- Where Is the Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Now?
- The Cast Of Buffy: What They Looked In Their First Episode And Now
- 20 Sarah Michelle Gellar Could Still Be The Chosen One
- 19 Alyson Hannigan Looks Mature And Enchanting
- 18 Nicholas Brendon Has Become The Zeppo
- 17 David Boreanaz Isn’t Immortal, But He’s Still A Snack
- 16 James Marsters Ditched Punk Rock For Adulthood
- 15 Anthony Stewart Head Is Still Proper And Distinguished
- 14 Charisma Carpenter Has Gracefully Aged Into Motherhood
- 13 The Crazy Locks Are Gone, But Seth Green Is Still Our Werewolf Heart Throb
- 12 Emma Caulfield Is Still Smoking And Has No Need For Vengeance Spells
- 11 Amber Benson Has Bloomed Into Her Beauty
- 10 Alexis Denisof Has Gone From Tosser To Tough Guy
- 9 Eliza Dushku Is More “Five By Five” Than Ever
- 8 Michelle Trachtenberg Has Lost Her Key Magic And Reality’s Set In
- 7 Julie Benz Is Still A Femme Fatale Worth Fighting For
- 6 Juliet Landau Trades Crazy For Coiffed
- 5 Marc Blucas Takes The Initiative To Stay In Shape
- 4 Kristine Sutherland Is In Her 60s And Still Has “The Body”
- 3 Danny Strong’s Still A Nerd, But Has A Way With Words
- 2 You Can Still Set Your Calendar By How Robia Scott Looks
- 1 Bianca Lawson Looks Far From Dead In Her Post-Buffy Years
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cast Then And Now
- 1. Sarah Michelle Gellar – Buffy Summers
- 2. Alyson Hannigan – Willow Rosenberg
- 3. Nicholas Brendon – Xander Harris
- 5. David Boreanaz – Angel
- 6. Charisma Carpenter – Cordelia Chase
- 8. Michelle Trachtenberg – Dawn Summers
- 9. Seth Green – Daniel ‘Oz’ Osbourne
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer: What The Cast Looked In Episode 1 Vs Today
- 15 SPIKE – JAMES MARSTERS
- 14 ANYA – EMMA CAULFIELD FORD
- 13 WILLOW ROSENBERG – ALYSON HANNIGAN
- 12 XANDER HARRIS – NICHOLAS BRENDON
- 11 RUPERT GILES – ANTHONY HEAD
- 10 DAWN SUMMERS – MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG
- 9 ANGEL – DAVID BOREANAZ
- 8 JOYCE SUMMERS – KRISTINE SUTHERLAND
- 7 CORDELIA CHASE – CHARISMA CARPENTER
- 6 TARA MACLAY – AMBER BENSON
- 5 DANIEL “OZ” OSBOURNE – SETH GREEN
- 4 RILEY FINN – MARC BLUCAS
- 3 JONATHAN LEVINSON – DANNY STRONG
- 2 FAITH – ELIZA DUSHKU
- 1 BUFFY SUMMERS – SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR
Where Is the Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Now?
Were we ever so young? Photo: Getty Images
Few things define an actor’s career, for better and for worse, than starring in a cult hit. Twenty years after Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s debut, the show remains the defining resume entry of nearly everyone involved in its making, even if many of them still work in TV.
In what one might consider an edition of the Sunnydale alumni newsletter, we’ve taken a look back at the various post-Buffy careers of the primary stars in the series, including Emmys, cookbooks, and winking guest appearances on other shows.
Though it goes without saying, you should also assume that they all spent a lot of that time answering questions about Buffy.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy)
After seven seasons of slaying, Gellar tried out a film career with the s of The Grudge, Southland Tales, and the live-action Scooby-Doo movies.
In 2011, she returned to TV with a twin and way too much green screen on the short-lived Ringer, and tried again with CBS’s advertising comedy The Crazy Ones in 2013.
This year, Gellar signed onto play Kathryn Mertuil again in a Cruel Intentions TV pilot, but that seems to have died on the vine. In the meantime, she’s written a cookbook!
Alyson Hannigan (Willow)
While on Buffy, Hannigan also appeared in the American Pie movies, reminding audiences of “that one time, at band camp.
” After she was done with Willow, she starred in Date Movie, stopped by Veronica Mars, and then signed on for a long commitment to play Lily Aldrin in How I Met Your Mother, which ran from 2005 to 2014. Now, in keeping with Willow’s fondness for magic, Hannigan hosts the magical variety show Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
She’s also married to her sometime Buffy and HIMYM cast member Alexis Denisof. They have two daughters, and are very fond of crazy Halloween outfits.
Nicholas Brendon (Xander)
Brendon went from playing the fumbling Xander to a role as a pastry chef on the one-season Bradley Cooper chef show Kitchen Confidential in 2005, and on to a recurring gig on Criminal Minds from 2007 to 2014. In recent years, he has had multiple run-ins with the law, and openly discussed substance-abuse problems. He’s also involved in writing Buffy comics.
Anthony Stewart Head (Giles)
Every show, fantasy or not, needs a serious British gentleman to give it some gravitas.
Since Buffy, Head has booked roles on Little Britain (from 2003 to 2006) and Merlin (from 2008 to 2012), and in Repo! The Genetic Opera and the Percy Jackson sequel.
Head’s set to return to his roots being confused by teen antics as a series regular in ABC’s upcoming Shondaland Romeo & Juliet sequel, Still Star-Crossed, though that doesn’t yet have a release date.
James Marsters (Spike)
After leaving Sunnydale, Marsters brought Spike straight to Los Angeles for the final season of its spinoff, Angel.
Then, he gave the people the villains they needed, as Milton Fine/Brainiac on Smallville, Barnabas Greeley on Caprica, Mason Tarkoff on Witches of East End, and the not-quite villainous (but complicated!) Captain John Hart on Torchwood.
He also had a memorable little role in 2007’s P.S. I Love You. Soon, he’ll a play parent on Marvel’s upcoming teen show Runaways — we’re all so old!
Emma Caulfield (Anya)
Caulfield went from roles on Beverly Hills, 90210, and General Hospital to a bit role on Buffy that eventually made her into a series regular.
From there, she tried her hand at a variety of different projects: the 2003 horror movie Darkness Falls, the 2009 conceptual rom-com TiMER, and more recently stints on Life Unexpected and Once Upon a Time.
She’s also helped write a webcomic called Contropussy, which, to be clear, is about a cat.
Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn)
Trachtenberg materialized in Sunnydale in Buffy’s fifth season to play Buffy’s sister, Dawn, who was never too popular with fans (maybe it was the fact that she was always getting into trouble). Since Buffy, she appeared in Six Feet Under, 17 Again, Weeds, and EuroTrip. Most memorably, she stirred up trouble on Gossip Girl as Georgina Sparks, who never met a wig she didn’t love.
Kristine Sutherland (Joyce)
Sutherland acted as Buffy’s steady, if clueless, mother for the first five seasons of Buffy, until her untimely death in the heartbreaking “The Body.
” After leaving the show, Sutherland went back to school to study photography and pursue a career as a photographer.
She continues to act in occasional projects, including 2012’s My Perfect Wedding and a 2013 episode of The Following.
David Boreanaz (Angel)
Boreanaz left Buffy after its third season to star in the spinoff, Angel, in which Buffy’s onetime paramour sets up a detective agency in L.A.
and also fights an existential battle against the forces of evil. Soon after Angel ended in 2004, he booked the lead role of the one who isn’t named “Bones” in Fox’s Bones, starring in that from 2005 until the present.
What will he do after Bones ends? If you know, please tell us and Billy Eichner!
Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia)
Boreanaz, Carpenter left Buffy for Angel, where the mean girl Cordelia matures into a hardened crime-fighter, and then gets pregnant with a goddess (Angel was a weird show).
After Angel, Carpenter picked up gigs on Veronica Mars, Greek, and The Lying Game. On film, she booked a supporting role in The Expendables and its sequel.
She’s also milked her Buffy past for meta-humor, appearing with James Marsters on Supernatural and playing Ariana Grande’s mom on Scream Queens.
Amber Benson (Tara)
Benson was only credited as a series regular on one episode of Buffy (the one where she was killed off), but of course, everyone remembers Willow’s great love Tara.
Since leaving the show, Benson has appeared in the film Latter Days, on Supernatural, and across from Gellar on Ringer.
She’s largely focused on projects outside of acting, writing and directing films, and writing both comic books and novels.
Seth Green (Oz)
If not for Danny Strong, Green might be one of the Buffy stars with the least Buffy associations.
After leaving Sunnydale, Green went into a film career that included Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), The Italian Job (2003), and a long-term voice acting role as Chris on Family Guy.
He co-created the stop-motion comedy series Robot Chicken, which has become a juggernaut in its own right, and continues to pop up everywhere from Broad City to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Marc Blucas (Riley)
Poor, ordinary soldier dude Riley didn’t get a lot of love on Buffy, possibly because of his fondness for weird hair-parting schemes.
Since Buffy, he’s taken on film roles in 2002’s We Were Soldiers and alongside Katie Holmes in 2004’s First Daughter. He played a trainer on USA’s Necessary Roughness, and now plays an abolitionist on WGN’s Underground.
He also appeared in 2015’s Sleeping With Other People where he flirted with Alison Brie, and was, yet again, the wrong guy.
Danny Strong (Jonathan)
Who would’ve thought that little old Jonathan would go on to win two Emmys and create Fox’s hip-hop megahit Empire? (Well, Jonathan, maybe, if you go by what he wishes for in “Superstar.
”) Strong went from Buffy to a career as a character actor, running the Yale Daily News in Gilmore Girls and trying to get a job on Mad Men, and as a writer, earning Emmys for his work on HBO’s Game Change, and then going on to write Empire and the last two Hunger Games movies.
He’s currently writing and directing Rebel in the Rye, which stars Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger. Not bad for a member of Buffy’s incredibly incompetent trio of Big Bads.
Tom Lenk (Andrew)
Lenk, the second member of the Trio, went from Buffy to roles on Six Feet Under, House, and How I Met Your Mother. He’s appearing on Broadway in Rock of Ages, and became part of the extended Joss Whedon troupe with appearances in 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods and Much Ado About Nothing.
Adam Busch (Warren)
Busch, who played Warren, the most actively villainous member of the Trio, went on to appearances in House, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Grey’s Anatomy, and starred in TBS’s Men at Work. He recently appeared on Empire, in a reunion of sorts with Strong, and is also set to appear in Rebel in the Rye. Those Trio ties run deep!
Eliza Dushku (Faith)
Also known for her role in Bring It On, Dushku played a rival, and eventually ally, slayer on Buffy.
After Buffy ended, Dushku starred in Fox’s Tru Calling from 2003 to 2005 and then got a Joss Whedon show of her very own, Dollhouse, which lasted for two seasons from 2009 to 2010.
She recently moved back to Watertown, Massachusetts, and enrolled at Suffolk University. She is getting a Bachelor’s in sociology and plans to work to combat substance abuse.
Where Is the Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Now?
The Cast Of Buffy: What They Looked In Their First Episode And Now
There were a number of television shows from the 1990s and '00s that were formative for the growing generations of the time.
The WB Network was the place to be for young adults of the time and few shows resonated with audiences as much as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The irregular name threw some people for a loop, but behind that presentation was one of the most progressive and challenging genre shows of the time.
Buffy would last for seven seasons, spawn a very popular spin-off, and still lives on in comic book form. The show was a place where numerous talents got to grow and develop, both in front of and behind the camera.
Buffy had a talented cast, but with all of the time that's passed since the show's debut, those stars aren't looking the same as they did in their glory days.
Accordingly, Here Is The Cast Of Buffy: What They Looked In Their First Episode And Now.
20 Sarah Michelle Gellar Could Still Be The Chosen One
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer put a lot of people's careers on the map, but most notably was Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Gellar was given the starring role to play the Chosen One selected to fight the forces of darkness from Sunnydale's Hellmouth. As Gellar became progressively famous, she started to take on higher profile roles.
She shifted into family life for a while with her beau, Freddie Prinze Jr, but never gave up on acting. Gellar may no longer be a spritely high schooler, but she still resembles her old self!
19 Alyson Hannigan Looks Mature And Enchanting
Alyson Hannigan’s Willow may begin Buffy as the meek friend, but she’s an incredibly powerful, confident witch by the time the series is over.
Willow was a character that wasn’t supposed to be super attractive or stand out, yet Alyson Hannigan’s natural beauty has come out in recent years. Motherhood and maturity fit Hannigan a glove and her post-Buffy career has been incredibly busy.
It’s Hannigan’s playful, vibrant look that helped her seal the deal as a lead on How I Met Your Mother for nine seasons.
18 Nicholas Brendon Has Become The Zeppo
Nicolas Brendon's wisecracking Xander was a pivotal part of what made Buffy work. Xander's everyman character provided an important point of view for the audience.
Brendon had a certain unassuming charm during his Buffy years, but he's fallen on some harsh times. Substance and addiction problems have definitely contributed to Brendon's current look.
He's popped up in independent films, but his leading man days may be over.
17 David Boreanaz Isn’t Immortal, But He’s Still A Snack
David Boreanaz entered Buffy as someone incredibly new to the acting scene, but he quickly grabbed the hearts of both Buffy Summers and audiences a.
Boreanaz had such star appeal that his character, Angel, was given his own spin-off.
Boreanaz may look a little paunchier and he may not be able to pull off playing an immortal any longer, but he's consistently been working on TV between nearly a decade on Bones and now Navy Seals.
16 James Marsters Ditched Punk Rock For Adulthood
When it comes to people in the Buffy community, fans either break down into champions for Angel or Spike.
Angel may have come first, but James Marsters made Spike his own and turned a bit part into a series regular that even crossed over to Angel.
Marsters may have lost that punk rock look that helped define his character, but even when he's playing a dad now, he's still able to draw eyes and get attention.
15 Anthony Stewart Head Is Still Proper And Distinguished
Anthony Stewart Head faced a tall task on Buffy. He wasn't just one of the few adult presences on the series, but he also had to be a proper role model for the bidding Vampire Slayer.
Anthony Stewart Head may be older, but his distinguished look hasn't gone anywhere. He's become more prominent on both British television and theater in recent years, and looks even more a rock star.
14 Charisma Carpenter Has Gracefully Aged Into Motherhood
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Charisma Carpenter was such a fundamental component of both Buffy and Angel that it's pretty discouraging to see the way she was forced to exit.
Cordelia Chase was the attractive Mean Girl surrogate, but during Angel’s production, Carpenter became pregnant and her look changed quite a bit.
Maternity has continued to mature Carpenter's look, but she's still acting and seems to have fixed any riffs with her Buffy ilk.
13 The Crazy Locks Are Gone, But Seth Green Is Still Our Werewolf Heart Throb
Locking in Seth Green during Buffy’s infancy was lightning in a bottle for the show. Eventually, Green became so famous that he did exit, but he still remained on good terms.
Green has remained active over the years, with his voice work on Robot Chicken being one of his biggest claims to fame.
Green looks the same as he did on Buffy, but he has grown up and ditched the neon hair dye job.
12 Emma Caulfield Is Still Smoking And Has No Need For Vengeance Spells
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In some ways, Emma Caulfield's Anya was Buffy’s secret weapon. The former vengeful demon steadily becomes more prominent in the series until she's indoctrinated the main cast and romantically ensnared Xander.
It looked Caulfield would be super popular after Buffy’s run, but her career has slowed down in some ways (although she hasn't turned her back on horror). Caulfield's youthful look is still present, but she's not clueless any longer.
Caulfield could probably do great work in something a Bad Moms-type vehicle, but she's now a part of an older, more restrained demographic.
11 Amber Benson Has Bloomed Into Her Beauty
Amber Benson's Tara McClay is one of Buffy’s most innocent and beloved characters. Her relationship with Willow is tragic and beautiful. Many viewers wish she could have stayed on the show longer.
Benson's Tara was a modest character and often dressed down in a subtle way. Amber Benson doesn't look radically different now, but she seems more confident in her appearance.
Her style is much different than Tara's and it's easy to be taken aback by her current casual look.
10 Alexis Denisof Has Gone From Tosser To Tough Guy
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If Giles was Buffy’s designated stick-in-the-mud, then Alexis Denisof's Wesley Wyndham-Pryce was the ultimate buzzkill.
Denisof enters the series looking a square, but on Angel he undergoes a drastic change that easily makes him one of the coolest characters in the series. Denisof is married to fellow Buffy co-star Alyson Hannigan and has continued to show up in Whedon productions.
Denisof has only grown more into his rugged looks and he's far from the “head boy” who first shows up in Sunnydale.
9 Eliza Dushku Is More “Five By Five” Than Ever
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Many Buffy fans consider the show's third season to be its apex and a lot of that has to do with Eliza Dushku's brilliant performance as bad girl Slayer, Faith.
Dushku is a pro and she's been acting since she was a child. This hasn't changed since she left Buffy or Angel and she's still regularly working.
Dushku may be a little harder now, but she's still rocking the tough girl chique and hasn't missed a beat.
8 Michelle Trachtenberg Has Lost Her Key Magic And Reality’s Set In
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Many fans were thrown for a loop when Buffy’s fifth season introduced a sister nowhere for the Slayer.
Trachtenberg played Buffy's bratty little sister to perfection, but fans raged against the show's new addition. Trachtenberg has had decent film roles over the years, but her look has changed.
Trachtenberg no longer looks anyone's tiny kid sister, but her talent hasn't gone anywhere.
7 Julie Benz Is Still A Femme Fatale Worth Fighting For
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Julie Benz' Darla was not only an important part of Buffy, she's actually the first vampire that's seen in the series.
Benz has maintained her alluring look and it's been able to aid her well during her post-Buffy career. Benz was a regular on Dexter throughout its entire run.
She may be playing different types of characters now, but she's still very much a part of the industry.
6 Juliet Landau Trades Crazy For Coiffed
Juliet Landau did incredible work as the frail, quasi-psychotic vampire, Druscilla.
Druscilla is an important part of both Angel and Spike's past and gets a lot of play via flashbacks.
Landau's look and performance were so exaggerated on Buffy that it's easy to not recognize her now. She's still very much in her prime, but just such a far cry from her iconic role.
5 Marc Blucas Takes The Initiative To Stay In Shape
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Buffy’s fourth season was controversial upon its release, but its reputation has improved with fans over the years.
The season was highly transitory as it took the characters Sunnydale High, moved Buffy to college, and introduced the Initiative and Buffy's new beau, Riley. Blucas did a fine job as Riley, but audiences just missed Angel.
Blucas has kept up with his acting and still has that handsome Prince Charming demeanor that Buffy fell for. He’s perfect for the Hallmark Channel.
4 Kristine Sutherland Is In Her 60s And Still Has “The Body”
Kristine Sutherland may not have been one of Buffy's cool friends, but the role of Joyce Summers, Buffy's mom, provided an important heart to her home life.
Joyce marked an important part of Buffy's “normal” life and “The Body” remains one of the most important episodes that the show has ever done.
Already in her 40s when the show began, Sutherland certainly looks her age at 64, but in her case that's far from a bad thing.
3 Danny Strong’s Still A Nerd, But Has A Way With Words
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Danny Strong's Jonathan often coursed through the background of Buffy until he took a larger role as part of a trio of nerdy villains in the show's sixth season.
Danny Strong's boyish look hasn't changed much and he's appeared in programs Mad Men, but he's largely shifted his efforts to behind the camera.
He's become a very successful screenwriter (and he’s the show-runner for Empire!).
2 You Can Still Set Your Calendar By How Robia Scott Looks
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Robia Scott's role as Jenny Calendar was contained to the first two seasons of Buffy, but she played a very crucial role.
Calendar was Giles' love interest and became an unfortunate casualty during the unleashing of Angelus. Scott effectively captured that hot librarian- aesthetic on Buffy and not much has changed.
It looks Giles would still fall for her.
1 Bianca Lawson Looks Far From Dead In Her Post-Buffy Years
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Bianca Lawson's tenure on Buffy was rather brief, but she made a very memorable impression as Kendra, the Vampire Slayer.
Bianca's appearance as Kendra opened up the show's universe in a very big way. Lawson may not have returned to Buffy over the show's later seasons, but she's remained very active in her career.
Lawson honestly looks better than her days on Buffy. Maybe she’s become undead.
These are all of the major heavy hitters from Buffy that we put under the magnifying glass, but time has afflicted everyone from the show. Sound off over whose look has shocked you the most!
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cast Then And Now
Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show made vampires sexy and cool way before Twilight ever existed, bringing Halloween to the mainstream.
The cult series was created by Joss Whedon and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, a Slayer who moves to Sunnydale, California to try and get her high school studies back on track.
She quickly strikes up a friendship with Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon), who form the ‘Scooby Gang’ together.
With the help of her ‘Watcher’ Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) and a dark romance with the brooding vampire Angel (David Boreanaz), Buffy fights all manner of evil supernatural forces while also trying to graduate from high school. Buffy was one of the best shows on television in the 90s and 2000s, and featured plenty of fascinating characters over the years.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at where the cast members of Buffy The Vampire Slayer are today. Some of the photographs below might well surprise you!
1. Sarah Michelle Gellar – Buffy Summers
With the success of Cruel Intentions and Buffy, it looked as though Gellar was going to have a stellar career in the film industry. However, she’s never quite managed to leave behind her on-screen character of Buffy Summers.
Gellar starred in several films after Buffy ended including Southland Tales (2007), The Grudge (2004) and the Scooby-Doo live-action films.
However, her career took a bit of a downturn, and after appearing in the short-lived Ringer TV series Gellar went off the radar for a few years.
She recently signed on to appear in a TV pilot for a Cruel Intentions reboot but there’s no word yet on if and when that series will be appearing.
Outside of acting, Gellar has been keeping herself busy and in 2015 she founded Foodstirs – a food crafting brand – with Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman. In 2017 she released a cookbook entitled Stirring Up Fun with Food.
2. Alyson Hannigan – Willow Rosenberg
Alyson Hannigan has probably enjoyed the best career all her Buffy co-stars to date. We loved watching her on-screen as the slightly dorky Scooby Gang member who eventually become one of the most powerful witches in the world! So what has Hannigan been up to since then?
At the same time as her appearances in Buffy, Hannigan also starred in the American Pie franchise as Michelle Flaherty. Once Buffy ended in 2003, the actress bagged herself a lead role in How I Met Your Mother, in which she starred as Lily Aldrin from 2005 to 2014.
Funnily enough, Hannigan actually hosts her own magical variety show Penn & Teller: Fool Us – we’ve got a feeling Willow would enjoy that! Hannigan is also married to her former Buffy co-star Alexis Denisof (who played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce). They have two children together.
3. Nicholas Brendon – Xander Harris
Xander Harris was another founding member of the Scooby Gang who often provided some much-needed comic relief amidst all the vampire drama.
However, actor Nicholas Brendon sadly hasn’t had a great time of things since the supernatural series came to an end in 2003.
He did get a recurring role in Criminal Minds from 2007 to 2014, but Brendon has often found himself on the wrong side of the law.
Brendon has been arrested multiple times for assaulting a police officer, assaulting his girlfriend and trashing various hotel rooms across the US. He has confessed to suffering with a number of substance abuse issues, but during an appearance on Dr. Phil in 2015, the actor walked the interview.
Brendon has had some parts in minor films but nothing significant is on the horizon at the moment. He helped write a Buffy Season 10 comic book in 2014.
Everyone who watched Buffy loved Giles…he was an amazing father figure to Buffy and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of magic, something which often came in handy when Buffy and co were in trouble. Head has starred in several British sitcoms since Buffy ended and appears to be experiencing something of a career rejuvenation in the last few years.
He starred in Little Britain and Merlin, as well the Percy Jackson sequel. Head currently has his hands full with plenty of upcoming film, television and radio projects set to air in the next year or so.
He lives with his partner Sarah Fisher and they have two daughters together – Emily and Daisy – both of whom are actors too.
