into a bed & breakfast. Sam had a difficult childhood growing up, as her mother died when she was young and did not have an easy childhood, even having a traumatic prom. She has since begun to see the ghosts as a surrogate family for her.
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Sam is played by Rose McIver , who previously played the lead role of Liv Moore on the hit CW series iZombie . McIver started as a child actor, appearing in the Disney Channel Original Movie Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off . She has guest starred on hit television series like Master of Sex and Once Upon a Time . She is also the star of the Netflix The Christmas Prince trilogy of films.
Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay Arondekar
Jay Arondekar is Sam's loving husband and is a career chef . While he cannot hear or see the ghosts, he is entirely supportive of Sam and is willing to help out the ghosts when Sam asks. Jay is also a self-proclaimed nerd, having an interest in science fiction and fantasy, which helps him form a friendship with the ghost Pete despite not being able to see him.
Jay is played by Utkarsh Ambudkar . Ambudkar has been in a number of films, including Pitch Perfect , Blindspotting , and Brittany Runs a Marathon . In 2021, the same year Ghosts premiered, he starred in Free Guy and Tick, Tick...Boom!
Brandon Scott Jones as Captain Isaac Higginfoot
Isaac Higginfoot was a closeted gay American Revolutionary officer who died of dysentery. He has been sadly forgotten in history, making him jealous of the fame Alexander Hamilton received. Isaac makes a deal with Sam to get a book about his life written, so he can be remembered. Anyone who passes through him can smell an awful odor. He begins a relationship with Nigel, the British officer who also lives on the property. Isaac later discovers he was responsible for Nigel's death.
Brandon Scott Jones plays Issac. Scott Jones has had roles in films like Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Isn't It Romantic . He also guest starred on another after-life-themed comedy series The Good Place . Brandon Scott Jones can currently be seen in the Universal horror comedy Renfield .
Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty Woodstone
Henrietta "Hetty" Woodstone is the lady of the manor and Sam's great-great-aunt. She is uptight and looks down on the working class. She also has a deep hatred for the Irish. Despite their different backgrounds, Hetty begins a relationship with Trevor.
Rebecca Wisocky plays Hetty. Wisocky has been a mainstay on television for years, having guest starred on series like True Blood , Once Upon a Time , and Modern Family, to name a few. Recently she could be seen on Star Trek: Picard and Dopesick . In 2022, between Seasons 1 and 2 of Ghosts , Wisocky starred in Blonde and Amsterdam .
Richie Moriarty as Pete Martino
Pete Martino was an upbeat Pinecone Trooper leader before he was accidentally killed in 1985 after failing to do the safety instructions before handing out the bow and arrows to the kids. Pete had a wife, who he discovered cheated on him. He also has a daughter and a grandson who was named after him. Pete has an unrequited love for Alberta.
Richie Moriarty plays Pete on Ghosts. Moriarty had primarily been in one-off guest appearances on hit television series like House of Cards , What We Do In The Shadows, and Orange is the New Black before landing the role on Ghosts .
Danielle Pinnock as Alberta Haynes
Alberta Haynes was a Prohibition-era lounge singer. She is known for her wild past, which includes relationships with club owners and bootleggers. Unlike all the other deaths on the property, Alberta's is a mystery as she was murdered . Her humming can be heard by the living. She can even communicate with the Alexa in the house.
Danielle Pinnock plays Alberta. After a few one-episode appearances in series like This Is Us , Workaholics , and Scandal, Pinnock landed a recurring role on the CBS series Young Sheldon .
Román Zaragoza as Sas
Sasappis, or as he is more commonly known as "Sas" is a Lenape Native American. Sas is typically sarcastic and enjoys making drama around the mansion. He is also the most lovesick as he has tried romantic relationships with a Lenape woman named Shiki, who is bound to the magazine office Sam works at. He also had a short romance with a ghost named Jessica, who is bound to a car after she died in a drunk driving accident.
Román Zaragoza plays Sas on Ghosts . Zaragoza guest starred on series like Austin and Ally and Stumptown . In 2022, he both starred in and produced a short film This Is Their Land, which focused on the leader of the Modoc Tribe, who attempts to negotiate peace between his tribe and the US Army following a defeat from the tribe.
Devan Chandler Long as Thor
Thorfinn, also known as Thor, is the oldest ghost at the mansion. He is a loud Viking from Norway who is known for his dramatically violent stories. He was left behind by his people when visiting America. He died from a lightning strike, which allows him to manipulate electricity around the house. He is very fond of trout and also watching television. He also has romantic feelings for Flower.
