Graveyard Shift The Best The Walking Dead Actors  

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List Rules Only main and supporting cast members - no guest stars. Vote based on their performances on The Walking Dead.

When it comes to bringing those delightfully creepy chills year after year, no one does it better than the actors on The Walking Dead. Never in the history of the world have a group of people been so celebrated for making us yell at the screen at as we watch their antics unfold. Perhaps its no surprise that some of the best actors on The Walking Dead have even raked in a few awards for the creepy characters they play on the small screen. But are the most award-winning actors always the best? Here's where you'll get the chance to decide. 

Peruse this list of all the actors on The Walking Dead who have won awards from their appearance on the show, as well as others who have not - but who stand out nonetheless. Just select your favorite actor or actress, give them an upvote, watch as they climb the ranks, and see who prevails as the best among The Walking Dead cast. 

 

 

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Norman Reedus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Daryl Dixon

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Supporting Actor on Television (2012, 2015, 2017)

IGN Award Nomination
Best TV Hero (2012 - Win)

Mark Norman Reedus, better known as Norman Reedus, is an American model-turned-actor. He is most recognized for his role as Daryl Dixon. Reedus is also well known for his Prada clothing modeling ...more

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Melissa McBride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Carol Peletier

Critics' Choice TV Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2014)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Supporting Actress on Television (2014 - Win, 2015 - Win, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Melissa Suzanne McBride is an American actress and former casting director, best known for her role as Carol Peletier on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series. McBride began ...more

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Scott Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Hershel Greene

People's Choice Award Nomination
Favorite TV Character We Miss Most (2015)

Scott Wilson was an American actor. He had more than 50 film credits, including In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor, and Junebug. In 1980, ...more

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Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Glenn Rhee

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nomination
Best Supporting Actor on Television (2011)

 

Steven Yeun (born December 21, 1983) is a Korean-American actor and voice actor. He is known for his role as Glenn Rhee on AMC's horror drama television series The Walking Dead. Yeun has also ...more

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Negan

Critics' Choice TV Award Nomination
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series (2016 - Win)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Guest Performance in a Television Series (2017 - Win, 2018)

MTV Movie + TV Award Nomination
Best Villain (2017- Win)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Denny Duquette in the 2005 medical drama Grey's Anatomy, John Winchester on Supernatural, The Comedian in the 2009 ...more

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Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Rick Grimes

Critics' Choice TV Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Drama Series (2013)

People's Choice Award Nominations
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor (2014, 2017)
Favorite TV Anti-Hero (2014 - Win)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Actor on Television (2011, 2013, 2015 - Win, 2016, 2017 - Win, 2018)

Andrew James Clutterbuck, better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor most recognized for his portrayal of Rick Grimes. He first came to public attention as Egg in the BBC ...more

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Michael Rooker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Merle Dixon
Michael Rooker is an American actor, best known for his roles as Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, Frank Bailey in Mississippi Burning, Hal Tucker in ...more

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Jon Bernthal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Shane Walsh
Jonathan Edward "Jon" Bernthal is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Shane Walsh on the AMC television series The Walking Dead and as Joe Teague in the TNT series Mob ...more

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Lennie James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Morgan Jones

OFTA Television Award Nomination
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2013 - Win)

 

Lennie James is an English actor, screenwriter, and playwright. James has appeared in many films, including Les Misérables, Snatch and Colombiana. Among James' more notable roles in ...more

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Jeffrey DeMunn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Dale Horvath
Jeffrey DeMunn is an American stage, film and television actor. He is known for a variety of roles, including Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X, and for his role as Dale Horvath in The Walking

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Lauren Cohan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Maggie Greene

People's Choice Award Nomination
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress (2017)

iHorror Award Nomination
Best Actress - Horror Series (2017)

Lauren Cohan is an American-born English actress for her recurring roles on The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Chuck.

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IronE Singleton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
T-Dog
IronE Singleton is a film actor.

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Tom Payne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Paul "Jesus" Monroe
Thomas "Tom" Payne is an English actor. He is best known for playing Brett Aspinall in television drama series Waterloo Road from January 2007 to March 2008. Payne grew up in Bath, ...more

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Emily Kinney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Beth Greene

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nomination
Best Supporting Actress on Television (2015)

Emily Rebecca Kinney is an American actress and recording artist. She is best known for her role as Beth Greene in the AMC television series The Walking Dead and for playing Emily on The Big C.

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Danai Gurira is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Michonne

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Supporting Actress on Television (2016 - Win, 2017, 2018)

Image Award Nomination
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2016)

 

Danai Jekesai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright, best known for her role as Michonne.

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Chandler Riggs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Carl Grimes

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series (2014 - Win, 2015, 2016 - Win, 2017, 2018 - Win)

Young Artist Award Nominations
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor (2012, 2013, 2014 - Win)

Chandler Carlton Riggs is an American child actor, best known for his role as Carl Grimes on the The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series.

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David Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Philip 'The Governor' Blake

Saturn Award Nominations
Best Guest Performance in a Television Series (2013, 2014)

TV Guide Award Nomination
Favorite Villain (2013)

David Mark Morrissey is a British actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. At the age of 18, he was cast in the television series One Summer, which won him recognition throughout the ...more

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Jeryl Prescott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Jacqui
Jeryl Prescott Sales is an American actress, best known for her role as Jacqui in the AMC series The Walking Dead. She also had a recurring role during the second season of Ray Donovan and will ...more

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Laurie Holden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Andrea Harrison

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Supporting Actress on Television (2011, 2013 - Win)

Scream Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (2011)

Heather Laurie Holden, better known as Laurie Holden, is an American actress, producer model and human rights activist. She is perhaps best recognized for her roles as Marita Covarrubias in The ...more

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Sarah Wayne Callies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best The Walking Dead Actors
Lorie Grimes

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nomination
Best Actress on Television (2011)

Scream Award Nomination
Best Horror Actress (2011)

Sarah Anne Wayne Callies is an American actress who played Sara Tancredi in the Fox television series Prison Break, Alison in Into the Storm and Lori Grimes.