From its shocking debut in 2005, creator Marc Cherry’s hit ABC series ‘Desperate Housewives’ became must-watch TV during its eight seasons. Featuring black comedy, drama, unlikely plot twists, and enduring friendships, the series included a five-year jump to the future and a true conclusion in its 2012 finale.
Eva Longoria: Gabrielle Solis-HU
After portraying spoiled former model Gabrielle Solis, Eva Longoria expanded into directing and television production. Her film roles include Mia in ‘A Dark Truth,’ Celeste in ‘A Dark Truth,’ and Paulina in ‘Frontera.’ She is the executive producer of Lifetime’s ‘Devious Maids’ and produced 2014’s ‘John Wick,’ starring Keanu Reeves.
Marcia Cross: Bree Van de Kamp
Marcia Cross portrayed uber-homemaker and recovering alcoholic Bree Van de Kamp in ‘Desperate Housewives.’ Cross’s onscreen pregnancy coincided with her real-life condition, and she gave birth to fraternal twin daughters in 2007. An Emmy nominee for ‘Desperate Housewives,’ Cross returned to acting with the 2014 TV movie ‘Fatrick’ after taking a break to care for her children.
Teri Hatcher: Susan Delfino
After Teri Hatcher’s run on ‘Desperate Housewives’ as good-hearted Susan Delfino, she portrayed Kate Quimby in four episodes of ‘Jane by Design’ on ABC Family. She voiced Dottie in Disney’s ‘Planes’ and ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue.’ She also stars in the comedy romance ‘Sundown,’ playing Mom.
Felicity Huffman: Lynette Scavo
After portraying savvy marketing professional and mom of four Lynette Scavo, Felicity Huffman appeared in David Mamet’s play ‘November’ in Los Angeles. Her film credits include ‘Trust Me’ in 2013, as well as ‘Big Game,’ and ‘Cake’ in 2014. She and her husband, actor William H. Macy, received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a joint ceremony. Huffman stars as Barb Skokie in the ABC drama ‘American Crime.’
Nicollette Sheridan: Edie Britt
As Wisteria Lane’s resident real estate agent and free spirit Edie Britt, Nicollette Sheridan was one of the original cast members and appeared through 2009. Her TV movies include 2011’s ‘Honeymoon for One’ and 2013’s ‘The Christmas Spirit,’ which she also co-wrote and executive produced.
James Denton: Mike Delfino
As plumber and all-around nice guy Mike Delfino, James Denton stole and broke more than a few hearts. After wrapping ‘Desperate Housewives,’ he appeared in the CBS comedy ‘Hot in Cleveland and the 2013 film ‘Grace Unplugged.’ A guitarist, Denton, his co-star and onscreen wife Teri Hatcher, and Hugh Laurie, star of ‘House, M.D.’ play in a charity band called Band from TV. Denton is part of the owners group for the Orange County Flyers, an independent baseball team in California.
Ricardo Chavira: Carlos Solis
Ricardo Chavira portrayed Gabrielle Solis’ successful and sometimes ruthless husband Carlos. Since the series wrapped, Chavira appeared in TV series such as SyFy’s ‘Warehouse 13,’ USA’s ‘Burn Notice,’ and ‘Welcome to the Family.’
Doug Savant: Tom Scavo
As Lynette’s husband Tom Scavo, Doug Savant brought depth to his role of one-time househusband turned marketing professional and restaurateur. Savant appeared in several TV series since the show ended, including ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ “Drop Dead Diva,’ and ‘Criminal Minds.’ He played Special Agent Singleton in the 2014 action film ‘April Rain.’
Brenda Strong: Mary Alice Young
Viewers of ‘Desperate Housewives’ heard Brenda Strong more than they saw her. Her character Mary Alice Young’s suicide was the focus of the series’ first season, and she appeared in flashbacks and narrated the beginning and end of each episode. Her subsequent roles include Ann Ewing in TNT’s ‘Dallas,’ Joan Reston in ‘Scandal,’ and the narrator of ‘Blood Relatives,’ a crime documentary series on Investigation Discovery.
Andrea Bowen: Julie Mayer
Andrea Bowen was 14 years old when she first portrayed Susan Mayer’s daughter Julie. Since then, she has appeared in TV series such as ABC Family’s ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and ‘Scandal.’ Her film credits include ‘Zoe Gone’ and ‘Jonny’s Sweet Revenge.’ She was the associate producer of the 2013 TV movie ‘The Preacher’s Daughter,’ which she also starred in.
Dana Delany: Katherine Mayfair
Dana Delany played Katherine Mayfair from 2007-2010, a driven culinary expert on par with Bree Van de Kamp; Delany returned for the series finale in 2012. She starred as medical examiner Megan Hunt in the ABC procedural ‘Body of Proof’ from 2011-2013. She appeared in the 2012 film ‘Freelancers,’ starring Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, and 50 Cent.
Vanessa Williams: Renee Perry
Singer, actress, and producer Vanessa Williams joined the cast in 2010 as Renee Perry, a college friend of Lynette Scavo’s seeking a quiet life after a big-city divorce. Her subsequent roles include Begum in 2012’s ‘Delhi Safari,’ Olivia Doran in the ABC series ‘666 Park Avenue,’ and Jessie Mae Watts in 2014’s ‘The Trip to Bountiful,’ with Cicely Tyson. She announced her engagement to retired accountant Jim Skrip during a September 2014 appearance on ‘The Queen Latifah Show.’
Kyle MacLachlan: Orson Hodge
‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Dune’ star Kyle MacLachlan brought a poignant intensity to his role as dentist-turned-caterer-turned jailbird Orson Hodge. MacLachlan’s post-Orson Hodge roles include Donovan Stark in CBS’s ‘Made in Jersey,’ the Mayor in IFC’s sketch series ‘Portlandia,’ and DOJ attorney Josh Perotti in CBS’s ‘The Good Wife.’
Kathryn Joosten: Karen McClusky
As the brusque, feisty, yet caring Karen McClusky, Kathryn Joosten won two Emmy Awards. She battled lung cancer for 11 years and agreed to a storyline in which Karen suffered from brain cancer. Ms. Joosten passed away on June 2, 2012, almost three weeks after her character’s onscreen death in the series finale. Kathryn Joosten’s final roles aired in 2014, as Mrs. Inkwell in the short ‘Wish Wizard’ and as Dottie in the pilot for ‘Wild Card.’
Drea de Mateo: Angie Bolen
As the secret-laden Angie Bolen, Drea de Mateo parlayed her acting experience from HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ to create a street-smart addition to Wisteria Lane. Drea de Mateo guest starred on ‘The Mindy Project,’ and ‘Californication,’ and she portrays Jax Teller’s ex-wife Wendy Teller in the FX series ‘Sons of Anarchy.’