List of Battlestar Galactica characters

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These are lists of characters from the various Battlestar Galactica incarnations.

Original 1978 movie and series[edit]

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People from the Galactica

People from other ships of the fleet

Council of Twelve members

People from the Pegasus

Borellian Nomen

  • Maga - played by Lance LeGault
  • Bora - played by Robert Feero
  • Taba - played by Anthony DeLongis

People from Terra

The Cylons

Others

Galactica 1980[edit]

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People from the Galactica

People from Earth

The Cylons

  • Advanced Cylon Humanoid, Andromus - played by Roger Davis
  • Centuri - played by Rex Cutter
  • Cy - played by Rex Cutter

People from the Ship of Light

Re-imagined 2003 miniseries / 2004 series[edit]

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Characters of the re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica, with pilot callsigns in parenthesis.

Key[edit]

Episode counts include the two part mini-series as well as the two television movies Razor and The Plan.

Main characters[edit]

Name Actor/actress Starring seasons Episode count
William Adama ("Husker") Edward James Olmos 1-4 77
William Adama, a veteran of the First Cylon War, is the commanding officer of the Battlestar Galactica, and has the longest tenure as the highest-ranking officer in the Colonial Fleet after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.
Laura Roslin Mary McDonnell 1-4 76
Laura Roslin serves as the Secretary of Education at the time of the Cylon attack and later serves as President of the Twelve Colonies. She is also believed by some in the Fleet to be a religious figure essential to the fulfillment of the Pythian prophecy.
Kara Thrace ("Starbuck") Katee Sackhoff 1-4 74
Kara "Starbuck" Thrace is a gifted Viper pilot, with an attitude that has hindered her career in the Colonial Fleet. However, William Adama has confidence in Thrace's military skills, and she greatly aids the Fleet inside and out of the cockpit.
Lee Adama ("Apollo") Jamie Bamber 1-4 76
Leland Joseph Adama, commonly known as Lee Adama or by his callsign, "Apollo", is a former Colonial Fleet Reserve officer who is appointed Galactica's CAG after the Cylon attack the Twelve. He is the sole surviving son of William Adama.
Gaius Baltar James Callis 1-4 76
Doctor Gaius Baltar is a brilliant scientist who unintentionally aided the Cylons in their attack on the twelve colonies. A charismatic genius and womanizer, he is initially portrayed as a self-serving opportunist, but becomes a braver and more caring character over the course of the series.
Number Six Tricia Helfer 1-4 77
"Number Six" is a humanoid Cylon who plays several key roles in Cylon society. She is the first humanoid Cylon that viewers witness in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. Stunningly beautiful and highly religious, there are several versions of her, including Caprica-Six, Shelly Godfrey, Gina Inviere, Natalie Faust, Lida and Sonja. She is the only model that does not use one particular human alias for all copies.
Number Eight ("Boomer" and "Athena") Grace Park 1-4 77
Number Eight is a female humanoid Cylon model. Two prominent Number Eight copies serve at different times as Galactica pilots: Sharon Valerii and Sharon Agathon, using the call signs "Boomer" and "Athena", respectively. "Boomer" is a sleeper agent at the beginning of the series, herself unaware of being a Cylon.

Supporting characters[edit]

Battlestar Galactica military personnel[edit]

