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List of American Horror Story cast members

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American Horror Story title screen.

American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters, settings, and a storyline with its own beginning, middle, and end. However, Murphy has stated that all of the seasons are and will be connected by the end of the series.

The first season, subtitled Murder House, takes place during 2011 in Los Angeles, California and centers on a family that moves into a house haunted by its deceased former occupants. The second season, subtitled Asylum, takes place during 1964 in Massachusetts and follows the stories of the inmates and staff of an institution for the criminally insane. The third season, subtitled Coven, takes place during 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana and follows a coven of witches who face off against those who wish to destroy them. The fourth season, subtitled Freak Show, takes place during 1952 in Jupiter, Florida and focuses on one of the last remaining freak shows in America and its struggle to survive. The fifth season, subtitled Hotel, takes place during 2015 in Los Angeles, California and centers on the unusual occurrences and people of a mysterious and outdated hotel. The sixth, subtitled Roanoke, takes place in 2015 on Roanoke Island in North Carolina, and follows a documentary of experiences endured by a couple and one of their relatives while living on Roanoke Island followed by reenactments, and, in 2016, follows the real experiences on the Island of the couple and the reenactors of the documentary. The seventh and forthcoming season, subtitled Cult, takes place between 2016 and 2017 in the fictitious city of Brookfield Heights, Michigan, and centers around a clown cult terrorizing a neighborhood suburb in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. election.

Although each season is set in a different time period, there have been characters who have appeared in multiple seasons. Billie Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson), Marcy (Christine Estabrook), Dr. Charles Montgomery (Matt Ross), Sister Mary Eunice McKee (Lily Rabe), Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell as old Arden; John Cromwell as young Arden), Pepper (Naomi Grossman), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) and Twisty, The Clown (John Carroll Lynch) are the nine characters to appear in more than one season of the series. Sister Mary, Dr. Arden, and Pepper appear and reappear in Asylum and Freak Show. Billie, Marcy, and Dr. Montgomery make appearances in Murder House and Hotel. Queenie appears in both Coven and Hotel. Lana appears in Asylum and Roanoke. Twisty appears in Freak Show and Cult. Murphy has stated that as the series progresses, more and more characters will be making a return to the show.


Cast membersEdit

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  •   A light blue cell indicates the actor as a special guest cast member.
  •   A grey cell indicates the actor has not participated in the respective season.
Portrayer Capacity and character per season
Murder House Asylum Coven Freak Show Hotel Roanoke Cult Season 8


Connie Britton Vivien Harmon  
Dylan McDermott Dr. Ben Harmon Johnny Morgan  
Evan Peters Tate Langdon Kit Walker Kyle Spencer Jimmy Darling James Patrick March Rory Monahan Kai Anderson
Andy Warhol
Taissa Farmiga Violet Harmon   Zoe Benson   Sophie Green  
Denis O'Hare Larry Harvey   Spalding Stanley Liz Taylor William van Henderson  
Jessica Lange Constance Langdon Sister Jude Martin Fiona Goode Elsa Mars  
Zachary Quinto Chad Warwick Dr. Oliver Thredson  
Joseph Fiennes   Msgr. Timothy Howard  
Sarah Paulson Billie Dean Howard Lana Winters Cordelia Foxx Bette and Dot Tattler Sally McKenna
Billie Dean Howard
Audrey Tindall
Lana Winters
Allyson Mayfair-Richards Confirmed[1]
Lily Rabe Nora Montgomery Sister Mary Eunice McKee Misty Day Sister Mary Eunice McKee Aileen Wuornos Shelby Miller  
Lizzie Brocheré   Grace Bertrand  
James Cromwell   Dr. Arthur Arden  
Frances Conroy Moira O'Hara Shachath Myrtle Snow Gloria Mott   Mama Polk[a] Bebe Babbot[2]
Emma Roberts   Madison Montgomery Maggie Esmeralda   Serena Belinda
Kathy Bates   Delphine LaLaurie Ethel Darling Iris Agnes Mary Winstead  
Michael Chiklis   Dell Toledo  
Finn Wittrock   Dandy Mott Tristan Duffy
Rudolph Valentino
Jether Polk  
Angela Bassett   Marie Laveau Desiree Dupree Ramona Royale Monet Tumusiime  
Wes Bentley   Edward Mordrake Det. John Lowe Dylan  
Matt Bomer   Andy Donovan  
Chloë Sevigny   Shelley   Dr. Alex Lowe  
Cheyenne Jackson   Will Drake Sidney Aaron James Dr. Rudy Vincent Anderson  
Lady Gaga   Elizabeth Johnson Scathach[a]  
Cuba Gooding, Jr.   Dominic Banks  
André Holland   Matt Miller  
Billie Lourd   Winter Anderson  
Alison Pill   Ivy Mayfair-Richards  

