THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'The Hobbit'

Warner Bros. Picture‘The Hobbit’ was originally a book.
  • “The Hobbit” was first published in 1937 and was later adapted to a trilogy in 1954, then films.
  • There are three films in “The Hobbit” trilogy and they were released in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Actors like Cate Blanchett, Stephen Fry, and Martin Freeman have been in a variety of movies and TV shows since being in “The Hobbit” movies.

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote “The Hobbit,” published in 1937, for his children. The book was soon followed by the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, published in 1954.

“The Hobbit” was also adapted into three films, starting in 2012 with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was released in 2013 and “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” was released in 2014.

Each film tells a different part of the story of Bilbo Baggins, a peaceful hobbit, who goes on an adventure with 13 dwarves to help them rescue their treasure from the evil dragon Smaug. On their journey, they come across trolls, eagles, giant spiders, and elves before finally making it to the Lonely Mountain and battling against goblins.

It’s been six years since the first “Hobbit” film was released. Here’s what the cast of the three films is up to now.

Martin Freeman played Bilbo Baggins.

MGMPrior to his role, Martin Freeman was in the UK version of ‘The Office.’

Bilbo is the main character of the films, a peaceful hobbit who gets roped into being a “burglar” for 13 dwarves trying to rescue their long-lost treasure.

Before being cast in the leading role in the fantasy film trilogy, Martin Freeman acted on the British sitcom “The Office” from 2001 to 2003. He was also in “Love Actually” in 2003, “Shaun of the Dead” in 2004, “Hot Fuzz” in 2007, and he began his recurring role as Dr. Watson on the BBC’s TV series “Sherlock” in 2010.

Now, Freeman continues to act in high-profile films and television shows.

Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesHe was in ‘Black Panther.’

Freeman has continued to play Dr. Watson and also earned a role as Lester Nygaard in the television series “Fargo.” He’s also appeared in the films “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (2016), “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), and “Black Panther” (2018). He has also produced two documentaries.

Richard Armitage played Thorin, the lead dwarf.

Warner Bros. / MGMHis character’s full name was Thorin II Oakenshield.

As Thorin, Richard Armitage starred as the lead dwarf of the group that Bilbo joined on their way to the Lonely Mountain.

Before taking on Thorin, he played John Thornton in the BBC miniseries “North & South” in 2004 and he had a role in “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011.

Armitage is still acting, taking on film roles and starring as the lead in a television show.

Getty/Donna WardHe was in ‘Ocean’s 8.’

Since “The Hobbit” trilogy has been completed, Armitage continues to act, taking film roles in “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (2016) and “Ocean’s 8” (2018). He also stars as the lead in the television series “Berlin Station.”

Ken Stott played the dwarf Balin.

New Line CinemaBalin was a close advisor to Thorin.

Scottish actor Ken Stott took on the role of dwarf Balin, a close advisor to Thorin.

Before Balin, Stott won the Laurence Olivier Award for best actor in a supporting role in the 1995 play “Broken Glass.” He was nominated for several other Olivier awards for his work on stage and was nominated for British Academy Television Awards for his roles on “The Vice” (2001) and “Hancock and Joan” (2009).

Stott won an award for his supporting role on “The Missing” after “The Hobbit” films ended.

Dave J Hogan/GettyHe has since been nominated for a BAFTA.

After “The Hobbit,” Stott quickly started work on “The Missing” in 2014 in the role of Ian Garrett. In 2015, he was nominated for a BAFTA for best supporting actor for that role. The same year, he won the best supporting actor in television in the British Academy Scotland Awards for the same role.

Graham McTavish played Dwalin.

New Line CinemaPrior to ‘The Hobbit,’ McTavish had a few roles on television.

Before he got the role as Dwalin the dwarf, Graham McTavish had smaller roles in television shows including “Numb3rs,” “NCIS,” “Lost,” “CSI: Miami,” and “Pushing Daisies.” He also played a regular character on “24” in 2010 and starred in the film “Secretariat” in 2010.

McTavish has since landed a role in “Outlander” and several hit films.

Today, McTavish is best known for his role as Dougal Mackenzie in the popular television show “Outlander” and he also starred in films “Creed” (2015) and “The Finest Hours” (2015).

He recently appeared in “Aquaman” and he is currently working to direct his first project,“This Guest of Summer,” which he will also be starring in.

William Kircher played Bifur as well as one of the trolls in the first “Hobbit” film.

New Line CinemaWilliam Kircher as Bifur.

