From 1995 until 2001, we couldn’t get enough of Xena: Warrior Princess. As one of the first shows to feature strong female protagonists, the Hercules spin-off was extremely progressive. Let’s take a look at what our favorite Xena stars are up to today.
Marton Csokas – Borias
Another New Zealand native, Marton Csokas has risen to full-on stardom from humble beginnings. His first acting role came in 1990 when he played Terry Mercer for an episode of Shark in the Park. His early television credits also include roles on episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theater, Shortland Street, and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Csokas also took part in short films like A Game with No Rules, and Twilight of the Gods before being cast as Borias on Xena: Warrior Princess in 1997.
Marton Csokas – Now
Marton Csokas has been in several notable films, and televisions shows since his time on Xena: Warrior Princess. Most recently, you’ve probably seen his name on the credits of movies like Kangaroo Jack, The Bourne Supremacy, Romulus, My Father, Alice in Wonderland, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dead Europe, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and True Crimes. When it comes to television, Csokas has played roles on shows like The Lost World, Rogue, Covert Affairs, Sons of Liberty, and Into the Badlands.
Renee O’Connor – Gabrielle
Renee O’Connor began her acting career at the age of 16. Throughout the early 1990s, O’Connor made appearances on shows such as Tales from the Crypt, ABC Afterschool Specials, and FBI: The Untold Stories. Following various commercials and small television roles, O’Connor landed the role of Deianeira in the 1994 television movie Hercules and the Lost Kingdom. This caught the attention of Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, executive producers for Xena: Warrior Princess and O’Connor was cast as Gabrielle in 1995.
Renee O’Connor – Now
O’Connor stayed on Xena: Warrior Princess until the show’s end in 2001. Following the finale, she decided to start her own production company, ROC Pictures. A year later, in 2002, O’Connor spent two months playing Lady Macbeth for a production of Macbeth by a theater group called Shakespeare by the Sea. Most recently, O’Connor portrayed Connie Miller for nine episodes of Ark. In 2017 she acted in A Question of Faith, an upcoming film that is still in post-production.
Timothy Omundson – Eli
Before he was cast as Eli on Xena: Warrior Princess, Timothy Omundson made short-lived appearances on shows like Seinfeld, seaQuest DSV, Married… with Children, The George Carlin Show, Days of Our Lives, and Frasier. Despite not being a household name, it’s safe to say that Omundson was no stranger to television before he caught the eye of Xena producers. Omundson also has film credits in movies like Dead of Night, and Starship Troopers. He appeared on Xena for six episodes between 1999 and 2000.
Timothy Omundsun – Now
Following the series finale of Xena: Warrior Princess, Timothy Omundson went on to notable roles in films such as 2001’s Swordfish, 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and 2011’s Voltron: The End. In 2012, Omundson took part in That Guy… Who Was in That Thing, a documentary film about non-famous working actors who are often recognized for small roles. Most recently, Omundson appeared in episodes of Supernatural, Hot in Cleveland, and Lucifer. Omundson resides in LA with his wife Alison and daughters, Lily and Nora.
Jennifer Sky – Amarice
Jennifer Sky began her career with modeling at the age of 15 and switched to acting two years later. Her first role came on SeaQuest DSV in 1994. She quickly made a name for herself on television, with appearances on Emerald Cove, Our Son, The Matchmaker, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Pacific Blue. Before she joined the cast of Xena: Warrior Princess as Amarice in 1999, Sky was best known for her role as Sarah Webber on the popular daytime soap opera General Hospital.
Jennifer Sky – Now
Following her six episodes on Xena: Warrior Princess, Jennifer Sky decided to broaden her horizons and pursue a career in film. In 2001, she had a small role in Shallow Hal, followed by roles in My Little Eye, Fish Without a Bicycle, Never Die Alone, Meet Market, and Somewhere. You may have also seen this blonde bombshell on shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Fastlane, Columbo, Charmed, Dragnet, or CSI: Miami. In recent years she has faded from the limelight to focus on family.
Karl Urban – Julius Caesar
Karl Urban got his start in acting with a recurring role as Rohann Murdoch in Shark in the Park, a New Zealand drama series. Since then, he’s been featured in episodes of Homeward Bound, White Fang, Shortland Street, Riding High, and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. His early film credits include roles in Chanuk Bair and Heaven. Urban first appeared on Xena: Warrior Princess in 1996 as Cupid, but he played the roles of Julius Caesar and Kor on the same show.
Karl Urban – Now
Since his time on Xena: Warrior Princess, Karl Urban has appeared in numerous high-budget blockbuster films. His most notable film role came in 2002, when he was cast as Eomer in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. A year later, he returned to the franchise to reprise his role in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. His other big film credits include roles in The Bourne Supremacy, Pathfinder, Star Trek, Riddick, Thor: Ragnarok, and Bent.
