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Meet “The Dropout” Cast: Who Plays Whom?

Elizabeth Meriwether’s miniseries (limited to eight-episode) “The Dropout” is based on the ABC Audio podcast of the same name and follows the rise and fall of the young prodigy Elizabeth Homes, who was once the “youngest female billionaire of U.S.”

19 years-old Holmes dropped out of her college and launched her biotech company, Theranos back in 2003 with some false claims and poached workers from Apple to accumulate investors from mega-giant tech companies from Silicon Valley. But all credit to the whistleblowers, who unveiled her secret in front of the public.

While Silicon Valley is indeed filled with countless success stories of the Tech world, the show helps portray the other side of the same coin, while serving as a testament to what Holmes and the people around her tried to do, when they realized her truth. The much-awaited series features a star-budded cast like Amanda Seyfried, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Fry, Naveen Andrews, Michel Gill, and many more.

Thanks to the powerful display of acting by “The Dropout” cast, who perfectly grasped their characters and pulled it off with such brilliance. The show has received a rating of 7.4/10 in IMDb from 1,074 viewers and 90% average rating Tomatometer with 85% average score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here meet the phenomenal cast of The Dropout and read everything you should know about them.

1. Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes

Golden Globe-nominated actress Amanda started her career as a model at the age of eleven. Amanda later decided to follow her passion for acting with the CBS soap opera called “As The World Turns.” Pennsylvania-born Seyfried rose to fame following her feature in the HBO television drama series “Big Love,” where she plays the role of Sarah Henrickson.  She has since appeared in various commercially successful films like Mamma Mia!, Jennifer’s Body, Dear John, Letters to Juliet, Red Riding Hood, and more. 

Amanda will be starring along with Tom Holland, Emmy Rossum, and Christopher Abbott in  Oscar winner Goldsman’s upcoming thriller television series, titled “The Crowded Room.”

2. Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani

The British-born actor has starred in many films like Diana, The Brave One, Planet Terror, etc., and became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in May 2010. Emmy-nominated actor is best known for his role as Sayid Jarrah in the sci-fi television drama “Lost” (2004-2010).

Andrews is currently playing the role of Holmes’ old beau Sunny Balwani, who is currently on stand trial for fraud charges.

3. Anne Archer as Charlotte Shultz

Miss Golden Globe 1971 has appeared in superhit films including Good Guys Wears Black, Paradise Alley, and Hero at Large. She made her film debut with “The Honkers”  along with stars such as James Coburn, Lois Nettleton, Slim Pickens, Richard Anderson, and Joan Huntington in 1972.

The California Born actress earned her first Golden Globe Award for her appearance in Robert Altman’s 1993 comedy-drama film Short Cuts.

4. Michaela Watkins as Linda Tanner

50 years-old Michaela is well known as the part of the SNL show (2008-09). Watkins has starred in many telecom and films like The Unicorn, Trophy Wife, Casual, and Sword of Trust.

Watkins was the co-creator and executive producer of the short-lived comedy telecom series called Benched in 2014, starring Happy Ending’s actress Eliza Coupe and S.W.A.T’s actor Jay Harrington.

5. Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rakesh Madhava

UTK the INC aka Utkarsh Ambudkar is an American actor, rapper, and singer and was the former Video Jockey for MTV Desi. He made his small-screen debut with the American educational drama series “The Electric Company” in the year 2006.

He featured in many hit tv-series and movies like Pitch Perfect (2012), Blindspotting (2018), The Mindy Project, Never have I Ever, and Tick, Tick… Boom! 38-year-old Ambudkar is currently leading in the CBS supernatural sitcom Ghosts. 

6. Elizabeth Marvel as Noel Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes has appeared in many acclaimed big-screen hits like Burn After Reading, True Grit, Lincoln, A Most Violent Year, and The Meyerowitz Stories.

The Obie Award winner Marvel was the main lead in CW family drama “Blink” in 2013.

7. Laurie Metcalf as Phyllis Gardner

Laurie has a strong proven track record with three Primetime Emmy Awards over a span of four decades. The actress began her career in Chicago Theatre and won Tony Award for the category of Best Actress in a Play for her performance in A Doll’s House, Part 2, and Three Tall Women in 2017 and 2018.

Laurie has voiced Mrs. Davis, Andy’s mother, in the Toy Story 1992, and also voiced Sarah Hawkins in the Disney animated sci-fi Treasure Planet in 2002.

8. William H. Macy as Richard Fuisz

William H. Macy has won four Screen Actor Guild Awards so far and is well-known for his role in “Frank Gallagher” in the comedy-drama series Shameless. He also starred in the medical drama ER.

