Here's what the cast of Breaking Bad have been up to since the show finished

Abby Robinson
·17 min read
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Photo credit: Digital Spy - AMC

When you've starred in one of the best TV shows of all time, you're certainly not going to be short of offers – and that's certainly been the case for the cast of Breaking Bad.

Here's what they've been up to since the show wrapped.

Anna Gunn (Skylar White)

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Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega - Getty Images

Anna Gunn stars in Gracepoint, a US remake of the supremely popular British crime drama Broadchurch, in which she plays Ellie Miller, originally portrayed by Olivia Colman. David Tennant also appears alongside her.

She also had a recurring role in the second season of NBC crime drama Shades of Blue, which starred Jennifer Lopez as a New York detective and Ray Liotta as a lieutenant.

Her movie work includes:

A minor role in Sully, which followed Tom Hanks as the real-life US airline captain who was forced to land a plane in the Hudson River after both engines were disabled.

Financial thriller Equity with James Purefoy, in which she played a high-powered investment banker grappling with big stakes.

You Can Choose Your Family, a comedy directed by Grey's Anatomy's Miranda Bailey in which a teenager finds out that his dad has a second family.

Gunn also returned to the world of Deadwood for the TV movie, and she's set to appear in Land of Dreams, a film set in the near future about an Iranian census worker who wants to collect dreams. Sheila Vand, Matt Dillon and William Moseley also star, among others.

RJ Mitte (Walter White JR)

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Photo credit: John Sciulli - Getty Images

RJ Mitte is set to star in a number of projects, including Triumph, alongside Empire's Terrence Howard, in which he plays a teen with cerebral palsy who wants to make it onto his high school wrestling team. He's also set to appear with Dove Cameron in psychological thriller Isaac. They play two strangers who meet and set out to commit a revenge murder together.

His other movies include:

Indie thriller The Oak Room, in which he portrays a man who heads back to his Canadian hometown during a snowstorm. At the local bar, he offers to settle a debt with a story, but the night soon takes an unnerving turn.

All the Little Things We Kill, a film about gun violence which also starred Elizabeth Marvel, Danielle Brooks, Guillermo Diaz and Casey Cott, among others.

Carol of the Bells, in which he plays a man who was adopted when he was a baby and goes in search of his biological mother, who he learns has Down syndrome. It was the first feature film where 70% of the cast and crew had developmental disabilities.

He plays a standup comic who grows close with another comic in Standing Up for Sunny.

Action thriller River Runs Red with Taye Diggs, John Cusack, George Lopez, Luke Hemsworth and Gianni Capaldi.

Sundance 2018 hit Timeshare, a Mexican thriller-drama which follows two "haunted men" staying at the same luxury holiday resort whose paths eventually cross.

Sci-fi horror The Recall with Wesley Snipes.

In Dixeland, Chris Zylka played an ex-convict just released from prison.

Mitte also took on a recurring role in ABC teen family drama Switched at Birth, which ran for five seasons.

Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader)

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Photo credit: Amanda Edwards - Getty Images

Betsy Brandt starred in NBC sitcom The Michael J Fox Show, in which she played the wife of Fox's Mike Henry, a news anchor who returned to work after a four-year break following his Parkinson's diagnosis.

She also featured in season two of Showtime's Masters of Sex, which starred Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as two university researchers delving into human sexuality.

Brandt starred in an episode of anthology series Soulmates, set in a world in which one test can tell who your soul mate is, and she played a recurring character in Parenthood, an NBC comedy-drama, starring Lauren Graham, Peter Krause and Dax Shepard, plus others.

She also appeared in Suits spinoff Pearson, which followed Gina Torres as accomplished attorney Jessica Pearson. And he was a main cast member in Dirty Diana, a podcast starring Demi Moore. The narrative revolves around a woman who, to escape her "carefully curated life and dying marriage, secretly runs an erotic website where women reveal their intimate sexual fantasies."

Her mist prominent film roles are:

Mothers of the Bride, which centres on a woman who is getting married and decides to meet her biological mother, who happens to be a famous event planner. She locks horns with the adoptive mother.

