Terry O'Quinn (John Locke)
The Movie CV: O’Quinn’s most memorable film role came as serial family-killer Jerry Blake, in hammy ‘80s slash-em-up The Stepfather . That’s about as far as it goes in terms of Hollywood leads, although he does pop up in Old School as Luke Wilson’s hard-ass boss.
Was Lost His destiny? Blake arrives into families' lives as a kindly father figure, before turning into a knife-wielding maniac. That's John Locke's six season story-arc right there.
Matthew Fox (Jack Shepherd)
The Movie CV: Before hitting mega-stardom, the Party Of Five regular had notched up just the one film credit, in teen comedy My Boyfriend’s Back . Never heard of it? It’s worth a look, if only for casting Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a high-school jock!
Was Lost His Destiny? Fox was pretty much untried as a leading man, but People Magazine did include him as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People In The World , back in 1996, solid preparation for Jack’s numerous shirtless scenes on the island.
Josh Holloway (James "Sawyer" Ford)
The Movie CV: Another relative unknown pre- Lost (an appearance in an Aerosmith vid aside), Holloway did star as psychotic lover-man Sean (alongside fellow Lostie Jeff Fahey) in ropey erotic thriller Cold Heart .
Was Lost His Destiny? Sawyer is a charmer with an edge, but he’s not a nutcase like the perma-grinning Sean. That said, there’s enough Sean in Sawyer to suggest Holloway will be playing brooding bad-boys for a while to come yet. Hopefully with that Southern twang intact. He sounds weird without it.
Naveen Andrews (Sayeed Jarrah)
The Movie CV: A Londoner by birth, Andrews’ career high-point came as Indian sapper Kip in Anthony Minghella’s Oscar-hogging war flick, The English Patient . That’s overlooking the obvious high of Mighty Joe Young , of course…Oh and then there was Rollerball . Good job Lost happened when it did, eh?
Was Lost His Destiny? Kip and Syeed aren’t a million miles apart, both being military men with a penchant for the romantic. Syeed is a bit more torture-happy, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less of a softie. Actually, maybe it does…
Dominic Monaghan (Charlie Pace)
The Movie CV: An overnight superstar after his part in the Lord Of The Rings juggernaut. Amid all the forces-of-darkness-based hand-wringing, Monaghan provides the saga’s comic relief, clowning around with Billy Boyd as Hobbit duo Merry and Pippin.
Was Lost His Destiny? In a way, yeah, with Charlie (like Merry) serving to lighten things up whenever Jack and Sawyer’s perennial cock-measuring gets a bit intense. That said, Merry’s only vice was the occasional puff of pipeweed…we’ve yet to hear of a hobbit with a heroin problem.
Michael Emerson (Ben Linus)
The Movie CV: Having mainly worked on the stage and small screen, Emerson shot to Tinseltown prominence with his role in the first instalment of the Saw franchise, playing Jigsaw’s creepy puppet, Zep.
Was Lost His Destiny? Oh hell yes. Emerson takes his unsettling weirdo routine to new heights as Lost ’s resident baddie, the reptilian Ben Linus. Even when he (possibly) mends his ways in the final season, he still gives us the creeps… Snivelling bad-guys don’t get much more chilling than this.
Harold Perrineau (Michael Dawson)
The Movie CV: Best loved for his turn as Leo’s cross-dressing mate Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet , Perrineau also has another baffling sci-fi saga under his belt, having played crewman Link in the Matrix sequels. Don’t remember him? You were probably asleep through those…
Was Lost His Destiny? Whilst Mercutio and Link were out-and-out goodies, Michael sells his friends down the river at the first opportunity. Although he is doing it for his son… in any case Perrineau does a bang-up job with one of the show’s more tortured individuals.
Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet Burke)
The Movie CV: A TV regular Stateside ( ER, Boston Legal, CSI etc), there’s no question as to which film we remember Elizabeth Mitchell for. That’s right, she was Angelina Jolie’s girl-on-girl lover in steamy fashion biopic Gia ! Bravo Elizabeth… bravo.
Was Lost Her Destiny? Not really. Juliet Burke is a much more straight-laced character, despite managing to get her hands on both Jack and Sawyer. Sadly, there hasn’t been a sniff of her getting her hands on Kate.
Jeff Fahey (Captain Frank Lapidus)
The Movie CV: Fahey’s got a CV as long as your arm, but his standout movie has to be The Lawnmower Man . That’s right, raggedy old Captain Frank is none other than braying simpleton Jobe Smith! Minus the denim dungarees, thankfully.
Was Lost His Destiny? Not really. Although both characters have plenty of sci-fi weirdness to contend with, Smith is a dim-witted hayseed, whilst Lapidus is a grizzled old wise-ass. As Sawyer points out, “he looks like he wandered in from a Burt Reynolds movie.”
Michelle Rodriguez (Ana Lucia Cortez)
The Movie CV: Pre- Lost, Rodriguez had carved out a niche for herself as Hollywood’s go-to girl for take-no-shit bad-asses, as seen in everything from low-key indie flicks ( Girlfight ) to wham-bam blockbuster fare ( Resident Evil, The Fast And The Furious ). What’s wrong with a nice, pretty frock, eh Michelle?
Was Lost Her Destiny? Put it this way, take-no-shit bad-ass Ana Lucia wasn’t much of a stretch. Her supposed “chemistry” with Sawyer on the other hand, was less than convincing. Bit of a half-baked character this one, if you ask us.
