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 to those setting laws citywide.


Both honest and corrupt state and city officials depicted in the series are included in this section.

The Street[edit]

Those involved in drug dealing and drug addicts alike are featured.

The Schools[edit]

Pupils, staff and employees in the school system are featured.

The Docks[edit]

Stevedores, their families, and the criminal organization that is involved in the smuggling through the Baltimore docks are featured.

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

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