Meet The Characters of Bravo’s Dirty John

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The following is a character guide for the Bravo program Dirty John and their status throughout the series (with spoilers).

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Connie Britton As Debra

Debra (Connie Britton) on a date.
Debra (Connie Britton)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Approachable Dreams”

Who Is Debra

A mother of three, four times divorcee, she runs an interior designing operation and has a rather nice life. However, even with online dating being a bust a lot, and the four divorces, she still wants love. Though, with her living with Veronica, a serious Debbie Downer, she makes looking for love difficult. Especially since she pushes the idea her mother has horrible taste in men. Something which, among other comments, makes their relationship very strained. However, when it comes to her other kids, she has a much closer relationship.


“If you feel like you’re in a tug of war, just drop the rope.”
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Approachable Dreams”

Juno Temple As Veronica “Ronnie”

Veronica aka Ronnie (Juno Temple)
Veronica aka Ronnie (Juno Temple)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Approachable Dreams”

Who Is Veronica “Ronnie”

Veronica seems like she comes straight out of a reality TV program with her antics. If it isn’t locking up her pocketbooks in a safe, it is her telling it like it is. She even notes she doesn’t deal with people, they deal with her to let folks know she is in control.

As for what there is to know beyond her personality? Well, we are told she is interested in being an aesthetician. Also, she knows how to put an outfit together.

Julia Garner As Terra

Terra (Julia Garner) talking to Veronica.
Terra (Julia Garner)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Approachable Dreams”

Who Is Terra

From what it appears, Terra is the youngest of Debra’s 3 kids and she seems more geared toward being like her older brother, in terms of someone Debra won’t have to worry about, than Veronica. For one, she has a nice boyfriend, is using her love for animals to drive her training to become a pet hygienist, and she is, for the most part, sweet. She, like Veronica, does butt heads with John but, for the most part, she doesn’t have much in the way of problems with anyone.

Eric Bana As John

John (Erica Bana) and Debra (Connie Britton) after they got married.
John (Erica Bana) and Debra (Connie Britton)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Approachable Dreams”

Who Is John

John is an anesthesiologist with a masters in nursing and seemingly a doctorate in something related. He is in a bit of debt, thanks to taxes and child support, and he claims he was part of Doctors Without Borders long ago – hence a scar on his abdomen. When it comes to Debra, while there was a bump after their first date, an apology smoothed things over and ever since, the main issue he has had is with her daughters. Veronica sees him as a gold digger, as she has seen most of her mom’s exes, and Terra isn’t comfortable with him moving into her mom’s new house. Though, it should be noted, he was rather rude to her when they met so that didn’t help things.

Yet, with him getting married to Debra, it seems the girls may have to learn to live with him – for however long the marriage lasts.

Episode 2 Update

Various charges John has.

It is established that, on top of being a con artist, John has quite the rap sheet.

Kevin Zegers Plays Toby

Toby telling John what he can't do.
Toby (Kevin Zegers): You can’t.

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Red Flags and Parades”

Who Is Toby

Toby is Debra’s nephew whose mom was killed by his dad and is on his cousin Veronica’s side when it comes to having a negative opinion of John.

Jean Smart Plays Arlane

Arlene (Jean Smart) talking to Debra.
Arlane (Jean Smart)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Red Flags and Parades”

Who Is Arlane

Debra’s mom who is isn’t much for how fussy her grandkids are being over John. He seems like a nice boy to her but, based off the little we know of Arlane, it seems Debra doesn’t trust her mom’s taste in men. Well, unless it validates Debra’s own decisions.

Judy Reyes Plays A Private Investigator (Last Name: Verga)

Private Investigator (Judy Reyes) talking to Veronica.
Private Investigator (Judy Reyes)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Red Flags and Parades”

Who Is This Private Investigator (Last Name: Verga)

She is helping Veronica investigate John, but seemingly just by gathering information. Not sneaking around, taking pictures, and what we’re used to seeing P.I.’s do.

Sprague Grayden Plays Tonia

Tonia (Sprague Grayden) talking to John in their kitchen.
Tonia (Sprague Grayden)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Remember It Was Me”

John’s first wife who also helped him become an anesthesiologist.

Linara Washington Plays Paula

Paula (Linara Washington) going over John's charges.
Paula (Linara Washington)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Remember It Was Me”

Debra’s lawyer who is trying to help Debra do everything she legally can to seperate her finances, and person, from John.

Katrina Bowden Plays Cindi

Cindi (Katrina Bowden) about to be killed by her husband.
Cindi (Katrina Bowden)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Shrapnel”

Who Is Cindi

Cindi is Debra’s sister, Toby’s mom, who died because her husband Bobby killed her. The two of them were childhood sweethearts and when the love affair was over for her, while he originally was going to kill himself, he instead decided to kill her.

Joe Tippett Plays Bobby

Bobby (Joe Tippett) in jail.
Bobby (Joe Tippett)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Shrapnel”

Who Is Bobby

Bobby is Toby’s dad who killed his mom and is now in jail. But, the importance of his role in this show is giving us an idea how religious Arlane is for, despite what he did, she ultimately forgave him. She also left her with deep scars that makes Arlane learning who John really is trigger her, but she still forgave him nonetheless.

Joelle Carter Plays Denise

Denise (Joelle Carter) learning John was stealing from her.
Denise (Joelle Carter)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 5 “Lord High Executioner”

Who Is Denise

Denise is John’s sister who, even after the whole Tonia situation, was on his side. However, after trying to help him get his life back together, post him getting out of jail, he screws her over. Also, to get back at her for embarassing him and not giving him the high life, he may have killed their father.

