The spin-off focuses on the legendary clan’s titular teenage daughter, following her as she attempts to solve a decades-long mystery and halt a brutal killing spree in the local area, all while attempting to settle into a new school.
However, while the focus of the comedy fantasy is firmly on the morbid teenager, the rest of the Addams family do appear in Wednesday, played by a brand-new cast, including Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams , Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams.
Want to know more about their characters and who else is joining them?
Read everything you need to know about the Wednesday cast.
Wednesday cast: Meet Netflix's Addams Family for 2022
The following main cast members appear in the Netflix series Wednesday.
- Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams
- Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems
- Riki Lindhome as Dr Valerie Kinbott
- Jamie McShane as Donovan Galpin
- Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin
- Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe
- Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair
- Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay
- Georgie Farmer as Ajax Petropolus
- Naomi J Ogawa as Yoko Tanaka
- Christina Ricci as Marilyn Thornhill
- Moosa Mostafa as Eugene Otinger
- Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams
- Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams
- Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams
- Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester
Here is all you need to know about the series' central characters and who plays them.
Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams
Who is Wednesday Addams? Wednesday is a teenage girl and a member of the macabre Addams Family. She is known for her deadpan sense of humour and morbid hobbies, which have previously included making life hell for her younger brother. In this series, we see her move to a boarding school and attempt to catch a mysterious killer stalking its student population.
What else has Jenna Ortega been in? Ortega rose to fame in critically acclaimed comedy-drama Jane the Virgin, where she played a younger version of Gina Rodriguez's title character. Since then, she has become a favourite of horror fans for her roles in The Babysitter: Killer Queen, X and 2022's Scream reboot. She has also lent her voice to animated shows Elena of Avalor and Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.
There have also been various iterations of Wednesday over the years, with the most famous portrayal by Christina Ricci, who is also returning for this new series to play a brand-new character.
"It definitely was a bit nerve-wracking at first. You don’t want to feel like you’re doing the knock-off version of her performance right in front of her. You want to make it clear that your character is your own."
She continued: "I think we approached it in a really cool manner because we never spoke about it. We just spoke about each other and got to know each other and kind of ignored it. That was a great relief and I think it was a smart decision."
Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Morticia Addams
Who is Morticia Addams? The matriarch of the family.
What else has Catherine Zeta-Jones been in? After starting her career on The Darling Buds of May, Zeta-Jones became an international superstar with roles in The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, Traffic, Chicago, The Terminal and Ocean's Twelve. More recently, she has appeared in crime drama Prodigal Son, Feud: Bette and Joan and the feature film version of Dad's Army.
Gwendoline Christie plays Larissa Weems
Who is Larissa Weems? Larissa is the principal of Nevermore Academy, the boarding school for unusual children that Wednesday attends. She also has a long history with her mother, Morticia Addams.
What else has Gwendoline Christie starred in? Christie rose to fame in the cast of fantasy drama Game of Thrones, where she played noble warrior Brienne of Tarth. She later bagged a role in the Star Wars sequel trilogy as First Order operative Captain Phasma. Other film and TV credits include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, The Personal History of David Copperfield and Top of the Lake: China Girl. More recently she appeared as Lucifer in Netflix's live-action adaptation of The Sandman.
Isaac Ordonez plays Pugsley Addams
Who is Pugsley Addams? Wednesday’s younger brother, who is often the subject of her cruel experiments.
What else has Isaac Ordonez starred in? Ordonez is best known for his roles in 2018's A Wrinkle in Time as Charles Wallace Double.
Luis Guzmán plays Gomez Addams
Who is Gomez Addams? Gomez is the patriarch of the family.
What else has Luis Guzmán been in? Guzman's most famous film projects include Traffic, where he co-starred with Wednesday's Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. He is also known for prison drama Oz, medical series Code Black and a memorable cameo in sitcom Community.
Fred Armisen plays Uncle Fester
Who is Uncle Fester? In the 1960s TV show, Fester was Morticia's uncle, but he was revamped as Gómez's long lost brother in the '90s films where he developed the power to conduct electricity after he was struck by lightning. It's this later version that appears to have inspired Wednesday's Uncle Fester, who comes to the aid of the title character over the course of her investigation.