Stephen Lovatt – Phlanagus
New Zealand actor Stephen Lovatt was trained at the New Zealand Drama School and went on to a successful career in film, television, and even theater. After his early appearances on The Ray Bradbury Theater, and Typhon’s People, Lovatt joined the cast of Shortland Street in 1994 as Dr. Ethan Zol, a recurring role that only lasted for two months. He then moved on to roles on High Tide and Mysterious Island before being cast to Xena: Warrior Princess in 1996.
Stephen Lovatt – Now
While on Xena: Warrior Princess, Stephen Lovatt portrayed the characters of Phlanagus for an episode in 1998, as well as Hades for three episodes in 2000. In 2002, Lovatt was cast as Max Hoyland on Neighbours, a role that would prove to be his most recognizable. He has also been featured on Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, The Making of the Mob: Chicago, and Ash vs Evil Dead. On the big screen, Lovatt has most recently acted in Show of Hands and The Cure.
Darien Takle – Cyrene
Darien Takle, the actress who portrayed Cyrene, the mother of Xena, has been featured on numerous television shows throughout the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s. In 1972, Takle’s first film credit came in Gone Up North for a While. Through the 1980s, she acted in The Lost Tribe, Second Time Lucky, and the TV series Possession. She then moved on to roles on Typhon’s People in 1993 and Heavenly Creatures in 1994. In 1995, Takle joined the cast of Xena: Warrior Princess.
Darien Takle – Now
Aside from her role on Xena: Warrior Princess, Darien Takle is well-known for portraying the character of Loma in Christmas, a 2003 award-winning New Zealand drama film about the struggles of a dysfunctional family. Her recent television credits include roles in 800 Words, Hillary, Deceit, and Mercy Peak. A popular actress in her home country of New Zealand, Takle has also taken part in various local short films such as The Apple Tree, A Song of Good, and Donuts for Breakfast.
Charles Mesure – Michael
English Australian actor Charles Mesure spent the first five years of his life in Somerset, England before moving to Sydney. He found his passion for performance at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where he received a degree in 1995. His first television roles were on shows like City Life, where he spent two years playing Ryan Waters, one of the show’s main roles, and Xena: Warrior Princess, where he spent three years playing the parts of Darnelle, Mercer, and Archangel Michael.
Charles Mesure – Now
While Charles Mesure has mostly stuck to television throughout his career, he briefly ventured into film as well, with roles in Boogeyman, Mee-Shee: The Water Giant, and Mis-drop. Mesure’s most recent and notable television appearances include roles in episodes of shows like Burn Notice, The Mentalist, Once Upon a Time, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Criminal Minds, and Dead of Summer. He was also added to the cast of Desperate Housewives for the show’s final season in 2011.
Alexandra Tydings – Aphrodite
Following her graduation from Brown University, Alexandra Tydings moved to Hollywood to become an actress. 1993 was a promising year for the young actress, as she gained traction in the film and television industries. In just one year, she landed her first five roles in Alice, Angst, Queerbait, Walking on Sunshine, and Red Shoe Diaries. By 1996, she had landed herself a role on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Aphrodite. This opened the doors for Tydings to reprise her role in Xena: Warrior Princess.
Alexandra Tydings – Now
Following the six years she spent playing Aphrodite on Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Alexandra Tydings had a few more television appearances on Hotel del Sol, Dodge’s City, and Sheena. The last time she acted in front of a camera was for a 2008 episode of The Wire. Since then, Tydings has written and directed The Trial of Hanna Porn, as well as Rainbow Bridge, two independent films which serve to promote gender equality and reproductive rights.
William Gregory Lee – Virgil
William Gregory Lee began his acting career in the mid-1990s with a role in a television movie called A Kiss So Deadly. He went on to appear in small roles on Beverly Hills, 90210, The Young and the Restless, Rude Awakening, Clueless, and Brutally Normal before landing the prominent role of Virgil on Xena: Warrior Princess in 2000. While Lee was only on the show for six episodes, Xena: Warrior Princess would open numerous doors for the young actor’s future career.
William Gregory Lee – Now
Following the year he spent working on Xena: Warrior Princess, William Gregory Lee landed the part of Zack on Dark Angel, a role which he would become well-known for. During the 2000s, Lee also appeared on Baywatch, V.I.P., JAG, Run of the House, Nip/Tuck, NCIS, Femme Fatales, and CSI: NY. His two longest-running roles were on Dante’s Cove, where he played Ambrosius Vallin from 2004 until 2007 and Justified, where he played Sheriff Nick Mooney from 2011 until 2014.
