P-Valley Cast and Character Guide

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A guide for the Starz series “P-Valley.” Noted are cast members, information about their character, and other details about the show.


Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

Uncle Clifford Sayles (Nicco Annan)

Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan) looking off to the side.
Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

While they present themselves as male while in public, and sometimes during the day, Uncle Clifford identifies and lives their life as a woman in The Pynk. The reason? It is their establishment, their safe space, and probably one of the handful of places they can be at ease. Hence their name since, while the girls may not necessarily like how much of a cut they take, Uncle Clifford does their best to take care of them.

Additional Information About Uncle Clifford

  • Stripper Name (1.3): Notes their stripper name would be Sweet Potato Ponchita

Quotes

You never know when you got to turn a window into a door.
— Uncle Clifford (1.2)

Sometimes you got to take an L to get to that W.
— Uncle Clifford (1.7)


Mercedes (Brandee Evans)

Mercedes (Brandee Evans) after being asked to perform
Mercedes (Brandee Evans)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

Mercedes is The Pynk’s headliner, but with enough money saved over her, approximate, 7-year career, it seems she wants to retire from stripping and start a business. What kind of business? Well, taking note she has a day job of coaching girls on a dance team, perhaps a dance studio? Either way, one of the reasons it may have taken Mercedes 7 years is due to dealing with her holy-roller mother, who often guilts her into giving up money. Which, considering what her mother put her through as a child, may shock you.

Additional Information About Mercedes

  • S1E1: Is about 25
  • Save Your Money Kids (1.4): Has been working at The Pynk 7 years and has been saving from every dance.

Quotes

Let that stage be your stepping stone, not your tombstone.
— Mercedes and Uncle Clifford (1.2)


Keyshawn (Shannon Thornton)

Keyshawn (Shannon Thornton) after her performance.
Keyshawn (Shannon Thornton)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

A mother of at least one child, who just got off maternity leave when we meet her. She isn’t one of The Pynk’s top earners but is a staple of the club. Also, she is in an abusive relationship that she tries to hide the extent of the violence.

Additional Information About Keyshawn

  • S1E1: Mississippi is her stripper name
  • Daughter’s Name (1.5): Is Regal

Quotes


Hailey Colton (Elarica Johnson)

Hailey in white.
Hailey aka Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

There is an air of mystery to Hailey when we meet her. For one, we don’t know if her name is Hailey for sure or just something she tells Andre to create a sense of intimacy or exclusivity. What we do know is where she came from was severely flooded, and, like Keyshawn, she was in a very abusive relationship previously. However, now she is in a small place, with a mattress on the floor, and while miserable and possibly missing a daughter (?), she is at least free.

Additional Information About Hailey

  • S1E1: Her stripper name is Autumn Night
  • My Daughter (1.6): Her daughter’s name was Autumn
  • Stats (1.6): Hailey is 26, 5’9 and 140 pounds.
  • In A Past Life (1.8): She was a corporate accountant

Quotes

Life is just a long day’s journey into tomorrow.
— Hailey


Andre Watkins (Parker Sawyers)

Andre (Parker Sawyers) talking to Hailey
Andre (Parker Sawyers)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

It isn’t clear who Andre is, or what his interest in The Pynk is, though it could be safely assumed he is a cop.

Additional Information About Andre

  • A Heart In Your Hand (1.2): Andre reveals he was born with his heart outside his chest.
  • Britney (1.3): The name of his wife who lives out in Atlanta.
  • Aluma Matter (1.7): Went to Morehouse, thanks to his God Daddy’s money

Quotes

Ain’t nothing necessary, till it is.
— Andre (1.2)


Big L (Morocco Omari)

Big L (Morocco Omari) expressing his worry.
Big L (Morocco Omari)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

Uncle Clifford’s money man who also is his confidant. Perhaps the only one who truly knows how messed up Uncle Clifford’s money is which, for someone who is a ex-con, is an issue since jobs are slim.

Additional Information About Big L

Quotes


Corbin (Dan J. Johnson)

Corbin (Dan J. Johnson) talking to Andre.
Corbin (Dan J. Johnson)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

Born to a white father, Black mother, and that relationship not being looked highly upon by his half brothers, Corbin struggles a bit. Mind you, not financially, what so ever, especially due to the inheritance he got from his dad passing. But it does appear that Corbin feels out of place in the community and within his family. Which makes his desire to not sell his family’s land, but lease it, yet another issue his half brothers have with him.

Additional Information About Corbin

  • Son of a Maid (1.2): Corbin’s mother was his father’s maid.
  • Best Friends For Life (1.3): Has been friends with Uncle Clifford since elementary school and Uncle Clifford was the only one to know he was Johnny Kyle’s bastard song for a long time.

