The Cast of 'Shadow and Bone': Get to Know Who's Who

Your primer on the stars of Netflix's new fantasy show.

Shadow and Bone
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If you, like me, have been waiting for a new fantasy series to distract you from the chaos of real life, Netflix has a new hit incoming: (opens in new tab) The much-anticipated Shadow and Bone premieres on April 23. Based on the first book in author Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse series, Shadow and Bone takes place in a war-torn country called Ravka that's split in half by a region of tangible darkness filled with monsters known as the Shadow Fold. The first season follows Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) (opens in new tab), a mapmaker who discovers that she has the power to summon sunlight, a rare power that could dissolve the Fold. After her power becomes known, she's swept away from her former life to train with Ravka's other magic-users, led by General Kirigan (Ben Barnes).

If all the lore isn't enough, the show also introduces a wide cast of characters, including Alina's fellow magic-users, called Grishas, and thieves attempting to cross the Fold themselves. Most of the cast is made up of relatively unknown actors, with the exception of one fan-casting come to life. To help you keep track of the characters, here's your guide to the cast of Shadow and Bone.

Quinci LeGardye is a Contributing Culture Editor who covers TV, movies, Korean entertainment, books, and pop culture. When she isn’t writing or checking Twitter, she’s probably watching the latest K-drama or giving a concert performance in her car.