Stranger Things season 4 cast: Catch up with the Hawkins characters and meet the new stars joining the Netflix series in 2022

What lays ahead for Eleven, Dustin, Max, Caleb, Will, Steve, Joyce and Hopper? And meet the new Stranger Things season 4 cast.

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 7 June 2022 - 12.26pm

Stranger Things season 4 is the Netflix show's biggest and scariest yet.

The 1980s-set supernatural drama takes influence from teen horror movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street as it returns for its penultimate season.

With extended episodes split across two volumes, season 4 has been worth the wait for fans. However, the three-year break between seasons means you might need a quick catch-up before you dive into the latest Hawkins adventure. Here is our quick guide to the cast – new and old – for Stranger Things 4.

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Full Stranger Things season 4 cast

  • Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers)
  • David Harbour (Jim Hopper)
  • Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)
  • Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler)
  • Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson)
  • Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair)
  • Noah Schnapp (Will Byers)
  • Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield)
  • Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler)
  • Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers)
  • Joe Keery (Steve Harrington)
  • Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley)
  • Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair)
  • Brett Gelman (Murray)
  • Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler)
  • Matthew Modine (Dr Brenner).
  • Jamie Campbell Bower (Peter Ballard)
  • Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson)
  • Eduardo Franco (Argyle)
  • Sherman Augustus (Lt. Colonel Sullivan)
  • Mason Dye (Jason Carver)
  • Nikola Djuricko (Yuri)
  • Tom Wlaschiha (Dmitri)
  • Myles Truitt (Patrick)
  • Regina Ting Chen (Ms. Kelly)
  • Grace Van Dien (Chrissy)
  • Logan Riley Bruner (Fred Benson)
  • Logan Allen (Jake)
  • Elodie Grace Orkin (Angela)
  • John Reynolds (Officer Callahan)
  • Rob Morgan (Chief Powell)
  • Amybeth McNulty (Vickie)
  • Robert Englund (Victor Creel)

Winona Ryder - Plays Joyce Byers

Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers and Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix
Joyce and Murray in Stranger Things 4

At the end of season 3, Joyce and Hopper shared an emotional moment and finally admitted their feelings for each other – but were ripped apart in the explosive conclusion, where the portal to the Upside Down was destroyed.

After leaving Hawkins with her kids and Eleven for a new start in California, Joyce will be spending season 4 looking for answers about the fate of Hopper.

David Harbour – Plays Jim Hopper

David Harbour as Jim Hopper in Russia in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Season 3 ended on a heartbreaking and mysterious cliffhanger for Hopper. However, the show’s creators the Duffer bothers have since revealed that Hopper will return.

We don’t know how he survived the explosion after the Battle of Starcourt, but we will find ‘The American’ “imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human…and other”.

Millie Bobby Brown – Plays Eleven

Millie Bobby Brown in explosive form as Eleven in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Eleven is starting a new life in California with the Byers family, but life at High School without her powers and boyfriend Mike is tough.

Season 4 will see Eleven go on an incredible journey, which will take viewers deep into her backstory. Just check out the first 8 minutes clip of season 4 released by Netflix to get some clues on where Eleven’s story is heading.

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Finn Wolfhard - Plays Mike Wheeler

Finn Wolfhard (centre) in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Mike and Dustin are still flying the flag for Dungeons and Dragons as members of The Hellfire Club at Hawkins High School – we expect their Hellfire Club t-shirts to sell like hot cakes.

Mike’s relationship with Eleven has been tested by the distance and when they reunite in California, Mike discovers that he’s not been given the whole story on Cali life by El.

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Gaten Matarazzo – Plays Dustin Henderson

Gaten Matarazzo and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Dusty remains the exuberant and charismatic cornerstone of the original Stranger Things gang, but with Lucas busy in the High School basketball team, Will and Eleven in California, and Mike on his way to visit them, the D&D lover is forced to build new relationships and bonds in this season’s adventure.

His double act with Joe Keery’s Steve Harrington remains one of the most heart-warming elements of the series.

Caleb McLaughlin – Plays Lucas Sinclair

Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

In a significant shift from previous seasons, Lucas has become part of the High School basketball squad, meaning he has less time for role play games and his old best friends.

His bond with Max has also become strained and distant in the six-month break since season 3.

Noah Schnapp – Plays Will Byers

Noah Schnapp as Will Byers in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Will is on Eleven chaperone duties at the start of season 4, looking out for his friend as she struggles to deal with the pressures of High School.

But when Mike comes to visit, Will reveals that El isn’t the only one struggling with the new West Coast life as he feels neglected and ignored by his old gang.

