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The stars of BBC's Being Human whose glittering careers were launched by the UK answer to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

By David Prince

Being Human was a supernatural show that looked at what life would have been like if a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost tried to live together. After five series between 2008 and 2013, including a total recast later, the show brought many of its stars to the attention of the nation.

Originally starting out in Totterdown, Bristol, the show won many fans with its horror-comedy mix and, from the third series, moved location to Barry Island and was set at the fictional B&B Honolulu Heights. The show was so successful over here in the UK that it was taken and remade for the American market which aired for four seasons, although most fans would say that the British one was far superior.

Alongside the third series, an online spin-off was made - Becoming Human - starring Craig Roberts. The house that doubled for Honolulu Heights even went up for sale back in 2014, amid a fan-led campaign to buy the property and restore it However, they were unable to raise the money for the sale. Below we look at what happened to the stars and catch up with what they are doing now.

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Annie Sawyer - played by Lenora Crichlow

Lenora Crichlow as Annie (BBC Pictures)

Lenora was the longest-running cast member of Being Human as she played the ghost, Annie Sawyer, from series one until series four.

Annie is the ghost that is haunting the house that she lived in with her fiancé, where she is joined by new housemates John Mitchell and George Sands, who are able to see her due to their own supernatural powers.

After leaving the show in 2012, Lenora appeared in the White Bear episode of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, along with appearances in the ABC sitcom Back In The Game and NBC's A to Z.

She can also be seen in The Big Ugly and most recently Morbius.

John Mitchell - played by Aiden Turner

Aidan Turner as Mitchell (BBC Pictures)

Aidan Turner played vampire John Mitchell for the first three series of the show, who is trying to abstain from blood-drinking and moves in with co-worker and werewolf George and ghost Annie.

Aidan is no stranger to the small screen as since leaving the show at the end of series three, he has famously played the role of Ross Poldark in the 2015 BBC adaptation of the Poldark novels, along with Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics, and Kili in The Hobbit trilogy.

George Sands - played by Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey as George (BBC Pictures)

Russell Tovey was one of the only actors from the pilot episode who continued in the main show.

Tovey played George Sands throughout all of the first three series but was written out early in series four.

Since leaving the show, Tovey has been busy with roles in Him & Her, Sherlock, The Job Lot, Looking, voicing Ray Terrill in The Flash, along with Years and Years and even narrating Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.

William Hendrick - played by Jason Watkins

Jason Watkins as Herrick in Being Human (BBC)

Jason Watkins appeared as the main villain of the first series and then recurred throughout the next two series.

Jason has been seen in various television shows with appearances in Trollied, W1A, and also played Prime Minister Harold Wilson in series three of The Crown.

One of his most renowned roles was that of Christopher Jefferies in the TV movie The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, which told the real-life story of the titular retired schoolteacher, who was questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Joanna Yates.

Nina Pickering - played by Sinean Keenan

Sinead Keenan as Nina (Todd Antony Photography/BBC)

Sinead played Nina throughout the first three series, and was made a main character in the third. As with the others, Sinead has kept busy since her time on the show ended.

Her roles include Little Boy Blue, where she played the mother of murdered Rhys Jones, along with Three Families, Showtrial and a cameo in the latest series of Derry Girls. It was recently announced that Sinead is replacing Nicola Waler in the hit ITV crime drama Unforgotten.

Tom McNair - played by Michael Socha

Michael Socha as Tom (PA Photo/BBC)

Joining during series three and becoming a part of the main cast from series four, Michael Socha played Tom until the show ended.

Since then, Michael has been seen in the film Svengali, along with appearances in Once Upon A Time/Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and reprising his role as Harvey in the This Is England TV series, along with popping up in Electric Dreams and Chernobyl.

Hal Yorke - played by Damien Molony

Damien Molony as Hal (BBC/Touchpaper - Photographer: Steve Brown)

Damien Maloney joined the Being Human cast as vampire Hal Yorke, which was his first television credit. Within the show, his vampire was a part of The Old Ones, a group of ancient vampires hellbent on returning, and Hal had a very important decision to make.

Outside the show, Damien has had roles in Ripper Street, Suspects, Crashing, GameFace, Brassic and, more recently, just like Sinead Keenan, a cameo in the latest series of Derry Girls.

Alex Millar - played by Kate Bracken

Kate Bracken as Alex (BBC/Touchpaper - Photographer: Huw John)

Kate Bracken joined the show for its fourth and fifth season as the resident ghost at Honolulu Heights, just before Lenora left the show after the fourth season. Kate has been busy appearing in Misfits, One of Us and Killing Eve.

Lia Shaman - played by Lacey Turner

Lacey Turner as Lia (BBC)

Over the years, the show has also had its fair share of cameos and guest appearances from the likes of Lacey Turner, who played ghost Lia Shaman and teamed up with Mitchell for two episodes in Series three.

We have seen some show-stealing turns from other well-known actors too such as Melanie Walters, Mark Lewis Jones, Craig Roberts, Mark Gatiss, Robson Green, Paul Kayt, Phil Davis, and its creator Toby Whitehouse.

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