Name Actor/actress Recurring seasons Episode count
Saul Tigh Michael Hogan 1-4 73
Saul Tigh is the Executive Officer (ExO) of Galactica, and repeatedly serves as acting commander in the absence of William Adama.
Galen Tyrol Aaron Douglas 1-4 69
Tyrol is responsible for the maintenance of the Vipers and Raptors aboard Galactica. After the events of the miniseries, he was the ship's highest-ranking non-commissioned officer at rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
Karl Agathon ("Helo") Tahmoh Penikett 1-4 66
Initially Agathon is an Electronic Countermeasures Officer, part of a two-person Colonial Raptor crew based on the Galactica, and is paired with Sharon "Boomer" Valerii before the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies. After being stranded on Caprica after the attack he develops a relationship with another Number Eight copy later known as Athena
Felix Gaeta Alessandro Juliani 1-4 61
Lieutenant Felix Gaeta ([ˈgeɪ.ɾə] or "gay-tah") is a young officer in the Colonial military. When the Cylons attack he has served three years as William Adama's Senior Officer of the Watch aboard Galactica.
Anastasia Dualla Kandyse McClure 1-4 56
Anastasia "Dee" Dualla [du.ˈɑ.lə] is the Communications Officer of Galactica.
Cally Henderson Tyrol Nicki Clyne 1-4 38
Cally is a young woman who works as a deckhand on Galactica. During her tenure on Galactica, she falls in love with and later marries her boss, Galen Tyrol. She gives birth to a child named Nikolaos "Niki" Tyroll, though the childs biological father is revealed to be Brendan "Hotdog" Costanza.
Samuel T. Anders ("Longshot") Michael Trucco 2-4 36
Before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, Anders was captain of the Caprica Buccaneers. On Cylon-occupied Caprica, he becomes leader of the human resistance until they are rescued by Kara Thrace.
'Doc' Sherman Cottle Donnelly Rhodes 1-4 36
He is Battlestar Galactica's Chief Medical Officer
Alex Quartararo ("Crashdown") Samuel Witwer 1-2 11
Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo is the Raptor ECO who replaces Karl Agathon after Sharon Valerii reluctantly leaves him behind on Cylon-occupied Caprica at his request.
Louanne Katraine ("Kat") Luciana Carro 1-3 18
"Kat" is a rookie Viper pilot aboard the Battlestar Galactica, part of a group being trained by Kara Thrace (Starbuck). Although a rookie, she is very sharp and talented, and quickly becomes a hot-shot pilot.
Margaret Edmondson ("Racetrack") Leah Cairns 1-4 33
"Racetrack" is a Raptor pilot aboard Galactica. Racetrack tends to have a dark, bitter, and cynical attitude towards life. She makes many crucial discoveries for the fleet during her recon missions.
Brendan Costanza ("Hot Dog") Bodie Olmos 1-4 36
"Hot Dog" is a Viper pilot on Galactica recruited from the Fleet's civilians. He initially acts more experienced than he really is, but grows to become one of Galactica's seasoned veteran pilots. He fathers a child with Cally Tyrol named Nikolas but does not take responsibility for him until this is revealed during the finale.
Diana Seelix ("Hardball") Jennifer Halley 1-4 21
Seelix is first a deckhand and later a Viper pilot aboard Galactica.
Aaron Kelly Ty Olsson 1-4 10
At the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, Captain Aaron Kelly is third-in-command aboard Galactica, ranking behind Admiral William Adama and Colonel Saul Tigh.
James Lyman ("Jammer") Dominic Zamprogna 1-3 10
"Jammer" is a deckhand under Chief Galen Tyrol on Galactica who becomes part of the New Caprica Police during the cylon occupation.
Socinus Alonso Oyarzun 1-2 12
Specialist D. Socinus is a deckhand on Galactica assigned to Chief Tyrol. He is among the group sent on a scouting mission to Kobol.
Hamish McCall ("Skulls") Colin Lawrence 2-4 13
Lieutenant Hamish "Skulls" McCall is a Raptor pilot. He serves as Margaret "Racetrack" Edmonson's ECO.
Layne Ishay Kerry Norton 2-4 10
Layne Ishay is a medic serving on Galactica.

