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The following is a listing of fictional characters from the HBO series, The Wire. Note that some characters' allegiances or positions may have changed over time; and, although the series has ended, the placement below is generally meant to reflect their most recent situation. Also, some specific plot lines may be revealed in a character's description.

The Law

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 Politics

Characters in this section includes both honest and corrupted, state and city officials depicted in the series. They administrate the politics of Baltimore.

The Street

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

The Schools

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

The Docks

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

The Paper

The fifth season features an examination of a fictionalized version of The Baltimore Sun and introduced several journalist characters.

Starring cast

Actor/Actress Character Position
Dominic West Jimmy McNulty Homicide Detective (formerly Major Case Unit Detective and Patrol Officer)
Gbenga Akinnagbe Chris Partlow Drug organization chief enforcer
Chris Bauer Frank Sobotka Union secretary-treasurer
Paul Ben-Victor Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos Organized Crime Underboss
Reg E. Cathey Norman Wilson Mayoral Deputy Chief of Staff (formerly Campaign Manager)
Chad L. Coleman Dennis "Cutty" Wise Youth boxing instructor (former gang enforcer)
Jermaine Crawford Duquan "Dukie" Weems Corner boy (formerly middle school student)
John Doman William Rawls Police Commissioner (formerly Major/Colonel/Deputy Commissioner for Operations)
Idris Elba Russell "Stringer" Bell Drug Kingpin
Frankie R. Faison Ervin Burrell Police Commissioner (formerly Deputy Commissioner for Operations)
Aidan Gillen Tommy Carcetti Mayor of Baltimore (formerly City Councilman)
Seth Gilliam Ellis Carver Western District Sergeant in Charge (formerly Narcotics and Major Case Unit Detective)
Larry Gilliard Jr. D'Angelo Barksdale Drug organization crew chief
Wood Harris Avon Barksdale Drug Kingpin
Jamie Hector Marlo Stanfield Drug Kingpin
Neal Huff Michael Steintorf Mayoral Chief of Staff
Clark Johnson Augustus Haynes City Desk Editor of The Baltimore Sun
Michael Kostroff Maurice Levy Defense attorney
Domenick Lombardozzi Thomas "Herc" Hauk Defense investigator (formerly Narcotics Detective and Major Case Unit Sergeant)
Deirdre Lovejoy Rhonda Pearlman Assistant State's Attorney in charge of Violent Crimes
Tom McCarthy Scott Templeton General Assignments Reporter atThe Baltimore Sun Metro Desk
Felicia Pearson Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Drug organization enforcer
Clarke Peters Lester Freamon Major Case Unit Detective (formerly Homicide and Pawn Shop Unit Detective)
Wendell Pierce Bunk Moreland Homicide Detective
Lance Reddick Cedric Daniels Deputy Commissioner for Operations (formerly Lieutenant/Major/Colonel/CID Commander)
Michelle Paress Alma Gutierrez Police beat reporter for The Baltimore Sun City Desk
Corey Parker Robinson Leander Sydnor Major Case Unit Detective
Andre Royo Bubbles Soup kitchen volunteer and newspaper vendor (formerly drug addict and police informant)
Amy Ryan Beatrice "Beadie" Russell Port Police Officer
Sonja Sohn Kima Greggs Homicide Detective (formerly Narcotics and Major Case Unit Detective)
Jim True-Frost Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski Teacher (formerly Major Case Unit Detective)
Glynn Turman Clarence Royce Former Mayor of Baltimore
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Clay Davis Maryland State Senator
Tristan Wilds Michael Lee Drug organization enforcer and crew chief (formerly middle school student)
J. D. Williams Preston "Bodie" Broadus Drug organization crew chief (formerly drug dealer)
Michael K. Williams Omar Little Stick-up man
Robert Wisdom Howard "Bunny" Colvin Retired (Former Major with Police Department, and former teacher of sorts)

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