Meet the cast of A Series of Unfortunate Events

Everything you need to know about the cast and characters of Netflix’s fiendish Lemony Snicket TV adaptation

Malina Weissman – Violet Baudelaire


Violet Baudelaire, aged 14, is the eldest of the three unfortunate siblings. She uses her smarts and penchant for inventing to help them get out of multiple sticky situations, most of them devised by Count Olaf. 


“I think the coolest thing about my character is that she’s always determined,” actress Malina Weissman says. “When she has an idea in her mind, she always wants to go out and fight for it.”

Where do I recognise her from?

Malina Weissman previously collaborated with executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld when he directed her in the family comedy film Nine Lives, which came out at the tail end of 2016. He already envisioned her as Violet during filming. 

Sonnenfeld says, “The whole time I was working with Malina on Nine Lives, I said, ‘Hey, have you read these Lemony Snicket books? You should read them.’”

“Malina is fantastic; she’s beautiful, smart, energetic. She has an urgency about her. She is Violet Baudelaire.”

She was also seen in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot in 2014.

Louis Hynes – Klaus Baudelaire


Klaus Baudelaire’s voracity for reading allows him to soak up useful information like a sponge. The 12-year-old’s memory is verging on the photographic, which acts as an invaluable Rolodex of the mind that that he can sift through when he’s trying to solve problems. He read most of the Baudelaires’ private library collection before it burnt down in the fire and cites Herman Melville as one of his favourite authors.

“Klaus is fairly introverted,” actor Louis Hynes says. “At the same time, he’s a big reader, which is his kind of defining quality.”

Where do I recognise him from?

The British actor’s career took off last year in a television series about the Roman Empire – Barbarians Rising.

Presley Smith – Sunny Baudelaire


Infant Sunny is remarkably intelligent for her young age. Her sizeable, razor-sharp teeth are a great asset in helping her and her siblings’ ongoing plight.

Where do I recognise her from?

This appears to be Presley Smith’s breakout role!


“Sometimes Presley will be a computer graphic, sometimes we’ll replace just her head,” Sonnenfeld says. “Often, we’ve got Presley doing amazing things.”