Here’s What Really Happened To The Stars Of The Lost Boys

Fan of teenage vampire flicks? Then you can probably quote The Lost Boys by heart. Even today, the ultra-cool black comedy is a gas. That’s thanks in part to its great cast, who elevated what could have been a cheesy horror into a classic. But what became of the film’s stars after they left Santa Carla for good? Let’s find out.

12. Alex Winter as Marko

Although he had already quit acting, a teenage Alex Winter decided to return to the screen as The Lost Boys’ magnificently mulleted Marko. He even took a break from film school for the gig. But the whole thing was a risk, as Winter wasn’t convinced the movie would be a hit. He explained in the 2019 documentary In Search of Darkness, “It was impossible to see it working. I was like, ‘[This is] not going to work in spades.’”

Of course, Winter was very, very wrong! The Lost Boys became a huge hit. And two years later, the star returned to acting once again in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. With Winters cast as co-lead opposite Keanu Reeves, the film became a classic in its own right – spawning two sequels and a bodacious new form of teen slang.

ADVERTISEMENT

Despite this success, Winter became burned out by stardom and eventually took a more permanent break from acting. What did he do instead? He began directing, and he’s since made documentaries on the very varied subjects of file sharing, tax havens and children in Hollywood. Oh, and you may have seen a little sequel called Bill & Ted Face the Music? Winter’s in that, too. Perhaps he still has the acting bug after all.

11. Billy Wirth as Dwayne

ADVERTISEMENT

Joel Schumacher knew he needed someone with just the right amount of sex appeal to play the strong and brooding Dwayne. And, luckily, the director found that in abundance with former model Billy Wirth. In 2020 the filmmaker told Empire, “I thought, ‘I’m gonna put [Wirth] in a motorcycle jacket with no shirt on, and he is gonna be a fabulous Lost Boy.’” Can’t argue with that…

Wirth would prove to be more than just eye candy, though. Following The Lost Boys’ run in theaters, the Brown University alum practically became a jack of all trades as an artist, filmmaker and musician. He even had a stint on American Gladiators in 1989.

ADVERTISEMENT

And much like his former co-star Winter, Wirth has been active in the production side of filmmaking – having made his own flick MacArthur Park in 2001. But for all his accomplishments, the actor’s experience on The Lost Boys remains hard to beat. In 2017 he recalled to CherryLosAngeles, “We really did sleep all day, party all night. [It was] a fun time.”

ADVERTISEMENT

10. Jason Patric as Michael Emerson

Jason Patric may have been born into a family of actors, but at the time of The Lost Boys’ filming, he was pretty green in Hollywood. Yep, back then, the son of Jason Miller and grandson of Jackie Gleason had only one other theatrically released movie under his belt. But did Patric’s relative inexperience stop him from shining as Michael? Absolutely not!

ADVERTISEMENT

To start with, Patric had actually resisted The Lost Boys, as he had a loathing for vampire films. No surprise, then, that he’s since stuck almost exclusively to drama. Some of his later work, for example, includes grittier fare such as Sleepers and Narc. Then again, the actor also starred in the 1997 blockbuster Speed 2: Cruise Control. That’s a flop he’d probably rather forget, as it earned him a Razzie nomination for Worst Actor.

ADVERTISEMENT

But Patric’s most dramatic role would actually occur off screen. In 1991 the actor was at the heart of a shocking celebrity scandal when he stole Kiefer Sutherland’s fiancé Julia Roberts just days before the pair’s wedding. Gasp! In the end, though, Patric and Roberts’ relationship lasted just one year. And, luckily, his friendship with Sutherland – who he acted with on stage in 2012 – since appears to have been salvaged.

ADVERTISEMENT

9. Jami Gertz as Star

ADVERTISEMENT

As the pack’s only female member, Jami Gertz’s Star was the key in recruiting Michael into the Lost Boys. And, fittingly, the actors had a similar influence on each other before filming began. In real life, however, their roles were reversed. Patric and Gertz had worked together previously, and it was actually he who encouraged his co-star to audition for the film.

