The White Lotus season 2 cast: Meet the characters in HBO drama
Mike White's dark comedy is back for season 2 after sweeping the board at last year's Emmys.
The White Lotus exploded in popularity with the launch of its second season, which gave a mix of established and relatively unknown stars ample opportunities to shine.
Jennifer Coolidge is, of course, a fan favourite, being the only member of season 1's principal cast to return for this follow-up, giving another hilarious-yet-heartbreaking turn as hapless Tanya McQuoid-Hunt.
The actor has only gained more popularity in her recent awards speeches, including a touching tribute to The White Lotus creator Mike White at the Golden Globes.
Speaking about the season last year, creator White told Deadline: "It definitely feels like White Lotus; the theme is different. It’s not about power dynamics, more men and women and sexual politics."
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Much like season 1, the second instalment begins with the news that there has been a death at the resort – only this time, there isn't just one body... Who has bitten the bullet this time out?
The White Lotus season 2 cast
The following cast members are part of the regular line-up of characters in The White Lotus season 2.
- F Murray Abraham as Bert Di Grasso
- Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya McQuoid-Hunt
- Adam DiMarco as Albie Di Grasso
- Meghann Fahy as Daphne Sullivan
- Beatrice Grannò as Mia
- Jon Gries as Greg Hunt
- Tom Hollander as Quentin
- Sabrina Impacciatore as Valentina
- Michael Imperioli as Dominic Di Grasso
- Theo James as Cameron Sullivan
- Aubrey Plaza as Harper Spiller
- Haley Lu Richardson as Portia
- Will Sharpe as Ethan Spiller
- Simona Tabasco as Lucia Greco
- Leo Woodall as Jack
Here's all you need to know about the major players.
F Murray Abraham plays Bert Di Grasso
Who is Bert Di Grasso? Bert is an elderly man who is visiting Sicily with his son Dominic and his grandson Albie. While he is becoming frail, he still sees himself as virile and capable, with a liking for young and attractive women. Bert is keen to reconnect with his Italian heritage.
Where have I seen F Murray Abraham before? Academy Award winner F Murray Abraham is best known for starring as Antonio Salieri in 1984's Amadeus and for his roles in Scarface, All the President's Men, Star Trek: Insurrection, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs. He was nominated for two Emmys for his role in Homeland and in recent years, has appeared in Lady and the Tramp, Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, Mythic Quest and Moon Knight.
Jennifer Coolidge plays Tanya McQuoid-Hunt
Who is Tanya McQuoid-Hunt? Tanya, who viewers met in the first season of The White Lotus, is a wealthy, unstable woman, travelling with her husband Greg (Jon Gries) – who she met at The White Lotus in Hawaii – and her assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson). While Tanya is keen to have a romantic time with Greg, the holiday does not go smoothly.
Where have I seen Jennifer Coolidge before? Jennifer Coolidge is an Emmy-winning actress, who is best known for her roles in the American Pie franchise, Legally Blonde, A Cinderella Story, Promising Young Woman and 2 Broke Girls. She is also a regular in Christopher Guest's mockumentary films, appearing in Best in Show, For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Mascots. More recently, Coolidge has starred in The Watcher, Shotgun Wedding, Single All the Way and The White Lotus, for which she has won several awards.
Adam DiMarco plays Albie Di Grasso
Who is Albie Di Grasso? Albie has just graduated from college and is on an Italian trip with his father Dominic and his grandfather Bert. He is sweet and often takes on the role of the family peacekeeper, while also striking up a connection with Portia on the trip.
Where have I seen Adam DiMarco before? Adam DiMarco has appeared in Charmed, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Magicians, The Good Doctor and The Order.
Meghann Fahy plays Daphne Sullivan
Who is Daphne Sullivan? Daphne is a stay-at-home mother visiting Italy with her husband Cameron and another couple, Ethan and Harper. Despite her bubbly and shallow outward appearance, Daphne is a well of thought and cunning.
Where have I seen Meghann Fahy before? Meghann Fahy rose to fame for playing Sutton in The Bold Type, a role she landed after playing Hannah O'Connor in the soap One Life to Live. She has also appeared in The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: Specials Victims Unit and Blue Bloods.
Beatrice Grannò plays Mia
Who is Mia? Mia is a Sicilian local and a talented singer in search of her big break. She is best friends with Lucia and also forms a connection with Valentina.
Where have I seen Beatrice Grannò before? Beatrice Grannò has appeared in The Time of Indifference, Zero, Security and Tornare.
Jon Gries plays Greg Hunt
Who is Greg? Returning from season 1, Greg is Tanya's now-husband, who isn't particularly happy that she's brought her assistant on their romantic getaway and appears to be quite distant.
Where have I seen Jon Gries before? Jon Gries has appeared in Napoleon Dynamite, Seinfeld, Lost, The Pretender, Genius, Criminal Minds, Dream Corp LLC, The Bridge and The White Lotus season 1.
Tom Hollander plays Quentin
Who is Quentin? Quentin is an English expat who is on holiday with his friends and his nephew Jack. He strikes up a friendship with Tanya and seeks to open her eyes to the cultural highlights of Sicily.
