11 big actors you didn't realise were in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

Count olaf stephano neil patrick harris series unfortunate eventsNetflixNeil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, disguised as ‘Stephano.’

This post includes spoilers for “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Netflix’s new show, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” is based on Daniel Handler’s beloved children’s book series of the same name.

One of the series’ greatest strengths is its cast of colourful, absurd, and creatively named characters — from Quigley Quagmire to Person Of Indeterminate Gender. You probably already know Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, the scheming evil actor who tries to whisk away the fortune of the Baudelaire orphans, and Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket, Handler’s authorial alter ego and the on-screen narrator of the series. There are also Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith who play Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire.

The rest of the show’s cast — from Justice Strauss to Dr. Montgomery Montgomery — are played by surprisingly major actors cameoing in the series. Here’s a list of who they are, as well as a handful of characters who don’t appear in the book.

Joan Cusack plays Justice Strauss, Count Olaf's neighbour who tries to help the children in 'The Bad Beginning.'

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Broadway star and character actor Ken Todd Freeman plays Mr. Poe, the ineffectual banker in charge of the Baudelaire estate.

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Former 'Daily Show' comedian Aasif Mandvi plays Doctor Montgomery Montgomery, AKA Uncle Monty, the herpetologist who takes care of the orphans in 'The Reptile Room.'

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You might know Alfre Woodward from 'Desperate Housewives' or '12 Years a Slave.' She plays Aunt Josephine, the orphans' cowardly guardian in 'The Wide Window.'

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Comedian Catherine O'Hara plays Dr. Georgina Orwell, a hypnotist and Count Olaf's ex-girlfriend.

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'Miami Vice' legend Don Johnson plays Sir, the mononymous manager of the Miserable Mill.

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Sunny Baudelaire is a baby played by Presley Smith, but her quasi-nonsensical lines are voiced by Tara Strong, who's done voice acting in everything from 'Rugrats' to 'Powerpuff Girls.'

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Gustav Sebald is mentioned only in passing in Handler's books. But in the Netflix series, he's played by 'Percy Jackson' and 'Hemlock Grove' actor Luke Camilleri, onscreen as a member of a secret society who tries to help the Baudelaires.

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He's working with Jacqueline Scieszka, played by 'Vampire Diaries' actress Sara Canning, a character who isn't in the books at all.

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In the book series, the Baudelaire parents are definitely dead. In the show, there's a parallel story of two parents escaping from somewhere. 'Father' is played by Will Arnett.

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'Mother' is played by Cobie Smulders. Are they really the Baudelaire parents, or someone else? The answer becomes more clear as the eight episodes unfold.

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