The survivors of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 may have spent the better part of six seasons of ABC’s Lost stranded on the island from hell, but the actors who brought those characters to life have hardly been stuck and going nowhere since the series ended in 2010. Even those whose runs on the show ended before the series finale have been able to keep up their profile with prolific acting careers. Some have strayed away from the supernatural/sci fi genres while others have stuck around. Check out our list to see just what the cast of Lost has been up to since leaving the show.
After spending six seasons on the small screen as leading man Jack Shephard, Matthew Fox moved to the big screen. He had a starring role in the post-World War II film Emperor opposite Tommy Lee Jones, then took on a villainous role as a character called Picasso in Alex Cross. He had a relatively minor role in zombie thriller World War Z before moving back to the spotlight to join the ensemble of Bone Tomahawk and star in the post-apocalyptic Extinction in 2015.
In the years since leaving the role of female lead Kate Austen on ABC's Lost, Evangeline Lilly also moved to the big screen. She started off with a role in Real Steel in 2011, then really hit the mainstream as the elf Tauriel in two of the smash hit Hobbit films. She then tackled the role of Hope van Dyne in Marvel’s Ant-Man, and will reprise the role for Ant-Man and the Wasp as the titular Wasp in a sequel to be released in 2018.
After the end of his tenure as Sawyer on Lost, Josh Holloway had mostly small roles on television and film. In 2014, he returned to the spotlight as star in the CBS cyber-themed action drama Intelligence. Sadly, Intelligence ran for only a single season, but Holloway stayed on television to nab the lead role of Will Bowman in USA’s dystopian sci fi drama Colony opposite The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies.
Daniel Dae Kim
Following his departure from Lost as Jin Kwon, Daniel Dae Kim jumped from ABC to CBS to take on a major role in the rebooted detective series Hawaii Five-0 as Chin Ho Kelly. The series is currently in its sixth season. Over the years since leaving Lost and in addition to his work on Hawaii Five-0, Kim has done a fair amount of voice work, ranging from vocals for video games to a memorable role on The Legend of Korra as Hiroshi Sato.
Following the conclusion of her time on Lost as Sun Kwon, Yunjin Kim starred in South Korean films Heartbeat and Ode to My Father. She then returned to television to take on a starring role on the ABC series Mistresses, which has aired for three full seasons so far and received the order for a fourth. Kim plays Dr. Karen Kim, a psychiatrist who became romantically involved with a patient.
After the end of his time as the beloved Hurley on Lost, Jorge Garcia had mostly small roles on television. He appeared for a brief run on the short-lived Matthew Perry sitcom Mr. Sunshine, then took on a starring but unfortunately brief role on the Fox series Alcatraz that was cancelled after only one season. He spent three episodes making his mark on Once Upon a Time as the giant Anton, played Herm in the big screen venture The Ridiculous 6, then landed on Hawaii Five-0 as Jerry Ortega since its fourth season.
Following the conclusion of his time on Lost (where he played Sayid Jarrah), Naveen Andrews tackled the role of Akbari in the TV series Sinbad. He then brought classic Disney villain Jafar to life in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland before landing the role of Jonas Maliki in the Netflix original series Sense8. The series has been renewed for a second season, so Andrews may have even more time on Netflix as Jonas.
Following the end of his time on Lost as (mostly) John Locke, Terry O’Quinn stuck with television, taking on a role as an antagonist in the short-lived ABC supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue, then jumped to Fox for a place on the single season of Gang Related. He then landed a recurring gig on CBS with a place on Daniel Dae Kim’s series Hawaii Five-0 as Joe White, starting in its second season in 2011.
Henry Ian Cusick
After the end of his time on Lost as Desmond Hume, Henry Ian Cusick landed several recurring roles on shows such as Law & Order: SVU, Fringe, and The Mentalist. Like others of his former costars, he appeared on Hawaii Five-0. He’s held a longer role on Scandal as Stephen Finch, and currently has a major place on The CW’s post-apocalyptic series The 100 as Marcus Kane.
As one of the actors most well-known prior to joining Lost, Dominic Monaghan took on the role of Charlie Pace. Monaghan recovered from Charlie’s heartbreaking death to stay on ABC for a role in the first and only season of FlashForward. He later became a key player in the critically-acclaimed web comedy Goodnight Burbank, brought Mark Nickel to life for six episodes of The Unknown, then became Tommy Conley for twelve episodes of 100 Code. Plus he even hosts the unscripted series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, so he seems pretty busy. Next, he’ll be featured in the live action version of the Quantum Break video game later (scheduled for this year).
Following his time as the ambiguous Ben Linus on Lost, Michael Emerson moved to CBS for a lead role as Harold Finch on the science fiction crime drama Person of Interest, which has run for four seasons and is set to debut its fifth (and possibly final) season of thirteen episodes in the spring of 2016. In addition to his work as Finch, Emerson has leant his voice to series such as G.I. Joe: Renegades and Generator Rex as well as narrated the documentary The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements.
Emilie de Ravin
After saying farewell to Lost and her role as Claire Littleton, Emilie de Ravin ditched the blonde locks and went brunette when she landed another major role in an ensemble show on ABC by joining the cast of Once Upon a Time as Belle French. First appearing in a recurring part in the first season, de Ravin has become a major part of the series, which is currently in its fifth season of fairy tale-esque stories.
After her character Juliet suffered a tragic ending on Lost, Elizabeth Mitchell stayed on ABC to star as Erica Evans on the science fiction series V, which ran for two seasons before it was ultimately axed. She spent 42 episodes as Rachel Matheson on NBC’s Revolution before joining Emilie de Ravin on Once Upon a Time to play the aunt to Elsa and Anna of Frozen fame. She’s since occupied the role of Carine Strand on the TV series Crossing Lines.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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