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Everything Glee - Cast and Characters - Season 1

Updated on April 29, 2015

Meet the Cast and Characters of Glee

Hello! So you reading this means either you're a "Gleek" like me, or you're wondering what all this "Glee" talk is about. Either way, I hope you continue reading about why this TV Show is gripping the nation!

It's not too often that a TV show grabs me and reels me in, but Glee has done exactly that!

The series follows an optimistic teacher, who - against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach - attempts to save McKinley High's Glee Club from obscurity, while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential.

The show has it all - comedy, drama, quirky characters, awesome choreography and great music!

Grab your popcorn bowl and get ready for Glee!

Glee's GQ Photo Spread

Do you think the Photos the Glee Cast did for GQ were too racy?

Did you Miss Out on Glee Season 1? - Or maybe you just want to watch it all again!

Take a look at Glee!

Will Schuester

The Teacher

Played by: Matthew Morrison

DOB: October 30, 1978

About his Character: Will Schuester is a former star of McKinley High School's Glee Club, "New Directions." As the new head of McKinley's Glee Club, Will hopes to take his team all the way to Nationals. He is determined to do whatever it takes to make Glee great again, even though everyone around him thinks he's nuts.

Will is also a young, optimistic Spanish teacher who is married to his high school sweetheart, Terri Schuester.

Where you may have seen him: Matthew has appeared on many popular shows like Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs and CSI Miami. He also played Adam Munson on the soap opera "As the World Turns".

Rachel Berry - The Over-Achiever

Played by: Lea Michele

DOB: August 29, 1986

About her Character: Rachel Berry is a member of Glee. She is perfectionistic and convinced that show choir is her ticket to stardom, in fact, she always puts a gold star after she signs her name because she is sure she will be a star someday. She is often picked on by the popular cheerleaders. She has two fathers for parents. Rachel is interested in musicals, movie musicals, and TV musicals.

Where you may have seen her: Appeared on one episode of "Third Watch"

Finn Hudson - The Jock

Played by: Cory Monteith

DOB: May 11, 1982

About his Character: Finn Hudson is a very popular quarterback on McKinley High School's football team. He is also a member of Glee. He lives with his single mother. His interests include football, singing, hanging out with Quinn, playing football, burps, Halo 3, Call of Duty, Rocky II, sandbox, dreamer. Finn and Rachel have a strong attraction to each other, but he fights the attraction because of his school status and the fact that he's dating the head cheerleader.

Where you may have seen him: Played "Charlie Tanner" on Kyle XY.

Meet Finn

Quinn Fabray

The Cheerleader

Played by: Dianna Agron

DOB: April 30, 1986

About her Character: Quinn Fabray is Finn Hudson's girlfriend. She is a member of the Cheerios cheerleading team, and President of the Christ Crusaders (aka Celibacy Club). Quinn agrees to join the Glee club, but is only there to keep an eye on her boyfriend.

Where you may have seen her: She played "Debbie Marshall" in Heroes.

Favorite Glee Club Member

Who is your favorite member of the Glee Club?

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Sue Sylvester - Cheerios Cheerleading Squad Coach

Played by: Jane Lynch

DOB: July 14, 1960

About her Character: Sue Sylvester is McKinley's cheerleading coach. She has transformed her squad into an award-winning team. She loves being in the press. She is determined to destroy the Glee club because they are cutting into her cheer squad budget. If a gift basket suddenly shows up from Sue, be very afraid! Many times if Sue is being nice, it's just the calm before the storm.

Where you may have seen her: Played "Dr. Linda Freeman" on Two and a Half Men, "Joyce Wischnia" in The L Word and many other TV and Movie appearances.

Meet Sue Sylvester

Kurt Hummel

Fashion Iconoclast

Played by: Chris Colfer

DOB: May 27, 1990

About his Character: Kurt Hummel is a member of Glee. He is a soprano and has a flair for the dramatic. He is a self-named fashion iconoclast. His interests include promoting and marketing his new fragrance, "Hummel."

Meet Kurt Hummel

Artie Abrams - Rocking the Wheelchair

Played by: Kevin McHale

DOB: June 14, 1988

About his Character: Artie is a member of Glee. He's a geeky guitarist who spends more time avoiding bullies than chasing girls. His interests include wheelies, beat-boxing, and playing Dance Dance Revolution with his hands.

Where you may have seen him: Played "Neil Jones" on True Blood and "Dooley" on Zoey 101


Tough Guy

Played by: Mark Salling

DOB: ??

About his Character: Puck is an arrogant football player and a bully. He is teammates with Finn Hudson. He has a fondness for older women.

Where you may have seen him: Appeared in 1 episode of Walker Texas Ranger and also acted in the movies "The Graveyard" and "Children of the Corn: The Gathering".