Schumacher was similarly wowed by Gertz’s screen presence and even tweaked his initial plans for Star in order to fit the actress’ look. But even though she shone in The Lost Boys and later films such as Twister, Gertz would eventually step back from the movie business. In fact, she would start playing in a completely different court altogether.

ADVERTISEMENT

What did Gertz end up doing after leaving acting behind? Well, in 2015 she and her husband purchased the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, and the star now serves as the team’s media ambassador. “If you’re thinking that this is an unusual career change, then don’t worry. You aren’t the only one!” Gertz joked to The Hollywood Reporter in 2018. “It’s not your everyday Hollywood actress tale.”

ADVERTISEMENT

8. Brooke McCarter as Paul

Blonde-maned Paul was one of the Lost Boys’ more frightening members – even with the laughable nickname of “Twisted Sister.” But Brooke McCarter himself just wasn’t terrifying enough for Schumacher. The director even slapped the star to get a menacing performance out of him during a pivotal scene. Schumacher confessed to Empire, “It’s outrageous – he should have reported me…” Quite.

ADVERTISEMENT

McCarter didn’t end up pressing charges against Schumacher. But maybe the experience made an impact, as he didn’t pursue his acting dreams much further after The Lost Boys. Instead, after a handful of later roles, McCarter focused on composing, music production and filmmaking. He even tried his hand at management, overseeing co-star Corey Haim’s career in the ’90s.

ADVERTISEMENT

McCarter ultimately left Hollywood for Tampa, Florida, where he found a job in telecommunications. But between his work and his role as a single parent, he still found time to appear at conventions. His approachable nature made him a favorite with fans, too. That makes it even sadder to hear that McCarter passed away in 2015 from a liver condition. He was just 52.

ADVERTISEMENT

7. Edward Hermann as Max

ADVERTISEMENT

While the Lost Boys themselves all looked pretty young, their ringleader took on the appearance of a nerdy middle-aged man. All the better to fool people with? Probably, as in a surprise twist, it’s revealed that Max – the nebbish video shop owner – is really the head vampire. But his reign is abruptly brought to an end with – what else? – a stake through the heart.

Before his stint playing Max, Edward Hermann was primarily known for portraying real-life figures on TV – Franklin D. Roosevelt, for instance. That meant he apparently leaped at the chance to portray something different in The Lost Boys. The actor admitted in 2004’s The Lost Boys: A Retrospective, “I was approached with the script, and I read it and thought it was great. You know, anything to get out of a suit and stop playing historical characters.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Following The Lost Boys, Hermann would continue acting to great acclaim in film and TV. He even won an Emmy for a 1999 part in The Practice. And, of course, he endeared himself to many as Richard Gilmore in The Gilmore Girls. But this glittering career would come to a sad end in 2014, when Hermann passed away from brain cancer at the age of 71.

ADVERTISEMENT

6. Jamison Newlander as Alan Frog

Alongside his brother Edgar, Alan was one of the only crusaders fighting against the undead swarm in Santa Carla. But did you know that his character was originally written as an eight-year-old? Yep, you read that right! It goes without saying that they eventually aged Alan up a little – making the 17-year-old Jamison Newlander a better fit for the part.

ADVERTISEMENT

Newlander had originally dreamed of becoming a doctor. In fact, he actually took up acting in order to pay for his tuition fees. But fate would intervene. Schumacher gave a talk at the young star’s acting class, and this would serve him in good stead when he auditioned for The Lost Boys. Then, following his role as Frog, Newlander made another major screen appearance in 1988’s The Blob.

ADVERTISEMENT

So, did Newlander ever become a doctor? Nope! He even went so far as to earn a bachelor’s in acting from New York University. From there, he transitioned into writing and directing as well as creating the online user-created soap opera WikisoapTM. But Newlander eventually found himself on the other side of the camera again for 2010’s Lost Boys: The Thirst, which sees Frog join the hordes of the dead.

