'Succession' stars who have appeared on Broadway and beyond

Discover all the Waystar co-stars who have taken the New York stage before and after their appearances on the multi-Emmy Award-winning drama series.

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Gillian Russo

It's in the name: The HBO TV series Succession was destined for success. Of course, the acclaimed show — a two-time Emmy Award recipient and the winningest show at the 2024 Golden Globes — focuses on a different kind of succeeding. The adult siblings of the fictional Roy family fought for control of their father's media empire, Waystar RoyCo, over four seasons between 2018 and 2023.

Before, during, and since the show's reign over premium TV, its stars have found individual success, including on stage. Emmy-winning Succession breakout star Jeremy Strong, for one, claimed a Tony Award for being a Broad-Waystar in 2024's An Enemy of the People. In summer 2024, the show's Peter Friedman and Sydney Lemmon co-star in the psychological thriller Job on Broadway. Many other Succession cast members have made a name on Broadway, off Broadway, and on stages worldwide.

Learn more about Succession stars on stage below.

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Peter Friedman

Peter Friedman has become a New York theatre mainstay since making his Broadway debut in Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown in 1972. Between that production and his most recent — Job in summer 2024, on Broadway following two hit Off-Broadway runs — he has appeared in over 30 other shows in the city.

Among his most famous stage roles are Tateh in the musical Ragtime (Tony Award nomination), Humphry Taylor in The Common Pursuit (Drama Desk Award nomination), and Scoop Rosenbaum in The Heidi Chronicles (Drama Desk Award nomination).

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Sydney Lemmon

Sydney Lemmon may have had a small part in Succession — appearing in three episodes as Jennifer — but she made a big splash on stage in recent years. She earned critical acclaim for starring opposite Peter Friedman in Job as Jane, a woman who suffers a mental breakdown at work and is determined to get back by any means necessary — even though her wellbeing may be in jeopardy.

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Jeremy Strong

Before he became world-famous for his Emmy Award-winning performance — and infamous for his intense preparation — as Succession's Kendall Roy, Strong was a fixture on the New York theatre scene. Between 2006 and 2010, he starred in six shows, making his Broadway debut in 2008's A Man for All Seasons and repeatedly gracing the Off-Broadway stage before and after.

In 2024, he returned to Broadway alongside Michael Imperioli and Victoria Pedretti in An Enemy of the People, earning a Tony Award for playing a doctor whose well-intentioned exposure of contaminated water in his town contaminates his public image.

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Brian Cox

Brian Cox is a formidable figure on both stage and screen. Succession fans know him as the powerful patriarch Logan Roy — a perfect precursor to his latest stage role: patriarch James Tyrone in a London revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night.

In 2019, between Succession seasons, Cox starred in The Great Society on Broadway as Lyndon B. Johnson, his fifth Broadway gig following Rock 'n' Roll and That Championship Season, among others.

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Sarah Snook

Before and after winning two Golden Globes for playing Siobhan "Shiv" Roy on Succession, Sarah Snook built an unmissable global presence that would rival anyone at Waystar. She starred as Cordelia in King Lear and Joan of Arc in Saint Joan in her home country of Australia, and in between, she performed opposite Ralph Fiennes in The Master Builder in London.

Now, Snook gets the stage all to herself as she plays all 26 parts in an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray in London's West End. Ambitious and in control — Shiv would be proud.

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Kieran Culkin

Kieran Culkin just snagged his first Golden Globe for playing troubled Waystar COO Romulus "Roman" Roy on Succession. The actor's theatre career is short, but his father was a Broadway performer, so Culkin was perhaps destined to take the stage eventually. Talk about a succession, no?

Culkin's Broadway debut was in 2006's 24 Hour Plays, and his next stage outing was 2014's This Is Our Youth.

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Alan Ruck

Rounding out the Roy sibling clan is half-brother Connor, played by Alan Ruck. He made his Broadway debut in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues and befriended his co-star, fellow stage and screen favorite Matthew Broderick. That real-life friendship got Ruck another of his best-known screen roles: Cameron in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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Matthew Macfadyen

Macfadyen is an actor with range, from playing the swoon-worthy Darcy in Pride and Prejudice to the "human grease stain" (Macfadyen's words in his Golden Globes acceptance speech) Tom Wambsgans in Succession on screen. The same goes for theatre. He's stolen the stage in classic and contemporary shows, including John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and the Olivier Award-winning 2014 comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.

