The Bear Season 2 cast: All actors & characters

Cameron Frew
Carmy in The Bear Seson 2 played by Jeremy Allen White.Hulu

The second season of The Bear brings together the entire culinary team, with Jeremy Allen White reprising his role as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, a former Michelin Star chef who has transitioned into working alongside his brother in the family business.

Created by Christopher Storer, The Bear’s first season was some of the most emotionally rich, soul-stirring TV of 2022. Carmy was a prodigal chef at a Michelin Star restaurant before giving it all up. With the passing of his late brother, he takes over his small sandwich shop. He quickly finds himself at odds with his “cousin” Richie, its stuck-in-a-rut staff, and Sydney, a young, ambitious chef. Season 2 continued Carmy’s story as he ventured into high-end dining.

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After impressive viewership and a rapturous reception, the show’s second season was a grand success. Fans watched as The Original Beef of Chicagoland’s transformed into a “next-level spot… as they strip the restaurant down to its bones, the crew undertakes transformational journeys of their own, each forced to confront the past and reckon with who they want to be in the future.”

With The Bear Season 2 streaming on Hulu and Disney+ now and Season 3 on the way later in 2024, here’s all the characters that appeared in the season and the actors that played them. We should note: there are a lot of surprise appearances in the second season, so this is your chance to leave if you don’t want to ruin any cameos for yourself.

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The Bear Season 2 cast and characters

Below, you’ll find a list of all the major characters in The Bear Season 2 cast.

The synopsis continues: “Of course, it turns out the only thing harder than running a restaurant is opening a new one, and the team must juggle the insane bureaucracy of permits and contractors with the beauty and creative agony of menu planning.

“The transition brings a newfound focus on hospitality as well. As the entire staff is forced to come
together in new ways, pushing the boundaries of their abilities and relationships, they also learn what it
means to be in service, both to diners and each other.”

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Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto: Jeremy Allen White

Jeremy Allen White as Carmy in The Bear Season 2 castFX

Jeremy Allen White plays Carmy, a decorated chef who’s still battling his own demons as he “faces a new challenge: turning the restaurant into The Bear, the restaurant he and his late brother Michael always dreamed of having.”

Speaking to Esquire, he said: “We’re trying to build out the restaurant that Carmy has imagined for a long time; he’s turning The Beef into something a bit more elegant. And I think the really interesting thing about Carmy’s arc in Season Two is that he has the opportunity to get everything that he wanted when we met him, and the question becomes, Is that enough? Is that going to make him happy? Is that going to bring him joy?”

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Before The Bear, White was known for starring in Shameless as Lip Gallagher, as well as The Rental and Homecoming. He’ll also star alongside Zac Efron in The Iron Claw.

Richard “Richie” Jerimovich: Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Richie in The Bear Season 2 castFX/Hulu

Ebon Moss-Bachrach plays Richie, Carmy’s “cousin” who was friends with his late brother. He wasn’t keen on Carmy’s changes, nor did he appreciate Sydney telling him what to do, but he’s since “admitted Carmy and the restaurant are all he has.”

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“Richie is very much the soul of the restaurant. He’s the front-facing part. He knows everybody’s name. He’s like community relations,” he told Deadline.

Moss-Bachrach appeared in Andor last year, and he’s also starred in Girls, Netflix’s The Punisher, The Dropout, and No Hard Feelings.

Sydney Adamu: Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri as Sydney in The Bear Season 2 castFX/Hulu

Ayo Edebiri plays Sydney, a young chef who joined The Beef’s crew and quickly became Carmy’s sous chef – and she refused to accept any abuse or condescension in the kitchen.

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“As The Bear rises, Sydney strives not only to find her place at the new restaurant, but to be an essential piece of its creation,” her bio reads.

Edebiri has also starred in Dickinson and Abbott Elementary, and she’s done voice work for the new Clone High series, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. She’ll also star in Thunderbolts.

Marcus: Lionel Boyce

Lionel Boyce as Marcus in The Bear Season 2 castFX/Hulu

Lionel Boyce plays Marcus, a pastry chef who – unlike his colleagues – was excited by Carmy wanting to change up things at The Beef. Now, “the spark that ignited in sweet Marcus when Carmy returned to Chicago is further fueled by the creation of The Bear.”

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Boyce has appeared in Loiter Squad, Superstar, and The Jellies. Fun fact: he also voices L-Boy in Grand Theft Auto V.

Tina: Liza Colón-Zayas

Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina in The Bear Season 2 castFX/Hulu

Liza Colón-Zayas plays Tina, a line chef who pushed back against Carmy and Sydney, but later “revealed herself to be a lover of tradition, and the restaurant, with Richie and Mikey at the helm, was what she knew.”

Colón-Zayas has also appeared in Titans, Car Person, Collateral Beauty, and The Purge: Election Year.

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Ebraheim: Edwin Lee Gibson

Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim in The Bear Season 2FX/Hulu

Edwin Lee Gibson plays Ebraheim, a longtime line cook at The Bear. In the second season, we’ll see him go to culinary school with Tina.

Gibson has also starred in Unprisoned, Rounding, Fargo, and Mom and Dad.

