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Where Else You've Seen The Cast Of Lucifer

In 2016, Fox's Lucifer, based on the DC comic series of the same name, burst onto the television landscape. It boasts a fascinating premise: The actual Devil has abandoned Hell, and shows up in Los Angeles to run a nightclub and use his supernatural powers to assist the LAPD. Add in a dazzlingly charismatic lead actor in the form of Tom Ellis and an edgy sensibility that had Christian groups circulating anti-Lucifer petitions before the first episode even aired, and you have a show that instantly captured the public's attention. Over the course of its first three seasons, it became so popular that when Fox declined to order a fourth, a thunderous wave of fan support gave the show new life on Netflix. By the time season five came around, it was breaking Netflix's opening weekend streaming record. The Devil came to Earth, and it looks like he's going to be here for a while.

A major part of crafting a show as successful as Lucifer is bringing together an excellent cast. Ellis isn't the only asset here –- the actors who surround him make up the series' greatest strength. What's more, you probably know most of them already –- or at least, you know you've seen their faces somewhere. It's time to find out who they are, what they've been in, and where they're going.

Please be advised that spoilers for Lucifer will be occurring from this point forward. If you haven't seen the show, go watch it first!

Tom Ellis has had a healthy career

Lucifer is currently Tom Ellis' signature role. But even before he took on the world's most charming fallen angel, his face might still have been familiar — particularly to fans of British television. Ellis co-starred on the BBC program Miranda alongside its eponymous lead, Miranda Hart, from 2009 to 2015. He's also appeared on some of Britain's most enduring TV shows, including Agatha Christie's Poirot, EastEnders, and Doctor Who. Furthermore, he's been adjacent to two of Britain's most famous legends, playing King Cenred on the 2008 BBC series Merlin, and Robin Hood on the ABC series Once Upon A Time. In 2014, shortly before landing the lead on Lucifer, Ellis got top billing for the first time as Dr. William Rush on the short-lived USA show, Rush.

Interestingly, the role of Dr. Rush wasn't Ellis' first time playing a member of the medical profession. Far from it, in fact — Ellis has portrayed a doctor or nurse on at least eight separate occasions. In addition to Rush, his characters on EastEnders and Doctor Who are both doctors, and he spent four episodes as a nurse on Channel 4's No Angels. He also portrayed a doctor in the 2004 BBC miniseries Messiah III: The Promise, the 2008 ITV medical drama Harley Street, and the FX horror series The Strain. He played one most recently in the 2019 Rebel Wilson comedy Isn't It Romantic, in which he is credited simply (and accurately) as "Hot Doctor."

Lauren German has experience with police procedurals

Lucifer is a show about angels and demons, but it's also very much a police procedural, with Lucifer acting as a consultant for the LAPD. Specifically, he works closely with Lauren German's Chloe Decker, a homicide detective who is mysteriously immune to Lucifer's supernatural ability to make humans tell him what they desire. German was a logical choice for the role, considering her extensive experience in police procedurals –- she appeared in two episodes of the TNT drama Memphis Beat in 2011 before playing a recurring role in season two of Hawaii Five-0. In 2012, she landed the role of paramedic Leslie Shay on Chicago Fire, the first of Dick Wolf's acclaimed Chicago franchise, logging more than 50 episodes under the Chicago brand until her character's death in 2015. Immediately thereafter, she joined the cast of Lucifer.

But cop dramas aren't the only place you might have seen German. She played Belinda, Shane West's jealous ex-girlfriend, in A Walk To Remember in 2002 (oddly, she would portray another Belinda in 2007's What We Do Is Secret). The 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre opens with German's traumatized hitchhiker memorably pulling a gun from between her legs and shooting herself in the head. That performance would lead directly to a star turn in another horror movie — and unlike the nameless hitchhiker in Texas Chainsaw, who dies in the very first scene, German's Beth actually survives all of Hostel: Part II.

Kevin Alejandro isn't above the law

While his first major TV role came as the unscrupulous Dominic Hughes on the legendary CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless in 2004, Kevin Alejandro had begun his circuit of the crime drama scene a year earlier, when he appeared on an episode of Crossing Jordan. Since then, Alejandro has made stops on almost every major police or government agency show you can think of, including 24, CSI, Law & Order, NCIS, Alias, Knight Rider, Burn Notice, Bones, The Mentalist, and even Psych. As Detective Nate Moretta, he played a major role on the first three seasons of the crime drama Southland, which remains one of his most notable credits. Even when he completed a three-episode stint on Grey's Anatomy, he still showed up as a cop. So it's only fitting that he plays homicide detective Dan Espinoza, Chloe Decker's ex-husband and co-worker, on Lucifer.

