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Where You've Seen The Cast Of A Friend Of The Family Before

Following the critical success of Hulu's limited drama "The Act," executive producer Nick Antosca makes his true-crime drama comeback with the Peacock miniseries "A Friend of a Family." The show is based on the surreal true story of the Brobergs, a wholesome family from Idaho. Their lives completely change with the arrival of the Berchtold family, whose patriarch masterfully hides his true motives under a friendly smile and charming persona. The drama details how Robert Berchtold manipulated Bob and Mary Ann Broberg and how he almost broke their marriage apart. At the center of the story is Jan Broberg, who was abducted by Berchtold multiple times throughout her childhood.

In a statement, Antosca said that he hopes audiences will be able to sympathize with the experiences of the Broberg family instead of judging them for their past decisions. By telling their heart-wrenching and complicated story, he wants to showcase their commendable strength and love for each other, which is often overshadowed by the events dramatized in the show. To give justice to the Broberg family's story, Antosca also had the privilege of working with Jan and Mary Ann Broberg, who both served as executive producers on the miniseries.

Antosca has also assembled quite a brilliant cast to bring this harrowing story to life. From TV veterans to movie stars, this is where you may have seen the cast of "A Friend of the Family" before.

Anna Paquin as Mary Ann Broberg

Taking on the role of Mary Ann Broberg is Anna Paquin. Mary is a mother of three daughters whose happy family life gets disrupted with the arrival of a manipulative neighbor disguised as a charming and helpful friend. Paquin began her acting career at a young age when she got cast in the lead role of Flora McGrath in acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion's 1993 period drama "The Piano." The film enjoyed a successful theatrical run and positive critical reception, while also amassing plenty of awards. Paquin, who was just 11-years-old at the time, earned her an Academy Award for best supporting actress, making her the second-youngest actor in history to become an Oscar winner.

Three years later, Paquin made her return to the big screen with back-to-back dramatic performances in the 1996 films "Jane Eyre" and "Fly Away Home." In 2000, she joined her first blockbuster project in the form of 20th Century Fox's first "X-Men" film, portraying the teenage mutant Rogue. She reprised the role in three sequels. Her other notable film credits include the teen comedy "She's All That," the comedy-drama "Almost Famous," the Sean Connery-led drama "Finding Forrester," the Spike Lee's "25th Hour," Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale," and Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman.

In terms of TV, Paquin is best known for playing Sookie Stackhouse on HBO's supernatural fantasy drama "True Blood," which earned her a Golden Globe Award for best actress. When the series ended after seven seasons, she went on to star and executive produce two TV shows: The short-lived Canadian crime drama "Bellevue" and the British comedy-drama "Flack."

Jake Lacy as Robert Berchtold

In "A Friend of the Family," Jake Lacy portrays the story's main antagonist Robert Berchtold. His character is a predator and a master manipulator who charmed his way into the lives of the Broberg family in an attempt to get close to eldest daughter Jan Broberg. Lacy's first venture into acting was a one-episode appearance in "Guiding Light," one of the longest-running soaps in American TV history. He followed that up with a series regular role on the ABC sitcom "Better with You," in which he played Casey Marion Davenport for 22 episodes.

Lacy's first notable TV role was on the popular workplace sitcom "The Office," in which he played Pete Miller during the final two seasons. In 2014, he scored leading parts in two films, the romantic comedy "Obvious Child" with Jenny Slate and the sports comedy "Ball Out." The following year, he got a chance to star as a supporting character in Todd Haynes' acclaimed romantic drama film "Carol," led by acting powerhouses Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. He went on to appear in "Love the Coopers," "How to Be Single," "Their Finest," "Christmas Inheritance," "Johnny English Strikes Again," and the sci-fi action flick "Rampage."

