With Misfits coming to a close later this year, I thought we’d take a look at what the original cast has been up to recently since departing the show.
Robert Sheehan (Nathan)
Since leaving Misfits at the end of series 2, Robert Sheehan went on to act in the critically-panned Season of the Witch, which starred Nicolas Cage and is rated a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. He also worked on an Irish mini-series called Love/Hate with Ruth Negga (Nikki on Misfits) who – coincidentally enough – played his love interest (if you recall, Negga’s character was not fond of Sheehan’s at all).
One of his upcoming projects includes The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a movie adaptation of a young adult fantasy book series written by Cassandra Clare. Sheehan won the role of geeky Simon (hah! irony), the main protagonist’s best friend.
Lauren Socha (Kelly)
Lauren Socha had a promising career ahead of her until things took a drastic turn – she assaulted a Pakistani taxi driver, spewing racist vitriol at him, and was then promptly arrested for racially aggravated assault. Prior to the incident, Socha had won a BAFTA award for playing the role of Kelly, a so-called “chav” with a heart of gold, on Misfits. Her brother is Michael Socha, the actor who played Tom McNair on BBC Three’s Being Human; he will star in ABC’s Once Upon A Time spin-off about Alice from Alice in Wonderland as the Knave of Hearts.
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Curtis)
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett remained with Misfits the longest out of everyone in the original cast, and his character – Curtis – was given arguably one of the better and more emotional exits on the show. Since his character was bit by a zombie and was subsequently forced to kill himself lest he begin eating people, Stewart-Jarrett went on to star in Utopia, a conspiracy thriller drama about a group of people in possession of a graphic novel that holds some valuable secrets about the fate of the world. He will also be in next year’s movie Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law, Demián Bichir, and Emilia Clarke.
Iwan Rheon (Simon)
We saw Simon transform from a shy, creepy outsider in Series 1 to a more charismatic, romantic hero-type in Series 2. As Ramsay Bolton on HBO’s Game of Thrones, we see what would have happened to Series 1’s Simon if he hadn’t befriended the ASBO misfits and fallen in love with Alisha (he would be flaying someone alive – most likely Nathan – instead of traveling through time and space to risk his life to save the woman that he loves). He also starred in Vicious, a sitcom about an elderly gay couple played by Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. Among Rheon’s many other talents includes singing. Check out the music video for his song “Bang! Bang!”
Antonia Thomas (Alisha)
Antonia Thomas’ character Alisha was tragically killed in the series 3 finale, prompting Simon to travel back in time and re-live the events that would lead up to Superhoodie!Simon’s death in Alisha’s arms. Well, ever since that whole ordeal, Thomas starred in Homefront, a British show about the lives of four army wives. She will be appearing in the musical Sunshine on Leith with former Skins cast member Freya Mavor (pictured above).
Ruth Negga (Nikki)
Nikki was sort of an honorary member of the original Misfits gang until her untimely death in the series 2 Christmas episode. As stated above, she played Robert Sheehan’s love interest in the Irish series Love/Hate. She is (was?) in a relationship with Dominic Cooper who co-starred with her in the play Phèdre, a dramatic Greek tragedy. Negga also played Shirley Bassey in the BBC biopic Shirley, starred in the rather unsuccessful Samuel L. Jackson movie The Samaritan, and will play a character named Celeste in Steve McQueen’s upcoming Twelve Years a Slave (with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Taran Killam, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Alfre Woodard, and Adepero Oduye).