The Thirst-Trapping Footballers of Emmy-Winning 'Ted Lasso'

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday September 19, 2021
Originally published on August 29, 2021

Phil Dunster from "Ted Lasso."
Phil Dunster from "Ted Lasso."  (Source:

We know what you're thinking. "But I don't even like soccer." First of all, across the pond, it's called football. Secondly, give yourself over to the endearing title character played by Jason Sudeikis. Apple TV+'s "Ted Lasso" was nominated for 20 Primetime Emmy Awards and won seven, after all. And if none of those perks piques your fancy, consider the thirst-trapping supporting cast that comprises the English Premier League team AFC Richmond.

Here's a look at 10 of the international actor-athletes that comprise the fictional team. We think you'll become a fast fan.

Stephen Manas
The French actor has lived in India, London, Tokyo and Milan, has a black belt in judo, and worked as a stunt double.

Phil Dunster
Playing heartthrob bad boy Jamie Tart, Dunster is also a producer and appeared in the British television drama "Save Me."

Toheeb Jimoh
Playing the footballer with a heart of gold, Jimoh was also recently featured in British GQ.

Brett Goldstein
Goldstein's scruffy and gruff character of Roy Kent turns heads both on and off the pitch. He studied acting at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts and is known throughout the UK for his stand-up act and comedic appearances.

Kola Bokinni
Born in London to British and Nigerian parents, Bokinni has been acting since he was a teen and attending the BRIT School of Performing Arts.

Moe Jeudy-Lamour
At a strapping 6'2", Jeudy-Lamour has appeared in several action films and will soon be featured in the fantasy-horror feature, "The Devils Music Remixed," about a group of friends on a weekend getaway caught between a hulking serial killer and one of their own possessed by a recording of an ancient ritual.

Billy Harris
One of the more soft-spoken footballers, only time will tell where the story arc of Collin, played by Harris, will go next.

Charlie Hiscock
Previously appearing on the BAFTA-winning, Emmy-nominated series "Secret Life of Boys," Hiscock has been acting since nine years old when he appeared in "Combat Kids."

Cristo Fernández
His smile could light up a football stadium; such is the joy that Fernández brings to the overly-enthusiastic Dani Rojas. Maybe that's because the role unites two of the actor's passions since his professional career began as soccer player.

David Elsendoorn
Actor David Elsendoorn may be new to US audiences but familiar to Dutch audiences for his recurring role on the psychological thriller TV series "Ik Weet Wie Je Bent."

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.