ADVERTISEMENT

5. Barnard Hughes as Grandpa

ADVERTISEMENT

Barnard Hughes made his acting debut way back in 1935 – making him undoubtedly The Lost Boys’ most distinguished cast member. Perhaps that’s why the actor – in character as the Emerson brothers’ root beer-loving grandpa – got the film’s ice-cool closing line. Say it with us: “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach: all the damn vampires.” Nice.

But Hughes’ vast career wasn’t defined by The Lost Boys, of course. Prior to his casting, the star was an incredibly hardworking actor whose resume looks about as long as War and Peace in length. Yes, it’s estimated that Hughes appeared in 400 film, television and stage productions throughout his life. He was awarded handsomely, too, winning a Tony and an Emmy.

ADVERTISEMENT

So, where else have we seen Hughes demonstrating his talent? Well, the actor was most recognizable for films such as Midnight Cowboy and Tron prior to his theater work. And although he was already in his seventies at the time of The Lost Boys’ release, he continued to earn roles long after that. Maybe you remember him from Sister Act 2 or the TV series Blossom? In 2006, though, Hughes would pass away at the age of 90.

ADVERTISEMENT

4. Dianne Wiest as Lucy Emerson

Plenty of directors make their own fantasy cast lists for their movies, and Schumacher was no different. He was dead set on getting Dianne Wiest in The Lost Boys, although he wasn’t optimistic. You see, the actress had earned an Oscar for her role in Hannah and Her Sisters the previous year. Schumacher assumed, then, that a vampire film wouldn’t appeal to her tastes.

ADVERTISEMENT

But much to the filmmaker’s surprise, Wiest was receptive to the idea. And soon enough, Schumacher’s “pipe dream” became a reality when the thespian signed up for the role of the Emerson boys’ mom Lucy. The director admitted on The Lost Boys: A Retrospective, “I couldn’t believe [it] when she said ‘Yes.’ [Wiest] is one of my favorite actresses.” Aww.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Lost Boys wouldn’t be Wiest’s only dalliance with the fantasy genre, either. Three years later, she’d star in Edward Scissorhands as a housewife who discovers a strange robotic man living near her neighborhood. Wiest has primarily stuck to prestige pics since, though, and won yet another Academy Award for her performance in 1994’s Bullets Over Broadway.

ADVERTISEMENT

3. Corey Haim as Sam Emerson

ADVERTISEMENT

Even though he was just a teenager at the time, Corey Haim had a handful of roles under his belt before auditioning for The Lost Boys. And it seemed like earning the role of Sam Emerson was a shoo-in. According to Haim, Schumacher called him by his character’s name upon their first meeting. Talk about a lucky break!

Then, while shooting The Lost Boys, Haim met Corey Feldman. And the teen heartthrobs – known affectionately as “the two Coreys” – went on to have a friendship and successful screen partnership. Feldman recalled to PR.com in 2008, “Whether it be coincidence or some master plan from the studio system, we ended up doing three films back to back.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Alas, the duo’s popularity would wane in the following decade. And aside from his A&E documentary The Two Coreys, Haim would work mainly outside the mainstream with roles in shlocky B-movies. He also struggled with addiction issues, although his death at just 38 was ultimately chalked up to pneumonia.

ADVERTISEMENT

2. Kiefer Sutherland as David

As the son of Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland had, well, pretty much a free pass into Hollywood. He even made his first screen appearance alongside his father in 1983’s Max Dugan Returns. But the younger Sutherland would soon step out of his pa’s shadow and emerge as a talent in his own right with roles such as the intimidating Ace in Stand by Me.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sutherland soon made an even more menacing impression in The Lost Boys as vampire ringleader David. Inspired by rocker Billy Idol, the actor’s on-screen look lent an iconic physicality to the role – equal parts cool and creepy. Schumacher explained on The Lost Boys: An Introspective, “[Sutherland] has the least amount of dialogue of anyone in the movie, but his presence is extraordinary.” Too true.

