Here's what the cast of 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' looks like in real life

NetflixNeil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf in ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’
  • The cast of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” often wear disguises.
  • But sometimes they look fairly normal.
  • Here’s what the cast looks like in real life.

Netflix’s dark comedy “A Series of Unfortunate Events” – about a trio of orphans trying to escape the clutches of an evil failed actor who wants to steal their family fortune – is full of clever sleights of hand and outrageous outfits. The costume and set design create a world that’s foreboding, a word which here means full of fear that something bad will happen at any moment. It takes a talented cast to pull it all together.

Led by three relative newcomers playing the Baudelaire orphans,Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, and Patrick Warburton as authorial stand-in Lemony Snicket, much of the cast looks very different on the show compared to real life.

Here’s what the cast of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” looks like in real life.


Lemony Snicket is the pen name for Daniel Handler, who wrote the books the show is based on.

NetflixLemony Snicket in the second season of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’

In the show, he narrates the series.


He’s played by Patrick Warburton.

Warburton’s deep voice, capable of switching tones between funny and serious in an instant, is unmistakable. Though Handler himself does have at least one cameo in the series.


Violet Baudelaire is the eldest of the Baudelaire siblings.

NetflixViolet in the first season of the show.

She has a knack for inventing mechanical devices that get the orphans out of whatever predicament they’re in.


She’s played by the 15-year-old actress Malina Weissman in her first major role.

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesMalina Weissman at a screening of the show’s first season in 2017.

Weissman also had a small role in the 2014 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie and plays the young Kara Zor-El in “Supergirl.”


The middle sibling is Klaus, who’s extraordinarily well-read for his age.

NetflixTake a look at those books.

Klaus is constantly trying to get his hands on information to figure out what happened to their parents and how VFD fits into all this.


In real life, actor Louis Hynes is a couple of years older than Weissman.

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesLouis Hynes at a screening of the show’s first season.

He’s also as obsessed with music as his character is with books.


And Sunny is the youngest of the orphans. She’s an infant.

NetflixSunny Baudelaire in a cowboy hat.

Despite her youth, Sunny is as clever and wise as her two older siblings. She also has extremely sharp teeth.


She’s played by Presley Smith.

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesPresley Smith along with the actors who play her siblings in 2017.

In real life, Presley Smith is, in fact, a baby. A lot of her actions in the show are aided by digital effects, though.


Her voice on the show is provided by Tara Strong.

Chris Frawley/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via Getty ImagesTara Strong at Comic-Con in 2014.

Strong is an experienced voice actress, voicing Bubbles in “Powerpuff Girls,” Timmy Turner in “The Fairly OddParents,” and Twilight Sparkle in “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”


Count Olaf is the villain of the series.

NetflixCount Olaf disguised as a circus ringmaster on the second season of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’

He’s an actor who likely killed the Baudelaire’s parents and wants to steal the family fortune. He uses different disguises to earn the trust of the adults around them, but the kids always see through him.


In real life, he’s played by Neil Patrick Harris.

He has neither a beard nor a tattoo on his left ankle in the shape of an eye.


Esmé Squalor is introduced on the second season.

NetflixEsmé Squalor at a fancy fish diner, Café Salmonella.

She plays a particularly fashionable Baudelaire guardian in the “Ersatz Elevator” section, but has a dark secret.


She’s played by comedic actress Lucy Punch.

As Esmé takes on a larger role in the series, the talents of Punch – who starred in “Hot Fuzz,” “Bad Teacher,” and “Into the Woods” – becomes one of the best parts of the show.


The Hook-Handed Man is one of the main members of Count Olaf’s evil troupe.

NetflixIt’s hard for him to eat spaghetti.

He, as his name suggests, has hooks for hands.


His dastardly deeds are carried out by Usman Ally.

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesAs you can see, he has working hands in real life.

You may recognise him as Vincent in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” or from his many theatrical performances.


Arthur Poe is the banker who’s been put in charge of the Baudelaire estate until the kids come of age.

NetflixMr. Poe working at Mulctuary Money Management.

He’s useless when it comes to helping them find good homes and stay safe from Count Olaf.


He’s played by the considerably more competent Broadway actor Ken Todd Freeman.

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesK. Todd Freeman at the show’s premiere.

He doesn’t normally sport a moustache in real life.


His wife, Eleanora Poe, is the editor of The Daily Punctilio.

NetflixEleanora Poe, editor of The Daily Punctilio.

The Daily Punctilio is the main newspaper in Lemony Snicket’s world. It often tracks the movements of the Baudelaires and Count Olaf, but gets basic facts wrong. Like all adults on the show, Eleanora Poe is easily impressionable and receptive to misinformation.


She’s played by Cleo King.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesCleo King at the show’s 2017 premiere.

King has appeared in supporting roles in a variety of shows over the years, including “Sons of Anarchy,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Ally McBeal.”


Jacqueline Scieszka is a character from the show who isn’t in the books at all.

NetflixJacqueline has a day job at the bank, but really keeps track of the Baudelaires.

She’s Mr. Poe’s assistant and a member of the secret society trying to protect the Baudelaire orphans.


Sara Canning has the role.

You may recognise her from “The Vampire Diaries” or “War for the Planet of the Apes.”


The Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender is another member of Count Olaf’s troupe.

NetflixThe Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender sitting on Mount Fraught.

The Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender is one of the few people to question Count Olaf’s goals and often says insightful things that earn Olaf’s ire.


Matty Cardarople plays the Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender.

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesMatty Cardarople attends the Vulture Festival opening night party in 2018.

Cardarople starred on “Selfie” and plays Keith on “Stranger Things.”


The White-Faced Women love Count Olaf and are part of his troupe.

NetflixThey are sisters.

The two will do almost anything for Count Olaf.


Twin sisters Jacqueline and Joyce Robbins brought the White-Faced Women to life.

Taylor Hill/FilmMagicJacqueline Robbins and Joyce Robbins attend the season two premiere of Netflix’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events.’

Jacqueline Robbins has had some small roles on “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and “Psych.” Joyce Robbins was also on “Psych” and appeared on “Ice.”


Carmelita Spats is a spoiled rich kid who meets the Baudelaire orphans at Prufrock Prep.

NetflixShe calls the orphans ‘cakesniffers.’

She becomes Esmé and Olaf’s adopted daughter.


Kitana Turnbull plays the mean Carmelita.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesKitana Turnbull attends the world premiere of ‘Mary Poppins Returns.’

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” is Turnbull’s biggest role.

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