Any TV lover from the 1990s and 2000s is likely to be very familiar with the fantasy drama, Charmed, that aired on The WB (now CW) network for a total of eight seasons.
For some of the original cast, they were already established names when they joined Charmed, and the show only served to enhance their reputation. Alyssa Milano, for example, was already famous for her portrayal of the character Samantha Micelli in the ABC sitcom, Who’s The Boss from the 1980s. Ted King and Shannen Doherty were also pretty seasoned before they were cast in the series.
On the other hand, there were those actors who only got their big break when they joined Charmed. Rose McGowan came on board in 2001, as a replacement for the exiting Doherty. This was the role that put her on the map. The same can be said of younger members of the cast, including the likes of Drew Fuller and Kaley Cuoco. It’s been 15 years since the series finale aired. How have the Charmed actors done for themselves?
A Pioneering Show
The plot for Charmed is summarized on Rotten Tomatoes: “A group of sisters discover they are witches. Luckily for the world, they’re of the good variety. Banding together in their ancestral home in San Francisco, they work together to fight evil, with each having a specific, special power.”
“Although outwardly they are average women, with jobs, relationships and friends, they are also powerful witches, but when they work together, their powers are enhanced. As The Charmed Ones, their destiny is to protect innocents from evil.”
Charmed’s 178 episode-run made it the second-longest running show in the history of The WB. That record is still held today by 7th Heaven. Brenda Hampton’s family drama lasted an impressive 11 seasons (243 episodes). Charmed is seen in modern times as a pioneering show. A whole host of other similar programs have found inspiration from it. Witches of East End, The Originals and Salem are some of the shows that have employed similar tropes.
Charmed started out with Doherty, Milano and Holly Marie Combs playing the super-powered Halliwell sisters. Doherty left the show before her two colleagues, as her character Prue was killed off at the end of the third season.
In her first major gig after Charmed, she hosted the first season of Syfy’s Scare Tactics. She has continued to work both behind and in front of the camera, although her spell as Prue Halliwell remains to be her last central role in a major TV series. Presently, Doherty’s net worth is estimated to stand at around $5 million.A
Milano and Marie Combs lasted until the final season, and the latter even doubled up as a producer starting from Season 5. Their pathways have also somewhat mirrored each other since, as they have only starred in one main TV role each: Marie Combs portrayed Ella Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars, while Milano played Savi Davis in Mistresses. Another notable cameo for Milano was in the 2011 comedy flick, Hall Pass, which starred Owen Wilson.
Strikingly, even their wealth metrics are not too dissimilar. Milano’s net worth is approximated to be about $10 million. Marie Combs is said to be about $4 million richer than that.
A Neat Twist
Doherty’s departure was not pre-planned by the producers, and they had to come up with a creative way to replace her. In a neat twist, they brought McGowan on board to play Paige Matthews, a half-sister to the original trio who was also endowed with her own set of special, mystical powers.
Much like her colleagues, McGowan would point back to Charmed as her most prominent role on TV to date. Nonetheless, she has continued to have a tangible presence both on the big and the small screen. Her entire estate is currently valued at about $3 million. McGowan was also among the actresses who came out with allegations of abuse against Harvey Weinstein in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
One significant, recurring character in Charmed is the half-demon Cole Turner/Belthazor, portrayed by Julian McMahon. McMahon was a part of the cast between Seasons 3 and 5. He currently headlines CBS’ crime drama, FBI: Most Wanted and has an estimated net worth of about $16 million.
Charmed has undoubtedly produced a solid number of multi-millionaires, yet the richest of them all was not a part of the show until the final season. Kaley Cuoco joined Season 8 at the age of 21. She would later go on to become best known for her role as Penny in CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. She is currently estimated to be worth a whopping $100 million, which is way more than any of her Charmed colleagues.