By seasonEdit

Season oneEdit

Main article: Characters Season One

The first season introduces the Barksdale Organization and other West Baltimore street level characters. It also introduces the Baltimore Police Department.

Season twoEdit

Main article: Characters Season Two

The second season introduces the characters of the Baltimore port including the stevedores and The Greek's smuggling organization. The Barksdale Organization and the police remain important.

Season threeEdit

The third season introduces the Stanfield Organization and a number of city politicians. The Barksdale Organization and the police remain important.

Season fourEdit

The fourth season introduces the Baltimore school system and focuses on the students and teachers of Edward Tilghman Middle School. The police, the Stanfield Organization and the politicians remain important.

Season fiveEdit

The fifth season introduces The Baltimore Sun. The police, the Stanfield Organization and the politicians remain important.

By affiliationEdit

The LawEdit

Law enforcement is an integral part of The Wire and characters in this field range from those enforcing the law at street level up to those setting laws city wide.

The StreetEdit

Characters in this section range from homeless drug addicts up to drug king-pins in charge of entire criminal empires.

School systemEdit

Main article: School system

This section includes the pupils, staff and Education board employees from the school system depicted on the show.

The DocksEdit

This section includes the Stevedore's and their families as well as the criminal organization that controls smuggling through the Baltimore docks.


Main article: Journalists

This selection includes the journalists of The Baltimore Sun along with television journalists and journalists from other papers.

Starring castEdit

Actor/Actress Character Position Seasons
Dominic West Jimmy McNulty Major Case Unit Detective 1 to 5
Chris Bauer Frank Sobotka Union treasurer-secretary 2
Paul Ben-Victor Spiros Vondas Organized Crime Underboss 2 (recurring in 4 and 5)
Reg E. Cathey Norman Wilson City Hall Chief of Staff under Carcetti 4 and 5
John Doman William Rawls Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations (formerly Major/Colonel) 1 to 5
Idris Elba Stringer Bell Drug kingpin 1 to 3
Frankie R. Faison Ervin Burrell Police Commissioner (formerly Deputy Ops) 1 to 4 (recurring in 5)
Larry Gilliard Jr. D'Angelo Barksdale Crew chief 1 and 2
Aidan Gillen Tommy Carcetti Mayor of Baltimore (formerly City Councilman) 3 to 5
Wood Harris Avon Barksdale Drug kingpin 1 to 3 (recurring in 5)
Clark Johnson Gus Haynes The Baltimore Sun City Desk Editor 5
Deirdre Lovejoy Rhonda Pearlman Chief State's Attorney in charge of Violent Crimes (formerly Assistant State's Attorney) 1 to 5
Tom McCarthy Scott Templeton The Baltimore Sun General Assignments Reporter 5
Clarke Peters Lester Freamon Major Case Unit Detective (formerly Homicide Detective; also worked in Pawn Shop Unit) 2 to 5 (recurring in 1)
Wendell Pierce Bunk Moreland Homicide Detective 1 to 5
Lance Reddick Cedric Daniels Deputy Commissioner of Operations (formerly Lieutenant/Major/Colonel) 1 to 5
Andre Royo Bubbles Recovering Drug Addict 1 to 5
Amy Ryan Beadie Russell Port Police Officer 2 (recurring in 3 to 5)
Sonja Sohn Kima Greggs Homicide Detective (formerly Narcotics/Major Case Unit Detective) 1 to 5
Jim True-Frost Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski Teacher (formerly Major Case Unit Detective) 1 to 4 (guest star in 5)
Robert Wisdom Howard "Bunny" Colvin Retired (former Major with police, and former educator) 3 and 4 (guest star in 2 and 5)
Seth Gilliam Ellis Carver Western District Sergeant in Charge (formerly Narcotics/Major Case Detective and DEU Sergeant) 3 to 5 (recurring in 1 and 2)
Domenick Lombardozzi Thomas "Herc" Hauk Defense investigator (formerly police Sergeant) 3 to 5 (recurring in 1 and 2)
Michael K. Williams Omar Little Stick-up man 3 to 5 (recurring in 1 and 2)
Gbenga Akinnagbe Chris Partlow Criminal enforcer 5 (recurring in 3 and 4)
Chad L. Coleman Dennis "Cutty" Wise Youth boxing instructor (former gang enforcer) 4 (recurring in 3, guest star in 5)
Jamie Hector Marlo Stanfield Drug kingpin 4 and 5 (recurring in 3)
Neal Huff Michael Steintorf Mayoral Chief of Staff 5 (recurring in 4)
Glynn Turman Clarence Royce Former Mayor of Baltimore 4 (recurring in 3, guest star in 5)
J. D. Williams Bodie Broadus Crew chief (formerly drug dealer) 3 and 4 (recurring in 1 and 2)
Jermaine Crawford Duquan Weems Arabber 5 (recurring in 4)
Corey Parker Robinson Leander Sydnor Major Case Unit Detective 3 to 5 (recurring in 1)
Tristan Wilds Michael Lee Criminal enforcer 5 (recurring in 4)
Michael Kostroff Maurice Levy Defense attorney 5 (recurring in 1 to 4)
Michelle Paress Alma Gutierrez The Baltimore Sun Crime Beat Reporter 5
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Clay Davis State senator 5 (recurring in 1 to 4)

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