Civilian fleet[edit]

Name Actor/actress Recurring seasons Episode count
Billy Keikeya Paul Campbell 1-2 27
Billy was the Chief of Staff to President Laura Roslin following the initial Cylon attack.
Tom Zarek Richard Hatch (Hatch played "Apollo" in the 1978-1979 series) 1-4 22
Zarek is a charismatic and philosophical populist political leader from the Colony of Sagittaron, who was jailed twenty years before the Cylon holocaust for terrorist activities. After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, he and a number of other inmates find themselves stuck on the Astral Queen, a prison ship which joins the Battlestar Galactica in fleeing the Cylons.
Ellen Tigh Kate Vernon 1-4 25
Ellen Tigh is the wife of Colonel Saul Tigh. At the beginning of the series, he believes she has been killed during the Cylon attack of the Colonies while he was on Galactica. Ellen enjoys flirting with various men and working to enhance her and Saul's personal position.
Tory Foster Rekha Sharma 2-4 32
Tory Foster enters the series as the new Presidential Chief of Staff for Laura Roslin.
Elosha Lorena Gale 1-2,4 10
Elosha is a priestess who follows the religion of the Lords of Kobol. She gives spiritual guidance to Laura Roslin.
Romo Lampkin Mark Sheppard 3-4 6
Romo Lampkin is a highly capable yet ethically questionable lawyer in the Fleet. He is a kleptomaniac with penchants for deception and psychological manipulation. Lampkin is appointed Gaius Baltar's defense counsel after his previous lawyer was killed by a bomb.
Paulla Schaffer Lara Gilchrist 4 10
Paulla Schaffer is a Baltar cultist with fanatical religious tendencies.
Jeanne Keegan Connor Tracy 4 9
Jeanne is one of the leaders of the Cult of Baltar. She worries about her son who is afflicted with viral encephalitis.
Charlie Connor Ryan Robbins 3-4 7
Charlie Connor is one of Samuel Anders' resistance fighters on New Caprica. He becomes uncompromising in hunting down cylon collaborators after the death of his son.
Jean Barolay Alisen Down 2-4 9
Jean Barolay is an associate of Samuel Anders, acting as a member of his resistance groups on both Caprica and New Caprica, and later joins him as a civilian volunteer during the Battle of the Algae Planet and the Demetrius's mission to find Earth.

Cylons[edit]

Name Actor/actress Recurring seasons Episode count
D'Anna Biers (Number Three) Lucy Lawless 2-4 16
is a model of humanoid Cylon marked by a religious curiosity, notably surrounding the Final Five, that sets her against the other Cylon models, in particular the Number Ones.
Leoben Conoy (Number Two) Callum Keith Rennie 1-4 23
"Number Two", better known as Leoben Conoy, is a humanoid Cylon first encountered at Ragnar Anchorage. He fancies himself as a prophet with predilections for enlightened monotheistic religion, whereas he is more likely to sow the seeds of doubt or misinformation, weaving lies in the fabric of truth and faith.
John Cavil (Number One) Dean Stockwell 2-4 15
John Cavil, aka Number One, is a humanoid Cylon model that appears as a highly rational, eccentric man in his late-sixties
Aaron Doral (Number Five) Matthew Bennett 1-4 21
"Number Five", known to the humans as Aaron Doral, appears to be a man in his mid-thirties. He is initially encountered aboard Galactica, where he is operating as a public relations executive. He seems designed to network, almost to the point of being the sleazy used-car salesman type, but with a sadistic, violent side.
Simon O'Neill (Number Four) Rick Worthy 2-4 8
"Number Four" is a humanoid Cylon that speaks calmly and purposefully. This model appears to be the medical specialist of the Cylons and also takes on the role of a doctor or medic when functioning as an infiltrator.
The Hybrid Tiffany Lyndall-Knight 3-4 9
The Hybrid is a being that represents the first step in the Cylon evolution from pure machines to organic beings. They serve as the central computer inside a basestar.

