Fans have loved getting to know the residents of quaint Northern California town Virgin River over the past few years, with more compelling human drama in store for the latest run of special holiday episodes.


Season 5 has been split into two parts, with two further holiday-themed entries arriving on Netflix this week on Thursday 30th November.

Many fans were most excited to learn more about who the father of Charmaine's babies could be, after it was revealed she had been lying to Jack all along.

Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith said (via Entertainment Weekly): "In season 5, it's such a great mystery. That's what was so interesting when I watched it, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe it.'

"And I was like, 'Well, what do I do with that? What's the best way to use that big twist?' But then also do what the show does so well, which is carry mysteries for multiple seasons and questions and keep the audience guessing.

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"So, I can't say it will be in [season] 5, and I can't say it won't. But it's definitely something that I would rather hold off on and not waste. Because it's that good."

Read on for everything you need to know about the Virgin River cast on Netflix – but be warned, some spoilers follow for seasons 1-4.

Who's in the cast of Virgin River season 5?

Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady standing on a work site, talking to each other
Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan and Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady in Virgin River.

Virgin River season 4 cast members are as follows:

  • Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda "Mel" Monroe
  • Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan
  • Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea
  • Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins
  • Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady
  • Zibby Allen as Brie
  • Colin Lawrence as Preacher
  • Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts
  • Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey as Ricky
  • Kai Bradbury as Denny Cutler
  • Mark Ghanimé as Dr. Cameron Hayek
  • Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie
  • Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen
  • Nicola Cavendish as Connie
  • Keith MacKechnie as Nick
  • Tosca Baggoo as Dr Freeman
  • Teryl Rothery as Muriel
  • Lucia Walters as Julia
  • David Cubitt as Calvin
  • Marco Grazzini as Mike
  • Stacey Farber as Tara
  • Patrick Sabongui as Todd
  • Markian Tarasiuk as Parker
  • Chad Riley as Sgt Gomez
  • Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes
  • Lexa Doig as Paige Lassiter

Read on for everything you need to know about the stars and who they portray...

Alexandra Breckenridge plays Melinda 'Mel' Monroe

Alexandra Breckenridge plays Melinda 'Mel' Monroe with her hand on her cheek, smiling
Alexandra Breckenridge plays Melinda 'Mel' Monroe. Netflix

Who is Melinda 'Mel' Monroe? Melinda is a nurse and midwife who moves to the remote town of Virgin River, California, for a fresh start away from her painful memories. She has since become romantically involved with local man Jack Sheridan, with the two now expecting their first baby together.

What else has Alexandra Breckenridge been in? Breckenridge has appeared in two seasons of American Horror Story, portrayed Jessie Anderson in The Walking Dead and, most recently, had a main role in the smash-hit US drama This Is Us.

Lauren Hammersley plays Charmaine Roberts

Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine in Virgin River lying in a bed talking
Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine in Virgin River. Netflix

Who is Charmaine Roberts? Charmaine is a local from Virgin River, who previously had a 'friends with benefits' arrangement with Jack. She became pregnant with twins at around this time and told Jack that they were his – but a bombshell twist in the season 4 finale exposed this as a lie. The true father is yet to be revealed.

What else has Lauren Hammersley been in? Hammersley had a recurring role in the Canadian sitcom Mr D and also played Adele in the sci-fi drama Orphan Black.

Martin Henderson plays Jack Sheridan

Martin Henderson plays Jack Sheridan wearing a denim shirt, smirking
Martin Henderson plays Jack Sheridan. Netflix

Who is Jack Sheridan? Jack Sheridan is a former US marine who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the military. These days, he spends his time managing the local bar in Virgin River. He recently became engaged to Melinda Monroe, although rumour has it their wedding will not be depicted in season 5, but saved for further down the line.

What else has Martin Henderson been in? Henderson had a main role in seasons 12-14 of the long-running US medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Annette O'Toole plays Hope McCrea

Annette O'Toole plays Hope McCrea wearing a brown jacket, smiling
Annette O'Toole plays Hope McCrea. Netflix

Who is Hope McCrea? Hope is the mayor of Virgin River. In season 3, she was involved in a car accident that left her with a serious brain injury, although viewers will be pleased to hear that she is walking the long road to recovery.

Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith was optimistic about her season 5 arc (via EW): "We still want to feel like she's getting healthier and that she's progressing and starting to reclaim the parts of her life that we haven't seen in two seasons.

"She still is on the road to recovery. But we're going to start to see the Hope that we know and love a lot more in season 5."

What else has Annette O'Toole been in? Superman fans will be very familiar with Annette O'Toole as she played both Lana Lang in 1983's Superman III and Clark Kent's adoptive mother Martha in Smallville. She also had a main role in 1990's adaptation of Stephen King's IT and, more recently, appeared in the acclaimed drama series Halt and Catch Fire.

Tim Matheson plays Vernon 'Doc' Mullins

Doc Virgin River

Who is Vernon 'Doc' Mullins? As his nickname suggests, Vernon is the local medical doctor in Virgin River.

