Willa O’Neill as Lila – Then
Willa O’Neill had been in the acting game for numerous years before she took on the role of Lila in Xena: Warrior Princess – and it’s fair to say that she was a character to remember. Yes, Willa first came to our attention in the early ‘90s when she was cast in major TV shows and movies. Most notably, she worked on drama shows such as High Tide, The New Adventures of Black Beauty, Shortland Street, and Melody Rules. However, Xena fans will always know her for appearing in their favorite show.
Willa O’Neill – Now
As well as working on Xena: Warrior Princess, Willa was also chosen to play smaller characters in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys at the same time. After these roles, she managed to impress the movie world with her appearance in the drama movie, ‘Topless Women Talk About Their Lives’, and the indie movie, Scarflies. In fact, these two movies earned her two New Zealand Film and TV Awards! Although she hasn’t completely retired from acting nowadays, Willa is now taking it slow and spending more time with her family.
Stephen Lovatt as Phlanagus – Then
Like almost all of the other actors on Xena: Warrior Princess, Stephen Lovatt was born and bred in New Zealand. He trained under some of the best drama teachers in the country and eventually made his debut into the professional world. Before taking on the role of the tough Phlanagus in Xena, he worked on some of the biggest television shows of the time. This included Shortland Street, Typhoon’s People, High Tide and Mysterious Lands. His luck continued to grow when he was chosen for new roles in Xena: Warrior Princess.
Stephen Lovatt – Now
In fact, Stephen Lovatt not only took on the role of Phlanagus in this television series. He also appeared as the evil character of Hades in the early 2000s. However, it seemed as though his real claim to fame was yet to come, because just a few years after Xena came to an end, Stephen was offered his most famous role to date. In 2002 he made his way to Ramsey Street to take on the role of Max Hoyland in Neighbours. He is still acting to this day.
Alexandra Tydings as Aphrodite – Then
We all know the legend of Aphrodite, and it must have been such an honor for Alexandra Tydings to take on such an iconic role. Amazingly, her appearance in Xena: Warrior Princess wasn’t the first time she became the goddess of love. She had first donned her floaty dress and beautiful locks in a few episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Fans at home fell in love with Alexandra and her character, and the producers knew that they would have to bring her onto the Xena team.
Alexandra Tydings – Now
To this day, Alexandra Tydings is still remembered for her role as Aphrodite. However, that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t worked on anything since. After the show came to an end, Alexandra worked on a stream of movie and television roles until she took her final bow in a 2008 episode of the crime drama, The Wire. Since then, Alexandra has used her experience and her talent to write and direct movies that showcase her views on society and the way women are portrayed in society. In fact, she has written and directed two movies.
Manu Bennett as Marc Antony – Then
After living between New Zealand and Australia as a child, Manu Bennett later made his way back to New Zealand to attend college and play rugby for his school – but he soon realized that he wasn’t interested in sports any longer. Instead, he wanted to learn more about drama and dance, so took himself to L.A to start his new life. It was here that he managed to score his first few acting roles and start to make a name for himself. In 2000, he was offered the chance to appear on Xena: Warrior Princess as Marc Anthony.
Manu Bennett – Now
Although he has not been the most successful actor to come from Xena: Warrior Princess; it’s fair to say that Manu Bennett has done pretty well for himself. Since leaving the show behind him, Manu has worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters, including The Hobbit franchise, Beta Test, and more. As if that wasn’t enough, the actor has also scored himself recurring roles on shows such as Arrow, The Shannara Chronicles, and Spartacus. Unfortunately, he was arrested for assault in 2015, but he seems to have now changed his life around.
Ted Raimi as Joxer – Then
Amazingly, Ted Raimi got his first professional acting gig when he was just 17 years old – and the rest is history! Before nabbing his role of Joxer in Xena: Warrior Princess, he had worked on drama shows such as Baywatch, Twin Peaks, and Alien Nation. When his brother landed the job as the producer for Xena: Warrior Princess in 1995, it seems as though Ted did everything he could to get a role. In the end, he became Joxer the Mighty. Although he tried to be a warrior, he just couldn’t quite get the hang of it.