Devan Chandler Long plays Thor. Long previously was seen on HBO Max's Doom Patrol playing Flex Mentallo. He also had a role in Michael Bay's 2022 action film Ambulance . Other television series include Runaways , Bosch , and Teen Wolf .
Sheila Carrasco as Flower
Flower, real name Susan Montero, is a free-loving hippie who was killed after trying to hug a bear while under the influence of drugs. This now results in anyone passing through her becoming high. Flower is often forgetful, but also it is established before joining a cult that she was studying to become a lawyer . Flower is constantly making references to her time in the cult and her many sexual partners during that period.
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Sheila Carrasco plays Flower. Before Ghosts , Carrasco was probably best known for her recurring roles in Jane the Virgin and #VanLife .
Asher Grodman as Trevor Lefkowitz
Trevor Lefkowitz is the most recently deceased of the ghosts. He was a wealthy, womanizing, hard-partying business executive and Wall Street investor before he died in the early 2000s. Trevor died of a heart attack resulting from an accidental drug overdose. He also died having given his pants to a younger business investor who his friends were trying to haze. Trevor now must walk around with no pants. He also can interact with the physical world if he concentrates hard enough, which at one point allowed him to hack into Sam's computer, where he started an online relationship with Jay's sister.
Asher Grodman plays Trevor. Grodman had acted in many short films before landing a lead role in Ghosts . He also had one episode of guest parts in Elementary , House of Cards , Chicago Med , Succession , and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit .
John Hartman as Nigel Chessum
Nigel was an officer in the British Army. He was accidentally killed by Isaac during the American Revolution. Niguel and two other British officers now live in the shed on the property, which was formally the barracks. While originally they kept their feelings from one another, Nigel and Isaac eventually began a romantic relationship.
Nigel is played by John Hartman . John Hartman had recurring roles on series like Modern Family , The Good Place , and Young Sheldon before landing the role of Nigel.
Alex Boniello as Crash
Crash is a 1950s-style greaser who was decapitated. Crash's head went missing in the pilot episode, and aside from one headless appearance in Season 1, went unseen until the Season 2 episode "Ghost Father of the Bride." That episode revealed that somebody took Crash's head and hid it in the woods.
Crash has been played by a combination of three actors. Hudson Thames played Crash in the pilot until his head is knocked off. His headless body is Matt Keyes throughout the series until his head is restored in Season 2. Now Crash is played by musical theater actor Alex Boniello .
The Cholera Ghosts
The Cholera Ghosts live in the basement of the manor. They are all victims of the 19th-century cholera outbreak . While they are allowed upstairs, they choose to stay downstairs due to their appearance being disgusting to the other ghosts. At one point, Pete recruits one of the ghosts named Nancy to be his pretend girlfriend to make Alberta jealous.
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The Cholera Ghosts are played by Stuart Fink, Arthur Holden, Cody Crain, Nigel Downer, and Cat Lemieux. Betsy Sodaro plays Nancy, the most outspoken of the Cholera Ghost.
Mark Linn-Baker and Kathy Greenwood as Henry and Margaret Farnsby
If Ghosts did have anything close to recurring antagonists, it would be Henry and Margaret Farnsby. They are Sam and Jay's neighbors. While they originally seem supportive of Sam and Jay's efforts to build a B&B, they quickly try to undermine them on multiple occasions.
Henry and Margaret Farnsby are played by Mark Linn-Baker and Kathy Greenwood , respectively. Linn-Baker is best known for his role on the hit series Perfect Strangers and recently was the father of Jennifer Walters on She-Hulk: Attorney at Law . Kathy Greenwood is well known for her role in the series Whose Line Is It Anyway? .
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Series cast (185).