Shea Whigham Plays John’s Dad

John's Dad (Shea Whigham) talking to a younger John.
John’s Dad (Shea Whigham)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 5 “Lord High Executioner”

Who Is John’s Dad

Everything John is but with less charm. John’s dad was a con man, a corrupt businessman, and taught John every negative thing he knows. But, previous to him likely killing his father, it seems John really loved his dad. He chewed glass for him, to get out of a food bill and get money, even got his leg broken for his old man. However, it was never enough so their relationship became strained.

Alan Ruck Plays John Dzialo

John Dzialo (Alan Ruck) who was acting as a lawyer for John and Debra.
John Dzialo (Alan Ruck)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “One Shoe”

Who Is John?

John was going to act as John, Debra’s husband, lawyer to help him try to clear his name. However, with him trying to create a postnup, he ended up upsetting John who has him fired. Also, he threatens John D to the point of John D fearing for his life.

Damon Gupton Plays Dennis

Dennis (Damon Gupton) revealing his investigation led to him discovering many knew about John's activities.
Dennis (Damon Gupton): A lot of people knew something was up with John Meehan.

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “One Shoe”

Who Is Dennis

Dennis is a cop out in Ogio who, with the help of Tonia and Melissa, was able to get John arrested and put into jail. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to keep him in jail for long but he does give a heads up to his counterpart in California where John moved.

Jeff Perry Plays Mr. O’Neil

Mr. O'Neil (Jeff Perry) letting Debra know it isn't her fault she got conned.
Mr. O’Neil (Jeff Perry): When a bank gets robbed, you don’t blame the bank.

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “One Shoe”

Who Is Mr. O’Neil?

With John scarring off John D, Mr. O’Neil is recommended to Debra as he doesn’t fear people like John. In fact, he welcomes the challenge. Making him Debra’s choice to represent her in divorce proceedings, and perhaps anything she may need further.

Hannah Barefoot Plays Melissa

Melissa talking to Dennis about John.
Melissa (Hannah Barefoot): I’m dating John Meehan.

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “One Shoe”

Who Is Melissa

One of John’s girlfriends, during and after his wife Tonia, who was happy with him until Tonia appeared and revealed the truth about John. Which, in time, led her to snitch on John to Dennis and help him get busted.

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode Information

Season 1/ Episode 8 “This Young Woman Fought Like Hell”

The fate of Debra’s family, with John on a warpath, is revealed in the finale and let’s just say nothing goes to trial.

Director(s)Jeffrey Reiner
Writer(s)Alexandra Cunningham
Air Date1/13/2019

Season 1/ Episode 7 “Chivalry”

“Chivalry” is half recap and half Mr. O’Neil maybe regretting taking Debra on as a client.

Director(s)Jeffrey Reiner
Writer(s)Alexandra Cunnigham, Lex Edness
Air Date1/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
RuthLindsey Kraft

Season 1/ Episode 6 “One Shoe”

The more we jump to the past, the more scared we should be for not just Debra, but also Veronica as well.

Director(s)Jeffrey Reiner
Writer(s)Alexandra Cunningham, Kevin J. Hynes
Air Date12/30/2018
Introduced This Episode
John DzialoAlan Ruck
DennisDamon Gupton
Mr. O’NeilJeff Perry
MelissaHannah Barefoot

Season 1/ Episode 5 “Lord High Executioner”

This episode focuses on John’s childhood, his sister and, you guessed it, Debra trying to conjure up the faith that John can & will change.

Director(s)Jeffrey Reiner
Writer(s)Christopher Goffard
Air Date12/23/2018
Introduced This Episode
DeniseJoelle Carter
John’s DadShea Whigham

Season 1/ Episode 4 “Shrapnel”

We go through the final days of Cindi, Toby’s mom, as Debra decides to confront John about what she knows.

Director(s)Jeffrey Reiner
Writer(s)Alexandra Cunningham, Sinead Daly
Air Date12/16/2018
Introduced This Episode
CindiKatrina Bowden
BobbyJoe Tippett

Season 1/ Episode 3 “Remember It Was Me”

We get to meet John’s ex-wife Tonia, his friends, and get to see how deep Debra’s commitment to benefit of the doubt.

Director(s)Jeffrey Reiner
Writer(s)Diana Son
Air Date12/9/2018
Introduced This Episode
ToniaSprague Grayden
PaulaLinara Washington

Season 1/ Episode 2 “Red Flags and Parades”

As Veronica digs deeper and deeper into John’s past, Debra tries to maintain blissful ignorance as long as she can.

Director(s)Jeffrey Reiner
Writer(s)Evan Wright
Air Date12/2/2018
Introduced This Episode
TobyKevin Zegers
ArleneJean Smart
Private InvestigatorJudy Reyes

Season 1/ Episode 1 “Approachable Dreams”

Dirty John ends its first episode definitely hooking you and making you want to spoil the ending with reading the real story.

CreatorChristopher Goddard, Alexandra Cunningham
Director(s)Jeffrey Reiner
Writer(s)Alexandra Cunningham
Air Date11/25/2018

11/15/2018 (On Demand)

Genre(s)Mystery, Drama
Good If You LikeWatching Men Who Go From The Perfect Match To The Spawn of Satan

Volatile Mother/ Daughter Relationships

Introduced This Episode
DebraConnie Britton
Veronica “Ronnie”Juno Temple
TerraJulia Garner
JohnEric Bana

How each character’s story ends each season is on page 2 – Spoilers!

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