5. David Boreanaz – Angel
If you didn’t have a crush on Angel at some point were you even a true 90s kid?! Angel was Buffy’s paramour throughout the first three seasons of the show – he was dark, handsome and also happened to be a bloodsucking vampire, which often complicated his relationship with the Slayer. The character of Angel was so popular that David Boreanaz managed to get his own spin-off show which ran from 1999 to 2004.
After Angel, Boreanaz played the lead role of Seeley Booth from 2005 to 2017, picking up several awards for his performance in the process. At the moment you can see Boreanaz in action as Jason Hayes in the TV show SEAL Team.
However, the actor’s love life hasn’t been quite as successful. In 2010, he admitted to cheating on his pregnant wife Jaime Bergman with Rachel Uchitel (who was also involved in the Tiger Woods affair scandal). He has also been accused of sexual harassment by a coworker on the set of Bones.
6. Charisma Carpenter – Cordelia Chase
Charisma Carpenter played the classic high school mean girl Cordelia Chase, a cheerleader who eventually turns out to have a heart of gold. Cordelia eventually joined the cast of Angel instead, where her character became a battle-hardened warrior fighting off supernatural forces.
Since Angel ended, Carpenter has had a number of guest roles in TV shows such as The Lying Game and Veronica Mars. She also starred in the high-octane action flick The Expendables as Lacy.
The actress recently appeared in an episode of Criminal Minds and seems to have some film roles in the works, but it’s probably fair to say that Carpenter will forever be best-known for her role as Cordelia Chase.
James Marsters was everybody’s favourite white-haired vampire Spike. Spike was cool and intelligent, but didn’t have his vampiric instincts under control in quite the same way as Angel. He eventually goes from being an arch-villain to Buffy’s love interest in a fascinating story arc which quickly turned Spike into a fan favourite.
Marsters eventually portrayed Spike in the final season of Angel, before playing the villain in several shows such as Witches of East End and Smallville.
Torchwood fans will also recognise Marsters as Captain John Hart. He currently stars in Marvel’s Runaways series as Victor Stein.
8. Michelle Trachtenberg – Dawn Summers
Dawn Summers wasn’t exactly the most popular character on the show. She was a bit of an annoying clinger who always seemed to be getting herself into trouble. Buffy’s sister only showed up in the fifth season of the series but quickly became a lead character.
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg has had guest roles in a number of shows including Weeds and Six Feet Under. She also appeared in Gossip Girl as the outlandish character Georgina Sparks.
The actress has also hosted a number of web series currently voices Judy in the online show Human Kind Of.
9. Seth Green – Daniel ‘Oz’ Osbourne
Oz became a member of the Scooby Gang after dating Willow, whom he noticed after playing a gig at the Bronze. Sadly Oz struggled with the little matter of becoming a werewolf, which inevitably led to some complications concerning his relationship with Willow.
Actor Seth Green went on to star in some high profile movies after Buffy ended, including Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)and The Italian Job (2003).
He also voices the lead character of Chris in Family Guy. He co-created the comedy series Robot Chicken and continues to appear in several TV and film projects.
Faith was the cool Slayer who started off life as Buffy’s arch rival but eventually became one of her greatest allies. Eliza Dushku put in a memorable performance on Buffy before starring in Tru Calling from 2003 to 2005.
She then appeared in Dollhouse (also created by Joss Whedon) which ran from 2009 to 2010.
It seems as though Dushku has decided to leave the world of acting in recent years – she is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and wishes to help victims of substance abuse.
Who was your favourite Buffy cast member?
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: What The Cast Looked In Episode 1 Vs Today
Thanks to Joss Whedon and his amazing ability to create universes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its associated properties have remained popular for decades. The series first premiered in 1997 following the success of a film of the same name and because of Whedon's ability to weave a tale, the “Buffyverse” quickly became a critically acclaimed part of our lives.
Not only did Buffy the Vampire Slayer succeed in launching a new universe of fandom, it helped launch The CW as a viable network. While the series didn't achieve the ratings found on the “big four” networks, it did establish The CW as a stable network, which has gone on to create some amazing television.
The success from the series helped launch a successful spin-off, Angel, which helped to further the careers of just about anyone who was involved. Since the series went off the air, it has continued in the comics, books, video games, and even a role playing game, but have you ever wondered what the people behind it have been up to all this time?
We decided to take a look at the folks who made Buffy the Vampire Slayer such a compelling series of stories and characters.
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15 SPIKE – JAMES MARSTERS
Spike began his time on Buffy as one of her principal antagonists. He was an old-world vampire turned in 1880 who spent much of his unlife terrorizing Europe— even killing two slayers in his day.
Fast-forward to Sunnydale 1997 and Spike goes after Buffy. He eventually becomes her ally and falls in love with the young Slayer.
Through the course of the series, his character develops completely and he goes from bad to good, even working as a supernatural consultant for the S.F.P.D.
