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How I Met Your Mother cast and characters – where are they now?

It's been many years since the How I Met Your Mother cast last visited McClaren's pub here's where Ted, Robin, Marshall, Lily, and Barney are these days.

How I Met Your Mother cast: Ted Mosby

Where are the How I Met Your Mother cast now? While How I Met Your Mother was initially unfavourably compared to Friends by critics. It became a total sensation and elevated its cast to all-new heights in their acting careers.

The TV series was praised for its earnest writing, whip-smart gags, and its incredible cast, who breathed life into its often bizarre characters. Though the How I Met Your Mother finale is still hotly contested as one of the most disappointing sitcom endings in the genre’s history, the show’s nine seasons are still remembered fondly and stand as one of the best comedy series of the 2000s.

But, since the show’s end in 2014, the show’s main cast has moved onto greener pastures, taking up new creative projects and still acting up a storm. So, what exactly have the MacClaren’s crew been up to since, well, 2030? Here’s our rundown of all the major How I Met Your Mother cast and characters.

Who’s in the How I Met You Mother cast?

  • Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby
  • Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky
  • Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen
  • Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson

How I Met Your Mother cast: Ted Mosby

Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby

Ted Mosby, the gooey romantic who carried the show, was the heart of HIMYM. Josh Radnor has somewhat ducked away from the public eye, but that certainly doesn’t mean he hasn’t stopped creating. Radnor proved his talents don’t lie solely in acting with his 2010 directorial debut ‘Happythankyoumoreplease’, earning himself that year’s Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival. Although he’s stayed in TV roles, he’s also been living it up on the theatre stage.

Though his career has seen intermittent stage performances, Radnor took on the role of Seymour Krelborn in performances of Little Shop of Horrors in Washington D.C in 2018, after some New York performances in Disgraced and The Babylon Line.

He is also a talented musician, writing and performing in his Indie Folk duo Radnor & Lee, releasing two records in 2017 and 2020. In 2021, though, he took centre stage with his debut solo release, One More Then I’ll Let You Go.

How I Met Your Mother cast: Robin

Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky

Ted’s on-again-off-again, gun-toting, mall-going, other half has been keeping herself busy, as Cobie Smulders is still rolling in brilliant acting roles after her stint as Robin Scherbatsky. She continued to secure television roles after How I Met Your Mother, appearing in Arrested Development, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – but if you’ve seen her anywhere post-HIMYM, it’s probably in her many appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As Nick Fury’s second-in-command Agent Maria Hill, Smulders has appeared in six MCU movies so far and appeared in What If..? She also played a supporting role in Marvel series Secret Invasion.

Like Robin, Smulders became an American citizen in 2020 without losing her Canadian citizenship. She also certainly hasn’t forgotten her roots, either, releasing a new rewritten version of Robin Sparkles’ classic hit titled Let’s All Stay At Home! When the COVID-19 pandemic kicked off.

How I Met Your Mother cast: Marshal

Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen

By far the most earnest of HIMYM’s cast, Jason Segel’s Marshall Eriksen’s is St Cloud’s finest, ‘Beercules’, and one of New York’s best lawyers. But, Segel has stayed busy in the entertainment industry outside of the show.

You’ll likely recognize him most from ‘2000s movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man. Still, he’s kept acting since leaving Marshall behind, after expressing his wishes to move on from the character but being convinced to stick around for the final ninth season.

He has since appeared in some drama movies like Our Friend, alongside Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck, and most recently, starred in the critically-acclaimed drama series Shrinking. He’s also set to return for a second season of Shrinking, so when you’re done here, be sure to check out our guide to the Shrinking season 2 release date.

How I Met Your Mother cast: Lily

Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin

Kindergarten teacher and dog artist Lily Aldrin was brought to life lovingly by Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Alyson Hannigan. Hannigan took the role to get into some more comedic acting – and did such a good job at it that she bagged a People’s Choice Award for it in 2009. Ever since, she’s stayed primarily in TV, acting in Fancy Nancy and even hosting some reality TV with 64 episodes of Penn and Teller: Fool Us.

She’s also been in a couple of Disney movie projects, taking up a role in the live-action Kim Possible live-action film as Kim’s mother Ann and playing Phyllis Buckman in Flora & Ulysses. She’s married to her Buffy co-star Alexis Denisof, and the couple are living in California in the house used for the set of This Is Us.

How I Met Your Mother cast: Barney

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson

The smooth-talking, definitely-not-safe-for-work womanizer, Barney Stinson, is perhaps the most memorable element of How I Met Your Mother cast (for better or worse), and it has done his actor, Neil Patrick Harris, absolute wonders.

It’ll likely be of no surprise to you, but NPH is an absolute star, and his work outside HIMYM has been particularly impressive. He was the human lead in the Smurfs movies, a mysterious figure in The Matrix: Resurrections, Count Olaf in Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events, the director of a production of Rent at LA’s Hollywood Bowl, the host of The Tony Awards many years in a row, and the star of a particularly wholesome Nintendo Switch advert.

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Oh, and he’s actually Spider-Man, starring as Peter Parker in the video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Blimey. He now lives with his husband, David Burtka (who you might recognize from HIMYM as Lily’s clingy ex-boyfriend Scooter), with their two kids. You can see him next in the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary special and Uncoupled season 2.

For more comedy series fun, take a look at our Ted Lasso season 3 review. Or, find out what we know about the Rick and Morty season 7 release date.