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Most of The Last Of Us revolved around just two characters as Joel and Ellie try to travel across an apocalyptic America in the middle of a decades-long zombie pandemic.
But over the course of its first season’s nine episodes, the show introduced us to a series of recurring characters and one-time guests, many of whom TV fans may recognize from their past projects.
With the first series now ending (don’t worry, folks, there’s a second already in the works!), here’s where you may have seen the stars of The Last Of Us before…
Pedro Pascal as Joel
Pedro Pascal takes on the role of Joel in the post-apocalyptic drama, but he’s already appeared in a string of hit shows by the time he gets the role.
The Chilean-born star may be best known these days for playing the titular Mandalorian, Dean Jarin, in the Disney Star Wars spin-off, but he also played Javier Peña in Narcos and Oberyn Martell in Season 4 of Game Of Thrones (not that) I recall, as Sarah Michelle pointed out. Recently, Gellar starred in a featured episode of Buffy).
Bella Ramsey as Ellie
Like her friend and co-star Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey has also appeared on Game Of Thrones. She began her career as a child star, portraying Lyanna Mormont in three seasons of the hit fantasy show.
Her additional credits include the 2017 CBBC adaptation of The Worst Witch, the drama Becoming Elizabeth and the title role in Lena Dunham’s historical comedy Catherine Cold Birdie.
Gabriel Luna as Tommy
Gabriel Luna appeared in two episodes of The Last Of Us, portraying Joel’s still hopeful brother Tommy.
Prior to The Last Of Us, Gabriel shared the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hunt in the 2019 Terminator film, Dark Fate, and portrayed Ghost Rider in the television adaptation of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which earned him a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards in 2017.
He also took the lead in the short-lived American show Matador, and three episodes of the hit drama True Detective.
Rutina Wesley as Maria
Before joining The Last Of Us as Tommy’s pregnant partner Maria, Rutina Wesley played Tara Thornton in all seven seasons of the vampire drama True Blood.
She also starred in Ava Duvernay’s Oprah Winfrey and a recurring role in Hannibal, as well as starring in one episode of another zombie drama, The Walking Dead.
Nico Parker as Sarah
Nico Parker played Joel’s daughter on screen in two episodes of The Last Of Us.
At just 18 years old, the British artist doesn’t have many credits to her name yet, but you may have previously seen her in the live-action re-enactment of Disney’s Tim Burton’s Dumbo or the dark thriller Third Day.
Anna Torv as Tess
Joel’s smuggling partner Tess is portrayed by Anna Torv, who you may have seen in the BBC drama Mistresses, the Mindhunter movie or the sci-fi series Fringe.
Anna was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama category for her portrayal of Olivia Dunham in Fringe – produced by JJ Abrams of Lost and Star Wars fame.
Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen
Unlike most of the characters we’ve met over the course of The Last Of Us, Kathleen – played by Melanie Lynskey – didn’t appear in the original video game, instead being made specifically for the TV series.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Melanie’s eclectic resume includes the sitcom Two And A Half Men and, more recently, the gritty drama Yellowjackets.
She has also appeared in films such as But I’m A Cheerleader, Coyote Ugly, Up In The Air, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, and the Netflix disaster film Don’t Look Up, playing Leonardo DiCaprio’s on-screen wife.
Merle Dandridge as Marilyn
In addition to her screen work, Merle Dandridge has appeared in several Broadway productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, and Disney’s Tarzan.
Her film and TV credits have included the quirky drama The Flight Attendant, and the action series Station 19 and 24. If seeing her in character gave you déjà vu, it would be because she originated the role of Marlene in the original Last Of Us video game, and reprized the role in the 2020 sequel.
Merle also won a BAFTA for her voice work in another game, Everybody Gone Ecstasy.
Scott Shepherd as David
As a central figure in the apocalyptic cannibal cult, Scott Shepard’s performance as David was a key character in the penultimate episode of The Last Of Us (and famously ended with a sticky ending at the hands of Ellie).
Scott’s other television work includes The Young Pope, True Detective, and Bluff City Law.
Troy Baker as James
Scott was joined by Troy Baker in his episode, playing James, David’s right-hand man.
Troy Baker will be a household name for fans of the original Last Of Us video game, as he portrayed protagonist Joel – played by Pedro Pascal in the series – through voice acting and motion capture.
Outside of The Last Of Us, Troy has voiced iconic characters like Conan The Barbarian and Loki in various mediums and has also impressively lent his voice to Batman, Robin, The Joker and Two-Face at various points in his career.
Murray Bartlett as Frank
Frank and Bill’s tragic love story took center stage in The Last Of Us episode three, with Murray Barlett playing the former.
Fans of The White Lotus will recognize Murray for his Emmy Award-winning performance as the hapless hotel manager, Armond, but his other TV credits include Looking, Tales Of The City, Welcome To The Chippendales, and one memorable episode of Sex And The City.
Nick Offerman as Bill
Opposite Murray Bartlett was Nick Offerman as Frank Bell’s husband.
Primarily known for his comedy work, Nick has appeared in everything from Pam & Tommy and Fargo to A League Of Their Own and Will & Grace, where he shares the screen with his wife, Megan Mullally.
However, he is undoubtedly best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Storm Reed as Riley
Storm Reid had her breakout moment as a teenager, when she appeared in the Disney movie A Wrinkle Of Time with stars like Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
You may also have seen her in Euphoria, playing Zendaya’s on-screen sister Gia, The Invisible Man, The Suicide Squad or Jay-Z, and Beyoncé’s star-studded Family Feud music video.
John Hanna as Dr. Newman
John Hanna’s appearance in The Last Of Us may have been brief, portraying a health official who gives an early warning about a potential outbreak in a flashback sequence, but it was absolutely memorable.
In the early 1990s, the Scottish artist was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his performance in Four Weddings And A Funeral, which was followed by roles in Sliding Doors, Sliding Doors, Resurrection Man and the Mummy trilogy.
He is also the narrator of the BBC reality show Race Across the World.
Ashley Johnson as Anna
The Last Of Us finale’s Ashley Johnson introduced her role as Ellie’s mother to a full moment, taking on the role of Ellie in the first Last Of Us video game.
Prior to that, she was known for playing Chrissy Seaver in Growing Pains and voices Gretchen Grundler on vacation.
Her other on-screen roles include the films The Help, The Killing, and the 2012 film The Avengers.