The Morning Show, a series that looks behind the scenes at a morning television news show after its co-host is fired for alleged sexual misconduct, was Apple TV+’s biggest original series debut when it comes to generating buzz. While it has received mixed reviews thus far, the show covers timely topics and has a reportedly massive budget per episode.
The cast includes a combination of A-list actors as well as some relative unknowns. Headed by Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, who all bring in the big banks from both TV and movies, you might recognize many of the remaining cast members from other projects as well. How much are they all worth? Here’s a look.
9 Jennifer Aniston - $300 million
Born into a Hollywood family, Aniston is, of course, best known for her role as Rachel on the ‘90s sitcom Friends. But she has also appeared in plenty of films, from comedies like The Break-Up and Horrible Bosses to more dramatic roles like Cake.
Her role as Alex in The Morning Show marks her first significant return back to the small screen since Friends ended in 2004. She also earns coin through commercials and spokesperson work and has launched her own perfumes and production company. She’s also an advocate for many charities.
8 Reese Witherspoon - $200 million
Recipient of an Academy Award, Witherspoon has been acting for decades and is among the highest-paid actresses in the world. She was also named by Time magazine as one of the most 100 influential people in the world in both 2006 and 2015.
Prior to taking on the role of ambitious young small-town reporter Bradley on the Apple TV+ series, she has appeared in a number of movies across a variety of genres, including Legally Blonde and its sequel, Sweet Home Alabama, Walk the Line, and Wild. She concurrently appears in the HBO drama Big Little Lies and is a producer through her own production company Type A Films as well as an entrepreneur and active philanthropist.
7 Billy Crudup - $6 million
Known mostly for his stage work, for which he has won four Tony Awards, Crudup is also a prolific film actor, having appeared in movies like Almost Famous, Mission: Impossible III, Watchmen, and Alien: Covenant.
His role as Cory, the pompous, ambitious, yet also charismatic network head on The Morning Show, is Crudup’s second streaming project: he previously starred in Netflix's Gypsy. In addition to acting, he earned money as the narrator for MasterCard’s “Priceless” campaign from 1998 through to 2005.
6 Steve Carell - $50 million
Carell has come a long way from his role as Michael Scott on NBC sitcom The Office, which got him noticed in Hollywood. Since then, he has appeared in a number of films, including comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and dramatic films like The Big Short, Foxcatcher, and Welcome to Marwen.
He plays the disgraced former morning show co-host Mitch on the series and will also appear in Netflix comedy Space Force as well as an upcoming film called Irresistible, directed by Jon Stewart.
5 Mark Duplass - $3 million
Playing the hard-working show producer Chip on the series, you might not know Duplass’ name, but you’ve surely seen him in other projects. The film director, writer, actor, and musician appeared in FX series The League along with Amazon series Goliath, and other projects.
He also works behind the scenes alongside his brother, filmmaker Jay Duplass; they have their own film production company called Duplass Brothers Productions. He wrote and starred in the Netflix comedy Paddleton. Additionally, Duplass is a member of Volcano, I’m Still Excited, an Indie rock band.
4 Gugu Mbatha-Raw - $500,000
As Hannah, the booker for the morning show, Mbatha-Raw is most recognized for her leading role in the Black Mirror anthology series episode “San Junipero.” But the English actor has appeared in many other films and TV series as well, beginning with a small role in Larry Crowne.
Acting on stage, too, her other projects include Belle, Beyond the Lights, and Concussion, where she played Will Smith’s character’s wife. Some of her notable theatre roles include as Ophelia in Hamlet on London’s West End and Broadway opposite Jude Law; and as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, opposite Andrew Garfield.
3 Nestor Carbonell - $3 million
Playing the show’s weatherman Yanko, Carbonell is probably best recognized for his role as Richard Alpert in LOST as well as Luis Rivera in Suddenly Susan. He also appeared as the sheriff in A&E drama Bates Motel, as well as the Mayor in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
In addition to acting, Carbonell also directs and is a screenwriter. He was known early on for portraying characters with a thick Hispanic accent, as well as for his prominent dark eyelashes that he has confirmed are not enhanced by make-up. He has beefed up his income by appearing in commercials as well.
2 Bel Powley - $100,000-$1 million
Powley is an English actress born into an acting family that includes an actor father and casting director mother. She appeared in a leading role in M.I. High from 2007-2008 and has since appeared in a number of other TV and film projects. In the 2015 biographical comedy-drama A Royal Night Out, she portrayed Princess Margaret.
Her notable American credits include the horror film Wildling and crime drama White Boy Rick alongside Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh. She has also appeared on stage. On The Morning Show, she plays Claire, an intern.
1 Jack Davenport - $4 million
Jason, Davenport’s character in the series, is Alex’s husband from whom she is separated. Davenport is no stranger to the small screen, having appeared in series like This Life, White Famous, and Coupling as well as movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The English actor is also known for his voiceover work: he narrated the audio versions of The Thirty-Nine Steps, recorded parts in A Clockwork Orange, and was the British voice for MasterCard’s ads at the same time Crudup handled the American version. He made his debut on Broadway in 2018 in a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan.