The Walking Dead cast – all the main stars from the hit horror series

We list all the main actors from The Walking Dead cast, from Norman Reedus to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, so you who's who in the beloved TV series.

The Walking Dead cast

Who’s in The Walking Dead cast? Even the undead have to die at some point, and so it is that The Walking Dead season 11 finished the main show. Over the course of nearly 200 episodes, we’ve met a range of survivors, some of whom have been around since the start.

In the horror series, developed by Frank Darabont from the comics by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, a group of people are forced to endure a zombie apocalypse. The form alliances to try and figure away through all the rotting flesh, finding that often, their worst enemies on the thriller series haven’t died at all yet.

Our run through of The Walking Dead cast looks at those who’ve been around the longest. These actors have portrayed their characters through thick and thin on the TV series, almost all of them making it to the finale. No easy feat, which is why they’re highlighted here.

Who’s in The Walking Dead cast?

  • Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
  • Andrew Lincoln as Andrew Lincoln
  • Melissa McBride as Carol Peterier
  • Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
  • Danai Gurira as  Michonne
  • Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter
  • Seth Gilliam as Gabriel Stokes
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan
  • Ross Marquand as Aaron

The Walking Dead cast: Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon

Although not the main protagonist to start, Daryl and Norman Reedus practically became The Walking Dead’s mascots. Before hunting undead in the long-running show, Reedus had various parts in a slew of films and TV shows, appearing in Mimic, 8mm, The Boondock Saints, Triple 9, and many more.

The Walking Dead cast: Andrew Lincoln

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes

Even if you don’t know The Walking Dead all that well, you’ve likely seen some of the memes featuring Rick and his son, Carl. Zombies are generally no laughing matter, but Rick shouting at Carl very much was. Teachers and Afterlife were two of Lincoln’s bigger roles before becoming The Walking Dead’s sheriff.

The Walking Dead cast: Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier

Carol’s arc from abuse victim to one of the most resourceful leaders in the group is one that’s made The Walking Dead continually worth tuning for. Art imitated life to a lesser extent, as the show was her big break as an actor, after being relegated to bit parts since the ’90s. Long may she retain the spotlight.

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Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene

The mighty leader of Hilltop and one of the better strategists among The Walking Dead’s characters, Maggie could’ve led the show herself if she needed to. No stranger to iconic pop culture, Cohan’s been in Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, and Chuck. Her story continues in The Walking Dead: Dead City, and that’ll be one spin-off worth keeping up with.

The Walking Dead cast: Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira as Michonne

The coolest The Walking Dead character, right? We can all agree? Good, because naysayers might have suffered the blade. While handling the living dead, she stars in the Marvel movies as Okoye, a high-ranking Wakandan royal guard. Not someone you should ever cross.

The Walking Dead cast: Josh McDermitt

Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter

We all saw it coming, and Eugene’s deception was still so disheartening to watch. Of course he didn’t have a cure, but to be so inept all the while? C’mon, man. The Walking Dead is his first major role, but before then he was making strides in the world of comedy, first as a radio producer and later on reality show Last Comic Standing.

The Walking Dead cast: Seth Gilliam

Seth Gilliam as Gabriel Stokes

Zombies tend to put any level of faith one might have in a higher power to the test. Ultimately, you’ve got to just trust what’s right in front of you. Gabriel perpetually struggles to accept the situation he’s in, making him quite relatable at times. Featured in drama series Oz and The Wire, Seth Gilliam knows great TV when he sees, which is probably how he ended up joinin Daryl and company to start.

The Walking Dead cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan

The best cast Walking Dead character, Jeffrey Dean Morgan brought Negan to life perfectly. A well-travelled and beloved character actor, Morgan’s been everywhere, from Zack Snyder’s anti-superhero movie Watchmen to Supernatural, recently joining The Boys cast as well. As they say, no rest for the wicked.

The Walking Dead cast: Ross Marquand

Ross Marquand as Aaron

As the first openly gay protagonist in the comics, Aaron needed to be done justice for the adaptation. Ross Marquand nailed it, breathing life to a survivor who’s proven he’s in it for the long haul. You probably know Marquand’s voice rather than his face, since he’s been Red Skull and Ultron bots in the MCU, and a few different roles in Invincible. He’ll always be Aaron to us, mind.

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