The Walking Dead cast in real life

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The Walking Dead is a current hit television show that has been running for the past 8 seasons since 2010. It is a post apocalyptic serial drama series that is borderline horror. It plays on AMC on Sunday nights every week to its fifteen million viewers’ delight. The Walking Dead is based on a comic book series with the same name which was created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The Walking Dead has one of the largest range of viewers due to the varying ages of the characters themselves. AMC came out saying that the viewers of The Walking Dead range between the ages of 18 and 49.

The Walking Dead has become so popular that a spin off sereis was created called Fear of the Walking Dead. The Walking Dead is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for many awards namely the Writers Guild of America Award for New Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama.


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The Walking Dead tells the story of a few states containing the only humans left standing after an outbreak that has turned most of humanity into zombies, which the television show calls walkers. The walkers can turn any human into a walker by biting them. The remaining humans live in fear and are divided into groups who try to protect themselves. Each group runs a society of their own with ranks and leaders. They assign jobs to the people of the group based on their skillset. However most of the survivors are more dangerous than the walkers themselves. There are rebellions, conniving plans and drama between the characters. The survivors kill each other and further their own agendas despite the outside threat of the walkers closing in.

In this dangerous world there is also love and relationships. Since the apocalypse killed many family members, the survivors  seek to find new love and happiness with people in their group. The survivors learn to adopt to the post apocalyptic world and regain strength in order to protect themselves from the walkers.

The characters are known to be covered in blood and dirt in this series, which makes its viewers curious how these famous actors look in real life. In the Walking Dead they are struggling to survive, usually carrying fire arms and aren’t exactly their red carpet selves. That is why we decided to show how well these actors clean up after the screening ends.

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Laurie Holden as Andrea Harrison

Andrea Harrison was a civil rights lawyer before the outbreak but now has to learn how to use a gun and protect herself in a way that she never thought possible. Andrea is very talented with firearms and practices at the Greene Family Farm. She later gets involved with Philip Blake, more popularly known as The Governor. She is a strong and brave character while remaining cautious of trouble. She later becomes suicidal and tries to kill the Governor but fails leading to her demise.

Laurie Holden – in real life

Heather Laurie Holden is an American-Canadian actress who graduated from McGill University in political science and economics. Once she started a modeling career she transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles where she received a degree in theater and film. Heather went on to Columbia university and received a master’s degree in human rights. Heather not only acts but has been the executive producer in many films. Heather also acts on stage in many acclaimed plays including The Winer’s Tale and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuels

Lizzie Samuels is the daughter of Ryan Samuels but when her father tragically dies she turns to Carol Peletier to fill the role of a parent. The apocalypse happened when she was only 12 years old, turning her into a very disturbed child who cannot comprehend the new version of the world around her. She tortures animals and lashes out at the others. She is a very dark and is obsessed with the walkers. She cannot understand  that they are not human beings anymore.

Brighton Sharbino – in real life

Brighton Rose Sharbino may only be 19 years-old but she started acting as a very young girl. She has appeared on many television series and movies despite her age. She has been featured in Friday Night Lights, Hannah Montana, NCIS, True Detective, Once Upon a Time and Prime Suspect. Although she has not received any main roles yet, she is an up and coming actress who has a lot of experience for her age. She has also acted many shorts and films in supporting roles.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes

Rick Grimes is a former deputy sheriff who was hospitalized and woke up from his coma to find the world in the midst of an apocalypse. Andrew becomes the leader of the Alexandria Safe-Zone and then the other Co-Leader of The Militia. The apocalypse changes Rick’s nature. He was once a kind and moral father, but the war has hardened him. He is now dark and ruthless. Despite this, Rick is a devout leader and would protect any member of his group with his own life if need be.

Andrew Lincoln – in real life

Andrew Lincoln is a British actor that first made it big in Love Actually back in 2003. He was first introduced to world of acting in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the UK. Lincoln is currently happily married to Anderson. Lincoln previously acted in the UK drama television series This Life in 1996 as well as Teachers in 2001. Andrew currently has two children, a boy named Arther and a girl names Matilda. Andrew is very close friends with his fellow costar from The Walking Dead Norman Reedus.