Ted Raimi – Now
Thankfully, Ted Raimi has managed to maintain a fairly successful career in the world of Hollywood since the show came to an end. It seems as though having a movie producer brother has worked in his favor over the years, because Ted has often worked alongside his brother in blockbuster movies, including the superhero trilogy, Spider-Man. In recent years, Ted has worked on numerous TV show and movies and racked up numerous acting credits. He is currently working as a voice actor for the children’s comedy series, Buddy Thunderstruck.
Charles Mesure as Michael – Then
It might surprise you to know that Charles Mesure is not a Kiwi like much of the Xena cast. In fact, this actor was born in England and then moved to Australia when he was just five years old. After falling in love with acting at a young age, Mesure ultimately studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art before making his professional debut. One of his first acting gigs came in the form of the television show, City Life. This exposure ultimately led to his new role as Michael on Xena: Warrior Princess.
Charles Mesure – Now
Some actors try to break into the movie industry, while there are others who are content with the television lifestyle. Charles Mesure has made it clear over the course of his career that he is suited to the world of television. Thankfully, his talent is obvious to those that have worked with him, because he has been able to work on some of the most incredible shows to date; including Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, Once Upon A Time, and Burn Notice. Yes, he’s still going strong today!
Karl Urban as Julius Caesar – Then
Many of the actors who appeared in Xena: Warrior Princess also appeared in its predecessor, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Karl Urban was no different and actually made his debut as Julius Caesar in Hercules. However, he soon made his way over to the world of Xena: Warrior Princess and became a recurring character. With his bleached hair and his rough and ready look, Julius did everything he could to stop Xena in her tracks. They battled it against each other for much of the series.
Karl Urban – Now
Karl Urban is perhaps one of the most famous actors to have come from the Xena: Warrior Princess family. Since leaving the show, the New Zealand actor has worked on countless movie sets and television shows and added some pretty impressive acting credits to his repertoire. Most notably, he has taken on leading roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the fantasy movie, Pete’s Dragon. As if that wasn’t enough, Karl Urban also took on the main role in the sci-fi action movie, Dredd.
Darien Takle as Cyrene – Then
A warrior princess is only as strong as her mother, which is where Cyrene came in. As the mother of Xena herself, Cyrene proved to be a huge role model and character in the series – and it seems as though Darien Takle was also a big deal. The actress had first made her acting debut in the 1970s and managed to maintain a busy schedule throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. So, it came as no surprise to fans of her work when they saw her don her Grecian outfit and appear on the show.
Darien Takle – Now
Darien Takle was lucky enough to work on Xena: Warrior Princess until the show came to an end in 2001, and she has since been able to maintain her career. Although she has often broken into the world of Hollywood and blockbuster hits, she has largely spent her time taking over her home country of New Zealand. In fact, she is a major celebrity amongst the Kiwis and has won numerous awards for her work in film and television. This work is still ongoing today.
Renee O’Connor as Gabrielle – Then
Amazingly, Renee O’Connor made her professional acting debut when she was just 16 years old and immediately began to make a name for herself. Although she worked on numerous shows before taking on the role of Gabrielle, it was this role that really pushed her into the realm of stardom. In Xena: Warrior Princess, Renee played the lowly farm girl who just happened to befriend Xena. Yet, over the course of the series, she grows stronger and stronger and into one of the most impressive warriors across the land.
Renee O’Connor – Now
As one of the main characters on the show, Renee managed to keep her place on Xena: Warrior Princess for all six seasons. When this journey came to an end, Renee decided to change the course of her career and start her own production company where she has since produced numerous movies. Yet, that doesn’t mean she has left her acting career behind her. To this day, Renee is still acting on the stage and on the screen, in movies and television shows. In fact, her latest movie is currently in post-production.