Samantha (40 episodes, 2021-2023)
Jay Arondekar / Jay Arodenkar (40 episodes, 2021-2023)
Brandon Scott Jones
Isaac Higgintoot (40 episodes, 2021-2023)
Alberta Haynes (40 episodes, 2021-2023)
Pete Martino (40 episodes, 2021-2023)
Trevor (40 episodes, 2021-2023)
Flower (37 episodes, 2021-2023)
Hetty Woodstone (37 episodes, 2021-2023)
Devan Chandler Long
Thorfinn (37 episodes, 2021-2023)
Sasappis (36 episodes, 2021-2023)
Nigel Chessum (15 episodes, 2021-2023)
Nancy (10 episodes, 2022-2023)
Tristan D. Lalla
Mark (8 episodes, 2021-2023)
Cholera Victim Creepy Dirk / Creepy Dirk (6 episodes, 2021-2023)
Cholera Victim Nigel / Nigel - Cholera Victim (5 episodes, 2021-2023)
Cholera Victim Stuart / Stuart (5 episodes, 2021-2023)
Jenkins (5 episodes, 2021-2023)
Todd Pearlman / Todd (3 episodes, 2021-2023)
Bela (3 episodes, 2022)
Jessica (3 episodes, 2023)
Henry (3 episodes, 2021-2022)
Shiki (3 episodes, 2021-2023)
Margaret (3 episodes, 2021-2022)
Freddie (3 episodes, 2023)
Judy (3 episodes, 2022-2023)
Cholera Victim Cody (2 episodes, 2021)
Cholera Victim Catherine (2 episodes, 2021)
Carol (2 episodes, 2021-2023)
Lewis (2 episodes, 2021-2022)
Police Officer Sue (2 episodes, 2021)
Woodstone Worker (2 episodes, 2021-2022)
Stephanie (2 episodes, 2022-2023)
Elias Woodstone (2 episodes, 2022-2023)
Chet / Neal (2 episodes, 2021-2022)
Ally (2 episodes, 2022)
Dan Herbst / Lawyer (2 episodes, 2021-2023)
Laura (2 episodes, 2021-2023)
Jerry (2 episodes, 2021-2023)
Eric (2 episodes, 2022)
June (2 episodes, 2022)
Bjorn (2 episodes, 2022-2023)
Clara / Clara Brown (2 episodes, 2022-2023)
David Woodstone (2 episodes, 2022-2023)
Ben Franklin (2 episodes, 2022)
Hudson Robert Wurster
Little Pete (2 episodes, 2021-2023)
Blick Johnstone (2 episodes, 2022)
Ira (2 episodes, 2021-2022)
Thomas Woodstone (2 episodes, 2023)
Meg (1 episode, 2021)
Michael Davenport (1 episode, 2021)
Reporter (1 episode, 2021)
Crash (1 episode, 2021)
Channelle (1 episode, 2021)
Doctor Fred (1 episode, 2021)
YouTuber (1 episode, 2021)
Police Officer Jim (1 episode, 2021)
Winky (1 episode, 2021)
Sheryl (1 episode, 2022)
Ari (Present Day) (1 episode, 2022)
Actor Pete (1 episode, 2022)
Elliot (1 episode, 2022)
Micah (1 episode, 2022)
Naxasi (1 episode, 2022)
Kelsey Miller (1 episode, 2023)
Esther (1 episode, 2023)
Domenic Di Rosa
TV Installer Steve (1 episode, 2021)
Zack (1 episode, 2021)
Ted the Hippie (1 episode, 2021)
David (1 episode, 2021)
Pest Control Guy (1 episode, 2021)
Liz (1 episode, 2022)
Alana (1 episode, 2022)
Pinkus (1 episode, 2022)
Paula (1 episode, 2022)
Dr. Long (1 episode, 2022)
Inspector Sherry (1 episode, 2022)
Tad (1 episode, 2022)
Lenny (1 episode, 2023)
Crash (1 episode, 2023)
Lily (1 episode, 2023)
Mrs. Brimble (1 episode, 2021)
Baxter (1 episode, 2021)
Paramedic (1 episode, 2021)
Pinecone Trooper (1 episode, 2021)
Frank the Hippie (1 episode, 2021)
Doctor Studebaker (1 episode, 2021)
Olivia Yuqian Hu
Zoe (1 episode, 2021)
Debbie (1 episode, 2022)
Kenny (1 episode, 2022)
Kelly (1 episode, 2022)
Norm (1 episode, 2022)
Peggy Sue (1 episode, 2022)
Cyrus (1 episode, 2022)
Soren (1 episode, 2023)
Spencer (1 episode, 2023)
Marco (1 episode, 2023)
Ashley D. Kelley
Alicia (1 episode, 2023)
Michael (1 episode, 2023)
Olivia (1 episode, 2023)
Paola Della Malva
The Menu Hunter (1 episode, 2023)
William (1 episode, 2021)
