House of Cards Season 5 is about to premiere on Netflix.
In the fifth season of the political drama series, Frank Underwood and his administration will attempt to hold on to power and defeat Will Conway in the 2016 election, all the while some major scandals threaten to ruin everything they’ve built.
The series is made up of a large cast of characters, and that includes a few newcomers joining the crew for Season 5. Here’s a look at the cast for the fifth season of House of Cards.
Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood
Kevin Spacey has been acting on screen since 1986, with his first role being in the Meryl Streep film Heartburn. He originally pursued a career in stand up comedy, but when that didn’t go particularly well, he studied acting and began performing on stage. He also in the 1980s made a guest appearance in the TV series Crime Story, and he appeared in nine episodes of the CBS series Wiseguy.
Through the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Kevin Spacey became known as a character actor, eventually landing the role of Keyser Söze in The Usual Suspects. It was this performance that earned Spacey the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The same year as The Usual Suspects, Spacey won praise from critics for his performance in the thriller Seven. In 1999, Spacey starred in American Beauty, and this earned him the Best Actor award at the Academy Awards.
For the role of Frank Underwood on House of Cards, Spacey has been nominated for a number of awards, and in 2013 he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmys. He also won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama.
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
Robin Wright began working as a model when she was 14 years old. She started acting at the age of 18, starring on the soap opera Santa Barbara. Her first role on film was a major one: she played the titular character in the 1987 film The Princess Bride.
Wright went on to play Jenny in Forrest Gump, a role which earned her award nominations. In 1996, she starred opposite Morgan Freeman in Moll Flanders, and in 1997, she starred opposite her real-life husband Sean Penn in She’s So Lovely.
During the 2000s and the 2010s, Wright continued to star in major films such as Unbreakable, Beowulf, Moneyball, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and The Congress. She stars in the upcoming DC movie Wonder Woman, and later this year, she will be in Blade Runner 2049.
Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper
Michael Kelly’s acting career began in the 1990s, with one of his first big roles being Michael Kaufman, the brother of Andy Kaufman, in the Jim Carrey movie Man on the Moon. He also in 2000 starred opposite his future House of Cards co-star Robin Wright in Unbreakable.
In 2004, Kelly was in Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, and in 2008, he was in the Clint Eastwood thriller Changeling. In 2011, he was in The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon, and 2013, he was an employee of The Daily Planet in Man of Steel.
Kelly also built a successful career for himself in television before House of Cards, popping up in small roles on shows like Law & Order, The Shield, The Sopranos, Fringe, CSI: Miami, and Criminal Minds.
Neve Campbell as LeAnn Harvey
Neve Campbell is known mainly for playing one of the most iconic slasher movie heroines of all time: Sidney Prescott in the Scream franchise; Campbell has starred in all four films in the horror series.
Before Scream, Campbell was known for playing Julia Salinger on the teen drama Party of Five. She was also in one other horror film before making an impression as Sidney Prescott: The Craft, released just seven months before Scream.
Campbell has not had too many major roles in recent years, though she would pop up occasionally on television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Mad Men. In 2016, Campbell took on the role of LeAnn Harvey in House of Cards Season 4, and now she’s back for the fifth season.
Derek Cecil as Seth Grayson
Derek Cecil has been acting since the 1990s, but the first role of significance he landed was as the lead character in the ABC mystery series Push, Nevada. This was a unique show that asked viewers to try to unravel the mystery for a cash prize of $1 million. However, the show was canceled after seven episodes.
Other than that, Cecil has had some guest roles in shows such as Law & Order, Nash Bridges, Gossip Girl, Fringe and The Good Wife. House of Cards is certainly the most high-profile and successful project that Cecil has starred in.
Jayne Atkinson as Catherine Durant
Jayne Atkinson is an accomplished actress who got her start on stage, appearing in a production of Bloody Poetry in 1987. She also starred in The Skriker, and this performance earned her awards recognition. In 1999, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Lizzie Currie in The Rainmaker. She was later again nominated for a Tony for her performance as Lotty Wilton in Enchanted April.
In terms of films, Atkinson is best known for playing Annie Greenwood in Free Willy and Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home. Before House of Cards, Atkinson also starred on television in Criminal Minds as Erin Strauss and in 24 as Karen Hayes, a director at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Patricia Clarkson as Jane Davis
Patricia Clarkson is a newcomer on House of Cards this season. Clarkson is another accomplished actor who started off on stage, starring in The House of Blue Leaves and Eastern Standard. In 2015, she was nominated for a Tony for her performance in The Elephant Man.
On screen, Clarkson mainly stars in supporting roles, and she has been in films such as The Station Agent, The Green Mile, Far from Heaven, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Easy A.
Clarkson is also known for playing Sarah, Ruth’s youngest sister, on the HBO series Six Feet Under.
Joel Kinnaman as Will Conway
Joel Kinnaman joined the House of Cards cast in Season 4, and he’ll be returning in Season 5 to reprise his character of Will Conway, Frank Underwood’s opponent in the 2016 election. Originally from Sweden, Kinnaman began his career at a young age by starring in the soap opera Storstad.
After his performance on Storstad, Kinnaman took a break from acting, returning in the 2000s to star in Swedish films. He made his acting debut in America in 2010 by starring in The Darkest Hour, a sci-fi thriller. He went on to land small roles in the films The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Safe House.
In 2014, Kinnaman landed a huge role: the titular character in the 2014 RoboCop remake. This movie received mixed to negative reviews, but it performed well at the box office. In 2015 and 2016, Kinnaman starred in Run All Night and Suicide Squad.
On television, outside of House of Cards, Kinnaman is known for playing Stephen Holder on The Killing, a performance which earned him a Saturn Award nomination.
Boris McGiver as Tom Hammerschmidt
Boris McGiver is the son of John McGiver, an actor known for starring in movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Manchurian Candidate.
McGiver is a character actor who has been working since the 1980s, and in the 2000s he played recurring characters in shows like The Wire, 30 Rock, John Adams, and Damages. He also starred in the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln, where he played Alexander Hamilton Coffroth.
The role of Tom Hammerschmidt is the biggest role that Boris McGiver has had in his career.
Paul Sparks as Thomas Yates
Paul Sparks has only been acting since 2005, but he has been in quite a number of films and television shows since then. Outside of House of Cards, he is best known for his role on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, where he played Mickey Doyle.
In addition, Sparks has starred in movies like Synecdoche, New York, Rachel Getting Married, and Midnight Special.
He has also appeared as a minor character on a variety of TV series like Law & Order, Person of Interest, and The Night Of.
Campbell Scott as Mark Usher
Campbell Scott is another one of the newcomers to this season of House of Cards, as he will be playing Mark Usher.
Scott is an actor, director, and voiceover artist perhaps best known for his performance as Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz on the USA series Royal Pains, as well as Joseph Tobin on Damages.
In addition, Scott has directed the films Big Night, Final and Off the Map. Recently, he starred as Richard Parker, the father of Peter Parker, in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.