Fallon Morel Carrington
Played by: Elizabeth Gillies
The main character, heiress to the Carrington family fortune, who seeks to establish herself in the corporate world.
- Adaptational Intelligence: While Fallon was merely an heiress to the family fortune in the original series, this version of the character is much more competent and business savvy in her own right.
- Broken Pedestal: Her already somewhat-questionable opinion of her father gets damaged even more in "The Gospel According to Blake Carrington", after she learns of what Blake did to Cecil.
- Daddy's Girl: Alexis claims that Fallon was always Blake's child. Seems to be especially proven when it's revealed that one of the codes for the secret safe in Blake's office is Fallon's birthday.
- Deadpan Snarker: Practically every word she says is dripping with sarcasm.
- Has a Type: From her two relationships we've seen thus far, she seems to be into black men.
- It's All About Me: Culhane calls her out on this, their relationship being All Take and No Give. She later improves somewhat, promising to ensure justice for Culhane's father, even if it risks her losing the Carrington Atlantic COO position she's wanted for so long.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her sarcasm, she has shown some surprising heart.
- When she finds Culhane working at a homeless shelter, Fallon discovers his family believes he is an executive at the company and not a limo driver. Rather than rat him out, she covers by making it sound like Michael is a good vice-president.
- After making a crack about the homeless to Michael's sister and seeing her glare, Fallon makes a "rich bitch donation", which appears to be enough money to keep the place running for a year.
- When Alexis tries to frame Sam for shoplifting, Fallon catches on and slips the stolen items into her mother's bag instead. Later, when a plan to drug Alexis into incriminating herself backfires, and Sam (who had the idea in the first place) ends up drinking the spiked champagne, she covers for Sam and says that it was all her idea, despite Steven being furious with her.
- Manipulative Bastard: Fond of manipulating others for her own gain. It occasionally backfires.
- Ms. Fanservice: Dresses up really well, and has quite a few love scenes.
- Really Gets Around: Summed up when she meets the guys playing a football game with hugs, slaps and a few kisses.Cristal: The whole team?Fallon: And yet not one sex tape!
- Rich Bitch: Prone to acting like this sometimes....
- Spoiled Sweet: But she is really this. Faced with the choice of gain or doing what's right, she tends to do the latter.
Played by: James Mackay
Fallon's older brother. An environmentalist, he clashed with his father on the family company's policies, and left for a while to pursue his own interests.
- Black Sheep: Is viewed as such for the Carrington family, not sharing any of their views and opposing his father's corporate policies.
- Bourgeois Bohemian: Despite hailing from the wealthy and powerful Carringtons, he and his father often clash over their differences in politics and policies of his family's company concerning the environment.
- But Not Too Gay: Averted. While Steven's homosexuality was often disregarded in the original series, this version of the character seems to be unequivocally gay.
- Granola Girl: Gender-Inverted Trope. Steven is a staunch environmentalist, which caused a divide between him and his father.
- Kick the Dog: Gets this big-time in the final season of 2X03 at a baby shower. First, thanks to a public tantrum from Kirby, Steven discovers that Anders is his real father. Before he can recover from that, Melissa decides that because Steven is not a Carrington after all, she doesn't have to put up with the deception and reveals he's not the father of her child.
- Momma's Boy: He's definitely Alexis's favorite. He even turns out to be the child she chooses to stay in touch with after she left the Carringtons many years ago.
- Put on a Bus: He decides to stay in Paraguay after the first few episodes of Season 2, which was followed by James Mackay's name being removed from the opening credits. He later ends up in Paris, and is confined to a mental hospital due to Adam's machinations.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: While Fallon acts like a Rich Bitch and seeks to further her business interests, Steven is noticeably nicer, and distances himself from corporate politics in favor of supporting environmentalism and charity. While Fallon seemed to be closer to her father Blake, Steven is closer to Alexis, even keeping in contact with her after she and Blake divorce.
- Spoiled Sweet: Unlike his sister with her Rich Bitch tendencies, Steven is rich but kind-hearted.
- Straight Gay: This version of the character isn't necessarily flamboyant, but he's not overly masculine either. Sam could also be seen this way.
Samuel "Sam" Jones
Played by: Rafael de la Fuente
Cristal's nephew, and Steven's (former) boyfriend, for a while, husband.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Coupled with the Gender Flip, here, instead of being a heterosexual woman, Sam is a gay man.