ADVERTISEMENT

And Sutherland’s presence later shone through in Young Guns, A Few Good Men and Dark City. He also teamed up with Schumacher for four more films – including 1990’s Flatliners. But while Sutherland spent the following decade immersed in moviemaking, it would take a role on television to truly bring him to the next level.

ADVERTISEMENT

Debuting on Fox in 2001, 24 was a game-changer for Sutherland. As hard-edged government agent Jack Bauer, the actor became beloved by millions. He racked up countless Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations in the process, too. And it gets better: his frequent on-screen use of the phrase “Damn it!” even inspired a drinking game.

ADVERTISEMENT

Since 24’s final episode in 2014, Sutherland has remained a mainstay of TV through shows such as Designated Survivor and The Fugitive. But what you may not know is that the star has actually rebranded himself as a country music singer. We wonder what a character as rock and roll as David would think about such a career change…

ADVERTISEMENT

1. Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog

ADVERTISEMENT

Corey Feldman was apparently pushed into acting by his parents. Well, we assume they had something to do with it, as he started working in the industry at the tender age of three. But it wasn’t until his teen years that Feldman really made a name for himself with the hits Gremlins, Stand by Me and The Goonies. And, crucially, it was his work in that last film that led to his casting in The Lost Boys.

Yep, Feldman had a meeting with Schumacher at the suggestion of The Goonies’ director Richard Donner. The result? The young actor became gung-ho vampire killer Edgar Frog, of course! And as fans of The Lost Boys will know, Feldman delved into the role at full throttle. In order to get into character as the merciless mini-Van Helsing, he spent hours watching action movies starring Hollywood tough guys like Sylvester Stallone.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sadly, while Feldman does have fond memories of working on The Lost Boys, the production wasn’t without its downsides. During filming, for instance, the then-14-year-old actor was routinely using drugs. And his on-set intoxication forced Schumacher to step in with some stern advice. In 2020 Feldman explained on Twitter, “He tried to prevent my descent.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Sadly, Feldman’s vices would end up hurting his film career. In recent times, the star is perhaps better known for his bizarre rebranding as a pop star and for an infamously strange 2017 performance on The Today Show than his acting. More alarmingly, he has repeatedly made allegations that he was abused as a child by older Hollywood figures.

ADVERTISEMENT

To this day, Feldman continues to look back at his time on the Lost Boys set with mixed feelings. Yet it definitely wasn’t all bad. Although the movie’s production coincided with a difficult time in his life, the actor remains proud of what he accomplished on screen. He revealed on The Lost Boys: An Introspective, “Just because I had a hard time getting through it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t worth it.” Amen to that.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Harry Potter movie franchise may not be as old as The Lost Boys, but it still turned 20 in 2021. Happy birthday, guys! But while the new Fantastic Beasts films are carrying the torch now for Potter fans, let’s go back to where it all began. Here’s what 40 of the original Harry Potter cast members looked like then ‒ and how they are now. Prepare yourself, though, as some of the actors are virtually unrecognizable today.

ADVERTISEMENT

40. Chris Rankin – Percy Weasley

ADVERTISEMENT

Chris Rankin’s biggest role in front of the camera has probably been as Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. But he’s also tried his hand at things behind the scenes. Rankin was a production coordinator behind seven episodes of TV’s Downton Abbey as well as eight episodes of A Discovery of Witches. Now, that’s a step up from head boy!

39. Luke Youngblood – Lee Jordan

Luke Youngblood appeared in the first two Harry Potter films as Quidditch commentator Lee Jordan. And just as Lee used his voice to reach a larger audience, Youngblood’s done the same. Since his time on the Harry Potter set, the actor has lent his dulcet tones to various video games and animated TV series. Sounds like he found his calling.

ADVERTISEMENT

38. Tom Felton – Draco Malfoy

ADVERTISEMENT

Tom Felton scooped awards for portraying villain Draco Malfoy – the bully everyone loves to hate. “If young children boo me, that makes my day,” he’s been quoted as saying. In reality, though, Felton couldn’t be more different from Draco. In 2017 he told a young Potter fan, “Do you wanna hear a secret? I’m nice in real life. It’s only Draco that’s mean.”

