From the Upside Down to Stardom: Here’s the Rundown on the Cast of ‘Stranger Things’

Here's everything you need to know about the cast of Netflix's "Stranger Things."

If you can’t get enough of “Stranger Things,” the hit Netflix series brimming with 1980s nostalgia, you’re not alone. Starring Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown and Natalia Dyer, the show takes place in 1983 Indiana and chronicles the mysterious disappearance of a young boy.

“Stranger Things” season two is already in the works, and although no release date has been made public, it’s expected to debut by July 2017. It’s still quite a ways in the future, but there’s already rumblings of a “Stranger Things,” season three. Find out more about the “Stranger Things” cast including their other projects and more.

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Winona Ryder Is the Richest Cast Member

Winona Ryder’s net worth is $18 million, making her the richest of the “Stranger Things” cast. She plays Joyce Byers on the show, the single mother of Will and Jonathan, struggling to make ends meet as a retail sales clerk. Ironically — or maybe not so — Ryder first rose to fame in the ’80s.

Ryder has starred in so many hit films, it’s hard to say which she’s best known for. Some of her most high-profile works include “Beetlejuice,” “Heathers,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Little Women.” Next up, she’ll be reprising her role of Lydia Deetz in “Beetlejuice 2,” which is slated for a 2017 release.

Decades of entertaining audiences has resulted in a number of awards for Ryder. She won a Golden Globe for her work on “The Age of Innocence,” and has also received two Oscar nominations, another Golden Globe nod and two Screen Actors Guild nominations.

Millie Bobby Brown Is the Youngest of the Main Cast

Millie Bobby Brown plays Eleven, or El, on “Stranger Things,” a mysterious young girl with psychokinetic powers. You can rest easy, as Netflix has confirmed she’ll reprise her role in season two.

Brown is only 12 years old, but she already has a pretty impressive list of credits to her name. The actress made her debut in 2013 when she played Young Alice on the television series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.”

Since then, she’s guest starred on the series “Intruders,” “NCIS,” “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Keep an eye on this actress to see what she appears in next.

The New ‘It’ Movie Will Star Finn Wolfhard

Middle school student Mike Wheeler on “Stranger Things” — member of the AV club and best friend of Will Byers, Lucas Sinclair and Dustin Henderson — is played by Finn Wolfhard. At only 13 years old, the Canadian actor is already making a name for himself in Hollywood.

Wolfhard landed his first acting gig at the age of 13 in the short film “Aftermath.” Prior to securing his “Stranger Things” role, he scored guest starring roles on the series “The 100” and “Supernatural.”

Wolfhard’s role on the popular Netflix series has made him a household name. Next up, he’ll be starring in the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.”

Just Like His Character, Gaten Matarazzo Has Cleidocranial Dysplasia

On “Stranger Things,” Gaten Matarazzo plays middle school student Dustin Henderson, best friend of Will Byers, Lucas Sinclair and Mike Wheeler. You wouldn’t know from watching him on the show, but the smash success Netflix series is one of his very first acting gigs.

Prior to “Stranger Things,” Matarazzo guest starred on one episode of “The Blacklist.” It’s clear his star is on the rise though, as he’s been cast as a leading actor in the 2018 film “Zach’s Lie.”

Matarazzo’s ascent to stardom has also helped him raise awareness for cleidocranial dysplasia, a rare bone and teeth disorder he suffers from — his condition was even written into the show. He told People fans have reached out to tell him his public presence has helped them cope with the genetic disorder.

Caleb McLaughlin Will Play Ricky Bell From ‘New Edition’

Caleb McLaughlin portrays Lucas Sinclair on “Stranger Things.” Best friend of Mike Wheeler, Will Byers and Dustin Henderson, the middle school student is also known by the alias “Midnight.”

“Stranger Things” is McLaughlin’s first big break. Prior to joining the cast, he guest starred on a number of series, including “Shades of Blue,” “Forever,” “Unforgettable” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

McLaughlin has been spotted on the “Stranger Things” season two set, so it’s clear he’ll be revising his role. Additionally, the rising star recently appeared in an episode of “Blue Bloods” and will be in the upcoming mini-series “The New Edition Story,” playing the role of singer Ricky Bell.

Noah Schnapp Was the Voice of Charlie Brown in ‘The Peanuts Movie’

Will Byers, the “Stranger Things” character who mysteriously vanished, is played by Noah Schnapp. His return for the show’s second season has been confirmed.

