Meet the Famous Actors and Actresses Behind Hit TNT Show, ‘Claws’

Developed initially for HBO in 2016, the comedy-drama Claws premiered on TNT in June of the following year. Audiences quickly fell in love with the South Florida girls and the network quickly renewed the show for another season. Claws is currently in its third season and received seven award nominations to date. The series won a 2018 NAACP Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (Janine Sherman Barrois) and a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series (Niecy Nash).

Executively produced by Angie Tribeca and Rashida Jones of Parks and Recreation fame, Claws is not a true story, but the actors and actresses draw inspiration from real life. Based in a Palmetto hair salon, the series follows five manicurists who begin laundering money for a local mob. The ladies get a taste of the good life and end up getting involved in the wrong people as they try to build their own empire. Keep reading to learn a little bit about each of the main cast members of Claws.

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Karrueche Tran, Jenn Lyon, Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, and Judy Reyes | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia

Actresses in ‘Claws’

Niecy Nash as Desna Simms
Known from 2003 Reno 911 and 2005 Guess Who, Nash stars as the main character. She also recently made her directorial debut on Claws Season 2 Episode 5.

Karrueche Tran as Virginia Loc
After initially entering the entertainment industry as a celebrity stylist, Tran won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on digital drama series, The Bay.

Jenn Lyon as Jennifer Husser
Lyon starred in several television shows and acted alongside George Lopez in 2014 Saint George as Mackenzie Bradford-Lopez, his ex-wife.

Carrie Preston as Polly
Known for her Emmy Award-winning performance as Elsbeth Tascioni in CBS’s The Good Wife, Preston plays the quirky but loyal friend, Polly.

Judy Reyes as Quiet Ann
Reyes starred in 2001 Scrubs and 2017 The Circle. She portrays Quiet Ann, the ladies’ lovable “security.”

Rebecca Creskoff as Melba Lovestone
Working in both television and Broadway, she landed several roles in known series including Desperate Housewives, Girlfriends, and How I Met Your Mother.

Actors in ‘Claws’

Jack Kesy as Roller Husser
Landing small parts in big movies including 2018 Deadpool 2 and 2017 Baywatch, Kesy now plays Desna’s leading man in Claws.

Harold Perrineau as Dean Simms
Best known for portraying Michael Dawson in Lost and Damon Pope in Sons of Anarchy, Perrineau stars as Desna’s autistic brother.

Dean Norris as Uncle Daddy
Famous for his role as the DEA agent Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad, Norris now stars as a mob boss.

Jason Antoon as Dr. Ken Brickman
He began his career on Broadway and starred in 2000 Tony-Award winning musical, Contact. Antoon plays Ken Brickman, who works under Uncle Daddy’s prescription pill operation.

Kevin Rankin as Bryce Husser
Rankin has starred in numerous television shows since 1997, and now portrays Roller’s brother and Uncle Daddy’s son, Bryce.

Michael Horse as Mac Lovestone
Known for portraying Native Americans, Horse stars in Claws as the bizarre but dangerous casino co-owner.

Watch Claws Sundays at 9 P.M. EST on TNT!