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The Cast Of ‘Charmed’ – Then And Now

Way back when, on a little TV network called UPN, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano starred in the hit show ‘Charmed,’ in which they played three sister witches, known as the Charmed Ones, battling the forces of evil while trying to maintain some sense of normalcy. As the years went by — especially towards its eighth and final season — the storylines became pretty ridiculous and the dialogue became too cheesy for many to stomach. But ultimately, the show still lingers in the hearts and minds of its dedicated fans. Let’s take a look back at the cast and see where they are now.

Shannen Doherty, Prue Halliwell

Shannen put her witching days behind her after three seasons (allegedly due to on-set tensions with Alyssa Milano – and they’re still not great friends), and she has since become a bit of a reality TV queen. She tried Dancing with the Stars in 2010 (though she was the first to exit), and she reunited with Holly Marie Combs for the travel show ‘Off the Map’. And we can’t forget ‘Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty’ – the mean show where she helped people dump their partners. Acting wise, her biggest moment was returning to the 90210 TV universe in 2008 as Brenda Walsh for a few episodes. She revealed in March 2015 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and recently said that she was considering surgery.

Holly Marie Combs, Piper Halliwell

After Charmed, Holly almost starred in a US remake of BBC drama ‘Mistresses,’ but it was cancelled at the last minute (Milano later appeared in another version on ABC, ouch). She’s since best known for playing Lucy Hale’s mum Ella in the cult teen drama ‘Pretty Little Liars’ since 2010. She also married Charmed crew member David Donoho in 2004, and they have three kids together. However, they divorced in 2011.

Alyssa Milano, Phoebe Halliwell

Since Charmed wrapped in 2006, Alyssa has popped up in various TV shows and films, most notably the aforementioned ‘Mistresses’ remake, ‘My Name is Earl’ and as a guest judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ (amazing). She also hosted ‘Project Runway: All Stars’ for a few runs.  In recent years she has had time to create her own acclaimed comic book series Hacktivist, she runs her own female baseball fan apparel brand Touch, and she does a lot of humanitarian work for UNICEF, PETA and others.

Rose McGowen, Paige Matthews

Replacing Shannen as another powerful sister in 2001, Rose has been pretty busy ever since the show ended. In 2007, she co-led the cast of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s experimental ‘Grindhouse’ project, famously sporting a machine gun/prosthetic leg hybrid. Among her various other roles include the dodgy ‘Conan the Barbarian’ remake, ‘Nip/Tuck’ and ‘Once Upon a Time,’ and she currently stars in online series ‘Chosen’.  She famously dated Marilyn Manson for several years until their split in 2001, ending their relationship over “lifestyle differences”.

Brian Krause, Leo Wyatt

Ah, Leo the lovely (and long-suffering) guardian angel. In the final season, Leo was cruelly cut back to just a few episodes due to budget issues. Always the savior. He has since appeared in various TV and independent films, as well as episodes of ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Castle’ and ‘The Closer’ – but Charmed remains his biggest role.

Julian McMahon, Cole Turner

Since playing the evil-turned-nice-turned-evil-again witch hunter Cole until 2005, Aussie actor Julian continued to star as Dr Christian (not that one) in Nip/Tuck for another five years. He later played Dr Doom in the first ‘Fantastic Four’ movie and its sequel, and appeared alongside Sandra Bullock in ‘Premonition’. His most recent role was in the Syfy miniseries ‘Childhood’s End’ in 2015.

Michael Bailey Smith, Belthazor

Belthazor, Cole Turner’s demonic form, was portrayed by Michael Bailey Smith. In addition to playing the energy ball-hurling baddie-turned-goodie-turned-baddie, Smith also portrayed Shax, the wind demon who killed Prue, the first iteration of The Source in the season 3 finale, and he played a sight-stealing grimlock in two episodes throughout the series. His post-‘Charmed’ career is just as lengthy and varied as before he boarded ‘the series. ‘Two and a Half Men,’ ‘The Hills Have Eyes,’ ‘Chuck,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Men in Black 2’ are just a handful of movies and TV shows he’s been featured in.

Dorian Gregory, Darryl Morris

After seven seasons of playing police officer Darryl, Dorian left the show to concentrate mostly on TV presenting work – including the long-running Soul Train – until 2006. Largely inactive on TV since 2008, he still hosts various events including the Chicago Music Awards last year. He’s also served as the national spokesman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Ted King, Andy Trudeau

You might have seen King on shows like ‘Sex and the City’ (he was Samantha’s conquest who told her she had to shave her … you know), ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘Frasier,’ or how about when he became a day-time soap star on ‘General Hospital’ and then on ‘One Life to Live’?

