Tales of the City cast: Who is in the cast of Tales of the City on Netflix?

Tales of the City cast: Who is in the cast of Tales of the City on Netflix?

June 7, 2019

Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis lead the cast of Tales of the City, which was released today (Friday, June 7) on Netflix. The Tales of the City cast features a large number of LGBTQ+ cast members, including Charlie Barnett, Ellen Page and Daniela Vega. The Netflix series also sees a number of people who starred in the original Tales of the City return to the cast, including Barbara Garrick as DeDe Halcyon Day.

Who is in the cast of Tales of the City?

Which characters return from the Original Tales of the City?

Mary Ann Singleton – Laura Linney

Love Actually’s Laura Linney stars as Mary Ann, who returns to San Francisco in the new Tales of the City to celebrate Anna’s 90th birthday,

Anna Madrigal – Olympia Dukakis

Oscar-winner (for Moonstruck) Olympia Dukakis is Anna Madrigal, the landlady of Barbary Lane, a series of homes occupied by a range of queer people.

Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver – Murray Bartlett

One of those residents is Michael, played by Looking’s Murray Bartlett, taking over from Marcus D’Amico and Paul Hopkins.

DeDe Halcyon Day – Barbara Garrick

DeDe Halcyon Day is a rich socialite and friend of Mary Ann, who has been portrayed by Barbara Garrick of Far From Heaven since the first Tales of the City.

Brian Hawkins – Paul Gross

Brian Hawkins is an ex-lover of Mary Ann, who Alias Grace’s Paul Gross played in the 1993 and 2019 version, but who was played by Whip Hubley in the 1998 and 2001 series.


Who are the new characters in Tales of the City?

Shawna – Ellen Page

Shawna Hawkins, a Barbary Lane resident and the child of Brian, believes that Mary Ann is the biological mother who abandoned her and is played by Juno’s Ellen Page.

Ben Marshall – Charlie Barnett

Ben is the young, new boyfriend of Michael, portrayed by Russian Doll’s Charlie Barnett.

Jake Rodriguez – Garcia

Newcomer Garcia is Jake Rodriguez, a recently-transitioned transman in a relationship with Margot, with whom he lives in Barbary Lane.

Margot Park – May Hong

High Maintenance’s May Hong stars as Margot, a lesbian who is having relationship problems following the transition of Jake.


Jonathan ‘Raven’ Winter and Jennifer ‘Ani’ Winter – Christopher Larkin and Ashley Park

Christopher Larkin of The 100 and Ashley Park of Nightcap are twin performance artists and Barbary Lane residents Raven and Ani.

Claire Duncan – Zosia Mamet

Zosia Mamet, best known as Shoshanna from Girls, is Claire, a documentarian making a film about queer life in San Francisco.

Sam – Victor Garber

Titanic’s Victor Garber appears as Sam, a man who Anna hires to read poetry to her.

Harrison – Matthew Risch

Harrison is the ex-boyfriend of Michael, who has recently returned to SanFran and is played by Matthew Risch of How to Get Away with Murder.

Ida Best – Caldwell Tidicue

Caldwell Tidicue, better known as his alter ego Bob the Drag Queen, is Ida Best, the drag queen boss of Shawna.

Young Anna Madrigal – Jen Richards

Tales of the City on Netflix has an episode that delves into Anna’s first days in the city, with Jen Richards of Her Story cast of the younger incarnation of the character.

Ysela – Daniela Vega

Breakout star of A Fantastic Woman Daniela Vega plays Ysela, a transgender sex worker who Anna befriends in the flashback episode.

Tales of the City is streaming now on Netflix.

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