James Marsters has kept himself busy since leaving Buffy and Angel. He has appeared on a number of television series including Smallville, Without a Trace, Saving Grace, Torchwood, Caprica, and Hawaii Five-0. He has also lent his vocal talents to audiobook narration and even voiced Lex Luthor in 2010's DC Universe Online.
14 ANYA – EMMA CAULFIELD FORD
Anya Jenkins doesn't look it, but she was more than 1,000 years old when she joined up with the Scooby Gang.
A former vengeance demon, she originally went by the name Anyanka, the Patron Saint of the Women Scorned who granted dark wishes to women who had issues with their lovers.
She lost her powers after coming to Sunnydale and fell in love with Xander, the man she traveled there to destroy in the first place.
Emma Caulfield had been working in television since 1994 and she remained on the small screen for much of her career following her time on Buffy. She has appeared on Robot Chicken, Private Practice, Once upon a Time, Supergirl, and most recently, Fear the Walking Dead. She has also worked in film having played Oona O'Leary in TiMER as well as Milly in 2014's Back in the Day.
13 WILLOW ROSENBERG – ALYSON HANNIGAN
Willow began the series a regular human being without any powers whatsoever, but thanks to her interest in witchcraft, things changed. She became a devout practitioner of Wicca and amassed powers and abilities at a higher scale than many others who were raised as witches. In addition to her supernatural talents, she was also an expert hacker and possessed a genius-level intellect.
Alyson Hannigan's career skyrocketed thanks to her time on Buffy. She has appeared in several American Pie films and landed it big with the role of Lily Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother, which she played from 2005 until 2014. In 2016, she appeared in the film Do You Take This Man and followed this by taking on the role of host on Penn & Teller: Fool Us for 26 episodes.
12 XANDER HARRIS – NICHOLAS BRENDON
When it all began, Xander Harris was Buffy's best friend and one of the founding members of the Scooby Gang. Un everyone else in the group, Xander lacked any supernatural abilities but this allowed him to see what was going on beyond the supernatural. Xander often got by thanks to his sense of humor and sarcastic attitude whenever he was confronted by danger.
Nicholas Harris has been relatively busy since leaving Buffy having starred in several films and television series. He had a recurring role on Criminal Minds and wrote the Buffy Season 10 comic.
He ran into some legal problems due to his substances abuse issues. He has been arrested numerous times and gone through rehab more than once.
In October 2017, he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend.
11 RUPERT GILES – ANTHONY HEAD
Every young gang of kids who defend the world from supernatural threats need a guide. Rupert Giles filled that role as the Watcher who was also something of a father figure for Buffy.
Giles was the librarian at the Sunnydale High School, but his primary role was leaning slightly more towards the occult. Later in the comics, he was killed and resurrected, but into the body of his 12-year-old self.
Fortunately, he retained all of his knowledge and memories so he could continue to assist Buffy and the gang.
Anthony Head had been working since the early 1980s before his time on Buffy, so it's no surprise he continued his career following his time on the series. Since leaving the show, he has appeared in numerous films to include playing the voice of Alfred Pennyworth on Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. He also appeared on Heroes Unmasked, Doctor Who Confidential, and Merlin.
10 DAWN SUMMERS – MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG
Dawn Summers was brought onto the series in the fifth season as Buffy's little sister. While she is a real human being, she wasn't always. She was originally the mystical “key” to unlocking dimensions.
Dawn was created as Buffy's sister so she would immediately have protection in life. Despite her unusual origin, she was, for all intents and purposes, Buffy's sister— memories of a childhood that never happened.
Michelle Trachtenberg's career built on her success from Buffy with both film and television roles. She has voiced numerous characters on Robot chicken and played recurring roles on Gossip Girl, Mercy and many other series. Her film credits include roles in 17 Again, EuroTrip, Cop Out, and Sexy Evil Genius.
9 ANGEL – DAVID BOREANAZ
Angel was introduced as both a vampire and a love interest to Buffy, which made him an interesting character.
He was cursed with the burden of remorse and a human soul, making him feel compelled to help the Slayer instead of doing what most vampires would in his place… you know, kill her.
While he began his unlife as a ruthless vampire in Europe during the 19th century, he ran afoul of some gypsies who cursed him.
David Boreanaz continued to play the character Angel for five years in his spin-off show before heading off to play the co-lead role of Agent Seeley Booth on the hit series Bones from 2005-2017. Th at series took up much of his time between the end of Angel and late 2017, but he's quickly moved on to another starring role on the military drama SEAL Team.
8 JOYCE SUMMERS – KRISTINE SUTHERLAND
Joyce Summers was none other than Buffy's mom who appeared in about one third of the episodes in the series.
Initially, Joyce is unaware of Buffy's role as a Slayer, but finds out in the second season after her daughter comes clean.
She does what most mothers would not and eventually embraces her daughter's role in the supernatural world, even going so far as to provide comfort and support in a way only a mother could.