Sadie Sink – Plays Max Mayfield

Sadie Sink at a gravestone in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Max takes centre stage for large chunks of season 4 as she struggles to come to terms with the death of her brother Billy, who sacrificed himself to the Mind Flayer to save her in season 3.

Trailer footage and images of Max rising off the ground has got fans frantically speculating about what will happen to her in season 4, but the theories we’ve seen online haven’t quite figured out the dark journey that lays ahead for Sadie Sink’s character.

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Natalia Dyer – Plays Nancy Wheeler

Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

While her boyfriend Jonathan is in California, Nancy is throwing herself into life as a local reporter and a sudden dark event in Hawkins sets her off on an incredible journey into the dark history of the small town.

Oh, and Nancy and Steve shippers will have plenty to enjoy in season 4 as well.

Charlie Heaton – Plays Jonathan Byers

Charlie Heaton screaming in the back of a van in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

In California, Jonathan has started dabbling in the stoner lifestyle with his new best mate and pizza delivery driver Argyle.

But it’s not long in season 4 before Jonathan steps up and take responsibility for the Cali gang as they find themselves on an epic and unexpected adventure.

Joe Keery – Plays Steve Harrington

Joe Keery as Steve in Stranger Things season 4, alongside Maya Hawke as Robin Netflix

Now working with Robin in a video rental store, Steve is still a hit with the female population of Hawkins, but still hasn’t found ‘The One’.

It’s not long before his old buddy Dustin drags Steve and Robin into yet another perilous adventure.

Maya Hawke – Plays Robin Buckley

Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Without question, the low-key MVP of season 4, Maya Hawke has several scene stealing one-liners in season 4.

She begins the season working a new job at Hawkins video rental store alongside Steve. Her friendship with Steve and chalk and cheese dynamic with Nancy is a great asset to season 4.

Priah Ferguson - Plays Erica Sinclair

Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson and Finn Wolfhard as Mike in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Lucas's younger sister steps up for The Hellfire Club when her brother finds himself too busy with the basketball team.

Brett Gelman – Plays Murray

With Hopper absent, the eccentric turns into a sidekick for Joyce and her quest for answers. Bret Gelman remains a surreal joy.

Matthew Modine - Plays Dr Brenner

Matthew Modine as the mysterious Dr Brenner in Stranger Things season 4 talking to the Hawkins Lab subjects Netflix

The first eight minutes of Stranger Things season 4, which Netflix have released on YouTube, show that Matthew Modine's chilling Dr Brenner is back in yet more flashbacks to Eleven's early life.

We may have seen him being attacked by the Demogorgon, but Brenner still haunts Eleven and the past events between them in Hawkins Lab is central to El’s journey in season 4.

Gabriella Pizzolo - Plays Suzie Bingham

Gabriella Pizzolo as Suzie Bingham in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

The NeverEnding Story fanatic, Planck's Constant, expert, Camp Know Where alumnus, Suzie has been a crucial ally to the Stranger Things gang in season 3 and season 4.

Despite a lack of contact from 'Dusty Bun', Suzie helped saved the day in season 3 and is visited by Mike, Argyle, Jonathan and Will in season 4 with a special request.

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Jamie Campbell Bower – Plays Peter Ballard

Jamie Campbell Bower with Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things Season 4 Netflix

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Sweeney Todd actor plays a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital. Tired of the brutality he witnesses day after day, will Peter finally take a stand?

Joseph Quinn - Plays Eddie Munson

Joseph Quinn as Eddue Munson in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

The Catherine the Great actor plays an audacious 80s metalhead who runs The Hellfire Club, Hawkins High’s official D&D club.

Hated by those who don’t understand him - and beloved by those who do - Eddie will find himself at the terrifying epicenter of this season’s mystery.

Eduardo Franco - Plays Argyle

Eduardo Franco as Argyle in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

The Booksmart actor is Jonathan’s new best friend, a fun-loving stoner who proudly delivers delicious pizza pies for Surfer Boy Pizza. You’re going to fall in love with him.

Mason Dye - Plays Jason Carver

Mason Dye as Jason Carver in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

The Bosch and Goldbergs actor’s character has it all - he's handsome, he’s rich, he’s a sports star, and he’s dating the most popular girl in school. But as a new evil threatens Hawkins, Jason’s perfect world begins to unravel…

Nikola Djuricko - Plays Yuri

Yuri is a seedy and unpredictable Russian smuggler who loves bad jokes, cold hard cash, and crunchy style peanut butter.

Djuricko previously starred in BBC drama Informer and the movie World War Z.