Quotes


Mayor Tydell Ruffin (Isiah Washington)

Mayor Tydell Ruffin (Isiah Washington) at a The Pynk's car wash
Mayor Tydell Ruffin (Isiah Washington)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

The mayor of Chucalissa who is, by far, not the best mayor and surely doesn’t maintain a moral high ground. Not to say he is utterly corrupt, but he surely doesn’t keep things on the up and up.

Additional Information About Mayor Tydell Ruffin

  • Historical First (1.3): Is the first Black mayor of Chucalissa

Quotes


Patrice Woodbine (Harriett D. Foy)

Patrice (Harriet D. Foy) talking to the pastor
Patrice (Harriet D. Foy)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

Mercedes’ mother who, at one time, had a terrible drinking problem, and perhaps more. However, with a position in the church, the treasurer, and faking the perception she has turned her life around, she likes to come off as a better woman. However, whenever she needs money or feels a bit down, she reveals the woman Mercedes knows oh too well.

Additional Information About Patrice

  • Why Your Daughter Hates You (1.5): Was putting bills in Mercedes’ name since she was 3.
Quotes

Pastor Gilfield (Ricco Ross)

Pastor Gilfield (Ricco Ross) talking to Sister Patrice
Pastor Gilfield (Ricco Ross)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

The pastor of Patrice’s church who is very aware of how Sister Patrice is getting the money so the church can get a loan, and has no shame about it.

Additional Information About Pastor Gilfield

Quotes

Tequan aka DJ Neva Scared (Brandon Gilpin)

Tequan aka DJ Neva Scared (Brandon Gilpin) talking to Lil Murda about music
Tequan aka DJ Neva Scared (Brandon Gilpin)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Higher Ground”

The DJ of The Pynk who, despite working in a strip club, is actually a teenager. One who goes to what looks like a private school and while well-versed in music, holds multiple intelligences.

Additional Information About Tequan aka DJ Neva Scared

Quotes


Terricka (A’Zaria Carter)

Terricka (A'Zaria Carter) getting mad at her mom.
Terricka (A’Zaria Carter)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Higher Ground”

Mercedes’ thirteen-year-old daughter who she gave up when she was a baby but reconnects through dance.

Additional Information About Terricka

Quotes


Shelle (Helen Goldsby)

Shelle (Helen Goldsby) talking to Mercedes about their daughter.
Shelle (Helen Goldsby)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Higher Ground”

Terricka’s adoptive mother.

Additional Information About Shelle

Quotes


Lil Murda (J. Alphonse Nicholson)

Lil Murda (J. Alphone Nicholson) greeting Tequan at school
Lil Murda (J. Alphone Nicholson)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Higher Ground”

A young rapper who thinks he is up and coming, and wants his music to be on and popping but, most who are introduced to it don’t dig it. For if it isn’t the hook it’s the beat, or the lyrics, and this leads to Lil Murder and Uncle Clifford growing close since he wants Uncle Clifford’s approval. Maybe more.

Additional Information About Lil Murda

  • Government Name (1.5): His first name is LaMarques

Quotes


Gidget (Skyler Joy)

Gidget (Skyler Joy) on the phone.

First Noted In: Season 1 Episode 4 “The Trap” 

One half of a dance duo with Keyshawn, as well as one-third of what is known as “The Trinity,” Gidget is Uncle Clifford’s favorite white girl and is at least a second-generation stripper. Which is something Gidget is a bit sensitive about.

Additional Information About Gidget

  • Bad Spending Habits (1.4): It’s noted Gidget hasn’t saved any money, unlike Mercedes.
  • Mommy Dearest (1.5): Her mother’s name is Deanna
  • Ole Miss (1.3): Where Gidget was once a cheerleader.

Quotes


Josh Ventura Plays Wayne Kyle

Wayne (Josh Ventura) with a gun.
Wayne (Josh Ventura)

A member of the city council, Wayne Kyle is the more aggressive and possibly insane one between the Kyle brothers.

Additional Information About Wayne

  • Introduced In Episode Season 1/ Episode 6
  • Head of the City Council (1.3): To be specific, he is the head of the city council and runs things.

Quotes


Donny Boaz Plays Wyatt Kyle

Wyatt (Donny Boaz) questioning why Corbin doesn't want to sell.
Wyatt (Donny Boaz)

Wayne and Corbin’s brother who, isn’t the most aggressive person and seems to follow along with what his brother wants.

Additional Information About Wyatt

Quotes


Thomas Q. Jones Plays Mane

Mane (Thomas Q. Jones)

One of Mercedes friends, who clearly has a thing for her but she isn’t necessarily trying to play with him like that. Possibly because him and the law don’t get along but with him knowing how to make fake IDs, he finds himself being put to use.

Additional Information About Mane

Quotes


Angela Davis Plays Eloise

Eloise (Angela Davis) getting her nails done.
Eloise (Angela Davis)

Eloise is a former stripper, one of the first to “graduate” from The Pynk, and is now Mayor Ruffin’s secretary.

