Run The World Character Guide

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A character guide for STARZ’s “Run The World.” Included is information about characters and noteworthy information about the series they’re in.


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.

General Information

Network(s)Starz
Created or Developed ByLeigh Davenport
First Aired5/16/2021

Groups & Organizations

  • Hot Tea Digest (1.1): Where Ella works and the company Barb is Editor in Chief

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Season 1

Air Dates5/21/2021 –
Episode Count8

Plot

We’re introduced to four friends, Renee, Whitney, Sondi, and Ella, who deal with various issues. For Renee, her marriage is coming to an end, and she is trying to start her next chapter with a smooth transition. When it comes to Whitney, her plans to wed college sweetheart Ola are starting to get out of control, and combine that with a hectic job and a chance encounter? Well, it makes the struggle quite real. As for Sondi? She is a Ph.D. student sleeping with her advisor and so ingrained in his life that his daughter knows her and even has a secret language with her!

Leaving Ella. She appears to be the youngest of the four and also the least stable. Formerly, she had what could have been a notable writing career, but after being dropped by her publisher, now she writes for an entertainment magazine to some chagrin.

However, together, the ladies are making it in New York City and finding every way they can to keep hope alive.

Notable Episodes

Episode 1: Anderson returns from South Africa

Episode 3: It’s Ella’s 32nd birthday

Ella McFair (Andrea Bordeaux)

Ella (Andrea Bordeaux) looking exasperated
Ella (Andrea Bordeaux) looking exasperated

31 when we meet her, 32 by episode 3 of the first season, Ella was an up-and-coming writer almost two years ago until she was dropped by her publisher. Since then, her boyfriend left for South Africa, and while she has found a way to keep living in New York, thanks to being Sondi’s roommate, life certainly hasn’t been easy.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 1
  • Parents’ Marriage (1.1): Ella’s parents have been together for 40 years

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Barb (Erika Alexander)

Barb (Erika Alexander) in her office with plaques and covers featuring her
Barb (Erika Alexander) in her office with plaques and covers featuring her

Barb is Ella’s boss who has a storied history in lifestyle magazines. At 35, she was the first Black Editor In Chief of a mainstream lifestyle publication, and at 45, she shows no signs of slowing down.

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Be as committed to grateful as you are self-pity.
— Barb (1.1)

Sondi Hill (Corbin Reid)

Sondi (Corbin Reid) giving Ella a pep talk
Sondi (Corbin Reid) giving Ella a pep talk

A Ph.D. advisee with a focus in African-American studies, Sondi is “woke,” but thankfully, her default isn’t the version of the term which often can make a situation more serious than it needs to be. However, this isn’t to say that she doesn’t read more into a situation than her friends, or partner Matthew, may do.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 1
  • Accolades (1.3): Is a Fulbright Scholar
  • Age (1.3): In 2002, Sondi was 14

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Matthew (Stephen Bishop)

Matthew (Stephen Bishop) asking about the language Sondi and Amari came up with
Matthew (Stephen Bishop) asking about the language Sondi and Amari came up with

Sondi’s thesis adviser, a professor, and the father of Amari, Matthew juggles multiple hats, and it seems Sondi is the main one he lets fall if something happens.

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Amari (Ellie Reine)

Amari (Ellie Reine) talking to Sondi
Amari (Ellie Reine) talking to Sondi

Amari is Matthew’s six-year-old daughter who has known Sondi for two years and has crafted a language with her.

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Whitney (Amber Stevens West)

Whitney (Amber Stevens West) with the sideeye
Whitney (Amber Stevens West) with the side-eye

A banker, soon to be married and struggling with her future husband’s expectations for a wife.

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Renee (Bresha Webb)

Renee (Bresha Webb) picking up breakfast at a bodega
Renee (Bresha Webb) picking up breakfast at a bodega

The wild one of her group, Renee, is soon to be divorced, highly educated, and honestly just trying to live her best life before she has to admit she is aging.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 1
  • Length Of Friendship (1.1): Renee has known Ella for around 25 years

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Anderson (Nick Sagar)

Anderson (Nick Sagar) talking to Ella
Anderson (Nick Sagar) talking to Ella

Anderson is Ella’s ex who left two years ago to South Africa to pursue a major job opportunity which has led to him being given the nickname: Satan.

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Ola (Tosin Morohunfola)

Ola (Tosin Morohunfola) talking to Whitney
Ola (Tosin Morohunfola) talking to Whitney

Ola is Whitney’s college sweetheart who is a banker from a big Nigerian family.

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Jason (Jay Walker)

Jason (Jay Walker) making excuses
Jason (Jay Walker) making excuses

Renee’s soon-to-be ex-husband used to be a private equity manager but has since quit that job to become the manager of an unnamed band.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 2
  • MBA (1.2): Between him and Renee, they both graduated from Stanford and Wharton
  • Relationship Length (1.2): He was with Renee for at least 5 years

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Chris (David J. Cork)

Chris (David J. Cork) realizing Whitney has a man
Chris (David J. Cork) realizing Whitney has a man

While a nice guy, Chris is also considered the community d*** since every one of the friend group has been with him.

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Abby (Emily Tarver)

Abby (Emily Tarver) and Renee at a photoshoot
Abby (Emily Tarver) and Renee at a photoshoot

Thrice divorced, but at least she has a career, Abby is Renee’s co-worker.

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