- Amicable Exes: Despite no longer being in a relationship with Steven, they still seem to get along quite well. Then they get back together, and later married, albeit temporarily.
- Birds of a Feather: Despite a rocky start, he and Fallon get along well due to their shared love of fashion and expensive tastes.
- Fish out of Water: Sam more or less takes this aspect from Cristal in the original series. While she's already somewhat entrenched in the privileged world of the Carringtons when we meet her, Sam is obviously more of an outsider.
- Gender Flip: Sammy Jo from the original series was a woman; here, he's a gay man.
- The Illegal: It is revealed in "The Gospel According to Blake Carrington" that he entered the United States illegally, which is why he's so reluctant to talk to the police.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's young, good-looking, and shows quite a bit of skin in the early episodes.
- Odd Friendship: With Anders, the latter acting as a Parental Substitute when Sam finds himself in trouble or uncertain about what he wants to do with his life. Sam also has this dynamic with Fallon, despite their initial meeting, and Fallon hires him as her assistant.
- Pretty Freeloader: For most of the first part of season one, he crashes at the Carrington manor, to Anders' ire.
- Race Lift: The original Sammy Jo was white; here, like Cristal, he's Venezuelan.
- Seen It All: He's apparently reached this point with the Carrington family's drama and insanity: when Fallon rips out her mother's hair extensions and shoves her into the pool, Sam comments to Liam that it's quite subdued behaviour for Fallon. When Fallon then storms into the room and fires a bullet at the ceiling (using the gun that Alexis sent her for her sixteenth birthday), Sam calmly notes that this is a little more typical.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Due to his relationship with Steven and Cristal, he crashes at the Carrington estate for a while as a somewhat-unwelcome guest.
Played by: Grant Show
The Carrington family patriarch, Fallon and Steven's father, and the CEO of Carrington Atlantic.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the original series, he was quite homophobic toward Steven. Here, however, he's more or less accepting of the fact that his son is gay.
- Beard of Sorrow: He's grown one in the aftermath of Cristal's death.
- Berserk Button: Once Alexis reappears, anything to do with her ticks him off, to the point he threatens to fire any of his household staff who even speak to her.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's not above using his influence and position to further his own interests.
- It's All About Me: At the end of the day, Blake's main concern is bettering himself and his own interests, regardless of who he has to threaten or manipulate.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a manipulative, ruthless CEO, but it's clear he cares about his family
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates various people using his money and influence.
- Parent with New Paramour: Cristal is his second wife. Since she took over the position COO Fallon was supposed to get, the latter hates her.
- Sanity Slippage: Suffers one after Cristal's death at the end of season 1, becoming extremely apathetic and hedonistic.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: In "Answer to No Man," he reveals to Culhane that he's known about his and Fallon's relationship for a while, but never said anything, knowing Michael was a much better man than others Fallon has known.
Cristal Flores Carrington / Celia Machado
Played by: Nathalie Kelley
An employee of Carrington Atlantic, whom Blake later marries, later becoming the COO of the company.
- Adaptation Name Change: In this series, her name is spelled "Cristal" instead of "Krystle". Then it turns out that's not even her real name.
- Conflicting Loyalties: She's torn between being loyal to Blake, a Corrupt Corporate Executive, and doing the right thing, like revealing Carrington Atlantic's dirty environmental practices.
- Dark Secret: Her real name is Celia Machado. Back in Venezuela, she stole a large amount of money, and was forced to leave her sister behind. And she apparently killed her sister Iris's husband (Sam's father) to protect Iris.
- Killed Off for Real: She gets shot by Claudia and dies in the fire at the end of Season 1.
- Ms. Fanservice: Dresses up well at big events, and has several scenes with Blake, and a sex tape.
- Not So Above It All: When Fallon and Alexis brawl into the pool, Cristal is laughing as she watches it and snaps at Blake "don't you dare" when he wants to break it up.
- Race Lift: Krystle in the original series was white. Here, she's Venezuelan.
- Sexy Secretary: Was this to Blake before they married, though this version of the character held a loftier position in the company.
Thomas "Tom" Carrington
Played by: Bill Smitrovich
Blake's father, Fallon and Steven's grandfather, and the former CEO of Carrington Atlantic. He, unfortunately, doesn't get along well with Blake.
- Jerkass: He's racist and dismissive of Blake and his family.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As he reveals in his Video Will, he still loves his son, despite never getting along.
- Racist Grandpa: Compared to Blake, who grew up in more-recent times, Thomas is racist towards Cristal and her family and homophobic towards Sam.
