Find Out What The Cast Of ‘Mad Men’ Looks Like In Real Life

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For seven seasons, the cast of “Mad Men” introduced the world to the competitive and ego-driven world of advertising in the 1960s. Each character was carefully created to fit into the various social norms and unique lifestyles found during that time. However, the actors are far different from the retro-personas they portrayed on the show. Find out what Don Draper, Joan Harris, Peggy Olson and others look like in real life.

Allison Brie (Trudy Campbell)


Trudy Campbell, played by Allison Brie, and Pete Campbell certainly had a tumultuous marriage. Despite having a daughter together, Pete was not loyal to Trudy. She eventually kicked him out of the apartment and only allowed him back when she said. She had a brief thought of taking him back into her life. However, she ultimately decided he had no business in her’s or her daughter’s life.

Allison Brie (Trudy Campbell)


While still working on “Mad Men,” Allison Brie simultaneously worked on the series “Community.” She remained on “Community” until it ended in 2015. 2017 was a big year for Brie as she worked on several different productions. She appeared as a recurring character on the series “GLOW,” provided the voice for multiple characters on “BoJack Horseman,” and appeared in 3 films: “The Little Hours,” “The Disaster Artist,” and “The Post.” She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Ruth Wilder in “GLOW.”

Peyton List (Jane Siegel)


After being hired as Don Draper’s secretary, Jane Siegel caught the eye of Roger Sterling. They had an affair, and Roger eventually left his wife for Jane. Jane and Roger marry. Unfortunately, despite the marriage, Jane was never really accepted by anyone in the company. One of her most memorable moments in the series was when she convinced Roger to take LSD with her. Unfortunately, “the trip” didn’t go as planned and led to her’s and Roger’s divorce.

Peyton List (Jane Siegel)


Peyton List appeared on “Mad Men” from 2008-2013. After which she landed the recurring role of Cara Coburn on the short-lived series “The Tomorrow People.” In 2015, she played roles on “Blood & Oil,” as well as “The Flash.” Her most recent gig was as the starring role of Raimy Sullivan on “Frequency.” Unfortunately, the series was not renewed for a second season.

January Jones (Betty Francis)


Betty Francis had a roller coaster marriage with Don Draper. She tried to remain a loyal housewife. However, when she discovered some of Don’s infidelities, she too let her heart wander. She fell for Henry Francis, and the two got married after she divorced Don. Most of the time on the show, she let things happen around her. However, by the end of the series viewers see Betty become her own person and watched her choose how to live her life.

January Jones (Betty Francis)


January Jones received two Golden Globe nominations for her performance as Betty Francis. Before “Mad Men,” January Jones had appeared in several hit films such as “American Wedding,” “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” “We Are Marshall,” and “X-Men: First Class.” Therefore, after “Mad Men,” it is no surprise that she was quickly cast in another series. Since 2015, she has portrayed Melissa Chartres in “The Last Man on Earth.”

Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper)

Sally like her father was a complicated person. Viewers were able to watch Don’s eldest child grow from an adorable little girl into a beautiful young woman. She has an intense relationship with her mother, which culminates into Sally’s last moments on the show. After discovering her mother has cancer, Sally forgives her mother and begins to act as a maternal figure to her brothers.

Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper)

Kiernan Shipka was only 8-years-old when “Mad Men” fans first got a glimpse of the blossoming star. She finished the series when she was 16. “Mad Men” was only the beginning of her career, as now Shipka has proved her amazing acting talents. She was recently announced as the star in the upcoming Netflix series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

Talia Balsam (Mona Sterling)


Mona Sterling was the first wife of Roger Sterling. Roger decided to leave her after he began having an affair with Draper’s new secretary, Jane. As Mona was a strong woman (Roger once called her a lioness), she bounced back from the divorce rather quickly. Despite his unfaithfulness, Mona and Roger remained close friends. He even confided in her during his divorce to Jane.

Talia Balsam (Mona Sterling)

Just like Mona and Roger were married in the show, Talia Balsam is actually married to the man who portrays Roger, John Slattery. However, unlike their characters, they are still happily married. Since “Mad Men,” Balsam has worked on various TV series and films. She has appeared in “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Little Men,” “Divorce,” and “Z: The Beginning of Everything.” Many have forgotten, but Talia was previously married to George Clooney.

Cara Buono (Faye Miller)

Faye Miller was a consultant for a consumer-research company. Don was very wary of her psychological approach to creating advertisements. However, she was able to push a few of Don’s buttons when she said his award-winning Glo-Spot commercial “must be about someone’s childhood.” Don and Faye would later engage in a short affair, but it ultimately ended when he moved to California.