Claire in Motion, in which she plays a wife and mother whose husband goes missing.

Brandt has also appeared in a number of indie flicks. Anywhere With You, a film about a couple who start a new life in LA, and Straight Up, which follows a gay man and a straight women who enter into a relationship together, both had positive responses from critics.

Dean Norris (Hank Schrader)

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Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega - Getty Images

Dean Norris briefly popped up in the fifth season of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, which charts how Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill transitions into the character of Saul Goodman. It's been credited as being as good as (and possibly even better than) the original source material.

He was a main player in Nova Vita, a series about two friends who become involved in a legal dispute. He also appears in Chuck Lorre's brand new comedy The United States of AI, which follows the unlikely friendship between an ex-Marine and his unit's interpreter.

Norris played the father of the protagonist in GirlBoss, a Netflix comedy based on the autobiography of Sophia Amoruso, the CEO of fashion brand Nasty Gal. He also appeared in TNT comedy-drama Claws, which starred Niecy Nash as the owner of a Florida nail salon who launders money so she can level up.

Other TV work includes a handful of episodes of Shonda Rhimes' political thriller Scandal starring Olivia Pope, The Big Bang Theory as Colonel Richard Williams, and he featured in CBS sci-fi drama Under the Dome, which revolved around a town which becomes disconnected from the rest of the world by a giant dome. It ran for three seasons.

His film CV lists the following:

The Homesman, a Western historical movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank. Jesse Plemons also featured.

The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson and Alex Sharp, is a gender flip of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Vigilante thriller Death Wish with Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue and Kimberly Elise.

The Negotiator (Beirut), in which Norris appeared alongside Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Larry Pine and Shea Whigham. It followed Hamm as an ex-US diplomat who head to Beirut to rescue a colleague from the individuals who killed his family.

The Book of Henry is a film about a young, dying genius who is on a mission to save his neighbour from abuse. It starred Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay and Sarah Silverman, among others.

Fist Fight, a comedy about a teacher who is challenged to a fight after he has a hand in the firing of another teacher. Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Christina Hendricks and Dennis Haysbert all star.

He appeared in terrorist thriller Secret in their Eyes with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, among others.

Remember starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor who is out for revenge.

He had a minor role in Ridley Scott-directed crime thriller The Counsellor, which starred Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt.

He starred in comedy Small Time with SVU's Christopher Meloni, a film about a young man who ditches college for working with his dad at a second-hand car business.

Norris is also set to appear in El Tonto, a comedy about a "silent character" called The Fool "who becomes an accidental celebrity, only to lose it all thereafter". Charlie Day, Kate Beckinsale and Jason Sudeikis all star, among others. There's also horror flick Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2.

Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut)

Jonathan Banks is a key player in Better Call Saul, and he's also a key character in Netflix's animated action-adventure show Skylanders Academy.

Banks appeared in season five of Community as criminology professor and Jeff's officemate Buzz Hickey, and he enjoyed minor roles in The Comey Rule and F is for Family.

His notable film work includes:

Breaking Bad spinoff movie El Camino, which picked up with Jesse Pinkman following the events of the original series.

A minor role in Incredibles 2

Action-thriller The Commuter starring Liam Neeson.

Netflix's Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan and Mary J Blige, among others, which revolves around "two Mississippi families – one Black, one white – confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era".

A minor role in Horrible Bosses 2 starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz.

A minor role in Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.

Action-thriller Bullet with Danny Trejo – a flip with critics. Authors Anonymous, starring Kaley Cuoco, in which she played a writer who achieves overnight success, much to the disbelief of her writers' group, also failed to set the world alight.

Bryan Cranston (Walter White)

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Photo credit: Jemal Countess - Getty Images

Bryan Cranston's most prominent telly work following his departure from Breaking Bad is:

Crime drama Your Honour, in which he played a judge whose son accidentally killed the child of a local mafia boss in a hit-and-run.

Animated stop motion comedy SuperMansion with Keegan-Michael Key, Heidi Gardner and Chris Pine, among others.

