The Walking Dead Cast: Before They Were Stars...

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Before Andrew Lincoln took charge of zombie-killing on The Walking Dead, he tried to awkwardly woo Keira Knightley. On screen, that is.

Did you know that? Are you familiar with Lincoln's (AWESOME!) role in Love Actually?

Go back in time with this actor, as well as many other cast members on television's biggest show, now...

1. Andrew Lincoln, Then...

Andrew Lincoln, Then...
Lincoln portrayed a man in love with his best friend's new wife in the romantic classic Love Actually. Can you blame him?!? She was played by Keira Knightley.

2. Andrew Lincoln, Now

Andrew Lincoln, Now
To many Walking Dead viewers, Lincoln is the perfect choice to play Andrew Grimes. Heck, most probably don't even know he's really British!

3. Lauren Cohan, Then...

Lauren Cohan, Then...
Cohan broke out as Sister Beatrice in 2005's Casanova. Yup, she played a nun!

4. Lauren Cohan, Now...

Lauren Cohan, Now...
From a nun to a tomboy. Lauren Cohan joined The Walking Dead as Maggie in Season 2 and was promoted to series regular in Season 3.

5. Danai Gurira, Then...

Danai Gurira, Then...
Danai Gurira's resume does not go back that far. Her breakout role took place in 2013 when the Zimbabwean-American actress starred as Nigerian immigrant Ike in Mother of George, earning the Jean-Claude Gahd Dam award at the 2013 Guys Choice Awards.

6. Danai Gurira, Now...

Danai Gurira, Now...
Gurira joined the Walking Dead cast as Michonne in 2012. Can you imagine anyone else in this role?!?

7. Norman Reedus, Then...

Norman Reedus, Then...
WOW! This really is a still shot of Reedus, as part of a 1950s gang, in the 2002 movie Deuces Wild. He starred opposite James Franco, Matt Dillon, Johnny Knoxville and Frankie Muniz.

8. Norman Reedus, Now...

Norman Reedus, Now...
The role of Daryl Dixon was created specifically for Reedus, who has never looked back once he had a crossbow in hand.

9. Melissa McBride, Then...

Melissa McBride, Then...
Yes, this really is McBride, guest-starring on a 1998 episode of Dawson's Creek. She was hit on by the show's beloved title character at a bar!

10. Melissa McBride, Now...

Melissa McBride, Now...
She's come a long way, huh? McBride took on the role of Carol Peletier in 2010, a middle-aged survivor/widow and mother to daughter Sophie.

11. Lennie James, Then...

Lennie James, Then...
Lennie James starred opposite Brad Pitt way back in 2000. This is a photo of him in the movie Snatch.

12. Lennie James, Now...

Lennie James, Now...
Who doesn't adore James as the character of Morgan? He was promoted to series regular on Season 6.

13. Michael Cudlitz, Then...

Michael Cudlitz, Then...
Michael Cudlitz took Brenda Walsh to the prom! On Beverly Hills, 90210 way back in the day, that is.

14. Michael Cudlitz, Now...

Michael Cudlitz, Now...
Cudlitz has settled in perfect as Abraham Ford, coming on board The Walking Dead on Season 4.

15. Seth Gilliam, Then...

Seth Gilliam, Then...
Seth Gilliam has enjoyed a long career, but fans of The Wire will forever remember him as Detective Carver from that HBO smash.

16. Seth Gilliam, Now...

Seth Gilliam, Now...
And now he's a priest! Gilliam has been a great addition to the series as Father Gabriel Stokes.

17. Steven Yeun, Then...

Steven Yeun, Then...
Yup, this is Steven Yeun, guest-starring on a 2010 episode of The Big Bang Theory. He didn't have a major role.

18. Steven Yeun, Now...

Steven Yeun, Now...
Steven Yeun has been around since the beginning. He plays Glenn on the breakout AMC hit.

19. Chandler Riggs, Then...

Chandler Riggs, Then...
Look at little Chandler Riggs! The Walking Dead is his first real TV role, but this is a still from an old music video.

20. Chandler Riggs, Now...

Chandler Riggs, Now...
He's grown up quite a bit, hasn't he? The character Chandler Riggs plays has also come a very long way on The Walking Dead.

21. Alanna Masterson, Then...

Alanna Masterson, Then...
Alanna Masterson portrayed a patient back in 2009 on Grey's Anatomy. It looks like her neck was in a lot of pain.

22. Alanna Masterson, Now...

Alanna Masterson, Now...
Alanna Masterson now plays Tara on The Walking Dead. She was tight with the Governor, but is now trying to prove herself to our heroes and heroines.

23. Josh McDermitt, Then...

Josh McDermitt, Then...
Yup, that really is a photo of Josh McDermitt, back during his role as Brandon on the sitcom Retired at 35.

24. Josh McDermitt, Now...

Josh McDermitt, Now...
His hair is different, huh? McDermitt has come on board The Walking Dead in the fun character of Eugene.

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