CBS made a big bang on September 24, 2007, when the first episode of The Big Bang Theory premiered. Of course, science nerds everywhere rejoiced as they saw that there was finally a show they could relate to on mainstream television. The sitcom focuses around a group of socially awkward nerds, and their pretty normal lives. The show finally gave nerd and non-nerds alike a show that they could both relate to and fall in love with.
The Big Bang Theory is now on its 11th season, and still manages to maintain some of the highest ratings on American television. The actors and actresses on the show, who mostly started off as pretty unknown names in television, are now making the highest salaries in the industry. The leads, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki are collecting a whopping $1 million per episode and their costars are coming in close behind. It is no surprise that the cast of The Big Bang Theory are making so much money, considering the show itself is taking in not millions, but billions of dollars. In 2015, the show generated $1.74 billion and that raised to $1.83 billion the following year.
So it is no wonder why producer Chuck Lorre (who also produced other big shows such as Two and a Half Men and Dharma & Greg) decided to co-create a spin-off for his successful predecessor, especially one that focuses on the young life of one of Big Bang’s most loved characters, Sheldon. To make it even better, Jim Parsons (who plays grown up Sheldon) is not only narrating the series, but is also one of the executive producers. Throw in an incredibly talented child actor to play young Sheldon as well as an amazing and diverse cast, and you have yourself a pretty good show.
Although the series just started, we are almost positive that Young Sheldon will gain the same success and popularity as The Big Bang Theory. It already has received high ratings and was one of the top-rated shows to be broadcasted on its first Thursday night, next to The Big Bang Theory of course.
If you have seen the first few episodes of Young Sheldon, then you probably noticed that the cast is filled with some familiar faces. While some of the actors and actresses you were able to put a name to the face, others you might have been scratching your head trying to figure out where they are from.
So why not take a quick moment and get introduced to the new, awesome cast of Young Sheldon.
Zoe Perry as Mary
If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, then you are well aware of Sheldon’s devout born-again Christian mother Mary. Of course older Mary is played by Laurie Metcalf, but the younger version of Sheldon’s mom is portrayed by actress Zoe Perry. Although Sheldon doesn’t agree with his mother’s religious beliefs, he shows both in Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory that he does indeed love his mother.
Zoe Perry as Mary – in real life
If you have wondered why Zoe looks so much like the younger version of older Mary, we will give you a hint- it’s not just good casting. Zoe looks so much like older Mary because she is actually the daughter of Laurie Metcalf! Phew, now that makes a lot more sense. Of course, Zoe has a successful acting career of her own, and was seen last as Samantha in the popular ABC series Scandal.
Ryan Phuong as Tam
Sheldon’s friend Tam, who introduces Sheldon to comic books, is played by the 15-year-old multi-talented actor Ryan Phuong. He grew up in San Gabriel, and knew at a young age that he wanted to be a performer. He started taking dance classes at the age of 7, and fell in love with hip hop. Shortly after, he started sharing some of his dance moves with his thousands of followers on Youtube. He made his first TV appearance in 2011 when he danced with Mark and Lacey on Dancing with the Stars.
Ryan Phuong – in real life
Since then, Ryan has focused on his acting career, although he still loves to dance and frequently shares videos on his Youtube page. He has made small appearances on Showtime’s Shameless and Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans, and also acted and danced in Chris Brown’s music video for his song Party. Ryan’s role as Tam is his first ever recurring acting gig, and so far he is doing a pretty good job!
Danielle Pinnock as Mrs. Ingram
Danielle plays Sheldon’s hilarious teacher Mrs. Ingram who shares a bit too much information with him and frequently urges him to go outside and play. Before she appeared on television, Danielle wrote and performed a one-woman play titled Body/Courage that consisted of over 300 interviews conducted worldwide and focused on body issues women face in everyday life such as weight, illness, skin color, aging and more. The show was aimed at encouraging women to love and accept their body.
Danielle Pinnock – in real life
Danielle is at the beginning of her TV acting career, and so far so good! Although her role in Young Sheldon is her biggest role yet, she has also appeared on shows like Get Shorty and Workaholics. You also might recognize her from her role in NBC’s hit show This Is Us, as the women in Kate’s support group who speaks out about her love for Thanksgiving stuffing and her struggles with weight loss.
Lance Barber as George Sr.
Sheldon’s football coach Dad George Sr. is played by Lance Barber. Barber has proven his ability to play a wide range of characters on TV and has been appearing in television show since 2001. He got his start playing roles on series like ER and On the Spot. And continued to get casted in various TV roles until landing his first recurring role in The Comeback as Paulie followed by Lucas in Faking It.