He co-created crime drama Sneaky Pete, which he also appeared in the first season of. It follows Giovanni Ribisi as Marius, a con artist who, upon leaving prison, is tailed by a mobster he previously robbed. To evade capture, he pretends to be his cellmate and reunites with his new (and fake) family.

His most notable film work, alongside popping up briefly in El Camino, is as follows:

Godzilla (2014) with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, plus others.

Trumbo, in which he played Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who is also a member of the Communist Party of the USA, which raises some eyebrows.

Kung Fu Panda 3 with Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Dustin Hoffman, among others.

The Infiltrator, in which he played a real-life US Customs special agent who went undercover as a corrupt businessman in the 1980s to bring down Pablo Escobar's money-laundering organisation.

2017's Power Rangers, which wasn't well-received by critics.

The Upside, in which he played a a paralysed billionaire who becomes friends with a recently paroled convict, played by Kevin Hart.

Last Flag Flying with Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell, which followed three men who reunite thirty years after serving together in Vietnam.

Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated comedy Isle of Dogs, with Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and others.

The One and Only Ivan, which revolves around a gorilla who heads out on an adventure to find his own identity. Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie and Danny DeVito also star.

Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman)

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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

Aaron Paul is set to star in sci-fi thriller Dual with Karen Gillan and Beulah Koale, which revolves around a woman who decides to have herself cloned after being told that she's going to die. But when she manages to cheat death, a court rules that she must fight her double to the death.

Paul stars in Audible series The Coldest Case as a homicide detective trying to break down a Chicago drug ring. Alexis Bledel, former Breaking Bad alum Kristen Ritter and Nathalie Emmanuel all feature.

He stars in the third season of HBO's Westworld, and he features in Apple TV+'s Truth Be Told with Octavia Spencer, in which he plays a convicted killer who claims that he was framed.

Paul was also the voice of Todd Chavez in adult animated comedy Bojack Horseman, and he also starred in Hulu drama The Path, which follows "a family at the centre of a controversial cult movement as they struggle with relationships, faith, and power".

Paul has appeared in multiple films, the most notable being:

El Camino (obvs).

Eye in the Sky, which is all about the ethics of drone warfare. Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman also starred.

American Woman, in which Sienna Miller plays a woman who is left to raise her grandson alone after her daughter goes missing.

Action thriller Need for Speed with an all-star cast boasting Dominic Coope, Rami Malek, Michael Keaton, Ramón Rodríguez, Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi, and Imogen.

Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings with the following big hitters: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley

Fathers and Daughters, a film about a writer whose wife dies in a car accident, the mental trauma of which causes him to have a mental breakdown. Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger and Jane Fonda all appear, among others.

Action thriller Triple 9 starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet

Action comedy in which Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnso play high school pals who go on the run after one of them joins the CIA to bring down a terrorist

Central Intelligence follows two old high school peers – Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson –,one of whom is now working for the CIA, who team up to defeat terrorists.

Supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax with Jamie Dornan and Sarah Gadon.

Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman)

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Photo credit: John Lamparski - Getty Images

Prior to his time on Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk continued writing and appearing on comedy shows and sketches. Most notably, he is also the star of the show in Better Call Saul.

He was also one of the main voice actors in the critically-acclaimed Amazon animated series Undone, which revolves around a woman called Anna who recovers after a car accident, but winds up experiencing time in a different way. He also appeared in the first season of Fargo in a minor role and is a recurring character in No Activity.

His film CV is as follows:

  • Odenkirk briefly popped up in Little Women as the March patriarch.

  • He stars in action-thriller Nobody, in which he plays a husband and father who must defend his family against Russian mafia.

  • Long Shot, a rom-com which stars Seth Rogan as an unemployed journalist who links back up with his old babysitter, played by Charlize Theron, who is now the US Secretary of State.

The voice of Winston Deavor, the head of a telecommunications company, in Incredibles 2.

He was cast as a journalist in Steven Spielberg-directed political thriller The Post.

He popped up in The Disaster Artist, which stars Dave Franco as aspiring actor Greg Sestero who crosses paths with Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) in San Francisco.