- Video Will: Leaves one for Blake to find, hidden inside one of his books.
Played by: Nicollette Sheridan (seasons 1 - 2), Elizabeth Gillies (season 2)
Blake's ex-wife and Fallon and Steven's mother, long absent from the family. She returns after his father's death and shocks everyone by inheriting the family manor and thus getting back into their lives.
- Con Woman: She's actually in cahoots with Adam (actually her lover, Hank) in order to gain control of the Carrington fortune.
- Gold Digger: It's heavily implied that her main interest is money, hence the reason she married Blake, and why she's trying to reconnect with her children.
- Loophole Abuse: When her attempt to get the manor fails, Alexis reveals that the loft above the barn technically belonged to her family first and was deeded to her by Thomas, giving her perfectly legal right to stay there.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: Her face is remade to look like Fallon's, under Adam's supervision after he shoved her into the fireplace.
- Mama Bear: Although she is plotting to liquidate Carrington Atlantic and take her share of the billions, and treated Fallon coldly when they first reunited, she flies off the handle at Hank when he decides to sell and take his cut, after Fallon became CEO and Alexis told him to hold off.
- Alexis: Do you really think I'm going to let you walk away with millions of my children's inheritance in your pocket?
- Manipulative Bitch: It turns out the reason she inherited the family mansion is because she took advantage of Thomas being woozy from surgery to seduce him into naming her. Although it's implied that this may have just been a lie by the other Carringtons to render the changes to the will null and void.
- She also uses her kidnapped firstborn, Adam, to manipulate Blake and Steven in a con to seize the family fortune- the "Adam" that Steven tracks down in Mexico is a fake, working with Alexis. She also uses Jeff and Monica and their secret Carrington lineage as part of the plan, in almost Magnificent Bastard style.
- Mock Millionaire: She enters in lavish outfits and bragging about spending the last decade traveling across Europe. But Fallon discovers she's been living in a trailer just outside of Atlanta and is dead broke, putting on the appearance of wealth to get back with the family.
- Put on a Bus: After Nicollette Sheridan had to leave the show, she ends up getting her face burned by Adam, with her face reconstructed to look like Fallon's (conveniently allowing Elizabeth Gillies to play her for a little while). She eventually heads off to Europe to get her face reconstructed a second time.
- Your Cheating Heart: Had an affair with Anders, which produced Steven.
Played by: Sam Underwood
The real Adam Carrington, who returns to the family in Season 2.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He puts on a veneer of politeness to most people, but is actually manipulative and deranged.
- Crazy-Prepared: Each time someone tries to expose him as crazy, it turns out he anticipated it, and had a contingency plan to get past it.
- Deadly Doctor: He was a doctor before his medical license was revoked for stealing drugs, supposedly for his mother (He actually used them to murder her). He gets his license back after Blake pulls a few strings.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's nice to more or less everyone he meets, to mask his manipulative and sociopathic personality.
- Long-Lost Relative: He was kidnapped when he was six months old, and raised by his kidnapper's girlfriend in Billings, Montana for most of his life.
- Manipulative Bastard: He frequently manipulates people to get back into his father's good graces, and to further his own interests.
- Matricide: He killed his adopted mother via drug overdose after discovering she wasn't his real mother.
- The Sociopath: He lies all the time, frequently manipulates others to further his own interests, and shows no remorse for his actions, including killing his adoptive mother and shoving his real mother's face into a fireplace.
Played by: Rob Riley
The Carrington's chaueffeur. He's also been in a relationship with Fallon for years.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: He went to college on a football scholarship, until an injury abruptly ended his sports career. His parents made sacrifices to get him through school, but Culhane lies about his current career, ashamed that he didn't get a job as good as his parents hoped.
- The Driver: To the Carrington family, though he has a bit more backstory and personality than most examples of the trope.
- Last-Name Basis: Most characters simply refer to him as "Culhane".
- Mr. Fanservice: He's ripped, and has quite a few shirtless scenes.
- Race Lift: The Culhane from the original series was white.
- Relationship Revolving Door: He loves Fallon, but while Fallon does care about him, it's clear her feelings aren't on the same level. He eventually breaks up with her due to her dismissive attitude and begins dating other women, but continues to care about her, as seen in "Nothing But Trouble", when he alerts her about the Colbys' plan for revenge.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Carrington family, and, as we find out in "Nothing But Trouble", mainly to Fallon.