Crime shows might be Alejandro's bread and butter, but he didn't come to Lucifer with a total lack of experience in the supernatural. He played the lead role of Sherriff Tommy Solano on A&E's one-season supernatural drama The Returned. Moreover, one of his best-known roles is Jesus Velasquez on True Blood, who is one of the main character's love interests and is later revealed to be a witch. Alejandro's career has actually been stained with blood more than once, given his arrival on the DC superhero show Arrow as the villainous Sebastian Blood.

D.B. Woodside tends to stick around

Unlike many actors, D.B. Woodside's career didn't kick off with a series of one-off appearances: His started with a recurring role on the late '90s legal drama Murder One. And while Woodside, like many of his Lucifer co-stars, has shown up for an episode or two on high-profile police or legal dramas like CSI and JAG, he has also enjoyed several lengthy runs on a number of prominent shows over the course of the last 20 years.

After Murder One, Woodside's next recurring role came in 2001 on the first season of The Division, a Lifetime police show about an all-female team of police officers. He appeared in just six episodes, but the following year, he would more than double that total when he joined the cast of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer during its seventh and final season. Woodside played Robin Wood, principal of Sunnydale High School and, as it turned out, a vampire slayer in his own right. In 2003, he made his debut on the action series 24, playing the role of the president's brother, Wayne Palmer. By season six, he was part of the main cast after being elected president himself.

In 2014, Woodside landed the part of Jeff Malone on USA's legal drama Suits, joining future Lucifer co-star Rachael Harris. He would reprise the role on the show's spin-off series, Pearson, before finally coming to Lucifer in 2016 as the eponymous main character's angelic brother, Amenadiel.

Lesley-Ann Brandt's career has spanned the globe

South African actress Lesley-Ann Brandt actually got her start in New Zealand, appearing first on the medical soap opera Shortland Street, soon after landing a major role on the comedy series Diplomatic Immunity. American audiences were first introduced to Brandt in 2010 when she plaeyed Naevia, a Roman slave, on the Starz show Spartacus. She left after the first season, and Naevia was recast (though Brandt did reprise the role in the prequel mini-series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena). This was hardly a stumbling block, however: Brandt had already started branching out via one-off appearances on shows like Legend of the Seeker and Chuck. And, as almost seems to be a requirement of Lucifer cast members, she was on a couple episodes of CSI.

Brandt spent some time in movies, usually with relatively prominent roles in relatively unknown films. These include the SyFy original movie Zombie Apocalypse in 2011, the religious drama A Beautiful Soul in 2012, and the Australian surfer film Drift in 2013. She then returned to television, landing a recurring role on the fantasy series The Librarians, where she played a cold-blooded assassin named Lamia –- a character not terribly removed in tone from Mazikeen, AKA Maze, the demonic ex-torturer she portrays on Lucifer. She also played Naomi Cox on the third season of Single Ladies, where she got the chance to act alongside her future Lucifer co-star, D.B. Woodside.

Rachael Harris is a comedy veteran

Rachael Harris has been acting for almost 30 years — longer than anyone else in the central cast of Lucifer. And while she has made the traditional (for Lucifer, anyway) appearance on CSI, a large portion of her career has actually been spent in the realm of comedy. Her resume includes appearances on Friends, Frasier, Monk, Pushing Daisies, Desperate Housewives, The Sarah Silverman Program, New Girl, and The Office, among others. She also appeared on several episodes of Reno 911!, and was a major cast member on the ABC sitcom Notes from the Underbelly. Harris has appeared in several comedy films as well, and even spent a season as a correspondent for The Daily Show. Basically, if it's been on TV in the past couple of decades and it's made you laugh, there's a big chance Harris has been part of it.

One of Harris' most memorable roles came in the 2009 film The Hangover, in which she played Melissa, the controlling girlfriend of Ed Helms' character, Stu. The following year, she joined the cast of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, playing the mother of the main character, Greg Heffley. In 2011, she turned in another well-known performance as a voice actor, catapulting herself into the hearts of Archer fans with her drawn-out delivery of the word "amazing" as movie star Rona Thorne.

Scarlett Estevez is just getting started

Break-ups can be complicated when there's a kid involved, a fact central characters Chloe Decker and Dan Espinoza know well. They're divorced, and have a daughter: Beatrice Espinoza, AKA Trixie, played by Scarlett Estevez. Estevez is a relative newcomer, but you might have seen her in her film debut, the 2015 Sean Anders movie Daddy's Home. Estevez played Megan, one of the two children being fought over by their step-father, played by Will Ferrell, and their biological father, played by Mark Wahlberg. She reprised the role in the 2017 sequel.