William Kircher played Bifur. He also voiced one of the three trolls in “An Unexpected Journey.”

Kircher has since starred in a number of short films and a recently released horror film.

Since the third “Hobbit” movie has been released, Kircher has moved to Los Angeles and has been credited in several short films and smaller movies.

His most recent feature film, “The Axiom,” is a horror movie that was released earlier this month.

James Nesbitt played Bofur in “The Hobbit.”

New Line CinemaPrior to this role, Nesbitt was in a British comedy.

Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt played the dwarf Bofur in the “Hobbit” trilogy. Before that role, he is most famous for his leading role as Adam Williams in the popular British comedy “Cold Feet,” which initially ran from 1997-2003.

Nesbitt is now starring in the reboot of a 1997 British TV series “Cold Feet” and he has had several other recurring television roles.

Nesbitt has taken on recurring roles on several television shows, including on “The Missing,” since “The Hobbit” finished filming. In 2016, the long-running “Cold Feet” was revived, including Nesbitt’s lead character. The show is still running and has episodes scheduled to be released in 2019.

Stephen Hunter played Bombur.

New Line ProductionsHe played one of the dwarves.

Playing one of the dwarves journeying to reclaim their lost treasure, Australian actor Stephen Hunter landed his breakout acting role.

Hunter is continuing to land roles on television.

In 2016, Hunter landed a recurring role on the Australian TV show “Janet King” and he continues to pick up other television appearances.

Dean O’Gorman played Fíli.

New Line ProductionsFíli’s brother is Kíli.

Although he had several roles before “The Hobbit,” New Zealand actor Dean O’Gorman is most known for his role as Fíli, the brother to dwarf Kíli.

O’Gorman has since starred in a few films and gotten married.

Richard Shotwell/O’Gorman has taken on a few roles since.

Since his role in the trilogy films, O’Gorman has acted in the 2015 film “Trumbo” with Bryan Cranston. O’Gorman also married Sarah Wilson in 2016.

Aidan Turner played Kíli, brother to Fíli.

Warner Bros.He plays Fili’s brother.

Kíli the dwarf, played by Irish actor Aidan Turner, is the brother to Fíli. In “The Hobbit” the two brothers are the youngest of their company. In the film trilogy, Kíli also falls in love with an elf woman named Tauriel.

Before playing Kíli, Turner performed in stage productions and some Irish and British television shows.

Turner now stars in the leading role on the BBC television show “Poldark.”

In 2015, Turner was cast for Ross Poldark, the lead in the TV show “Poldark.” The series is expected to return in 2019, though it is unlikely to continue further, according to RadioTimes.

John Callen played the dwarf Óin.

Warner Bros. EntertainmentÓin is shown as having medical skills.

Although he has played numerous roles on television and in movies, John Callen is best known for playing Óin, one of the dwarves in “The Hobbit” films and brother to Gloin.

Callen has continued to act in TV shows and short films.

His most recent role will be an appearance on a TV show based in New Zealand in 2019.

Peter Hambleton played the dwarf Glóin and voiced one of the trolls in the first “Hobbit” film.

New Line CinemaThe dwarf Glóin.

Peter Hambleton played Glóin, brother to Óin, in the “Hobbit” films, which is the role he is best known for. He did, however, win a New Zealand Film and TV Award for best supporting actor in 1995 for his role in “The Last Tattoo.”

Hambleton has since starred in a couple of television shows.

The New Zealand actor has made two television appearances since “The Hobbit” films were released, one in 2015 and one in 2018, according to IMDb.

Jed Brophy played Nori and had previously played an orc in the “Lord of the Rings” films.

New Line CinemaHe was in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ before being Nori in ‘The Hobbit.’

Before playing the dwarf Nori in “The Hobbit,” Jed Brophy played orcs in “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” He also had roles in the 2005 “King Kong” film and the 2009 film “District 9.”

Brophy has since been credited with a regular role on a 2016 TV show and he was in several films.

Since “The Hobbit,” Brophy had a recurring role on the fantasy drama TV series, “The Shannara Chronicles” in 2016 and had a role in a TV miniseries earlier this year. He and Mark Hadlow also starred in a 2018 New Zealand film called “Blue Moon.”

Mark Hadlow played the dwarf Dori and one of the trolls in “An Unexpected Journey.”

Warner Bros. PictureHe was in two ‘Hobbit’ movies.

Before being cast as Dori in “The Hobbit,” Mark Hadlow most notably performed in the 2005 film “King Kong,” among other film and television performances.

Now, Hadlow has voiced a character for an animated New Zealand children’s television show.