He stars in Netflix comedy-drama Girlfriend's Day, which he also co-wrote. It revolves around a romance card writer who "gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a newly crowned holiday: Girlfriend's Day".

Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring)

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Photo credit: Rich Polk - Getty Images

Giancarlo Esposito plays a central role in Better Call Saul. His other notable credits include:

Moff Gideon in Disney+'s The Mandalorian.

CEO of Vought International Stan Edgar in Amazon's The Boys.

American Baptist pastor and politician Adam Clayton Powell Jr in Godfather of Harlem.

The voice of Lex Luthor in animated series Harley Quinn.

Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror in ABC fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time.

NBC's post-apocalyptic sci-fi series Revolution, which was also created by Supernatural and The Boys' Eric Kripke.

He played recurring character Pastor Ramon Cruz in Netflix's The Get Down, a musical drama about hip-hop and disco set in 1970s the Bronx.

He starred in Jett, a Cinemax action-crime drama.

He also narrated the first two seasons of Netflix's Dear White People, which revolves around black college students at a top-tier US university.

His most notable and successful film work includes:

Coda, a movie about the daughter of a deaf couple, also starring Patrick Stewart and Katie Holmes.

Disney+'s Stargirl, a film about a high school student who is drawn to the "new girl".

Netflix's Okja, Bong Joon-ho's film about a ten-year-old girl who forms a friendship with a genetically-enhanced pig who vows to save from destruction.

Money Monster, also starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West and Caitriona Balfe. A man who has lost all of his money takes a TV personality who dishes out financial advice hostage live on air.

Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book (2016) starring Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken and Neel Sethi.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure and The Scorch Trials.

Jesse Plemons (Todd Alquist)

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Photo credit: David Livingston - Getty Images


Jesse Plemons' career has continued to enjoy an upward trajectory since his time on Breaking Bad.

He starred in Black Mirror's USS Callister (season four, episode one) and season two of crime anthology drama Fargo. Plemons also featured in the first season of CBS All Access comedy No Activity, set in the world of drug cartels.

And his film CV boasts a number of big hitters:

Breaking Bad sequel El Camino.

Black Mass, in which Johnny Depp stars as real-life gang boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

He appears in Steven Spielberg-directed Cold War drama Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance.

Netflix's The Irishman, which was directed by Martin Scorsese and boasts an all-star cast.

He stars alongside Jesse Buckley in Netflix's I'm Thinking of Ending Things. They play couple Lucy and Jake who go to visit his parents for the first time on the family farm.

He stars alongside Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback in Judas and the Black Messiah, which recounts the lead up to and the death of Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.

He stars in Game Night alongside Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Lamorne Morris, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen and others. The plot follows a game night that is turned on its head when one of the players is seemingly kidnapped by burglars.

He appears in Adam McKay's Vice, in which Christian Bale plays former US Vice President Dick Cheney. He appears alongside a star-studded cast including Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell.

He appears in American Made, in which Tom Cruise plays Barry Seal, a real-life ex-pilot who became a drug smuggler for a cartel, and then a DEA informant.

He features in The Post.

He stars in Hostiles, in which Christian Bale portrays an army officer who must take Wes Studi's Cheyenne war chief back home. Rosamund Pike also stars.

He appears alongside Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Riley Keough and Robert Redford in Netflix's The Discovery, a film in which the afterlife has been scientifically proven, with people across the globe committing suicide to reach it.

In Other People, Plemmons plays a gay man who moves back home to take care of his sick mother. Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford and Maude Apatow all star, among others.

The Program is about a journalist, played by Chris O'Dowd, who becomes convinced that real-life professional cyclist Lance Armstrong, played by Ben Foster, is using performance enhancing drugs.

Plemons is also set to appear in supernatural horror Antlers with Keri Russell, adventure flick Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall and Paul Giamatti, The Power of the Dog, which revolves around a man who "wages war against his brother's new wife", alongside his partner Kristen Dunst, Benedict Cumberbatch and Thomasin McKenzie, among others, and Killers of the Flower Moon, a Scorsese directed movie starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio about the murders of members of the Osage tribe, which led to an FBI investigation.

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