Danai Gurira as Michonne

Michonne lost her family in the apocalypse. Initially she does not trust anyone and forced to be a ruthless survivor. She rather be alone and does not like to talk about her past. Since she has lost her own family she will never be whole again. However after meeting Rick Grimes and his group, she slowly begins to trust the others. She eventually becomes Rick’s right hand woman which eventually leads to a romantic relationship with between them.

Danai Gurira – in real life

Danai Gurira isn’t just a talented actress but she is also a writer. She co-authored the play In the Continuum which was nominated for many awards and was played at the Goodman theatre in Chicago. Danai was born in Iowa while both of her parents are from Zimbabwe. She also wrote the Tony award winning play called Eclipsed. She is a feminist and tries to convey the strength of women both through her plays and through acting.

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes

Carl Grimes is Rick and Lori’s s child who is forced to learn to grow up faster than he should in order to survive the apocalypse. Carl is also hardened by his surroundings, he is willing to do anything to protect those that he cares about. Especially since there are so few of them left. He later befriends Enid and eventually becomes romantically involved with her. Carl should be in middle school but instead he is shot at and forced to live in the chaos that is the apocalypse, fighting to survive.

Chandler Riggs – in real life

Chandler Riggs is only 18 years old, yet he is already a rising television star. He is famously known for acting in the movies Get Low in 2009 , Terminus in 2011, Mercy in 2014 and Keep Watching in 2017. Riggs also acted in several television series such as Talking Dead and Robot Chicken. Chandler has won numerous awards despite his age including Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor and Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series.

Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler

Tara Chambler is a main character that was once a police academy student before the apocalypse hit. At the beginning of the show Tara works for Philip Blake, more commonly known as the governor. But she quickly switches sides once she meets Rick Grimes and his group. Soon after, Tara meets Denise Cloyd and becomes romantically involved with her. Tara may be tough and hard on the exterior but as her character progresses, the viewers realize she is actually honest, compassionate and a true friend.

Alanna Masterson – in real life

Alanna Masterson is famously known for her roles on Peach Plum Pear and Park it up. Masterson was promoted to be a series regular for the fifth season of the Walking Dead. She was also added to the main credits of the seventh season of the Walking dead. When she is not starring on the Walking Dead she can be found on the ABC set of Mistresses as a main actress. In 2015 Alanna and her boyfriend Brick Stowel gave birth to their first child named Marlow.

Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams

Sasha Williams was a firefighter before the outbreak which came in handy in the apocalypse. She worked as a council member of the prison until the prison comes to its ultimate downfall. Her lover Bob Stookey dies, thus leaving Shasha heartbroken and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Shasha is able to overcome this and becomes a Marksman for the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Sasha is extremely talented with a gun and she is a woman to be reckoned with.

Sonequa Martin-Green – in real life

Sonequa Martin-Green is an actress, producer and a writer known for her lead roles in Star Trek: Discovery and Toe to Toe. She is currently married to Kenric Green and they have one child together in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of University of Alabama’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Sonequa has also acted in other television series including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Army Wives, The Good Wife and Gossip Girl.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon is the groups main hunter who eventually becomes one of the most valuable members of Rick’s group. His expertise of hunting, navigation and tracking proves to be valuable to every group and council he served along the way. Daryl is the sole surviving member of his family but remains to be a level headed and selfless individual. Daryl is an honest and strong man with a strong intuition for who can be trusted and who cannot.

Norman Reedus – in real life

Norman Reedus started out in horror movies in the late 90s namely in the film Mimic and also in other smaller roles in movies like Six Ways to Sunday, Deuces Wild, Blade II, American Gangster, Hero Wanted and Moscow Chill. He finally landed a bigger part in the movie Antibodies in 2005. He is probably most famous for his role in the The Boondock Saints. Norman also starred in the television series Robot Chicken, Ride with Norman Reedus, American Dad!, Hawaii Five-0 and many others.

Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter

Eugene Porter is on the journey to to the Alexandria Safe-Zone with the couple Abraham Ford and Rosita Espinosa. However Alexandria did not appreciate Eugene’s intellect, they assigned him the role of Gatekeeper, so he left to join a different group called the Saviors, looking for a place that would value his work and all that he could contribute. He rose to become the Chief Engineer for the Sanctuary and later became The Savior group’s lieutenant. He may not be as brave as the rest but he is resourceful and intelligent.