Hadlow has a recurring role in a new animated children’s show that takes place in New Zealand. This year he also starred in “Blue Moon” with “Hobbit” co-star Jed Brophy.

Adam Brown played Ori and it was his first film role.

New Line CinemaHe played a young dwarf.

In his first-ever film role, Adam Brown played the young dwarf Ori. Brown also co-founded a comedy writing and performing group called Plested and Brown.

Brown still works with his performing group and has earned roles in other films.

Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty ImagesBrown voiced a character in ‘The Emoji Movie.’

Brown has continued to work with Plested and Brown, but has also gotten roles in the films “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “The Emoji Movie.” He also made an appearance in the television show, “The End of the F***ing World” in 2017.

Sir Ian McKellen played the wizard Gandalf.

Warner Bros. via YouTube screengrabHe was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

Gandalf, played by Sir Ian McKellen in both the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” trilogy, convinces Bilbo to help the dwarves on their quest to rescue their treasure.

Aside from playing Gandalf in the “LOTR” films (for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 2002 for “The Fellowship of the Ring”), the decorated actor previously played countless roles including Magneto in several “X-Men” films and James Whale in “Gods and Monsters,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar for best actor in 1999.

A famed actor, McKellen continues to take on roles in film, television and on stage.

McKellen has continued to play Magneto in recent “X-Men” films and he played Cogsworth in the 2017 live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” He also played Spooner in the Wyndham’s Theatre production of “No Man’s Land” in 2016.

Cate Blanchett played Galadriel.

New Line CinemaBlanchett had been in multiple movies before landing this role.

Although Galadriel doesn’t come into Tolkien’s writing until the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Hobbit” filmmakers added her into the prequel films.

Galadriel was played by Cate Blanchett, whose previous movie roles include: “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Elizabeth,” “An Ideal Husband,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” and “Hanna.” She also won an Oscar for her performance in “The Aviator” in 2004.

Blanchett hasn’t slowed down since “The Hobbit.”

Kevork Djansezian/GettyImagesBlanchett has been nominated for multiple awards since.

Blanchett has been in a number of successful films since the “Hobbit” trilogy including the live-action “Cinderella,” “Carol,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Ocean’s 8,” “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” and “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.”

She won an Oscar for her performance in “Blue Jasmine” in 2013 and was nominated for an Oscar for “Carol.”

Benedict Cumberbatch played Smaug the dragon and voiced the Necromancer.

Warner Bros.Smaug the dragon in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch donned a special motion-capture suit to play the role of Smaug, the dragon who stole the dwarves’ treasure, in the last two “Hobbit” films. He also voiced the Necromancer, an evil sorcerer.

Cumberbatch was already known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television series “Sherlock,” starring alongside Martin Freeman. Cumberbatch also starred in “12 Years a Slave,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Atonement,” and “The Other Boleyn Girl,” among other titles.

Cumberbatch continues to be a successful actor.

Gareth Cattermole / Getty ImagesHe’s well-known for his role in ‘Sherlock.’

Taking on the role of Dr. Strange in several Marvel films, Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock,” and the voice of Shere Khan in “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” Cumberbatch has continued to maintain a successful acting and voiceover career.

In 2015, he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” and has been nominated several times for his role as Sherlock.

Lee Pace played the elf king, Thranduil.

Warner Bros. / MGMBefore ‘The Hobbit,’ he was in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.’

Canadian actor Lee Pace played the arrogant Woodland elf king Thranduil, who was seen in all three “Hobbit” films.

Before “The Hobbit,” Pace played Ned in the short-lived comedy “Pushing Daisies.” That role got him nominated in 2008 for a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award. He also played Garrett in the “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”

Pace picked up roles in Marvel films, on television shows, and on the stage.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesHe’s starred in a few movies since.

Before the third “Hobbit” film was released, Pace also starred in the 2014 “Guardians of the Galaxy” film and will continue the role in the 2019 film “Captain Marvel.” He also played Joe MacMillan in the TV show “Halt and Catch Fire” from 2014 to 2017.

Sylvester McCoy played wizard Radagast the Brown.

Warner Bros. / The Desolation of SmaugMcCoy is a Scottish actor.

Radagast the Brown, one of the wizards in Middle Earth played by Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy, helped Bilbo and the dwarves throughout their journey at various times.

Among his long list of acting credits, McCoy played The Doctor in a few seasons of “Doctor Who.”

McCoy has acted in several TV series and short films since “The Hobbit.”

