Sunday, 9 November 2008

Whatever Happened to the Buffy Actors? EVEN MORE

James Marsters

Spike, possibly the best loved Buffy character of them all (including the lead) was an incredibly hard act to follow for the California-born Marsters. As well as getting to kick lots of creature-of-the-night ass, he also got to get deep down dirty with Buffy, giving her what the rather buttoned-up Angel could never! So, how did Marsters follow up Spike?

He spent some time (two performances) on stage in London in an abridged version of Macbeth (2005). Lots of blood and guts but sufficiently away from Spike to perhaps let people know he was also a serious actor.

He co-starred in PS I Love You along with Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates in 2007.

Then came the TV. He played Brainiac in the TV series Smallville. This proved hugely popular among sci-fi fans but perhaps even better (for them at least) were his three appearances in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood.

In this he played the omnisexual Captain John Hart and received huge praise for his role, even though it was, literally, just Spike with a laser gun. However, his first meeting with Captain Jack Harkness of the Torchwood team led to a number of raised eyebrows - not to mention a fair number of grean with jealousy viewers - below!

Other TV has included Without a Trace, Andromeda and Cool Money.

Recently he played Ted Bundy (above) in a TV film The Capture of the Green River Killer in a Hannibal Lector type role. He will also be seen in 2009 as Buzz Aldrin in the ITV produced British drama Moon Shot.

Most fervently anticipated though, is his live action portrayal of Lord Piccolo (below) in the long awaited version of the manga based Dragon Ball series – shortened to simply Dragonball. Oh yeah, Lord Piccolo is the villain. Quel surprise!

Emma Caulfield

Sent to wreak revenge on Xander for cheating on Cordelia, Anya turned in to his love interest for the remainder of the series. The Anya demon turned human was pretty much a one trick pony in the TV series, so what did actor Emma Caulfield do next?

Like other members of the cast, she stuck with a similar genre and had initial success. A 2003 number one box office smash Darkness Falls (for which she won a Face of the Future gong) was followed by a series of forgettable TV roles. These included an episode of Monk, two episodes of Robot Chicken and a couple of TV movies. Apart from these paltry offerings, Ms Caulfield seems to have slipped from the radar.

So, with a rather wry look on her face, we say good-bye for now to Emma and the rest of the cast of Buffy. Some have fared better than others, but we can only hope for one thing: that whatever their professional lives lead to, they achieve personal happiness. After helping bring us Buffy The Vampire Slayer for so long, what else could we wish them?

Answers on a postcard!

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