In 2019, Lacy starred opposite Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell on the FX limited series "Fosse/Verdon." After that, he nabbed another series regular role in Hulu's short-lived TV adaptation of "High Fidelity," starring Zoe Kravitz. More recently, he was part of the ensemble cast of HBO's surprise critical darling "The White Lotus." For his breakout performance as an entitled newly-wed in the comedy miniseries, he received his first Emmy nomination for best supporting actor.

Colin Hanks as Bob Broberg

Colin Hanks stars as kind-hearted husband and father Bob Broberg in "A Friend of the Family." He gets befriended by his new neighbor Robert Berchtold, who takes advantage of his kindness. Hanks is the eldest son of Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks. Following in the Oscar-winner's footsteps can't have been easy, yet Colin Hanks continues to pave his own path by taking on roles in different genres.

After appearing as a background character in Tom Hanks' feature directorial debut "That Thing You Do!," Colin Hanks successfully landed his first major role on the sci-fi series "Roswell." He played the main characters' trusted best friend Alex Whitman for two seasons. After the series ended, he made supporting appearances in a handful of popular shows, including his father's HBO limited war drama "Band of Brothers," the teen drama "The O.C.," and the Jon Hamm-led "Mad Men." By the 2010s, he was landing major parts in beloved shows like "Dexter" and "Fargo." His most recent TV credits include series regular roles in "Impeachment: American Crime Story" as Mike Emmick, and "The Offer" as Barry Lapidus.

As for his film career, Hanks nabbed roles in multiple comedy films during the early 2000s, including "Whatever It Takes," "Get Over It," ”Orange County," and "11:14." In 2005, he got cast in the live-action adaptation of "King Kong," his first big blockbuster. Since then, he's popped up in movies like "The Great Buck Howard" with John Malkovich, the psychological thriller "Untraceable" with Diane Lane, the romantic-comedy "My Mom's New Boyfriend" with Antonio Banderas, the college comedy "The House Bunny" with Anna Faris, and the new "Jumanji" films with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.

Mckenna Grace as Jan Broberg

Mckenna Grace plays the teenage version of Jan Broberg, a young girl who gets kidnapped more than once by trusted family friend Robert Berchtold. Compared to other teenage actors, Grace already has a solid resume. As a child actor, she frequently appeared on Disney shows such as "Crash & Bernstein," "K.C. Undercover," and "Bizaardvark." She went on to play Faith Newman on "The Young and the Restless," appearing in 50 episodes.

Grace continued to expand her portfolio by playing younger versions of established characters. She popped up in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" as a young Abby Fisher; "The Vampire Diaries" as a young Caroline Forbes; and "Once Upon a Time" as a young Emma Swan." As her TV career flourished, she stepped things up by securing roles in high-profile movie projects like "Independence Day: Resurgence" and "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."

Grace's big break came in 2017 when she got cast as the daughter of Chris Evans' character in the drama film "Gifted." She earned critical praise for her compelling portrayal of a genius kid caught in the middle of a custody battle. That same year, Grace played a young version of Margot Robbie's Tonya Harding in the hit biopic "I, Tonya." She has since made a name for herself as a scream queen with roles in the likes of "Amityville: The Awakening," "The Bad Seed," "Annabelle Comes Home," and "Malignant," as well as recurring roles on supernatural TV dramas such as "The Haunting of Hill House" and "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina."

In 2021, Grace guest-starred in the fourth season of "The Handmaid's Tale," in which she portrayed Esther Keyes, a young teen wife of a commander. For her intense performance opposite Elisabeth Moss, she received her first Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress in a drama series.

Lio Tipton as Gail Berchtold

Lio Tipton plays the role of Gail Berchtold, who's unaware of the terrible things her husband is capable of doing. Before starting a career in acting, Tipton gained recognition as one of the contestants in the eleventh season of "America's Next Top Model." Despite finishing in third place, they still managed to sign a deal with the agency Ford Models and featured in several magazines, including Vogue.

