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Meet the cast of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Who's starring in the true crime drama? And what did the characters really look like? Here's everything you need to know

Published: Wednesday, 28th March 2018 at 5:30 pm

Max Greenfield plays Ronnie Holston

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Ronnie was a friend of Cunanan in Miami, one who allegedly used to set up him with wealthy older men. Despite Cunanan’s apparent crime links, Holston didn’t believe that he was capable of serious wrongdoing or violence.

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Who is Max Greenfield?

Schmidt from New Girl. And as well as playing Zoey Deschanel's weird and wonderful flatmate, Greenfield has also starred in The Big Short, About Alex, Veronica Mars and Ugly Betty.


Dascha Polanco plays Detective Lori Wieder

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actress Dascha Polanco attends the "Orange is the New Black" Season Five Debut Screening And Conversation at 92nd Street Y on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)

According to the book the series is based on, Maureen Orth’s Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in the US History, Wielder was one of the two openly gay members of the police during the manhunt for Andrew Cunanan.

Who is Dascha Polanco?

Fan of Orange Is the New Black? Then you’ll probably recognise Polanco as Dayanara "Daya" Diaz. She’s also starred in films The Cobbler and Joy.


Will Chase plays Detective Paul Scrimshaw

ABC's "Time After Time" - Season One

Scrimshaw is the detective that led the investigation into Versace's murder.

Who is Will Chase?

The actor and singer has starred as country superstar Luke Wheeler in US drama Nashville, but you might know him best as Neil Hargrove from Stranger Things (Max’s stepfather and Billy’s dad).


Jay R Ferguson plays FBI Agent Keith Evans

Jay R. Ferguson

Special agent Evans was the FBI’s man in Miami tasked with bringing in Cunanan.

Who is Jay R Ferguson?

Ferguson has enjoyed roles in Mad Men (as Stan Rizzo) and Twin Peaks (Special Agent Randall Headley).

Giovanni Cirfiera plays Santo Versace

Giovanni Cirfiera as Santo Versace in American Crime Story (Getty, BBC, TL)
Giovanni Cirfiera (L) and the real Santo Versace in 1998 (R) (Getty, BBC, TL)

Like Donatella, Santo worked close with brother Gianni, primarily taking care of the accountancy side of the business.

Who is Giovanni Cirfiera?

While the Italian actor has starred in several TV shows in his own country, he’s a relative newcomer to English-speaking projects.


Finn Wittrock plays Jeff Trail

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 08: Finn Wittrock attends the Los Angeles Premiere "The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" at ArcLight Hollywood on January 8, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic) Getty, TL

Trail, a former navy officer was a close friend to Andrew Cunanan – and his first victim. It’s not exactly known if the two were romantically involved, but we do know at some point Trail became afraid of Cunanan and brought a handgun – the one that would eventually kill Versace – to protect himself.

Who is Finn Wittrock?

The Big Short, La La Land, American Horror Story, Noah: there’s plenty of big US projects that Wittrock has starred in.


Cody Fern plays David Madson

Premiere Of FX's "The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" - Arrivals

Madson was another of Cunanan’s victims. He met Cunanan in a nightclub in 1995 and the two started a relationship together. However, the next year Madson started to distance himself from his partner after warnings from friends.

Who is Cody Fern?

Fern is a relative newcomer to screen, but he has already secured a role in season eight of Netflix political drama House of Cards. He also had a brief role in Torchwood: Miracle Day as a flight attendant.


Annaleigh Ashford plays Elizabeth Cote

Annaleigh Ashford plays Elizabeth Cote in American Crime Story BBC, TL

Elizabeth is one of Cunanan’s close childhood friends. She was apparently unaware of his killing spree.

Who is Annaleigh Ashford?

Ashford’s biggest roles have been on stage, but she also enjoyed a notable part in Masters of Sex as lead Betty DiMello.

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American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace is on 9pm Wednesdays, BBC2

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