Brenda the Hippie (1 episode, 2021)
Soldier #1 (1 episode, 2021)
Trick-or-Treater (1 episode, 2021)
Bob (1 episode, 2022)
Hannah Rose May
Molly (1 episode, 2022)
Hillary Anne Matthews
Beatrice (1 episode, 2022)
Director Daniel (1 episode, 2022)
Club Owner (1 episode, 2022)
Alonzo (1 episode, 2022)
Rodrigues A. Williams
Dennis (1 episode, 2022)
Radio Announcer (1 episode, 2022)
Dan (1 episode, 2022)
Isabel (1 episode, 2023)
Ralph (1 episode, 2023)
Ted (1 episode, 2023)
Emotional Customer (1 episode, 2023)
Doctor (1 episode, 2021)
'It's Getting Hot in Here' Host (1 episode, 2021)
Little Hetty (1 episode, 2021)
Trick-or-Treater's Mom (1 episode, 2021)
Young Carol (1 episode, 2022)
Tom (1 episode, 2022)
Ari (Flashback) (1 episode, 2022)
Randy (1 episode, 2022)
Delivery Person (1 episode, 2022)
Megan (1 episode, 2022)
Thomas Wilkinson Fullerton
Protestor (1 episode, 2022)
Blane (1 episode, 2022)
Paige (1 episode, 2022)
Yard Sale Customer (1 episode, 2022)
Sally (1 episode, 2022)
Tara Reid (1 episode, 2023)
Terry (1 episode, 2023)
Alan (1 episode, 2023)
Mrs. Greenstein (1 episode, 2023)
Brian (1 episode, 2023)
Robbie (1 episode, 2021)
McNair (1 episode, 2021)
Honeymoon Male (1 episode, 2021)
Teller (1 episode, 2021)
Jennifer (1 episode, 2022)
Stage Manager (1 episode, 2022)
Ulster Worker (1 episode, 2022)
Amanda (1 episode, 2022)
Baby Bjorn (1 episode, 2022)
Al Capone (1 episode, 2023)
George (1 episode, 2023)
Schmitty (1 episode, 2023)
Honeymoon Female (1 episode, 2021)
Sienna (1 episode, 2021)
College Friend #1 (1 episode, 2022)
Olga (1 episode, 2022)
Nurse (1 episode, 2022)
Production assistant (1 episode, 2022)
Lenape Villager (1 episode, 2022)
Stagehand (1 episode, 2022)
Young Laura (1 episode, 2023)
Theresa (1 episode, 2023)
Announcer (1 episode, 2023)
Denny (1 episode, 2023)
Ashley I. (1 episode, 2021)
Sondra (1 episode, 2022)
Robert J. Tavenor
Mike (1 episode, 2022)
Delivery Guy (1 episode, 2022)
Boston Guy (1 episode, 2022)
Ted the Arborist (1 episode, 2022)
College Friend #2 (1 episode, 2022)
Mobster #1 (1 episode, 2022)
Paul (1 episode, 2023)
Earl (1 episode, 2023)
Davis (1 episode, 2023)
Ashley S. (1 episode, 2021)
Sharon (1 episode, 2022)
Mobster #2 (1 episode, 2022)
Crew Guy Gary (1 episode, 2022)
College Friend #3 (1 episode, 2022)
Eileen (1 episode, 2023)
Stunt Coordinator (1 episode, 2022)
Delivery Man (1 episode, 2022)
Josh (1 episode, 2022)
Reverse Mortgage Guy (1 episode, 2023)
Dancer (1 episode, 2023)
E.M.T. (uncredited) (1 episode, 2021)
Wayne Christian Long
Inn Guest (uncredited) (1 episode, 2021)
Who Are CBS's Ghosts: A Cast and Character Guide
BBC's original series "Ghosts" is being adapted by CBS for American audiences. How does the cast of characters differ between series?
The US is famous, or infamous depending on who you ask, for the many adaptations of BBC original series. The most recent is CBS' reimagining of BBC's 2019 series, Ghosts . Now that CBS' new show is a few episodes in, we have plenty of material to compare and contrast the two versions.
At its core, the CBS' Ghosts hasn't deviated too far from the original's story beats. In the pilot episode, we meet a young married couple who randomly inherits a distant relative's large estate. The kicker, the mansion is infested with ghouls from across each country's history.
