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What Happened To The Cast Of Fringe?

J.J. Abrams' science-fiction/mystery/conspiracy show Fringe ran on Fox from 2008 to 2013, spanning five seasons and a hundred episodes. It earned cult status as it evolved from a monster-of-the-week procedural into a rich, complex, and often shocking parallel world saga. Much like The X-Files, it involved a special FBI team investigating "fringe science" cases. However, Fringe quickly developed an arc that rewarded observant viewers with mind-blowing reveals. 

It was clearly fun for the actors. Many of the leads had to play more than one role, given that the show involved parallel realities that eventually intersected, causing conflict and chaos. The cast also seemed to enjoy the general weirdness as head agent Olivia Dunham and her crew investigated instances of "the Pattern," i.e., random mutations, bizarre tech, and otherwise inexplicable scientific phenomena. The show drew in viewers by hiding information in glyphs and other symbols. 

The paranormal quirkiness deepened when Dunham was revealed to have psychic powers thanks to childhood experiments by mad scientist Dr. Walter Bishop. The show wasn't lacking for intriguing relationships, either: Dunham's romance with Walter's son, Peter, became more complicated as the series progressed. 

For a show that created a lot of loose ends, Fringe was actually able to conclude on a satisfying note. Let's find out what the outstanding cast of Fringe has been up to since it concluded. 

Anna Torv

Anna Torv was the star of Fringe's ensemble cast as FBI agent Olivia Dunham. The psychic powers she developed as a result of Dr. Walter Bishop experimenting on her as a child often came in handy when solving fringe science cases. Dunham's cool demeanor contrasted with Walter's ostentation and Peter's hotheadedness. 

After Fringe concluded, Torv continued to play hardworking investigators who expose conspiracies and get to the heart of the criminal mind. In her native Australia, Torv starred in two seasons' worth of Secret City between 2016 and 2019. As investigative journalist Harriet Dunkley, she uncovered a massive international espionage ring. With war hanging in the balance, Dunkley continued to pursue the truth, even as it cost her everything.

Her highest-profile role to date has been on the Netflix period drama Mindhunter. In the show's two seasons in 2017 and 2019, Torv played Wendy Carr, a psychology professor and closeted lesbian working with two FBI agents to establish procedures for predicting the moves of serial killers

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson played Peter Bishop, the son of unhinged scientist Walter. Peter was estranged from his father at a young age and drifted around the globe as he grew up. Olivia Dunham needed him to gain access to Walter in order to help her investigate fringe cases, so she tracked him down to Iraq and threatened him until he agreed to help her. Peter was a rough-and-tumble guy, a tech genius, and a helpful interpreter of his father's ramblings. Later in the series, it was revealed that Peter was from an alternate universe, and that the Peter of Dunham's universe died in childhood. Peter and Olivia eventually fell in love and had a child who proved crucial to saving the world.

Jackson lent Peter both sensitivity and toughness, and he carried these qualities over to his later roles. He played Cole Lockhart, the ex-husband of heroine Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson) in Showtime's The Affair, which ran for five seasons from 2014 to 2019. His character had a long arc that started with depression and substance addiction and ended with his redemption through love. 

Jackson played Bill Richardson in the 2020 Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere. Richardson is a lawyer who winds up getting involved in a thorny divorce case. Jackson's performance gets increasingly vulnerable with each episode.

John Noble

Australian actor John Noble played Dr. Walter Bishop with scenery-chewing delight. A brilliant scientist, Walter was institutionalized in an insane asylum for 17 years after his increasingly dangerous experiments turned tragic. Recruited by Dunham because his expertise could save the life of an FBI agent, Walter was freed and remanded to Peter's custody. Meanwhile, in the parallel universe, a villainous version of Walter attained incredible power. Noble gave the evil "Walternate" an unrelenting sense of menace. Ultimately, the better Walter sacrificed himself to save Peter, Olivia, and reality itself.

After finishing up Fringe, Bishop appeared on the supernatural adventure show Sleepy Hollow as Henry Parrish, aka Jeremy Crane, between 2013 and 2017. The son of Ichabod Crane, he later became War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. His character had a slow burn, starting off as a good guy before revealing his true identity. 

Noble has done a lot of voiceover work. He was the voice of the time demon Mallus on DC's Legends of Tomorrow in 2018, that season's big bad. In a clever bit of meta stunt casting, the Legends needed his voice to activate a device. One Legend noticed that he sounded a great deal like actor John Noble, so they went back in time to the filming of Return of the King (in which Noble played Denethor) in order to get him to speak.

Jasika Nicole

Jasika Nicole played FBI agent Astrid Farnsworth, who wound up spending much of her time babysitting and trying to translate for Walter Bishop. The running gag in the series is that Walter could never remember her name, calling her everything from "Asterix" to "Aspirin." However, she was also a capable member of the team as a problem-solver, information specialist, and combatant. 

After Fringe, Nicole guest-starred on a couple of series. In 2017, she played an escaped slave named Georgia on the second season of Underground. She guest-starred on Scandal several times between 2013 and 2017 as Kim, the wife of assassin Huck.

Nicole was a featured character in The Good Doctor from 2017 to 2020 as Dr. Carly Lever, a pathologist who worked closely and had a romance with autistic surgical resident Shaun Murphy. Their relationship was one of the more unique romances portrayed on television, as she strove to understand him and he adjusted to social customs. 

Among other things, Nicole is a cartoonist who's been making her own semi-autobiographical webcomic for years. 

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick is a versatile character actor who portrayed Homeland Security agent Phillip Broyles on Fringe. He was Olivia Dunham's boss as the head of the Fringe Division, and he came to respect her ability to solve cases. The alternate-world version of Broyles later sacrificed his life to help Olivia get back to her home universe. 