Hudson Leick as Callisto – Then
It probably won’t surprise you to know that Hudson Leick first made a name for herself as a model. Her blonde hair and big eyes proved to be hugely successful in Japan, but she soon grew tired of the modeling world. So, she decided to try her hand at acting – and she was offered her first professional gig in 1992. During the early ‘90s, Hudson was able to score herself small roles in major shows such as Law & Order and Melrose Place. However, her true claim to fame came in 1996 when she was cast as Callisto.
Hudson Leick – Now
Hudson Leick’s character weaved her way in and out of the Xena storyline for around four years, and her character also made an appearance on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys every once in a while. As soon as this role came to an end, Hudson struggled to maintain her career and was only really offered short stints on television shows and independent movies. Although she still acts when the opportunity arises nowadays, she spends most of her time working as an intuitive counselor and yoga instructor in New South Wales.
Adrienne Wilkinson as Eve – Then
When Eve came onto our screens, we couldn’t help but notice that she looked pretty darn familiar. Although we hadn’t seen her in her Grecian get up before, Adrienne Wilkinson had worked on some of our favorite teen comedy shows, including The New Class, Saved By The Bell and Sweet Valley High. When she joined the cast of Xena: Warrior Princess in 2000, she took on the role of Eve. As the result of an immaculate conception, Eve was the daughter of Xena herself – which means she was kind of a big deal.
Adrienne Wilkinson – Now
It’s fair to say that Adrienne Wilkinson made quite an impression on the set of Xena: Warrior Princess. Although she only worked on the show for a small amount of time, she was able to make a name for herself and score numerous acting gigs when the show came to an end. Most notably, she has worked on numerous soap operas and comedy shows, including As If, Days of Our Lives, Charmed, and ER. Wilkinson is still acting to this day and has recently worked on the sci-fi series’, Star Trek: Renegades and Star Wars: Rebels.
Marton Csokas as Borias – Then
Like many of the actors and actresses on this list, Marton Csokas had been in the acting world for a few years before being cast as Borias in Xena: Warrior Princess. Before he became Xena’s lover and the father of her son, he had worked on numerous television shows – including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Alongside this, Csokas worked on smaller, more independent movies, including Twilight of the Gods and A Game With No Rules. However, his crowning glory came when he made his Xena debut in 1997.
Marton Csokas – Now
Since winning over the love of Xena, Marton Csokas has been on a path to success that just keeps getting higher and higher every single year. Since the show came to an end, he has worked tirelessly on movies and TV shows that have thrust him even further into the limelight. In the movie world, he has been lucky enough to work on blockbusters such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Alice in Wonderland, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Equalizer. He has most recently worked on the fantasy TV series, Into the Badlands.
Meighan Desmond as Discord/Sturgina – Then
This New Zealand native followed in the footsteps of her co-stars throughout much of her early career. Not only did she appear on fantasy shows such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Young Hercules and, of course, Xena: Warrior Princess – but she also worked on the classic Kiwi show, Shortland Street. However, Meighan was a little different to her Xena co-stars, because this actress didn’t just have one role on the show. Instead, she took on the characters of Discord and Sturgina. When she wasn’t involved in these episodes, she was Ted Raimi’s personal assistant.
Meighan Desmond – Now
After her acting roles in Xena: Princess Warrior, Meighan Desmond struggled to maintain her place in the tough world of show business. While she did manage to score herself numerous acting credits, they slowly but surely faded away from her. Nevertheless, Meighan has been persistent in her career and has since been able to score work behind the scenes to pay the bills and stay in the spotlight. In recent years she has worked as part of the art department and even a special effects runner for numerous shows and movies.
