Desperate Housewives is an American comedy and mystery drama that aired from October 2004 till May 2012. The series had a total of 180 episodes which ran over 8 seasons. Desperate Housewives was set in a fictional Wisteria Lane, in the town of Fairview. The story of Desperate Housewives revolved around four friends; Gabby, Bree, Lynette, and Susan along with the other residents of Wisteria Lane. The story progressed through their friend Mary Alice Young who commits suicide in the opening episode.
Desperate Housewives was one of the most popular TV series of its time. It won accolades like Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. During the course of its run, it became one of the most popular shows worldwide. The story conveyed with the help of an ensemble cast paved the way to its success. This is the reason, the fans and avid viewers of Desperate Housewives were heart-broken when the last season of the series was announced. The series finale aired on May 13, 2012.
The star cast of Desperate Housewives garnered a huge fanbase over the years. Let’s take a look at the cast of Desperate Housewives in real life:
Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis)
Eva Jacqueline Longoria Bastón, born on March 15, 1975, is an American actress, producer, director, restauranter, businesswoman, and activist. Eva is of Mexican descent and she started her acting career in 1999 as a guest star in an episode of Beverly Hills 90210. Before Desperate Housewives, she was best known for her role in The Young and the Restless which aired from 2001 to 2003. However, after Desperate Housewives, to date, she is famous for her portrayal of Gabrielle Solis. She has worked in a lot of different TV commercials, films, and television series. She is a brand ambassador of Loreal. Eva Longoria got married to Tyler Christopher in 2002 and divorced him in 2004. She then married Tony Parker in 2007 and got divorced in 2011. She is now married to Jose Baston and is now a mother of one.
Teri Hatcher (Susan Mayer)
Teri Lynn Hatcher, born on December 8, 1964, is an American actress, writer, presenter, and singer. She started her acting career in 1987 and got to play different roles in a lot of television series. She also got to have a guest appearance in popular American sci-fi Star Trek. Her breakthrough was a much-discussed guest appearance in a 1993 episode of Seinfield. She continued to work until she landed herself the role of Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives which aired from 2004 to 2012. It was a commercial success and earned her a lot of accolades such as the Best Actress in Musical/Comedy Golden Globe Award. She was also nominated for in Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in Desperate Housewives. She has been repeatedly ranked as one of the World’s Sexiest Woman. Teri was married twice and she has a daughter.
Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo)
Felicity Kendall Huffman, born on December 9, 1962, is an American actress. She started her acting career as a theater actor and continued to play supporting characters in a lot of Hollywood films and television series. She got famous for playing a role in Sports Night which aired from 1998 to 2000, it earned her a Golden Globe Award as well. Then came along Desperate Housewives where she played a lead role as Lynette Scavo. Desperate Housewives was the turning point of her career and helped her earn a lot of prestigious awards. She got married to an American actor and director William H. Macy in 1997 and has two children.
Marcia Cross (Bree Van de Kamp)
Marcia Anne Cross, born on March 25, 1962, is an American actress. She has acted in a lot of different television series such as Another World, One Life to Life, and then landed herself a recurring role in Knots Landing. For 5 years, starting from 1992 to 1997 she starred in Melrose Place. However, her portrayal of Bree Van de Kamp, a conservative and meticulous housewife in Desperate Housewives earned her many nominations and accolades. After Desperate Housewives, she appeared in the ABC series Quantico. She began her acting career in 1984. Marcia was in a relationship with Richard Jordan who was 25 years senior to her. He passed away in 1993. She then got married to Tom Mahoney and gave birth to twin baby girls. She got pregnant while she was shooting for the third season of Desperate Housewives and had to take maternity leave during the shooting of the series.
Nicollette Sheridan (Edie Britt)
Nicollette Sheridan, born on November 21, 1963, is a British-born American actress, writer, and producer. She began her career as a fashion model before she ventured into acting. She landed herself significant roles in The Sure Thing and Knots Landing, for which she received two Soap Opera Digest Awards. She continued to work in a lot of different television series and then became popular for her role as Edie Britt in Desperate Housewives. Her role ended in the fifth season of the series and she filed a lawsuit against the creator of the show Marc Cherry. She lost the case because she was unable to provide solid evidence to back her claims made against the creator of the show.
Brenda Strong (Mary Alice Young)
Brenda Strong, born on March 25 1960 is an American actress, director, and yoga instructor. She began her acting career by making guest appearances in popular American TV shows such as Seinfeld, Star Trek, Twin Peaks, and Party of Five. She had a recurring role in the sitcoms Scorch and The Help. She is best known for her role as Mary Alice Young in Desperate Housewives and although her character was short-lived, she was the main narrator of the story and the voice of Desperate Housewives. After the show ended, she continued to work in different series. She has appeared in 13 Reasons Why in Netflix’s original series. She is a certified yoga instructor and a fertility expert. She has been married twice and is the mother of one.
James Denton (Mike Delfino)
James Thomas Denton Jr. born on January 20, 1963, is best known for his role as Mike Delfino in Desperate Housewives. He has been working in the comedy-drama series Good Witch from 2015 onward. He started his acting career in 1993 and has been active to date. He is also into music and is plays guitar. He has been a part of a few musical bands too and does musicals for raising charity. He got married twice and is a father of two.
Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Carlos Solis)
Ricardo Antonio Chavira, born on September 1, 1971, is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Carlos Solis in Desperate Housewives. He started her acting career in 2000 where he made guest appearances in different television series. He was also listed in 50 Most Beautiful Men by People En Espanol. He has a long list of work to his credit. He is very much a supporter of cancer research because his mother suffered from it when she was only 43. He got married to Marcea Dietzel in 2007 and the couple has two children.
Doug Savant (Tom Scavo)
Douglas Peter Savant, born on June 21, 1964, is an American actor. He started his acting career in 1984 where he landed himself a guest appearance in teen comedy films Secret Admirer and Teen Wolf. He then got a recurring role in the soap opera Knots Landing. His biggest breakthrough was his role as Tom Scavo in Desperate Housewives. Before appearing in these series, he was a part of another famous and popular prime time soap opera Melrose Place. He has been married twice and has 4 children.
Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer)
Andrea Lauren Bowen, born on March 4 1990 is an American actress and singer. She began her career by appearing on Broadway musicals which include Les Miserables and The Sound of Music. She is popularly known for her role as Julie Mayer in Desperate Housewives which ran from 2004 to 2012. She played the role of Susan Mayer’s daughter, which was played by Teri Hatcher. After Desperate Housewives, Andrea appeared in a number of Hollywood movies.