Josh McDermitt – in real life

Josh McDermitt is both an actor and a comedian. He has been a contestant on the television show the Last Comic Standing and became a semi finalist. Most recently he has acted in television shows like the sitcom Retired at 35. He has also starred in a number of movies and television shows including Work It, Mad Men, Hell’s Kitchen, Twin Peaks and life in Color. Josh is also a member of the L.A Sketch and Improv group, Robert Downey Jr. Jr..

Emily Kinney as Beth Greene

Beth Greene was only 16 years old when the outbreak occurred, instead of attending high school like most girls her age she is forced to fight for her life time and again. At the beginning of the show Beth is introverted, soft spoken and a shy girl. The horrors around her are too much for Beth and she attempts to commit suicide. She has a change of heart last minute and gains a new will to live and to fight for her life.

Emily Kinney – in real life

Emily is a true triple threat, she is an actor a writer and a singer. She has acted in The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, The Big C, Arrow, Conviction, The Big C and in the movie Love on the Sidelines. She also acts on stage in the Spring Awakening and August: Osage County. Emily writes a blog for Unscripted Magazine about her experiences being a young actress in New York. She has also released quite a few hit singles including the song Rockstar.

Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes

Lori Grimes is a main character on the Walking Dead. She is married to the protagonist of the show, Rick Grimes. Lori was a teacher before the apocalypse in a classic suburban family with one son and one daughter. After the apocalypse she believed her husband Rick to be dead so she joined Shane Walsh on their journey to Atlanta in order to protect her son Carl from harms way. Lori and Shane begin a relationship on this journey but sadly Lori dies on screen.

Sarah Wayne Callies in real life

Sarah Wayne Callies is an incredibly famous actress best known for playing Sara Tancredi in Fox’s critically acclaimed Prison Break. She has also starred in television shows including Colony, The Long Road Home, House, Queens Supreme, Tarzan and many more. She has been nominated for many awards and continues to act to this day. Sarah met Josh Winterhalt at Dartmouth and married him in 2002. They have have two children together, a daughter Keala and and an adopted son named Oakes.

Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee

Glenn Rhee is the main supply runner for the he Atlanta Survivor Group unit he ultimately becomes the Supply Runner for the Alexandria Safe-Zone. He saved the life of Rick Grimes from the walkers crawling all over Atlanta. Glenn falls in love with Maggie Greene and marries her. Glenn would do anything to protect Maggie. Glenn was also very close with Maggie’s father Hershel and upon his death Glenn swears to take over his role of the conscience and hope of the group.

Steven Yeun – in real life

Steven Yeun is a multi faceted Korean-American actor. He is an actor, a singer and a voice over specialist for cartoons and video games. Steven was born in Seoul, south Korea and moved to Michigan where he was raised. He has acted in many television shows namely Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, Trollhunters, Voltron: Legendary Defender, American Dad! and he even made an appearance on The Big Bang Theory. Steven has won a awards for his acting including Best Actor in the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.

Madison Lintz as Sophia Peletier

Sophia Peletier is the daughter of Ed and Carol. Her mother and father protect Sophia and take her to Atlanta to safety. Sophia and Carl Grimes start an unlikely friendship which she soon needs since her father Ed tragically dies. Sophia is very shy and quiet but yet she manages to befriend the leader of the group Carl and Eliza. She was bitten on her shoulder by a walker and turned into a zombie herself which shocks all of The Walking Dead viewers.

Madison Lintz- in real life

Madison Lintz is a child actress who has also starred in the series Bosch. She has also starred on the critically acclaimed television show Nashville. Despite her age, Madison has been nominated for a few awards namely the Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress and Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress. Madison has been acting since the age of six and is currently working on the set of Tell Me Your Name.


Katelyn Nacon as Enid

Enid was with her parent when the outbreak hit. Enid witnessed the walkers devouring her parents in front of her while they were trying to jumpstart a car. The Alexandria Safe-Zone adopted her and took her off the streets after her parents died. She now lives on the Hilltop with Maggie Rhee. However it took five weeks for Enid to utter a single word after the incident, she was in shock from witnessing her parent’s gruesome death. Her current boy friend is Carl Grimes who now takes care of her.