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Rose McIver as Samantha - Charlotte Ritchie as Alison
The CBS series finds its protagonist in Samantha, portrayed by Rose McIver ( The Lovely Bones, iZombie ), a lucky relative who inherits her great aunt's upstate New York mansion. Samantha has spent the past several years in New York City and is looking for an escape. Much like her BBC counterpart, named Alison, played by Charlotte Ritchie ( Call The Midwife, Doctor Who ), Samantha experiences a traumatic head injury in the pilot. This incident allows her to see and communicate with the ghosts who inhabit her new property.
These characters, save their names, are fairly similar. They both are very ecstatic about their potential new home and encourage their husbands to be open to the idea. Along with that, they both find the ghosts quite terrifying at first, as any sane person would. However, both characters eventually act as a literal medium, making the home a special place for her living family and new dead friends.
Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay - Kiell Smith-Bynoe as Mike
Samantha's husband, named Jay, is played by familiar face Utkarsh Ambudkar ( Free Guy, Mulan ). Ambudkar brings far more apprehension to the character than his British counterpart, Mike, portrayed by Kiell Smith-Bynoe ( Seth Lets Flats ). Jay loves living in New York City and hates the thought of leaving. Jay's idea of a big move would be finding a place below 14th street.
A noticeable difference between the main character's relationships in the two shows is the conflict they experience prior to acknowledging the presence of the ghosts. Alison and Mike are both excited by the surprise inheritance, whereas Jay feels the best course would be to sell the property. It isn't until after Samantha's accident that Jay feels inclined to go along with renovating the mansion.
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Richie Moriarty as Pete - Jim Howick as Pat
The first ghosts up to compare are CBS' Pete, portrayed by Richie Moriarty ( Search Party, What We Do In the Shadows ), and the BBC's Pat, played by Jim Howick ( Sex Education, Hellboy ). Both play Boy Scout-Esq leaders who met an untimely end during an archery lesson in their respective countrysides.
These characters act as the antithesis to the commonly shared idea of a spooky ghost. Both bring a friendly rapport to the ghosts dynamic, acting as loveable and gentle storytellers who just want everyone to get along. The only thing Pete is missing in comparison to Pat is the most beautiful mountain-man mustache you could imagine.
Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac - Bill Willbond as Captain
The characters of Isaac and Captain are where the differences between the Americans and the Brits really start poking through. Issac, portrayed by the always hysterical Brandon Scott Jones ( The Good Place, Can You Ever Forgive Me ), was a commander during the American Revolution. The Captain, portrayed by the stoic Ben Willbond ( Briget Jones' Baby, The Thick of It ), is an unnamed British military leader from World War Two.
The comedy of these characters is different comedic branches of the control freak. Where Captain is a no-nonsense history buff, Issac leans into Jones' flamboyant comedic style. Jones, a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community as well as an advocate, brings a great sense of representation to the character, often hinting at Issac's hidden sexual orientation. Willbond is a writer on the show, along with several other castmates, which leads to an effective and consistent tone throughout the episodes.
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Dannielle Pinnock as Alberta - Lolly Adefope as Kitty
The characters of Kitty, played by Lolly Adefope ( Shrill, Miracle Workers ), and Alberta ( Young Sheldon ) share many common traits. Kitty is a Georgian era socialite and Alberta is a loveable 1920's, jazz singer. Both are wonderful additions to the ensemble whose comedy is rooted in music and slapstick . These characters and their actor's performances are very much needed to create the functioning ensembles both shows have.
The largest difference between the characters is the time in which they lived. With Alberta being from the 1920s, she brings a vibrant and progressive tone to her comedy. On the other hand, Kitty is from a far more conservative era and in turn is naïve to certain ideals and perspectives. Kitty's comedy often comes from being out of the loop or having almost a childlike wonder when introduced to various aspects of modern life.
Asher Grodman as Trevor - Simon Farnaby as Julian
No quirky ensemble comedy is complete without a pretentious, self-absorbed, man with a power trip to make fun of. This role is filled by actor Asher Grodman ( Chicago Med ) playing Trevor and Simon Farnaby ( Paddington 2, Rouge One ) playing Julian. Farnaby, like Ben Willbond, is also a writer on the BCC series. Grodman's Trevor is your classic American frat boy who tragically passed from a diagnosis of partying too hard in the late 90s. Julian, on the other hand, was an MP in the British government who died amidst a career-ending sex scandal. Both have massive, planet-sized egos and no pants.
These two characters are pivotal to the plot of the show. In each series' pilot episodes, we learn that these two characters are the only ones who can physically touch objects in the real world. While it takes a lot of time and effort, both shows' forward momentum would come to a screeching halt without their character's ability.