Mercedes Jones - Diva

Played by: Amber Riley

DOB: ??

About her Character: Mercedes Jones is a member of Glee. She is a dynamic diva-in-training who refuses to sing back-up. She has a flair for fashion. Her interests include bling, vocal runs, and being FABULOUS all the time. Mercedes is close friends with Kurt.

Where you may have seen her: She was a contestant on American Idol.

Glee Songs Poll

What is your favorite song sung by Glee during season 1?

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Listen to your Glee Favorites over and over again!

Tina Cohen-Chang

The Quiet One

Played by: Jenna Ushkowitz

DOB: ??

About her Character: Tina is a member of Glee. She is awkward and needs to suppress her stutter before she can take center stage. Her interests include speed-metal, emo-core, cutting off her dolls' hair, and hangin' wi' her speech therapist, Judy.

Emma Pillsbury

The Neurotic Guidance Councilor

Played by: Jayma Mays

DOB: July 16, 1979

About her Character: Emma Pillsbury is a teacher at McKinley. She is single and harbors a secret crush on Will Schuester. She has a fear of germs. Her interests include hand-washing, rug-fringe-straightening, local news. She is a charter member of the Western Ohio Disinfectant Society. She is rooting for the Glee club to make it and always shows up for the performances.

Where you may have seen her: She played "Amy" in Paul Blart Mall Cop and "Charlie" in Ugly Betty.

Terri Schuester - The Wife

Played by: Jessalyn Gilsig

DOB: 1971

About her Character: Terri Schuester is married her high school sweetheart, Will Schuester. She is fond of crafts. And Pottery Barn. She works at Sheets N' Things. Terri loves roast beef on pumpernickel sandwiches. She is a bit selfish.

Where you may have seen her: Played "Meredith Gordon" on Heroes and "Gina Russo" on Nip/Tuck, along with many other movie and TV appearances.

How much do you love Glee? Who is your favorite Character?

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      6 years ago

      I love glee and i also love that rachel and finn are married and the charsters that i love are rachel, finn,quinn, emma,santana and brittany.also kurt and blain aswell.

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      6 years ago

      I love glee and i also love that rachel and finn are married and the charsters that i love are rachel, finn,quinn, emma,santana and brittany.also kurt and blain aswell.

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      7 years ago

      adding u to blog roll and squid angel blessing.. i love their music :)

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      7 years ago

      This show knocked my socks off. Besides 'House', 'Glee' is my current all-time favourite.

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

      Hey there:

      Can you include some of the season two info too...

      Your lens is really great. Pl. do update. It would be great to see more of glee...

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      7 years ago

      I didn't think I was going to like Glee, then I watched it and now I am hooked. Great characters and phenomenal vocals. Thanks for the lens.

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      7 years ago

      I only caught this show once while I was working out but it seemed pretty funny. Also seems that people who watch it get hooked pretty easily so there must be somethin there!! Great lens :)

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      kitakits lm 

      7 years ago

      Wow, I love the cast & the story.. I love everything there is Glee... I just not good in singing though.. LOL

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      Jeff Wendland 

      8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      My wife loves this show. It is pretty entertaining. Great lens 5* and blessing

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      8 years ago

      Good lens. Thank-you. 5 stars ***** and favorited.

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      BW Duerr 

      8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Excellent job on a great topic! 5 stars, lenrolled and used and featured on my Glee music lens. Thanks so much. :D

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      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      I have not seen the show - looks like tons of fun though! Congrats on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards nomination.

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      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on your Purple Star and Giant Squid Awards Nomination! :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love Glee! It really makes me laugh, and the song/dance numbers are so good. Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful job of sharing Glee with us. Makes me wish I watched TV and had one to see this program. Congratulations on being nominated for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens layout for a very popular show. This is one of my daughter's favorites and I am slowly getting hooked.

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      8 years ago

      My family has enjoyed watching this show. Great lens and congratulations on your nomination for the 2009-Giant-Squid-Awards.

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      Carmel Aaron 

      8 years ago

      I love Glee too.

      I have too many favorites on Glee, I love Mr. Schuster, Rachael, Emma, Mercedes,

      Artie, Kurt.,etc.

      And the Coach Sue Sylvester character is the one we love to hate. But now

      it looks like she has a reason for her nasty disposition.

      I just love this show!!

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      Leanne Chesser 

      8 years ago

      I've actually never heard of Glee before . . . but this is a fantastic lens! Congrats on your nomination in the 2009 Giant Squid Awards!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on your purple star and nomination for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards

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      8 years ago from Earth

      Nice lens - fun trivia on what the actors did before Glee! 5**** and a Squidoo Blessing.

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      8 years ago

      I have just started watching this show and am really enjoying it. Congratulations on the Purple Star

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      8 years ago

      Great lens....I love this show too! It is different from anything else on TV.


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