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List of American Horror Story cast members

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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place during 2015 in Los Angeles, California and centers on the unusual occurrences and people of a mysterious and outdated hotel.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 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 (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 and is mentioned in Cult. 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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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[a] Kai Anderson[b]  
Taissa Farmiga Violet Harmon   Zoe Benson   Sophie Green  
Denis O'Hare Larry Harvey   Spalding Stanley Liz Taylor William van Henderson[a]  
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[c] Audrey Tindall[a][c] Ally Mayfair-Richards[d] TBA[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[e] Bebe Babbitt  
Emma Roberts   Madison Montgomery Maggie Esmeralda   Serena Belinda  
Kathy Bates   Delphine LaLaurie Ethel Darling Iris Agnes Mary Winstead[a]  
Michael Chiklis   Dell Toledo  
Finn Wittrock   Dandy Mott Tristan Duffy[f] Jether Polk  
Angela Bassett   Marie Laveau Desiree Dupree Ramona Royale Monet Tumusiime[a]  
Wes Bentley   Edward Mordrake Det. John Lowe Dylan[a]  
Matt Bomer   Andy Donovan  
Chloë Sevigny   Shelley   Dr. Alex Lowe  
Cheyenne Jackson   Will Drake Sidney Aaron James Dr. Rudy Vincent  
Lady Gaga   Elizabeth Johnson Scathach[e]  
Cuba Gooding, Jr.   Dominic Banks[a]  
André Holland   Matt Miller  
Billie Lourd   Winter Anderson[g]  
Alison Pill   Ivy Mayfair-Richards  

Special guest starsEdit

Kate Mara Hayden McClaine  
Eric Stonestreet Derek  
Charles S. Dutton Detective Granger  
Ian McShane   Leigh Emerson  
Gabourey Sidibe   Queenie Regina Ross Queenie  
Patti LuPone   Joan Ramsey  
Danny Huston   The Axeman Massimo Dolcefino  
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[h]  
Lena Dunham   Valerie Solanas  

Guest starringEdit

Alexandra Breckenridge Young Moira O'Hara   Kaylee  
Christine Estabrook Marcy   Marcy  
Jamie Brewer Adelaide Langdon   Nan Marjorie   Hedda  
Shelby Young Leah  
Michael Graziadei Travis Wanderley  
Matt Ross Dr. Charles Montgomery   Dr. Charles Montgomery  
Geoffrey Rivas Det. Jack Colquitt  
Adina Porter Sally Freeman   Lee Harris Beverly Hope  
David Anthony Higgins Stan  
Eve Gordon Dr. Hall  
Eric Close Hugo Langdon  
Teddy Sears Patrick  
Brando Eaton Kyle Greenwell  
Ashley Rickards Chloe Stapleton  
Alessandra Torresani Stephanie Boggs  
Morris Chestnut Luke  
Amir Arison Joe Escandarian  
Rebecca Wisocky Lorraine Harvey  
Mena Suvari Elizabeth Short  
Anthony Ruivivar Miguel Ramos   Richard Ramirez  
Adam Levine   Leo Morrison  
Jenna Dewan-Tatum   Teresa Morrison  
Clea DuVall   Wendy Peyser  
Mark Consuelos   Spivey  
Britne Oldford   Alma Walker  
Fredric Lehne   Frank McCann  
Devon Graye   Jed Potter  
Robin Weigert   Cynthia Potter   Mama Polk  
John Aylward   Father Malachi  
Andrew Rothenberg   Mr. Potter  
Barbara Tarbuck   Mother Superior Claudia  
Franka Potente   Charlotte Brown  
Mark Margolis   Sam Goodman  
Naomi Grossman   Pepper   Pepper  
Robin Bartlett   Dr. Miranda Crump Cecily Pembroke  
Grey Damon   Archie Brener  
Ian Anthony Dale   Dr. David Zhong  
Josh Hamilton   Hank Foxx  
Christine Ebersole   Anna-Leigh Leighton  
Alexander Dreymon   Luke Ramsey  
Leslie Jordan   Quentin Fleming   Ashley Gilbert[a]  
Grace Gummer   Millie Penny  
Michael Cristofer   Harrison Renard  
Mike Colter   David  
Lance Reddick   Papa Legba  
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
Malcolm-Jamal Warner   Angus T. Jefferson  
Matthew Glave   Larry Gayheart  
Angela Sarafyan   Alice  
David Burtka   Michael Beck  
Max Greenfield   Gabriel  
Richard T. Jones   Det. Andrew Hahn  
Shree Crooks   Scarlett Lowe  
Helena Mattson   Agnetha  
Kamilla Alnes   Vendela  
Lennon Henry   Holden Lowe  
Lyric Lennon   Lachlan Drake  
Mädchen Amick   Mrs. Ellison  
Seth Gabel   Jeffrey Dahmer  
Darren Criss   Justin  
Jessica Lu   Babe  
Charles Melton   Mr. Wu  
Alexandra Daddario   Natacha Rambova  
Josh Braaten   Douglas Pryor  
Charles Malik Whitfield   Mason Harris[e]  
Grady Lee Richmond   Ishmael Polk[e]  
John Pyper-Ferguson   Mr. Cage  
Shannon Lucio   Diana Cross  
Jon Bass   Milo  
Jacob Artist   Todd Allan Connors  
Brian Howe   Mark Phillips  
Danielle Macdonald   Bristol Windows  
Julie Claire   Stephanie Holder  
Emma Bell   Tracy Logan  
James Morosini   Bob Kinnaman R.J.  
Joe Spellman   Dave Elder  
Colton Haynes   Det. Jack Samuels  
Cooper Dodson   Oz Mayfair-Richards  
Leslie Grossman   Meadow Wilton[i]  
Dermot Mulroney   Bob Thompson  
Laura Allen   Rosie  
Chaz Bono   Brian Wells[a] Gary Longstreet  
Dot-Marie Jones   Butchy May  
Cameron Cowperthwaite   Speedwagon  


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i These characters also portray the re-enactors in the My Roanoke Nightmare documentary.
  2. ^ He also portrayed Andy Warhol, Jim Jones, David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite, Jesus, and Charles Manson.
  3. ^ a b Paulson reprised her previous roles from the first two seasons: Billie Dean Howard in Murder House for Hotel and Lana Winters in Asylum for Roanoke, respectively.
  4. ^ She also portrayed Susan Atkins.
  5. ^ a b c d These actors portray their characters solely in the My Roanoke Nightmare re-enactment.
  6. ^ Wittrock also portrayed real life actor Rudolph Valentino.
  7. ^ She also portrayed Linda Kasabian.
  8. ^ He also portrayed Tex Watson.
  9. ^ She also portrayed Patricia Krenwinkel.

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