Guest starringEdit

Jamie Brewer Adelaide Langdon   Nan Marjorie   Heather
Alexandra Breckenridge Young Moira O'Hara   Kaylee  
Christine Estabrook Marcy   Marcy  
Matt Ross Dr. Charles Montgomery   Dr. Charles Montgomery  
Anthony Ruivivar Miguel Ramos   Richard Ramirez  
Adina Porter Sally Freeman   Lee Harris Beverly Hope  
Teddy Sears Patrick  
Adam Levine   Leo Morrison  
Jenna Dewan-Tatum   Teresa Morrison  
Clea DuVall   Wendy Peyser  
Naomi Grossman   Pepper   Pepper  
Fredric Lehne   Frank McCann  
Britne Oldford   Alma Walker  
Robin Bartlett   Dr. Miranda Crump Cecily Pembroke  
Devon Graye   Jed Potter  
Robin Weigert   Cynthia Potter   Mama Polk  
Andrew Rothenberg   Mr. Potter  
Josh Hamilton   Hank Foxx  
Alexander Dreymon   Luke Ramsey  
Lance Reddick   Papa Legba  
Leslie Jordan   Quentin Fleming   Ashley Gilbert  
Grace Gummer   Millie Penny  
John Carroll Lynch   Twisty the Clown John Wayne Gacy   Twisty the Clown  
Skyler Samuels   Bonnie Lipton  
Patti LaBelle   Dora Brown  
Lee Tergesen   Vince  
Chrissy Metz   Barbara
Richard T. Jones   Det. Andrew Hahn  
Max Greenfield   Gabriel  
Darren Criss   Justin  
Alexandra Daddario   Natacha Rambova  
Saniyya Sidney   Flora Harris[a]  
Chaz Bono   Brian Wells
Lot Polk[a]
Gary Longstreet  
Shannon Lucio   Diana Cross  
Jacob Artist   Todd Allan Connors  
Brian Howe   Mark Phillips  
Emma Bell   Tracy Logan  
James Morosini   Bob Kinnaman R.J.  
Colton Haynes   Det. Jack Samuels  
Cooper Dodson   Ozymandias Mayfair-Richards
Leslie Grossman   Meadow Wilton  
Dermot Mulroney   Bob Thompson  
Dot-Marie Jones   Butchy May  

Special guest starsEdit

Kate Mara Hayden McClaine  
Charles S. Dutton Detective Granger  
Eric Stonestreet Derek  
Ian McShane   Leigh Emerson  
Gabourey Sidibe   Queenie Regina Ross Queenie  
Danny Huston   The Axeman Massimo Dolcefino  
Patti LuPone   Joan Ramsey  
Stevie Nicks   Stevie Nicks (herself)  
Celia Weston   Lillian Hemmings  
Neil Patrick Harris   Chester Creb  
Mare Winningham   Alicia Spencer Rita Gayheart Hazel Evers   Sally Keffler  
Naomi Campbell   Claudia Bankson
Billy Eichner   Harrison Wilton  
Lena Dunham   Valerie Solanas  

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d These actors portray their characters solely in the My Roanoke Nightmare re-enactment.


  1. ^ "Sarah Paulson Has Taken FX, the Emmys and Movie Studios by Storm. Next up: Netflix". Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  2. ^ Ryan Murphy [@MrRPMurphy] (July 21, 2017). "Frances Conroy and Mare Winningham return...and others." (Tweet). Retrieved July 21, 2017 – via Twitter.