Battlestar Pegasus military personnel[edit]

Name Actor/actress Recurring seasons Episode count
Helena Cain Michelle Forbes 2,4 4
Admiral Helena Cain is the commanding officer of the battlestar Pegasus at the time of the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. She is a hard woman, unafraid of making difficult decisions and unflinching in her will to do what she sees as right. These traits sometimes compel her to feel that she has been left no choice but to take controversial, unpopular and morally questionable choices.
Kendra Shaw Stephanie Jacobsen 4 1
Kendra Shaw is an officer from the Ministry of Defense who is assigned to Battlestar Pegasus as Helena Cain's aide when the Cylons attack the twelve colonies. During the crisis, she becomes one of Cain's most trusted officers. Shaw only appears in the two hour television movie Razor kicking off Season 4. She is the protagonist of the story.
Louis Hoshi Brad Dryborough 2-4 20
Lieutenant Louis Hoshi is the communications officer on the battlestar Pegasus, and later becomes the communications officer on Galactica.
Jack Fisk Graham Beckel 2,4 5
Colonel Jack Fisk is the executive officer (XO) of the battlestar Pegasus serving under Admiral Helena Cain. Fisk is careful never to contradict the admiral.

Minor/other characters[edit]

Characters in flashbacks from before the cylon attack

  • Barbara is a nurse paid by Gaius Baltar to look after his father. Played by Elan Ross Gibson. She appears in one episode
  • Cheryl Roslin, Laura Roslin's younger sister. Played by Sarah Deakins. She appears in one episode.
  • Dreilide Thrace "Slick", a concert pianist and composer, and the father of Kara Thrace. Played by Roark Critchlow. He appears in two episodes.
  • Frank Porthis is responsible for administering William Adama's polygraph examination in order to determine eligibility for an unmentioned civilian job. Played by Kevin McNulty. He appears in two episodes.
  • Julius Baltar, the father of Gaius Baltar. Played by Antony Holland. He appears in one episode.
  • Lucy Cain was Helena Cain's younger sister and was presumably killed by the Cylons during the first Cylon War. Played by Chandra Berg. She appears in one episode.
  • President Adar, President of the Twelve Colonies at the time of the cylon attacks. Played by Colm Feore. He appears in one episode.
  • Sandra Roslin, Laura Roslin's youngest sister. Played by France Perras. She appears in one episode.
  • Sean Allison, former student and once off lover of Laura Roslin. Played by Dan Payne. He appears in one episode.
  • Shona is a prostitute Gaius Baltar employs before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. Played by Simone Bailly. She appears in two episodes.
  • Socrata Thrace, mother of Kara Thrace. Played by Dorothy Lyman. She appears in one episode.
  • Zak Adama, youngest son of William Adama who was engaged to Kara Thrace when he was killed in a flight accident. Played by Tobias Mehler. He appears in three episodes.

Battlestar Galactica military personnel

  • Anthony Figurski is a deckhand serving under Galen Tyrol. Played by Don Thompson. He appears in nine episodes.
  • Allan Nowart is a Marine stationed on Galactica. He is Omar Fischer's replacement as Sergeant of the Guard. Played by Colin Corrigan. He appears in thirteen episodes.
  • Brandy Harder is a Marine stationed on Galactica. Played by Heather Doerksen. She appears in four episodes.
  • Ensign Davis, is an officer on Galactica who has a crush on Crashdown. Played by Cailin Stadnyk. She appears in two episodes.
  • Dealino is a deckhand who is central to the attempt to fix up Galactica with all the hull stresses on its structure. Played by Darcy Laurie. He appears in five episodes.
  • Donald Perry ("Chuckles") is a young man selected as a candidate pilot (nugget) for Viper training. Played by Terry Chen. He appears in two episodes.
  • Dwight Saunders ("Flat Top") is a young Raptor pilot who is killed in an accident on the hangar deck. Played by Colby Johannson. He appears in two episodes.
  • Erin Mathias is a marine selected to join Demetrius on its mission to find Earth. Played by Eileen Pedde. She appears in eight episodes.
  • Eammon Pike ("Gonzo") is a pilot selected to join Demetrius on its mission to find Earth. Played by Ryan McDonell. He appears in six episodes.
  • Sergeant Hadrian is the Master-at-Arms on Galactica. She is responsible for the internal security on the ship. Played by Jill Teed. She appears in two episodes.
  • Howard Kim is a paramedic on Galactica. Played by Kurt Evans. He appears in two episodes.
  • Marcie Brasko is a deckhand on Galactica. Played by Sonja Bennett. She appears in three episodes.
  • Nora Farmer is a former Viper pilot and the significant other of Tucker "Duck" Clellan. Played by Emily Holmes. She only appears in "the Resistance" webisodes.
  • Omar Fischer is a Marine on Galactica serving as Sergeant of the Guard. Played by Aleks Paunovic. He appears in four episodes.
  • Paolo McKay ("Redwing") is a Viper pilot who participates in the Battle of New Caprica. Played by Lee Jefferies. He appears in three episodes.
  • Tarn is a technician on Galactica who is selected for a scout mission to Kobol. Played by Warren Christie. He appears in two episodes.
  • Tucker Clellan ("Duck") is a Viper pilot. Played by Christian Tessier. He appears in five episodes.
  • Corporal Venner is a Colonial Marine serving on Galactica. As a native of Gemenon, Venner is a very religious man and believes that Laura Roslin as a prophet sent by the Lords of Kobol. Played by Chris Shields. He appears in four episodes.

