- The Baudelaire orphans
- The villains
- The adults
The Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events has been a hit with viewers, and part of that success is due to the perfect casting of the show’s iconic characters. From Neil Patrick Harris as the dastardly Count Olaf to Malina Weissman as the precocious Violet Baudelaire, the actors behind the characters are spot-on.
In this blog post, we take a look at the actors behind the characters in A Series of Unfortunate
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The Baudelaire orphans
Violet Baudelaire- Malina Weissman
Malina Weissman is an American actress. She portrays Violet Baudelaire in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Weissman was born on March 12, 2003, in New York City, New York, the daughter of Pamela (née Soll) and Michael Weissman. She has a sister named Myles.
Weissman made her feature film debut as the younger version of Reese Witherspoon’s character, Michelle Foster-Bunning, in the 2014 film This Is Where I Leave You.
In December 2015, it was announced that Weissman had been cast as Violet Baudelaire in Netflix’s adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The series was released on January 13, 2017.
Klaus Baudelaire- Louis Hynes
Louis Hynes is an English actor who plays Klaus Baudelaire in A Series of Unfortunate Events. He was born on May 18, 2002, making him the same age as his character. Hynes began his acting career in 2012, when he played Young Ian Murray in the TV series Outlander. He has also had roles in the films How I Live Now (2013) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).
Sunny Baudelaire- Presley Smith
Sunny Baudelaire is the youngest member of the Baudelaire family, and she is portrayed by Presley Smith. Sunny is a baby, so she does not speak in actual words, but instead communicates through a series of coos and cries. However, despite her young age, Sunny is often able to communicate quite effectively, and she is very intelligent for her age. Sunny is also very resourceful, and she often uses her teeth to help her siblings in their various escapades.
The Villains of A Series of Unfortunate Events are a varied bunch, from the child-like Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris, to the calm and collected Countess Marchbanks, played by Joan Cusack. Each actor brought their own unique spin to the role, making the villains some of the most memorable characters in the show.
Count Olaf- Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris took on the role of the dastardly Count Olaf in the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Harris is no stranger to playing larger-than-life characters, and he brought his trademark energy and humor to the role.
Count Olaf is a villainous character who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. He is devious, manipulative, and dangerous, but Harris brings a lighthearted touch to the character that makes him truly entertaining to watch.
The Hook-handed man- Matty Cardarople
Matty Cardarople was born Matthew Cardarople on July 28, 1984, in Andover, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and director, known for his work on A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017), Stranger Things (2016) and Jessica Jones (2015).
The bald man with the long nose- Usman Ally
Usman Ally is an actor, director, and producer who was born in Tanzania and raised in England. He is best known for his work on the television shows “The Americans” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He has also appeared in the films ” Syriana” and “Lincoln.”
The series follows the lives of the three Baudelaire orphans- Violet, Klaus, and Sunny- who are constantly pursued by the evil Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris. The three children are played by Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith, respectively. However, the adults in the series are just as interesting.
Mr. Poe- K. Todd Freeman
Mr. Poe is the ineffectual banker who is constantly being called upon to rescue the Baudelaire orphans from various scrapes, most notably Count Olaf’s numerous schemes. He is loyal to them and believes they are good kids, but his hands are often tied by rules and regulations.
K. Todd Freeman brings the character of Mr. Poe to life with his many years of experience in television and film. Some of his most notable credits include “The Wire,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Frequency.”
Mrs. Bass- Lucy Punch
Lucy Punch (born 30 December 1977) is an English actress. She has appeared in numerous television programmes and films, including Hot Fuzz, Bad Teacher, Into the Woods, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Dinner for Schmucks, Louder Than Words and Ben & Kate. She played Deena Pilgrim in the 2013–2014 Fox television series Gone.
Punch was born in Hammersmith, London. Her father is a music producer and her mother is an art agent. She was educated privately at Godolphin School in Salisbury, Wiltshire. She then went to study drama at the University of Bristol from 1996 to 1999.
After completing her studies, Punch began her acting career with national tours of Much Ado About Nothing and Oliver Twist. Regional theatre roles soon followed, including The Taming of the Shrew at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and Apollo 13: The Musical at the Plymouth Theatre Royal.
Aunt Josephine- Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard is an American actress, producer, and political activist. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Emmy Awards. Woodard won an Obie Award in 1986 for her performance in Dogeaters and has also worked as a director on several films and television episodes.