Three pretty sisters living in San Francisco trying to navigate relationships, careers, and sibling rivalry seems more or less like a female-centric Full House. But throw in telekinesis, demons, warlocks, guardian angels? You’ve got eight seasons of small screen success. Charmed followed the Halliwell sisters, also known as The Charmed Ones, who are the most powerful good witches in the world. The sisters used their combined Power of Three to protect the citizens of San Francisco from evil.
Premiering on The WB in 1998, the show had some major star power behind it with Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano as the original three sisters. All three actresses had been on previously successful shows, and fans took to the series immediately. The first episode, “Something Wicca This Way Comes,” was the highest debut episode in the network’s history at that point. After Shannen Doherty left the show, another well-known actress, Rose McGowan, took her place, and the show continued to be a success.
A reboot set in the 1970s on The CW has been confirmed, but it is not known if the original actresses or any of the supporting cast will make an appearance, as the new series is not likely to connect to the original. If they aren’t working on a reboot, where is the cast of Charmed now?
15. Julian McMahon (Cole Turner)
Better known in the demonic world as Belthazor, Cole Turner was a half-human and half-demon assassin on assignment to kill the Charmed Ones. His diabolical plan hits a snag, however, when he falls for the youngest sister Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). Love can make a demon do crazy things, like renouncing evil and becoming an ally of the sisters.
Julian is the son of former Prime Minister of Australia, Sir William McMahon, and he got his start in the industry on the Australian soap, Home and Away. Other than his role as Belthazor/Cole Turner, McMahon is probably most recognized from FX’s Nip/Tuck, where he played one of the lead characters, Christian Troy, a callous doctor with a soft side. He most recently starred in SyFy’s canceled Hunters series and will star in 1970s-based comedy called Flammable Children alongside Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce.
14. Drew Fuller (Chris Halliwell)
Drew Fuller played Chris Halliwell, the middle child of Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs) and Leo Wyatt (Brian Krause). His character was a “Whitelighter hybrid,” as his parentage is mixed witch/Whitelighter. Drew made his first appearance as Chris in season 5 to warn The Charmed Ones about the destructive Titans, who have set their sites on the magical creatures of San Francisco. Oh, and he was Piper’s son from the future who traveled back in time to prevent Piper and Leo’s infant son from growing up to be a dictator.
After Charmed, Fuller went on to star in Lifetime’s Army Wives as Second Lieutenant Trevor LeBlanc. He also made a guest appearance in a music video for his Charmed co-star Balthazar Getty’s band Ringside. Most recently, he could be seen in an episode of the fourth season of Netflix’s Longmire. While Fuller doesn’t appear to have any steady roles presently, he’s been very active on social media in expressing his appreciation for the Charmed fandom. He also has an Instagram account that will give just about anybody wanderlust.
13. Oded Fehr (Zankou)
Zankou was one of the Charmed One’s biggest threats in season 7. A powerful demon, Zankou was intelligent, ruthless, and feared by fellow demons. Israeli-born Oded Fehr is no stranger to supernatural movies and TV series, of course. He’s best known for his role as Ardeth Bay, a warrior who is sworn to prevent the resurrection of Imhotep, in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. He also appeared in two of the Resident Evil movies as Carlos Olivera, a former U.B.C.S. commando elite soldier.
He’s also an active presence in the voice acting scene as well, lending his vocals to a number of animated series, including Justice League, Hulk and Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and American Dad! Fehr most recently appeared in 24: Legacy as Asim Naseri, second-in-command of terrorist leader bin-Khalid. He has three children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
12. Karis Paige Bryant (Jenny Gordon)
Jenny Gordon moved onto the Charmed Ones’ block in season 2 when she came to live with her uncle, Dan Gordon, while her parents are on business in Saudi Arabia. Jenny befriended the Halliwell sisters, as she found them more relatable than her uncle. Played by Karis Paige Bryant, Jenny was written out of the show after four episodes because her character wasn’t received well by the fanbase at large.
Though she has been working as an actress since she was 5, Bryant hasn’t had many roles since her days on Charmed. According to her IMDB page, it would appear that the actress had taken a hiatus from the acting game. Last year, she announced via Twitter that she has a new agent and is currently auditioning for roles. She was last seen onscreen in the ABC series Final Witness in 2012.
11. Eric Dane (Jason Dean)
Multimillionaire and owner of “The Bay Mirror,” the fictional San Francisco newspaper where Phoebe works, Jason Dean was first introduced in season 5. Played by Eric Dane, Jason catfishes Phoebe (before catfishing was even a thing) when she’s assigned to write an article on online dating. Jason and Phoebe dated for over a year, but he broke up with her after he finds out that she’s a witch.