Since joining the cast of Lucifer, Estevez has managed to work her way into the main cast of another series, the Disney Channel Jessie spin-off Bunk'd. Introduced to Camp Kikiwaka in the show's fourth season, Estevez' Gwen Flores is a rugged, unconventional kid who has lived her life away from the traditional comforts of civilization. The character, and Estevez, also showed up in a crossover episode of the 2020 Disney Channel sitcom Raven's Home. Estevez might be little, but she's gearing up to do big things.

Aimee Garcia has serious range

Ella Lopez is Lucifer's forensic scientist, played by Aimee Garcia. While Garcia has plenty of experience on shows featuring forensic scientists (she is yet another Lucifer cast member to appear on multiple episodes of CSI), she's played a seriously wide range of character types over the course of her 20-plus-year career. After starring on lesser-known shows like Greetings from Tucson and All About the Andersons, Garcia was selected as the narrator for the 2004 Adam Sandler vehicle Spanglish, and was later cast in season five of the ABC sitcom George Lopez, where she played spoiled rich girl Veronica Palmero. Her performance was good enough that she became a main cast member in the next season. She played a military trainee in the Jessica Simpson comedy Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous, a helicopter pilot on the NBC medical drama Trauma, a receptionist on CBS' 2012 series Vegas, and a police sergeant in the TV adaptation of Rush Hour.

Yet despite all that range, Garcia is probably best known for her role on a show that is very much about forensic science: Dexter. Garcia played Jamie Batista, sister to major character Angel Batista and nanny to Dexter's young son. Garcia played the character for the final three seasons of Dexter, becoming a central part of the cast in season eight. It seems that no matter how many varied roles she receives, Garcia will always find her way back to the crime lab.

Tricia Helfer is a science fiction icon

One of Tricia Helfer's first roles came, naturally, on CSI. She also shared the Suits stage with Lucifer co-stars D.B. Woodside and Rachael Harris. She's played a lot of lawyers, and even more agents: FBI, CIA, mysteriously nameless organizations — it doesn't seem to matter, so long as she's projecting the intense feeling of authority that tends to define her roles. That indomitable aura is doubtlessly useful on Lucifer, where she plays the exiled wife of God.

But of course, we know that authority (not to mention the religious connection) best from Helfer's star-making role as Number Six on Battlestar Galactica. Appearing in nearly every episode of the critically acclaimed show, from the introductory mini-series to the three-part finale, Number Six provides the viewer's first glimpse into the reboot's take on the villainous Cylons. She is defined by her religious fervor and ruthless manipulation, and helped along by her undeniable sex appeal. She's one of the most recognizable characters of what has become an iconic science fiction franchise –- and Helfer was far from finished putting her mark on the rising tide of geekdom. She played the Espheni Queen on the post-apocalyptic show Falling Skies. Moreover, branching out into voice work has allowed her to bring characters like Mortal Kombat's Sonya Blade, StarCraft's Sarah Kerrigan, and Mass Effect's EDI to life. After her departure from Lucifer, she joined the cast of SyFy's Van Helsing series to play -– who else –- Dracula.

Tom Welling transcends the limits of the DC Universe

It's easy to forget that Lucifer is a DC Comics adaptation, but the connection is as inescapable as Pandemonium itself –- and was explicitly confirmed in the 2019 crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths, in which Tom Ellis showed up as Lucifer on The Flash. Fortunately, Lucifer is the only character from the show who appears in the crossover. If it had been Marcus Pierce, later revealed to be the biblical murderer Cain, the Arrowverse would have had quite a conundrum on its hands: His actor, Tom Welling, isn't new to the  DC arena.

Welling actually has one of the smallest filmographies of the main cast of Lucifer, but in some ways, it's the most impressive. In addition to his roles in the Cheaper By The Dozen franchise, The Fog, and Draft Day, he's best known for playing Clark Kent on Smallville, the young adult superhero series that aired for a decade on the WB and the CW. Welling appeared in all 217 episodes, portraying a version of Superman that seared itself into the consciousness of an entire generation. In Crisis on Infinite Earths, he reprised the role for the first time in eight years by appearing on Batwoman, thus bringing Smallville into the Arrowverse.

Having missed their opportunity, it's unlikely that Clark and Cain will ever meet. But it's appropriate that, in casting one of the first humans, Lucifer went with someone who has played the first superhero.