7th Heaven: Where Are They Now?
As reality shows and high-budget series have taken the place of the family-friendly dramas and sitcoms we used to know and love, there’s never been a better time to pare down your list of favorite cable channels. Thankfully, gmc has many of these wholesome shows in its library.
One such show that’s kept audiences captivated without sacrificing its core values, is 7th Heaven, starring Stephen Collins, Barry Watson and Jessica Biel.
From the pilot to the finale, viewers can watch the characters grow into the stars they are today. And now, the actors from the longest-running family drama in television history are still busy working in films, music and even Broadway.
The man with morals made of steel and a seemingly endless well of knowledge was the glue that kept the Camden crew together. Who would’ve guessed that the man playing the righteous reverend also had a knack for dancing, singing and writing? Before playing Eric Camden, Collins was a star on Broadway, and he continued his work on stage after the end of the series. Collins played King Arthur in the musical “Spamalot” in 2008 and wrote a play entitled “Super Sunday.” He has also made guest appearances in the series’ “Brothers and Sisters,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Private Practice” and “The Office.”
It would seem that Hicks’ talent for solving problems and helping others goes beyond her character as Annie Camden with her work in public service announcements and campaigns since the shows departure. Hicks has become a spokesperson for the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) and a participant in the Safeguard My Meds campaign in 2010. But her work as an advocate doesn’t mean that she’s left her life as a performer. Hick has appeared in television movies (“Shadow of Fear,” “A Valentine’s Date,” “Borderline Murder”) and on stage (“Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them,” “Princess”), keeping her abilities as an actress intact.
It’s always hard when the firstborn leaves the nest, but it wasn’t long before the oldest son, Matt Camden, took that leap and became the first to leave the household. And with “7th Heaven” being one of the first major roles that actor Barry Watson had in his acting career, it’s safe to say that with the end of the series he had to leave the nest once again. Since leaving, Watson has made guest appearances on series’ such as “Drop Dead Diva” and in the films “The Chateau Meroux” and “My Future Boyfriend.” Waton hasn’t been as fortunate in the recurring roles that he’s found on series, with both “What About Brian” and “Samantha Who?” getting cancelled after a less than stellar run on the air. However, with a loving relationship and three children, he still has plenty to be thankful for.
After a public departure as the oldest daughter in the Camden family, Biel took off and left her squeaky clean image in the dust, having found success both on the silver screen and in her love life. After returning for the show’s finale in 2007, Biel starred in films such as “Easy Virtue,” “Planet 51,” and “New Year’s Eve”. And her acting roles didn’t stop on the big screen, having played “Sarah Brown” in the concert version of “Guys and Dolls” in 2009. She has also been romantically linked to well-known actor and singer Justin Timberlake since 2007. The couple has since broken up, reunited and got engaged, all within 2011.
Little Lucy has blossomed into quite the talented young performer, with a role on a hit television drama and a spot in the popular “Saw” horror movie franchise under her belt. On the series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Mitchell was introduced in early 2011 as a guidance counselor, a series regular. She also married her longtime boyfriend in 2008, with cast mates Jessica Biel and Mackenzie Rosman attending her wedding as bridesmaids.
Second son in the Camden brigade, Simon, broke away from the stories core a bit as he developed as a character – and David Gallagher grew along with him. He has guest starred on series’ such as “Smallville,” “Saving Grace,” “Bones,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Without a Trace.” His recent films include the critically acclaimed “Super 8” and “Trophy Kids.” And if his voice sounds familiar, he lent his voice to the character of Riku in the video game series “Kingdom Hearts.”
Youngest daughter Ruthie, played by Mackenzie Rosman, has a special place in all our hearts. We all saw her grow up throughout the series until we said our final farewell to her as she went off to college. After her stint as Ruthie, Rosman has graduated from high school and starred in several films, including “Proud American,” “The Tomb,” “Fading of the Cries” and “Blood Cure.” She has also had guest starring roles on the same series as her “7th Heaven” sibling, Beverley Mitchell, in the series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
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