Here's the cast of Mindy Kaling's animated 'Velma' series and who they're playing

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Velma on HBO Max's animated series "Velma."
The titular character of HBO Max's animated series "Velma" is voiced by Mindy Kaling.Courtesy of HBO Max
  • An adult animated show centered on the Scooby Doo character Velma Dinkley is now streaming on HBO Max.

  • Velma is voiced by Mindy Kaling, who also created the show and serves as an executive producer.

  • Here's the cast of the 10-episode first season of "Velma."

"The Office" alum Mindy Kaling voices the titular sleuth.

On the left: Mindy Kaling in November 2022. On the right: The animated character Velma on HBO Max's "Velma."
On the left: Mindy Kaling in November 2022. On the right: The animated character Velma on HBO Max's "Velma."Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Courtesy of HBO Max

In this reimagining, Velma is South Asian and the show tells the origin story of the brains behind the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc.

"Growing up, I've always identified with Velma," Kaling, who serves as an executive producer, said at a "Velma" panel at New York Comic Con in October 2022.

"She was so cute, but not like traditionally hot — super smart, super thick glasses, questionable haircut," the actress said. "I just love the series and I feel so honored to do the voice."

 

Constance Wu voices Daphne, who's a mean girl on the show.

On the left: Constance Wu in October 2022. On the right: The character Daphne on the animated series “Velma.”
On the left: Constance Wu in October 2022. On the right: The character Daphne on the animated series “Velma.”Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; HBO Max

According to the official "Velma" social media accounts, this show's version of Daphne will be "known for much more than being hot. Though, fear not, that's still a large part of it."

"She's not demure, she has mysteries that she has to figure out about her own life that we find out about," Kaling said of Daphne at NYCC. "And I think there's a quality that Constance brings to the character too, Constance projects strength and her vocal acting also projects strength."

"All of the characters really delve into their family life and things that we didn't really get to see in the original series," she added.

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Glenn Howerton plays Fred, the eventual leader of the Mystery Inc. gang.

On the left: Glenn Howerton in March 2020. On the right: The animated character Fred in the animated show "Velma."
On the left: Glenn Howerton in March 2020. On the right: The animated character Fred on the show "Velma."Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP; Courtesy of HBO Max

At NYCC, Kaling said that none of the characters of the original "Scooby Doo" were defined by their whiteness, except for Fred.

"We knew we wanted an incredible comedy actor, who also had this humanity," Kaling added of Howerton, who previously worked with her on the series '"The Mindy Project."

"Velma" won't include Scooby, but Norville — aka Shaggy — is part of the show, voiced by Emmy nominee Sam Richardson.

On the left: Sam Richardson in September 2022. On the right: The animated character Norville on HBO Max’s "Velma."
On the left: Sam Richardson in September 2022. On the right: The animated character Norville on HBO Max’s "Velma."Charles Sykes/Invision/AP; Courtesy of HBO Max

"Minus the whiteness, I was very much a Fred," Richardson said at NYCC of the character he most associated with.

Velma's dad, Aman, is voiced by Russell Peters.

On the left: Russell Peters in August 2021. On the right: The character Aman in the animated series “Velma.”
On the left: Russell Peters in August 2021. On the right: The character Aman on the animated series "Velma."Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP; HBO Max

Peters is a stand-up comedian who has also voiced characters on "BoJack Horseman," "Family Guy," and "Bob's Burgers."

Sarayu Blue voices Velma's mom named Diya, who disappears.

On the left: Sarayu Blue in February 2019. On the right: The character Diya in the animated series “Velma.”
On the left: Sarayu Blue in February 2019. On the right: The character Diya on the animated series "Velma."Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; HBO Max

Blue most recently starred as a parent on Netflix's hit teen show "Never Have I Ever," which Kaling cocreated.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Melissa Fumero plays Sophie, Aman's girlfriend.

On the left: Melissa Fumero in October 2022. On the right: The character Sophie in the animated series “Velma.”
On the left: Melissa Fumero in October 2022. On the right: The character Sophie on the animated series "Velma."Allison Dinner/AP; HBO Max

Fumero most recently starred on the workplace comedy series called "Blockbuster," based on the now-defunct rental service.

"Glee" star Jane Lynch plays Donna, one of Daphne's police-officer moms.

On the left: Jane Lynch in September 2022. On the right: The character Donna on the animated series “Velma.”
On the left: Jane Lynch in September 2022. On the right: The character Donna on the animated series “Velma.”Chris Pizzello/AP; HBO Max

Lynch "steals every scene," according to the official "Velma" Twitter account.