Katelyn Nacon – in real life

Katelyn has been passionate about acting since a young age. She preformed in musicals in her hometown and Metro Atlanta namely Annie, Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat and Hairspray. She landed her first big acting role on ABC’s Resurrection. She also appeared on an episode of Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks which went viral. Katelyn also stars on the The Walking Dead’s spinoff series calling the Talking Dead. She currently is starring on the television show called T@gged since 2016.

Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis

Jadis is the leader of The Scavengers and is the Antagonist in the more recent seasons of The Walking Dead. Jadis may be a cleaver, cunning and strong leader who takes care of her group and keeps them safe but you do not want to get on her bad side. She is a very cold, dark and greedy person who shows no loyalty to Rick when they make a pact to help him fight the Saviors. She quickly switches sides to help the Saviors instead when they make her a better offer.

Pollyanna McIntosh – in real life

Pollyanna McIntosh can do it all. She’s a Scottish actress, a writer and even a director. She is famously known for acting in the movies Exam, The Woman, Filth, Let us pray and many more. She is currently filming the movie Native. She also starred in the television series M.I High and Hap and Leonard. Pollyanna is also pursuing a career in fashion if that wasn’t enough for you she also worked in the sound department on the movie The Woman as a foley artist. What can’t this woman do.

Dahlia Legault as Francine

Francine lived in Alexandria before the outbreak so naturally she joined the Alexandria Safe Zone. She was appointed to be a construction worker in the Safe Zone. She also became a Member of The Militia. She was shooting against a group of people from the Saviors and one of the Saviors shot her in the chest. Francine died on screen in the 8th season. The Militia destroy her brain so that she will not be able to be turned into a walker.

Dahlia Legault- in real life

Dahlia Legault is a Canadian American actress. She started out by playing on stages of plays throughout the east coast. Once she decided to shift her focus to the film industry she received the role of Francine on The Walking Dead. She also starred on the television show called Containment in 2016 playing the role of Nancy. Dahlia also has a bachelors degree in theatre productions which led to her career in professional repertory theaters.

Mandi Christine Kerr as Barbara

Barbara is a survivor of the outbreak and lives in the Alexandria Safe-Zone with her two children. She is the mother of one son and one daughter. Barbara is a tough woman who has killed numerous zombies. She saw Rick by himself in the streets attacking the walkers and despite having two children to think of, she selflessly went out to help Rick battle off the walkers. Barbara is a sweet mother who also babysits Rick’s children especially when he goes off to battle.

Mandi Christine Kerr – in real life

Mandi Christine Kerr is not only an actress but she is also a talented director. She also starred in Rectify in 2013 and Satisfaction in 2014. She directed the short called Sarah’s friend and also preformed the role of the casting director. She featured in other television series as a supporting actress like The Vampire Diaries, Uncanny X-Men, Two Naked Men Making a Sandwich , Necessary Roughness, Between Friends, Uncommon l and Satisfaction. Mandi is married to Mathew Goodwin, the assistant director of the Walking Dead.

Sydney Park as Cyndie

Cyndie is from Washington D.C and makes her way to Oceanside community after the outbreak. her family survives the outbreak with her and they help build the Oceanside community together. The oceanside community decide to rebel against the Survivors after a conflict beaks out and Cyndie’s mother and brother along with numerous other residents are executed by the Survivors once the Oceanside community looses the battle. Cyndie only has her grandmother Natania left. The two of them move with the remaining survivors of Oceanside to Oceanside Cabin Motor Court.

Sydney Park – in real life

Sydney was famous and catching everyone’s eye from the very begining. She was the youngest comedian to preform on the stage of the famous Hollywood Improv. She auditioned for America’s got Talent which got her noticed and placed on her first television show, That’s So Raven. Since then she has starred in Entourage, The Hill, Strange Fruit, The Sarah Silverman Program., Hannah Montana, Spirit Riding Free and many more. She is currently working on the set of Instant Mom, The Walking Dead and Lifeline.