Cara Buono (Faye Miller)

Cara Buono’s character only appeared on the show in 2010. However, as her performance was so strong, she was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. After “Mad Men,” Buono appeared in small roles on various TV series such as “Hawaii Five-0,” “Castle,” and “The Good Wife.” Her most recent, and arguably, most notable role since “Mad Men” has been as Karen Wheeler on the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Alexa Alemanni (Allison)

Allison began her career at the agency as a front desk receptionist. However, she eventually got promoted to Don’s secretary. She was appreciated by Don as she was extremely attentive and aware of all his needs. Don also appreciated that she was discreet and was able to keep information she discovered private. Unfortunately, during a drunken stupor, Don slept with Allison, which ultimately led to her leave from the agency.

Alexa Alemanni (Allison)

Alex Alemanni had only appeared in a few roles before playing Allison on “Mad Men.” Unfortunately, the role did not help launch her into superstardom. However, she has continued to have a steady acting career. She has appeared in series such as “Masters of Sex” and short films “The Morning After” and “Another Round.” In 2016, Variety reported that Alemanni and her husband, Jon Boothe, had been signed on to write Anna Camp’s upcoming thriller “The Serpent’s Bite.”

Teyonah Parris (Dawn Chambers)

Dawn Chambers was hired as Don’s secretary to position the firm as an equal opportunity employer. However, despite knowing the reason behind her hire, Dawn was incredibly motivated at her job. She was very hard working and made herself indispensable. Her hard work eventually paid off, after Joan was promoted to partner. Upon receiving her new position, Joan promoted Dawn to personnel director.

Teyonah Parris (Dawn Chambers)

Teyonah Parris, since leaving “Mad Men,” has landed some very notable roles. In 2015, she played the female lead of Lysistrata n “Chi-Raq.” More recently, in 2017, she played Pamela Rose on the hit series “Empire.” She has also appeared in productions such as “Where Children Play,” ‘Survivor’s Remorse,” and “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story.”

Rosemarie DeWitt (Midge Daniels)

When viewers are first introduced to Midge Daniels, she is an independent and ambitious illustrator. Her spontaneous attitude attracts Don. However, she loves someone else. After some time has passed, we are reintroduced to Midge. However, this time, she is not the bright-eyed woman she used to be. She is now a struggling artist who is also addicted to drugs.

Rosemarie DeWitt (Midge Daniels)

Rosemarie DeWitt last appeared as Midge Daniels on “Man Men,” in 2010. She has since expanded her resume, especially in films. She had roles in movies such as “Your Sister’s Sister,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “Poltergeist,” and “La La Land.” Her most recent role was in the 2018 comedy “Arizona.” She also recently appeared in an episode of the hit Netflix series “Black Mirror.”

Julia Ormond (Marie Calvet)

The formidable, mother-in-law to Don, Marie Calvet, was played by Julia Ormond. Although he is American and does not speak French, Marie accepts Don as her son-in-law and tells Megan to be a good wife and step-mother. She even tried to persuade Megan to give up her acting dream. However, she slowly began to dislike Don when he and Megan filed for divorce. Marie also had an affair with Roger Sterling who she eventually married.

Julia Ormond (Marie Calvet)

While appearing on “Mad Men,” Julia Ormond simultaneously appeared in the series “Witches of East End.” Sadly, “Witches of East End” was canceled after two seasons. However, that didn’t slow down Ormond. She has since appeared as a recurring character on “Incorporated,” as well as in the film “Rememory.” Aside from acting, Ormond is highly engaged in fighting human trafficking.

Abigail Spencer (Suzanne Farrell)

Suzanne Farrell was Sally Draper’s teacher. Suzanne and Don met during a parent-teacher conference. Of course, Don developed an attraction to her and began to pursue her romantically. She eventually admitted that she also had feelings for him and they had an affair. After planning a secret getaway with Don, she was left waiting in his car all night for him. He never arrived, as his identity had just been discovered by Betty Hofstadt.

Abigail Spencer (Suzanne Farrell)

“Mad Men” was just the beginning of Abigail Spencer’s TV career. Since leaving the series in 2009, she has played recurring characters on “Hawthorne,” “Burning Love,” “True Detective,” “Suits,” “Rectify,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and most recently, “Timeless.” She has also worked on films such as “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia,” and “A Beautiful Now.”

