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

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Mike Wheeler – Finn Wolfhard

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Will Byers – Noah Schnapp

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Dustin Henderson – Gaten Matarazzo

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Lucas Sinclair – Caleb McLaughlin

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Chief Jim Hopper – David Harbour

Jim Hopper in Stranger Things (Netflix, JG)

Joyce Byers – Winona Ryder

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Jonathan Byers – Charlie Heaton

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Nancy Wheeler – Natalia Dyer

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Steve Harrington – Joe Keery

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Max – Sadie Sink

Sadie Sink as Max in Stranger Things 2 (Netflix, JG)

Bob Newby – Sean Astin

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Billy – Dacre Montgomery

Dacre Montgomery as Billy in Stranger Things (Netflix, TL)

Roman – Linnea Berthelsen

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