Tsianina Joelson – Varia
Tsianina Joelson had the recurring role of Varia on Xena: Warrior Princess from 2000 until 2001. Prior to pursuing a career in acting, Tsianina won the 1993 title of Miss Coos County. Before she joined the Xena cast, Joelson was featured in numerous popular films in the early 2000s, including credits in Boys and Girls, Bring It On, and Held for Ransom. She also served as the co-host of a short-lived MTV series called The Daily Burn in the summer of 1998.
Tsianina Joelson – Now
Since her two years on Xena: Warrior Princess, Tsianina Joelson had a few roles through the mid and late 2000’s. In 2001, she appeared in television shows such as Special Unit 2, Men, Women & Dogs, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Her last television appearance was on the 2004 made-for-tv movie Hollywood Division. On the big screen, Joelson had roles in movies like American Pie 2, I Shaved My Legs for This, Girl’s Best Friend, The Rain Makers, and According to Greta.
Meighan Desmond – Discord/Sturgina
Born on October 7, 1977 in Kaitaia, New Zealand, Meighan Desmond made a name for herself in the late 1990s, when she was featured on shows like Young Hercules, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Xena: Warrior Princess. Like many of the other New Zealand actors on our list, Desmond appeared on Shortland Street back in 1992. She also had a role in 1998’s When Love Comes Along. Desmond stayed on Xena: Warrior Princess from 1997 until 2007. She played the roles of both Discord and Sturgina.
Meighan Desmond – Now
After her time on Xena: Warrior Princess, Meighan Desmond was featured on the 2005 television series Mataku as Stephanie. In recent years, Desmond has faded from the spotlight but kept an active role in the film industry. In 2005, Desmond was credited as the special effects runner for the blockbuster film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. That same year, she served as the art department assistant for four episodes of a television series called Outrageous Fortune.
Catherine Boniface – Meridian
Before joining the cast of Xena: Warrior Princess as Meridian in 1995, Catherine Boniface attended Waikato University in New Zealand, where she received a bachelors degree in Social Science. She then decided to try a career as an actress and enrolled in the New Zealand School of Performing Arts, where she trained to act in theater. Similar to other New Zealand actors and actresses who appeared on Xena: Warrior Princess, Boniface appeared on the popular prime-time New Zealand soap opera, Shortland Street.
Catherine Boniface – Now
Since her role on Xena: Warrior Princess, Catherine Boniface has remained a relevant actress, with recent credits in television series such as Nothing Trivial, Spartacus: War of the Damned, as well as in a show called The Blue Rose. Boniface also briefly ventured away from acting when she directed a play titled No. 2, which was featured at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In addition, Boniface has credits in TV movies and specials such as Ike: Countdown to D-Day, Raising Waylon, and Deceit.
Claire Stansfield – Alti
Born in London, England, Claire Stansfield spent a majority of her youth growing up in Toronto, Canada. Before beginning her career as an actress, Stansfield worked as a model. She studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and then moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. In 1986, she received her first role on an episode of Hot Shots. She followed this up a few years later with small roles on Twin Peaks, The Doors, The Flash, Sibs, and Red Shoe Diaries.
Claire Stansfield – Now
Claire Stansfield was a busy actress throughout the mid-1990s, and her various guest and recurring roles lead her to the most notable television series of her career when she joined the cast of Xena: Warrior Princess as Alti in 1998. She stayed until the show’s 2001 finale. Aside from a few small gigs in the early 2000s, Stansfield has left showbiz for the most part. In 2002, she founded C&C California, a clothing line which was bought out by Liz Claiborne in 2005.
Bruce Campbell – Autolycus
Bruce Campbell began his acting career when he was a teenager. He met and became friends with Sam Raimi in high school, and the two began working together on short films such as It’s Murder! and Within the Woods. By the early 1990s, Campbell had a regular role on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. This eventually lead to Campbell’s portrayal of Autolycus on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which, in turn, opened the doors for his role on Xena: Warrior Princess.
Bruce Campbell – Now
Campbell was featured on Xena: Warrior Princess for a total of 8 episodes from 1996 until 1999. During this time he also directed two episodes and acted in television films such as Tornado! and Assault on Dome 4. In recent years, Campbell has appeared on episodes of The X-Files, Burn Notice, Psych, Ash vs Evil Dead, and Fargo. He has also taken on roles in films such as Spider-Man, Intolerable Cruelty, My Name Is Bruce, Oz the Great and Powerful, and The Escort.
Lucy Lawless – Xena
Before Lucy Lawless got her big break as the title character on Xena: Warrior Princess, she had her television debut as a cast member of the New Zealand sketch comedy series Funny Business. She then made her way to small roles on Shark in the Park, The Ray Bradbury Theater, and High Tide, before landing a part on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Lawless must’ve impressed producers, because she was brought back to reprise her role in her very own spinoff, Xena: Warrior Princess.