Dean is probably mostly recognized as Dr. Mark Sloan, aka “McSteamy,” in seven seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. He’s been married to Rebecca Gayheart, “the Noxema girl,” since 2004. Scandal rocked the couple in 2009 when a decidedly NSFW video (though not quite a sex tape outright) emerged of Dean and Gayhart with Miss USA contestant Kari Ann Peniche. In 2011, Dean checked into a treatment facility for dependency on prescription drugs. Things are looking up for Dean these days, however, as he’s currently serving as the series lead in the Michael Bay-produced TV drama The Last Ship on TNT.
10. Ted King (Andy Trudeau)
Introduced in season one, Ted King’s Andy Trudeau was a detective for San Francisco’s finest and the partner of Darryl Morris. He’s one of the Halliwell sisters’ best childhood friends as well as Prue’s first true love. As things typically go on TV shows, he’s pretty much on every case that involves the Halliwells, and he eventually finds out their true identities. Trudeau ended up meeting a shocking demise, getting killed by the demon Rodriguez in the season one finale.
Since getting killed off Charmed, Ted King has been working steadily in TV, appearing in One Life to Live, Elementary, NCIS, Amazon’s Alpha House, and Hawaii Five-0 to name a few. He’s actively involved in both Make-a-Wish Foundation and The Malala Fund. Fans can keep up with his acting endeavors and causes on his website TedKing.com.
9. Dorian Gregory (Darryl Morris)
Unlike his partner Andy, Dorian Gregory’s character Darryl Morris stuck around after season 1 — until season 7, to be exact. Initially suspicious of the Halliwell sisters, Darryl becomes close to them after Andy’s death when he learns that they’re not just regular sisters, but witches. Darryl becomes their man on the inside of the police force, helping them dodge suspicion and cover up cases that are related to demons. Darryl did not return for season 8 due to budget cuts, according to Charmed executive producer Brad Kern.
After Charmed, Dorian continued his gig as the fourth and final host of Soul Train. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, Dorian is a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and according to his Facebook, he recently was a guest speaker at a diabetes conference in Paris. Dorian has an active Facebook presence where he posts lots of selfies and regularly responds to Charmed fans, and he recently popped up in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
8. Brian Krause (Leo Wyatt)
Other than the Halliwell sisters, the character of Leo Wyatt appeared in the most episodes of Charmed. Played by Brian Krause, Leo was a Whitelighter, a guardian angel who helped the Charmed Ones navigate their powers and the magical world. He had the ability to teleport — or orb, as it was called on the show — to different places. Leo and Piper end up marrying and having three children, including Chris, their aforementioned son from the future.
Leo was a main character in Charmed up until the very last episode. Since the series ended, Brian has had small roles on a few notable television shows, including Mad Men, The Closer, and Castle. He’s also been in a number of indie movies, and was most recently the star in a horror flick called Be Afraid. He’s active on both Twitter and Facebook and continues to appear on the ComicCon circuits.
7. Balthazar Getty (Richard Montana)
In Charmed, Richard Montana was caught in the middle of an ancient witch family feud. The Montana family had been fighting with the Callaway family for eternity, but Richard fell in love with Olivia Callaway. Like Romeo and Juliet, a tragic end awaited the star-crossed lovers, and Olivia was killed in crossfire. The Halliwell sisters helped put Olivia’s spirit to rest and Richard and Paige (Rose McGowan) began dating. Richard’s struggles caught up with him, though, and he could no longer handle magic. He ended up taking a potion to free himself of his powers.
The actor who played Richard is part of a famous real-life family, the Gettys, as his great-grandfather founded Getty Oil. Balthazar starred as Thomas Grace on Alias and as Tommy Walker in Brothers & Sisters. Later this month, he will appear in the Twin Peaks reboot in a yet-to-be-announced role.
6. Kaley Cuoco (Billie Jenkins)
Charmed executive producer Brad Kern created Billie Jenkins after the show’s network, The WB, requested a new character to expand the series for a possible season 9 (which never happened) or spin-off (which hasn’t happened…yet). This led to the creation of Billie, a young witch with telekinesis powers (like Carrie!) who sought training from the Halliwell sisters.
Kaley Cuoco only starred as Billie in season 8, but she has found major success post-Charmed. After season 8 ended, Kaley landed the role of Penny in the mega-hit CBS series Big Bang Theory, which was recently renewed for an 11th and 12th season. She’s starred in a number of films, most recently appearing in Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie starring Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Garlin. In addition to her onscreen success, she’s an animal rights activist, particularly working toward the fair treatment of pitbulls, and she’s hosted events for the Stand Up for Pits Foundation.