Additional Information About Eloise

Quotes


Loretta Devine Plays Grandmuva Ernestine

Grand Muva (Loretta Devine) posing.

Uncle Clifford’s grandmother who is the former owner of The Pynk back when it was a club known as Ernestine’s.

Additional Information About Grandmuva

  • Introduced In Episode Season 1/ Episode 6
  • The Struggle Is Real (1.6): Is partial, if not fully blind, due to diabetes.

Quotes & .Gifs

Grand Muva (Loretta Devine) saying she is practical.
Grand Muva (Loretta Devine): But I’m a practical bitch.

Ashani Roberts Plays Britney

Britney (Ashani Roberts) on a video call with Andre.

Andre’s wife, who is a doctor back in Atlanta.

Additional Information About Britney

Quotes


Diamond (Tyler Lepley)

Diamond (Tyler Lepley) talking to Keyshawn.
Diamond (Tyler Lepley)

The Pynk’s bouncer who takes an interest in Keyshawn’s life.

Additional Information About Diamond

Quotes & Gifs

Derrick (Jordan M. Cox)

Derrick (Jordan M. Cox) talking to Keyshawn.

Keyshawn’s man, and the father of her children, who has drinking issues which has jeopardized his work in the past, and often leads to him beating on Keyshawn.

Additional Information About Derrick

  • Introduced In Season 1, Episode 5

Quotes & Gifs

Montavius Hill (Cranston Johnson)

Montavious being checked before going into the Pynk.

Hailey’s ex, who helped her raise her daughter, that she left for dead and is shock to see didn’t die on his own kitchen floor.

Additional Information About Montavius

  • Introduced In Season 1, Episode 5
  • Call me Lieutenant (1.8): Is a lieutenant of the Delta Devoted

Quotes & Gifs

Jesse (J. Leon Pridgen)

Jesse (J. Leon Pridgen) offering his jacket to Mercedes.
Jesse (J. Leon Pridgen)

It isn’t clear if maybe Jesse is Mercedes’ father or just familiar with her mother and her, but when we’re introduced to him while she is locked up, he shows an unexpected kindness.

Additional Information About Jesse

  • Introduced In Season 1, Episode 5

Quotes & Gifs

Woddy (Bertram Williams Jr.)

Woddy (Betram Williams Jr.) trying to get Lil Murda to the next level in his career.
Woddy (Betram Williams Jr.)

Lil Murda’s manager who is aware of his sexuality, and cool with it – as long as it doesn’t mess with his paper.

Additional Information About Woddy

  • Introduced In Season 1, Episode 8

Quotes & Gifs

Every wave ain’t meant to be rode.
— Woddy

Rome (Blue Kimble)

Rome (Blue Kimble) talking business.
Rome (Blue Kimble)

An executive from Atlanta entertainment company, Blue Guap Empire, he comes down to Chucalissa after Keyshawn and Lil Murda go viral and has his sights on managing Keyshawn. Lil’ Murda too, but only if that is required to seal the deal with Keyshawn.

Additional Information About Rome

  • Introduced In Season 1, Episode 8

Quotes & Gifs

Duffy (Dominic DeVore)

Duffy (Dominic DeVore) smoking with Big L
Duffy (Dominic DeVore)

Gidget’s boyfriend, who formerly was just a paying customer, who deals drugs for a living.

Additional Information About Duffy

  • Introduced In Season 1, Episode 8
  • Drugs of Choice (1.3): He sells anything from weed to Oxycotin.

Quotes & Gifs


General Information

Creator(s)Katori Hall
First Aired (Starz)7/12/2020

 

Groups & Organizations

  • Chucalisa Challengers (1.2): The dance troupe Mercedes coaches and hopes to make into a majorette team.
  • Delta Devoted (1.8): A gang we’re introduced to that Montavius is a notable member of.

Notable Locations

  • The Pynk (S1E1): Located in Pussy Valley, off exit 29, in the dirty delta, it is the strip club Uncle Clifford owns and manages that the ladies of the show work at.
    • The Cut: A private VIP room
    • Paradise Room: A private room when sex can be on the table
    • Lot & Acreage (1.8): The Pynk is on lot 609 with a 6 acre waterfront.
  • Chucalissa (1.2): The town “P-Valley” takes place in.
    • City Council (1.6): There are 7 members of the council.
    • Nonconnah County (1.2): The county that Chucalissa is in.
  • Delta Valley Revival: (1.4): Pastor Gilfield’s church where Patrice is a notable member.
  • Promise Land Casino (1.2)L The proposed Casino that Andre is tasked with making the necessary deals for.
  • Breath of Life Full Gospel Baptist Tabernacle (1.5): The name of Patrice’s church

Terms To Know

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Other Noteworthy Information

  • Hurricane Drake (1.6): The storm Hailey escaped in

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