Monday, 8 May 2017
Spooks ended five years ago – who's had the most successful post-show career?
While America gave us 24 and Jack Bauer beating the crap out of terrorists, escaping nuclear explosions and double-crossing moles, we had Spooks – the very British spy series with the thrills of James Bond and the hard, stoic glare of John Humphrys confronted with Ex on the Beach.
The BBC espionage series about a group of MI5 officers ran for 10 series from 2002 to 2011, followed by a movie Spooks: The Greater Good last year.
But what have its huge ensemble of talented actors been up to since? Here's a ranking of the main stars' post-show careers so far (we've purposely left out those who were already TV legends like Jenny Agutter and Robert Glenister):
17. Shauna MacDonald (Sam Buxton)
Since playing admin officer Buxton, Shauna's biggest role was as the lead character Sarah in British horror The Descent and its sequel. Her most high-profile roles since then include an episode of Ripper Street and she currently voices Professor Squawkencluck in the new Danger Mouse series.
16. Miranda Raison (Jo Portman)
Miranda played junior officer Jo for four series until she sacrificed herself for the good of the team (Jo, not Miranda). She has kept busy since then, appearing in episodes of Merlin, Lewis and 24 among others. She currently voices Millie in the new series of Thomas & Friends and will soon have a small role in Kenneth Branagh's movie adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.
15. Sophia Myles (Beth Bailey)
Sophia's junior officer in series 9 was actually based on a real-life MI5 officer who she had previously met. Perhaps best known for playing Isolde in 2006's Tristan & Isolde, since Spooks her biggest role was Darcy in the big-budget Transformers: Age of Extinction. She briefly dated David Tennant in 2007, having appeared in a Doctor Who episode as Madame de Pompadour.
14. Hermione Norris (Ros Myers)
The Cold Feet star played senior case officer Myers from series 5 to 8 before being killed off, and since then she has appeared in a handful of TV projects including Utopia, In the Club, Doctor Who, Outcasts and of course, the return of Cold Feet earlier this year.13. Max Brown (
Max joined the cast as junior officer Levendis in series 10, and since then he has gone on to have a successful TV career in the States. He has had leading roles in Beauty and the Beast, You, Me and the Apocalypse and campy soap The Royals.
12. Peter Firth (Harry Pearce)
Veteran actor Firth ended up becoming the main star of Spooks as Sir Harry, a role he brought back for the movie The Greater Good in 2015. Since Spooks ended, Peter starred as Jacob Marley in the BBC's ambitious drama Dickensian and most recently played the Duke of Cumberland in ITV's Victoria.
11. Shazad Latif (Tariq Masood)
Shazad survived for two series from its 8th run before being poisoned, and you probably know him best since then as the one and only Clem Fandango in Matt Berry's surreal comedy Toast of London. He has also had roles in Black Mirror, My Mad Fat Diary and Ordinary Lies, and he also played Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde in Penny Dreadful.
10. Rupert Penry-Jones (Adam Carter)
Rupert became the lead star of Spooks from series 4 as the new chief, before being dramatically killed off in a huge car explosion in series 7. Among his many projects since then, he starred in ITV crime drama Whitechapel from 2009 to 2013, BBC drama Silk, US horror The Strain, and the swashbuckling series Black Sails.
9. Lara Pulver (Erin White)
Lara joined up in series 10 as the new chief, and a year later she became even better known for playing Benedict Cumberbatch's clothes-averse Sherlock love interest Irene Adler. She returned for the Spooksmovie in 2015, and has also had roles in Da Vinci's Demons, True Blood and Skins, and she also won a Laurence Olivier award for her part in Gypsy.
8. Nicola Walker (Ruth Evershed)