Schnapp is only 12 years old, but he already has lots of experience working with A-listers. In addition to his TV mom Winona Ryder, he starred in the Steven Spielberg film “Bridge of Spies” alongside Tom Hanks in 2015.

Schnapp also voiced Charlie Brown in the 2015 Peanuts movies. In 2017, he’ll star in the film “We Only Know So Much.”

Matthew Modine Starred in the Back to School Specials From the ’80s

Dr. Martin Brenner is portrayed by Matthew Modine on “Stranger Things.” After getting involved with the scandalous MKUltra project, Dr. Brenner kidnapped and raised Jane Ives — better known as Eleven.

An incredibly seasoned actor, Modine has been entertaining audiences since the early 1980s. A star of both television and film, you might remember him from “Full Metal Jacket,” “The Dark Knight Rises” or “Jobs.”

Modine’s long, successful career has brought him plenty of high-profile accolades. He won a Golden Globe as part of the “Short Cuts” cast — in addition to two other Golden Globes nominations and an Emmy nod.

Hannah Montana Gave Natalia Dyer Her Career Start

The role of Nancy Wheeler on “Stranger Things” is played by Natalia Dyer. Dyer has already been confirmed for season two, so stay tuned to see what’s in store for Nancy next.

Dyer has been acting since 2009, but “Stranger Things” is her first big break. If you thought Dyer looked familiar before the show, you might have recognized her from “Hannah Montana: The Movie” or “I Believe in Unicorns.”

Dyer’s career has really taken off in 2016. In addition to her hit Netflix series, she also starred in the films “Long Nights Short Mornings” and “Don’t Let Me Go.” Next up, she’ll star in the movie “After Darkness” and the short film “Yes, God, Yes.”

Charlie Heaton Starred in ‘Shut In’ With Naomi Watts

Charlie Heaton plays Jonathan Byers on “Stranger Things,” the eldest son of Joyce Byers. His season two return has also been confirmed.

Heaton is definitely new to the acting scene, but “Stranger Things” isn’t his first gig. He busted on to the scene in 2015, with a variety of roles on film and television, including a guest starring role on the show “DCI Banks” and roles in the films “Urban & the Shed Crew” and “Rise of the Footsoldier Part II.”

Along with this Netflix series, Heaton has had a busy 2016. He starred in the films “As You Are” and “Shut In” — alongside Naomi Watts — and is also slated to be a main character in the upcoming movie “Marrowbone.”

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David Harbour Has Won Multiple Film Festival Awards

David Harbour plays Jim Hopper in “Stranger Things,” the police chief of the Hawkins Police Department. Of course, he’s also an accomplished actor who has been in the business for decades, so this isn’t the first time you’ve seen his work.

In recent years, Harbour starred on the television series “Manhattan,” “The Newsroom” and “State of Affairs.” He’s also appeared in the films “Suicide Squad,” “The Equalizer” and “Quantum of Solace.”

It’s certainly not surprising that Harbour’s work has garnered praise from industry insiders. He won a Palm Springs International Film Festival award as part of the “Revolutionary Road” cast and a Woods Hole Film Festival Best Actor award for the movie “Between Us.”

Cara Buono Was in the Hit TV Series ‘Mad Men’

The part of Karen Wheeler on “Stranger Things” is portrayed by Cara Buono. Married to Ted Wheeler, the couple has three children: Nancy, Mike and Holly.

Buono is a seasoned actress who has more than five dozen credits to her name, dating back to 1989. You might recognize her from her role as Faye Miller on “Mad Men,” and in recent years, she’s also guest starred on “Person of Interest” and appeared in the film “Paper Towns.”

Buono has garnered some pretty impressive honors throughout her career. For her work on the hit TV series “Mad Men,” she landed a nomination for a both a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy. She also earned a Daytime Emmy nod for an episode of “CBS Schoolbreak Special.”

Shannon Purser’s Very First Role Was in ‘Stranger Things’

Shannon Purser portrays Barbara “Barb” Holland on “Stranger Things,” Nancy Wheeler’s best friend who mysteriously vanished. It’s currently unknown whether she’ll appear in season two, but Purser has assured fans Barb will not be forgotten either way.

“Stranger Things” was Purser’s big Hollywood debut. Of course, the role became a cult phenomenon, so this certainly isn’t the last you’ll be seeing the 19-year-old actress.

She’s already got a number of projects in the works, and more are sure to come. Pursuer will appear in the 2017 film “Wish Upon,” the 2017 TV series “Riverdale” and the 2018 movie “Life of the Party.”

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