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Where Is the Cast of SYFY's The Magicians Now?
The graduates of Brakebills University have been quite busy since the show ended in 2020.
It's been almost four years since SYFY aired The Magicians series finale (pick up all five seasons right here), but the magic continues to endure. Based on the trilogy of bestselling novels written by author Lev Grossman — The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician's Land — the show centers around the students of Brakebills, a college for promising young sorcerers in Upstate New York.
Sera Gamble and John McNamara developed the IP into five seasons of television, comprising more than 60 episodes. The show received critical acclaim, numerous Saturn Award nominations, and currently holds a 91% average score on Rotten Tomatoes. Now that some time has passed, let's conjure up a look at what the Brakebills graduates have been up to since the final episode...
What happened to the cast of SYFY's The Magicians?
Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater)
Following a number of guest appearances in Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, and Madam Secretary, Jason Ralph found a more steady presence on the small screen via the role of Brakebills University pupil, Quentin Coldwater. He played the character across 52 episodes of The Magicians before leaving the show in its penultimate season. "We felt like this character's journey was coming to an end. I could feel it in my bones and Jason felt the same way," McNamara explained in 2019. Since then, Ralph has appeared in Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking of Ending Things, as well as Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — the latter of which allowed him to act opposite his real-world spouse, Rachel Brosnahan. The two have been married since 2016.
Stella Maeve (Julia Wicker)
Maeve portrayed Quentin's childhood friend, Julia Wicker, in a total of 65 episodes. Fun fact: The actress was pregnant with her first child during production of the final season. Rather than try to hide Maeve's baby bump, the writers incorporated the pregnancy into Wicker's Season 5 arc. When The Magicians came to an end in 2020, the actress moved on to the role of Katie McNeill in the Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Mayans M.C. Looking ahead, Maeve will portray Manson cult member Linda Kasabian in Susanna Lo's Manson Girls.
Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice Quinn)
Prior to her memorable spell-casting, Dudley appeared in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Aquarius (the latter also starred fellow Magicians alums Jason Ralph and Jade Tailor). Her tenure as gifted Brakebills student Alice Quinn — aka "Queen Alice the Wise" — lasted 64 episodes across all five seasons. The actress described Alice as one of the strongest, most intelligent women I've ever come across" (via Entertainment Weekly). Her time in a post-Magicians world has been spent on projects like The CW's Nancy Drew and Andrew Bowser's Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls.
Hale Appleman (Eliot Waugh)
All hail the King of Fillory! Appleman's onscreen career began with a starring role in the infamous sexual horror movie, Teeth (look it up). From there, he landed one-off appearances in Smash and The Walker. His time in the shoes of The Magicians' Eliot Waugh lasted 65 episodes. Interestingly, he originally auditioned for Penny (ultimately played by Arjun Gupta). When not possessed by the Monster, Appleman can be found in shows like Truth Be Told and American Horror Story.
Arjun Gupta (William "Penny" Adiyodi)
Funnily enough, Gupta originally tried out for the part of Eliot. "I was actually going down the path to test for Eliot, which would have been really bad for me because Hale is Eliot," he told Lena Lamoray in 2016. "There is no way that anyone should or would play Eliot as well as Hale Appleman has and does." Thankfully, he still got to be a part of The Magicians mythos as multiversal Traveler William "Penny" Adiyodi. Gupta followed up his dimension-hopping exploits in Noga Pnueli's TV movie Deborah, appearing opposite Sophia Bush and Deborah Ann Woll. Fans will be able to catch him in the upcoming revenge thriller, Paradise.
Summer Bishil (Margo Hanson)
"Margo’s maturation has been stimulating to play," Bishil told Federica Bocco in 2018. "Obviously, your hope as an actor is to find consistent work that challenges you and Margo has challenged me." While television schedules are often taxing on actors, Bishil found the time for David Robert Mitchell's neo-noir, Under the Silver Lake. She'll reunite with fellow Magicians co-stars Trevor Einhorn (Josh Hoberman) and Rizwan Manji (Tick Pickwick) for The Deli, a sitcom centered around the employees of a delicatessen owned by the mafia.
Rick Worthy (Henry Fogg)
Being the dean of a regular university is hard, but just imagine how hard it is to lead a school for magic. Speaking with NBC News in 2017, Worthy confessed that he avoided reading the books when he accepted the role of Dean Fogg. "I probably would have tried to incorporate some of the way that Lev wrote Dean Fogg into the way I interpret Dean Fogg," the actor explained. "But I talked to Lev and I said, 'Do you like what I’m doing?' and he said, 'Yeah.' I love the character a lot and I think I’m really serving the way that I see he should be served." Around the same time as Magicians, Worthy took on the identity of resistance fighter Lem Washington in Amazon's The Man in the High Castle. Since Magicians came to an end, he's enjoyed multi-episode arcs on Station 19 and HBO Max's Gossip Girl revival.
Jade Tailor (Kady Orloff-Diaz)
Tailor originally auditioned for Margo before landing the part of Kady, who was apparently supposed to die in the pilot. "I was like, 'Oh, I guess I'll be a one-off.' Then I went to meet with the director and they had rewritten the script so Kady no longer died, and so it was then a recurring role," the actress recalled during an interview with Collider in March 2020. "So I went and I shot the pilot and I was just absolutely thrilled, over the moon, had the best time, loved everyone involved and then [showrunners] John [McNamara] and Sera [Gamble] had actually sat me down and asked me if I wanted to be a series regular while we were shooting the pilot." Tailor most recently scored the lead role of aspiring musician Kiva in director Sherrie Richman's '80s drama, Juke Box Hero.
Brittany Curran (Fen)
Curran began her Magicians career as Eliot's neglected wife Fen in the Season 1 finale ("Have You Brought Me Little Cakes?") before she was upped to a series regular for Season 3. In a 2018 interview with Hollywood Life, Curran explained that Fen is dedicated to protecting her native realm of Fillory, regardless of what life throws at the character. Since the show concluded, she's starred in a number of short films including Aztec Warrior God, Emergence, The Shift, and Stuck. She and her boyfriend, James Ingram, announced their engagement in early 2020.
Trevor Einhorn (Josh Hoberman)
Several decades after he played Frasier Crane's son Frederick, Einhorn took on the duties of missing third-year student, Josh Hoberman. "Josh is a fun comedy outlet," the actor says in a behind-the-scenes featurette released in 2016. "He's this happy character that is full of sarcasm, but also really smart and sees the big picture." Beyond the aforementioned The Deli sitcom (see Summer Bishil), Einhorn will also appear in writer-director Jonathan L. Brown's small business drama, The Comic Shop. In 2021, he and Jason Ralph teamed up for the off-Broadway play, The Great Filter, about a pair of astronauts facing an existential crisis as they attempt to land back on Earth.
All five seasons of The Magicians are currently available to own from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.