Randee Heller (Ida Blankenship)

Ida Blankenship was Don’s secretary. However, she never did a good job at being just that. Through some tape-recorded conversation, that was mistakenly heard by Don; Don discovered that she once had a fling with Roger, who called her the “Queen of Perversion of the highest order.” Sadly, Blankenship died at her desk, and her corpse was wheeled out of the building covered with a blanket by Joan and Pete.

Randee Heller (Ida Blankenship)

Randee Heller only appeared for 7 minutes on “Mad Men.” However, her character was so well done, that not only was she loved by fans, but she also received an Emmy nomination for her performance. Since her exit from “Mad Men,” in 2010, Randee Heller has gone on a stint of playing small roles on many TV series including “Desperate Housewives,” “The Mentalist,” “Modern Family,” and “Major Crimes.” In 2017, she appeared in the film “A Crooked Somebody.”

Melinda Page Hamilton (Anna Draper)

When Dick Whitman went off to war, his fellow comrade, Don Draper was killed in action. Dick took over Don’s identity and began a new life in the U.S. Anna was the widow of Don Draper. When she heard her husband might still be alive, she discovered that Dick had stolen his identity. Although she was angry at first, the two ended up becoming very good friends. Sadly, Anna died of cancer.

Melinda Page Hamilton (Anna Draper)

Melinda Page Hamilton had a successful career playing various characters on TV series before “Mad Men,” and that certainly did not change after. She may be best remembered for her recurring roles on “Big Love,” “Devious Maids,” or “Rectify.” Her most recent role was as Connie Nunn in the western, drama series “Damnation.”

Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove)


For many seasons, Ken struggled with balancing his two passions in life, his job in advertising and writing. Sadly, after being promoted to Head of Accounts at SC&P, he was let go from his position. He then took over his father-in-law’s position at Dow Chemicals, which was a prized client at SC&P. After McCann bought up the company, Don and Pete tried to convince Ken to move Dow Chemicals to SC&P West. However, he refused and stayed with McCann.

Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove)


Along with “Mad Men,” Aaron Staton may be best known for his work on the 2011 video “L.A. Noire.” He did extensive voice acting and facial recognition for the game. Since “Mad Men” wrapped in 2015, Staton has continued to see success on television. He has played recurring characters on “Ray Donovan,” “My Mother and Other Strangers,” and most recently, “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce.”

Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell)


At the beginning of the series, Pete Campbell was always searching to prove himself to his parents, as they disapproved of his career choice. He tried to get ahead at work by blackmailing Don, only to discover it was loyalty that will help you succeed in business. He had a tumultuous marriage with Trudy that ended in separation. He eventually opened the West coast branch of SC&P with Don.

Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell)


Vincent Kartheiser has been a professional actor since he was a teenager. While still in his teens, he was able to land roles in films such as “Little Big League,” “Iron Will,” “The Indian in the Cupboard,” and “Alaska.” He began playing Pete Campbell in “Mad Men” at the inception of the series and remained there until its end. More recently, he has worked in the series “Casual” and “Genius” and appeared in films such as “The Most Hated Woman in America” and “My Friend Dahmer.”

Rich Sommer (Harry Crane)


Harry Crane began the series as the likable underdog. However, many began to dislike him when he ratted out Sal and got him fired. After pitching a controversial ad, he was promoted to the head of the new TV department at Sterling Cooper Advertising. Most of the series we saw Crane searching for the respect he thought he deserved and slowly work his way up the ranks. Sadly, in the end, he never truly found his worth.

Rich Sommer (Harry Crane)


Rich Sommer quickly jumped to a new project after “Mad Men” ended. He appeared in the Netflix original series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” His strong performance led to a domino effect of short stints as a recurring character on several series such as “Regular Show,” “Love,” “Elena of Avalor,” and “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.” His most recent work was alongside fellow “Mad Men” star, Allison Brie, in the series “GLOW.”

Jay R. Ferguson (Stan Rizzo)

Before he became the Art Director at SCDP, Stan Rizzo worked on the 1964 Presidential campaign for Lyndon B. Johnson. Early on in the series, it was apparent that Rizzo was a chauvinist. However, over time, he became more sensitive. This was most likely also due to his new smoking habit. Another thing that developed over time was his relationship with Peggy. At first, he underestimated her. However, he soon realized she was a force to be reckoned with and eventually fell in love with her.