Ian Somerhalder (Boone Carlyle)
The Movie CV: A former model, Somerhalder’s breakthrough role was as smirking pretty boy Paul Denton in The Rules Of Attraction , a bisexual college student who finds himself with a crush on James Van Der Beek. Remember him? Nope, thought not.
Was Lost His Destiny? It makes sense. Somerhalder also played “beautiful but conflicted” in 2002’s Changing Hearts , and Boone is another in the same mould. After all, a fling with your stepsister will tend to mess you up a bit. Not that he had long to wrestle with it once the Island got involved…
John Hawkes (Lennon)
The Movie CV: Don’t recognise the name? How about Pete Bottoms? Ring any bells? Right, okay well he’s the hapless liquor store clerk at the beginning of From Dusk Til Dawn who soon finds himself on the wrong side of Quentin Tarantino’s nutjob. Hawkes was in American Gangster too, but that wasn’t half as cool. Sorry Denzel.
Was Lost His Destiny? Well he’d already ticked off CSI, Deadwood and 24 so it was only a matter of time. That said, Lennon’s beardy mystique is a change of pace from Hawkes’ typically affable persona.
John Terry (Christian Shepherd)
The Movie CV: No, not that one. As far as we know the Chelsea skipper hasn’t made any movies… although The News Of The World are probably sitting on one as we speak… Anyhow, this John Terry cropped up opposite Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights . He plays Bond’s old mucker Felix Leiter, Jeffrey Wright’s character in the Daniel Craig flicks.
Was Lost His Destiny? Terry is right at home as the ageing smoothie with an eye for the ladies. However, whilst Felix was one of the good guys, Christian… well he was all right when he was alive…
Sam Anderson (Bernard Nadler)
The Movie CV: The sort of jobbing actor you vaguely recognise, but can’t put your finger on. Well, we’ll help you out. He was Tom Hanks’ high school principal in Forrest Gump . And he had a bit-part in Hot Shots: Part Deux . And then there was Critters 2 … maybe we should leave it there.
Was Lost Their Destiny? He’s a bit of a shit in Forrest Gump , using his position as principal to take advantage of Forrest’s old dear. Bernard on the other hand, is a lovely old gent with a heart of gold. We like him better.
Fionulla Flanagan (Eloise Hawking)
The Movie CV: With plenty of heavyweight credits under her belt ( Transamerica, Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood , er… Waking Ned ?) Flanagan has been around the block a few times, but she’s probably best remembered for her turn as the spooky old housekeeper in The Others .
Was Lost Their Destiny? Definitely. Playing another off-key old dame in Eloise Hawking, Flanagan pinches every scene she’s in, particularly when she crops up in Desmond’s eerie “other life”. And what was the name of that film again? The Others … coincidence?
Ken Leung (Miles Straume)
The Movie CV: Another familiar face, with a string of big-name movies in the bank including turns in Rush Hour, AI and Vanilla Sky . Leung was once described as being, “equivalent to Phillip Seymour Hoffman as far as talent’s concerned.” Then again, that was Brett Ratner speaking.
Was Lost His Destiny? It’s a pretty good fit, particularly given Miles’ alternate-life as a copper. Leung played police in Saw , remember? And you know who he was tracking, of course… that’s right, it was Michael Emerson! It’s all connected, we’re telling you!
Alan Dale (Charles Widmore)
Th e Movie CV: Despite turning up on practically every hit TV show of the last decade, old Jim Robinson hasn’t really made the jump to the silver screen. That said, he did bag himself a role in Star Trek Nemesis , turning up as Vulcan Praetor Hiren.
Was Lost His Destiny? Wealthy, sinister old-boy? Dale’s played this role in everything from The O.C . to 24 ! It’s still not certain whether Widmore’s intentions towards the island will be for the good or bad, but we wouldn’t mind betting things will take a turn for the villainous before long.
Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday)
The Movie CV: Plenty of Serious Acting chops on Davies’s CV, with roles in Solaris and Lars Von Trier’s Dogville lining up alongside such box-office-friendly fare as Rescue Dawn and Saving Private Ryan .
Was Lost His Destiny? Faraday is certainly no soldier, although Davies’ turn as a prisoner of war in Rescue Dawn shows hints of the scientist’s doe-eyed vulnerability. Solaris is a better bet, with Jezzer on full-on pointy-fingered beardy-weirdy form. Seriously, his character is essentially Daniel Faraday on a spaceship.
Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana Verdansky)
The Movie CV: Fairly sparse, but she did star opposite Viggo Mortensen in horsey saga Hidalgo . Robinson plays the feisty sheikh’s daughter Jazira, a horse-rider to rival Viggo himself! Plum role on paper, duff film in reality.
Was Lost His Destiny? Robinson plays another tough-chick on the Island, starring as the mysterious Ilana, one of Jacob’s acolytes. Is it just us, or does she seem a bit like a reheated version of Ana Lucia? At least she was killed by a bullet wound. Ilana’s eventual exit is far more comical…
Cheech Marin (David Reyes)
The Movie CV: First stop has to be the Cheech and Chong series, the stoner farce that made our man Cheech a household name. Factor in Robert Rodriguez’s continued patronage (“apple-pie pussy” anybody?) and Marin is arguably one of the biggest stars to appear in Lost !
Was Lost His Destiny? A boozing, philandering slacker, Hurley’s old man is a walk in the park for Cheech who’s made a career out of playing, you guessed it, boozing, philandering slackers! We’re just waiting for the scene where he skins up...