One of the most recognizable musical genres, country music has seen its fair share of stars and dynasties over its years. Fox’s new musical drama Monarch is here to capture the intrigue of the country music scene. The synopsis provided by Fox is enticing:
Country music’s reigning king Albie Roman, along with his incredibly talented — and tough as nails — wife, country music queen Dottie Cantrell Roman, have created a country music dynasty, but even though the Roman name is synonymous of authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. When their reign as the nation’s royalty is in jeopardy, heiress to the crown Nicolette “Nicky” Roman will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom, alongside his brother Luke and his sister Gigi.
The trailer largely confirms the synopsis. With characters oozing secrets, betrayals, fights, guns, bright lights, and country music, there’s enough content here for an entire album of country music lyrics. Above all, we are introduced to the main actors of the series, most of them members of the Roman family. Created by Melissa London Hilfersthe series promises epic drama with familiar actors and names from the country music scene, including lead roles from Susan Sarandon and country singer Tracer Adkins. The series premiered on Fox on September 11, 2022. To better understand the cast and characters, here is our Cast and character guide for Monarch.
Susan Sarandon as Dottie Cantrell Novel
Dottie Cantrell Roman is a larger than life figure, especially in the world of country music. She is known as the queen of country music and the matriarch of the Roman family. She’s a badass fighter, willing to do whatever it takes to ensure her family maintains its status at the helm of country music. Now she’s preparing to step away from music, but has a few things to take care of before that, including making sure a few family secrets stay hidden.
Dottie Cantrell Roman is played by Susan Sarandon. Sarandon is a critically acclaimed and prolific actress with numerous film and television appearances to her credit. She won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the 1995 film walking dead man, where she plays a nun who comes into contact with a death row inmate. The role also earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as Reggie in the legal thriller The customer. Sarandon had many other iconic roles, including performances in Thelma and Louise, Little woman, The Rocky Horror Picture Showand Atlantic City. With her signature flamboyant red hair, Sarandon seems the perfect choice for the role of a feisty mother willing to go the extra mile to protect her family’s empire.
Trace Adkins as Albie Roman
Albie Roman is the other half of the Roman country music empire and is known as the king of country music. He helped Dottie establish their family at the helm of country music and both have had a slew of hits over the past few decades. Now, it seems that where Dottie’s popularity continues, Albie’s has waned. He’s a traditional country man who likes to have a good time, but underneath lies a temper that can burn friends and foes alike.
Actors from the country scene are probably thrilled to see Trace Adkins in this role. Adkins is a country music star himself, most active in the late 90s and 2000s. He’s no stranger to the Billboard country charts having had over 20 singles and three number one hits, “( This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing”, “Ladies Love Country Boys”, and “You’re Gonna Miss This”. .” Although he is best known as a country music star, he has made numerous film and television appearances, including the film the stranger and the shows king of the hill and american dad. He also appeared as himself on The voice and Celebrity Apprentice. This role seems like familiar content for Adkins, and it should be exciting to see how his real-world experience lends itself to the role.
Nicolette “Nicky” Roman is Albie and Dottie’s eldest daughter and heir to the Roman throne. She takes after her mother in many ways and is a determined performer ready for success and stardom. Like her mother, she is ready to do what needs to be done to ensure that she and her family remain in power in the country music scene.
Playing Nicki is an English actress Anna Friel. Friel is perhaps best known for her role as Charlotte “Chuck” Charles in ABCit is grow daisies. She is the winner of an International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the black British detective series marcella.
Beth Ditto as Gigi Taylor-Roman
Gigi Taylor-Roman is Nicky’s younger sister and Albie and Dottie’s other daughter. Unlike her sister, Gigi doesn’t feel like part of the family. She lacks her sister’s conventional good looks and is a married lesbian in a conservative country music world. She inherited her parents’ vocal chops, and while she’s not next in line for the throne, her voice could give her sister a run for her money.
Beth Same is an American singer and songwriter. She is known for her work with the indie rock band Gossip and his own work as a solo artist. Outside of music, she has spent time in the fashion industry and has published her own memoirs. From Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir. Ditto’s vocal chops, which have been compared to perennial greats like Amy Winehouse and Etta Jamescould be a key factor in casting her here, and it will be exciting to see how the tension between Beth and her sister Nicky plays out in the show.
Joshua Sasse as Luke Roman
Although not a star singer himself, Luke Roman is still involved in the family business as CEO of Monarch Entertainment. Although he doesn’t always get along with his father, he is eager to prove that he can be an asset and not a nuisance. As he learns more about his family’s dark secrets, he must make the business work and satisfy the shareholders involved.
Playing Luke Roman is Joshua Sasse. Sasse is an English actor best known for his work in television. He played leading roles in the fantasy musical comedy television series Galavant and in the romantic comedy-drama series Not tomorrow.
Iñigo Pascual as Ace Grayson
Ace Grayson is the adopted son of Nicky Roman. As a member of the Roman family, he always admired his grandparents’ fame. He is a talented singer who lights up when he is on stage. Her sensitive off-stage nature is another matter. He hopes to one day be a music star like some other members of his family but has yet to find success.
Playing Grayson is Inigo Pascual. Although this is his first stint in Hollywood, Pascual is known for his roles in Filipino television and film, including the drama television series. And I love you so much and romantic movies crazy beautiful you and Relaks, it’s just Pag-ibig. He is also well recognized in the Filipino music scene with his self-titled debut album reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Philippines chart.
Martha Higareda as Catt Phoenix
Catt Phoenix is a mother with something to fight for and a relationship with the Romans. Although she tries to sign her talented daughter Ana to Roman’s label, we soon learn that she’s had a mysterious past conflict with Nicky Roman. She represents a joker, someone who could be a problem for the Romans as they try to keep their seedy past in the shadows.
Marthe Higareda takes on the role of Catt Phoenix. Higareda is a Mexican actress known for her roles in Altered carbon, Amar te Dueleand kings of the street.
Emma Milani as Ana Phoenix
Ana Phoenix is the daughter of Catt Phoenix. She’s a teenager who is quickly gaining notoriety on TikTok for her Spanish-language rendition of Albie Roman’s most famous song. She has an innocent quality, but will the music business and dealing with the Romans and her mother’s grudge against them change her gentle nature?
Emma Milani portrays Ana Phoenix. Milani is known for her roles in the television series Solve and the TV movie Die of being a cheerleader.
Recurring cast and guest stars
Monarch has a great roster of recurring cast members for viewers, including Eva Amuri (He’s my boy) as Dottie Cantrell Roman, Adam Croasdel (Supernatural) as Clive Grayson, Meagan Holder (virgin born again) as Kayla Taylor-Roman, Derrick Lemon (The black phone) as a CMA Elite, prince of faith (guys and dolls) as Nellie Cantrell, Callum Kerr (Four weddings and a funeral) like Wade Stellings, and Kevin Cahoon (Shinelisten)) as Earl Clark. Some of the biggest names, however, are the guest stars who were announced to be making an appearance at some point in the series. Some recognizable names from the country music landscape will make appearances, including Shania Twain, Martina McBride, little big cityand Tanya Tucker. For fans of country music, theater and celebrity guests, Monarch will be the show to watch.