Young Sheldon has aired on CBS since September 2017, as a prequel to the very popular, widely known The Big Bang Theory, which ran for twelve seasons on the same network.
Now that we are three seasons deep into Young Sheldon and the world of Medford, Texas, you are probably very familiar with the characters and their backstories, right?
How about the actors that bring them to life? Here is a little more to know about them.
sheldon cooper – iain armitage
Iain Armitage, now aged 11, portrays the titular character, succeeding Jim Parsons from Big Bang, although the latter narrates the prequel series as an older Sheldon.
Armitage is the son of fellow actor Euan Morton, who has played King George in Hamilton on Broadway since July 2017. He has his own YouTube channel, where he reviews theatre performances.
On his mother’s side, he is the grandson of naval officer Richard Lee Armitage.
Prior to starring in Young Sheldon, Armitage was best known for playing Ziggy in Big Little Lies.
Mary Cooper – zoe perry
Actress Zoe Perry portrays Sheldon’s mother in Young Sheldon. Interestingly, she is the daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who played the character in Big Bang. Perry auditioned for the role, despite the familial link.
Her father is Jeff Perry, known as Cyrus Beene on Scandal.
Prior to starring as Mary, Perry had roles as a younger version of her mother’s character in Roseanne and appearances in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal.
George cooper sr – lance barber
Lance Barber plays Sheldon’s father George Sr., who, spoiler alert, has passed away by the events of The Big Bang Theory. He previously played an unrelated character in the aforementioned show.
With more than twenty years of acting professionally, some of Barber’s roles include films such as Gangster Squad and Leatherheads as well as guest starring stints in varied shows such as Gilmore Girls, Californication, Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish, The Mentalist, How I Met Your Mother and Masters of Sex.
Although he plays a Texan in Young Sheldon, Barber hails from Battle Creek, Michigan in real life.
Meemaw – annie potts
Veteran actress Annie Potts takes over from June Squibb as MeeMaw, Sheldon’s beloved maternal grandmother.
You may recognise Potts from live action film roles in Pretty In Pink, Ghostbusters II and Jumpin’ Jack Flash. In animation, Potts voiced Bo Peep in Toy Story and two of its sequels (2 and 4, to be exact).
At the age of 21, Potts broke nearly all in her waists in a severe car accident.
Potts has been married four times, with her most recent spouse being James Hayman, a producer, director and cinematographer whom she wed in 1990.
george cooper jr – montana jordan
Montana Jordan, 16, stars in the role of George Cooper Jr, known as Georgie. Like his character, Jordan was born and raised in the state of Texas.
Aside from Young Sheldon, Jordan starred opposite Josh Brolin in The Legacy of Whitetail Deer Hunter, which was filmed in 2015 and released three years later.
In 2018, he appeared alongside co-stars Iain Armitage and Lance Barber in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, when the present-day characters watch a tape from Sheldon’s childhood.
missy cooper – raegan revord
San Diego native Raegan Revord plays Sheldon’s more popular twin sister Missy. Like Iain Armitage, her on-screen twin, she is also eleven years of age, although Revord is six months older.
Revord has also appeared in Modern Family, Grace and Frankie as well as numerous commercials.
tam – ryan phuong
Ryan Phuong plays Tam, Sheldon’s childhood best friend, who appeared as an adult late in Big Bang Theory’s run.
Young Sheldon appears to be Phuong’s biggest role to date with his other roles including episodes of Shameless (Showtime) and The Thundermans (Nickelodeon).
Phoung’s Instagram tells us that he also has an interest in dancing and boxing, besides acting.