Black Cake Cast & Character Guide

This is a character guide for Hulu’s “Bllack Cake,” with character descriptions, quotes, names of actors, and more.


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General Information

Network(s)

Hulu

Genre(s)

Drama

Young Adult

Created By

Marissa Jo Cerar

Based On

Novel by Charmaine Wilkerson

First Aired

November 1, 2023

Synopsis

Eleanor, birth name Coventina, is an island girl (West Indies to be specific) who, because of a series of unfortunate events, had to run away to London and in time ended up in America. She got married and had two kids, but her story, the true story, she told no one. But, in her will, she leaves behind the truth she kept from her kids so, in death, her kids could know her in ways she never let them to in life.

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Notable Locations & Items

  • Portland Parish (1.1): A parish (state) in northeast Jamaica where Covey is from
  • Lin’s Dry Goods and Sundries (1.1): Lin’s shop

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Other Noteworthy Information

  • The Recordings (1.1): Eleanor left 7 recordings which give the honest history of her life

Episode Listing

Season 1

Eleanor/Coventina

Played by: Chipo Chung (Adult)

Chipo Chung as Eleanor
“Chipo Chung as Eleanor,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

With two kids and a whole life, being widowed, and a load of secrets, Eleanor seems cool and in control of her life, but like most things, that might just be a ruse.

Played by: Mia Isaac (Coventina aka Covey Lyncook and Coventina Brown – 17 Years Old)

Mia Isaac as Coventina
“Mia Isaac as Coventina,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

Eleanor’s original name and who she was on the island and London. Back then, she was a swimmer, a daughter, notable to many boys and men, until it was assumed she died the day of her wedding.

Additional Information

  • Age (1.2): She has turned 18

Quotes

Byron Bennett

Played by: Ashley Thomas (Adult)

Ashley Thomas as Byron Bennett
“Ashley Thomas as Byron Bennett,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

An ocean scientist, Byron can be seen as Eleanor’s golden child due to how well he is doing professionally. However, in the first episode, how his personal life is going isn’t dove into.

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Benedetta “Benny”

Played by: Adrienne Warren (Adult)

Adrienne Warren as Benny
“Adrienne Warren as Benny,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

Benny is Byron’s sister, seemingly Eleanor’s youngest, who is estranged from her mother and sister for reasons not originally revealed.

Additional Information

  • How Long Has She Been Gone (1.2): Benny’s last notable interaction with her family was 8 years ago at Thanksgiving
  • Interest (1.2): While singing has been Benny’s most passionate interest, she has also wanted to open a cafe in the past

Quotes

Lin Lyncook

Played by: Simon Wan (Adult)

Jade Eshete as Mathilda and Simon Wan as Lin Lyncook
“Jade Eshete as Mathilda and Simon Wan as Lin Lyncook,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

Lin is Coventina’s father, an immigrant who went to school on the island, continued the business his parents started, raised a child, and found a wife, yet still feels like an outsider. But, what doesn’t help his situation is he has a gambling problem that led to him becoming vulnerable and driving his wife away.

Additional Information

  • Ethnic Background (1.2): It is confirmed he is Chinese

Quotes

Bunny

Played by: Lashay Anderson (Late Teens)

Lashay Anderson as Bunny
“Lashay Anderson as Bunny,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

Bunny is Coventina’s best friend and swimming partner.

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Gibs Grant

Played by: Ahmed Elhaj (Young Adult)

Ahmed Elhaj as Gibs Grant
“Ahmed Elhaj as Gibs Grant,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

Gibs is Coventina’s boyfriend back on the island who was London-bound for law school.

Played by: Jeremiah Birkett (Adult)

Jeremiah Birkett as Gibbs
“Jeremiah Birkett as Gibbs,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 4 “Mrs. Bennett” | Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr | 2023 | Hulu

A seasoned civil rights attorney in America at this point, Gibbs is a loyal and loving husband, who definitely is confused by his first generation American kids – though specifically Benny’s lack of perserverance. 

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Mrs. Bennett”
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Atypical: Season 2” and their role in “The Good Doctor: Season 5/ Episode 4 “Rationality.”

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Pearl

Played by: Faith Alabi (Adult)

Faith Alabi as Pearl
“Faith Alabi as Pearl,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

Pearl is Coventina’s mother’s best friend who, when she left, was tasked with looking out for her daughter and paid by Lin to keep the household up.

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Clarence Henry, aka Little Man

Played by: Anthony Mark Barrow (Adult)

Anthony Mark Barrow as Clarence Henry aka Little Man
“Anthony Mark Barrow as Clarence Henry aka Little Man,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

The head of a local loan shark family, Clarence, also known as Little Man, preys on the poor of the island and uses his two brothers to gain leverage and push getting money or property.

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Eleanor “Elly”

Played by: Karise Yansen (Young Adult)

Karise Yansen as the original Eleanor
“Karise Yansen as the original Eleanor,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

The original Eleanor, who Coventina met in London and, by chance, inherited the life of.

