It’s been just over a year since the popular CBS procedural crime drama Criminal Minds ended. Like most procedurals, the show had a lengthy run of 15 seasons, ending on February 19, 2020. Luckily, a revival of the show is reported to be in the works and it’s set to stream on Paramount+. However, it’s not yet clear whether the main cast will return.
Most of the main cast members portrayed characters that were fan-favorites. As a result, viewers might eager to see what they did after the show, especially if they’re in roles that are far detached from the world of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). Some of the actors have moved on swiftly, while others are still not tied to any specific projects.
10 Matthew Gray Gubler
Separating Gubler with BAU Supervisory Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid is impossible. The actor spent 15 years of his life portraying the intelligent and charismatic character and with a total of 324 episodes under his belt, Gubler has the most appearances out of all the cast members.
His most recent project outside the series has been the 2020 American psychological drama, Horse Girl. In it, he plays Darren, the boyfriend of a girl who begins experiencing strange phenomena after her mother dies by suicide. Gubler also has a supporting role in the Hulu series Dollface as a mysterious man that one of the main characters falls in love with.
9 Aisha Tyler
Tyler initially appeared as a guest star, filling in for A.J. Cook and Jennifer Love Hewitt while they were on maternity leave. She was only meant to appear in seven episodes of the series, but the showrunners loved her so much that they promoted her to the main cast. The actress has portrayed forensic psychologist, Dr. Tara Lewis, ever since.
Tyler is also scheduled to voice the character Millie Tuskmon in the upcoming Disney+ animated series, Monsters At Work. The series is a spinoff of the popular Monsters, Inc movies.
8 Joe Mantegna
Mantegna has been in the show since the third season, portraying Unit Senior Agent David Rossi. A running joke in the series is that Rossi has had too many wives. Every time he tries to quote his wife, his colleagues ask him “which one?”
The veteran actor continues to provide his services for The Simpsons, where he voices the mob moss, Fat Tony. Even though there are no listed upcoming roles for Mantegna, his resume is very impressive and he has three Emmy nominations in his career. He has also appeared in over 300 movies and TV shows since his acting debut in 1976.
7 Paget Brewster
Brewster’s character, Emily Prentiss, becomes part of the team after Elle Greenaway’s departure. Emily appears as a main character from season 2 to season 7 then has a reduced role before becoming a main character again in season 11. Brewster’s role kept on being revised after the departure of other characters.
Brewster is currently focusing on the animation industry. She has been voicing Donald Duck’s twin sister, Della, in DuckTales since 2019. The role has even earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.” She is also set to voice the main character Judy Ken Sebben aka Birdgirl in the animated show, Birdgirl.
6 A.J. Cook
Having been there since the beginning, A. J. Cook has seen several actors come and go as she continued to portray Special Agent Jennifer “JJ” Jareau. For most of the series, her character acts as the liaison between the BAU and the media, and unlike other characters, Jennifer only shoots someone once during the series run.
Since 2010, she has only participated in four other projects outside the series. Her most recent project has been the 2019 indie film, Back Fork. In it, she teams up with Josh Stewart, who actually portrays the husband of her character in Criminal Minds. The movie follows a family man who loses his way after a tragedy.
5 Kirsten Vangsness
Vangsness is the only cast member to appear in the main show and its two spinoffs. For years, she portrayed the technical analyst, Penelope Garcia. Apart from acting, Vangsness also served as a writer on the show.
The actress doesn’t have any upcoming projects at the moment. Her most recent project outside the show was the 2017 comedy horror movie, Dave Made a Maze. Hopefully, fans will get to see her on the screens again soon.
4 Adam Rodriguez
Rodriguez was brought in to replace Shemar Moore after the actor left in 2016. He then consistently appeared on the show as Luke Alvez, an FBI Fugitive Task Force Agent who transfers to the BAU.
He is one of the main cast members in the Penny Dreadful spinoff series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, which premiered in 2020. In it, he portrays a union leader named Raul. He has also appeared as a supporting character in the Netflix and later Pop sitcom, One Day At A Time.
3 Daniel Henney
A US veteran, family man and current Special Operations Agent, Matt Simmons is the character that Daniel Henney portrayed so magnificently in recent seasons. The character first appeared in the spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
Henney is set to star in the upcoming Prime Video fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. The series follows an all-woman team of magicians who go looking for a mysterious person who will save the world. He will also be in the upcoming Korean action film, Confidential Assignment 2: International.
2 Shemar Moore
Moore is still seen as one of the faces of Criminal Minds, even though he left before the series ended. Before his departure, he was the only character to appear in every episode since the series premiere in 2005. Moore portrayed the BAU agent Derek Morgan, who eventually resigned to be with his family.
More has gone on to land another main role in another procedural drama and currently plays Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson in CBS’s S.W.A.T.
1 Thomas Gibson
Gibson’s appearances stretch across all the show’s first 12 seasons. His departure is linked to an altercation with an assistant director. As a result, his contract was terminated by CBS. After leaving, the storyline given to his character Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner involved him going into witness protection in order to ensure the safety of his son.
Unfortunately for Gibson, the incident seemed to have put a pause on his career as he hasn’t appeared in any other show or movie since his departure.
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