Drugs, death and feuds – what came next for Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast

Years before the Twilight books were even written, Buffy the Vampire Slayer made hot young warlocks, demons and demigods a thing.

The teen drama followed Sunnydale High School's Scooby Gang as they fought a supernatural battle between good and evil, and ran for seven series with a staggering 144 episodes between 1997 and 2003.

And turning the notion of the submissive horror film heroine on its head, the series' protagonist, schoolgirl Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), was not to be messed with.

But what happened to the cast of the coming of age drama after the cameras stopped rolling? From lasting feuds to rehab and addiction, here's what came next…

Sarah Michelle Geller – Buffy Summers

SMG originally auditioned to play Cordelia Chase while Dawson's Creek star Katie Holmes was offered the role of Buffy.

But she turned it down to finish high school and Sarah got the gig, playing a teenager tasked with fending off occult foes.

The series brought her to the attention of movie bosses and catapulted her career to the next level with parts in Cruel Intentions, Scream 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer, where she met her future husband Freddie Prinze, Jr.

But according to her co-star and on-screen bestie Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg) Sarah struggled with fame and was 'annoyed' by the show from series three onwards.

Sarah sensationally quit at the end of series seven amid clashes with creator Joss Whedon, who is said to have thought she was 'unappreciative'.

"I was 18 when I started the show; I'm 26. I'm married. I never see my husband. This has been the longest span of my life in one place," she told Entertainment Weekly at the time.

"There've been times where that's been difficult – you want to pick up and go, try other things, live in different places. It feels right, and you have to listen to that. The show, as we know it, is over."

Now 42, Sarah has daughter Charlotte, 10, and Rocky, seven, with Freddie and went on to star in The Big Bang Theory, Star Wars Rebels and American Dad.

And despite their apparent differences on set, she later rekindled her friendship with Alyson, sharing shots of them hanging out on social media.

Alyson Hannigan – Willow Rosenberg

As well as kick-starting her career, Buffy also introduced Alyson to her husband, Alexis Denisof, who joined as pedantic watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in season three.

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson did her best to slap on the moves, but for a while, Alexis remained impervious to her charms.

"I was trying to pursue him, but he said he didn't want to date somebody he was working with. But we developed a great friendship…" she told The Sun in 2012.

"When my new relationship ran its course, the whole thing suddenly changed and Alex and I started to really care about each other. So it was two years before we started seeing each other and that was back in 1999."

The couple went on to marry and have daughters Satyana, 10, and Keeva, seven.

But before Alexis, Alyson, 45, admitted to having a fling an off-camera fling with co-star Nicholas Brendon, who played Buffy's BFF Xander.

"I think Nick and I might have kissed once, like off camera," she confessed on Watch What Happens Live years later. "He might have had a boob or something."

Nicholas Brendon – Xander Harris

Once filming wrapped, Nicholas found himself trapped in a destructive spiral of alcoholism and entered rehab in 2004 and 2010.

He was arrested four times in 2015 for trashing hotel rooms, public intoxication and an alleged domestic altercation with a girlfriend, and checked back into rehab for substance abuse, depression and alcoholism before tragically attempting to take his own life.

Opening up about his torment on the Dr Phil show before returning to rehab, the actor said: “I think I wanted to be heard. I think I wanted to be helped, you know? Because I think there’s a lot of good life to live.”

The troubled star also told how he had been molested by a music teacher when he was 10 and said the trauma left him deeply damaged.

“I think about it every day of my life and I wonder how it affected me did I stop growing emotionally?” he added.

“When you’re molested for a couple years and you’re blamed for it by the people who are supposed to be your protectors, there’s going to be a lot of confusion and a lot of sadness.”

Now a keen artist, Nicholas raised eyebrows when he seemingly skipped the Entertainment Weekly 20th anniversary cast sit-down and was later photoshopped into the picture.

However, he claimed co-star David Boreanaz hadn't wanted him there, leaving him no choice but to be photographed separately.

David Borneanaz – Angel

He was the smouldering vampire cursed with a soul and Buffy's main love interest before he got his own spin-off show, Angel.

The hunk also starred in Dido's video for White Flag before graduating to US crime drama Bones.

But the 50-year-old's personal life came under the microscope in 2010 when it emerged he'd had an affair with Tiger Wood's alleged mistress Rachel Uchitel while his wife Jaime Bergman was pregnant.

However, he insisted the saga served as a 'bonding experience' between himself and his Playboy model missus, telling TV Week: “In a sacred ground like marriage, you find yourself out of it at certain times for reasons unknown that can be destructive.

"There could be a demon that kind of comes out and overtakes you.”

Anthony Head – Rupert Giles

In a world of surging teenage hormones, mentor and father figure Giles was the calm among the storm.

Tasked with watching over Buffy and her slaying for the Watcher's Council, Giles knew everything there was to know about the supernatural.

Anthony, 66, went on to star in Little Britain, Silent Witness and Spooks and is currently appearing in Netflix crime drama, The Stranger.

His daughter Emily, 31, played Carli D'Amarto in The Inbetweeners before landing the role of Rebecca White in ITV soap Emmerdale.

Michelle Trachtenberg – Dawn Summers

Michelle turned up as Buffy's moaning sister in series five and was not a fan favourite.

“I still get comments like, ‘Oh my God! I think Dawn is so annoying!’ I do get a lot of ‘Oh she was so whiny!’" she recently told Entertainment Weekly.

Defending her character, she continued: "Were you a teenager? Oh, you were docile, sitting in the corner, doe-eyed and happy to be there? No. There’s a reason why teenagers have a stigma and that is what Joss wrote.”

Michelle, 34, went on to play Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl and was also reportedly first choice for Bella Swan in the Twilight movies. However, she's said to have turned it down due to scheduling conflicts and the role went to Kristen Stewart instead.

Robin Sachs – Ethan Rayne

Chaos-worshipping wizard Ethan was the thorn in the side of his arch enemy Giles, performing odd jobs for demons on a subcontract basis.

After the show ended, the London-born star played the evil General Sarris opposite Tim Allen in Galaxy Quest.

But he sadly died of a heart attack in February 2013, just four days before his 62nd birthday.

"It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs," his website read.

"Please join us in raising a glass to Robin — goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much."

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