'The Strain' Main Cast and Characters

Here is a list of the main cast and characters on the FX vampire TV series The Strain, based on the books by Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, Mimic, Blade II).

Corey Stoll as Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather (Seasons 1-2)

Corey Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

The head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, Eph investigates a plague that hits the city, turning people into ravenous vampires. A workaholic and recovering alcoholic with control issues, he's neglected his family life in the pursuit of his job, leading to his wife filing for divorce.

David Bradley as Professor Abraham Setrakian (Seasons 1-2)

David Bradley as Abraham Setrakian in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

Professor Setrakian is a no-nonsense, vampire-slaying Holocaust survivor who owns a pawn shop in New York and has experience with the evil strain that may provide answers about the outbreak...if anyone believes him.

Mia Maestro as Dr. Nora Martinez (Seasons 1-2)

Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

A biochemist on Ephraim's team, Nora works closely with Ephraim -- so close, in fact, that they have had an affair in the past. She's a caring person who looks after her ailing mother and helps protect Eph's son Zach after the outbreak hits.

 

Richard Sammel as Thomas Eichhorst (Seasons 1-2)

Richard Sammel as Thomas Eichhorst in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

Eichhorst is a vampiric former Nazi from Setrakian's past shows up in New York to help his "Master" spread the vampiric virus. He safeguards the Master's coffin and acts as the Master's emissary in business matters, particularly with Eldritch Palmer.

Jonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer (Seasons 1-2)

Jonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

Palmer is a sickly old billionaire businessman who throws money at his problems -- the most pressing one being his own mortality -- leading to a partnership with the Master, whom he hopes will grant him the gift of health and everlasting life in exchange for his support during the vampiric uprising.

Sean Astin as Jim Kent (Season 1)

Sean Astin as Jim Kent in 'The Strain'
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX
Jim is a CDC administrator who works with Ephraim and Nora in investigating and controlling the vampire outbreak, but where does his allegiance truly lie?

Miguel Gomez as Augustin "Gus" Elizalde (Seasons 1-2)

Miguel Gomez as Augustin
© FX

Gus is a good-hearted but rough-around-the-edges ex-con with street smarts and a survival instinct, both of which are put to use when he's recruited by multiple sides in the conflict. Eager to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the vampires, he sets his sights on the Master.

Natalie Brown as Kelly Goodweather (Seasons 1-2)

Natalie Brown as Kelly Goodweather in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

Kelly is Ephraim's ex-wife, who divorced him despite his desire to make the marriage work. She has embarked upon a new life -- including new boyfriend Matt -- after winning custody of their children but ignores her husband's warnings about the contagion...until it's too late.

Ben Hyland / Max Charles as Zach Goodweather (Seasons 1-2)

Ben Hyland as Zack Goodweather in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

Ephraim and Kelly's son, Zach looks up to his father and is loyal to him, despite Kelly having custody. During the outbreak, however, he struggles to maintain that bond and yearns to reconnect with his mother, from whom they've separated.

Jack Kesy as Gabriel Bolivar (Seasons 1-2)

Jack Kesy as Gabriel Bolivar in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

Gabriel Bolivar is a partying playboy rock star with an appetite for drugs who's one of the survivors on the plane that triggered the outbreak, but it turns out the Master has even bigger plans for him.

Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet (Seasons 1-2)

Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet in 'The Strain'.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels © FX

Fet is a Ukrainian rat exterminator with a warrior spirit who's fiercely protective of his city and joins the war against the vampires. Despite his gruff exterior, he quickly finds himself falling for Dutch.

Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders (Seasons 1-2)

Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders
© FX

Dutch is a tough-talking bisexual computer hacker initially hired by Palmer to help throw the city into chaos, but once she realizes his true nature and the nature of the outbreak, she joins Eph, Setrakian and the others in their resistance efforts.

Rupert Penry-Jones as Quinlan (Season 2)

Rupert Penry-Jones as Quinlan
© FX

Quinlan is an ancient half-human, half-vampire hybrid who was originally a Roman gladiator. He's single-minded in his goal of finding and killing the Master and won't let anyone get in his way.