- Unequal Pairing: With Fallon. She's a rich billionaire, while he's the family's driver.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Often appears shirtless when off-duty.
Played by: Alan Dale
The Carrington's majordomo.
- Abusive Parents: His daughter Kirby resents him after he sent her away to Australia, supposedly for a crime she didn't commit. It's eventually revealed he did it because she knew of his affair with Alexis.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: It's "Winifred", as Sam finds out when he has to use Anders' driver's license to pick a lock.
- Evil Brit: As loyal as he is to Blake, he's willing to play along with Blake's illegal activities. Except he's actually a New Zealander, as he reveals to Sam.
- Odd Friendship: Eventually develops one with Sam, after the events of "A Taste of Your Own Medicine".
- Parental Substitute: Becomes something of one for Sam, giving him advice and pointing him in the right direction. It's implied that he was also something like this to Blake, while he was working for Thomas Carrington.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Carrington family, especially Thomas.
- Your Cheating Heart: Had an affair with Alexis, which produced Steven.
Played by: Sam Adegoke
A powerful businessman, who used to work for Carrington Atlantic. He teams up with Fallon to start a rival company.
- Black and Nerdy: He made his fortune off music software, and is adept with technology.
- In Love with the Mark: At first he just wants to marry Fallon to bring down her family, but he slowly but surely grows to love her for real.
- Nouveau Riche: Unlike the Carringtons, he's new to the billionaire's club, having made his fortune from music software.
- Revenge: It's eventually revealed that the reason he's working with Fallon is so he can eventually usurp Carrington Atlantic, after it's revealed Blake had an affair with his mother, and framed his father on drug charges to keep him out of the way.
- The Rival: To Blake Carrington, as Jeff apparently made his fortune off music software that supposedly belonged to Carrington Atlantic (a judge ruled otherwise). Blake frequently makes his contempt known.
Played by: Wakeema Hollis
Jeff's sister, and an old friend of Fallon's.
- Foil: To Fallon. Monica is from a Nouveau Riche background and relied on scholarships to attend the expensive school where they first became friends, and appears more grounded and snarky towards Fallon's elitist and entitled tendencies. By the season one finale, it seems that she's become just as bad as Fallon, if not worse.
- Rich Bitch: Although originally she acted as a Foil to Fallon's more self-centred and materialistic tendencies, Monica admits in the season one finale that she actually really likes money.
- We Used to Be Friends: Has several fights with Fallon, especially after Fallon starts dating Jeff and Monica goes after Culhane. They make up once or twice, but their friendship appears to be ruined permanently once Fallon finds out that Monica was helping Jeff in his plan to bring her family down.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She eventually becomes concerned over the lengths Jeff is willing to go to get revenge, culminating with her temporarily abandoning Jeff and moving their father out of Jeff's house.
Played by: Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Jeff and Monica's father, who spent a decade in prison, apparently for drug trafficking.
- Berserk Button: Anything to do with the Carringtons, really, considering Blake paid to have him locked away for ten years.
- Frame-Up: Blake framed him on drug charges after Cecil tried to kill him when he discovered Blake was having an affair with his (Cecil's) wife.
- Miscarriage of Justice: How he ended up in prison. Blake framed him on drug charges and played the justice system to keep him imprisoned after apparently having an affair with Cecil's wife.
- Misplaced Retribution: Thomas eventually reveals that Blake never actually had an affair with Cecil's wife; Blake was just covering for his father.
- Sins of Our Fathers: He despises Fallon as Blake's daughter, even though she had nothing to do with his imprisonment.
Played by: Nick Wechsler
Claudia's husband, and an engineer for Carrington Atlantic, before his untimely death.
- Dead All Along: Though he appears to have survived the bombing to visit Claudia, he's eventually revealed to just be a hallucination of Claudia's.
- Dead Person Conversation: Claudia imagines his presence during her institutionalization and after her escape.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His death sets off a prominent storyline involving the Carringtons and Claudia.
- Your Cheating Heart: Had a relationship with Cristal, while Claudia was recovering from a head injury.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is introduced and gets killed in the very first episode
Played by: Brianna Brown
Matthew Blaisdel's wife, who suffers from brain injuries following a car accident, and eventually gets caught up in the Carrington's affairs.
- Never My Fault: When she reveals that she killed her own husband, she blames it all on the Carringtons ruining her life and it's all their doing. Justified as in episode 21 it's revealed that everything, including Matthew's murder, was a lie. And then unjustified in episode 22 as it's revealed that Matthew actually is dead and she was hallucinating his survival.
