Meet the cast of Only Murders in the Building – including all cameos
The hit series is back and more star-studded than ever before. *WARNING: Spoilers for seasons 1 and 2*
Only Murders in the Building has gone from strength-to-strength since its 2021 debut, with the latest episodes boasting yet more enormous additions to the A-list cast.
Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short join forces with millennial favourite Selena Gomez for the murder-mystery series, which never hesitates to poke fun at their generational divide.
Previous seasons have featured some major cameos and guest stars, but none more exciting than what season 3 has in store as Hollywood legends Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep make their debut.
The latter is a particularly big get, with Streep taking relatively few small screen roles over the years, instead focusing her efforts on a supremely impressive film career.
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Steve Martin plays Charles-Haden Savage
Who is Charles-Haden Savage? Charles is an out-of-work actor whose heyday in the '90s was defined by cheesy detective drama Brazzos, where he played the title role. He lives in a fancy New York City apartment building named The Arconia, which is also home to theatre director Oliver Putnam and snappy millennial Mabel Mora.
They form an unlikely friendship in the first season as they uncover who killed Tim Kono, another resident of the building and a childhood friend of Mabel's. However, in the season 1 finale, another murder is committed for which the trio was framed, forcing them to work together once more in order to clear their name.
In season 3, they hope to have left their crime-solving duties behind them, but a shocking death on the opening night of Oliver's comeback play will have them putting on their detective caps once more.
What else has Steve Martin been in? Steve Martin is one of the biggest names in American comedy. His career began in the 1960s, when he primarily worked in stand-up and sketch comedy. Film roles soon followed, with some of his most well-known projects being Three Amigos, Little Shop of Horrors, Parenthood, Father of the Bride, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. He has collaborated with Martin Short on several occasions.
Martin Short plays Oliver Putnam
Who is Oliver Putnam? Oliver is a theatre director who has struggled to get work for many years following his disastrous production of Splash! The Musical, based on the 1984 film starring Tom Hanks. It was a critical and commercial flop which caused him to be laughed out of the industry.
Struggling to make ends meet, he jumps at the chance to launch a true crime podcast with longtime friend Charles-Haden Savage, which unexpectedly becomes hugely popular after going viral online. He successfully disproves murder allegations that are later levelled against him and is given the opportunity to prove himself with a brand new Broadway show.
However, his career risks annihilation once more, when the prolific star of the production is seemingly murdered on opening night.
What else has Martin Short been in? Short has worked with Steve Martin on several prior occasions, with shared projects including Threee Amigos, The Prince of Egypt, Father of the Bride and its sequel, as well as Netflix special An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. His other films include Captain Ron, Mars Attacks! and Treasure Planet, while he has made memorable guest appearances on television comedies Arrested Development, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Morning Show.
Selena Gomez plays Mabel Mora
Who is Mabel Mora? Mabel is a young woman with a troubled past who moves into The Arconia shortly before the first murder is committed in the building. We later learn that the victim, Tim Kono, was a childhood friend of hers who had become estranged after a traumatic incident in their formative years.
After uncovering the murderer, with help from Charles and Oliver, Mabel returned to her apartment to find the body of Arconia board president Bunny. She later discovers she had been framed by a disgruntled employee of rival podcaster Cinda Canning, allowing herself and unlikely friends Charles and Oliver to resume their lives.
However, Mabel has developed a thirst for crime-solving and jumps at the chance to crack another case.
What else has Selena Gomez been in? Gomez shot to fame via the Disney Channel, where she starred in popular children's programme Wizards of Waverly Place before launching a successful pop music career. Besides Only Murders, her other recent acting work includes Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die and Woody Allen's A Rainy Day in New York, while she has also taken voice roles in Robert Downey Jr's Dolittle reboot and the Hotel Transylvania franchise. Gomez also hosts a cooking show on HBO Max titled Selena + Chef.
Paul Rudd plays Ben Glenroy
Who is Ben Glenroy? Ben is a world-famous actor, known for starring in a series of blockbuster films. In a bid to gain some artistic credibility, he joins the cast of Oliver Putnam's much-anticipated comeback play. However, this decision proves fateful as he drops dead on opening night – seemingly poisoned by someone involved in the production.