The actress was recently seen on Hulu's "Only Murders in the Building." But she's also done voice work for shows like "Big Hero 6: The Series," "American Dad!" and "Ridley Jones."

 

Actress and comedian Wanda Sykes voices Linda, Daphne's second mom.

On the left: Wanda Sykes in March 2022. On the right: The character Linda on the animated series “Velma.”
On the left: Wanda Sykes in March 2022. On the right: The character Linda on the animated series “Velma.”Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; HBO Max

You may recognize Sykes for her roles in "A Bad Moms Christmas," "Black-ish," and "The Good Fight."

She also voiced Queen of Fables on a few episodes of the HBO Max animated series "Harley Quinn."

Frank Welker, the original voice actor for Fred, plays Fred's dad named William Jones on "Velma."

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16: Voice actor Frank Welker attends The Get Animated Invasion VIP Preview at The GRAMMY Museum on August 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Frank Welker in August 2018.Rebecca Sapp/WireImage

Welker has also done voice work for the "Transformers" franchise and other "Scooby-Doo" shows and movies.

Emmy winner Cherry Jones stars as Fred's mom, Victoria.

Cherry Jones arrives at the premiere of "Five Days at Memorial" on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles.
Cherry Jones in August 2022.Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Jones' extensive list of credits includes roles on "Succession," "Transparent," "The Handmaid's Tale," and "24."

Emmy-nominated "Nailed It!" host Nicole Byer stars as Blythe Rogers, Norville's mom.

Nicole Byer arrives at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Nicole Byer in September 2022.Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Byer has recently done voice work for the show "Tuca & Bertie" and "The Bob's Burgers Movie."

"Weird Al" Yankovic plays a presumably wacky character named Dandruff Tuba.

"Weird Al" Yankovic arrives at the premiere of "Encanto" on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. (
"Weird Al" Yankovic in November 2021.Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe played Yankovic in a biopic that was released on The Roku Channel on November 4, 2022.

Ming-Na Wen voices a mystery character named Carrol.

Ming-Na Wen, a cast member in "Hacks," poses at the Season 2 premiere of the HBO Max streaming series, Monday, May 9, 2022, at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.
Ming-Na Wen in May 2022.Chris Pizzello/AP

The "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." actress is perhaps best known for voicing the Disney character Mulan.

Fortune Feimster voices a popular girl at school named Olive.

On the left: Fortune Feimster in July 2021. On the right: The character Olive on the animated series “Velma.”
On the left: Fortune Feimster in July 2021. On the right: The character Olive on the animated series “Velma.”Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP; HBO Max

The stand-up comedian previously starred as Colette Kimball-Kinney on Kaling's show "The Mindy Project."

"Insecure" star Yvonne Orji plays a cool girl named Gigi.

Yvonne Orji attend the 49th International Emmy Awards at Casa Cipriani on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in New York.
Yvonne Orji in November 2021.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Aside from her role as Molly Carter on "Insecure," Orji has also appeared in movies like "Night School" and "The Blackening."

"Pretty Little Liars" star Shay Mitchell voices Brenda, a queen bee at school.

Shay Mitchell arrives at Louis Vuitton's 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries: The Exhibition, Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Shay Mitchell in July 2022.Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Aside from acting, Mitchell is also the designer and creator of the travel brand Béis.

Disney Channel alum Debby Ryan plays a girl named Krista.

On the left: Debby Ryan in September 2021. On the right: The character Krista on the animated series “Velma.”
On the left: Debby Ryan in September 2021. On the right: The character Krista on the animated series “Velma.”Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; HBO Max

Ryan's most recent role was on the Peacock series called "The Resort."

Kulap Vilaysack plays a character who's friends with Daphne.

Kulap Vilaysack arrives at the 2018 Dynamic and Diverse Emmy Nominee Reception presented by the Television Academy on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in North Hollywood, Calif.
Kulap Vilaysack in September 2018.Jordan Strauss/Invision for the Television Academy/AP

The actress has done voice work for "Bob's Burgers," in addition to guest starring on shows like "Parks and Recreation," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "The Office."

NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns voices Jacques Beau the Handsome Jock on "Velma."

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) react in the second half during Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn.
Karl-Anthony Towns in April 2022.Brandon Dill/AP

Outside of professional basketball, Towns also appeared in Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj's music video for "Swish Swish" and starred as himself in the 2019 movie "What Men Want."

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