1. Jared Harris as Valery Legasov:
2. Stellan Skarsgård as Boris Shcherbina:
3. Jessie Buckley as Lyudmilla Ignatenko, wife of fireman Vasily Ignatenko:
4. Paul Ritter as Anatoly Dyatlov, deputy chief-engineer of Chernobyl:
5. Con O'Neill as Viktor Bryukhanov, manager of Chernobyl:
6. Adrian Rawlins as Nikolai Fomin, chief engineer at Chernobyl:
7. Sam Troughton as Aleksandr Akimov, night shift supervisor at Chernobyl:
8. Ralph Ineson as General Nikolai Tarakanov:
9. And finally, David Dencik as Mikhail Gorbachev:
NOTE: Emily Watson and her character Ulana Khomyuk were not included because Khomyuk is a fictional character.
Although, according to Watson, Khomyuk is meant to "represent the many scientists who worked fearlessly and put themselves in a lot of danger to help solve the situation."