Reddick has done a lot of work for both movies and television, as his distinctly polite yet imposing persona is always memorable. In the John Wick film series, which began in 2014, he plays Charon, the concierge of the criminal haven Continental Hotel. His cool, measured performance as both a ruthless killer and the epitome of customer service is one of many memorable aspects of the series. In the 2013 blockbuster White House Down, he played General Caulfield, who takes over a chaotic situation in the White House

Reddick doesn't just do action flicks. He was a key player in the 2018 courtroom drama Canal Street, he was part of a broad comedic cast in the 2014 film Search Party, and he had a starring role as a preacher in 2020's sweetly satirical Faith Ba$ed.  

Starting in 2014, Reddick was a central character in the Amazon detective series Bosch, playing city councilman and police chief Irvin Irving. He's a fastidious, by-the-book type who is both an ally and a nemesis for Harry Bosch, the loose-cannon hero. 

Blair Brown

Blair Brown's career has spanned nearly fifty years and a wide variety of roles. On Fringe, she played Nina Sharp, the head of cutting-edge tech company Massive Dynamic. Her company always seemed related to fringe cases and the Pattern somehow, and she alternately helped or hindered Olivia Dunham and her crew. Eventually, it was revealed that she used to be partners with Walter Bishop and William Bell, a scientist who traveled to the alternate dimension. She later worked closely with Walter and the team.

Brown went on to play Marie Finch, the mother of super-genius Brian Finch in the 2016 FBI procedural show Limitless, but her most prominent role since Fringe was that of Judy King on the popular Netflix show Orange Is the New Black. This show about a women's prison featured Brown as a former celebrity chef, a la Martha Stewart or Paula Deen. Imprisoned for tax evasion, she immediately became a slimy and manipulative figure. Brown's performance in the show was as unhinged as her role on Fringe was cold and restrained. 

Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo played FBI agent Charlie Francis. He was Olivia Dunham's immediate supervisor in the Fringe division and a steadfast supporter of her work. He had a powerful sense of justice and railed against what he saw as roadblocks against the agency. He was killed and replaced by an interdimensional shape-shifter, who was then also killed. Acevedo later played the alternate-universe Charlie, who was still alive and working for that world's Fringe division. 

Acevedo's trademark is a seemingly cool exterior that hides a boiling temper just waiting to explode. That was true on 2011's Prime Suspect, the show he was on right after Fringe. He played Detective Luisito Calderon, a family man whose delinquent stepchildren kept him constantly on edge. 

Acevedo's intensity makes him a perfect bad guy. In 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, he played Carson, a paranoid and hateful man who blames the intelligent apes for humanity's problems. Acevedo was also the main villain of Arrow from 2017 to 2019 as Ricardo "The Dragon" Diaz. His unhinged thirst for power and revenge made him a formidable foe for Oliver Queen. 

Acevedo played the heroic José Ramse in the 2016-17 series 12 Monkeys, an adaptation of the film.  

Seth Gabel

Seth Gabel played several different versions of Lincoln Lee. His first appearance on the show was as a flamboyant and edgy member of the alternate-universe Fringe division, where he unwittingly helped the prime universe's version of Olivia Dunham. He also appeared as a staid FBI agent in the prime universe, as well as another character in a revised timeline after certain events were altered.  

Gabel was one of the stars of Salem, a supernatural thriller loosely based on the Salem witch trials that aired from 2014 to 2017. Gabel played Cotton Mather, a character based on the real minister who was a key figure in those trials. The show's version of Mather knew witchcraft and became involved with one of the "fallen women" of Salem. 

Gabel also played Albert Einstein's best friend Michele Besso on the National Geographic show Genius in 2017. Gabel later played the poet Guillaume Apollinaire on the same show in 2018, appearing as a close friend of Pablo Picasso

Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris played September, one of the mysterious race of bald white men known as the Observers. From the very beginning of the show, an Observer could be seen at every Pattern event. Their appearance never seemed to change over many years, and they were later revealed to be time travelers. September's interference allowed Walter to bring the alternate version of Peter into the prime world, triggering the war between dimensions. September eventually turned against his race in order to help Peter and Olivia.

Between 2012 and 2013, Cerveris appeared on Treme in 2012 and 2013 as a manipulative talent manager. He's had brief stops on a number of series, including The Good Wife and Mindhunter, where he reunited with Anna Torv. 

Cerveris has had a distinguished career on Broadway, playing Juan Peron in a 2012 revival of Evita and winning a Tony for his 2015 portrayal of Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home

Offscreen, Cerveris is an avid musician. He's been a member of the band Loose Cattle since 2008.

Kevin Corrigan

Kevin Corrigan appeared in seven memorable episodes of Fringe as Sam Weiss, an irascible and unexpectedly helpful bowling alley owner. Weiss had a special connection to the mysterious First People (the first intelligent race on Earth) and the Machine, the doomsday device that could destroy a universe. He helped Olivia recover from her venture into the alternate universe. Always a dynamic on-screen presence, Corrigan made every scene he was in special.

Corrigan brings a nervous, weird energy to all of his supporting roles, making him a sought-after character actor. In 2020's Teenage Badass, he played Jordan, a veteran music producer who takes advantage of a local band. He also appeared in Pete Davidson's The King of Staten IslandCorrigan played a manipulative producer in the 2016 Netflix series The Get Down, embodying '70s sleaziness as Jackie Moreno. He also had a rare starring role in 2015's Results as a depressed and wealthy divorcé who decides to get in shape. 

Corrigan, a longtime musician, is part of a New York-based band called Crystal Robots, for whom he plays bass and guitar.