- Obfuscating Disability: It turns out she was faking her brain injury to make sure her husband never left her. When Fallon asks why she would keep it up after his death, everyone realizes how "no one's going to suspect the brain-damaged widow."
- Woman Scorned: She killed Matthew after she found out he was having an affair with Cristal.
Played by: Elena Tovar
Cristal's sister, and Sam's mother. She remained in Venezuela after Cristal left for the United States.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She initially appears to want to reunite with Cristal, but it's eventually revealed it was all part of an extortion plot.
- The Dog Bites Back: She's the one who finally kills Alejandro after the latter attacks Cristal.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Despite Alejandro's abuse, she stays with him and does his bidding. Cristal calls her out on this, and she eventually realizes it.
Played by: Luis Fernandez
Iris' husband and Sam's father.
- Asshole Victim: Is killed by Iris when he tries to strangle Cristal. No one is particularly upset at his passing.
- Domestic Abuse: From what we see of his past, he was extremely abusive to both Iris and Cristal.
- Hate Sink: He's physically abusive, manipulative, and has no redeeming traits.
- In the Back: How he goes out in both of his appearances: first stabbed by Cristal, then shot by Iris.
- Not Quite Dead: Cristal believed he died after she stabbed him to protect Iris, but it's revealed he survived.
- Would Hit a Girl: He kidnaps Fallon and physically abused both Iris and Cristal, and was responsible for the latter miscarrying a child.
Hank Sullivan/"Adam Carrington"
Played by: Brent Antonello
The Carrington's long-lost firstborn son, who was kidnapped as a baby. Alexis spent her fortune trying to find him, and Steven manages to track him down in Mexico and bring him back home.
- Con Man: He's actually Alexis' lover, posing as Adam in a plan to gain part of the Carrington fortune.
- Finger in the Mail: The kidnappers cut off one of his fingers when they took him as a baby, which is what convinces Blake that he really is Adam. He actually cut it off himself as part of the scam.
- Fingore: His kidnappers apparently cut off one of his fingers as a threat to Blake. He actually cut it off himself.
- Long-Lost Relative: Is the firstborn Carrington, kidnapped as a child and raised by his kidnappers as "John Miller". Except he's not actually Adam, and is part of Alexis' plan to take the Carrington fortune.
- Only in It for the Money: The reason he did everything, from cutting his finger off and pretending to be Adam is for a large sum of money.
- Spanner in the Works: He is the only one privy to Alexis' complex plan to sell off Carrington Atlantic from under Blake. When Fallon usurps Blake as CEO, however, Alexis wants to postpone the plan, and tells Hank to vote no on selling- as the long lost Carrington son, he would be the tie-breaker between the Carringtons and the Colbys. However, Hank just wants his payday and votes to sell, ruining Alexis' plan.
- Too Dumb to Live: Season 2 shows he's really an idiot. He demands Alexis pay him millions to keep their scam quiet. She gives him a painting with him confused as she tells him it's "collateral" and to never sell it. Cue him at an art gallery trying to sell a painting that a simple check will show has been "stolen."
Played by: Adam Huber
Liam Ridley first appears in "Our Turn Now", supposedly as Sam's date to Fallon's "wedding". He's eventually revealed, however, to be her husband, whom she married the day before after meeting him outside the courthouse in order to avoid getting married to Jeff.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: It's eventually revealed he changed his name and ran away to escape his dysfunctional family.
- Given Name Reveal: His name is eventually revealed to be Jack Liam Ridley-Lowden.
- Marriage of Convenience: Fallon paid him to marry her in order to avoid marrying Jeff, but at the same time gain some of Jeff's corporate assets.
- Secretly Wealthy: He actually comes from a wealthy family. The "wealthy, dysfunctional American family" that he was writing on his book was his, not Fallon's.
- Supreme Chef: Is revealed to be one in "Use or be Used", when he cooks Fallon dinner for an abortive date.
Played by: Maddison Brown
Anders' estranged daughter, recently arrived from Australia.
Played by: Ana Brenda Contreras
The nurse from whom Cristal Flores took her name, who makes her debut in Season 2.
Played by: Katherine LaNasa
An antiquities dealer and criminal mastermind who blackmails Culhane into working for her.
- Manipulative Bitch: She forces Culhane to work for her by threatening to release compromising information about Fallon.