37. James and Oliver Phelps – Fred and George Weasley

In true-to-character fashion, James and Oliver Phelps skipped school to audition for the parts of Fred and George Weasley. And perhaps their most memorable scene in the movies was the moment of Fred’s death. Understandably, Oliver was heartbroken at seeing his real-life brother pass away on screen. “I took one look at James on the stretcher and burst into tears,” the actor said. “I can’t even imagine how it would feel to lose him.” Aww.

ADVERTISEMENT

36. Josh Herdman – Gregory Goyle

ADVERTISEMENT

As Gregory Goyle, Josh Herdman was fearsome indeed. Draco’s goon would have been even scarier, however, if he’d had Herdman’s fighting skills. Yep, the actor took up mixed martial arts in 2016, although he’s still seen on screen to this day. His most notable post-Potter roles include Righteous in 2018’s Robin Hood and as Stan in the British TV series Alex Rider.

35. Alfie Enoch – Dean Thomas

While Dean Thomas wasn’t one of Harry’s inner circle, he did still appear in most of the movies. And in 2016 Alfie Enoch told Entertainment Weekly that he appreciated Dean’s grounding presence, saying, “I always felt Dean was quite funny. He’s like an ordinary guy.” The actor’s other memorable performances? Well, he was Wes in a little show called How to Get Away with Murder. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

ADVERTISEMENT

34. Jamie Waylett – Vincent Crabbe

ADVERTISEMENT

Vincent Crabbe – played by Jamie Waylett – was one of Draco’s goons in most of the Harry Potter movies. Sadly, though, a drug charge cost Waylett his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. They seem to have spelled the end for his career, too, as he hasn’t acted since.

33. Frank Dillane – Teen Tom Riddle

If you’re a fan of Fear the Walking Dead, this may come as a surprise. Frank Dillane, who plays Nick, is actually teen Tom Riddle from The Half-Blood Prince. Yes, really! But while both those characters are screen history now, you can get your Dillane fix in 2021’s The Girlfriend Experience.

ADVERTISEMENT

32. Harry Melling – Dudley Dursley

ADVERTISEMENT

Coincidentally, Harry Potter’s mean cousin Dudley was played by another Harry – Melling, that is. And the actor dropped so much weight during filming that he nearly lost the role. Yikes! Thankfully, special effects came to the rescue. Melling also played Harry Beltik in The Queen’s Gambit, in case you didn’t recognize him.

31. Miranda Richardson – Rita Skeeter

Miranda Richardson appeared as the manipulative Rita Skeeter in two Harry Potter movies: The Goblet of Fire and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1. And following the end of the movie franchise, she told Behind the Lens that the Potter series is timeless. “I think it’s a great thing to be part of,” Richardson explained in 2011. “I think it’s something that’s gonna last, even though special effects move on at pace.”

ADVERTISEMENT

30. Hugh Mitchell – Colin Creevey

ADVERTISEMENT

Remember little Colin Creevey and his camera in The Chamber of Secrets? He’s all grown up! Since Colin’s untimely demise, though, his actor, Hugh Mitchell, has been in The Da Vinci Code as young Silas. He’s also popped up in a ton of TV series, and his life’s begun to imitate art. Yep, much like his Harry Potter counterpart, Hugh’s a keen photographer! You can see his work on Instagram.

29. Jamie Yeates – Marcus Flint

You may recall Marcus Flint – the Slytherin Quidditch player with the prominent teeth – from The Chamber of Secrets. Well, his actor, Jamie Yeates, had to wear dentures for that, er, unusual mouth. But Yeates is looking a lot better nowadays, and – in what may come as a surprise – he’s now a successful model.

ADVERTISEMENT

28. Katie Leung – Cho Chang

ADVERTISEMENT

Katie Leung, a.k.a. Cho Chang, has branched out since playing Harry Potter’s romantic interest. More recently, the roles she’s taken – including a part in Jackie Chan’s The Foreigner – have largely honored her Chinese heritage. The star has made these screen appearances memorable and complex, though. “Just because they have been race-specific doesn’t mean that I’m playing this one-dimensional character,” Leung told the BBC in 2016.

