1883 Cast And Characters Guide

The 1883 series is a prequel to Yellowstone that follows the Dutton family as the real-life couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill starring James Dillard Dutton and Margaret Dutton as they flee from Texas and embark on their journey to Montana in search of a better future.

Everyone’s curious to know about the 1883 cast. Sam Elliott portrays the character of Shea Brennan, a tough cowboy who has sadness in his past life. Let’s take an in-depth look at the characters and their roles. 

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Cast Of 1883 Breakdown

The main characters in 1883 make it an engaging watch. From the strong-headed heroes to the villainous personalities, 1883 is a show to binge-watch. 1883 being released on Paramount+ in December 2021, was unique as it offered a look at the Dutton family’s origin story to all Yellowstone fans around the globe. So, we are going through all that is to know about the stars of 1883.

1. Tim McGraw as James Dillard Dutton

Country singer Tim McGraw is one-half of a powerhouse in music. McGraw and his wife, the Grammy-winning artist Faith Hill, got married in 1996 and welcomed three kids together. After gaining fame from his many hits like ‘The Shack,’ ‘Something Like That,’ and more he started acting but James Dillard Dutton in 1883 was his first significant role. He initially played this character in season 4 of Yellowstone in the flashback scenes, which eventually led to the opportunity to expand the role in the prequel.

On Sheridan’s call to offer him the part, he was intrigued on his terms. McGraw said, “Certainly I was interested in it, but I told him I didn’t want to be some singing cowboy that just comes to the bunkhouse and gets carried to the train station at the end of the episode. If he came up with something that was interesting, I’d be glad to do it.”

Tim McGraw as James Dillard Dutton

2. Faith Hill as Margaret Dutton  

Faith Hill joined the series at the same time as her husband, playing his character’s wife, Margaret Dutton. Mrs. Hill too is a country music star with a bunch of fans who were thrilled to see her in the show. Born and raised in Mississippi, Hill moved to Nashville at the age of 19. In 2022, she said that filming 1883 was a rewarding experience.

She said about her character, ”The authenticity was exciting for me. I understood why learning how to do these things properly really mattered, when you’re actually in the midst of filming on a horse, on a wagon, shooting the guns, all the things that we had fun training to do.”

Faith Hill as Margaret Dutton

3. Isabel May as Elsa Dutton

Isabel May played Elsa Dutton, daughter of James and Margaret Dutton and the narrator of the follow-up Yellowstone series 1923. Her first role as a recurring character was on The Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon before becoming a lead on the Netflix series Alex & Katie.

May started acting in 2018 and starred in a handful of wonderful films before entering the Western dramas. The actress said that she had originally auditioned for another role in the series 1883, but things worked in her favour and ended up being unpredictable to her.

Isabel May as Elsa Dutton

4. Sam Elliott as Shea Brennan

Sam Elliott was born in California and raised in Oregon before embarking on a long career in Hollywood. His first credited works were as Robert Redfort in ‘Butch Cassidy’ and Paul Newman in ‘The Sundance Kid.’ In the decades since Elliot earned the first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his work in ‘A Star Is Born’ in 2019. The actor has lent his voice to Fox’s animated sitcom ‘Family Guy’ since 2019.

Elliot said that his role as Shea Brennan on 1883 was influenced by his history in Westerns, though he admits it was a different experience. As all viewers know, his character was a Civil War veteran turned cowboy who helped the Duttons on their journey. “It wasn’t a big stretch for me, because I was so familiar with the genre,” he said.

Sam Elliott as Shea Brennan

5. Eric Nelsen as Ennis

Eric Nelsen starred as Ennis, a cowboy who assisted the Dutton family on their journey alongside Shea Brennan. His character was Elsa Dutton’s love interest but dies from a shotgun wound. Nelsen’s resume is a lengthy one, starting from Sensing Murder as a teenager to the soap opera All My Children, Showtime’s The Affair and then 1883.

Eric Nelsen as Ennis

6. Martin Sensmeier as Sam

Martin Sensmeier charmed both audiences and Elsa Dutton as Sam, helping out the Dutton family on their journey. Sensmeier previously worked with Sheridan on Wind River and other appearances in HBO’s Westworld, NBC’s La Brea, etc.

Martin Sensmeier as Sam

7. Dawn Olivieri as Claire Dutton

Dawn Olivieri joined 1883 as Claire Dutton, the widowed sister of James Dutton, who travels with the rest of his family and unfortunately, doesn’t make it to the end. The actress is known for her roles in the Showtime series House of Lies and on the NBC show Heroes.

Dawn Olivieri as Claire Dutton


The other cast members include Isabel May as Elsa Dutton, Dawn Olivieri as Claire Dutton, Eric Nelson as Ennis, Graciela Brancusi, Martin Sensmeier, LaMonica Garrett, and others. 1883 Yellowstone cast has enhanced the plot of the series with their extraordinary performance. The characters are known for their ability to bring the characters to life. Who is your beloved 1883 cast? Let us know in the comment box below!

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