Civilian fleet

  • Boxey is the son of the Armistice Officer at Armistice Station and a young refugee from Caprica. Played by Connor Widdows. He appears in three episodes.
  • Didi Cassidy is the attorney for the prosecution in the trial of Gaius Baltar. Played by Chelah Horsdal. She appears in two episodes.
  • Doyle Franks is one of the five Fleet captains chosen at random to be a judge for the trial of Gaius Baltar. Played by Susan Hogan. She appears in three episodes.
  • Enzo was a drug supplier in the underworld of the Twelve Colonies prior to the Cylon attack and a former associate of Louanne "Kat" Katraine. He becomes a member (and likely leader) of the Sons of Ares. Played by G. Patrick Currie. He appears in two episodes.
  • George Chu is part of Sesha Abinell's terrorist group that takes hostages aboard Cloud 9. Played by Eric Breker. He appears in one episode.
  • Hillard is a member of Samuel Anders' resistance group on Caprica, and a former Caprica Buccaneer. Played by Diego Diablo Del Mar, He appears in four episodes.
  • Jacob Cantrell is elected as Sagittaron's representative to the Quorum of Twelve. Played by Andrew McIlroy. He appears in seven episodes.
  • James McManus is a journalist who becomes anchor host of the wireless broadcast show "The Colonial Gang". Played by David Kaye. He appears in three episodes.
  • Joe is the barkeep of Joe's bar, a drinking establishment on Galactica. Played by Tom Bower. He appears in one episode.
  • Karen Fallbrook is a member of the press corps. Played by Alison Matthews. She appears in three episodes.
  • Kern Vinson is part of Sesha Abinell's terrorist group that takes hostages aboard Cloud 9. He is also the brother-in-law of Sesha Abinell. Played by Mark Houghton. He appears in one episode.
  • Kimmit is a member of the press corps. Played by Raahul Singh. He appears in two episodes.
  • Marshall Bagot is elected as Virgon's representative to the Quorum of Twelve, selected to represent that planet on the Quorum of Twelve. He nominates Tom Zarek for the post of Vice President. Played by Malcolm Stewart. He appears in three episodes.
  • Maya is a civilian within the Fleet, entrusted by President Roslin to adopt and raise Hera. Played by Erica Cerra. She appears in four episodes.
  • Meier is one of Tom Zarek's right-hand men in Zarek's quest for political power in the Fleet. Played by James Remar. He appears in two episodes.
  • Phelan is the head of the black market operating within the Fleet. Played by Bill Duke. He appears in one episode.
  • Playa Palacios is a journalist and a co-host of the new wireless current affairs program, "The Colonial Gang". Played by Christina Schild. She appears in ten episodes.
  • Reza Chronides is a representative to the Quorum of Twelve of one of the Twelve Colonies during the second Roslin administration. Played by Marilyn Norry. She appears in six episodes.
  • Sarah Porter is a politician and a member of the Quorum of Twelve. Played by Patricia Idlette. She appears in four episodes.
  • Sekou Hamilton is a journalist and a co-host of the new wireless current affairs program, "The Colonial Gang". Played by Biski Gugushe. He appears in eight episodes.
  • Sesha Abinell is a terrorist living on the freighter Greenleaf who, with the help of fellow conspirators, holds patrons hostage in a lounge aboard Cloud 9, played by Dana Delany. She appears in one episode.
  • Shevon is a prostitute residing on Cloud Nine with her daughter Paya. Played by Claudette Mink She appears in one episode.
  • Tracey Anne is a member of the Cult of Baltar. Played by Leela Savasta. She appears in six episodes.
  • Xeno Fenner is the foreman aboard the Hitei Kan, a tylium refinery ship. Played by David Patrick Green. He appears in two episodes.