Jay R. Ferguson (Stan Rizzo)

Although Jay R. Ferguson appeared in a few films after “Mad Men,” he has continued to see most of his success on TV. He has played recurring characters on “The Mindy Project,” “The Real O’Neals,” and “Twin Peaks.” He recently portrayed the lead character of Chip Curry in “Living Biblically.” The story which a follows a man trying to live by the Bible’s teachings as close as possible is set to be released in 2018.

John Slattery (Roger Sterling)

Although raised with wealth and opportunity, Roger Sterling still sought to prove himself through his work. When rumors about the purchase of Sterling Cooper Advertising began to surface, he decided to found the new company of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. After two unsuccessful marriages, he tried to find success in his career. Although he had his doubts, he ultimately, proved to himself that he is good at what he does.

John Slattery (Roger Sterling)

John Slattery received 4 Primetime Emmy nominations for his performance as Roger Sterling. After “Mad Men,” he appeared alongside several other cast members in “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” which was soon followed by an appearance in the hit film “Spotlight.” His most recent role was in the 2017 drama “Churchill” as Dwight Eisenhower.

Mark Moses (Herman “Duck” Phillips)

Herman “Duck” Phillips, portrayed by Mark Moses, moved to New York after Don hired him as head of account services. Unfortunately, Don would come to regret that decision. A brutal rivalry grew between the men and Duck’s bad behavior led to several lost jobs. However, his most memorable moment may be when he tried to protest getting thrown out of the Clio awards by leaving a surprise on Roger’s white couch. Luckily, Peggy stopped him.

Mark Moses (Herman “Duck” Phillips)

Despite only appearing on 22 episodes of the show, Duck Phillips’ time on the series spanned eight years. After last appearing on “Mad Men,” in 2015, Mark Moses continued acting and continues to see most of his success on television series. He has played recurring characters on “The Last Ship,” “Incorporated,” “Man Seeking Woman,” and most recently, “Law & Order True Crime.”

Ben Feldman (Michael Ginsberg)

Michael Ginsberg may have one of the most notorious send-offs of any TV series. Ginsberg, portrayed by Ben Feldman, was an innovative copywriter. However, when the firm brought in computers, he had a breakdown. He believed the computers were plotting to destroy mankind. Therefore, he cut off his nipple as he thought that’s how the computers controlled him. He left the office (and the series) after being taken away on a stretcher.

Ben Feldman (Michael Ginsberg)

After leaving “Mad Men,” in 2014, Ben Feldman appeared in the horror film “As Above, So Below,” appeared as a recurring character on “A to Z,” as well as began playing Ron LaFlamme on “Silicon Valley.” Although he has also appeared in several films, his most recent notable role is as Jonah on the series “Superstore.” In October 2017, Feldman welcomed his first son with wife Michelle Mulitz.

Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano)

Salvatore Romano’s storyline dealt with one certainly taboo for the 60s – closet homosexuality. Romano tried to keep his inner desires at bay and hidden. He was married to his childhood sweetheart and openly flirted with the women in the office. Sadly, he was fired, from his position as art director, after he rejected Lee Garner Jr.’s advances. Garner was the heir to Lucky Strike, and the agency didn’t want to lose the $25 million account. Therefore, the company did not try to defend Romano.

Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano)

Bryan Batt portrayed Salvatore Romano from 2007-2009 on “Mad Men.” Although his acting credits were minimal immediately following the show, beginning in 2011, Batt took off running. He has since appeared in films such as “12 Years a Slave,” “The Runner,” and “Mississippi Murder.” His most recent TV role was as Mayor Quinn Maddox in “Scream: The TV Series.” Along with acting, Bryan Batt is a designer and sells his products in his store Hazelnut, which is located in New Orleans.

Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey)

Paul Kinsey was a copywriter at Sterling Cooper. In the beginning, he seemed like your average man of the time. However, as the series continued we learned that Kinsey really loved the bohemian lifestyle as well as science fiction. When Don decided to leave and create Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, he chose Peggy over Kinsey as the company copywriter. He disappeared from the series for some time, until he reappeared as a struggling copywriter who was a practicing Hare Krishna. When last viewers saw of him, he was headed to Hollywood to pitch a script he had written for “Star Trek.”

Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey)

Michael Gladis played Paul Kinsey in the first three seasons of “Mad Men,” as well as returned for a guest appearance in the fifth season. During his time on the show, he and the cast were awarded two Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Since leaving “Mad Men,” Gladis has bounced around several series playing different recurring characters. He has worked on series such as “Reckless,” “House of Lies,” “Extant,” and “Feed the Beast.” He is engaged to “2 Broke Girls” star, Beth Behrs.

