Personally I've always loved the demystified take on the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, but upon watching it again recently, I realized that I recognized all of the cast members from various other things I have recently watched. After checking IMDB, I realized that most of the actors have gone on to do much greater things.
Clive Owen - King Arthur
The leading man himself, Clive Owen went on to be a star of various other high profile films and television shows, such as Sin City, Killer Elite, and Children of Men. He has also been nominated for an oscar for his performance in Closer, which he also won a Golden Globe for. More recently he has starred in the television show The Knick which got him a Golden Globe nomination. Well done to Clive, but he hasn't done as well as some of his fellow King Arthur cast members.
Keira Knightley - Guinevere
The beautiful Keira Knightley shone in King Arthur, at the mere age of 19, and she certainly hasn't slowed down since. She has become a global phenomenon since. After finishing her three Pirates of the Caribbean films, Keira went on to star in a variety of period films, which almost became her typecast role. However, she has also been nominated twice for an oscar: once for her unforgettable performance in Pride and Prejudice, and the other just last year for her amazing portrayal of Joan Clarke alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. Keira is also set to star in Everest later this year, which just released it's first trailer.
Stephen Dillane - Merlin
Now this one I couldn't believe. It wasn't until I looked up the cast on IMDB that I realized that Merlin in King Arthur has since become none other than... wait for it... Stannis freaking Baratheon! That's right, Stephen Dillane has gone from waiting on King Arthur to trying to take over Westeros on Game of Thrones! How's about that for career advancement? Not only that, but he is also one of the stars of The Tunnel, where he plays Karl Roebuck! This guy has done seriously well for himself. He was actually nominated for an Emmy back in 2008 for playing Thomas Jefferson in John Adams.
Ioan Gruffudd - Lancelot
I was very surprised at this one as well. Merlin went on to become a King, but Lancelot went on to become a superhero! Ioan Gruffudd, shortly after appearing in King Arthur, became Mr. Fantastic! He starred in the two Fantastic Four films, before being replaced by Miles Teller for this year's reboot. However, he has certainly kept himself busy, with starring roles in TV shows Ringer and more recently Forever. You can actually check him out right now in cinemas alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in San Andreas.
Mads Mikkelsen - Tristan
Mads Mikkelsen has become a true villain since appearing in King Arthur. He has gone on to become a Bond villain as "Le Chiffre" in Casino Royale, before taking on one of cinema's ultimate villain roles as Dr. Hannibal Lector in the TV series Hannibal. He is absolutely riveting in that role, and a little scary. In fact, he isn't the only one to go onto Hannibal...
Hugh Dancy - Galahad
That's right! Galahad himself went on to face off constantly against Mikkelsen's Dr. Lector as Will Graham. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 2006 for playing the Earl of Essex in Elizabeth I.
Joel Edgerton - Gawain
Joel Edgerton has gone on to star in multiple blockbuster films, which include but are by no means limited to: Warrior, The Thing, Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby. Most recently he even took over Egypt! He played Ramses in Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, and let me tell you, if you ever thought he had too much hair in King Arthur, wait until you see this...
Ray Winstone - Bors
The evergreen Ray Winstone has starred in a whole variety of films since King Arthur. He had a part in his own biblical epic as the villainous "Tubal-Cain" in Noah, and before that he starred in his own action flick The Sweeney. He has even played a god in Percy Jackson and the lightning thief, as God of War Ares. Other various roles he has had include in The Departed, Beowulf and Hugo.
Ray Stevenson - Dagonet
These guys really like ending up as Gods. Is it something about the name Ray? Anyway, Ray Stevenson went on after King Arthur to play Volstagg in the Thor films. When he isn't doing that, he takes a trip to a dystopian future in the Divergent series, where he plays Marcus. Would you believe that he isn't the only King Arthur cast member to be in Thor? Read on.
Stellan Skarsgard - Cerdic
The crazy, vicious Anglo-Saxon leader Cerdic actually went on to play some... more mild mannered characters. You may have caught him as Will Turner's father in the Pirates of the Caribbean series alongside Keira Knightley, or singing in Greece in Mamma Mia, but most recently he has been a mainstay of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr. Erik Selvig, a great friend of Thor's, which is a pretty good place to be.
So what do you think? Are you surprised by what the cast has gone on to do? I'll leave you with the original trailer for King Arthur.