What else has Tim Matheson been in? Tim Matheson has been acting since the 1960s and in that time has appeared in the likes of Animal House, Fletch, White Collar, Entourage and The Affair.

Benjamin Hollingsworth plays Dan Brady

Brady Virgin River

Who is Dan Brady? Dan Brady is another veteran now living in Virgin River, but he's finding it difficult to readjust to normal life after his time in the service.

What else has Benjamin Hollingsworth been in? Hollingsworth had a main role on the medical drama Code Black, which ran for three seasons before ending in 2018.

Colin Lawrence plays John 'Preacher' Middleton

Virgin River

Who is John 'Preacher' Middleton? John is a close friend to Jack, having also served in the Marines, and now works as a chef at the bar he owns.

What else has Colin Lawrence been in? Lawrence will be known to Riverdale fans as Coach Clayton, while he also portrayed Janko on the fantasy series iZombie and Benjamin Abani on crime drama The Killing.

Grayson Gurnsey plays Ricky

Grayson Gurnsey plays Ricky wearing a stripy blue top, smiling
Grayson Gurnsey plays Ricky. Netflix

Who is Ricky? Ricky is a teenager who works at Jack's Bar, lives with his grandmother and hopes to join the Marines once he leaves school. In season two, he struck up a relationship with Connie's niece Lizzie. In the previous batch of episodes, he achieved his goal of joining the military and, as a result, will not feature in season 5.

Gurnsey explained (via "I'm not coming back for season 5, I don't think that means he's not coming back ever. I think these things will... depending on how they play out, he has this semi-important role in the books.

"It can really vary, but he needs to move out of the way so other plot lines can develop. At the pace the show has moved, he would be away for a little while, at least a season. So he won't be in season 5 but maybe season 6 or 7 - who knows?"

He added: "I'm always happy to come back."

What else has Grayson Gurnsey been in? Canadian actor Gurnsey has appeared in The Art of Racing in the Rain, iZombie, Van Helsing, Game On and medical drama Saints.

Sarah Dugdale plays Lizzie

Lizzie Virgin River

Who is Lizzie? Lizzie is Connie's niece, who is sent to Virgin River in season two by her parents after misbehaving at home in Los Angeles. Whilst staying with her aunt, she begins a romance with Ricky.

What else has Sarah Dugdale been in? Dugdale has appeared in Arrow, dark comedy Phil, Netflix's In the Shadow of the Moon and Mystery 101.

Mark Ghanimé plays Dr Cameron Hayek

Mark Ghanime in Virgin River

Who is Dr Cameron Hayek? Dr Cameron Hayek is the new doctor in Virgin River, who has been brought in to replace Doc. He also appears to take a liking to his new colleague Mel.

Where have I seen Mark Ghanimé before? Lebanese-Canadian actor Mark Ghanimé has appeared in shows like Helix, Reign, Supernatural, Smallville and Arrow. He has also taken on roles in 2015's The Age of Adaline as well as The Bold Type, Wynonna Earp, iZombie and Private Eyes.

Gwynyth Walsh plays Jo Ellen

Jo Allen

Who is Jo Ellen? Jo Ellen is a resident of Virgin River who has earned a reputation around town for being incredibly chatty.

Where have I seen Gwynyth Walsh before? Canadian actor Gwynyth Walsh is best known for starring as B'Etor in the Star Trek franchise and for her roles in Da Vinci's Inquest, NYPD Blue, American Horror Story, Van Helsing, The 100, and The Man in the High Castle.

Nicola Cavendish plays Connie

Connie Virgin River

Who is Connie? Connie is a friend of Hope's who runs Virgin River's general store and looks after her niece Lizzie while she temporarily lives with her. She's a bit of a busy body but ultimately has a good heart, helping with Paige's bakery truck while she's away.

What else has Nicola Cavendish been in? Cavendish has appeared in drama The Romeo Section, Sabrina the Animated Series, The L Word, Air Bud and The X Files.

Keith MacKechnie plays Nick

Keith MacKechnie as Nick in Virgin River

Who is Nick? Nick is Jack's father who pays a visit to Virgin River to see his children.

Where have I seen Keith MacKechnie before? Keith MacKechnie has appeared in The Twilight Zone, iZombie, Supernatural, Emily Owens MD, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Frost/Nixon, Desperate Housewives, Charmed, 7th Heaven, The West Wing and Ally McBeal.

Tosca Baggoo plays Dr Freeman

Tosca Baggoo as Dr Freeman

Who is Dr Freeman? Dr Freeman is the medical practitioner who treats Hope after her car accident.

Where have I seen Tosca Baggoo before? Tosca Baggoo has appeared in Supergirl, Darrow & Darrow, Arrow, The L Word, Stargate SG-1 and The X Files.

David Cubitt plays Calvin

Calvin Virgin River

Who is Calvin? Calvin is the leader of a local gang who runs an illegal marijuana farm on the edge of Virgin River.

Where have I seen David Cubitt before? Cubitt starred in supernatural drama Medium and has appeared in Bates Motel, Arrow, Ray Donovan, Van Helsing, Siren and The Good Doctor.

