Who is Joyce Byers in Stranger Things?

Winona Ryder was a triumph in Netflix first season, and returns to Hawkins for Stranger Things season two

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Stranger Things 2 character guide: Who is Joyce Byers?

Joyce is a single mother and a retail clerk, whose youngest son Will disappeared at the beginning of season one. Convinced that he was still alive after receiving several messages from another dimension, she enlisted the help of Chief Jim Hopper to track him down.


Who plays Joyce Byers in Stranger Things?

It’s Winona Ryder. You may remember her from Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands or more recently Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.

But you’ll definitely remember her incredible array of facial expressions at January’s Screen Actors Guild awards:

What happened to Joyce at the end of season 1?

Joyce and Hopper rescued Will from the Upside Down, and she returned home to relative normality. But Will is coughing up Upside Down slugs, and all is not quite right.

Meet the cast of Stranger Things 2

Eleven – Millie Bobby Brown

Mike Wheeler – Finn Wolfhard

Will Byers – Noah Schnapp

Dustin Henderson – Gaten Matarazzo

Lucas Sinclair – Caleb McLaughlin

Chief Jim Hopper – David Harbour

Joyce Byers – Winona Ryder

Jonathan Byers – Charlie Heaton

Nancy Wheeler – Natalia Dyer

Steve Harrington – Joe Keery

New for Stranger Things 2…

Max – Sadie Sink

Bob Newby – Sean Astin

Billy – Dacre Montgomery


Roman – Linnea Berthelsen