The teen mystery-drama series became very popular among it’s audience in April 2020, when people were stuck at home trying to utilise their much longer and boring homebound time, some of them went for Outer Banks in Netflix. It was particularly because of its central mystique and it’s sunny locales which made it a heavily bingeable series. With the huge success the service decided to renew the show for another season. But before that season releases in Netflix, viewers might’ve been yourself wondering where they’ve seen the actors behind this popular new show.
While the series is filled with new faces, each of them has previously starred in some high-profile films and shows, which is why they look familiar while catching up on this early 2020 series. We present below some of the stars and their previous screen appearances :
Chase Stokes (John B)
As John B, the leader of the Pogues, Chase Stokes plays the male lead in Outer Banks. Before this popular teen drama series, Stokes appeared in an episode of Stranger Things. His other television roles include appearances in Tell Me Your Secrets, The First, Daytime Divas, and Base. He also starred in the adventure dramedy film, Between Waves, the TV movie, The Beach House, and the short film, Lost Island. He also starred in the music video for “Hot Stuff,” from the artist Kygo (feat. Donna Summer), earlier this year. Next, he’ll be acting in the drama film, Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets.
While Chase Stokes’ filmography remains light and particularly as a young actor involved with this popular Netflix series, it is expected to see him pop up in a few more high-profile film and TV projects in the coming years. It should also be mentioned that he was nearly cast as Han Solo in Solo, by his own admission.
Madelyn Cline (Sarah Cameron)
In the role of Sarah Cameron, the affluent teenage girl plays the female lead character in Outer Banks. Prior to her prominent role, Cline was made appearances in Stranger Things and B1oy Erased. She also appeared in episodes of Vice Principals, Maid to Order, and The Originals. Cline performed film roles in Savannah Sunrise and 23rd Psalm: Redemption. And she starred in The Giant, which qualified for the film festival rounds last year. It’s premiering on VOD in mid-November.
Additionally, Madelyn Cline also starred in What Breaks the Ice, which premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival earlier this month. Earlier this year, Cline appeared in an episode of Day by Day and Kygo’s “Hot Stuff” music video. She’ll soon be seen in Once Upon A Time in Staten Island.
Madison Bailey (Kiara “Kie”)
As Kiara, i.e. “Kie,” who is the daughter of a successful restaurant owner and hangs out with the Pogues, Madison Bailey plays a lead role in Netflix’s Outer Banks. As an upcoming actress, this teen drama series was among her most high-profile roles, though TV fans may be familiar with Bailey thanks to her role as Wendy in The CW’s Black Lightning.
Additionally, the actress appeared in episodes of series like Mr. Mercedes, Creepshow, Two Roads, Murder Chose Me, Swamp Murders, and Constantine, the latter of which was her first professional credit. She also had an uncredited role in Fist Fight and she was briefly seen in Impractical Jokers: The Movie earlier this year. Her other film credits include 2018’s Nightclub Secrets and Discarded Things, which premiered at the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in August. Additionally, Madison Bailey recently appeared in episodes of NBC’s drama series, Council of Dads.
Jonathan Daviss (Pope)
In the role of Pope, who is considered the mastermind behind the Pogues, Jonathan Daviss plays the most important character at the core of Outer Banks. As a young actor, Davis first appeared onscreen on an episode of NBC’s Revolution. He later performed in films like Age of Summer and Edge of the World, as well as TV movies like Shattered Memories, All the Marbles, and Deliverance Creek. In 2017, Daviss starred in the short film, All the Marbles. For the actor the project next in line is to be another series, Baselines.
Rudy Pankow (JJ)
Playing the part of JJ, John B’s loyal surfer and best bud, Rudy Pankow portrays a splashy supporting character to Outer Banks. In addition to this popular show, Pankow was seen in an episode of The Politician, another high school drama in Netflix. He also features in episodes of Acting for a Cause, Solve, and Sunny Family Cult. Outside of realm of television, Pankow has acted in a number of short films over the last few years, such as 11:47, Not Me, Last Summer, Muse: Thought Contagion, Deviant, and Nobody Knows. Next, he’ll set to star in the dramedy film, Space Waves.
Austin North (Topper)
As a Topper, Sarah’s ex-boyfriend who hates the Pogues, Austin North plays an antagonistic personality in this popular series. His professional acting career started back in 2011 when he appeared in an episode of Kickin’ It. From then North has worked almost exclusively on television, providing one-episode pop-ups in A.N.T. Farm, See Dad Run, Jessie, and an uncredited appearance in General Hospital. His most notable work prior to being a part of Outer Banks was playing the role of Logan Watson in the Disney comedy series, I Didn’t Do It. He was also be seen in several episodes of Hulu’s All Night and he starred in a 2018’s short film, 11:11. Judging by his records Outer Banks currently remains the most high-profile project in his early career.
Charles Esten (Ward Cameron)
Playing the part of Ward Cameron, Sarah’s wealthy business owner father, Charles Esten is an influential adult figure in this teen drama series. As an actor, musician, and comedian, Esten, also known professionally as “Chip Esten,” is mostly known for his notable works on improvisational comedy work on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both the U.K. and the American versions. Apart from that he has appeared in nearly fifty episodes of Whose Line altogether. Esten was also seen on Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show and Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza before to Whose Line’s revival.
Outside of improv comedy, Charles “Chip” Esten is known for his regular role in Nashville, which helped kickstart his professional music career. Additionally, Esten has featured in The Office, Big Love, Enlightened, Jessie, ER, The Drew Carey Show, Married… With Children, and Star Trek: Voyager. He also starred in Thirteen Days, The Postman, and Swing Vote.
Drew Starkey (Rafe Cameron)
Playing the part of Rafe Cameron, the older brother of Sarah, Drew Starkey is also a part of the main ensemble for Outer Banks. Outside of this series, Starkey was also seen in bit roles in movies like Just Mercy, Love, Simon, The Hate U Give, and American Animals. He also appeared in episodes of Ozark, Shots Fired, Good Behavior, Brockmire, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits and Monsters, The Resident, Doom Patrol, Queen Sugar, Valor, Dead Silent, Mercy Street, and Dolly Patron’s Heartstrings. Apart from that he also appeared in several episodes of MTV’s Scream. Last year, Starkey was seen in the thriller, Mine 9.
Earlier this year, Drew Starkey starred in The Devil All The Time , released in Netflix, as well as an episode of Acting for a Cause. Next, the young actor is set to appear in the sports drama, Embattled. He also has bagged a role in the upcoming short film, Extended Stay.