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What The Cast Of Farscape Is Doing Today

Ah, Farscape. The ahead-of-its-time Australian series was a key player on the Sci-Fi Channel back in its heyday. Farscape ran for four seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and was actually supposed to run for one final season to complete the narrative. However, the show was canceled after the season four finale, leaving a massive cliffhanger unanswered until a few years later, when a miniseries called The Peacekeeper Wars tried to wrap everything up.

Farscape focused on the crew of the spaceship Moya, trying to stay one step ahead of a corrupt military force called the Peacekeepers. There were several alien races, including many puppets created by The Jim Henson Company, making up the characters of the show. There was also John Crichton, played by Ben Browder, an astronaut from Earth who was transported through a wormhole and trying to make sense of this colorful collection of creatures.

Many of the actors that appeared on Farscape are still working today, although the show's heavy makeup effects often make some of them unrecognizable. Here are some of our favorites from the series and where you can find them today. Read the frell on.

Ben Browder (John Crichton)

Only a few actors appeared in every episode of Farscape, and one of them was Ben Browder. That's understandable, as his character's search for a place aboard the ship while also avoiding the crew's violent enemies was one of the central plots of the show. John Crichton was the face of Farscape, and actor Ben Browder has kept plenty busy in other TV and movie projects.

Browder has kept up his science fiction credentials, appearing in several other popular genre shows. He had a recurring role in Stargate SG-1, and also had small parts in shows like Doctor Who, Arrow, and Chuck. He appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a cameo role, apparently because James Gunn was a huge Farscape fan.

More recently, you could catch Browder in lower-budget films like Hoax and Being alongside actors like Adrienne Barbeau and Lance Henriksen. He appeared on a single episode of CBS's All Rise, and has been cast in 2021's Iké Boys with Billy Zane.

Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun)

One of the central characters of Farscape was the former Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun. Played by Claudia Black, Aeryn's trust of (and romance with) human John Crichton helped establish the show's plot in the early going, and Aeryn proved to be a formidable force throughout Farscape's run. You can still see Claudia Black in plenty of acting roles — if you're a video game player, you've probably heard her voicework as well.

After Farscape, Black had a recurring role on Stargate SG-1, just like costar Ben Browder. More recently, she had recurring roles on the show Containment, and has also popped up as a voice actor on shows like Final Space and Rick and Morty. She has several projects in the works, including Time Now, Deus, and The Alchemist Agenda.

Black tends to get more work as a voice actor — we mentioned several of the animated projects she has worked on, and she also is involved with several video games. You've heard her work if you've played Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Mass Effect, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Destiny 2, Gears of War 4, Uncharted, and many others.

Anthony Simcoe (Ka D'Argo)

The Luxan warrior Ka D'Argo, played by Anthony Simcoe, was another of Farscape's central characters. He was long held prisoner by the Peacekeeper forces, and proved to be a good friend and powerful ally as the crew of Moya explored the Uncharted Territories.

Once Farscape concluded, Simcoe continued to act for about a decade. He picked up small roles in movies and television, but his acting career essentially wound down around 2009. He had small roles in movies like Nim's Island and appeared as one-shot characters on a few shows, but never seemed to land anything big. On his Twitter profile, he lists himself as a "retired actor" and now runs Anthony Simcoe Consulting, a business that offers a variety of classes, services, and training to help other businesses succeed.

He also formed a band called Signal Room with another Farscape actor, Wayne Pygram. It's difficult to tell if the band is still recording or performing, but you can check out their website here.

Lani Tupu (Pilot & Bialar Crais)

Lani Tupu is credited as appearing in every episode of Farscape, though his dual role on the show meant that he was sometimes on camera and sometimes voice acting. He played Bialar Crais, a captain with the Peacekeepers and the brother of the man that Crichton's ship rammed when he emerged from the wormhole. Tupu also voiced Pilot, the Jim Henson puppet that controls the ship Moya.

Tupu has a very distinct appearance, and he continues to act in small roles, often for television. Recently, you may have caught Tupu on The Code, The Letdown, Reef Break, and Preacher. His most recent credit is the Australian crime drama The Gloaming, where he appeared as an MC in a single episode.

If you're a fan of terrible action movies that have been around for awhile, Tupu also shows up in 1989's The Punisher. That would be the one with Dolph Lundgren as Frank Castle. You're welcome.

Gigi Edgley (Chiana)

Though she did not appear in every single episode of Farscape, Chiana quickly became a fan favorite after she was introduced. Her striking black and white appearance and quirky personality made her a welcome addition to the Moya. Actress Gigi Edgley continues to appear in television and film.

Edgley seems to mostly stick to science fiction, and a lot of her roles sound equally interesting and bizarre. Take, for example, 2019's The Circuit. Its synopsis on IMDb reads "Plot unknown. A collection of ten different stories with ten different genres all combined into one film." Other recent film roles include Diminuendo, Beast of the Water, and the short film Hashtag.

Edgley has also been cast in a few films that have yet to be released as of this writing, including Kringle Time, The Order, and Body Jackers. Keep your eyes open for her.

