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The Cast of ‘How to Get Away with Murder’: Where You’ve Seen Them Before (Part 1)

As all of you How to Get Away with Murder fans know, the show is on mid-season break until January 29th which means no weekly recaps for a while. Yeah, I know, I’m bummed too. I’ll wait while you all release a collective “Awww!”

Rather than deprive you of your weekly HTGAWM fix, I figured I’d treat you to a few HTGAWM-related posts to hold you over until then. Let’s start with discussing the cast, shall we? Depending upon your TV-watching habits, you may have recognized some of the actors so far this season. Some of them, like Viola Davis, are well-known for multiple roles, while others may just look sort of familiar and left you wondering, “Where do I know them from?” Well, let me save you from spending the next hour or so on IMDb.

Viola Davis – Annalise KeatingViola Davis

With a career that spans nearly two decades, Viola Davis has appeared in many roles in both TV shows and movies. One of her most well-known roles lately was that of Aibileen Clark in The Help. Her performance earned Davis an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. She was also nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role as Mrs. Miller in Doubt. On Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Davis had a recurring role as attorney Donna Emmett. Other movies and shows you may have seen her in: Ender’s Game, Eat Pray Love, United States of Tara, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Antwone Fisher, City of Angels (TV), and Beautiful Creatures.

Tom Verica – Sam KeatingTom Verica

HTGAWM isn’t the only Shondaland show on which Tom Verica has worked. However, he’s usually on the other side of the camera. As a director, Verica has worked on both Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. Verica did show up in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, playing Michael Norris in Season 5. As an actor, he’s appeared in numerous TV shows and movies. He spent three seasons on NBC’s American Dreams, had a recurring role on State of Grace, and appeared in short-lived TV shows like Providence, The 4400 and The Nine. Fans of the Hannibal Lecter movies may recognize him from Red Dragon.

Alfred EnochAlfred Enoch – Wes Gibbins

Yes, the puppy-faced Wes is someone many of you already know. Prior to HTGAWM, his most famous role was Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies. (He also does the voices for his character in several of the HP video games.) Between Harry Potter and HTGAWM, Enoch also had a role in the first episode of Broadchurch and he made an appearance in an episode of Sherlock. In the UK, he has participated in National Theatre Live.

Katie Findlay – Rebecca SutterKatie Findlay

I think it’s safe to say that most people flat out do not like Rebecca. But maybe you’d like Katie Findlay more in some of her other roles. In The Carrie Diaries, the prequel to Sex and the City, Findlay played Maggie Landers, friend of Carrie Bradshaw and a mashup of Lali and Maggie from the books. Before that, Findlay played Rosie Larsen, the teenager at the center of the plot of The Killing. She’s also had a few one-time roles on TV shows like Psych, Fringe, and Continuum. Her movie appearances include Premature and After the Dark.

Liza WeilLiza Weil – Bonnie Winterbottom

All of you Gilmore Girls fan already know who Liza Weil is. She spent seven years on the show, playing the ambitious Paris Geller, classmate of Rory Gilmore. Weil had also appeared on other TV shows including The Adventures of Pete and Pete, ER, and Anyone But Me. She’s also a Shondaland veteran with one appearance on Grey’s Anatomy and a regular role in the first season of Scandal in which she played Amanda Tanner, the White House intern who claimed to have had an affair with Fitz.

That covers a few of some of the key players for now. Next week, we’ll discuss the rest of the main cast including Asher, Connor, Laurel, Michaela, Nate, and Frank. And maybe I’ll throw in a few of the guest stars too.

By April

If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had some ice cream.

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