The Originals Cast's Best Post-The Originals Roles, Ranked
Airing from 2013 to 2018, the show featured some up-and-coming actors who later went on to star in some bigger (although not always better) shows and movies.
8. Run This Town featuring Nina Dobrev
Remember the beloved doppelganger Elena from The Vampire Diaries? Nina Dobrev, who had a guest appearance in The Originals, stars in Run This Town, a political drama about a scandal that shakes Toronto's city hall.
A rookie journalist (Ben Platt) uncovers the web of lies, pitting him against the city's slick mayor (Damian Lewis). Dobrev plays Ashley, an aide who must navigate the political minefield. A must-watch for political intrigue enthusiasts, though some might argue that Dobrev shines best in other genres.
7. Tell Me a Story starring Danielle Campbell
Let's put a modern spin on classic fairy tales, said somebody at some point. Enter Tell Me a Story, an anthology series that turns childhood stories into twisted psychological thrillers.
In season one, Danielle Campbell (our dear Davina from The Originals) plays a character inspired by Little Red Riding Hood in a storyline involving love, loss, and betrayal. While Campbell's performance is solid, the show may not be everyone's cup of tea, given its heavy-handed approach to the fairy tales it adapts.
6. Saving Hope featuring Daniel Gillies
Okay, let's step away from the supernatural and head into the world of medical drama. Daniel Gillies swaps out his vampiric persona for the white coat of a surgeon in Saving Hope. As Dr. Joel Goran, he must navigate the challenges and dilemmas of a bustling Toronto hospital.
But wait, there's a twist! The series dives into the supernatural as it explores the out-of-body experiences of the comatose Chief of Surgery.
5. Roswell, New Mexico starring Nathan Parsons
Remember Jackson Kenner, the werewolf alpha from The Originals? Nathan Parsons takes his rugged charisma to Roswell, New Mexico, where he plays Max Evans, an alien masquerading as a small-town sheriff. Liz, his high school crush, returns to town and stumbles upon his secret.
There are government conspiracies, forbidden romances, and the looming threat of exposure. Parsons excels as the stoic protector, balancing romance and duty. The sci-fi drama's a bit of a slow burn, but it's a treat for fans of alien stories with a dash of romance.
4. Clarice with Rebecca Breeds
Rebecca Breeds, better known as Aurora from The Originals, steps into the iconic role of FBI agent Clarice Starling in the TV series Clarice. Set after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, the show explores the untold personal story of Clarice as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators.
It's a deep dive into her psyche, a departure from the suave vampire role we saw her in.
3. The Rook starring Olivia Munn and Joely Richardson
You may remember Joely Richardson's guest appearance as Antoinette's mother in The Originals. In The Rook, she plays Lady Farrier, head of a secret British agency for individuals with supernatural abilities.
The series follows Myfanwy Thomas (Emma Greenwell), who wakes up with no memory and must navigate the world of espionage and paranormal powers. Richardson's portrayal of a leader with questionable ethics is a highlight of the show.
2. Legacies with Danielle Rose Russell
Hope Mikaelson, the tribrid princess of New Orleans, fighting monsters at the Salvatore School. Sounds cool, right? In Legacies, Danielle Rose Russell reprised her role as Hope Mikaelson from The Originals. She deals with magical creatures, teenage angst, and the shadow of her family's dark legacy.
Russell shines as a strong yet vulnerable heroine in this spin-off series. If you were a fan of The Originals, this show offers more of the supernatural world you loved, but with a fresh perspective.
1. Animal Kingdom featuring Joseph Morgan
Joseph Morgan trades in his supernatural charm for a gritty and grounded role in the crime drama series Animal Kingdom. In the show, he plays Jed, a member of a Southern California crime family led by the matriarch, Smurf.
Animal Kingdom is known for its intense family dynamics, high-stakes heists, and a constant struggle for power within the criminal underworld.