NOS4A2: From Zachary Quinto to Ashleigh Cummings - Meet the cast and characters in AMC’s supernatural horror TV series
From Zachary Quinto to Ashleigh Cummings, meet the cast and characters in NOS4A2 season 2 - the AMC horror TV series adapted from Joe Hill's book.
NOS4A2 is the “creepy, soul-eating demon show you need this summer”, according to Thrillist.
The supernatural horror TV series is executive produced by showrunner Jami O’Brien (Fear the Walking Dead), with NOS4A2 season 2 premiering in July 2020 - exclusive to BT TV customers.
Based on Joe Hill’s 2013 best-selling novel of the same name, NOS4A2 stars Zachary Quinto in the leading role of vampire villain Charlie Manx, and Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen, who sets out to defeat him.
But who else is starring is NOS4A2, and who do they play? Meet the cast and characters, below...
Zachary Quinto plays Charles 'Charlie' Manx
NOS4A2 follows Manx, a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children as he transports them to Christmasland – a twisted place of his imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law.
Speaking about his villainous character, Zachary Quinto explained at the 2019 TCA Winter Press Tour: "For Manx, his childhood was marked by unfathomable trauma.
“I was really fortunate to have the novel by Joe Hill and also the graphic novel, The Wraith, as guides into that trauma and childhood.
“Manx was this incredibly isolated, neglected child who was exposed to horrible violence and exploitation as a kid. And it's interesting that he evolves into an adult who both exploits and manipulates the vulnerabilities of other children.
“He does genuinely believe that he's giving these kids a better life and a better opportunity for themselves that they wouldn't have otherwise - and that's a warped and twisted way to look at it. But it's the only way that he can look at it and still do what he does."
American actor Quinto is best known for his role as Spock in the reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise as well as TV roles in Heroes (as Sylar), and in American Horror Story, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
Ashleigh Cummings plays Vic McQueen
NOS4A2's McQueen is a gifted, working-class young woman with a difficult home life who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things.
This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims - without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.
Of Ashleigh Cummings’ performance as McQueen in the show, Dave Nemetz from TV Line writes: “[Cummings] has a Jennifer Lawrence quality about her and brings a hard-won authenticity to her scenes.”
You might recognise the Saudi-born actress from roles in TV series including Westside, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and Puberty Blues, as well as Pippa in the movie adaptation of novel The Goldfinch.
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson plays Bing Partridge
Bing Partridge is a chemical plant worker with a mysterious past and an impressionable mind who finds himself seduced by Charlie Manx.
He’s played by American-born Icelandic actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, best known for TV roles in Lady Dynamite (as Scott Marvel Casssidy), True Detective (as Dewall), The Widow (as Ariel Helgason) and as chief of police Andri Olafsson in two series of Icelandic murder mystery thriller Trapped.
Virginia Kull plays Linda McQueen
Linda is Vic's hardworking mum, who’s determined to keep her family together - but sometimes she holds on too tight to those she loves.
She's played by Texas-born actress Virginia Kull best known for her role in the recent TV series The Looming Tower, as well as various TV shows including Big Little Lies, Boardwalk Empire, Twin Peaks and Mr. Mercedes.
Ebon Moss-Bachrach plays Chris McQueen
Chris is Vic's dad, who has a weakness for drink but a deep love for his daughter.
He's played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, best known for roles in TV shows including Girls, The Punisher and The Last Ship.
Jahkara Smith plays Maggie Leigh
Maggie Leigh is a bubbly librarian who uses a Scrabble bag as a portal to the universe and is on the hunt for Charlie Manx.
Leigh quickly learns her only hope of finding Manx lies with Vic McQueen and her supernatural ability.
She's played by Jahkara Smith. NOS4A2 is Smith’s first acting role - she is best known by her YouTuber alias, Sailor J.
According to Deadline, Smith became a YouTube sensation for her mixture of social commentary, DIY makeup tutorials and How-To videos, with views on feminism, racial inequality, and social justice.
Jonathan Langdon plays Lou Carmody
Lou has built a life with Vic and raising her child - a life in which he’s always played second fiddle to Vic’s wants and needs. But when Vic puts their child in jeopardy, Lou’s forced to standup for himself and fight for his family.
He's played by Jonathan Langdon, who has appeared in various TV/film productions such as Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents, and Sensitive Skin alongside Kim Cattrall. These days, he can be seen on the small screen in American Gods and But I’m Chris Jericho!
Ashley Romans plays Tabitha Hutter
Tabitha’s now an FBI agent and living a seemingly idyllic existence in Haverhill. Though Vic’s resurfacing throws Tabitha into turmoil, it gives her the chance to capture the one criminal who’s managed to elude her – Bing Partridge.
She's played by Ashley Romans, a recent graduate of Pace University's School of Performing Arts, who has also starred in the American version of Shameless.
Mattea Conforti plays Millie Manx
When the lights go out in Christmasland, Millie - the daughter of Charlie Manx - is faced with the frightening possibility of her own impermanence. She sets out on a harrowing journey to find a way out of her father’s inscape.
Millie is played by Mattea Conforti, who has appeared on Broadway, TV and film. She's starred as Elisa Marie on the hit Starz series Power, as well as Gotham and The Good Cop.
NOS4A2 season 2 starts Tuesday, July 7 at 9pm, exclusively on AMC (BT TV channel 332/381 HD).