William Gregory Lee as Virgil – Then
If you cast your mind back to the mid ‘90s, you might remember that William Gregory was a prominent face on your screens. He grabbed his breakout role in a TV movie before taking on minor characters in major television shows and movies such as Beverly Hills, 90210, Clueless, Rude Awakening, The Young and the Restless and more. His life took a turn when he was cast as Virgil in six episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess because this role gave him the attention he needed to turn his acting career up a notch.
William Gregory Lee – Now
Although he didn’t work on Xena: Princess Warrior for very long, it gave him the leg-up he needed to truly make it big in the world of acting. In the years following the show, he was able to take on roles on major drama television shows, including JAG, Baywatch, NCIS, Femme Fatales, and CSI:NY. As if that wasn’t cool enough, this actor has also taken on leading roles on popular shows such as Dante’s Cove and Justified. However, he has been a little quiet on the acting front in the last few years.
Tsianina Joelson as Varia – Then
Although Tsianina Joelson joined the Xena cast as Varia for just one year, her rough and ready attitude and her tough warrior skills definitely shone through the crowd. It seems as though Tsianina didn’t have to worry too much about putting on a front during this role – because she was just as passionate in real life. After making her way into the pageant world as a teenager, Tsianina knew that she wanted to eventually become an actress. With pure grit and determination, she eventually found her way!
Tsianina Joelson – Now
While working on Xena: Warrior Princess, Tsianina was also racking up numerous other acting credits to add to her repertoire. During this time, she worked on movies such as Bring It On, American Pie 2, and I Shaved My Legs For This. After this initial peak in her career, Tsianina began to lose traction and struggled to find work. In fact, her last acting role came in 2009 when she appeared in the indie drama movie, According to Greta. It seems as though she is now enjoying quality time with her husband and family.
Catherine Boniface as Meridian – Then
When you watched Meridian on your screens, you probably thought that Catherine Boniface was a natural actress. However, it seems as though she never intended to be an actress. After graduating from high school, Catherine decided to go to college to earn her degree in Social Sciences. Before too long she decided to give acting a try – and soon realized that she loved it. She later attended the New Zealand School of Performing Arts and landed one of her first acting roles on the set of Shortland Street.
Catherine Boniface – Now
After taking on the role of Meridian in Xena: Warrior Princess, Catherine Boniface was inundated with all kinds of acting opportunities that could further enhance her career. She gladly accepted these roles and has managed to stay fairly busy today. In recent years, she has worked on numerous movies and television shows including Nothing Trivial and Raising Waylon. As if that wasn’t cool enough, Catherine has also tried to break into the writing world and has already written and directed her first play that was first performed at the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Claire Stansfield as Alti – Then
If you put your Xena memory skills to the test, you might remember that Claire Stansfield took on the role of Alti in this incredible show. This talented actress actually spent much of her childhood moving between London and Canada, but eventually settled in London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama. When she graduated with flying colors, Claire decided to move once again and try to crack the world of Hollywood. It was here that she was cast in some of her first professional acting roles, including Xena: Warrior Princess.
Claire Stansfield – Now
During the ‘90s and ‘00s, Claire Stansfield had a full schedule of acting roles under her belt. She was cast in numerous movies and television shows, but she soon realized that the acting world wasn’t quite for her. Just a few years after her time on Xena came to an end; Claire decided to venture into a new realm and create her own clothing line. C&C California was born in 2002 and offered customers everyday clothing and sportswear. Although she sold the company in 2005, it’s believed that Claire is still active in the fashion world.
Bruce Campbell as Autolycus – Then
It seems as though the world of acting is all about the talent that you possess, but also who you know. When Bruce Campbell made his way into the acting world as a youngster, he struggled to break his way into the industry. However, when he stumbled upon a friendship with Sam Raimi, the two began to use their creative genius together and create their own movies and shows. So, when Sam started working on the Xena predecessor, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, it made sense for Bruce to take on the role of Autolycus in both Hercules and its spinoff.
