This is a character guide for Prime Video’s “The Horror of Dolores Roach,” with character descriptions,  names of actors, and more.

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This is a character guide for Prime Video’s “The Horror of Dolores Roach,” with character descriptions, names of actors, and more.

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Dolores Roach (Justina Machado)

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Dolores is searching for a new life after spending 16 years in prison for selling weed. She sees a chance to thrive by starting a massage business in a basement under an empanada joint. Dolores wants to be a good person, but her impulse is often anger and violence to solve a situation. This violence leads to multiple murders, and as much as Dolores wants to change, she finds herself resorting to old habits. 

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Luis Batista (Alejandro Hernandez)dolores roach 7 scaled

Luis is the sole person Dolores recognizes from her old neighborhood. Now grown, Luis has dreams of success with his empanada business and becoming Dolores’ lover. He’s an opportunist with new recipes and marketing ideas to keep his empanada business going. Luis’ opportunism takes him to dangerous heights when he starts using Dolores’ murders as a chance to sell a new empanada. 

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: 1.1 “They Called Me Magic Hands”
  • The Actor Is Also Known For: “New Amsterdam”

Nellie (Kita Updike)

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Nellie is an employee at Empanada Loca and a young woman more concerned about her phone than anything going on at her store. Despite her lack of passion in empanadas, she’s a terrific salesperson who continues to help wherever possible. 

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: 1.1 “They Called Me Magic Hands”
  • The Actor Is Also Known For: “The Horror of Dolores Roach” podcast

Jeremiah (K. Todd Freeman)

Dolores Roach 4Jeremiah is also a member of the old Washington Heights neighborhood and used to deliver meat to Luis’ father. Jeremiah is incredibly kind but is hurt and suspicious when Luis’ empanada business starts booming, but he no longer needs Jeremiah as a delivery man. 

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Jonah Pearlman (Ilan Eskenazi)

Dolores Roach 5Jonah is the son of Dolores and Luis’ landlord, who is also Dolores’ first victim. Jonah seems more kind, more pragmatic, and more cautious than his father, but he starts to add pressure on Dolores when searching for his missing father. 

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: 1.3 “Like a Stoned-Ass Baby” 
  • The Actor Is Also Known For: “Deal” short film

General Information

Network(s) Prime Video






Created By Aaron Mark
Based On “Empanada Loca” and the podcast The Horror of Dolores Roach
First Aired July 7th, 2023
Executive Produced By Jason Blum,   Gloria Calderón Kellett,          Roxann Dawson,   Dawn Ostroff, 
Daphne Rubin-Vega
Showrunner(s) Dara Resnik


Dolores Roach is released from prison after 16 years, and she returns to her now-gentrified Washington Heights neighborhood. With nowhere to go, she turns to Luis, the sole person she recognizes in her old neighborhood.  He lets her live and work as a masseuse in the basement under his empanada shop. But when the promise of her newfound stability is threatened, Dolores and Luis will do anything possible to keep themselves surviving and thriving- even if one of those possibilities is murder.

Notable Locations & Items

  • Washington Heights: The gentrified New York neighborhood where most of the story takes place.  

Episode Listing

Notable Episodes

  • 1.2 “This Building’s Gonna be the Death of Me,” 1.3 “Like a Stoned-Ass Baby,” “1.6 “Blink Twice”

Season 1

Episode Number and Title
Episode 1: They Called Me Magic Hands Episode 2: This Building’s Gonna be the Death of Me Episode 3: Like a Stoned-Ass Baby
Episode 4: Bitch, I’ve Already Been to Prison Episode 5: I Never Don’t Find’Em Episode 6: Blink Twice
Episode 7: Bye, Felicia Episode 8: Stop Me

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