Where have I seen Tom Hollander before? Tom Hollander is an actor who is best known for his roles in About Time, Pirates of the Caribbean, In the Loop, Pride & Prejudice, Gosford Park and The King's Man. He starred and co-wrote BAFTA-winning sitcom Rev and played a lead role in Doctor Thorne and The Night Manager. He recently appeared in Bird Box and Extinct as well as dramas The Ipcress File, Us, Taboo and Baptiste.
Sabrina Impacciatore plays Valentina
Who is Valentina? Valentina is a the passionate, dedicated manager in charge at the White Lotus resort in Taormina. She expects perfection from her staff.
Where have I seen Sabrina Impacciatore before? Sabrina Impacciatore is an Italian actress and comedian who has been nominated for two David di Donatello awards for her performances in Napoleon and Me, and Miss F. She has also starred in Le ragioni del cuore, There's No Place Like Home and Ever Been to the Moon?
Michael Imperioli plays Dominic Di Grasso
Who is Dominic Di Grasso? Dominic is a Hollywood producer visiting Sicily with his father Bert and his son Albie in the hopes of exploring their ancestral roots. Suffering from sex addiction, Dominic is keen to mend his marriage with his estranged wife.
Where have I seen Michael Imperioli before? Michael Imperioli is no stranger to HBO, with the Emmy-winning actor best known for starring as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos. He has also appeared in Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Bad Boys, Shark Tale, The Lovely Bones, One Night in Miami, Project Blue Book and Lucifer. He also co-wrote 1999's Summer of Sam with Spike Lee and the 2008 film The Hungry Ghosts.
Theo James plays Cameron Sullivan
Who is Cameron Babcock? Cameron is a successful businessman from a wealthy family who is holidaying with his wife Daphne, his college roommate Ethan and Ethan's wife Harper.
Where have I seen Theo James before? Theo James is best known for starring in the Divergent franchise and for his roles in Underworld, How It Ends, Archive and The Time Traveler's Wife. He has also appeared in The Inbetweeners Movie, Downton Abbey, The Benefactor and Mr Malcolm's List.
Aubrey Plaza plays Harper Spiller
Who is Harper Spiller? After suddenly becoming wealthy after her husband Ethan finds professional success, Harper travels with Ethan to Italy along with Ethan's college roommate Cameron and his wife Daphne.
Where have I seen Aubrey Plaza before? Aubrey Plaza rose to fame for her performance as April in Parks and Recreation and she has since starred in Legion, Safety Not Guaranteed, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Monsters University and Life After Beth. She has recently appeared in Black Bear, Ingrid Goes West, Happiest Season, Emily the Criminal and Muppets Now.
Haley Lu Richardson plays Portia
Who is Portia? Portia is a small-town girl and recent college graduate who is travelling with her boss Tanya and hoping for adventure. Portia forms connections with both Albie and Jack.
Where have I seen Haley Lu Richardson before? Haley Lu Richardson has appeared in Shake It Up, Ravenswood, The Edge of Seventeen, Split, Support the Girls, Jane the Virgin, Unpregnant and Five Feet Apart.
Will Sharpe plays Ethan Spiller
Who is Ethan? Ethan has travelled to Italy with his wife Harper, and after recently striking professional success, he is suddenly back in touch with his college roommate Cameron and his wife Daphne.
Where have I seen Will Sharpe before? Actor and filmmaker Will Sharpe is best known for creating and starring in BAFTA-nominated dark comedy-drama Flowers and has since appeared in Giri/Haji, W1A, Defending the Guilty, and The House. He also wrote The Electrical Life of Louis Wain and Landscapers.
Simona Tabasco plays Lucia Greco
Who is Lucia? Lucia is a Sicilian local who often visits the White Lotus resort in search of work and opportunity amongst the wealthy clientele in her exploits as a sex worker.
Where have I seen Simona Tabasco before? Simona Tabasco is an Italian actress who has appeared in Luna Park, The Ties, Bob & Marys and Fuoriclasse.
Leo Woodall plays Jack
Who is Jack? Jack is a magnetic guest at the White Lotus who is on holiday with his uncle Quentin and is drawn to the neurotic Portia.
Where have I seen Leo Woodall before? British actor Leo Woodall has previously appeared in Vampire Academy, Cherry, Man Down and Holby City. He is set to star in One Day alongside This Is Going to Hurt's Ambika Mod.
Also starring in the second season but outside of the main cast are Federico Ferrante as hotel concierge Rocco, Eleonora Romandini as fellow concierge Isabella, Federico Scribani Rossi as the hotel's lounge singer and piano player Giuseppe, Francesco Zecca as Quentin's friend Matteo, Paolo Camilli as Quentin's friend Hugo, and Bruno Gouery as his other friend Didier.
Additionally, Australian fashion designer Camilla Franks cameos as herself at a gathering organised by Quentin, while Academy Award winner Laura Dern features as the voice of Abby, the estranged wife of Dominic.