Additional Information

  • Interests (1.2): Back when she was in Jamaica, she had a strong affinity for rocks and the stuff she found digging in the garden of the orphanage, which got her interested in Geology. 
  • Nursing (1.2): Despite her interest in Geology, there was no offers to leave Jamaica to be a geologist, so she took an opportunity to join a nursing program

Quotes

Mathilda

Played by: Jade Eshete (Adult)

Jade Eshete as Mathilda and Simon Wan as Lin Lyncook
“Jade Eshete as Mathilda and Simon Wan as Lin Lyncook,” Black Cake, “Covey,” directed by Natalia Leite, 2023, (Hulu)

Mathilda is Coventina’s mother.

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Mr. Mitch

Played By: Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman as Mr. Mitch Black Cake Season 1 Episode 2 Coventina Directed by Natalia Leite 2023 Hulu

Mr. Mitch is a friend of the family, via Benny and Byron’s father, who is handling executing Eleanor’s last wishes – specifically having her children listen to her life story.

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Edwina

Played By: Leah Walker

Edwina Black Cake Season 1 Episode 2 Coventina Directed by Natalia Leite 2023 HuluEdwina is one of the girls in London who pushes Covey to be more social and date and also starts to unravel her made-up backstory.

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The Boss

Played by: Tom McKay

Tom McCkay as The Boss
“Tom McCkay as The Boss,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 3 “Eleanor” | Directed by Natalia Leite | 2023 | Hulu

When Eleanor moves to Scotland, she originally is unable to find a job because she is Black. However, “The Boss” decides to give, if not make a job for her, but it comes with a unspoken price when she was hired.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Eleanor”

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Beatrice

Played by: Anna Mawn

Anna Mawn as Beatrice
“Anna Mawn as Beatrice,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 3 “Eleanor” | Directed by Natalia Leite | 2023 | Hulu

Beatrice becomes Eleanor’s supervisor at her job in Scotland, and she doesn’t like her when she was originally hired. Though, her and Eleanor eventually bond over shared trauma.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Eleanor”

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Lynette

Played by: Rebecca Naomi Jones

Rebecca Naomi Jones as Lynette
“Rebecca Naomi Jones as Lynette,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 9 “Nine Night” | Directed by Zetna Fuentes | 2023 | Hulu

Lynette is Byron’s partner, whom he met while she was doing a documentary on trailblazers like Byron in their industry.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Mrs. Bennett
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Someone Great.”

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Steve

Played by: Elliot Cowan

Elliot Cowan as Steve Dywer
“Elliot Cowan as Steve Dywer,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 4 “Mrs. Bennett” | Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr | 2023 | Hulu

Steve is a major figure in the art world, who does light installations and sculpting, that becomes Benny’s mentor, boyfriend, and eventual abuser.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Mrs. Bennett”

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Joanie

Played by: Cherrelle Skeete

Cherrelle Skeete as Joanie
“Cherrelle Skeete as Joanie,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 4 “Mrs. Bennett” | Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr | 2023 | Hulu

Joanie is Benny’s ex-girlfriend who witnessed the altercation that led to Benny isolating herself from her family for 8 years.

  • Introduced In:Season 1/ Episode 4 “Mrs. Bennett”

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Mabel

Played by: Sonita Henry

Sonita Henry as Mabel
“Sonita Henry as Mabel,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 5 “Mother” | Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr | 2023 | Hulu

Mabel is a famous cookbook author in the UK whose celebrity is starting to become more prominent. Though with a recent controversy in which she was called out for questioning whether a cuisine can belong to a culture if the ingredients are made elsewhere, whether her rise will stall is up for question.

But, beyond that, she is a mother of one, the daughter of two White English people, or at least so she thought because she didn’t know she was adopted and that Eleanor is her biological mother.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 5 “Mother”

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Wanda

Played by: Diana Kent

Diana Kent as Wanda
“Diana Kent as Wanda,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 5 “Mother” | Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr | 2023 | Hulu

Wanda is Mabel’s adoptive mom who, with her husband, struggled to have kids, and once they adopted Mabel, they asked everyone to be discreet about her true origins so they could experience parenthood on their terms.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 5 “Mother”

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Gio

Played by: Aaron Harland

Aaron Harland as Gio
“Aaron Harland as Gio,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 5 “Mother” | Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr | 2023 | Hulu

Gio is Mabel’s son with an Italian man. The Gio we’re introduced to isn’t an academic like his mom and would rather travel than continue going to school.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 5 “Mother” 

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Sister Madeline

Played by: Sutara Gayle

Sutara Gayle as Sister Madeline
“Sutara Gayle as Sister Madeline,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 7 “Birth Mother” | Directed by Zetna Fuentes | 2023 | Hulu

Sister Madeline is a woman from the Islands who took up the rosary and is now a nun at a home for unwed mothers who wish to give up their babies once they give birth.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 7 “Birth Mother”

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Irene

Played by: Elly Roberts

Elly Roberts as Irene
“Elly Roberts as Irene,” Black Cake | Season 1/ Episode 7 “Birth Mother” | Directed by Zetna Fuentes | 2023 | Hulu

Irene was one of the girls at the home for unwed mothers who befriended Covey and made it seem that she and her boyfriend would figure out a way to raise their kid. But, hopes came crashing down once reality hit.

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 7 “Birth Mother”

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