Elyse Dufour as Frankie

Frankie was a licensed massage therapist before the apocalypse in San Francisco, California. Tanya is a tough woman, she calls Eugene a coward to his face in front of others and even has killed quite a few walkers herself. Frankie is one of the remaining characters whoa re still alive after the outbreak and is married to her husband named Negan. But Frankie isn’t Negan’s only wife. No, he is also married to Sheery, Amber and quite a few more.

Elyse Dufour – in real life

Elyse Dufour is more than just a pretty face. She is not only an actress but she also is a composer! She widely known for her roles in The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow and Constantine. Elyse was also featured in Maxim magazine and was the Editors pick for the Beautify American Campaign and we support that decision. She is currently working on the movies Gift and the Night Sitter. Elyse also starred in the television series SiREN, RePlay, The Inspectors and Nashville.

Melissa Ponzio as Karen

Karen is a survivor of the Apocalypse, before the outbreak hit is was a teacher that lived near Woodbury. Karen is a friend of Rick’s, the protagonist of the show. Once in the prison she starts to display signs of the unknown disease and is therefore separated from the healthy people. She is later found dead. It turns out that she was stabbed in the head and they dragged to the courtyard by Carol. Carol confessed to Rick that she killed Karen out of fear of the infection spreading.

Melissa Ponzio – in real life

Melissa Ponzio is a famous television star who is best known for her role as a protective mother in Teen Wolf as Melissa McCall. She is also currently staring in Chicago Fire as Donna Robbins. Mellissa was also the star of Army Wives, Banshee as well as the much loved One Tree Hill and even Dawson’s Creek. This 45 year old gorgeous actress seems to appear on every hit television show since 1999 and we can’t wait to see whats next for Melissa.

Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa

Rosita plays a main role in The Walking Dead. She is on a journey to Washington with her boy friend Abraham Ford to find safety within the Alexandria Safe-Zone. She becomes a Medical Assistant at the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Rosita is a feisty, brave character who can survive anything that is thrown her way. She will not think twice about killing anything that poses a threat to herself or to any of her friends. However it seems that by falling in love with Abraham she learns to be more compassionate.

Christian Serratos – in real life

Christian Serratos was born and raised in California making her no stranger to the acting world from the very beginning. Christian’s career began as a Ford model and later landed her fist role as an actress on Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. She stuck to child television shows like Hannah Montana, Zoey 101 and even played a role in the cult classic, 7th heaven. She later made it to the big screen when she starred as role of Angela Weber in The Twilight Saga series.

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee

Maggie is a pivotal character and one of the survivors of the zombie apocalypse referred to as the walkers. Maggie is the eldest of her family and therefore is used to being a leader. It is no surprise that she becomes the leader of the Hilltop Colony as well as a co-leader of The Militia alongside Rick Grimes and Ezekiel. Maggie is a resilient character who is both tough, brave but also kind. It takes her time to acclimate to this new world, originally believing that the walkers were merely sick.

Lauren Cohan – in real life

Lauren was born in 1982 and grew up both in New Jersey and the United Kingdom. Lauren graduated from the University of Winchester with a degree in both drama and English. She is best known for starring in hit TV shows like The Vampire Diaries as well as Supernatural and Chuck. She also played in the movies Casanova, The Boy and Death Race 2. Lauren is not only a clever woman and talented famous actress but she was also ranked number 41 on Maxims Hot 100 list.

Alexandra Breckenridge as Jessie Anderson

Jessie Anderson worked as a hair stylist in order to support her family while her husband Pete was in medical school. Pete abused his wife and their two sons but Jessie was too afraid to run away out of fear. After the outbreak Jessie took her family to the Alexandria Safe-Zone and was assigned to be a pantry worker. Pete still abuses their children daily, which they hide from the rest of the community. She begins a relationship with Rick Grimes but it killed by the walkers.

Alexandra Breckenridge – in real life

Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge is an American actress and photographer who started her career as a teen actress. She played in supporting acting roles in the blockbuster movies namely Big Fat Liar and She’s the Man. She currently plays many different voice roles in the television shows Family Guy and American Dad!. She also starred in the television series This Is Us and American Horror Story. Alexandra is currently married to Casey Hooper who is a guitarist and they have one child names Jack. They recently announced that they’re expecting another.