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Devan Long as Thorfinn - Laurence Rickard as Robin the Caveman
Filling in the role of loveable brutes are Devan Long (Bosch, Doom Patrol) as a tidy Viking named Thorfinn and writer/actor Laurence Rickard as Robin the Caveman. These characters largely provide the same function for their respective shows. They're the two ghosts who have been dead the longest and have more opinions than their stature would make you think.
The best parts of these characters are their one-liners and catchphrases. Both actors do an incredible job regarding the physicality of their characters and use it to an advantage when they play both to and against audience expectations.
Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty - Martha Howe-Douglas as Lady Fanny Button
Since the estate fell into Samantha and Alison's laps via the passing of a distant relative, it is necessary to have a representation of their family tree in the haunted mansion (No, not that one). This is where Hetty, played by Rebecca Wisocky ( AHS, For All Mankind ), and Lady Fanny Button, played by Martha Howe-Douglas ( Doctor Foster ), come in.
These two characters are pretty much carbon copies of each other. They are each the respective matriarchs of their groups and are often looking down upon the couples and other ghosts for their undistinguished behavior.
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Hudson Thames as Crash - Laurence Rickard as Headless Humphrey
Finally, we come to Hudson Thames ( What If... ) and Laurence Rickard (Peter Rabbit) playing Crash and Headless Humphrey. Both of these characters are only featured in the first few episodes, as the extent of their character is rather limited. Both fill the role of the Headless Horseman archetype for the ghosts. Where Crash is a greaser whose head was severed in a knife fight, Headless Humphrey lost his most important appendage to the executioner. Sadly, these great actors are underutilized, as their rolling heads are used as a shock-gag for the living characters.
Additions and Omissions
While both shows have a cast featuring eight ghosts, there are two ghosts in the BBC production which have little to no similarities to two ghosts in the CBS production. Most of the changes simply come down to the historical differences between the countries. In the original production the characters of Mary and Thomas Thorne, played by Katy Wix ( The Windsors ) and Mathew Baynton ( Bill ), are very much products of British history. Mary was a Stuart-era servant who was burned at the stake after being accused of participating in witchcraft. Thomas is based on the real-life playwright and performer who has since been forgotten in history.
While the American production could certainly have found parallel characters from the Salem Witch Trials or a Nathanial Hawthorn type, they decided to take the show in a more inclusionary route. The characters they decided to create are Sassapis, a Native American played by Román Zaragoza ( Austin and Ally ), and a 60's hippy named Flower played by Shelia Carrasco ( The Good Place ). These characters embrace the complex history of the United States and allow for the CBS production to go different places than the original.
Ghosts airs Thursdays on CBS.
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‘Ghosts’ Cast: What the Stars of the CBS Sitcom Look Like in Real Life
A haunting hoot! Ghosts is not the typical sitcom, but the transformations of the actors on the show are just part of the fun.
The CBS series, which premiered in October 2021, follows married couple Sam ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) after they inherit a country estate. The pair plan to convert the historic home into a bed and breakfast, but their situation grows more complicated when Sam suffers a near-death experience in the house and suddenly acquires the ability to see the ghosts who live there .
The personalities of the spirits range from a Viking to a Prohibition-era singer to a flower child. Their knowledge (and costumes!) span centuries since they all died on the property and failed to move on to the afterlife over the years.
Joe Wiseman explained in October 2021 how he and fellow showrunner Joe Port crafted the ghost characters.
“The first thing we did was look at the macro and we thought of American archetypes and what kind of characters were from what period,” Wiseman told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “We sort of landed on the Northeast, where the Hudson Valley is and where the show is located, because we felt like that had American history baked into it.”
One character, in particular, dictated the background of the show’s entire ensemble, as the executive producers were set on including Thorfinn, played by Devan Chandler Long .
“One thing early on that we decided we wanted was a Viking,” Wiseman recalled. “And we just thought that would be a fun character to have. That sort of forced our hand a little bit in terms of location because we did a lot of research for all the characters. We wanted things to be historically accurate as much as possible because it’s just as easy to be accurate and funny as it is to make things up.”
Following “a lot of research about Vikings,” the creative team discovered that some sailed “down the coast from Canada and did exploratory missions inland,” Wiseman said. “So it rang true that one would be in the Hudson Valley.”