What else has Fred Armisen starred in?Armisen rose to prominence in sketch show Saturday Night Live, which embedded him as a key player in the American comedy scene. He has appeared in numerous major sitcoms including 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He will voice Cranky Kong in the upcoming Super Mario Bros animated movie.
Jamie McShane plays Sheriff Donovan Galpin
Who is Sheriff Donovan Galpin? Sheriff Galpin is a member of local law enforcement, who holds some disdain for the troublesome Addams family.
What else has Jamie McShane been in? McShane recently appeared in fellow Netflix series The Lincoln Lawyer, while he also had a small role in acclaimed 2020 biopic Mank.
Riki Lindhome plays Dr Valerie Kinbott
Who is Dr Valerie Kinbott? Valerie is a therapist who attempts to help Wednesday following her enrolment at Nevermore.
What else has Riki Lindhome been in? Lindhome is known primarily for comedy roles in Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory and Enlightened, as well as being one half of the double-act Garfunkel and Oates. She voiced Poison Ivy in The Lego Batman Movie and played Donna in murder-mystery Knives Out.
Emma Myers plays Enid Sinclair
Who is Enid Sinclair? Enid is the girl that Wednesday is forced to share a room with, something she finds difficult due to their clashing personalities. She enjoys bright, colourful and joyful expression, which is not necessarily what you'd expect from a werewolf.
What else has Emma Myers been in? Myers starred in chilling Lifetime Channel original film Girl in the Basement as well as festive flick Christmas Romance Al Dente.
Joy Sunday plays Bianca Barclay
Who is Bianca Barclay? Barclay is another of the supernatural students attending Nevermore. She has the power of a siren, meaning she can lure people with her voice, typically to their doom.
What else has Joy Sunday been in? Sunday has previously appeared in Channing Tatum comedy-drama Dog and Netflix high school drama Dear White People.
Christina Ricci plays Marilyn Thornhill
Who is Marilyn Thornhill? Marilyn is a new addition to the Addams Family mythos, who appears to be a mentor figure to the students of Nevermore.
What else has Christina Ricci been in? Ricci's casting is a nod to the early years of her acting career, when she played the role of Wednesday in 1991's The Addams Family and its sequel. She went on to star in a number of other major films including Sleepy Hollow, Monster and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. On the small screen, she starred opposite Margot Robbie in Pan Am, portrayed the titular role in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, and currently plays Misty in Yellowjackets.
Percy Hynes White plays Xavier Thorpe
Who is Xavier Thorpe? Xavier is another Nevermore student that Wednesday encounters during her time at the school.
What else has Percy Hynes White been in? White is best known for his television roles in X-Men spin-off The Gifted, Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone and crime drama Murdoch Mysteries.
Victor Dorobantu plays Thing
Who is Thing? Thing is a disembodied hand who performs various things for the family.
What else has Victor Dorobantu starred in? Wednesday will be Dorobantu's TV debut.
George Burcea plays Lurch
Who is Lurch? The family’s servant.
What else has George Burcea starred in? Burcea has previously starred in Comrade Detective and Dawn of Night.
Hunter Doohan plays Tyler Galpin
Who is Tyler Galpin? Tyler is Sheriff Donovan's son who befriends Wednesday. He also works in the coffee shop.
What else has Hunter Doohan been in? Doohan has also appeared in the series Your Honour and Truth Be Told.
Naomi j Ogawa plays Yoko Tanaka
Who is Yoko Tanaka? A vampire who attends Nevermore Academy along with Wednesday Addams.
What else has Naomi J Ogawa been in? Ogawa also had a role in the film Skylines.
Moosa Mostafa plays Eugene Otinger
Who is Eugene Otinger? A student who attends Nevermore Academy alongside Wednesday Addams and who has the power to control bees.
What else has Moosa Mostafa been in? Mostafa also appeared in the film Nativity Rocks! and the show The Last Bus.