27. Clémence Poésy – Fleur Delacour

Clémence Poésy only appeared briefly in the Potter movies as Fleur Delacour, but she certainly made an impression. And the quarter-Veela must have captivated talent scouts as well as audiences, as she’s now a successful actor on French television. Poésy fans can see her in dark drama The Tunnel and in 2021’s En thérapie. Oh, and you may have spotted the star in Tenet, too.

ADVERTISEMENT

26. Maggie Smith – Professor McGonagall

ADVERTISEMENT

Now that we’ve seen Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role. In 2019, however, Smith told the Evening Standard that the part didn’t exactly stretch her and “wasn’t what you’d call satisfying.” That sounds damning, but the veteran actress was grateful for the opportunity all the same. And, charmingly, she’s claimed that being in the Harry Potter movies allowed her to get even closer to her five grandchildren. Aww.

25. Shefali Chowdhury and Afshan Azad – Parvati and Padma Patil

Harry Potter regulars Shefali Chowdhury and Afshan Azad played witchy twins Padma and Parvati Patil, respectively. And you can still see Azad in front of a camera, although nowadays she’s likely to be striking a pose during modeling shoots. Chowdhury, on the other hand, has been in a number of short films in recent years, including Odilo Fabian – which also stars Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville – and Stephen King adaptation I Am the Doorway.

ADVERTISEMENT

24. Bonnie Wright – Ginny Weasley

ADVERTISEMENT

Ginny Weasley’s importance to the Potterverse grew as the movie series went on. She even ended up as – spoiler alert! – Harry Potter’s wife. And since leaving those films behind, Bonnie Wright has practically proved herself to be a Renaissance woman. She’s acted, modeled and has been behind the camera as both a director and producer for short films. How does she find the time?!

23. Domhnall Gleeson – Bill Weasley

The Harry Potter movies were something of a family affair for Bill Weasley star Domhnall Gleeson. Remember Mad-Eye Moody? He was played by Domhnall’s dad, Brendan! And like his pop, the Irish actor has gone from strength to strength ever since. You may have recognized him as General Hux in Star Wars: Episode VIII ‒ The Last Jedi and its follow-up The Rise of Skywalker.

ADVERTISEMENT

22. Jason Isaacs – Lucius Malfoy

ADVERTISEMENT

Before Harry Potter, Jason Isaacs already had a string of unforgettable roles under his belt. Playing the detestable Lucius Malfoy just added to the magic. And after his audition, Isaacs got so into the Harry Potter books ‒ which he called “crack” ‒ that he read four of them consecutively. With that kind of passion, it’s no surprise he made such a convincing villain.

21. Jessie Cave – Lavender Brown

Harry’s fellow Gryffindor student Lavender Brown, played by Jessie Cave, featured in the last three Potter films. But Cave herself has branched out since. In addition to acting in various TV shows, she’s now a successful stand-up comedian. Coincidentally, she’s also voicing a character named Belinda Potter in an upcoming animation called, well, The Potters. Funny old world, isn’t it?

ADVERTISEMENT

20. Gary Oldman – Sirius Black

ADVERTISEMENT

Gary Oldman brought his undeniable acting chops to the role of Harry’s tragically doomed godfather Sirius Black. But the Oscar-winning Hollywood veteran didn’t think the series was beneath him. Quite the contrary, in fact! In 2016 Oldman told Balitang America, “Being part of Harry Potter is a great thing. It’s a cinematic phenomena, and no one will ever do anything quite like it again or come close to it.”

19. Devon Murray – Seamus Finnigan

Remember Seamus Finnigan? He was the Irish wizard who, well, exploded every so often. And he was portrayed by Devon Murray, who’s only acted in one film since, with an uncredited role in 2018’s Damo & Ivor The Movie. But Murray seems content enough, as one look at his Instagram page proves. “You have made me the happiest person in the world,” he wrote on the social media site in February 2021. Who was he referring to? His newborn son.

