It’s hard to believe it has been five years already since Mad Men ended its seven-season run in 2015. The period series, set in the ’60s and ’70s, follows a team of men and women working at a prestigious advertising agency on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York, at the height of the advertising and business boom.
At the heart of the multi-Emmy-winning series is the creative mastermind Don Draper who, while great at his job, is also a pretty troubled and lost person who, it is eventually discovered, isn’t even who he claims to be.
The series was hugely popular, right through to the end, with the final episode making most lists noting the best series finales of all time. But what has the cast been up to since?
12 Jon Hamm (Don Draper)
Hamm, a comedic actor, made history as the dapper Draper. After the series ended and Draper finally took home an Emmy Award for his performance in it, he went on to appear in several films like Keeping Up with the Joneses, Beirut, Tag, and Bad Times at the El Royale.
He also appeared in several episodes of 30 Rock as well as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and one Christmas-themed episode of the horror anthology series Black Mirror. His most recent credits include Good Omens and playing himself in the season 10 debut of Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is set to play Vice Admiral in Top Gun: Maverick, due out in 2021. Those who reside in Canada have also been enjoying his hilarious commercials for the food delivery app SkipTheDishes. Bottom line: Hamm’s career shows no signs of slowing down.
11 Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson)
Moss’ rise to fame has been massive since appearing on this show as Don’s timid secretary turned creative protégé, close friend, and strong career woman who could hack it with the guys. She stars in Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale, a role that has earned her an Emmy award.
She has also appeared in several films, including Us, The Square, and, most recently, the horror flick The Invisible Man. In 2015, the same year Mad Men ended, Moss had the starring role on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles.
10 Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell)
Keen-eyed viewers might have recognized Kartheiser, who played the smarmy, sometimes insufferable, advertising salesman Pete Campbell, in the new Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. He plays three manifestations of an artificial intelligence machine, debating over how and when to manipulate its users.
Since 2015, he has appeared in a handful of movies, including The Most Hated Women in America, My Friend Dahmer, and Crypto as well as TV shows like The Path, Das Boot, The OA, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Kartheiser is married to his former Mad Men co-star Alexis Bledel (who appears with Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale.)
9 January Jones (Betty Draper/Francis)
After playing Don Draper’s wife, then ex-wife, Betty on the show for its entire run, Jones went on to appear in another successful series, The Last Man on Earth, which aired from 2015 through to 2018.
In 2019, she appeared in three episodes of Netflix series The Politician and in 2020, starred in Spinning Out as a bipolar single mother, though the series was canceled after one season. She currently has no new projects in the works.
8 Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway/Harris)
As the buxom, confident head secretary Joan, Hendricks knew she got the attention of every man but was also brave enough to fight for a seat at the table. Since Mad Men ended, Hendricks starred in the comedy Another Period and drama Hap and Leonard.
She also had supporting roles in films like The Neon Demon, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and Toy Story 4. She currently stars in two series: the crime drama Tin Star and the comedy crime series Good Girls.
7 Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove)
The young and ambitious advertising sales rep at the firm, Ken was one of the central characters on the show and arguably the most likable of the guys. He is also known for portraying Cole Phelps in the 2011 video game L.A. Noire.
In 2016, he appeared in the movie The List. Many of Staton’s acting credits since Mad Men ended are recurring or guest roles in a variety of series, like Ray Donovan, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, For the People, Castle Rock, Narcos: Mexico, God Friended Me, and Unbelievable. He currently stars in the Disney+ historical drama The Right Stuff, which is based on the Tom Wolfe novel about the beginnings of space exploration and NASA.
6 Rich Sommer (Harry Crane)
Sterling Cooper’s media buyer, Harry was a married man who wasn’t afraid to let loose sometimes. The same year Mad Men ended, Sommer appeared in Hello, My Name is Doris.
Since then, he has been in a few films like LBJ, A Crooked Somebody, and Summer of 84 as well as TV series, including Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Love, Elena of Avalor, Masters of Sex, and GLOW. He currently stars in The CW series In the Dark and voices the guest starring character of Keith Nash for HBO Max original adult animated sitcom Close Enough.
5 John Slattery (Roger Sterling)
While he will forever be Sterling Cooper partner and boss Roger Sterling to Mad Men fans, Slattery recently returned to the small screen with a starring role in the Fox sci-fi crime drama next about an artificial intelligence (AI) machine that goes rogue. Of course, fans recognize him as Howard Stark in Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Endgame.
Slattery has been quite busy since Mad Men ended: along with the aforementioned TV series and movies, he also appeared in Ted 2, Spotlight, and Churchill on the big screen, and, on television, in Veep, The Romanoffs, Modern Love, and Mrs. America. In 2016, he also appeared in The Front Page on Broadway.
4 Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper)
It’s tough to reconcile that the little girl who played Don Draper’s feisty daughter is all grown up now. The 20-year-old most recently played the title character in Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, though it will end after the final episodes of season two debut in December 2020.
She also appeared in two films in 2019 – The Silence and Let it Snow – and in the TV series Feud: Bette and Joan. Additionally, she voiced characters in episodes of American Dad!, Family Guy, and Neo Yokio. With Netflix only recently confirming the end of Sabrina, Shipka doesn’t yet have any new projects on tap.
3 Jessica Pare (Megan Draper)
Remembered most for that scene where she performed a sultry rendition of a French song for her husband Don, Pare went on to racked up a few movie and TV credits since Mad Men ended, including the films Brooklyn, Lovesick, and Another Kind of Wedding, the TV series The Interestings, and voice roles in Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Big Hero 6: The Series.
She currently stars in the CBS series SEAL Team as Officer Amanda “Mandy” Ellis, a role she has held since 2017.
2 Alison Brie (Trudy Campbell)
Playing Pete Campbell’s jilted wife who ends up taking him back in the end, Brie went on to enjoy tremendous success and even bigger, leading roles. She appeared in Community at the same time she was on Mad Men and began voicing the character of Diane Nguyen on animated comedy BoJack Horseman in 2014, a role she continued with through to 2020.
Along with being the voice of Unikitty in The LEGO Movie and its sequel, she also starred in Netflix series GLOW from 2017 to 2019 until its cancellation was confirmed in 2020. Other movies she recently appeared in include How to Be Single, The Little Hours, The Disaster Artist, The Post, Promising Young Woman, Horse Girl, and The Rental, which she also co-wrote and produced.
1 Jared Harris (Lane Pryce)
His most memorable scene in this series was sadly (spoiler alert) that of his suicide. Ironically, Harris went on to play another character who committed suicide in the Emmy-winning docuseries Chernobyl.
He also starred in the series The Expanse, The Crown, The Terror, and Carnival Row. He can next be seen in the upcoming film Morbius and the series Foundation, both due out in 2021.
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