1. “Penelope ‘Penny’ Widemore” (Sonya Walger)
Although Walger’s character, Penelope “Penny” Widemore, wasn’t a main star on Lost, her relationship with Desmond was probably one of the best ones on the show. These days she’s decided to trade in her life of getting all the help she needs to giving it out in USA’s Common Law, where she’s a therapist for a pair of sparring cop partners.
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2. “Jack Shephard” (Matthew Fox)
After starring as the do-gooder doctor Jack Shephard, Fox has stated that he’s not planning to go back into television; however, he recently starred in the stage play In a Forest, Dark and Deep. Also, he got in a bit of trouble for punching out a bus driver. So there’s that.
3. “Kate Austen” (Evangeline Lilly)
Kate’s bold nature has continued to follow Lilly in her years following Lost—and, in fact, so has she continued to work on islands in the Pacific. She’s currently in New Zealand, playing “Elf Tauriel” in Peter Jackson’s new The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (due out this year) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again; where she will undoubtedly be encountering some things at least as bizarre as on the island in Lost.
4. “Sawyer” (Josh Holloway)
These days, Holloway is portraying no-less-of-a-badass-than-Sawyer “Black Rider,” a slightly insane (but lovably so) paintballer on Community, making sure that he continues to keep a tight grip on some kind of gun.
5. “Boone Carlyle” (Ian Somerhalder)
After his days playing Boone, Somerhalder decided to take his pale visage to a more appropriate venue: as vampire “Damon Salvatore” on The Vampire Diaries. While he was missed on Lost, it’s pretty clear he made a good call.
6. “Benjamin Linus” (Michael Emerson)
Not only has Emerson been co-starring in the CBS series Person of Interest since 2011, but he’s actually set to reunite with Terry O’Quinn (Locke) in J.J. Abrams’s upcoming new show, tentatively titled Odd Jobs. The pair will play two retired black-ops agents who still have to do some side jobs to keep the lights on. With that combo, it’d be pretty stupid not to check that bad boy out.
7. “Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes” (Jorge Garcia)
Garcia played probably the most lovable character on Lost, Hurley, and has since continued being a great guy on the new show, Alcatraz, where he plays a PhD with a bit more than a penchant for comic books—he owns a store full of ‘em.
8. “John Locke” (Terry O’Quinn)
O’Quinn (fortunately) hasn’t been able to escape his born-to-play role as a guy who definitely knows that something’s up, even if he needs some time to figure it out. Since his days as Locke, O’Quinn will be appearing in two new supernatural series, 666 Park Ave. and Falling Skies.
9. “Clare Littleton” (Emilie de Ravin)
De Ravin has stayed on screen steadily since her mysterious disappearance on Lost, and she’s set to appear in a somewhat mysterious show: Americana. Mysterious, that is, because it’s unclear what happens in it, but it’s about the fashion world. And she does look good in a dress.
10. “Charlie Pace” (Dominic Monaghan)
In a throwback to his days as a “rock god” on Lost, Monaghan starred with Megan Fox in Eminem’s music video for “Love the Way You Lie” (because, honestly, why wouldn’t you?), but most recently he portrayed the supervillain “Bolt” in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
11. “Sun” (Yunjin Kim)
Kim is set to play a role far, far off from Sun’s obsequious, loyal demeanor in ABC’s upcoming drama, Mistresses. In stark contrast to Sun’s one extramarital affair, in Mistresses, Kim will play “Katie Roden,” one of four female friends who go through “an array of illicit and complex relationships.”
12. “Jin-Soo Kwon” (Daniel Dae Kim)
Much like his character on Lost, Daniel Dae just started playing a role as a man who started off poor and worked his way to the top of the business world—albeit in a slightly more honorable manner—in Nickelodeon’s recently premiered sequel to Avatar, The Legend of Korra.
13. “Sayid Jarrah” (Naveen Andrews)
Since playing the uncompromising badass former Republic Guard Sayid, Andrews had to deal with some “issues” in his personal life, but will be returning to the screen in similarly sick roles in Rise of an Exile and Creature of the Black Lagoon in 2012.
14. “Michael Dawson” (Harold Perrineau)
Michael wasn’t exactly a great “team player,” but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to protect your kid… right? Ever since he set sail in the South Pacific, he’s been focusing on getting a musical career started, but he will also be voicing the main character from Marvel’s new “Blade” anime, starting this fall.
15. “Shannon Rutherford” (Maggie Grace)
As you might’ve noticed, there’s a trend among many of the actors on this list: they went on to pick up roles that had similar traits to their characters on Lost. Grace is no exception. She most recently played “Irina,” a similarly cold but intriguing vampire in the two-part Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
16. “Desmond Hume” (Henry Ian Cusick)
Desmond was one of the most dynamic characters on Lost—and appropriately troubled—and he has continued his awesome way of keeping us guessing with his role as “Stephen Finch,” a womanizer who can’t decide if he should actually settle down, on ABC’s new show Scandal.
17. “Mr. Eko” (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)
Adewale has settled down considerably from the intensity of Mr. Eko, taking some time off after he asked to be written off Lost (his parents had just passed away), but recently he returned to the screen as a guest star on Monk and as “Derek Jameson” in 2011’s The Thing.