The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Battlestar Galactica's ensemble is one of the best to ever grace the TV screen — in any genre — but what have those been actors been doing since the finale? And have they been wasted?

The most amazing thing about the BSG cast was not their talent, or it's depth — almost any one of them could, and did, carry an episode — but the fact that most of them seemed to come out of nowhere. Sure, we knew Oscar nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, and we might remember having seen James Callis in Bridget Jones's Diary, but everyone else was such a pleasant discovery — especially rookies like Tricia Helfer and Grace Park.

But what's happened to the cast since the Colonial spotlight has faded? It's a little more than a year since "Daybreak, Part 2" — what has the best acting showcase of the last 10 years gotten them?

The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Edward James Olmos
Admiral William Adama

It's lonely at the top for the ex-Admiral, as there simply aren't that many roles for men of his stature — that Morgan Freeman isn't already taking. But he'll be seen the upcoming Seth Rogen Green Hornet redux.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Mary McDonnell
President Laura Roslin

McDonnell checked in for a short run as a cardiac surgeon on Grey's Anatomy, followed by a recurring ballbuster on The Closer.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Jamie Bamber
Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama

After a one-off role as an arms smuggler on Dollhouse, Bamber's settled into a leading role as Matt Devlin on Law & Order: UK.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

James Callis
Dr. Gaius Baltar

An episode of Merlin and Numb3rs found him post-BSG; he's just joined the cast of Syfy's Eureka. Will nefariousness be afoot? Probably. But it'll be good to see him back in a lab coat.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Tricia Helfer
Caprica Six (and others)

Probably the busiest of the veterans, she had a nine-episode run on Burn Notice, followed by episodes of Chuck, Warehouse 13, Two and a Half Men, and the pilot of Human Target. She also does a lot of voice work, popping up in Green Lantern: First Flight and the Mass Effect 2 and Halo: ODST videogames.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Katee Sackhoff
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

After BSG wrapped, she got her freak on for FX's Nip/Tuck. Then she took a major, and some might say underwhelming, role as a compromised CTU analyst in the final season of 24. She's currently on tap to head the cast of ABC's cop drama, Boston's Finest.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Grace Park
Lieutenant Sharon "Boomer" Agathon (and others)

Recently cast in NBC's revamp of Hawaii Five-O (opposite Lost alum Daniel Dae Kim), Park took roles on A&E's The Cleaner and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's The Border.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Michael Hogan
Colonel Saul Tigh

The crusty colonel has brought his particular brand of good-natured gruff to avuncular roles on Warehouse 13, Dollhouse, Numb3rs, Psych, and the Mass Effect 2 videogame (along with Helfer).


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Tahmoh Penikett
Captain Karl "Helo" Agathon

Joss Whedon's Dollhouse occupied his time, for the most part — finding new ways to take his shirt off as the agent on the trail of Echo (Eliza Dushku) and the Dollhouse. He's back on the Syfy roster for the upcoming Riverworld miniseries.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Aaron Douglas
Chief Galen Tyrol

It's been a little quiet for the Chief: He's got The Bridge, about a Toronto police union leader, a Canadian TV production that CBS may bring to the States sometime this year.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Michael Trucco
Samuel Anders

After taking the lead in the Syfy telefilm Meteor Storm, Trucco swerved into Castle, playing a love interest for Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and a love rival for Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). He's also in the cast of USA's new legal drama Facing Kate, opposite Life's Sarah Shahi.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Kandyse McClure
Officer Anastasia Dualla

A little bit of Reaper, a smidgen of Sanctuary, a part in Children of the Corn... Up next is the Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects) NBC drama Persons Unknown, about a batch of strangers who find themselves stuck in a ghost town, set to premiere this June.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Donnelly Rhodes
Doc Cottle

Not enough is happening for the awesomely gravelly Rhodes: a bit part in the Human Target pilot, and the "Mickey" role in a 2009 straight-to-DVD underground fighting flick called Damage, with Steve Austin.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Kate Vernon
Ellen Tigh

Vernon, who's been a perennial TV guest star, added CSI, The Mentalist, Saving Grace, and Heroes to her already considerable resume. Currently, she's rocking it in theaters in the Nicholas Sparks weep-fest The Last Song.


The Battlestar Cast: One Year Later

Alessandro Juliani
Lieutenant Felix Gaeta

Good Mr. Gaeta has been busy, taking part in Syfy's Alice miniseries, episodes of Reaper and Human Target, as well as a recurring role on Smallville as Dr. Emil Hamilton. And he'll be joining Penikett in Riverworld.