Since leaving the role of Joyce Summers on Buffy to spend more time with her family, Kristine Sutherland hasn't had as many film credits as some of her former costars. She has continued to work on television, having made appearances on series including Providence, Comanche Moon, New Amsterdam, and One Life to Live. She also played Meryl Fowler in the 2012 film The Perfect Wedding.
7 CORDELIA CHASE – CHARISMA CARPENTER
Cordelia Chase began her stint in the Whedonverse on the first three seasons of Buffy before jumping ship to Angel for that series' first four seasons. Initially, she is a cheerleader at the school who joins forces with Buffy and the Scooby Gang.
On Angel, she acquires the ability to see visions of people who need help and uses this ability alongside Angel in their detective agency. She becomes a hero and Angel's love interest, but is eventually killed after becoming possessed by a malevolent spirit.
Charisma Carpenter has kept herself busy appearing as Lacy in the first two Expendables films. She has continued to work in television having appeared on dozens of series including roles on Veronica Mars, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House of Bones, The Lying Game, and Lucifer.
6 TARA MACLAY – AMBER BENSON
Tara Maclay had some innate magical talents which brought her into a romantic relationship with Willow Rosenberg. Their relationship was the first recurring depiction of a lesbian couple to appear on prime time television in the States. The two remained a couple until Tara's death in the sixth season, which instigated something of a rampage from Willow.
Amber Benson has kept herself busy on television following her role as Tara on Buffy. She has played various walk-on roles on shows including Supernatural, Private Practice, and Grey's Anatomy.
Additionally, she has consistently worked in the film industry, with several film roles including parts in One-Eyed monster, Drones, Dust Up, Selling Isobel, and Glossary of Broken Dreams.
Her real talents are in writing as she has 14 published novels.
5 DANIEL “OZ” OSBOURNE – SETH GREEN
Daniel “Oz” Osbourne is a young werewolf in the series who starts out in a relationship with Willow while aligning himself with the rest of the Scooby Gang.
When he first learns of the supernatural world, he was barely phased by the revelation and becomes a helpful member of the gang by researching various threats.
After turning into a werewolf, he and the gang bring his condition under control by locking him in a cage whenever he is about to change.
Seth Green has built a career for himself following his time on Buffy. After appearing in films including the Austin Powers trilogy, Green went on to launch several television series before achieving immense success with Robot Chicken. His most well-known role since leaving Buffy has been as the voice of Chris Griffin on Family Guy since the series debut.
4 RILEY FINN – MARC BLUCAS
Riley Finn was brought onto the series following the departure of Angel to offer Buffy a new love interest.
He was originally intended to be the antithesis to Angel, given that he was a normal human and wasn't so broody and pensive all the time.
Riley was a member of The Initiative, which allowed him to work alongside Buffy in her ongoing duties as a slayer. He eventually left the series, but returned for a final time in the sixth season.
Marc Blucas left the main cast of Buffy in 2000 and has been working in film and television ever since. He played a main role on the television series Necessary Roughness from 2011-2013 and appeared in a number of films including Knight & Day, Red State, and Brawl in Cell Block 99.
3 JONATHAN LEVINSON – DANNY STRONG
When he began on the series, Jonathan Levinson was a typical high school kid. Often bullied, he developed low self-esteem and presented as a shy and awkward teenager. This changed throughout the course of the series as he developed powers by becoming an accomplished sorcerer. His abilities allowed him to alter reality, cast glamours, and even create time loops.
Danny Strong began his career as an actor having played both Levinson on Buffy and Doyle McMaster on The Gilmore Girls, but moved on to become an accomplished writer and director.
He wrote the final two films in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1 & Mockingjay Part 2 and co-created, executive produced, and wrote the Fox series Empire.
He has won numerous awards for writing thanks to his screenplays for Game Change and Recount.
2 FAITH – ELIZA DUSHKU
Faith was first introduced to the series' third season as a new Alayer.
She was originally an ally to Buffy and the rest of the Scooby Gang, but her predelection towards violence led her to commit murder.
She ends up slipping onto an evil path, which elevates her character into a more villainous role. Faith eventually crosses back into the side of good and rejoins her former allies hoping to redeem herself.
Since leaving the show, Eliza Dushku has continued to expand her career into various other media. She remains a constant on television thanks to series Dollhouse and Bull. She also lends her voice to various video game roles and has starred in a number of successful films such as The New Guy, Batman: Year One, and Eloise.
1 BUFFY SUMMERS – SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR
Last, but certainly not least, Buffy Summers was the star of the show. At the age of 15, she was told of her powers and the role she would play as a Slayer.
With the help of her friends who made up the Scooby Gang, she battled evil beings and dusted vampires while still attending high school.
Her character continued to develop throughout the series thanks to her interactions with characters Spike and Angel and her adventures continue in the comics.
Sara Michelle Geller was already an accomplished actress when she landed the role of Buffy and has continued to advance her career since the series ended. She portrayed Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo films and has appeared in dozens of films since. She also landed main roles on the series The Crazy Ones and Ringer, and has voiced numerous characters on Robot Chicken.
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