Pistol cast | Who plays the Sex Pistols in Danny Boyle drama?

Coming to Disney Plus today, Danny Boyle’s highly anticipated Pistol series tells the story of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols, who made waves on the English music scene in the 1970s.

The official synopsis for the series promises a “hilarious, emotional, and at times heartbreaking journey,” exploring “three of the most epic, chaotic, mucus-splattered years in music history.”

With a cast that includes Maisie Williams, Talulah Riley, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, all playing real-life figures, the series is sure to pack a punch when it hits streaming on May 31.

Read on for everything you need to know about the cast of Pistol on Disney Plus.

Toby Wallace plays Steve Jones

Toby Wallace as Steve Jones.

Toby Wallace as Steve Jones. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Steve Jones?? Steve Jones is an English musician who was one of the founding members and guitarist of the Sex Pistols. The series is based on his autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

Where have I seen Toby Wallace before? Wallace is an Australian actor best known for his role in the BAFTA-nominated film Babyteeth, but has also had roles in Boys in the Trees and Acute Misfortune.

Jacob Slater plays Paul Cook

Jacob Slater as Paul Cook.

Jacob Slater as Paul Cook. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Paul Cook?? Paul Cook is a drummer who was one of the founding members of the Sex Pistols.

Where have I seen Jacob Slater before? Pistol is Slater’s first screen role.

Anson Boon plays Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon)

Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Anson Boon as John Lyndon, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones.

Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Anson Boon as John Lydon, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Johnny Rotten?? Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, is a singer-songwriter who was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols and is known for his rebellious image and outspoken character.

Where have I seen Anson Boon before? Boon has had roles in Sam Mendes’ 1917 horror thriller Crawl and in an episode of the detective series Endeavour.

Christian Lees plays Glen Matlock

Christian Lees as Glen Matlock.

Christian Lees as Glen Matlock. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Glen Matlock?? Glen Matlock is a founding member of the Sex Pistols and was their original bass player before leaving the band.

Where have I seen Christian Lees before? Earlier this year, Lees appeared on The Phantom of the Open with Mark Rylance, while also appearing on shows like Parents and Sun Records.

Louis Partridge plays Sid Vicious (aka Simon Ritchie)

Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious.

Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Sid Vicious?? Sid Vicious, whose real name is John Simon Ritchie, was originally a fan of the Sex Pistols, who later joined the band to replace Glen Matlock as their bassist.

Where have I seen Louis Partridge before? Partridge is best known for playing Tewkesbury in Millie Bobbie Brown, starring Enola Holmes, but has also had roles in Paddington 2 and Pan.

Sydney Chandler plays Chrissie Hynde

Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde.

Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Chrissie Hynde?? Chrissie Hynde is an American singer-songwriter and a founding member of the Pretenders. She worked at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s SEX clothing boutique, and she nearly married Johnny Rotten and later Sid Vicious to get a visa to stay in the country.

Where have I seen Sydney Chandler before? Pistol is one of Chandler’s earliest on-screen roles, but he will also appear in the upcoming Florence Pugh/Harry Styles film Don’t Worry Darling.

Talulah Riley plays Vivienne Westwood

Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde, Talulah Riley as Vivienne Westwood.

Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde, Talulah Riley as Vivienne Westwood. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Vivienne Westwood?? Vivienne Westwood is a fashion designer credited with bringing modern punk and new wave fashion to mainstream audiences. She set up a clothing boutique called SEX with her boyfriend Malcolm McLaren, who was a promoter and manager for the Sex Pistols.

Where have I seen Talulah Riley before? Riley has appeared in movies like Inception, Thor: The Dark World, St Trinian’s and The Bad Education Movie, while having roles in high-profile series like Doctor Who and Westworld.

Maisie Williams plays Jordan (aka Pamela Rooke)

Maisie Williams as Jordan.

Maisie Williams as Jordan. Miya Mizuno/FX

who is jordan? Jordan was a model and actress best known for her work with Vivienne Westwood. She attended many of the Sex Pistols’ shows.

Where have I seen Maisie Williams before? Williams is, of course, best known for her debut starring role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, but she’s also appeared in movies like Early Man and The New Mutants, and had a recurring role in Doctor Who opposite Peter Capaldi’s The Doctor.

Emma Appleton plays Nancy Spungen

Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious.

Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Nancy Spungen?? Nancy Spungen was Sid Vicious’s girlfriend. Their relationship was turbulent and highly publicized, and Nancy was found stabbed to death in the stomach in 1978. Vicious was initially arrested and charged with her murder, but the case remains unsolved and Vicious died of a drug overdose in 1979.

Where have I seen Emma Appleton before? Appleton has had roles in The End of the F***ing World, Grantchester and The Witcher, while also appearing in the Felicity Jones-starring film The Last Letter from Your Lover.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster plays Malcolm McLaren

Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Malcolm McLaren, Talulah Riley as Vivienne Westwood.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Malcolm McLaren, Talulah Riley as Vivienne Westwood. Miya Mizuno/FX

Who is Malcolm McLaren?? Malcolm McLaren was the promoter and manager of the Sex Pistols, who also ran the SEX boutique with his girlfriend Vivienne Westwood.

Where have I seen Thomas Brodie-Sangster before? Brodie-Sangster made a name for himself on Love, Actually and Nanny McPhee, before starring in the series Maze Runner, Doctor Who, The Queen’s Gambit and Game of Thrones, in which he played Jojen Reed.

Pistol premieres today on Disney Plus in the UK (May 31, 2022). You can sign up for Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year now.

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