Bruce Campbell – Now
Although he may have only taken on eight episodes in Xena: Warrior Princess, it was enough to get him noticed in the world of show business. Since then, he has been able to sustain a hugely successful career and even continued to work with Sam Raimi within his other productions. In fact, Bruce has worked on major blockbuster movies such as Oz the Great and Powerful, Spider-Man, My Name is Bruce and The Escort. As if that wasn’t cool enough, he’s also written his own autobiography and his own fictional book series.
Danielle Cormack as Ephiny – Then
As soon as Danielle Cormack made her way into the acting world, the New Zealand native was snapped up for larger roles in long-running productions. Her first two-year role came in 1987 when she appeared in Glass, and she was later added to the famous cast of Shortland Street. Alongside this, Danielle also worked on shows such as Overnight and High Tide. In 1995, Danielle was offered the role of a lifetime when she was given the chance to take on the recurring character of Ephiny in Xena: Warrior Princess.
Danielle Cormack – Now
Since appearing in Xena: Warrior Princess, Danielle Cormack has been extremely busy. As one of the most famous women to come out of the show, she has worked on some of the biggest production both in New Zealand and across the world. In recent years, she has made a name for herself as Bea Smith in the hugely popular prison drama, Wentworth. In 2018 alone she has worked on two plays and three different television shows, including the Australian drama series, Secret City, where she took on the leading role.
Timothy Omundson as Eli – Then
Timothy Omundson took on the role of Eli in six episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, but it’s fair to say that he was already pretty famous before taking on this character. In fact, during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Timothy was working on some of the biggest comedy shows, sitcoms and soap operas the world of Hollywood had to offer. Yes, he worked on the likes of Days of Our Lives, Seinfeld, The George Carlin and Married…With Children. However, he’ll always be Eli to Xena: Warrior Princess fans.
Timothy Omundson – Now
Since leaving the world of Ancient Greece behind him, Timothy Omundson has been able to maintain a hugely successful career – especially in the world of television. Although he has taken on minor role in the past, he has also been able to bag leading and recurring roles in numerous shows. Most notably, he has worked on the legal drama show, Judging Amy, the comedy-drama, Psych, and the fantasy show, Galavant. He’s currently waiting to get started on the untitled Psych The Movie sequel right now, where he will reprise his role as the main character.
Jennifer Sky as Amarice – Then
After breaking out into the modeling world when she was just 15 years old, Jennifer Sky soon grew tired of the repetitive nature of fashion and wanted more from her life. So, she decided to make a move into the world of acting two years later. She was immediately snapped up by producers and worked on some of the biggest television shows of the moment, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pacific Blue, and Emerald Cove. In 1999, she was offered the role of a lifetime when she was asked to join the cast of Xena: Warrior Princess as Amarice.
Jennifer Sky – Now
Since taking on the role of Amarice in Xena: Warrior Princess, Jennifer Sky has been able to continue her acting career and rack up her acting credits. She has worked on major blockbuster movies such as Shallow Hal, Meet Market, and Fish Without A Bicycle, and has even been able to maintain her place in the world of television. In recent years she has worked on shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dragnet, and Fastlane. However, she has since tried to spend more time with her family.
Lucy Lawless as Xena – Then
No show called Xena: Warrior Princess would be complete without Xena herself – and Lucy Lawless had the pleasure of taking this character on. Before she donned her battle armor, Lucy had begun to make a name for herself on New Zealand television. She had worked on comedy shows and dramas, and even made her debut in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. This role was the one that changed her life because the producers of the show eventually decided to give her her own spinoff! Here, she could bring the Warrior Princess even further into our lives.
Lucy Lawless – Now
To this day, Lucy Lawless is still remembered for her role as Xena. It’s not surprising, really. She spent a whopping six years on the show and has since built up a huge fan following from those who are still being introduced to it. Because of this exposure, Lucy has been able to maintain a fairly successful acting career in the world of Hollywood. Most notably, she has worked on sitcoms such as Two and a Half Men, Parks and Recreation, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She’ll always be Xena to us!