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‘The Dark Crystal’: See Each ‘Age of Resistance’ Puppet and the Actor That Plays Them Side by Side

Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Awkwafina are just a few of the famous names who helped bring the puppets to life in Netflix's fantasy series.

"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance"

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”

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As a prequel series to “The Dark Crystal,” Netflix’s “Age of Resistance” takes place long before the majority of the Gelfling population disappeared and features seven divided Gelfling clans on Thra who are under Skeksis rule. But when the Skeksis’ horrifying secret is discovered and its effects on the planet of Thra, the Gelflings must unite to fight back against the evil overlords.

Although it takes multiple people to bring just one character to life – from the writers and puppet designers to the puppeteers who also do the initial voice performance as a guide – a slew of celebrities were also lured by the song of Thra to lend their voices. Sigourney Weaver, however, is the one big name who was never seen on screen, in puppet form or otherwise, as the voice of the narrating Myth Speaker.

Take a look below to see whose voice you may or may not have recognized:

The Gelfling

Deet, voiced by Nathalie Emmanuel


Playing the gentle Grotton cave dweller, Emmanuel is best known as Missandei on “Game of Thrones” and Ramsey from the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. She can also currently be seen in Hulu’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

Rian, voiced by Taron Egerton

Before playing the heroic castle guard-turned-resistance fighter, Egerton also saved the world as Eggsy in the “Kingsman” films and starred in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.”

Brea, voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy

03_Dark Crystal_Brea Anya Taylor Joy

“The Witch” and “Split” star plays Brea, the youngest and most scholarly of the daughters of the All-Maudra.

The All-Maudra, voiced by Helena Bonham Carter

04_Dark Crystal_All Maudra Helena Bonham Carter

The veteran actress is no stranger to playing powerful women in fantasy projects ranging from Bellatrix Lestrange in the “Harry Potter” franchise to the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland.” She’ll also be seen as Princess Margaret on Netflix’s “The Crown.”

Tavra, voiced by Caitriona Balfe

05_Dark Crystal_Tavra Caitriona Balfe

The “Outlander” star takes up a sword as a brave paladin and the middle daughter of the All-Maudra.

Seladon, voiced by Gugu Mbatha-Raw

06_Dark Crystal_Seladon Gugu Mbatha-Raw

The “Belle” and “Black Mirror” actress plays the All-Maudra’s eldest daughter who is the most taken in by the Skeksis’ lies.

Cadia, voiced by Eddie Izzard

07_Dark Crystal_Cadia Eddie Izzard

The actor and standup comedian plays the wise Sifa elder who isn’t too keen with Brea’s questions.

Onica, voiced by Natalie Dormer

08_Dark Crystal_Onica Natalie Dormer

The “Game of Thrones” and “The Tudors” actress plays Onica, the assistant to Cadia who’s more than ready to rise in the ranks.

Maudra Fara, voiced by Lena Headey

09_Dark Crystal_Maudra Fara Lena Headey

Yet another “Game of Thrones” alum, Headey plays the leader of the Stonewood Clan who joins Rian in battle against the Skeksis.

Ordon, voiced by Mark Strong

10_Dark Crystal_Ordon Mark Strong

“The Imitation Game” and “Kingsman” actor plays Ordon, the father of Rian and captain of the guard at the Crystal Castle.

Rek’yr, voiced by Theo James

11_Dark Crystal_Gurjin Theo James

Before playing the rakish Dousan leader who comes to the aid of Brea and friends, James is best known as Four in the “Divergent” films and the late Kemal Pamuk from “Downton Abbey.” He’ll also star in PBS’ upcoming series based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, “Sanditon.”

Gurjin, voiced by Harris Dickinson


Dickinson most recently played the kidnapped heir of the Getty oil fortune in the FX series “Trust.” Here, he plays castle guard Gurjin, one of the Drenchen clan and best friend of Rian.

Naia, voiced by Hannah John-Kamen

12_Dark Crystal_Naia Hannah John Komen

The actress is best known for portraying Dutch from Syfy’s “Killjoys” and most recently played Ava in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Here she plays Naia, the twin sister of Gurjin.

Kylan, voiced by Shazad Latif

13_Dark Crystal_Kylan Shazad Latif

Latif, best known for playing Ash Tyler on “Star Trek: Discovery,” portrays one of the Spriton clan, a song teller who helped Brea and Rian share their memories and mourn.

The Librarian, voiced by Toby Jones

14_Dark Crystal_Librarian Toby Jones

“The Detectorists” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” actor plays the Vapra librarian who must deal with Brea’s inquisitive ways.

Mira, voiced by Alicia Vikander

15_Dark Crystal_Mira Alicia Vikander

The “Tomb Raider” and “Ex Machina” star plays the castle guard and girlfriend of Rian.

The Skeksis

The Emperor (skekSo), voiced by Jason Isaacs

16_Dark Crystal_Emperor Jason Isaacs

The star of “Star Trek: Discovery, “The OA,” and “Harry Potter” provides the voice for the leader of the Skeksis who has a secret weapon.

The Chamberlain (skekSil), voiced by Simon Pegg

17_Dark Crystal_Chamberlain Simon Pegg

“Star Trek” and “Shaun of the Dead” star Simon Pegg plays the wily, scheming, and ambitious member of the Skeksis.

The Collector (skekLach), voiced by Awkwafina

18_Dark Crystal_Collector Awkwafina

“The Farewell” and “Crazy Rich Asians” star gives voice to this disease-ridden Skeksis who collects the tributes from the Gelfling.

The General (skekVar), voiced by Benedict Wong

19_Dark Crystal_General Benedict Wong

Wong, lately of the MCU and Syfy’s “Deadly Class,” plays the hot-tempered Skeksis who’s loyal to the Emperor.

The Gourmand (skekAyuk), voiced by Harvey Fierstein

20_Dark Crystal_Gourmand Harvey Fierstein

The multiple Tony winner plays the Skeksis who organizes the elaborate banquets.

The Ritual Master (skekZok), voiced by Keegan-Michael Key

21_Dark Crystal_Ritual Master Keegan Michael Key

The “Keanu,” “Friends From College,” and “Brain Games” star portrays the Skeksis who’s responsible for guiding the group’s cultural practices.

The Scientist (skekTek), voiced by Mark Hamill

22_Dark Crystal_Scientist Mark Hamill

The “Star Wars” veteran plays The Scientist, who developed the technology that harnesses the essence from creatures through the Dark Crystal.

The Hunter (skekMal), voiced by Ralph Ineson

23_Dark Crystal_Hunter Ralph Ineson

This “Chernobyl” and “Game of Thrones” alum plays the Hunter, an unusually nimble Skeksis who lives away from the Crystal Castle as he hunts.

The Heretic (skekGra), voiced by Andy Samberg

24_Dark Crystal_Heretic Andy Samberg

The comedian gives voice to the goofy Skeksis outcast who believes that the Skeksis should reunite with their Mystic other half to once again become the urSkeks.

The Mystics

The Archer (urVa), voiced by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

25_Dark Crystal_Archer OLAFUR, DARRI, OLAFSSON

Seen in “True Detective,” “The Missing,” and “The Widow,” Ólafsson provides the voice of the Archer, who is the Mystic counterpart of the Skeksis known as The Hunter. He’s also a friend of Mother Aughra.

The Wanderer (urGoh), voiced by Bill Hader

26_Dark Crystal_Wanderer Bill Hader

“Barry” star and comedian Bill Hader provides the voice of The Wanderer, who is the Mystic counterpart of the Skeksis known as The Heretic. He enjoys putting on puppet shows.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” is currently streaming on Netflix.

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