"Nashville" has an extensive cast, but its main stars are Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panettiere. The series makes frequent use of guest characters, often actors playing themselves, and an updated list of not just the entire up-to-date cast but the crew is available on the series' page.
"Nashville" has a supporting and main cast rounded out by Lennon and Maisie Stella, Chris Carmack, David Alford, Ed Amatrudo and many others. In addition to these series regulars, there are arc characters who appear for 10 or fewer episodes and guest characters who may appear only for a single episode.
Figures like Lori Mitchell, Anne Holt and Maria Menounos have appeared as themselves in the fictional world of the show. This allows the show to ground itself more firmly in a pretense of reality by incorporating figures the audience recognizes as belonging to the real world.
"Nashville's sprawling cast is supported by an equally sprawling crew and many production assistants. It makes use of a rotating stable of directors, none of whom as of 2015 had directed more than six episodes of the series proper. This allows for a number of creative voices to influence the tone and content of the show.