Meet the cast of Frasier on Paramount Plus
Get to know the new, returning and original cast as the revival finally premieres.
Rumours of a Frasier reboot have been swirling for years, but now the new series has finally landed, launching Kelsey Grammer back onto our screens in his most famous role.
Things look a little different in the reboot, however, with Frasier Crane (Grammer) returning to Boston (the setting of Cheers) and taking on some brand new challenges.
While fans can expect plenty of familiar faces, the Frasier reboot also boasts a number of brands new additions to the cast, including Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses).
Read on for your full guide to the Frasier cast – new, returning and original can all be found here.
Frasier (2023): New and returning cast
Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
Who is Frasier Crane? Frasier is, of course, the titular character that the original comedy series is based around – and he's returning for the 2023 reboot. Throughout the 11 seasons, we followed the psychiatrist-turned-radio-show-host as he embarked on a new life in his hometown of Seattle.
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In this new series, he'll be starting a new chapter in Boston, where fans were first introduced to him on Cheers. There, he'll reunite with his son, Freddy, and a college friend named Alan, who has become a jaded and cynical academic.
Where have I seen Kelsey Grammer? While he gained fame from his role as Frasier Crane, he has also gone on to appear in sitcoms like 30 Rock, Modern Family and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as well as other TV series like Dr Death alongside Joshua Jackson.
Nicholas Lyndhurst as Alan Cornwall
Who is Alan Cornwall? Alan is a friend of Frasier Crane's from their college days, who is now a tenured professor at Harvard university. However, his secure employment status has made him lazy and disillusioned, with little interest in truly supporting or inspiring the students in his class.
The character's profile (via Variety) adds: "British, boozy and larger than life, Alan has an intellect on par with Frasier’s – if only he ever felt like using it. Alan’s mischievous streak might be just what Frasier could use to shake up his routine, while Frasier’s thoughtful guidance might help Alan find some of the direction he’s been missing in his own life.”
Where have I seen Nicholas Lyndhurst before? The English actor is most known for his role as Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, but this new role in Frasier marks a reunion for Grammer and Lyndhurst, who previously starred together in Man of La Mancha for the English National Opera.
Lyndhurst is also known for his roles in Goodnight Sweetheart, Going Straight, Rock & Chips and New Tricks. Speaking about Lyndhurst joining the new series to the BBC, Grammer said: "It suddenly occurred to me when we were putting the show together, we've never really seen Frasier in a relationship where he has a great friend ... This real friendship thing is something we've not seen Frasier in."
Jack Cutmore-Scott as Freddy
Who is Freddy? Freddy, also known as Frederick, is Frasier's son with ex-wife Lilith. He became estranged from his father after deciding to drop out of Harvard University and pursue a career in the fire service. Freddy does not share Frasier's passions in life, which makes it difficult for them to bond – mirroring the dynamic previously seen between Frasier and his own father, Martin.
Where have I seen Jack Cutmore-Scott? The English actor has starred in ABC drama Deception, plus Kingsman: The Secret Service and Hawaii Five-0. He has collaborated with superstar director Christopher Nolan on three occasions, taking supporting roles in Dunkirk, Tenet and Oppenheimer.
Anders Keith as David
Who is David? Niles and Daphne’s son and Frasier's nephew, David is an awkward college freshman with a penchant for off-kilter observations. Longtime fans will quickly recognise that Niles has passed on a lot of his mannerisms and fussy habits to David, with their tone of voice being nigh-on identical.
The character's synopsis adds: "David’s unearned confidence may confuse some, but Frasier has a fondness for his nephew’s earnest enthusiasm." The character was introduced in the finale of the original series when Daphne gave birth to a son. He is named after the series’s co-creator David Angell, who died in the September 11 attacks.
Where have I seen Anders Keith? The young actor is making his professional Hollywood debut in Frasier, but has also appeared in short film Variations.
Toks Olagundoye plays Olivia
Who is Olivia? Olivia is the head of the psychology department at Harvard University, where she (unfortunately) is forced to work alongside Alan Cornwall. She has great disdain for the tenured professor, disapproving of his lackadaisical attitude towards work, but has hope that Frasier could whip him into shape.
What else has Toks Olagundoye been in? Olagundoye has appeared in a number of popular US shows, including Castle, Veep, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Rookie.
