The cast of The Wire now: a terrible death, a prison sentence, and a blockbuster film hit.


The cast of The Wire have all faced a range of different things since the series ended, from a tragic overdose which led to the death of Michael K Williams, to the Hollywood success of others

Gritty crime drama The Wire has been voted the best TV show of the 21st century.

The HBO series, which ran from 2002 to 2008, charted the lives of cops and criminals in the US city of Baltimore and became a slow-burning hit.

Now it has beaten off competition from shows including Mad Man, Breaking Bad and Fleabag to top a list of best programmes from the last 21 years, as chosen by TV experts.

A lot has happened to the cast of The Wire since the popular HBO series ended in 2008, but where are they now?

Here James Moore looks at what happened to The Wire’s biggest stars…

With his scar and trademark shotgun concealed under his long coat, homosexual “stick-up man” Omar became one of the show’s most iconic villains.

Williams later starred in TV’s Boardwalk Empire, but he became addicted to drugs after The Wire finished admitting: “I was playing with fire. It was just a matter of time before I got caught.”

He died, aged 54, of an accidental overdose at his home in New York home last month.

Winning fans’ hearts as a hapless junkie, the actor was offered free heroin by locals while starring on the show and ended up “drinking heavily” himself during filming.

The 53-year-old has since landed parts in shows including hip hop drama Empire.

The actor hid his British accent to get the part of the brainy drug lord – and his career has since taken off.

Elba landed the lead role as a detective in the crime drama Luther and starred in films including Thor and The Suicide Squad.

Voted the sexiest man alive, the sometime DJ and 49-year-old father-of-two has been married three times.

He wed model Sabrina Dhowre in 2019.

Starring as detective and best pal to McNulty he would later appear in films ­including Selma and as a lawyer on TV’s Suits. He admits: “I know it will be the first line of my obituary, but I love it – I’m happy that I’ll forever be Bunk”

Now 57, he recalls he and fellow cast members didn’t think The Wire would take off, turning to each other and saying: “Man, I don’t think this s*** is going anywhere.”

The Eton-educated Brit,. Brinkwire presents summary news.


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