Battlestar Pegasus military personnel

  • Alastair Thorne is an officer aboard the battlestar Pegasus known as the "Cylon Interregator", played by Fulvio Cecere. He appears in two episodes.
  • Barry Garner is the third commanding officer of Pegasus. Before his promotion, he was the ship's chief engineer, played by John Heard. He appears in one episode.
  • Cole "Stinger" Taylor is the CAG of the battlestar Pegasus serving under Admiral Helena Cain. Played by John Pyper-Ferguson. He appears in two episodes.
  • Gage is a Specialist serving on the battlestar Pegasus, and later on Galactica, played by Mike Dopud. He appears in four episodes.
  • Jurgen Belzen was the long-time executive officer on Pegasus who was executed by Admiral Helena Cain for insubordination, played by Steve Bacic. He only appears in the two hour television movie Razor.
  • Mei "Freaker" Firelli is an officer on Pegasus. Played by P.J. Prinsloo. He appears in two episodes.
  • Noel Allison ("Narcho") is a senior Viper pilot on the battlestar Pegasus who later transfers to Galactica, played by Sebastian Spence. He appears in nine episodes.
  • Peter Laird is a civilian aeronautical engineer pressed into service on the battlestar Pegasus by order of Admiral Helena Cain after the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies, played by Vincent Gale. He appears in six episodes.
  • Vireem is a Specialist serving on the battlestar Pegasus and later on Galactica, played by Derek Delost. He appears in three episodes.

Other Characters

  • The Armistice Station Officer is the first member of the Colonial Fleet to see the Cylons in over 40 years. He is killed when the cylons destroy the station. Played by Ryan Robbins, (who also played Charlie Connor in the regular series). He only appears in the first part of the miniseries.
  • Daniel Novacek ("Bulldog") is a pilot who served under Commander William Adama aboard the Battlestar Valkyrie and was lost while on a stealth mission across the Armistice Line approximately six years before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. Played by Carl Lumbly. He appears in one episode.
  • The First Hybrid is the precursor to the modern Cylon Hybrids, and is the first step in their evolution from pure machines to organic beings. Played by Campbell Lane. He only appears in the two hour television movie Razor.
  • Hera Agathon is the first successful Human/Cylon hybrid. She is the daughter of Karl "Helo" Agathon and Sharon (Number 8) "Athena". Played in different episodes by child actors Lily Duong-Walton, Alexandra Thomas and Iliana Gomez-Martinez.
  • Sue-Shaun is a member of Samuel Anders' resistance group on Caprica, and a former Caprica Buccaneer. Played by Tamara Lashley. She appears in three episodes.
  • Emily Kowalski is a terminal cancer patient befriended by Laura Roslin. She appears in one episode played by Nana Visitor.

Caprica[edit]

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Blood & Chrome[edit]

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List of characters for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome webseries / pilot movie

References[edit]

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