Over the course of six seasons on The Walking Dead, we’ve watched out favorite post-apocalyptic survivors traverse from bad idea to bad idea. And while we’ve seen their looks go from rough, to bloodied, to…well, DEAD, we’ve also seen them grow a ton on the show, too.
This made us wonder what the cast looked like before they landed these dream jobs on one of the hottest shows on television. And here’s what we found.
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes on the show.
Andrew Lincoln before the show.
Lincoln famously romanced Keira Knightly in Love Actually, prior to his time killin’ walkers.
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon on the show.
Norman Reedus before the show.
Reedus actually modeled for designers like Prada in the ’90s, waaay before donning his angel-winged leather vest.
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee on the show.
Steven Yeun before the show.
Yeun actually had a guest spot on The Big Bang Theory, just before landing his iconic role in The Walking Dead.
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene on the show.
Lauren Cohan before the show.
Cohan previously played Bela Talbot on the show Supernatural prior to The Walking Dead.
Danai Gurira as Michonne on the show.
Danai Gurira before the show.
Gurira is actually an accomplished, award-winning playwright as well.
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes on the show.
Chandler Riggs before the show.
Riggs starred opposite Robert Duvall in a film called Get Low, before getting chased by walkers.
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier on the show.
Melissa McBride before the show.
McBride played film buff “Nina” on Dawson’s Creek years before making her mark on The Walking Dead.
Sonequa Martin as Sasha Williams on the show.
Sonequa Martin before the show.
Once Upon a Time fans may also recognize Martin as “Tamara” from the show.
Michael Cudlitz as Abraham Ford on the show.
Michael Cudlitz before the show.
Loooong before joining the main crew of The Walking Dead, Cudlitz starred along side a baby Leonardo Dicaprio on Growing Pains.
Lennie James as Morgan Jones on the show.
Lennie James before the show.
Before The Walking Dead, James had a long and accomplished career on TV in other shows like Buried and Jericho.
Laurie Holden as Andrea on the show.
Laurie Holden before the show.
Before meeting a grim end on The Walking Dead, Holden starred as Agent Olivia Murray on acclaimed series The Shield.
Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh on the show.
Jon Bernthal before the show.
Before joining The Walking Dead, Bernthal actually played Al Capone in the film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon on the show.
Michael Rooker before the show.
Long before his time with The Walking Dead, Rooker starred in films like JFK and Mallrats.
David Morrissey as The Governor on the show.
David Morrissey before the show.
Before donning his famous eyepatch, Morrissey actually spent some time in Jane Austen-land starring in a BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.
And finally, Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene before the show.
Scott Wilson before the show.
Before losing his life and limb to walkers, Wilson starred in films like Monster and Dead Man Walking.