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The key to the show’s charm was to build a diverse cast of undead characters. “The fact that these people who never would have met in real life from all different kinds of people, from all different kinds of places, but also from different eras who literally weren’t even alive at the same time,” Port told the outlet. “It’s a very interesting world where, even though they’re very different, because they’re forced together, they become friends and learn a lot from each other.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see what the stars of Ghosts look like in real life:
Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS
A haunting hoot! Ghosts is not the typical sitcom, but the transformations of the actors on the show are just part of the fun. The CBS series, which premiered in October 2021, follows married couple Sam ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) after they inherit a country estate. The pair plan to convert the historic home into a bed and breakfast, but their situation grows more complicated when Sam suffers a near-death experience in the house and suddenly acquires the ability to see the ghosts who live there . The personalities of the spirits range from a Viking to a Prohibition-era singer to a flower child. Their knowledge (and costumes!) span centuries since they all died on the property and failed to move on to the afterlife over the years. Joe Wiseman explained in October 2021 how he and fellow showrunner Joe Port crafted the ghost characters. “The first thing we did was look at the macro and we thought of American archetypes and what kind of characters were from what period,” Wiseman told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “We sort of landed on the Northeast, where the Hudson Valley is and where the show is located, because we felt like that had American history baked into it.” [sendtonews type="float" key="LW00Gz1ZhL-2839793-14453"] One character, in particular, dictated the background of the show’s entire ensemble, as the executive producers were set on including Thorfinn, played by Devan Chandler Long . “One thing early on that we decided we wanted was a Viking,” Wiseman recalled. “And we just thought that would be a fun character to have. That sort of forced our hand a little bit in terms of location because we did a lot of research for all the characters. We wanted things to be historically accurate as much as possible because it’s just as easy to be accurate and funny as it is to make things up.” Following “a lot of research about Vikings,” the creative team discovered that some sailed “down the coast from Canada and did exploratory missions inland,” Wiseman said. “So it rang true that one would be in the Hudson Valley.” The key to the show’s charm was to build a diverse cast of undead characters. “The fact that these people who never would have met in real life from all different kinds of people, from all different kinds of places, but also from different eras who literally weren’t even alive at the same time,” Port told the outlet. “It’s a very interesting world where, even though they’re very different, because they’re forced together, they become friends and learn a lot from each other.” Scroll through the gallery below to see what the stars of Ghosts look like in real life:
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Rebecca Wisocky (Hetty)
The actress plays one of the former owners of Woodstone Manor and an ancestor of Sam’s. The family gained their fortune as robber barons. Outside of Ghosts , Wisocky is best known for her stint on Devious Maids from 2013 to 2016.
Brandon Scott Jones (Isaac)
Isaac is a Revolutionary War soldier who continues to struggle with his sexuality in the centuries after his death. His portrayer is a comedian who previously appeared in Isn’t It Romantic , The Other Two and The Good Place .
Richie Moriarty (Pete)
Moriarty plays an ‘80s-era scoutmaster who is an eternal optimist despite being killed by a kid who accidentally shot him in the neck with an arrow. Prior to landing his role on Ghosts , the comedian guest-starred on What We Do in the Shadows , Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt , The Last O.G. and Search Party .
Credit: CBS; Courtesy of Danielle Pinnock/Instagram
Danielle Pinnock (Alberta)
Pinnock is a scene-stealer as sassy 1920s-era jazz singer Alberta. Fans may recognize the comedian from Young Sheldon , A Black Lady Sketch Show , This Is Us and Get Shorty .
Credit: CBS; Courtesy of Devan Chandler Long/Instagram
Devan Chandler Long (Thorfinn)
Thorfinn is a brute Viking on the series, but his portrayer has shown his range since he began acting in 2011, landing recurring roles on Doom Patrol , The Rookie , Runaways and Bosch .
Sheila Carrasco (Flower)
Before embodying hippie Flower, Carrasco appeared on Jane the Virgin , The Good Place , Life in Pieces and The Odd Couple .
Credit: CBS; Courtesy of Roman Zaragoza/Instagram
Roman Zaragoza (Sasappis)
Zaragoza, who plays a Native American with a gift for storytelling, started acting at a young age. He is a Disney Channel alum who guest-starred on Austin & Ally from 2014 to 2015. For the past 10 years, he has worked with Native Voices at the Autry, the only Native American Equity theatre company in the United States.