ADVERTISEMENT

18. Robbie Coltrane – Rubeus Hagrid

ADVERTISEMENT

Hagrid’s popularity arguably reaches beyond the Potter books, and Robbie Coltrane portrayed the kindly half-giant perfectly on screen. In 2009, though, the British star said that he didn’t recognize himself after the makeup team had finished turning him into the big wizard. Coltrane’s reaction to seeing his reflection? “Good God, who’s that?”

17. Pam Ferris – Aunt Marge

Aunt Marge didn’t have the biggest role in the Potterverse, but fans will always remember her as the terrible woman who insulted Harry until he turned her into a balloon. And since the movies, actress Pam Ferris has kept busy with TV shows – most notably as Sister Evangelina in Call the Midwife. She has another link to fantasy, too, after portraying Mrs. Faulkner in 2019’s Tolkien – all about the Lord of the Rings author.

ADVERTISEMENT

16. David Bradley – Argus Filch

ADVERTISEMENT

Though we love to hate David Bradley’s character Argus Filch, we’re glad that his cat Mrs. Norris wasn’t turned into a, well, purrmanent statue. As for Bradley himself, he’s barely stopped since the Harry Potter movies left theaters. He’s appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger and horror series The Strain, for instance, although you may also recognize him as Walder Frey in Game of Thrones. He’s not averse to voice acting, either, and so you could have heard his vocal talents without even realizing it.

15. Imelda Staunton – Dolores Umbridge

Few villains inspire hate as much as one-time defense against the dark arts teacher Dolores Umbridge. Her actress appears to loathe her, too. Back in 2016, Imelda Staunton told Entertainment Weekly, “I think [Dolores is] a monster and [should] be played as such.” That’s not mincing words! Perhaps Staunton will find it light relief, then, to portray the Queen in season five of The Crown.

ADVERTISEMENT

14. Sean Biggerstaff – Oliver Wood

ADVERTISEMENT

Sean Biggerstaff’s last name could almost be a name for a Potterverse wand! Maybe he was destined to play young Quidditch captain Oliver Wood in The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. And since his Potter days, Biggerstaff’s been in a lot of TV shorts. His next, er, big role, though, is in mysterious upcoming thriller Hector & Himself.

13. Shirley Henderson – Moaning Myrtle

You know Moaning Myrtle, the creepy 14-year-old ghost girl who hung around the Hogwarts restrooms? Well, she was actually played by Shirley Henderson – who was actually in her mid-30s when she appeared in The Chamber of Secrets. Color us shocked! Henderson has more age-appropriate roles under her belt, however – most notably Jude in Bridget Jones’s Baby. She also voiced Babu Frik in Star Wars blockbuster The Rise of Skywalker.

ADVERTISEMENT

12. Ralph Fiennes – Voldemort

ADVERTISEMENT

The evil Lord Voldemort didn’t just leave a lasting impression on fans. Oh, no – he also had an impact on established actor Ralph Fiennes. You see, in 2019 Fiennes lightheartedly told the BBC’s Newsnight that he wouldn’t want to see anyone else in the role. “I feel a kind of affection for Voldemort,” the Oscar nominee explained. “So, if there was a world in which Voldemort came back, I would be very possessive about wanting to reprise that.”

11. Ian Hart – Professor Quirrell

Ian Hart got ahead of the game when he played Professor Quirrell, the host body for Lord Voldemort. So, what’s he doing when he doesn’t have the personification of evil attached to his skull? Well, he’s appearing on British TV, for one. Hart’s added acclaimed alternate history series Noughts + Crosses and crime drama Tin Star to his resume, for example. You may know him best, however, from Netflix’s Viking drama The Last Kingdom.

ADVERTISEMENT

10. Scarlett Byrne – Pansy Parkinson

ADVERTISEMENT

Scarlett Hefner, née Byrne, played the Slytherin witch Pansy Parkinson in the last three Potter movies. It wasn’t the last time she was in a sci-fi series, either, as she went on to star in TNT’S alien invasion drama Falling Skies. And, well, she didn’t suck as Nora Hildegard in The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Does her new surname sound familiar? That’s probably because she married the son of late Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner in 2019.