What else has Paul Rudd been in? Rudd rose to fame in a string of US comedies, including Clueless, Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. He transitioned to blockbusters with 2015 Marvel flick Ant-Man, which spawned two sequels and led to supporting roles in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. His recent credits include Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and The Shrink Next Door.
Meryl Streep plays Loretta Durkin
Who is Loretta Durkin? Loretta is an actor who has been stuck playing tiny, unnoticed roles for her entire career. That is, until Oliver Putnam finally offers her a big break by casting her in a leading role in his new Broadway show. Her initial elation dissipates amid friction with other members of the cast – but is she capable of murder?
What else has Meryl Streep been in? Streep is one of the most celebrated and prolific actors in Hollywood history, with 21 Oscar nominations (and three wins) to her name. Her most famous work includes The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie's Choice, Death Becomes Her, The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia!. More recently, she has appeared in Netflix original films The Laundromat, The Prom and Don't Look Up, while she also had a supporting role in Big Little Lies season 2.
Jesse Williams plays Tobert
Who is Tobert? Tobert is a documentary filmmaker who takes an interest in Ben Glenroy's murder, working closely with Mabel Mora to unravel the truth.
What else has Jesse Williams been in? Williams is best known for playing Dr Jackson Avery on medical drama Grey's Anatomy, which he recently quit after 14 years in the role. Viewers may also recognise him from cult favourite horror flick The Cabin in the Woods and 2013 period drama The Butler.
Ashley Park plays Kimber
Who is Kimber? Kimber is a young, stylish actor in Oliver's play, whose career is on the up-and-up. She is described as "TikTok obsessed" and her knowledge of current trends proves intimidating to misfit Mabel.
What else has Ashley Park been in? Park is having a banner year, which has included the lead role in acclaimed comedy feature Joy Ride and a supporting role in gripping Netflix miniseries Beef. She is also known for playing Mindy Chen in Emily in Paris and Ashley in Girls5eva.
Michael Cyril Creighton plays Howard Morris
Who is Howard Morris? Another resident of The Arconia, Howard is a fussy and relatively antisocial man whose closest relationship is with his cat. However, we may see a different side of him in season 3, when he becomes an employee of Oliver's Broadway show.
What else has Michael Cyril Creighton been in? Creighton has guest starred in a number of major television shows recently including The Good Fight, Billions, AJ and the Queen and Dexter: New Blood. He has also appeared in acclaimed drama films Spotlight and Can You Ever Forgive Me?.
Da'Vine Joy Randolph plays Detective Williams
Who is Detective Williams? Williams is a detective for the NYPD who first crossed paths with the Only Murders trio while investigating the death of Tim Kono. She warns them not to meddle in an active investigation, but is left frustrated when they do exactly that. Eventually, she becomes a reluctant ally.
What else has Da'Vine Joy Randolph been in? Randolph's career is going from strength-to-strength, with television work on This Is Us, Empire and The Last OG leading to key roles in recent features such as Dolemite Is My Name, The United States vs Billie Holiday and The Lost City.
Tina Fey plays Cinda Canning
Who is Cinda Canning? Cinda is the biggest name in true crime podcasts. She has had a string of hits in the genre and aims to hold onto her position as the reigning champion. For that reason, Cinda is troubled by the surprise success of Only Murders in the Building and sets about making a new show that should soil the reputation of Charles, Oliver and Mabel for good. Her effort fails and her own reputation is very nearly soiled when assistant Poppy is revealed to be a killer.
What else has Tina Fey been in? Fey is one of the biggest success stories to come out of Saturday Night Live, having forged an impressive career both in front of and behind the camera. She is perhaps best known for leading the cast of US sitcom 30 Rock, which ran for seven seasons in total, while her film projects include Mean Girls, Date Night, Muppets Most Wanted and Pixar's Soul. She also co-created and guest starred in Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Jackie Hoffman plays Uma Heller
Who is Uma Heller? Uma is another resident of The Arconia who has no fondness for the Only Murders in the Building trio, disapproving of the chaos they have brought to their otherwise luxurious home.
Jane Lynch plays Sazz Pataki
Who is Sazz Pataki? Sazz was Charles's stunt double on the detective drama Brazzos and remains a friend, popping by every season to offer some thoughts on what the trio are investigating.
What else has Jane Lynch been in? Lynch shot to international stardom in the cast of Ryan Murphy's Glee, where she played cold and cynical gym coach Sue Sylvester. Her other credits are primarily comedy films and TV shows, including Role Models, Paul, Wreck-It Ralph, Arrested Development and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
Matthew Broderick plays unknown
Who is Matthew Broderick playing? It's unknown yet who Matthew Broderick is playing in Only Murders in the Building season 3, but he does make a fleeting appearance in the latest trailer.
What else has Matthew Broderick been in? The actor remains best known for his 1980s and '90s projects, including Ferris Bueller's Day Off, WarGames, The Cable Guy and The Lion King. More recently, he has appeared in Jennifer Lawrence comedy No Hard Feelings and FX comedy-drama Better Things.
Nathan Lane plays Teddy Dimas (seasons 1-2)
Who is Teddy Dimas? Teddy is an old friend of Oliver's, who financially supported – and ultimately lost a lot of money on – his ill-fated production Splash! The Musical. In the first season, he is considered a suspect in the death of Tim Kono but is later found innocent, although the gang does discover his involvement in black market jewellery trade.
What else has Nathan Lane been in? Lane earned critical praise for his role in acclaimed factual miniseries The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, where he portrayed defence attorney F Lee Bailey. His other television projects include legal drama The Good Wife and sitcom Modern Family, while he currently stars in Julian Fellowes's period drama The Gilded Age.
Cara Delevingne plays Alice (season 2)
Who is Alice? Alice is a charismatic artist and curator who discovers Mabel off the back of her podcast success. Impressed by her mural of the eccentric Arconia residents, Alice invites her to work on more projects at the studio – and it isn't long before sparks fly between them.
What else has Cara Delevingne been in? Delevingne rose to fame as a model, but later transitioned into acting with romantic drama Paper Towns, superhero blockbuster Suicide Squad and sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. She also starred opposite Orlando Bloom in Amazon Prime Video fantasy series Carnival Row.
Amy Schumer plays Herself (season 2)
Who is Amy Schumer? Just as in real life, Amy Schumer is a prolific comedian based in New York City. She moves into The Arconia at the start of season 2, taking the apartment previously rented by rock star Sting.
What else has Amy Schumer been in? Schumer began her career in stand-up, with her breakout screen appearance being a successful run on NBC reality competition Last Comic Standing. Several years later, she launched her own sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, which gained her further recognition and led to film projects like Trainwreck, Snatched and I Feel Pretty.
Jayne Houdyshell plays Bunny (seasons 1-2)
Who is Bunny? Bunny was the former board president of The Arconia, who attempted to evict Charles, Oliver and Mabel towards the end of season one for the trouble they caused during their amateur investigation. However, she gave them a second chance in the building after they successfully exposed who killed Tim Kono. Unfortunately, Bunny herself was found dead shortly after, with the killer making a clear effort to frame the Only Murders trio for the crime.
What else has Jayne Houdyshell been in? Houdyshell's television credits include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, American Odyssey and The Good Fight, while on the big screen she has appeared in awards contenders Garden State, Downsizing and Little Women.
Amy Ryan plays Jan Bellows (seasons 1-2)
Who is Jan? Jan is a professional bassoonist and Charles' love interest in the first season. However, towards the finale, it is revealed that she is the murderer they have spent so long looking for. She had been having a secret fling with the victim, Tim Kono, but killed him when she wrongly suspected that he was planning to leave her.
What else has Amy Ryan been in? Ryan earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the Ben Affleck-directed thriller Gone Baby Gone, which led to further acclaim in Angelina Jolie's Changeling and Michael Keaton's Birdman. On the small screen, she has appeared in legendary HBO crime drama The Wire and comedy favourite The Office (US).
Sting plays Himself (season 1)
Who is Sting? Just as in real-life, Sting is a musician, known for being a member of rock band The Police as well as for having a massively successful solo career.
What else has Sting been in? Sting is primarily a musician and so acts relatively infrequently. However, he has taken roles in David Lynch's Dune and Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, in addition to cameos as himself in Ally McBeal, The Vicar of Dibley and Zoolander 2, among others.
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