Wayne Pygram (Scorpius)

Farscape probably wouldn't have gotten too far without Scorpius, played with scene-stealing villainy by the totally game Wayne Pygram. Genre television often owes success to its villains, and it isn't hard to believe that Farscape could have been little more than a blip on the radar if Scorpius wasn't so darn good. Actor Wayne Pygram has been under the radar for the last few years, but he does have a pretty decent body of other work you can check out.

His last credit came in 2018, when he appeared on the television series Rake in a single episode. (That's the original Rake, not the U.S. version starring Greg Kinnear.) Other than that and a 2017 short film called Tether, Pygram has been relatively quiet. However, there are a few large pieces of pop culture you can find him in. He appeared in an episode of Lost as Isaac of Uluru, a few episodes of the Australian soap opera Home and Away, and he even appeared in a Star Wars movie, playing young Governor Tarkin near the very end of Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Pygram was also part of the band Signal Room, alongside fellow Farscape actor Anthony Simcoe.

Virginia Hey (Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan)

Virginia Hey had a long and successful career well before she showed up on Farscape as Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan, a religious (and violent) crewmember of the Moya. She appeared in a little over half the episodes of Farscape during its four seasons, and her blue-skinned Delvian was involved with some of the show's major storylines.

Virginia Hey's first ever credited role was as a warrior in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. She also had a role in 1987's James Bond film The Living Daylights. It seems she took a break from acting after Farscape went off the air, as she went about a decade between credits. However, she returned to genre film in 2011 with Alien Armageddon. She voiced a Gazorpian on Rick and Morty and also played a lead role in the series Kosmos.

Hey's next role is in a TV movie called Gracemarch, but very little information is currently available about it.

Melissa Jaffer (Utu-Noranti Pralatong)

Good old Granny. Noranti was the batty old witch who appeared in Farscape's third season. She was played by Melissa Jaffer, who had actually appeared in a few earlier episodes of the series as different characters. The Australian actress is still going strong even though she's over 80 years old, and has appeared in a few big hits in her career.

Before Farscape, Jaffer's biggest credits were in the films Caddie and Ride a Wild Pony. After the show ended in 2003 (and she went on to appear in the concluding miniseries), she stepped away from acting for about ten years. However, a small but important role as the Keeper of the Seeds in the massive hit Mad Max: Fury Road seems to have brought Jaffer back into the limelight a bit. Since then, she appeared in a small role on the series Glitch, as well as an episode of True Story with Hamish & Andy. She also had a lead role in a short film that played in the Sydney Film Festival called Strangers.

David Franklin (Meeklo Braca)

The villainous Meeklo Braca appeared in all four seasons of Farscape, despite the fact that he only appeared in a handful of episodes each season. Actor David Franklin brought a great deal to the role, which could have fallen by the wayside. Instead, Franklin made the role his own and created a memorable character who, despite never having much focus on him, always demanded your attention.

Franklin has had roles in a few big films and television shows over his career. He appeared as Brutus on a few episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, the Maitre D' in The Matrix Reloaded, and he even had a brief run on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. More recently, he appeared in an episode of Reef Break and he is also cast in the upcoming period piece The First Detectives.

Franklin has also lent his talents to a few video games as a voice actor. You can hear him as Maester Ortengryn in Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, and as various characters in both Halo Wars 2 and Dead Island.

Tammy Macintosh (Jool)

The extremely intelligent Joolushko Tunai Fenta Hovalis, or Jool for short, appeared in season three of Farscape and went all the way through until the final miniseries. Played by Tammy Macintosh, Jool used her fierce intelligence and powerful voice to help the crew of the Moya out of more than one scrape. Actress Tammy Macintosh has not slowed at all since Farscape ended, as she has hopped from show to show and has hundreds of episodes under her belt.

After Farscape, Macintosh went on to All Saints (which she actually appeared on simultanesouly with her role on Farscape), followed by Sea Patrol, then Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Currently, you can find her on the Australian prison drama Wentworth, playing the role of Kaz Proctor. She has also been cast in The Drover's Wife (The Legend of Molly Johnson), about a woman who must survive in Australia's Outback with her four children.

Jonathan Hardy (Dominar Rygel XVI)

Rygel XVI was the arrogant former ruler of the Hynerian empire. His constant scheming often caused problems for our heroes, but he could often prove extremely useful — if it was beneficial for him. He was voiced by veteran actor Jonathan Hardy, and appeared in almost every single episode of the show.

Hardy unfortunately passed away in 2012 at the age of 71. He continued to act right up until the end of his life, and even appeared in the Australian series Magical Tales that same year. Hardy also had small but memorable roles in a few huge films, including the original Mad Max and Moulin Rouge!

Interestingly, one of the highlights of Hardy's career comes not from his acting, but from his writing. He wrote the screenplay for the 1980 film Breaker Morant, which won several awards and even nabbed an Oscar nomination for Hardy. He didn't win, but it's a nice feather in the cap for the late actor.