It doesn't really feel like it's been nine months since the wildly popular Sons of Anarchy ended it's six-year run on FX. The hard hitting biker drama shredded the hopes and dreams of viewers with all the Shakespearean level tragedy that befell the characters on a regular basis, but that's kinda why we loved it.
One of the outstanding features of Sons of Anarchy was it's cast, and though we might eventually get to see some of them returning in the First 9 prequel and the spin-off Mayans show, a lot of them have hung up their SoA boots for good. Shame shame. But what are they up to now then?
Charlie Hunnam - Jackson Nathaniel "Jax" Teller
A complicated and tormented man, Jax spent most of the series trying to figure out how to protect his family: his wife Tara and his two sons. After Tara's death he realised that the only way he could stop his children from going down the same path was to remove himself completely from their lives so he killed himself, dying on his bike as his father had.
After turning down the lead male role in 50 Shades of Grey, Hunnam spoke about his "nervous breakdown" over the role. Despite wanting to take on the character, he was busy wrapping Sons of Anarchy Season 7 and working on Guillermo del Toro's upcoming horror film Crimson Peak so - overstressed and overworked - he had to turn the role down.
"I just had like … frankly, something of a nervous breakdown. I just couldn’t transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours. I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it … It was one of those damned if you do, damned if you don’t situations."
Katey Sagal - Gemma Teller Morrow
The matriarch of SAMCRO, Katy Sagal's indomitable Gemma Teller Morrow was a fan favourite despite her morally shady background. Following the death of Tara at her hands as a result of a misunderstanding during the Season 6 finale viewer support started to fall though, and she went increasingly off the rails during the final season. She was eventually killed by Jax as revenge for Tara's death, and she welcomed his revenge: "I love you Jackson from the deepest, purest part off my heart. You have to do this sweetheart, it's who we are. ... I'm ready."
Katey Sagal is currently busy working with her husband - SoA showrunner Kurt Sutter who also portrayed Otto Delaney - on The Bastard Executioner. The new show is a Welsh historical epic in which she plays Annora of the Alders, a mysterious lady in a long grey wig. She's also currently filming Bleed for This, a biographical drama based on the life of former World Champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, in which she portrays Vinny's mother Louise Paziena.
Ron Perlman - Clarence "Clay" Morrow
One of the heavyweights of the show, Perlman garnered fame for such roles as Vincent in the Beauty and the Beast TV series in the 1980s and the titular character in Hellboy and it's sequel. In Sons of Anarchy he played SAMCRO President and anti-hero Clay Morrow. A controversial anti-hero type character; he started off as the patriarch and President and eventually fell far from grace, becoming one of the most violent and terrifying characters on the show.
Perlman's next anti-hero role is as Judge Pernell Harris in Hand of God, where he plays a corrupt judge who begins receiving messages from God after his son tries to kill himself. The voices lead him down a violent path however... Hand of God has now released Season 1 on Amazon Video, so if you liked him as Clay Morrow there's worse things you could do than check that out.
Maggie Siff - Dr. Tara Grace Knowles-Teller
Before Sons of Anarchy Maggie Siff was best known for her turn as Rachel Menken Katz on Mad Men, and since her character, Tara Knowles-Teller, was killed off in the bloody Season 6 finale Maggie Siff has been hard at work elsewhere.
She's featured in three feature length films: The 5th Wave, A Woman A Part and The Sweet Life - all due to be released next year. She's currently working on Billions as a main cast member alongside Damien Lewis, an upcoming TV show also set to release next year. Watch this space!
Ryan Hurst - Harry "Opie" Winston
Fan favourite Opie was killed off in Season 5 - self-sacrificed as penitence to satisfy Damon Pope. It was a hard-hitting, brutal, unexpected death and it had a profound effect on Jax and influenced everything that followed afterwards.
Before Sons Hurst was best known as Gerry Bertier in Remember the Titans, but he's also appeared in numerous TV shows (usually on an episode-by-episode basis) and voiced Jedidiah in the animated film Rango alongside Johnny Depp.
He won a Satellite Award for his portrayal of Opie, and since then he's appeared in TV series Bates Motel and King & Maxwell, and purchased a 3,400 square-foot home with his wife in California for $1.7 million. Not bad.
Mark Boone Jr - Robert "Bobby Elvis" Munson
After appearing in over 70 movies throughout his career, including Christopher Nolan's Memento and Batman Begins, Mark Boone Jr joined Sons of Anarchy as founding member Bobby Munson. He was tortured and eventually killed off during Season 7 by crime boss August Marks as a warning to SAMCRO. Poor Bobby.
In real life Boone Jr is faring much better; since the show's end he's appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Life of Crime and funnily enough - an episode of Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen. He's currently filming The Birth of a Nation, a 2016 historical drama about Nat Turner - the African-American slave who led a slave rebellion in Southampton in 1831.
Kim Coates - Alexander "Tig" Trager
Fun fact: did you know that the actor who portrayed the wonderfully inappropriate Tig is actually a Shakespearean stage actor? With a turn on Broadway as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and the titular role in Macbeth at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Coates has a pretty varied CV.
The Canadian actor has been in more films than you can shake a stick at, and since Sons of Anarchy hasn't slowed down one bit. On TV he's appeared in two episodes of Crossing Lines, and is currently filming as the titular character in comic-book adaptation feature Officer Downe and sports comedy Goon: Last of the Enforcers.
Tommy Flanagan - Filip "Chibs" Telford
Another, slightly less fun, fact: Chib's distinctive facial scars weren't fakes. Tommy Flanagan has 'Glasgow Smile' scars on his face as the result of a knife attack outside a nightclub where he had been working as a DJ more than 20 years ago.
Active since the early 90s, Flanagan has appeared in a multitude of film and TV series over the years. Since Sons of Anarchy he's appeared in Peaky Blinders and 3 episodes of Revenge, and is currently filming Running Wild alongside Sharon Stone. He's also the spokesperson for the Scottish soft-drink/hangover cure Irn-Bru, so there's that too.
Theo Rossi - Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz
Ah, poor Juice. He had a bad run of it the last few seasons, ultimately paying the ultimate price for betraying SAMCRO - stabbed in the neck with a scalpel by Marilyn Manson (who played white-supremacist Ron Tully). At least he got to choose the mode of his death, going out in as composed and graceful a manner as he could.
Rossi is currently filming psychological thriller When the Bough Breaks and drama Low Riders (which also stars Melissa Benoist and Eva Longoria). Both are due for release in 2016. As for his TV roles, he was recently announced to be playing the menacing street-criminal Shades in Marvel's Luke Cage, which will debut on Netflix next year.
Dayton Callie - Police Chief Wayne Unser
A long time ally of SAMCRO, Chief Unser spent the latter part of the show dying of cancer. But it wasn't the illness that ended his life, but Jax himself. He tried to stop Jax killing Gemma - the woman he's been in love with for years - and lost his life as a result. At least you tried Wayne. At least you tried.
After a long and varied career, weighted towards episodic TV work, Callie has recently appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and provided the voice of the Veterinarian in Archer episode Coyote Lovely. He'll appear next in Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival - an upcoming horror musical. Now there's an image.