Jess Salgueiro as Eve
Who is Eve? Eve is Freddy's roommate, an aspiring actor currently waiting tables in a local bar. She's a kind-hearted soul who has the wits to speak sense to both Freddy and his father, which might just hold the key to helping them reconcile after years spent apart. She also has an emotional history of her own.
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
Who is Roz Doyle? The producer of Frasier's radio show, Roz is a straight-talking woman who was never afraid to put Frasier in his place. However, there was a firm friendship underpinning their banter and pranks.
In the middle of the 11th season, Roz became pregnant with daughter Alice and the show explored some of the challenges she faces as a single mother.
She is confirmed to be returning in a guest capacity for this reboot, so we'll soon know more about where she is now.
Where have I seen Peri Gilpin? Gilpin has starred in various TV shows like Broad City, Modern Family, Kevin Can F**k Himself and Station 19.
Bebe Neuwirth plays Lilith Sternin
Who is Lilith Sternin? Lilith is Frasier's ex-wife, with whom he has one child – Freddy. Their marriage ended after she had an affair, with relations between them remaining frosty ever since. She is also a psychiatrist and a highly intelligent one too, although her social skills have been called into question before as she can sometimes appear cold or distant.
In season 5 of the original series, Lilith and Niles – Frasier's brother – slept together, which only created more awkwardness around her periodic visits. She'll be dropping by once again in the revival season, it has been confirmed.
What else has Bebe Neuwirth been in? Neuwirth is currently working again with Frasier co-star David Hyde Pierce (Niles) on the HBO Max original Julia, which stars Sarah Lancashire as pioneering TV chef Julia Child. Her other credits include The Good Wife and its spin-off The Good Fight, plus Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods and The Flight Attendant.
Frasier original cast: Full list of actors and characters in comedy series
- Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
- David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane
- John Mahoney as Martin Crane
- Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon
- Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
- Dan Butler as Bob 'Bulldog' Briscoe
- Harriet Sansom Harris as Bebe Glazer
- Tom McGowan as Kenny Daly
- Marsha Mason as Sherry Dempsey
- Edward Hibbert as Gil Chesterton
- Patrick Kerr as Noel Shempsky
- Millicent Martin as Gertrude Moon
- Brian Klugman as Kirby Gardner
- Felicity Huffman as Julia Wilcox
Read on for more information on the original cast and who they play.
David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane
Who is Niles Crane? Niles is Frasier's younger brother and a fellow psychiatrist, but is cold-hearted and more arrogant than his older brother. He's also father to David, who stars in the new 2023 series.
However, the character will not be returning, with Grammer revealing to People magazine that “David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance of Niles”.
Where have I seen David Hyde Pierce? While Pierce starred as Niles from 1993 to 2004, he has also gone on to star in The Good Wife and most recently alongside Sarah Lancashire in HBO's Julia.
John Mahoney as Martin Crane
Who is Martin Crane? Martin is Frasier and Niles's father, who Frasier reconnects with when he moves back to Seattle. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal.
Where have I seen John Mahoney? Mahoney passed away in 2018 aged 77 after battling throat cancer, but had a long career starring in films such as In The Line of Fire and TV shows like ER, Foyle's War and Cheers.
Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon
Who is Daphne Moon? Daphne was Martin's live-in caregiver. Working class and eccentric, Moon was characterised as an English immigrant from Manchester who had psychic abilities and had Niles falling for her in the early seasons.
Where have I seen Jane Leeves? Leeves has had a variety of roles in Hot in Cleveland, The Meaning of Life, James and the Giant Peach and The Resident.
Dan Butler as Bob 'Bulldog' Briscoe
Who is Bob 'Bulldog' Briscoe? The often-times misogynistic host of Bob 'Bulldog' Briscoe and the Gonzo Sports Show, the radio show that would come after Frasier's.
Where have I seen Dan Butler? Butler is most known for voicing the character of Mr Simmons on Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold, but has also starred in Elementary, Blue Bloods and Blonde.
Harriet Sansom Harris as Bebe Glazer
Who is Bebe Glazer? Frasier's flirtatious and duplicitous agent, Glazer is described by Niles as "Lady Macbeth without the sincerity" in the series, hinting at the fact that she will use any method to get her or her clients the best deal.
Tom McGowan as Kenny Daly
Who is Kenny Daly? Frasier's station manager at KACL who appeared in 42 episodes.
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