Lance Barber – in real life
Lance most recently appeared in the newest season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in his recurring role as Bill Ponderosa, the brother of Dennis’ ex-wife Maureen. He also played the role as Dr. Gabler in a couple episodes on the series Black-ish. If you still don’t recognize him, you might recall that he played in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, where he played Leonard’s high school bully Jimmy Speckerman.
Valerie Mahaffey as Ms. MacElroy
Ms. MacElroy is a teacher of Sheldon’s, and is played by the critically acclaimed actress Valerie Mahaffey. Valerie has been acting since the early ’80s, and was first known for her role Tiffany in the soap opera spoof Fresno. From then on, she continued to appear in a variety of TV roles in series such as ER, Desperate Housewives and Glee (just to name a few).
Valerie Mahaffey – in real life
One of her most recent roles that you might have remembered her from was as the mentally-unstable ex-wife of Michael Stappord, Olivia Rice in the popular Lifetime series Devious Maids. She has also appeared in some big blockbuster movies such as Seabiscuit, Jack and Jill and more recently Sully, where she played alongside Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart.
Annie Potts as Meemaw
Meemaw is Mary’s mother and Sheldon’s grandmother. Sheldon makes it clear that Meemaw is one of his favorite family members. He describes her as being a wonderful, warm, loving and wise grandmother who is protective of her dear grandson. We got to see her briefly in the ninth season of The Big Bang Theory played by actress June Squibb, now we get to see her a bit younger, portrayed by Annie Potts.
Annie Potts – in real life
If Annie looks familiar to you, it is easy to see why. Annie Potts was known for her roles in some of the most popular ’80s films such as Ghostbusters (I and II), Pretty in Pink and Jumpin’ Jack Flash. She also was the voice of Bo Peep in the first two Toy Story movies. In 1994, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for playing Dana Palladino on the CBS sitcom Love & War. Her most recent role before Young Sheldon was in the Freeform drama series The Fosters, where she plays a recurring role of Sharon.
Matt Hobby as Paster Hodgkins
Matt Hobby plays the paster at Sheldon and his family’s local church. Sheldon, who tells him and the whole church that he doesn’t believe in God and only believes in science, argues with the paster who tries to change his mind. As the paster tells Sheldon that many famous scientists believed in God, Sheldon responds, “So Darwin is right about God and wrong about evolution?”
Matt Hobby – in real life
Although Matt Hobby doesn’t have the longest acting resume, he is certainly proving his skills with his new role as Paster Hodgkins. You may remember him from his role as the Thompson House Servant Phillip on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, or as Rudy in The CW’s Hart of Dixie. His most recent recurring role before Young Sheldon was on the Fox series The Grinder, where he played Pat Landy.
Montana Jordan as George Jr.
George Jr. of Georgie is Sheldon’s big brother. The two brothers don’t get along and it could be due to the fact that Georgie was constantly getting compared to his genius big brother. Georgie is played by 14-year-old actor Montana Jordan. He grew up in Texas and started racing dirt bikes at the age of 5! Unlike his character on the show, he is actually the youngest of three children.
Montana Jordan – in real life
Montana might not be a familiar face like some of the others on this list, but we are sure he will be soon! His role as Georgie is actually his first ever acting job, and we think he is doing pretty good so far. This also certainly won’t be his last role, and will be playing Jaden in the upcoming comedy film The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter. He auditioned for the role of Jaden with 10,000 other kids! Despite his lack of acting training and experience, he got picked out of all of them.
Raegan Revord as Missy
Missy is Sheldon’s fraternal twin sister, but is ironically the opposite of her brother. When she was 6-years-old she convinced Sheldon that Batman was coming to his birthday party. Although grown-up Missy is played by Courtney Henggeler, little Missy is played by the very adorable and charming Raegan Revord. Reagan and her family moved to LA at a very young age in order for her to pursue her dreams of acting and so far she is doing pretty well.
Raegan Revord as Missy – in real life
Does Raegan look familiar? It is probably due to the fact the young star’s resume is already pretty lengthy considering her age. She most recently played a small part in a horror movie titled Wish Upon, Melinda in the TV Land series Teachers and also made an appearance on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. But you most likely remember her Megan on Modern Family, which was her first ever recurring role.
Iain Armitage as Sheldon
Iain Armitage plays the adorable and incredibly intelligent young Sheldon. The 9-year-old actor was born to two very talented parents. His mother is theater producer Lee Armitage and his father is musical theater actor and Tony Award-nominated Euan Morton. So in other words, Iain was born to perform. His first role was in a single episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where he played a little boy who was kidnapped.
Iain Armitage – in real life
If young Sheldon looks familiar to you, it is probably because he was recently on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Big Little Lies. He played the mature little boy named Ziggy, who is the son of young single mom Jane Chapman (played by the lovely Shailene Woodley.) He also presented an award next to big Sheldon Jim Parsons at the recent Emmys. With his talent, he definitely has a bright future ahead of him!