The Gilded Age Adds Three New Cast Members, All Broadway Legends

The Gilded Age will return for a third season at HBO and along with a news season, fans can expect an expanded cast.

The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic and social change, when huge fortunes were made and lost overnight. With the old guard officially deposed, New York society finds itself turned upside down, and all must get their house in order. But even those at the helm of this new era may find that change comes at a cost. 

Joining the cast this season will be the following Broadway legends:

  • PHYLICIA RASHAD as MRS. ELIZABETH KIRKLAND. A woman from a prominent family in Newport with ties dating back to the American Revolution, she has high standards (and an occasionally sharp tongue). She is unwilling to compromise the standards and expectations of her elite and exclusive social group – particularly when it comes to her son. (Recurring) 
  • JORDAN DONICA as DR. WILLIAM KIRKLAND. A kind, handsome, doctor from the prominent Kirkland family, he isn’t as narrow minded as the older members of his elite social circle. He was inspired to help others by becoming a doctor after visiting Arthur Scott’s (John Douglas Thompson) pharmacy as a boy. (Recurring) 
  • BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL as FREDERICK KIRKLAND, the patriarch of the Kirkland family, husband to Eilzabeth Kirkland (Phylicia Rashad), and father of Dr. William Kirkland (Jordan Donica). He is the pastor of a prominent Black church and a leader in the Newport community. (Guest star) 
  • VICTORIA CLARK as JOAN CARLTON, a kind, genial woman from the old money side of New York high society. Sincere and supportive of her son, she is surprised to find herself in a complicated and insulting situation. (Guest star) 

“We’re so proud of what Julian Fellowes and ‘The Gilded Age’ family have achieved. From the costumes to the production design and performances, the show has captivated so many, week after week. Along with our partners at Universal Television, we are thrilled to continue this grand tale for a third season,” said Francesca Orsi HBO Programming EVP and head of HBO Drama Series and Films.

Adds Erin Underhill, Universal Television president: “There is much more story to tell with ‘The Gilded Age.’ We’re delighted that HBO is giving fans another season of Julian Fellowes’ incredible storytelling. The cast and crew put so much of their heart and soul into the last two seasons, and we’re so proud that all this hard work is paying off with another season…you won’t want to miss what’s next!”

The Season 2 cast features Carrie Coon Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Morgan Spector, Louisa Jacobson, Denée Benton, Ben Ahlers, Michael Cerveris, Kelley Curran, Taissa Farmiga, Jack Gilpin, Simon Jones, Sullivan Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Kristine Nielsen, Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Page, Harry Richardson, Taylor Richardson, Blake Ritson, Douglas Sills, Erin Wilhelmi, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, John Douglas Thompson, Ashlie Atkinson, Laura Benanti, Nicole Brydon Bloom, Christopher Denham, David Furr, Ward Horton, Matilda Lawler and Robert Sean Leonard.

Creator Julian Fellowes writes, and executive produces the series alongside Bob Greenblatt, Gareth Neame, David Crockett, Michael Engler, who also directs. Sonja Warfield and Salli Richardson-Whitfield also executive produce. “The Gilded Age” is co-produced by HBO and Universal Television.

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