McCoy held a recurring role on the television show “Sense8” and had spots on other television shows and short films.

Manu Bennett played Azog, the orc leader, in all three films.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailerManu Bennett is unrecognizable with all of the special effects and editing.

Even though the evil orc leader Azog was dead in the book, “Hobbit” filmmakers decided to bring him back for the movie trilogy. You wouldn’t necessarily recognise him with all the special effects, but Azog was played by Manu Bennett in all three films.

Before taking his role as Azog, Bennett played in the film “The Marine” with John Cena and the TV show “Spartacus.”

Over the course of the “Hobbit” films, Bennett picked up a role on the television show “Arrow.”

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesBennett was in ‘Arrow.’

After “The Hobbit,” Bennett played Slade Wilson, a character on the television show “Arrow.” He also had a recurring role on a smaller television show, “The Shannara Chronicles.”

Evangeline Lilly played the beautiful elf Tauriel.

Warner Bros. / MGMBefore starring in the film, she was in ‘Lost.’

Tauriel, an elf character introduced in the second “Hobbit” film, was played by Evangeline Lilly. Tauriel and dwarf Kili fall in love in the films, though her character did not exist in the book written by Tolkien.

Before “The Hobbit” Lilly was best known for her role as Kate in the hit series “Lost.”

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Lily now plays a high-profile Marvel character.

David Livingston/GettyShe’s since played a superhero.

After “The Hobbit,” Lilly took the role of Hope van Dyne in the 2015 “Ant-Man” film, which was followed by a sequel earlier this year. Her character becomes the superhero the Wasp and will have a role in the 2019 Avengers film “Avengers: Endgame.”

Luke Evans played the hero Bard in the second and third “Hobbit” films.

Warner Bros. EntertainmentHe became the king of Dale.

As Bard, Luke Evans played the hero who slew Smaug the dragon and went on to become the king of the new kingdom that was created after the dragon was killed.

Before becoming a dragon slayer, Evans starred in films including “Clash of the Titans,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “Fast & Furious 6,” among others.

Evans went on to star in more high-profile films, most notably the live-action film “Beauty and the Beast.”

Frazer Harrison/GettyHe played Gaston in the 2017 live-action version of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

Between “Hobbit” films, Evans played Vlad in the 2014 film “Dracula.” Once the “Hobbit” films were completed, he went on to play Gaston in the 2017 live-action film “Beauty and the Beast.” He also starred in “The Girl on the Train,” “Furious 7,” and “The Fate of the Furious.” He also earned a recurring role on a new television show released this year called “The Alienist.”

Orlando Bloom starred as the elf Legolas in the last two “Hobbit” films.

Warner Bros.His character was a beloved elf.

Although Legolas isn’t in “The Hobbit” book, writers brought back the beloved elf for the films of the Lord of the Rings prequel. Aside from his role as Legolas in the “LOTR” trilogy films, Bloom is also well known for his role as Will Turner in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

After “The Hobbit,” Bloom has starred in several action films, including the newest “Pirates” movie.

The British actor has since starred in films such as “Unlocked” and “Romans.” He also stars in the fifth “Pirates” film, released in 2017, “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Stephen Fry played the Master of Laketown in the second and third “Hobbit” films.

Warner Bros. EntertainmentHe’s almost unrecognizable.

Famous British actor Stephen Fry played the greedy Master of Laketown in the last two “Hobbit” films.

Fry’s long list of roles in the television and film include Deitrich in “V for Vendetta,” Oscar Wilde in “Wilde,” Mycroft Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” and Dr. Gordon Wyatt in “Bones.”

Fry has continued acting.

Fry’s acting career has continued to take off since the third “Hobbit” movie. He’s had roles in the films “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and “Love & Friendship” as well as roles in several other series.

Stephen Colbert had a small role as a spy in the second “Hobbit” film.

Warner Bros., MGMColbert had a minor role in ‘The Hobbit’ series.

Talk show host and “Lord of the Rings” fan Stephen Colbert had a small role in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Although he is most known for being a talk show host and writer, Colbert has also had a number of small parts in films and on television, including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “The Office.”

Colbert continues to host “The Late Show” on CBS.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesColbert hosts ‘The Late Show.’

Even though his cameo in “The Hobbit” didn’t carry Colbert more into the world of feature films, he has still made appearances on television shows including “House of Cards,” “Rick and Morty,” and “BoJack Horseman.”

Colbert continued to host the satirical “Colbert Report” until 2014 and in 2015 took over hosting “The Late Show” on CBS, which he still hosts today.

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