In 2011, Tipton started shifting their focus to acting as they scored roles in two high-profile films, the superhero comedy "The Green Hornet" and the rom-com "Crazy Stupid Love." They followed that up with a leading role in the comedy-drama "Damsels in Distress," starring opposite Greta Gerwig. Their other notable film credits include the horror comedy "Warm Bodies;" the sci-fi action flick "Lucy;" the romantic comedy "Two Night Stand" with Miles Teller; the star-studded comedy drama "Mississippi Grind;" and the coming-of-age rom-com "Summer Night." More recently, they starred in B.J. Novak's directorial debut "Vengeance," in which they portrayed the supporting character of Abilene Shaw.

As for their television career, Tipton has only appeared on a few TV shows, including two short-lived series in "Hung" and "Manhattan Love Story." Peacock's "A Friend of the Family" marks their biggest TV role to date. It's been a big few years for Tipton, who came out as non-binary in 2021 hoping to "give as much love and support back to those who continue to show love and support for the Pride community at large," she said in an Instagram post.

Hendrix Yancey as Jan Broberg

In "A Friend of the Family," Hendrix Yancey shares the role of Jan Broberg with Mckenna Grace, playing the younger version of the central character. Yancey is a rising child actor who recently gained recognition for appearing as Thirteen, one of Eleven's adopted siblings in the fourth season of "Stranger Things."

Before landing her "Stranger Things" role, Yancey appeared in a handful of other projects. She became a professional actor at the tender age of five, when secured a role in the 2017 series "Versus," which marked her onscreen acting debut. In 2019, she was enlisted for the guest-starring role of Merritt Wever's daughter Daisy on Netflix's limited drama "Unbelievable," which received critical acclaim for its powerful storyline and engaging characters. The show also nabbed multiple Emmy nominations including best limited series and best supporting actress for Toni Collette. After that, she made her feature-length debut as Angelina in Amazon Studios' historical drama film "Charming the Hearts of Men," a critically acclaimed film led by Kelsey Grammer, Anna Friel, and Sean Astin.

Following her dramatic turn in "A Friend of the Family," Yancey will next be seen starring alongside Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain in the upcoming Paramount+ miniseries "George & Tammy," which will center around the life of legendary country musicians George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

Bonita Friedericy as Sister Ramona

Bonita Friedericy plays the role of Sister Ramona in "A Friend of the Family." For avid TV viewers, Friedericy is a very familiar face, as she has been making appearances in hit TV shows since the late '90s. Her most prominent small screen performance is on the action spy comedy "Chuck," led by Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski. Friedericy played the role of General Diane Beckman throughout the NBC show's five-season run.

Aside from her long tenure on "Chuck," Friedericy has largely made a living as a guest star. In years gone by, she has landed one-episode appearances on popular shows like "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Scrubs," "Veronica Mars," "Bones," "Parks and Recreations," "Justified," and "The Good Doctor." However, there have been a few recurring roles sprinkled in there, including stints on the supernatural drama "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as Ms. Finkle; the political drama "The West Wing" as Gail Addison; the legal thriller "How to Get Away with Murder" as Sandra Guthrie; and the medical drama "Chicago Med" as Terri Hammer.

Unlike her fruitful TV career, Friedericy has only appeared in a few notable movies over the years. These include the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks" starring Jamie Lee Curtis; the Keke Palmer-led drama "Akeelah and the Bee;" the fantasy adventure "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief;" the found footage horror film "Paranormal Activity 3;" and the comedy "Unfinished Business" with Dave Franco.

Ella Jay Basco as Sofia

Ella Jay Basco plays the recurring role of Sofia in "A Friend of the Family." Basco is an Asian American actor of Filipino and Korean descent. She comes from a family of actors, with Dante Basco (who was once also a child actor, famously playing Rufio in "Hook") being her uncle. She made her acting debut in 2013 when she scored a one-episode appearance in an episode of ABC's long-running medical drama "Grey's Anatomy." After that, she continued landing minor parts on shows like the CBS sitcom "Superior Donuts," HBO's political comedy "Veep," and the TV Land sitcom "Teachers."