Meanwhile, on the big screen, the 71-year-old actor gained recognition for his work in the blockbuster Jurassic Park III, Fargo, and The Maiden Heist.

9. Michel Gill as Chris Holmes

1960 Born Michell Gill is best known for starring as President Garrett Walker in the Netflix series House of Cards.

LOS ANGELES – AUG 22: Michel Gill at the Television Academy’s Producers Peer Group Reception at London Hotel on August 22, 2014 in West Hollywood, CA

Gill also featured in various American thriller/crime television series like Mr. Robot, Ray Donovan, and recently HBO’s historical drama series The Gilded Age.

10. Bill Irwin as Channing Robertson

Bill started his journey during the 1970s as a vaudeville-style stage performer in an American circus. He made his debut in the entertainment world with the CBS sitcom “Struck By Lightning” in 1979.

Since then the Tony Award winner has starred in various television dramas as well as films including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Elmo’s World, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and FX television series Legion.

11. Stephen Fry as Ian Gibbons

The English actor/writer/director rose to prominence with the British sketch comedy series A Bit of Fry & Laurie in 1989.

Fry is also known for his voice-over work, which includes recording UK audiobooks for seven of the Harry Potter novels, as well as narrating for the video game series LittleBigPlanet and Bird of Steels.

12. Ebon Moss-Bachrach as John Carreyrou

44-year-old Ebon Moss Bachrach made his debut on the small screen with “Murder in a Small Town” and is best known for his character David Lieberman in Netflix’s tv series The Punisher and Desi Harperin in Girls.

13. LisaGay Hamilton as Judith Baker

In 2003, LisaGay has won Peabody Award for creating and directing the documentary film Beah: A Black Woman Speaks based on the life of Academy Award-nominated actress Beah Richards.

Lisa has featured in various films and television dramas including 12 Monkeys, Hulu’s Chance, Jackie Brown, Beloved, Beastly, The First, and Men of Certain Age. 

14. Sam Waterson as George Shultz

Waterson is an American actor, director, and producer, who began his career with New York Theaters. Sam is best known for his iconic starring role as Jack McCoy on the NBC television series Law & Order, for which he earned various nominations including Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, and Emmy Award.’

In 2010, he received a star on the Hollywood Wall of fame. Sam is currently appearing as sweet & gentle Ex- divorce lawyer Sol Bergstein in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.

15. Kate Burton as  Rochelle Gibbons

Three-time Emmy, as well as Tony Award-nominated actress Kate Burton, is best known as Ellis Grey in Grey’s Anatomy, and as Vice President Sally Langston on Scandal.

She recently starred in a recurring role of Nora Radford in Shonda Rhimes’ minidrama series, titled Inventing Anna.

16. Dylan Minnette as Tyler Shultz

Indiana-born actor Dylan entered small-screen with an American sitcom “Drake & Josh.” He then appeared in several roles including Kenny in the horror film “Let Me In,” Todd Lyons in “The Clique,” and Clay Norman on “Saving Grace,” for which he received Young Artist Award in 2008. Though his breakthrough with his role as Clay Jensen in the Netflix drama series “13 Reasons Why.”

Dylan is also a member of the band called Wallows, earlier known as Feaver/Narwhals, with Cole Preston and Braeden Lemasters. Their new song “at the end of the day” is out now.

17. James Hiroyuki Liao as Edmond Ku

46-year-old actor Hiroyuki Liao is best known for roles in the US dramas Prison Break, Unforgettable and HBO’s show Barry.

James recently has appeared in the Sci-fi fantasy series Cowboy Bebop as Tanaka and Snake Eyes. He also motion-capture role of Kenji in Sucker Punch Productions’ video game titled Ghosts of Tsushima.

18. Nicky Endres as Ana Arriola

Nicky Endres is a Korean-born actor, who has previously appeared in the Netflix sitcom One Day At a Time.

The dropout actress identified herself as a non-binary transfeminine, genderqueer, and genderfluid person and is double-majored in English and Theatre.

19. Alan Ruck as Jay Johnson

Ruck was born in Cleveland, Ohio and his first film role was in the 1983 drama film Bad Boys as Carl Brennan.

Ruck starred opposite Geena Davis in an updated Fox TV adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel called “The Exorcist” in 2016. Alan Ruck’s most notable work includes Young Guns II, Spin City, Twister, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Succession.

Apart from our main star cast, who else do you think nailed their role? Let us know in the comment section below.



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