American Horror Story  switches up its spooky theme each year, and though there are a handful of recurring actors, we have yet to see a repeated character. Series staples like Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and Sarah Paulson have appeared every season, playing characters that range from nosy neighbors to wrongly convicted felons to nuns possessed by Satan. We already know who will be in the next season , but before we get too ahead of ourselves, let's revisit all the characters played by our favorite repeat offenders, shall we?
The anchor of American Horror Story, Lange starred as Supreme Witch Fiona Goode on Coven. She took on Sister Jude Martin, a party-girl-turned-nun-turned-institution-patient on Asylum after appearing in the first season as Constance Langdon, the Harmons' nosy neighbor. It was nice to see her back in shape (mentally) on Coven.
Farmiga portrayed Violet Harmon, the teen trapped in her family's haunted house, in the first season. She returned to pursue the love of Evan Peters's character as young witch Zoe Benson in Coven.
Conroy played Myrtle Snow, an employee of the boarding school for witches, in Coven. She's been a constant presence on the show, playing the smaller role of the Angel of Death on Asylum and the Harmon family's maid Moira O'Hara in season one.
O'Hare made his AHS debut in the first season as Larry Harvey, a horrifically scarred man obsessed with the Harmons. He returned to the show last season as Spalding, the butler who serves the girls at Miss Robichaux's Academy For Exceptional Young Ladies.
Portraying everything from a depressed ghost to a wrongly convicted felon to an ill-fated frat boy, Peters is one of the show's main players. In Coven, he returned as Kyle Spencer, a college student who immediately forms a bond with Zoe (Farmiga), after playing Kit Walker in Asylum and trapped spirit Tate Langdon in season one.
Brewer's first role ever was Adelaide "Addie" Langdon, the troubled daughter of Jessica Lange's character, in the first season of American Horror Story. She came back for Coven to play Nan, a witch with clairvoyant powers attending the boarding school.
Lily Rabe recently starred as Misty Day, a witch with the power to bring animals back from the dead, in Coven. Before that, she terrified us all as the possessed Sister Mary Eunice, and previous to that, she was Nora Montgomery, a mother haunted by the death of her child, in the first season.
McDermott starred as philandering therapist Ben Harmon in the first season and returned unexpectedly for Asylum, as a disgruntled murderer. No word on whether he'll make a cameo in Freak Show — fingers crossed!
Quinto played Chad Warwick, a former owner of the "murder house," in a handful of episodes in season one. He returned with a bigger role as the mysterious Dr. Oliver Thredson on Asylum. Spoiler alert: he's Bloody Face.
On Coven, Paulson was Cordelia Foxx, headmistress at the boarding school for young witches. She was arguably the main character in Asylum as Lana Winters, an intrepid reporter with terrible luck, though Paulson has been involved since the first season, in which she had a smaller part as Constance's psychic, Billie Dean Howard.
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