Dominic West (Jimmy McNulty)
Since his days as roguish detective Jimmy McNulty ended, the Trinity College-educated West (right) has starred in the West End and taken a TV role as Oliver Cromwell in The Devil's Whore.
He got married in Limerick during the summer, with much of the cast of The Wire attending.
Clarke Peters (Lester Freamon)
The former Lester Freamon joins Pierce in Treme, playing Mardi Gras chief, Albert Lambreaux.
Sonja Sohn (Kima Greggs)
After playing the conflicted Kima Greggs in The Wire, Sohn has stayed in television, taking roles in Brothers & Sisters and The Good Wife.
Michael K Williams (Omar Little)
After a recurring role in Law & Order, Williams will take an equally eye-catching role in HBO's big autumn drama, Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire.
Idris Elba (Stringer Bell)
Elba (left) followed up his time as the smooth-talking Stringer Bell with a number of films, including American Gangster and Obsessed, and as the lead in the BBC's six-part thriller Luther. He also has a musical career as Driis.
Tristan Wilds (Michael)
His portrayal won him rave reviews. Wilds was subsequently snapped up for the glossy remake of teen drama 90210.