Basco's big break came in 2020 when she got cast as one of the leading roles in the highly anticipated DC film "Birds of Prey," in which she starred alongside Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Huntress). In the superhero film, she portrays the character of Cassandra Cain, a mischievous young thief who accidentally steals from a powerful and maniacal villain named Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). In order to prepare for her feature-length debut, she trained with a magician to master her character's pickpocket skills.

Besides acting, Basco also spends her time writing and making music. Starting in 2020, she began releasing a handful of singles. So far, she has dropped tracks titled "The Ballad of Cassandra Cain," "Nadu," and "Bubble Tea." Per Broadway World, her music is a celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander life.

Austin Stowell as Pete Walsh

In "A Friend of the Family," Austin Stowell plays the role of FBI Agent Pete Walsh. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, Stowell finally made his acting debut with a recurring role on the ABC teen drama "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," which was led by Shailene Woodley.

In 2015, Stowell got the chance to work with Steven Spielberg on the short-lived police drama series "Public Morals," in which he played Officer Sean O'Bannon. Five years after the show got canned, Stowell reunited with Spielberg for a one-episode appearance on the acclaimed filmmaker's rebooted anthology series "Amazing Stories." His most notable TV performance is the series regular role of Nately on Hulu's dark comedy miniseries "Catch-22." In the limited drama, Stowell starred alongside executive producer George Clooney. His most recent TV credits are minor parts in the first season of "The White Lotus" and Netflix's survival series "Keep Breathing."

As for his movie career, Stowell's early film roles include portraying the supporting character of Kyle Connellan in the 2011 family drama '"Dolphin Tale." He followed that up with a minor appearance in Damien Chazelle's acclaimed psychological drama "Whiplash," in which he played student drummer Ryan Connolly. In 2015, Stowell scored another opportunity to collaborate with Spielberg, who enlisted him in the Tom Hanks-led historical drama "Bridge of Spies." His other film credits include the black comedy film "Colossal," the biographical sports drama "Battle of the Sexes," and the war drama "12 Strong." He also plied his trade in the romantic comedy "The Hating Game," starring opposite Lucy Hale.

Patrick Fischler as Garth Pincock

Patrick Fischler — who guest stars as Garth Pincock in "A Friend of the Family" — is one of those actors who everybody recognizes, even if they're not sure where they've seen him before. Fischler began his acting career in the early '90s, when he got frequently cast for one-episode roles on shows like "Knots Landing," "Love & War," "Flying Blind," and "Sister." In 1994, he landed small roles in three back-to-back movies: Keanu Reeves-led action thriller "Speed," the superhero film "The Shadow," and the black comedy thriller "Swimming with Sharks." Afterward, he secured his first recurring role as Pepe on the Don Johnson-led police drama "Nash Bridges."

By the 2000s, Fischler was scoring supporting appearances in both high-profile and independent films, such as David Lynch's neo-noir mystery "Mulholland Drive," the Scarlet Johansson-led black comedy "Ghost World," Steven Soderbergh's all-star dramedy "Full Frontal," Todd Phillips' classic comedy "Old School," the crime thriller "The Black Dahlia," Mike Judge's sci-fi comedy "Idiocracy," the Steve Carell-led comedy "Dinner for Schmucks," buddy cop action "2 Guns," and the Coen Brothers' musical dark comedy "Hail, Caesar!"

Despite continuously landing minor roles in star-studded movies, Fischler still gets more recognized for his extensive television work. His most notable TV performances have been on popular shows like the AMC period drama "Mad Men," in which he played Jimmy Barrett. He was also in ABC's hit sci-fi drama "Lost" as the recurring character of Phil; the fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time" as Isaac Heller; and the Disney+ historical drama "The Right Stuff" as Bob Gilruth.