9. Michael Gambon – Albus Dumbledore

After the tragic death of Richard Harris, Sir Michael Gambon stepped up to play Albus Dumbledore in his stead. And in 2015 Future Movies asked the veteran actor how he managed to ease back into the role of Hogwarts’ headmaster for Fantastic Beasts. Apparently? It was no biggie. Gambon said, “Well, I don’t have to play anyone, really. I just stick on a beard and play me, so it’s no great feat.” Fair enough!

ADVERTISEMENT

8. Natalia Tena – Nymphadora Tonks

ADVERTISEMENT

Natalia Tena has a talent for playing much-loved characters. Her metamorphosing witch alter ego Tonks is a firm fan favorite, as is Osha, her wildling character in Game of Thrones. Can she repeat the process in her mysterious 2021 series Wolfe? Only time will tell, but with Tena’s own chameleonic acting skills, we wouldn’t be surprised.

7. Evanna Lynch – Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch’s charming performance as the eccentric Luna Lovegood won over many – including, it seems, youngsters with autism. “I always get a lot of letters from people with autism who relate to Luna a lot,” Lynch told Insider in 2020. “Obviously, everyone’s very different, and every case of autism is different. But I think that they see that Luna is somebody who doesn’t quite fit in.”

ADVERTISEMENT

6. Stanislav Yanevski – Viktor Krum

ADVERTISEMENT

Stanislav Yanevski – a.k.a. Viktor Krum – has bulked up a lot since his Potter days. When’s he’s not pumping iron at the gym, though, he’s still acting, including in the 2011 British film Resistance. Yanevski’s also taken to producing some upcoming projects and occasionally Instagrams Potter-related posts. What a dude.

5. Christian Coulson – Young Tom Riddle

This one may surprise you. Remember the child who played young Tom Riddle in The Chamber of Secrets? Well, that was Christian Coulson, and here he is all grown up! Post-Potter, Coulson’s been landing regular TV work both in the U.K. and the U.S. You may most recognize him, however, for playing music video director Damien George in Nashville.

ADVERTISEMENT

4. Matthew Lewis – Neville Longbottom

ADVERTISEMENT

Matthew Lewis stunned fans with a topless shoot for Attitude magazine. His transformation from unassuming teenager to muscular stud even inspired the term Neville Longbottoming – or, basically, becoming hot. Lewis remains modest about this feat, though, telling HelloGiggles in 2018, “I never thought in my wildest dreams that one day I would have coined a phrase.” After leaving the Harry Potter movies behind, the heartthrob has been a regular on British TV screens, with performances in gory drama Ripper Street and the more gentle All Creatures Great and Small.

3. Rupert Grint – Ron Weasley

Rupert Grint seems to still love Ron Weasley. Apparently, he once said of his on-screen alter ego, “The truth is that Ron is my hero. He’s always there for his friends ‒ sometimes belligerently, but there nevertheless. He’s also the comic relief in stressful situations.” And just like Ron, Grint has arachnophobia. Yes, that means he’s struggled to watch the Aragog scenes from The Chamber of Secrets!

ADVERTISEMENT

2. Emma Watson – Hermione Granger

ADVERTISEMENT

Although Hermione Granger was a wallflower, her actress Emma Watson is anything but. Just like Hermione, though, Emma’s well-educated. She’s a campaigner for equal rights, too, though Watson’s cause is women’s issues rather than freeing house elves. And since the Potter movies ended, you’ve probably seen the star as Belle in Disney’s 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast.

1. Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter

If there’s one Harry Potter actor who needs no introduction, it’s Daniel Radcliffe ‒ who, of course, played the famous wizard. We watched him grow into adulthood over the course of the original movies, and it’s safe to say his career has matured with him. DanRad has starred in horror movies, a biopic, a romcom and even a controversial stage show that saw him appear naked. Yikes!

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT