On February 1, 2013, Netflix made history by releasing its original series House of Cards seven years ago. Since 2013, Netflix has made a lot of progress. Over 1000 new Originals have been created since 2013. We’re taking a look back on some of the cast members of House of Cards, and where they are now in 2020.
House of Cards, a Netflix Original Political-Drama Series, is based on the British Drama of the Same Name. The series is one of Netflix’s most critically acclaimed but also one of the most controversial in the streaming service’s history. House of Cards was nominated for 27 Emmys out of 223 and won 2 Golden Globes. House of Cards will always be remembered as the original web-only series that received Emmy nominations.
Portrayed: Claire Underwood Number of Episodes: 73
Robin Wright, who was the lead actress in the series, played Claire Underwood. She was Frank Underwood's wife and first female president of the United States. Wright was the last cast member to appear in each episode of House of Cards. She was also one of the most vocal supporters of House of Cards' final season. Robin Wright, who has starred as Lieutenant Joshi in Blade Runner 2049, has appeared in Wonder Women, Justice League, and House of Cards.
Wright has a nearly four-decade career. We expect more from him in the future.
The following titles have been featured in House of Cards since/during:
|The Congress (2013)||Robin Wright|
|A Most Wanted Man (2014)||Martha Sullivan|
|Unitl We Could (2014)||Narrator|
|Everest (2015)||Peach Weathers|
|Wonder Woman (2017)||Antiope|
|Blade Runner 2049 (2017)||Lieutenant Joshi|
|Justice League (2017)||Antiope|
|Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)||Antiope|
Portrayed: Doug Stamper Number of Episodes: 72
Doug Stamper was able to outlive the manipulative Frank Underwood. It proved difficult for him to keep up with his quest for power, which would eventually lead to his death. Michael Kelly's portrayal of Doug Stamper, was a wonderful experience on House of Cards. Kelly has since worked on the Amazon Prime Original, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, but during his time working on House of Cards, he also starred in the FX series, Taboo, the mini-series The Long Road Home, and even featured in popular sci-fi series Black Mirror.
The following titles have been featured in House of Cards since/during:
|Now You See Me (2013)||Agent Fuller|
|Man of Steel (2013)||Steve Lombard|
|Everest (2015)||Jon Krakauer|
|Secret in Their Eyes (2015)||Reg Siefert|
|Viral (2016)||Michael Drakeford|
|Black Mirror: Season 3||Arquette|
|Taboo: Season 1||Dumbarton|
|The Long Road Home: Mni-Series||Gary Volesky|
|That’s Harrassment (2018)||Doctor|
|All Sqaure (2018)||John|
|Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season 1||Mike November|
Portrayed: Remy Denton Number of Episodes: 33
Mahershala Ali, who played Remy Denton in House of Cards' House of Cards role, has proven to be a gifted actor. Ali won two Academy Awards in the last few years for his outstanding work in Moonlight, Green Book and other films. He won his first Oscar for Best Actor, Supporting Role, in 2016's Moonlight as Juan. Ali’s second Oscar would come two years later for his work on the film Green Book as Don Shirley, a second win for the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Academy Awards aside, one of Ali’s best roles came as Cottonmouth in the Netflix Original series Daredevil. The series' short time he spent on it was very impactful and left an indelible void. Ali was a guest star in Spider-Man 2: Enter the Spiderverse. Ali's latest, and most prominent role was that of True Detective in crime drama series. Ali’s next big role will be Blade, replacing Wesley Snipes as the famed Vampire Hunter.
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Boggs|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Boggs|
|Gubagude Ko (2016)||Ochoro|
|Free State of Jones (2016)||Moses|
|The Realest Real (2016)||The Minister|
|Luke Cage: 1 Season||Cottonmouth|
|Hidden Figures (2016)||Colonel Jim Johnson|
|Roxanne Roxanne (2017)||Cross|
|Comrade Detective: 1 Season||Coach|
|Green Book (2018)||Dr. Donald Shirley|
|Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)||Uncle Aaron|
|Room 104: 1 Season||Franco|
|Alita: Battle Angel (2019)||Vector|
|True Detective: Season 3||Wayne Hays|
Portrayed: Rachel Posner Number of Episodes: 18
Although Rachel Brosnahan was only able to spend a short time with House of Cards, her impact on the characters that she interacted with was significant. Brosnahan has played many roles since leaving House of Cards, but the most memorable role she ever had was the leading part in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Brosnahan, who is 29 years old, has many great roles ahead of her. She will next be seen alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Ironbark, a Cold-War drama.
|The Dovekeepers: Mini Series||Yael|
|Louder Than Bombs (2015)||Erin|
|Manhatten: 1 Season||Abby Isaacs|
|The Finest Hours (2016)||Bea Hansen|
|Burn Country (2016)||Sandra|
|Crisis in Six Scenes: 1 Season||Ellie|
|Patriots Day (2016)||Jessica Kensky|
|Fifteen Years Later (2018)||Amy|
|Joseph Pulitzer: Vice of the People||Nellie Bly|
|Change in the Air||Wren|
|Spies in Disguise||Wendy|
|The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: 3 Seasons||Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel|
|Elana of Avalor: Season 1||Princess Chloe|
Portrayed: Zoe Barnes Number of Episodes: 14
Although Kate Mara was the least active on House of Cards, she played a significant role in the success of the show. Frank Underwood murdered her in season two, and she would come back to haunt Frank in a hallucination. This strongly indicates that President Trump feels guilty for their deaths.
Mara has gone in to star in plenty of roles, her biggest being Sue Storm in Fox’s failed reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise. Mara is scheduled to play the role of Claire on the new series A Teacher, which will debut sometime in 2020. Drama will examine the consequences and complexities of a male student being a teacher to a woman.
|Robot Chicken||Various Voices|
|Almost Not Beautiful||Lisa|
|The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards||Lisa|
|Ares III: Farewell||Beth Johanssen|
|Fantastic Four||Sue Storm|
|Ares III: The Right Stuff||Beth Johanssen|
|Man Down||Natalie Drummer|
|The Martian||Beth Johanssen|
|Moonbeam City: 1 Season||Chrysalis Tate|
|Morgan (2016)||Lee Weathers|
|Rex (2017)||Megan Leavey|
|Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings (2017)||Marguerite|
Portrayed: Seth Grayson Number of Episodes: 50
Appearing 50 episodes across 4 seasons, it’s surprising Derek Cecil’s character Seth Grayson lived till the end. Knowing a very intimate amount of knowledge about the Underwood’s thanks to acquiring Frank’s journal, he used the information to force his way onto the Underwood’s staff as Director Of Communications and Press Secretary.
Grayson played Andy Katcavage in HBO's The Outsider.
|Family Games (2017)||Barrett|
|The Tomorrow Man (2019)||Brian|
|Black Monday: Season 1||Detective Lester|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Garrett Howard / Russell Ramsay|
|The Outsider: Season 1||Andy Katcavage|
Jayne Atkinson played a key role as Catherine Durrant in Frank Underwood’s rise to the top of his political career. Her involvement with Frank would end in her death. Claire was the one who put the final nail in the coffin of the ex-Secretary of State, despite Frank pulling her down the steps. Claire hired an assassin to kill Claire.
Catherine Durrant has been a star in Madam Secretary, a political drama that has been aired since the ending of House of Cards. She plays the part of Della Bedford in Bluff City Law on NBC.
|Criminal Minds||Erin Strauss|
|Odeyssey: 1 Season||Harrison’s Mother|
|Zoo: 1 Season||Amelia Sage|
|The Congressman (2016)||Casey Winship|
|The Good Wife: Season 7||Nora Valentine|
|Chicago Med: Season 2||Laura Clay|
|The Walking Dead: Season 9||Georgie|
|Castle Rock: Season 1||Officer Reese|
|Madam Secretary: Season 5||Theresa Hurst|
|Bluff City Law: Season 1||Della Bedford|
Portrayed: Edward Meechum Number of Episodes: 35
Nathan Darrow did an excellent job of portraying Frank Underwood’s bodyguard Edward Meechum. Doug Stamper had a similar loyalty to Darrow, but it cost Frank his life when he tried to assassinate Frank.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Darrow’s character was his relationship with the Underwoods. The second season shows Meechum having a trio with the Underwoods, but is also shown to have kissed Frank and Claire. This scene, which was set a few years prior to Kevin Spacey's sexuality revelations in the wake the the accusations against him, is more shocking than what we now know about Spacey.
Darrow is now a star on Fox's Gotham as Victor Fries, (Mr. Freeze). Darrow played the part of Webster in Godless, an Original Series. Darrow also appeared on six episodes of Preacher, but he was most recent in Dependance, a drug-related drama.
|Blue Bloods||Officer Reynolds|
|Stranger in the House||Tom Stewart|
|Gotham Stories: Season 1||Victor Fries|
|Rectify: Season 4||Billy Harris|
|You Again (2016)||Mark|
|Ambition’s Debt (2017)||Marcus Antonius|
|The Wizard of Lies (2017)||Andrew Madoff|
|Godless: Mini Series||Webster|
|In the Studio (2017)||Benjamin Martin|
|Bull: Season 2||Jim Grayson|
|Quantico: Season 3||Felix Pillay|
|Gotham Season 1-4||Victor Fries / Mister Freeze|
|Blindspot: Season 3||Jonathan Grimm|
|Billions: Season 1-4||Mike Danzig|
|Preacher: Season 1-4||John Custer|
|Dependence: Season 1-2||Mason|
Portrayed: Kevin Underwood Number of Episodes: 65
The most polarising and controversial cast members of them all, Kevin Spacey’s fall from grace has been nothing short of dramatic. Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct and quit the part of Frank Underwood. This ultimately led to Spacey's death on-screen.
Spacey has not starred in any film since the allegation. Having filmed the movie before the allegations arose, it ultimately had a detrimental effect on the films commercial ‘success’. In the opening weekend Billionaires Boy Club only made $618 at the box office making it the worst opening of Spacey’s career. Spacey was removed from All the Money in the World and Christopher Plummer was cast as John Paul Getty.
Despite Frank Underwood’s death, Kevin Spacey has taken it upon himself to reprise the role in two short films. The first ‘Let Me Be Frank’ rebuked the allegations made against him. A year later in the short ‘KTWK’ he would wish viewers a Merry Christmas.
Spacey was cleared from any sexual misconduct charges, but the scandal has impacted his career and reputation. The veteran actor filmed his role for Michael Hoffman’s film Gore, but despite being completed since December 2018, the film has yet to see the light of day.
|Nature Is Speaking: Miniseries||The Rainforest|
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)||Jonathan Irons|
|Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)||Dave Harken|
|Elvis & Nixon (2016)||Nixon|
|Nine Lives (2016)||Tom Brand|
|Tom Odell: Here I Am (2016)||Man in the Stairwell|
|Rebel in the Rye (2017)||Whit Burnett|
|Baby Driver (2017)||Doc|
|Billionaires Boys Club (2018)||Ron Levin|
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