From 2000 to 2005, Queer as Folk was America’s first TV series to exclusively focus on the lives and loves of gay and lesbian characters. Love it or hate it, we had to watch it — and now there's even talk of bringing it back in some form. Here’s what the talented cast has been up to since the historic show went off the air more than a decade ago.
Gale Harold (Brian Kinney)
Since his star-making turn on QAF, Harold has performed on stage and has been a series regular on TV shows including Vanished, Desperate Housewives, Hellcats, The Secret Circle, and most recently on Syfy’s futuristic Defiance.
Randy Harrison (Justin Taylor)
The show’s uber-twink appeared on Broadway in Wicked, and regionally at the Yale Repertory Theater, The Guthrie Theater, and Shakespeare Theatre DC. He starred with Michael Urie in the comedy film Such Good People and was recently seen on TV’s Mr. Robot. He's currently starring as the Emcee in the National Tour of Cabaret.
Peter Paige (Emmett Honeycutt)
Paige has voiced characters on the animated Rick & Steve and American Dad! Along with guest roles on Grey’s Anatomy, Without a Trace, CSI: Miami, The Closer and Bones, he produces ABC Family’s long-running gay-friendly series The Fosters.
Hal Sparks (Michael Novotny)
The outspoken standup comic shares his politically progressive views on radio and in TheHuffington Post. Sparks voiced the title role in the animated series Tak & the Power of Juju and he currently stars on the sci-fi comedy series Lab Rats.
Sharon Gless (Debbie Novotny)
After playing QAF’s ultimate PFLAG mom, the former Cagney and Lacey star went on to play recurring TV roles opposite Jason Isaacs in The State Within, on Nip/Tuck, and in the long-running series Burn Notice.
Michelle Clunie (Melanie Marcus)
The sexy brunette has guest-starred on a slew of TV shows including House M.D., The Mentalist, Lie to Me and NCIS. Clunie has been a series regular on Make It or Break It, and can be currently seen as Mrs. Finch on Teen Wolf.
Thea Gill (Lindsay Peterson)
After two seasons as Diana Childs on the gay horror series Dante’s Cove, Gill starred in films including Mulligans, The Boy She Met Online, and Mother Country, and in TV’s disaster flick Stonados. She recently lent her voice to the animated film The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul.
Scott Lowell (Ted Schmidt)
Lowell has guest-starred on TV shows including Criminal Minds, Heroes and Castle. He’ll soon star in the comic web series Adoptable, which he wrote, loosely based on his own experiences searching for his birth parents back in the '90s.
Robert Gant (Ben Bruckner)
Since his QAF days, the out gay heartthrob has done memorable guest turns on shows including Hot in Cleveland, Mike & Molly and Happily Divorced. Gant had a recent recurring role on The Young and the Restless, and currently plays Zor-El on the new series Supergirl.
Sherry Miller (Jennifer Taylor)
Her post QAF films include the gender-swap comedy It’s a Boy Girl Thing, and the gay cop thriller Ice Blues. Miller’s recurring series roles include jPod, The Best Years, Bitten, and Nickelodeon’s recent series Open Heart.
Harris Allan (James “Hunter” Montgomery)
The young actor, who played a teen runaway-turned-hustler on QAF, made his film debut in A Home at the End of the World. Since then, he’s appeared in the TV musical movie Spectacular! and in the gay teen comedy film Date and Switch.