Jamie Thomas King (Guy Mackendrick)

Like Ida Blankenship, Guy Mackendrick only appeared on the series for a very short time – one episode to be exact. However, his short storyline is a memorable one. Mackendrick was brought over from an agency firm in London to replace Lane Pryce as the Chief Operating Officer. During an office celebration, his foot was run over by a lawnmower. Although Joan saved his life by putting a tourniquet on his leg, Mackendrick still lost his foot. Due to his disfigurement, it was decided that he can no longer work at the firm.

Jamie Thomas King (Guy Mackendrick)

Jamie Thomas King played the ill-fated Guy Mackendrick on one episode of “Mad Men,” in 2009. He has since appeared in various TV series and films such as “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Storage 24,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and “Marchlands.” Outside of acting, King expresses his creativity through painting and often undertakes private commissions.

Christopher Stanley (Henry Francis)

Many might say that Betty’s second husband, Henry Francis, was a big upgrade from Don. Henry was the Director of Public Relations and Research for Nelson Rockefeller. Henry and Betty met when Betty was still married to Don. However, after she wrote several letters to him, she divorced Don and married Henry. At the end of the series, Betty revealed that she would like Henry to take care of her children after her death, rather than Don.

Christopher Stanley (Henry Francis)

Christopher Stanley played Henry Francis on “Mad Men,” from 2009-2015. While working on “Mad Men,” he had roles in hit films such as “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” However, since his days playing Henry, he has only added a few acting credits to his name. In 2015, he appeared in an episode of “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” and in 2016, he had roles in “Lethal Weapon” and “American Crime.”

Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson)


Peggy Olson began her career at Sterling Cooper as the secretary to Don Draper. She became Don’s right-hand man, during which Don realized her potential. He promoted her to a copywriter position. She had an affair with Pete Campbell and unknowingly became pregnant. Therefore, the birth of her child was also a surprise. Due to many different frustrations, Peggy eventually left Don and his company to work at CGC.

Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson)


Right after “Mad Men” wrapped, Elisabeth Moss jumped into the starring role of the Broadway show, “The Heidi Chronicles.” She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. She has appeared in several films, since 2015, such as “The Free World” and “Mad to be Normal.” However, her arguably most notable role since “Mad Men” is June Osborne in the recent Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Jon Hamm (Don Draper)


Don Draper was always searching for something. After having multiple unsuccessful marriages, he searched for solace in his job as the creative director at Sterling Cooper. However, he realized he would never be able to succeed until he revealed his true self (as he was living with a fake identity). He eventually decided to open his own business where he needed to start over. The opportunity gave him a way to fall in love with his work as well as himself.

Jon Hamm (Don Draper)


Along with a few other stars on this list, soon after “Mad Men” finished, John Hamm appeared in the Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” Since then, he has had recurring roles in series such as “TripTank” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Furthermore, he has landed roles in several films such as “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” “Baby Driver” and “Marjorie Prime.” He also acted as executive producer for “Marjorie Prime.”

Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris)


Joan Harris is the definition of a femme fatale. She is an empowered woman and is not afraid to use her feminine charm to get what she wants. She may also be best remembered for her various relationships including her extra-marital affair with Roger Sterling. She even had a son with Roger but passed the child off as her husband’s. Joan originally started out at the agency as just an Office Manager. However, she eventually made a deal to become Partner.

Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris)


Christina Hendricks was nominated for 6 Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance as Joan Harris. Her role has also been celebrated for helping reshape the idea of beauty television,  as she is a woman who celebrated her curves. She has continued to land roles on several TV shows such as “Hap and Leonard” and “Tin Star,” as well as appeared in films like “Bad Santa 2” and “Fist Fight.” She is currently credited with roles in 4 productions that are set to be released in 2018.

Jessica Paré (Megan Draper)


Megan Draper, formerly Megan Calvet, was secretary turned third and final wife of Don Draper on “Mad Men.” Don fell in love with her after she cleaned up a spilled milkshake without scolding his children. Without knowing much else, he asked her to marry him, which she gladly accepted. She left the agency after she decided to pursue acting. Her leave from the Sterling Cooper was also the beginning of the end of her marriage to Don.

 

Jessica Paré (Megan Draper)


Jessica Paré is just as stylish in real life as she was on the show. Since “Mad Men” ended, she has appeared in a few films. However, her most prominent role has been as Mandy Ellis on the series “SEAL Team.” She has been in a relationship with musician John Kastner since 2012, and they welcomed their first child, Blues Anthony Pare Kastner, in 2015.


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