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Arian Moayed

In spring 2023, a year before Strong did An Enemy of the People on Broadway, Arian Moayed (Stewy Hosseini in Succession) starred opposite Jessica Chastain in A Doll's House. Moayed's performance earned him a second Tony nomination, his first being for Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in 2011.

He later won an Obie Award for starring in another Joseph play, Guards at the Taj, off Broadway, and a Drama Desk Award for starring in The Humans on and off Broadway.

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J. Smith-Cameron

J. Smith-Cameron, who plays lawyer Gerri Kellman on Succession, has one of the longest successions of stage roles among her co-stars. Among her 30 Off-Broadway credits (and counting) are As Bees in Honey Drown (Obie Award), Juno and the Paycock (Drama Desk Award nomination), and Sarah, Sarah (Drama Desk Award nomination).

On Broadway, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Our Country's Good and appeared in Tartuffe, Night Must Fall, and After the Night and the Music.

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Natalie Gold

Natalie Gold and Strong played ex-spouses on Succession, but they're closer in real life. Literally: Just a few blocks from where Strong stars in An Enemy of the People, Gold stars in Appropriate on Broadway.

Gold's other theatre credits include Festen on Broadway and Twelfth Night, Kill Floor, and Peace for Mary Frances (alongside Cameron) off Broadway.

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Justine Lupe

Justine Lupe, best known for playing Willa Ferreyra in Succession, got her career start on stage. A year after making her screen debut in 2011, she starred in two shows at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival: Western Country and House of Home. She then took the Off-Broadway stage twice, in The New Sincerity in 2015 and Empathitrax, opposite Jimmi Simpson, in 2016.

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Fisher Stevens

Succession fans know Fisher Stevens as communications executive Hugo Baker, but that is but one role in a very long career in the arts. He's not only an actor, but also a director, having directed and acted in 50 stage productions combined. Among his most high-profile credits are the original Broadway production of Brighton Beach Memoirs (as Matthew Broderick's replacement in the lead role), Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy in 1982, and the 1994 Broadway revival of Carousel.

Stevens also directed John Leguizamo in Ghetto Klown on Broadway after performing alongside the comedian in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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David Rasche

David Rasche's storied theatre career spans more than 40 years. Since making his stage debut in 1977 in a play titled Isadora Duncan Sleeps with the Russian Navy, he's appeared in seven Broadway productions and more than double that off Broadway. His stage performance in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow is among his most acclaimed — besides his Succession performance as Waystar CFO Karl Muller, of course.

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Rob Yang

Before playing Waystar antagonist Lawrence Yee on Succession, Rob Yang made a name in D.C. with Chimerica and on the Off-Broadway scene with The Shanghai Gesture and A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2022, he returned off Broadway to star in the play Catch as Catch Can.

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Dagmara Domińczyk

Dagmara Domińczyk, who plays Waystar publicist Karolina Novotney, doesn't need public relations to make her acting career look good. Besides appearing in more than 40 TV and film projects, she's graced the Broadway stage four times: in Closer, Enchanted April, The Violet Hour, and Golden Boy.


Harriet Walter

Dame Harriet Walter is practically theatre royalty, particularly in London. She's an Olivier Award winner (for Three Sisters) and a Tony Award nominee (for Mary Stuart), and is widely regarded as one of the best Shakespearean actresses of today. It makes sense that she'd be on Succession (as Lady Caroline Collingwood), considering that the show is partly inspired by King Lear.


Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones was last seen on Broadway opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Bobby Cannavale in The Lifespan of a Fact, earning a Tony Award nomination for her work. She was previously nominated four other times and won twice — for The Heiress and Doubt, which is getting revived in spring 2024. Her first nomination was for Our Country's Good alongside future Succession co-star J. Smith Cameron. Jones recurred on the show as Nan Pierce.


Linda Emond

In 2023, Linda Emond reminded everyone she's a theatre queen by playing a Broadway producer in the TV show Only Murders in the Building. Between 1997 and 2015, she starred in four Broadway shows: 1776, Life (x) 3, Death of a Salesman, and Cabaret, and earned Tony nominations for all but 1776. She later had a recurring role on Succession's third season as Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven.


Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian is a double-threat who often acts in his own plays. Talk Radio, a Pulitzer Prize finalsit, and subUrbia are among his most famous, and his 1986 work Drinking in America was just revived off Broadway in 2023. He recurs as Gil Eavis on the first two seasons of Succession.

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