Credit: CBS; Courtesy of Asher Grodman/Instagram
Asher Grodman (Trevor)
The actor portrays a ‘90s-era finance bro on the sitcom. He has guest-starred on Chicago Med , Succession and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and also works as an acting teacher.
Ghosts airs on CBS Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.
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Ghosts (BBC series)
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Ghosts is a British sitcom that first premiered on BBC One in April 2019. It is written and performed by many of the cast members from Horrible Histories and Yonderland .
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- 5.1 Trailers
- 5.2 Behind the Scenes
- 6 External links
Premise [ ]
Crumbling country mansion Button House is home to restless spirits who have died there over the centuries. Each a product of their time, they are thrown together for eternity, resigned to squabble over mundane daily gripes. But their lives, or rather afterlives, are thrown into turmoil when young urban couple Alison and Mike unexpectedly inherit the peaceful derelict house and plan to turn it into a bustling hotel.
The ghosts initially plot to get rid of the newcomers, but after several failed attempts to scare them, one of the ghosts pushes Alison out of an upstairs window. When Alison awakens from an induced coma two weeks later, she discovers that Mike has arranged a huge mortgage and she now has the ability to see and hear ghosts due to her close brush with death.
Alison initially believes the ghosts are hallucinations resulting from her accident, but inevitably accepts the truth and confronts them. Because the Coopers are unable to leave due to financial constraints, and the ghosts are confined to the mansion's grounds until they can ascend into the afterlife, both sides eventually agree that they must coexist as best they can. Meanwhile, the house needs a lot of work, and Alison and Mike come up with several schemes to try and stay afloat.
- Charlotte Ritchie as Alison Cooper
- Kiell Smith-Bynoe as Mike Cooper
- Martha Howe-Douglas as Fanny
- Mathew Baynton as Thomas Thorne
- Simon Farnaby as Julian Fawcett
- Lolly Adefope as Kitty
- Laurence Rickard as Robin and Humphrey's Head
- Ben Willbond as The Captain
- Katy Wix as Mary
- Jim Howick as Pat
Characters [ ]
The principal living characters are Alison Cooper, played by Charlotte Ritchie, and her husband Mike, played by Kiell Smith-Bynoe. As the series begins, they are a young couple struggling to get on the housing ladder, until Alison unexpectedly inherits Button House from a distant relative she never even knew existed. Alison and Mike move in to Button House with the intention of doing it up and opening it as a hotel, but in doing so attract the opprobium of the ghosts who already populate the house. Although the ghosts cannot be seen by the living, they do what they can to scare the Coopers away, culminating in causing Alison to have a near-fatal accident, which leads to her gaining the ability to see and hear the ghosts.
The ghosts themselves are people who have died on the site over several centuries, including Robin , a caveman; Humphrey , a decapitated Elizabethan nobleman; Kitty , a naive Georgian noblewoman; Mary , a medieval peasant woman apparently burned at the stake; Thomas Thorne , a failed Georgian poet; Fanny , a prim noblewoman of the Edwardian era; an unnamed WW2 army captain ; Pat , a youth group leader accidentally shot during an archery lesson; and Julian Fawcett , a 1990s MP who died in a sex scandal. Button House is also haunted by a group of plague victims who mostly remain in the cellar.
The ghosts cannot normally be seen or heard by the living, though some have abilities which enable them to interact in a minor way with people, or with objects around them. The ghosts are free to roam the house and grounds, but cannot leave and are deflected back if they attempt to cross the boundary. Being trapped together, they attempt to make the best of the situation but their options are somewhat limited, since although they can be supported on things, which allows them to sit on chairs, lie on beds and climb stairs, they are otherwise unable to interact with solid objects (with the exception of Julian, who can exert a little pressure on objects if he concentrates very hard). They are able to pass through solid objects with no ill effects, though passing through living people or animals (or having people or animals pass through them) is painful. While intangible to the living, ghosts are solid to each other. They are stuck with their appearance at the time of their death, including whatever they were wearing and any injuries they sustained. They cannot eat or drink, but do require sleep just as living people do.
Their plight is made worse by the fact that over the years they have seen many people move on to another stage of existence, even after first being ghosts, but have no idea why they are still left behind.
Several episodes have flashbacks which elaborate on the ghosts' backstories:
See also [ ]
- For some of the production timeline see Production/transmission Timeline
- For the Comic Relief Red Nose Day telethon see Comic Relief 2023 Sketch
Trailers [ ]
Behind the Scenes [ ]
External links [ ]
- Official website
- 1 The Captain