Who’s in the Cast of Netflix’s ‘Away’ and Why Do They Look So Familiar?

Away is the latest space drama to come to Netflix, and its star-studded cast features a number of faces you might recognize. Here’s a breakdown of who’s who in Away, and where viewers may know them from.  

L-R: Mark Ivanir, Hilary Swank, Ray Pathaki | Netflix

Hillary Swank leads ‘Away’ as Commander Emma Green

Two time Academy Award-winning actor Hillary Swank leads Away as astronaut Commander Emma Green. She’s most known for her critically acclaimed roles in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. More recently Swank appeared in Netflix’s sci-fi drama, I Am Mother as the woman who ends up in a mysterious lab while trying to survive the robot apocalypse.

Josh Charles plays Emma’s husband Matt Logan

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles plays the role of Commander Emma Green’s husband, Matt Logan. The actor got his start with Hairspray and went on to star in the 1989 Academy Award-winning film Dead Poets Society opposite Robin Williams. 

He’s been in a number of popular projects over the years, including Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead, Law & Order: SVU, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But Charles is most known for his recurring role on the Emmy-winning CBS drama The Good Wife, in which he portrayed attorney Will Gardner for seven seasons. 

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Ato Essandoh portrays Kwesi in ‘Away’

Away features seasoned actor Ato Essandoh as the astronaut Kwesi. He has had recurring roles in popular series like Elementary, Blue Bloods, and Altered Carbon. And his film credits include blockbusters like Django Unchained, Jason Bourne, and Dark Phoenix

Essandoh currently plays Dr. Isidore Latham on the NBC drama, Chicago Med — a role which he has carried for the last four seasons. 

Ray Panthaki is Ram

Ray Panthaki portrays the Mars-bound astronaut Ram in the new Netflix series. The British actor/writer/director is known for his roles on BBC’s EastEnders and Netflix’s Marcella. In 2018, Panthaki starred in the biopic Colette, opposite Dominic West and Kiera Knightly.

Ray Panthaki and Ato Essandoh in Away Netflix
AWAY (L to R) Ray Panthaki Ato Essandoh |Diyah Pera/Netflix

Vivian Wu portrays Lu in ‘Away’

Vivian Lu steps into the role of the astronaut Lu. The actor has appeared in award-winning films like The Joy Luck Club and The Last Emperor. And she has been featured in a number of popular TV series, including Highlander and Murder She Wrote

Mark Ivanir is Misha

In Away, Mark Ivanir plays Emma Green’s co-astronaut, Misha. The Israeli-Ukrainian actor got his start with the Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg film, Schindler’s List. He has since appeared in a number of critically acclaimed movies, including The Terminal and The Good Shephard.  

The actor has been featured in over 60 TV projects including Grimm, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and Transparent. He also played Russian agent Ivan Krupin on three seasons of Homeland

Cast of 'Away'
Cast of ‘Away’ \ Diyah Pera/Netflix

Talitha Eliana Bateman plays Emma’s daughter Alexis Logan

In Netflix’s Away, Talitha Eliana Bateman takes on the role of Commander Emma Green’s daughter, Alexis Logan. Despite being only 18, the actor has racked up quite an impressive resume.

She has starred in films like Geostorm and Love, Simon. And she’s been featured on episodes of The Middle, Hart of Dixie, and Law & Order: SVU