The cast of the Halo show is full of experienced actors and actresses, but portraying such a beloved game series is no small feat.
The Halo show had a ton to live up to. With well over a decade of gaming significance, the actors had the difficult task of living up to larger-than-life expectations. With generally positive reviews, they managed to succeed. The show called on several experienced actors to portray iconic video game characters that mean a lot to the gaming community.
With that in mind, here’s the real person behind every major character in the Halo show cast and where you may have seen them before.
Every Halo show cast member and who they play
Pablo Schreiber – Master Chief
The iconic Spartan warrior Master Chief is portrayed by Canadian-American actor Pablo Schreiber. Master Chief appears in the first episode leading Spartan Silver Team before they discover a mysterious artifact connected to the Covenant.
Pablo Schreiber may look familiar to fans of action films. He’s best known for his appearances in 13 Hours and American Gods. Schreiber also played George “Pornstache” Mendez in the Orange Is the New Black Netflix series.
Jen Taylor – Cortana
Jen Taylor reprises her role as Cortana in the cast of the Halo show. Taylor actually provides the voice of Cortana for the games as well, making her a natural choice for the show’s representation.
Jen Taylor’s voice work is also a big part of other popular video games. She voices Zoe in the Left 4 Dead franchise and plays four different heroes in Dota 2. Mario fans may recognize her as the voice of Princess Peach and Toad from Nintendo as well.
Natascha McElhone – Dr. Halsey
Dr. Halsey is a key driver in the Halo story and her reputation as a manipulator transfers into the show. Actress Natascha McElhone portrays the scientific leader of the UNSC as cold and calculated as she appears in the games.
Fans who recognize McElhone may know her from The Truman Show or Solaris. She also played the role of Karen van der Beek for seven years on Californication. Her most recent film appearance is the titular character in Carmen, which won Best Film at the 2022 Canadian Film Festival.
Shabana Azmi – Admiral Margaret Parangosky
Shabana Azmi plays the head of the UNSC in the Halo show. Parangosky’s personality in Paramount+’s reimagining of the Halo universe is quite different from the games. Instead of a commanding overseer for the Spartans, she serves as more of a balancing act with the predatory Dr. Halsey.
Most of Azmi’s filmography is in Hindi cinema and television with more than 100 credited roles and appearances. Western fans may recognize her from the 2017 indie comedy Finishing Move or British television shows The Good Karma Hospital and Next of Kin.
Olive Gray – Commander Miranda Keyes
When Parangosky decides to create a science team to rival Halsey, she opts to give leadership of it to Commander Miranda Keyes. Keyes also just so happens to be Halsey’s daughter, which further raises the stakes of their rivalry. Olive Gray takes on the complex role in the Halo show, which should become a greater plot point in season two.
Olie Gray is a frequent face on British television, playing the roles of Helen in Pure and Jess Mensah in Dark Money. She also guest-starred on an episode of Sex Education.
Yerin Ha – Kwan Ha
Australian actress Yerin Ha plays one of the most important characters in the whole show. The story starts with Silver Team discovering the lone survivor of a Covenant attack on Madrigal named Kwan Ha. Ha’s character is entirely unique to the show cast and does appear in any of the Halo games.
Originally a stage actor, Yerin Ha is best known for her appearances on Australian TV drama Troppe. The Casting Guild of Australia declared Ha a rising start in the industry in 2021 and Halo marks her first major international project.
Charlie Murphy – Makee
Charlie Murphy plays a major role in the conflict between humans and Covenant in the Halo television show. As the mysterious “Blessed One,” Makee leads the alien forces in the search for the Sacred Ring. Makee serves as one of the few ways that new fans can learn about Covenant culture.
Most fans won’t be familiar with Charlie Murphy unless they watch Irish television. The Enniscorthy native is best known for playing Siobhán Delaney in Love/Hate, which earned her Best TV Actress from the Irish Film and Television Awards.