5. Greg Vaughan (Dan Gordon)
As the next door neighbor to the Halliwell sisters, Dan Gordon, played by Greg Vaughan, can’t help but pick up on some of their strangeness. It becomes especially apparent when he starts dating Piper (who was on a break from Leo), who regularly disappears and dodges his questions as he becomes suspicious. They broke up after Dan couldn’t take her elusiveness any longer.
Greg was only a second season character, but post-Charmed, Dan Gordon has enjoyed a successful soap opera career. He’s been in the trifecta of American soaps: The Young and the Restless (2002–03), General Hospital (2003–09), and Days of Our Lives (2012–2016). He even appeared on The Tyra Show in a segment where he put host Tyra Banks through soap opera school. Dan can currently be found on the Oprah Winfrey-produced TV crime series Queen Sugar, as Detective Calvin.
4. Holly Marie Combs (Piper Halliwell)
As the middle Halliwell sister, Piper is portrayed as the sweet and kind peacemaker amongst her sisters. After Prue (Shannen Doherty) dies, her personality changed into a fierce protector, as she was suddenly the eldest of the sisters.
Piper is the only character to appear in every episode of Charmed. And starting in season 5, Combs became one of the producers of the show. In her post-witch days, the actress held a steady role as Ella Montgomery, mother to Lucy Hale’s Aria Montgomery, in all 7 seasons of Pretty Little Liars. In 2014, she reunited with her Charmed co-star, Shannen Doherty, for a road trip reality show called Off the Map with Shannen & Holly, which appeared on the Great American Country channel.
In regards to the Charmed reboot, Holly hasn’t said much, other than tweeting, “We wish them well,” implying that the original actresses won’t be a part of it.
3. Rose McGowan (Paige Matthews)
After Prue Halliwell’s death at the end of season 3 (and Shannen Doherty’s departure from the show), Rose McGowan was introduced as the Halliwells’ half-sister, Paige Matthews. The Halliwells’ mother, Patty, had a secret affair with her whitelighter, Sam, and Paige was their love child. Due to her mixed witch/whitelighter heritage, Paige can teleport objects from one location to another.
After Charmed ended, Rose starred in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-feature Grindhouse. In Planet Terror, Rose played the iconic gogo dancer Cherry Darling, whose leg gets torn off by a zombie. Never fear, for she opted for a minigun prosthetic replacement.
In recent years, Rose has become a vocal critic of how Hollywood treats and promotes women, and the double standards of casting. In 2015, she tweeted about a casting call she got that asked for actresses to wear form fitting tank tops and leggings. She’s remained a vocal critic of Hollywood, and has most recently called out the lack of promotion for Wonder Woman.
2. Alyssa Milano (Phoebe Halliwell)
In the first three seasons of Charmed, Phoebe was the baby of the Halliwell clan. She has the power of premonition, meaning that she can see into the future, though she could glimpse the past as well. Throughout the series, her abilities get stronger, later gaining the powers of levitation and empathy. She’s portrayed as carefree in the show’s early days, but after Prue dies and Paige is introduced, she becomes more of a peacekeeper between the sisters, taking on an early-Piper-like role.
Alyssa has worked steadily since Charmed, appearing in commercials, Lifetime movies, and in TV guest roles. She’s also a published author; in 2009, she wrote a book about her baseball fandom, and she also created a comic book series called Hacktivist. Her next role will be in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
Like her co-star Rose McGowan, Alyssa is a vocal activist and philanthropist, particularly in the field of Democratic politics. She has actively been campaigning for Jon Ossoff, the Democratic nominee in the 2017 special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district.
1. Shannen Doherty (Prue Halliwell)
The eldest of the Halliwells, Prue was portrayed as the most powerful witch of the clan and the leader to the family. She has the powers of telekinesis and astral projection (being two places at once), and she’s also skilled at hand-to-hand combat. Despite her strength, she was killed by Shax, a powerful demon, at the end of season 3. In reality, Shannen Doherty, who played Prue, was having some rumored behind-the-scenes drama with her co-star Alyssa Milano.
Love her or hate her, Doherty has had a long and entertaining career in the spotlight. After Charmed, Shannen appeared in the reboot for another show she notoriously left: Beverly Hills 90210. In the spin-off, her character Brenda Walsh returns to Beverly Hills High as the guest director of the high school musical.
Sadly, Shannen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She has been documenting her experience with cancer on Facebook and candidly discussing her treatments with fans. In better news, she announced in April 2017 that her cancer is in remission. “I’m just going to breathe,” she posted, complete with the hashtag #cancerslayer.
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