The Flash is a superhero TV series that began to air on The CW in 2014. It is based on the title character of the series from DC Comics and was developed by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and Andrew Kreisberg. It chronicles the journey of a crime scene investigator (Barry Allen) portrayed by Grant Gustin who acquires super-human speed. He uses his ability to fight crimes and other metahuman criminals. While it centers more on the Flash as a character, its success is highlighted by the cast of The Flash.
The TV series has witnessed an array of top-notch actors since its inception. While some are already established, it has also made the career of some young and upcoming actors and helped them gain recognition. It is presently in the sixth season with more than a hundred episodes under its belt.
Cast Of The Flash and Those Who Joined The Series
1. Grant Gustin as Barry Allen
He is the main star of The Flash series; a crime scene investigator with the Central City Police Department. Barry witnessed his mother’s murder and the wrongful imprisonment of his father for his mother’s death.
Obviously, the most important cast of The Flash, his character was struck by a lightning explosion from the S.T.A.R. Labs which sends him into a 9 months coma. By the time he had awoken, he was with superpowers which he uses to fight human and metahuman criminals.
Some critics expressed their doubt about casting Grant as The Flash but he has grown into the role so much that it is hard to see another actor taking up this character. Since he began to feature in the series, he has been nominated for 20 awards and has won 5 of them including a Saturn and Teen’s Choice Award.
2. Candice Patton as Irish West-Allen
The daughter of detective Joe West, she’s also Barry Allen’s wife. She studied Journalism at the university through Barry’s persuasion and becomes an investigative reporter with the Central City Picture News. She worked closely with her husband in the S.T.A.R. Lab and proved to be a formidable partner.
She has been a part of the series since the first season in 2014 and has got many nominations winning a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on TV in 2017.
3. Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow (Killer Frost)
One of the most important characters of The Flash, Snow is a bioengineer in the S.T.A.R. Labs. Her parents (Thomas Snew and Carla Tannhauser) were also scientists. She lost her fiance Ronnie Raymond in a particle accelerator explosion. The loss makes her kind and compassionate. She renders medical support to Barry and his team.
For her role in the series, Panabaker earned multiple Teen Choice Award nominations.
4. Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
He is the mind and money behind the S.T.A.R. Labs and on most earth in the Multiverse. One of the best villains in the series, the actor has been on the show since the first season.
5. Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon (Vibe)
He is a genius and also a mechanical engineer who works in the S.T.A.R Labs. He secretly fears the metahumans thinking they might one day go rogue. He develops various measures and technologies to counter their powers.
Carlos Valdes is yet another actor who has been on the series since 2014.
6. Jesse L. Martin as Joe West
West is the father of Iris and Wally West. A legal guardian to Barry Allen after his parents’ death. He is also a detective.
7. Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West (Kid Flash)
He is Joe’s son and Irish’s brother. He is described as a kid who has some attitude problems, a little wayward with a quick sassy remark, and a problem with authority. He joined the show in the second season and remained through the third and fourth season before leaving in 2018.
8. Neil Sandilands as Clifford DeVoe (The Thinker)
He is a metahuman who has superhuman intelligence. He is the main antagonist in season 4 and seeks to fix all he thinks is wrong with humanity.
9. Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny (Elongated Man)
Hartley featured mainly in season five as a metahuman with the ability to change his body shape and stretch it to superhuman sizes and lengths.
10. Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton
She was a guest and recurring cast from seasons 1 to 4. Her main role began in season 5 when she was featured as the district attorney of Central City and a close friend of Joe West. She begins a romantic relationship with him and becomes pregnant with him. Together, they had a daughter.
11. Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen
Jessica also featured mainly in season 5 after having a recurring role in season 4. She is first introduced as a mysterious girl with super speed. She later introduces herself as the future daughter of Barry and Iris.
12. Chris Klein as Orlin Dwyer (Cicada)
He is the main antagonist of season 5. Orlin comes into his abilities when he got struck by a fragment from Thinker’s satellite. He developed anti-meta human sentiments after experiencing many losses at their hands.
Top Actors Who Left The Series
The series has experienced a cast turnover as any TV series. While some actors have left the season voluntarily, some have been written out by the writers as the story progresses. Here is a list of some top actors who have left the series.
1. Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne
He was Joe West’s partner and Iris West’s boyfriend. He only featured in the first season. He kills himself to prevent Reverse-Flash from being born.
2. Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West- Allen
She featured as Barry and Iris’s daughter. Her tragic exit was at the end of season 5 when the season finale erased her from existence. It’s uncertain if the character will return in the future and even if she does, it might not be with the same actress.
3. Chris Klein as Cicada
Cicada is one of the biggest Villian to exit the show in recent times. He suffered an early and unexpected exit when his niece who is from the future killed him and takes over Cicada.
4. Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West (Kid Flash)
Sadly, his character didn’t reach its full potential before leaving the show. While nothing was confirmed, it was rumored that the writers complained that having 2 speedsters made the story more difficult to write. Ironically, they introduced recurring speedsters in the future seasons.
5. Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart
Leonard Snart was a villain and rival of Barry Allen. He was a worthy opponent and his interpretation of his role was well received. Fans grew to love him and he became some sort of anti-hero. It was very sad when he announced his exit from the show in 2018.
6. Neil Sandilands as Clifford DeVoe
Adding some good spice to the series, DeVoe was the first villain of Flash that wasn’t a speedster. He was a good addition to the series and was manipulative and arrogant. His defeat signaled his exit from the show.
7. Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond
He was the Firestorm of The Flash and he featured in very few episodes.
8. Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein
Victor Garber was a cast of The Flash that was easily loved. He exited the series by death during the Earth-X crisis. His exit was sad especially for the lovers and followers of his character but it was a befitting end.
9. Teddy Sears as Zoom
The character of Zoom worked hard to best Barry, something he nearly did. In the end, he was consumed by the Time Wraiths.
10. Violett Beane as Jesse Quick
It’s uncertain if Violett Beane has left the show as she has appeared in just a few episodes and continues to feature in other prominent roles outside the show.
11. Tom Felton as Julian Albert
The transition of Julian Albert in the series was quite impressive. Tom played the role of a cynical unintentional villain who was under mind control. He then turned and became a useful member of the team.
12. Katee Sackhoff as Amunet Black
Kate was featured as a side villain and was last seen in season 4. Although she was mentioned and referred to a handful of times in season 5.
13. Jessica Camacho as a Gypsy
Another cast of The Flash that left, she came on the scene as a bounty hunter on the heels of H.R. She then fell in love with a hero (Cisco Ramon) who had her kind of skill set. They eventually drifted apart and she hasn’t been on the show since then.
The first 2 episodes (115 and 116) of The Flash season 6 have been slated to be released on the 8th and 15th of October 2019. With the various speculations agog on social media, there hasn’t been any official announcement about any major addition to the cast. Although it is worth mentioning that Todd Helbing who has been the showrunner from inception is stepping down to work on other projects. He is to be replaced by Eric Wallace who joined the show in season four.