Kaley Cuoco, Billie Jenkins

Before she became forever known as Penny in ‘The Big Bang Theory’, Kaley was the next young witch to join Charmed, but it didn’t last as the show ended at the end of the same season. She had already starred in ‘8 Simple Rules’ up until the year she joined Charmed, but she made it a hat-trick of successful shows with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ the year after in 2007. She’s now the highest-paid actress on TV – so a pretty good upgrade.

Greg Vaughn, Dan Gordon

After being denied by Piper and being spooked by the fact she was a witch, Vaughn took the route of his co-star Ted King by becoming a soap opera stud. After making cameo appearances in ‘Nash Bridges,’ ‘Glory Days,’ ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,’ he was featured first on ‘The Young and the Restless’ and then later for a longer run on ‘General Hospital.’ You can see him now on ‘Days of Our Lives.’

Finola Hughes, Patty Halliwell

After playing everybody’s favorite witches dead mother, surprise surprise, Hughes entered the realm of day-time soap opera. She’s went on to run on ‘General Hospital,’ in which she reprised her role of Anna Devane since her first appearance on the show in 1985.

Jennifer Rhodes, Penny “Grams” Halliwell

Jennifer Rhodes has appeared in more than 80 different television shows, including ‘Designing Women,’ ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ ‘Fame,’ ‘Friends’ and ‘3rd Rock From the Sun,’ but she’s known best for playing the Charmed Ones’ Grams. Following ‘Charmed,’ she continued racking up more TV cameos, having added ‘Gilmore Girls,’ ‘Cold Case,’ ‘CSI,’ ‘The Mentalist’ and more to her list.

Drew Fuller, Chris (Piper’s son from the future)

Drew joined in season five as Piper and Leo’s son from the future (it makes sense if you watch it, trust us). Before this, he was perhaps best known as a male model who featured as the boyfriend in The Calling’s ‘Wherever You Will Go’ video. Nostalgia. His biggest role since was Lifetime’s soapy drama Army Wives from 2007 to 2013. His most notable recent role was in the 2014 TV action film Fatal Instinct.

Victor Bennett, James Read

Victor Bennett is the father of the charmed ones and was absent for most of the girls lives until they re-connected and made up for lost years. Since ‘Charmed’ he has also gone down the soap road. He has appeared in ‘Days of Our Lives,’ ‘All Signs of Death,’ and ‘Talker’.

Nate Parks, Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus’ role on Charmed was a small one but nonetheless, he has appeared on it. He played Nate Parks for two episodes. Nate was seemingly the perfect guy for Paige, until she discovered the little secret he was hiding in the form of a wife and two children. You may have seen Norman on this little show called ‘Walking Dead’ nowadays.

Jason Dean, Eric Dane

Jason Dean was a mortal businessman who became the new owner of The Bay Mirror in 2003. While initially seeming like a strict boss, he started dating Phoebe after meeting her online. Their relationship ended the following year when Jason discovered Phoebe was a witch. Since then, Eric Dean has starred in the A&E television film ‘Wedding Wars’ as the brother of a gay man (played by John Stamos), ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ ‘Valentines Day’ and most recently, TNT”s ‘The Last Ship.’

Dex Lawson, Jason Lewis

He appeared on Charmed in 2005 as Phoebe’s husband, Dex Lawson. He was only cast in one season, but those who watched the show to the end remember him. One of his biggest roles since was on ‘Sex in the City.’

Wyatt M. Halliwell, Wes Ramsey

Wyatt, Piper and Leo’s first born son played as an adult by Wes Ramsey was handsome and evil. Well that’s until little brother Chris came from the future and warned the charmed ones about it and of course they were able to defeat the threat. Since then he has appeared in several shows including ‘Guiding Light,’ ‘Days of Our Lives,’ ‘Heroes,’ ‘House,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘The Mentalist,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ and ‘Code Black.’

Coop, Victor Webster

We thought that Phoebe was going to stay with Cole forever, but in this case, she finally found real love with none other than a cupid named Coop. Send to Phoebe by the elders themselves, Coop and Phoebe’s love wasn’t going to be forbidden like it was once for Piper and Leo. So after sometime and struggles they finally said I do and had 3 wonderful kids at the end of the series. Victor Webster went on to work on TV series such as ‘Lincoln Heights’ after charmed and ended up in the famous ‘Melrose Place.’ You can also see him in ‘Mutant X,’ ‘Continuum,’ ‘Surrogates’ and ‘Dirty Love.’

Henry Mitchel, Ivan Sergei


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