List of The Wire characters

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The following is a listing of fictional characters from the HBO series, The Wire. Note that some characters' allegiances or positions may have changed over time; and, although the series has ended, the placement below is generally meant to reflect their most recent situation. Also, some specific plot lines may be revealed in a character's description.

The Law[edit]

Law enforcement is an integral part of The Wire, and characters in this field range from those enforcing the law at street level up to those setting laws citywide.

Politicians[edit]

Characters in this section include the state and city officials, both honest and corrupt, depicted in the series.

The Street[edit]

Characters in this section range from homeless drug addicts up to drug king-pins in charge of entire criminal empires.

The Schools[edit]

This section includes the pupils, staff and Education Board employees from the school system depicted on the show.

The Docks[edit]

This section includes the stevedores and their families as well as the criminal organization that controls smuggling through the Baltimore docks.

The Paper[edit]

The fifth season features an examination of a fictionalized version of The Baltimore Sun and introduced several journalist characters.

Starring cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character Starring seasons Guest seasons Episode count Position
Dominic West Jimmy McNulty 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 56 Homicide Detective (formerly Major Case Unit Detective and Patrol Officer)
Larry Gilliard, Jr. D'Angelo Barksdale 1, 2 N/A 18 Drug organization crew chief
Lance Reddick Cedric Daniels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 58 Deputy Commissioner for Operations (formerly Lieutenant/Major/Colonel/CID Commander)
Idris Elba Russell "Stringer" Bell 1, 2, 3 N/A 36 Drug Kingpin
Wood Harris Avon Barksdale 1, 2, 3 5 32 Drug Kingpin
Sonja Sohn Kima Greggs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 56 Homicide Detective (formerly Narcotics and Major Case Unit Detective)
Wendell Pierce Bunk Moreland 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 54 Homicide Detective
John Doman William Rawls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 46 Police Commissioner (formerly Major/Colonel/Deputy Commissioner for Operations)
Frankie Faison Ervin Burrell 1, 2, 3, 4 5 40 Police Commissioner (formerly Deputy Commissioner for Operations)
Deirdre Lovejoy Rhonda Pearlman 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 44 Assistant State's Attorney in charge of Violent Crimes
Andre Royo Bubbles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 48 Soup kitchen volunteer and newspaper vendor (formerly drug addict and police informant)
Clarke Peters Lester Freamon 2, 3, 4, 5 1 55 Major Case Unit Detective (formerly Homicide and Pawn Shop Unit Detective)
Chris Bauer Frank Sobotka 2 N/A 12 Union secretary-treasurer
Amy Ryan Beatrice "Beadie" Russell 2 3, 4, 5 20 Port Police officer
Paul Ben-Victor Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos 2 4, 5 15 Organized crime underboss
Seth Gilliam Ellis Carver 3, 4, 5 1, 2 50 Western District Sergeant in Charge (formerly Narcotics and Major Case Unit Detective)
Domenick Lombardozzi Thomas "Herc" Hauk 3, 4, 5 1, 2 51 Defense investigator (formerly Narcotics Detective and Major Case Unit Sergeant)
J. D. Williams Preston "Bodie" Broadus 3, 4 1, 2 37 Drug organization crew chief (formerly drug dealer)
Jim True-Frost Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski 3, 4 1, 2, 5 45 Teacher (formerly Major Case Unit Detective)
Michael K. Williams Omar Little 3, 4, 5 1, 2 42 Stick-up man
Corey Parker Robinson Leander Sydnor 3, 4, 5 1 37 Major Case Unit Detective
Aidan Gillen Tommy Carcetti 3, 4, 5 N/A 35 Mayor of Baltimore (formerly City Councilman)
Robert Wisdom Howard "Bunny" Colvin 3, 4 2, 5 25 Retired (Former Major with Police Department, and former teacher of sorts)
Jamie Hector Marlo Stanfield 4, 5 3 31 Drug Kingpin
Chad Coleman Dennis "Cutty" Wise 4 3, 5 20 Youth boxing instructor (former gang enforcer)
Glynn Turman Clarence Royce 4 3, 5 16 Former Mayor of Baltimore
Reg E. Cathey Norman Wilson 4, 5 N/A 23 Mayoral Deputy Chief of Staff (formerly Campaign Manager)
Michael Kostroff Maurice Levy 5 1, 2, 3, 4 21 Defense attorney
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Clay Davis 5 1, 2, 3, 4 17 Maryland State Senator
Gbenga Akinnagbe Chris Partlow 5 3, 4 30 Drug organization enforcer and crew chief
Tristan Wilds Michael Lee 5 4 22 Drug organization enforcer and crew chief (formerly middle school student)
Jermaine Crawford Duquan "Dukie" Weems 5 4 20 Corner boy (formerly middle school student)
Neal Huff Michael Steintorf 5 4 11 Mayoral Chief of Staff
Clark Johnson Augustus Haynes 5 N/A 10 City Desk Editor of The Baltimore Sun
Tom McCarthy Scott Templeton 5 N/A 10 General Assignments Reporter at The Baltimore Sun Metro Desk
Michelle Paress Alma Gutierrez 5 N/A 10 Police beat reporter for The Baltimore Sun City Desk

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