Natalie “Sugar” Berzatto: Abby Elliott

Abby Elliott as Sugar in The Bear Season 2 castFX/Hulu

Abby Elliott plays Sugar, Carmy’s sister, in The Bear cast. “The forever fixer of her family, Sugar will have to decide what role she wants to play in the remodel of the restaurant,” her bio reads.

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Elliott rose to fame on Saturday Night Live before starring in Sex Ed, Odd Mom Out, and Indebted.

Neil Fak: Matty Matheson

Matty Matheson as Neil Fak in The Bear Season 2FX/Hulu

Matty Matheson plays Neil Fak, the restaurant’s chef who was also a friend of Michael’s before his death. He’s known Carmy since childhood. In Season 2, he “continues to fight to be a true member of the restaurant, The Bear and the in between. He also continues to fight with Richie.”

Matheson is one of Canada’s most famous chefs, having amassed more than 175 million views across his YouTube shows. He has six restaurants across the country and he’s also a two-time New York Times best-selling author.

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Uncle Jimmy: Oliver Platt

Oliver Platt as Uncle JimmyFX/Hulu

Oliver Platt plays Jimmy, Carmy’s uncle who lent $300,000 to Michael to help run the restaurant. However, he’s not a knee-breaker – he wants to help his nephew, and after finding all the money in the Season 1 finale, we could see him become the restaurant’s partner in an investment capacity.

Platt has an extensive list of roles, having starred in The West Wing, Frost Nixon, X-Men: First Class, Fargo, and Chicago Med, among many other movies and shows.

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Claire: Molly Gordon

Claire in The Bear Seson 2 played by Molly GardenHulu

Molly Gordon stars as Claire, Carmy’s childhood friend who he reconnects with in the early episodes of Season 2, who’s one of the new characters in The Bear cast.

Gordon has also appeared in Animal Kingdom, Booksmart, Good Boys, and Shiva Baby.

Luca: Will Poulter

Luca in The Bear Seson 2 played by Will Poulter.Hulu

Will Poulter has a guest role in The Bear Season 2 cast as Luca, a Copenhagen-based chef who helps Marcus with his patisserie journey as he tries to create new desserts for the restaurant.

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Poulter made his MCU debut as Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 earlier this year. He’s also starred in Dopsick, Midsommar, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and We’re the Millers.

Uncle Lee: Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk as Uncle Lee in The Bear Season 2FX/Hulu

Bob Odenkirk makes an appearance in Episode 6 of The Bear Season 2 as Uncle Lee. Unlike Uncle Jimmy, he doesn’t have a particularly warm relationship with anyone in the Berzatto clan – especially Mikey.

Odenkirk is best known for his portrayal of Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as well as his work in Nobody, Little Women, and Saturday Night Live.

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Michelle: Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson as MichelleFX/Hulu

Sarah Paulson appears in Episode 6 of The Bear Season 2 as Michelle, a Berzatto cousin who lives in New York City.

Paulson is best known for her roles in American Horror Story, as well as starring in Ratched, Run, Mrs. America, and Glass.

Stevie: John Mulaney

John Mulaney as Stevie in The Bear Season 2FX/Hulu

John Mulaney plays Stevie, Michelle’s partner who looks forward to the chaos of a Berzatto Christmas every year. He may be an outsider, but he’s treated like any other member of the family.

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Mulaney is a renowned comedian who’s had several successful specials, as well as roles in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and Big Mouth.

Tiffany: Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs as TiffanyFX/Hulu

Gillian Jacobs plays Tiffany, Richie’s ex-wife. We meet her during the Christmas flashback episode when they’re still together and she’s pregnant, and we see the beginnings of their relationship falling apart.

Jacobs is known for starring in Community, Girls, Love, and Netflix’s Transatlantic. She also voices Atom Eve in Invincible.

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Donna: Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis as Donna in The Bear Season 2 castFX/Hulu

Jamie Lee Curtis plays Donna, the fierce matriarch of the Berzatto family. In the flashback episode, we see how her alcoholism and emotional abuse have shaped her children in different ways.

Curtis won an Oscar earlier this year for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once. She’s best known for her roles in Halloween, True Lies, Trading Places, and Freaky Friday.

Michael “Mikey” Berzatto: Jon Bernthal

Jon Bernthal as Mikey in The Bear Season 2 Episode 6FX/Hulu

Jon Bernthal returns as Mikey in Episode 6 of The Bear Season 2, telling stories “everyone’s heard a million times” and eventually coming to blows with Uncle Lee at the dinner table.

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Bernthal is known for his performances as Shane in The Walking Dead and Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. He’s also starred in The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, and Baby Driver.

Chef Terry: Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman as Chef TerryFX/Hulu

Olivia Colman plays Chef Terry, the head chef at a three-star restaurant where Richie learns the decorum and values of fine dining.

Colman is an Oscar-winning actress who’s starred in The Favourite, Peep Show, Hot Fuzz, Heartstopper, and Secret Invasion.

The Bear Season 2 is available to stream on Hulu and Disney+ now. Check out our other coverage here, and who’d we like to see in The Bear Season 3 here. Here are some of our other TV and movie hubs below:

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