Tom Wlaschiha - Plays Dmitri

Tom Wlaschiha as Russian guard Dmitri in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Dmitri is a Russian prison guard who befriends Hopper. Dmitri is smart, cunning, and charming... but can he be trusted?

Where you do recognise Dmitri from? You will probably have seen Tom Wlaschiha in Game of Thrones as Jaqen H'ghar, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan as Max Schenkel or in Das Boot as Hagen Forster.

Grace Van Dien - Plays Chrissy

Grace Van Dien as cheerleader Chrissy in Stranger Things Season 4 Netflix

Chrissy is Hawkins High's lead cheerleader and the most popular girl in school. But beneath the seemingly perfect surface lies a dark secret.

You may have previously seen Grace Van Dien in Greenhouse Academy or The Village.

Robert Englund - Plays Victor Creel

Robert Englund as Victor Creel in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

The Nightmare on Elm Street legend is cast as Victor Creel, a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s. His dark history in Hawkins is at the centre of the 2022 season.

Logan Riley Bruner - Plays Fred Benson

Logan Riley Bruner as Fred Benson in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

A colleague of Nancy's at the local Hawkins paper, Fred heads off to investigate the strange series of events in the small town with Nancy. However, Fred has some dark secrets he has kept to himself.

Elodie Grace Orkin - Plays Angela

Elodie Grace Orkin as Angela in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Angela is the coolest kid in the year at Eleven's new school in California and unfortunately she has taken a dislike to the newest pupil in the class. She terrorises and bullies Eleven, constantly pushing our hero to her limit with comments about her 'late' father Hopper.

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Stranger Things past cast

Sean Astin - Plays Bob Newby

Sean Astin as Bob in Stranger Things season 2 Netflix

The founder of the Hawkins Middle AV Club, the manager of the Radio Shack and late boyfriend of Joyce, Bob was one of the heroes of Stranger Things season 2.

Bob the Brain helped save Joyce and the Byers family, allowing them to escape Hawkins Labs with his computer skills turning off the security system. However, as everyone escaped Bob was mauled to death by a baby Demogorgon. It was a heartbreaking exit for The Goonies and Lord of the Rings legend Sean Astin.

Shannon Purser - Plays Barb

Shannon Purser as Barb in Stranger Things season 1 Netflix

One of the show’s best loved characters, despite only appearing for a short period in season one, por Barb was taken from us too early.

Her death at the hands of the Demogorgon in season one made a lasting impact of fans and was still haunting her best friend Nancy Wheeler in season 4. Vecna was able to exploit Nancy’s guilt and regret over the death of Barb to capture Nancy in the season 4 finale.

Nancy still blames herself for Barb’s death, after she left her friend alone to spend time with love interest Steve.

Alex Utgoff - Plays Alexi 

Alex Utgoff as Russian scientist Alexi in Stranger Things season 3 Netflix

A key Russian scientist involved on The Key project under Starcourt Mall. Alexei was arrested by Hopper and went on the run with him, Joyce and Murray in season 3. He was eventually killed by Russian hitman Grigori for defecting to help the United States.

Andrey Iychenko - Plays Grigori

A Russian soldier and hitman, who helped keep the Russian project under Starcourt Mall secret.

He was ordered to kill Hopper and Byers for their interference in Russia’s plans and despite incredible fighting skills and strength, he was taken down and killed by Hopper in the underground facility under Starcourt Mall.

Linnea Berthelsen - Plays Kali Prasad/Eight

Linnea Berthelsen as Eight/008 in Stranger Things Season 2 Netflix

Another test subject from Hawkins Lab, who suffered the same experiments and suffering as Eleven. In season two, Eleven and Eight were reunited briefly and it was revealed that Eight now lived with a gang of youths.

She had slightly different powers to the other subjects as she could create mental images in other people’s minds – a skill that allowed her to escape Hawkins Labs.

Cary Elwes - Plays Larry Kline 

The mayor of Hawkins in season 3, Kline was cooperating with the Starcourt company and Russians. A self-serving and corrupt mayor, he was eventually thrown out of office and had his secrets exposed after the Battle of Starcourt.

Jake Busey - Plays Bruce Lowe

Jake Busey as journalist Bruce in Stranger Things season 3 Netflix

The Frighteners star Jake Busey played the misogynistic and crude co-worker of Nancy Wheeler in season 3, who frequently bullied the aspiring young journalist.

His foul behaviour made him the perfect victim for the Mind Flayer, who turned him into a killer, who tried to hunt down Nancy and Jonathan.

Nancy eventually killed Mind Flayer Bruce with a fire extinguisher to the head.

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