Lucy Lawless – Now
After Xena: Warrior Princess ended, Lawless went on to a very successful acting career. Through the 2000s, she had notable roles on shows such as Two and a Half Men, Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and CSI: Miami. In 2010 she was cast as Lucretia on Spartacus: Blood and Sand, a role which she reprised for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance. Lawless also played Diane Lewis for ten episodes of NBC’s satirical series, Parks and Recreation.
Danielle Cormack – Ephiny
Hailing from the great land of New Zealand, Danielle Cormack started acting with a main role on Gloss from 1987 until 1989. She was then added to the cast of the long-running soap opera Shortland Street in 1992. After taking on a few small roles on television shows like High Tide, The Call Up, and Overnight, as well as movie parts on Snap, A Game with No Rules, and The Last Tattoo, Cormack landed the recurring role of Ephiny on Xena: Warrior Princess in 1995.
Danielle Cormack – Now
After appearing in a total of 8 episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, Danielle Cormack moved on to bigger and better things. In 2009, she was featured on The Cult, a popular New Zealand drama series, for 13 episodes. From 2008 until 2010, Cormack portrayed Shota on Legend of the Seeker. Cormack has appeared in films such as 2000’s The Price of Milk, 2004’s Without a Paddle, and 2009’s Separation City. Most recently, Cormack has received praise for her role as Bea Smith on the award-winning series Wentworth.
Ted Raimi – Joxer
Ted Raimi’s acting career began at age 17 when he started working on industrial films in Detroit for Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. His first credited role came in 1977, with a small part in a short film titled It’s Murder! Raimi’s extensive work on television include parts on shows such as Alien Nation, Twin Peaks, and Baywatch. Raimi joined the cast of Xena: Warrior Princess in 1996 as Joxer. His brother, Sam Raimi was a producer on the show at the time.
Ted Raimi – Now
Ted Raimi has remained busy, acting in various television roles over the years. His most notable film credits include parts in 2002’s Spider-Man, 2004’s The Grudge, 2007’s Spider-Man 3, 2012’s Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, and 2017’s Darkness Rising. On television, you might recognize Raimi from shows such as CSI: NY, Supernatural, or Ash vs Evil Dead. Recently, Raimi has also tried his hand at writing and directing, with credits in Morbid Minutes, My Treat, and Diamonds and Guns.
Willa O’Neill – Lila
Willa O’Neill’s career as an actress began in the early 1990s. Her first roles on television include credits in shows such as The New Adventures of Black Beauty, The Billy T James Show, Melody Rules, and High Tide. From 1992 until 1993 she played Serena Hughes on Shortland Street, alongside a few other fellow future Xena cast members. Before she was cast as Lila, O’Neill also acted in films such as 1990’s An Angel at My Table and 1992’s Secrets.
Willa O’Neill – Now
While she was playing Lilah on Xena: Warrior Princess from 1995-2000, Willa O’Neill also took on two separate roles in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as well as the 1998 television film, The Chosen. O’Neill’s last television role was on a 2014 episode of Step Dave. O’Neill has also been active in films, with roles in 1997’s Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, 2000’s The Price of Milk, and 2015’s The December Shipment. Willa’s focus has now shifted to marriage and family life.
Adrienne Wilkinson – Eve
Before Adrienne Wilkinson portrayed Xena’s daughter, she appeared on episodes of Sweet Valley High, Saved By The Bell: The New Class, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. In 2000, she became Eve on Xena: Warrior Princess and stayed until the show’s 2001 finale.
Adrienne Wilkinson – Now
Following her time on Xena: Warrior Princess, Adrienne Wilkinson starred on the US version of As If as Nikki. She’s also appeared on an episode of Days of Our Lives and has been featured in recurring guest roles on shows like ER and Charmed. While most of her movies never hit it big, Wilkinson still has a long list of credits, including roles in the 2006 short film Yesterday’s Dream, 2013’s Raze, and 2016’s The Life and Death of Julian Finn.
Hudson Leick – Callisto
Believe or not, the actress who we all came to know as villainess Callisto started her career as a model in Japan. After deciding to change career paths, Hudson Leick landed her first role in 1992 on CBS Schoolbreak Special. She was hired for numerous small roles throughout the 1990s, including parts on Law & Order, Knight Rider 2010, University Hospital, Melrose Place, and Hijacked: Flight 285. In 1996, she landed the most notable role of her career, when she joined the cast of Xena: Warrior Princess.
Hudson Leick – Now
Hudson Leick played Callisto on Xena: Warrior Princess from 1996 until 2000. During this time, her character was also featured on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys for individual episodes in 1997, 1998, and 1999. In recent years, Leick has faded out of the limelight but has remained busy, acting on television shows such as Tru Calling, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nip/Tuck, Shark, and Law & Order: LA. She’s also been in the films Paris Connections, All It Will Ever Be, Mid Life Gangster, and Blood Type.