Lucia Walters plays Julia

Lucia Walters as Julia

Who is Julia? Julia is a head hunter who originally arrives in Virgin River to help Doc find his replacement at the medical practice but seems to share a romantic spark with Preacher.

Where have I seen Lucia Walters before? Lucia Walters, who is married to Preacher star Colin Lawrence in real life, is best known for starring as Dr Logan in Day of the Dead and Miranda in The 100. She has also appeared in Detective McLean, Supernatural, Legends of Tomorrow, Fifty Shades Darker, Hailey Dean Mystery, The L Word, Psych and Smallville.

Teryl Rothery plays Muriel

Teryl Rothery as Muriel in Virgin River

Who is Muriel? Muriel is an actress and a member of Virgin River's knitting group, who Hope takes a disliking to after she expresses a romantic interest in Doc.

Where have I seen Teryl Rothery before? Rothery has appeared in Supernatural, iZombie, The Killing, Bates Motel, The X-Files, Best in Show and Stargate SG-1.

Marco Grazzini plays Mike

Marco Grazzini as Mike

Who is Mike? Mike is Jack's policeman friend who led the investigation into his shooting.

Where have I seen Marco Grazzini before? Marco Grazzini is best known for playing Alejandro in Kim's Convenience and for his roles in Supernatural, The Murders, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Art of More, The Magicians, The Flash and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Zibby Allen plays Brie

Brie Virgin River

Who is Brie? Brie is Jack's sister who visits him in Virgin River after he's shot.

Where have I seen Zibby Allen before? Allen is best known for playing Nurse Zibby in Grey's Anatomy and for her roles in A.N.T. Farm, Bates Motel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Nancy Drew and The Good Doctor.

Stacey Farber plays Tara

Virgin River Tara

Who is Tara? Tara is the daughter of Lilly who comes to Virgin River to help her mother look after the new baby.

Where have I seen Stacey Farber before? Farber is best known for playing Ellie Nash in Degrassi: The Next Generation and for appearing in Life with Derek, Saving Hope, Schitt's Creek and Rookie Blue.

Kai Bradbury plays Denny

Kai Bradbury as Denny wearing a purple checkered shirt and grey t-shirt, smiling
Kai Bradbury plays Denny. Netflix

Who is Denny? Denny is a young man who turns up in Virgin River and reveals himself to be Doc's long-lost grandson. In season 4, he was revealed to be living with the degenerative condition Huntington's disease.

Showrunner Smith added: "What we get in season 5 is a much clearer picture of who Denny is and what he's going through, and the relationships that he forms as people in the town and people close to him in his life start to become a support system for it and create stronger bonds between them all."

Where have I seen Kai Bradbury before? Kai Bradbury has appeared in Fort Salem, The Boys, Warigami, Supernatural and The Man in the High Castle.

Patrick Sabongui plays Todd

Virgin River

Who is Todd? Todd is the new man in Charmaine's life.

Where have I seen Patrick Sabongui before? Sabongui is best known for starring as David Singh in The Flash, Chad in Firefly Lane and for appearing in Shameless, Get Shorty, Arrow, Homeland and Beyond.

Markian Tarasiuk plays Parker

Parker Virgin River

Who is Parker? Parker is a new teen in town who takes a liking to Lizzie.

Where have I seen Markian Tarasiuk before? Tarasiuk has appeared in The Magicians, Shut Eye, iZombie, Supernatural and TV movie Wedding Cake Dreams.

Chad Riley plays Sgt Gomez

Gomez Virgin River

Who is Sgt Gomez? Gomez is a police officer who is brought in to investigate who shot Jack.

Where have I seen Chad Riley before? Riley has appeared in Batwoman, Noelle, iZombie, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Deadpool.

Jenny Cooper plays Joey Barnes

Joey Virgin River

Who is Joey Barnes? Joey is Mel's older sister.

What else has Jenny Cooper been in? Cooper has appeared in a number of popular American TV shows including 24, CSI: Miami, Scandal and NCIS.

Lexa Doig as Paige Lassiter

Paige Virgin River

Who is Paige Lassiter? Paige has a bakery business based in a food truck that she calls 'Paige's Bakeaway'. In season 4, one of show's longest-running storylines rears its head once again in episode 1 – the chaos surrounding Paige, her son Christopher and their attempts to get away from her ex-husband Wes.

What else has Lexa Doig been in? Sci-fi fans may recognise Lexa from her work in the genre, portraying Talia al Ghul in DC Comics series Arrow, Dr Carolyn Lam in Stargate SG-1 and Rowan LaFontaine in 2001's Friday the 13th film Jason X.

Daniel Gillies plays Mark Monroe

Mark Virgin River

Who is Mark Monroe? Mark is Melinda's late husband, whose passing is one of the reasons why she left her old life in Los Angeles behind.

What else has Daniel Gillies been in? Daniel Gillies is best known for playing Elijah Mikaelson in both The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals.

Virgin River season 5 part 2 will be available to stream on Netflix on Thursday 30th November. Sign up for Netflix from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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