Breaking Bad cast now – Oscar nominations, health scares and penning thrillers

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Breaking Bad is one of the most revered TV shows in history.

The AMC series ran from 2008 – 2013 and helped usher in the golden age of television.

Picking up a number of Emmy and Golden Globe awards during its years onscreen, the show's success also introduced an era of new household names such as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk.

With spin-off TV series Better Call Saul and the 2019 Jesse Pinkman movie El Camino ensuring its ongoing legacy, the actors who helped craft Breaking Bad's success have moved on to bigger and brighter things across all sectors of the entertainment industry.

But where are the cast now? Daily Star has delved into the archives to bring you the latest…

Bryan Cranston

Before his breakout role as Walter White in Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was best known for his portrayal of Hal in the hit TV sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.

Following Breaking Bad's global success, Bryan starred as Dalton Trumbo in a 2015 biopic of the Hollywood screenwriter and picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

In 2016, he starred opposite James Franco and Zoey Deutch in the comedy film Why Him?.

Last year, he played the titular role in the tense TV drama, Your Honour.

Bryan will next appear in Matthew Vaughn's all-star 2022 film Argylle which also stars John Cena, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Dua Lipa and Henry Cavill.

He also recently recovered after contracting coronavirus.

Of the long-term effects he experienced following the disease, Bryan previously told The Ellen DeGeneres Show: "The only thing that lingered, and still is to this day, is that I lost a percentage of my ability to taste and smell.

"I think about 75 per cent has come back, but if someone was brewing coffee and I walk into a kitchen, I cannot smell it."

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul was plucked from near-obscurity when he shot to fame as the beloved Jesse Pinkman.

Following Breaking Bad's success, the actor starred in the lead role of The Path TV series from 2016 – 2018.

In 2019, he returned as Pinkman in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie and reunited with former co-stars Bryan Cranston and Krysten Ritter.

Aaron later appeared as a wrongly convicted murderer in the first season of the Apple TV+ series Truth Be Told and is currently staring as Caleb Nichols in Westworld.

Later this year, he will star opposite Karen Gillan in the sci-fi thriller movie Dual.

Krysten Ritter

The death of Jane Margolis at the end of Breaking Bad season 2 remains amongst the franchise's most shocking moments.

Portrayed by actress Krysten Ritter, she recently told PeopleTV's Couch Surfing of the scene: "It was intense, and I will never forget it."

Following Jane's death in Breaking Bad, Krysten secured the lead role as Jessica Jones in both Jessica Jones and Marvel's The Defenders.

She played the role from 2015 – 2019 when Netflix dissolved its entire Marvel TV universe ahead of the launch of Disney+.

In 2017, Krysten also branched out into novel-writing with the release of her first book, Bonfire.

The thriller follows a journalist who returns to her hometown and uncovers the truth about a girl's disappearance years earlier.

Krysten will next appear alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Lily Rabe and Jesse Plemons in Love and Death.

The HBO Max drama recounts the real-life murder of Betty Gore at the hands of her friend Candy Montgomery.

Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk made headlines earlier this year when he suffered a health scare on the set of Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul.

The 58-year-old was rushed to hospital after suffering a "small heart attack" while filming the series in New Mexico in July.

Updating fans following the incident, he said: "I had a small heart attack. But I'm going to be ok thanks to Rosa Estrada and the doctors who knew how to fix the blockage without surgery.

"Also, AMC and SONYs support and help throughout this has been next-level."

After making a swift recovery, Bob returned to film the show earlier this month.

Earlier this year, the Saul Goodman actor starred in the action thriller Nobody.

Betsy Brandt

Betsy Brandt was among Breaking Bad's lead characters.

The 48-year-old actress played Walter White's sister-in-law Marie Schrader and appeared in every season of the hit show.

Following its end in 2013, Betsy went on to small roles in Masters of Sex and Parenthood.

In 2015, she joined CBS sitcom Life in Pieces as Heather and played the role until 2019.

She can currently be seen portraying Dawn in the Disney+ series Love, Victor.

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