‘The Following’ on Fox Features a Full Cast of ‘Isn’t That?’ Actors
Fox’s new Monday night thriller, The Following is chock full of actors and actresses who you know you’ve seen in other things, but you just can’t figure out what.
IF you’ve read my review of Kevin Bacon’s new show, The Following, Monday nights at 8pm on Fox 44 (shameless shout out!), you know that since it debuted in early January, it has been a must watch for me. If you haven’t read my review, you should take a few minutes to click these words. The magical internet will take you right to it!
When I watch TV at home, my phone or iPad is usually sitting on the end table next to me. Both are loaded with the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) app, so when I see an actor or actress I recognize, but who’s name I don’t know, I open up the app and do a quick search. I found myself doing this quite a bit over the first few episodes of The Following, and figured if I’m looking for this info, maybe you are too. So in an effort to save you the time of tracking them down yourself, I’ve put them all in one convenient list. You can thank me later.
Name: James Purefoy
Role in The Following: Series villian, Joe Carrol
Where You’ve Seen Him: Colville in A Knight’s Tale starring Heath Ledger; Resident Evil; ABC’s Revenge; 2009’s The Philanthropist on NBC
Coming Soon: The movie Heaven and Earth. Currently in development with no release date set.
Name: Shawn Ashmore
Role in The Following: FBI Agent, Mike Weston
Where You’ve Seen Him: A small part in FOX’s series Fringe; Iceman in X-Men, X-2, and X-Men: The Final Stand; The Ruins (2008)
Coming Soon: Ashmore will reprise his role as Icemen in X-Men: Days of Future Past scheduled for a 2014 release
Name: Natalie Zea
Role in The Following: Claire Matthews, ex-wife of Purefoy’s character
Where You’ve Seen Her: Winona Hawkins in Justified on FX; Carrie in Californication on Showtime; 2007’s Dirty, Sexy, Money on ABC; The Other Guys with Will Ferrel and Mark Walberg; Lauren Riley in The Shield on FX; bit parts in Royal Pains on USA Network, Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace, Franklin & Bash, and others
Coming Soon: The Following is the only project Zea is currently working on.
Name: Annie Parisse
Role on The Following: FBI Agent, Debra Parker
Where You’ve Seen Her: Jeannie in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days; Agent Dawes in National Treasure with Nicholas Cage; Anne in Definitely, Maybe with Ryan Reynolds; Morgan in Monster-In-Law with Jennifer Lopez; Kara Stanton in Person of Interest on CBS.
Coming Soon: The Following is the only project Parisse is currently working on.
Name: Billy Brown
Role on The Following: FBI Agent, Troy Reilly
Where You’ve Seen Him: August Marks in Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy on FX; Detective Mike Anderson in Dexter on Showtime; Carson in 2009’s Race to Witch Mountain remake with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; bit parts in CSI: NY, Law & Order: SVU, and Criminal Minds, along with voice work in several video games.
Coming Soon: The Following is the only project Brown is currently working on.
Name: Steve Monroe
Role on The Following: Jordy Raines, the dim-witted, yet loyal disciple of Purefoy’s, Carrol
Where You’ve Seen Him: Mostly bit parts in films such as 2008’s Superhero Movie; School for Scoundrels with Billy Bob Thorton; Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bullock; and Cast Away with Tom Hanks. He’s also had one-time appearances on several TV shows including, NYPD Blue; Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, and Suite Life on Deck; Monk; Chuck on NBC; Nip / Tuck.
Coming Soon: Straight-to-DVD remake of The Little Rascals. No release date set.