Nominated for two primetime Emmys, The Umbrella Academy is another show tapping into the public's seemingly insatiable thirst for superheroes. The plot centres on seven unrelated children brought together as a family by a billionaire industrialist at The Umbrella Academy with a plan to save the world. Of course, things don't go to plan, and instead of bringing global salvation, the six have to work together to solve the mysterious death of their ‘father’. The scenario is played out with the threat of global apocalypse in the background as the group have to battle their divergent abilities and personalities. Over the past few years, there has been a rise of binge-worthy TV shows with The Umbrella Academy being one of the most popular ones. The series was one of the most watched shows on Netflix in December 2019 with over 45 million viewers.
After fans saw The Umbrella Academy trailer for season one, it was clear to see that the show was going to be hugely popular. Fast forward to this year, and season two was released on Netflix to continue on the story from the huge climactic ending that left viewers wishing to see more. Whether you have already finished the second season, or you’re just about the start, here are some of the roles that the siblings had been in before they became the superheroes of The Umbrella Academy.
Number One - Luther
For fans of big-time drama series, some people are going to recognise Tom Hopper more recently for his small role as Dickon Tarly from Game of Thrones. However, millennials in Europe and the UK might also recognise him as Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin, who fought along King Arthur as a roguish knight. You may also recognise him as Billy Bones in Black Sails, a show in which he also showed off his torso and arms from time-to-time. Trying to play head of the family as the number one sibling, Luther certainly struggles at times with the responsibility.
Number Two - Diego
David is quite a newbie compared to the rest and has appeared in a few tv show episodes and short films in his career so far. His most successful appearance previous to The Umbrella Academy is in the movie Sicario 2: Soldado (2018) as Hector. To date, David has always played bit parts of little importance, so here is hoping he makes it big in Umbrella Academy as Number Two in the Hargreeves family.
Number Three - Allison
With just eleven credits on IMDb, Emmy is also another actor who is less experienced than some other cast members. Though you may recognise her voice from her voice acting career in shows like American Dad (an angry townsperson), and Peppermint from Robot Chicken. As one of her first big roles, her character Number Three certainly has an interesting talent with her special abilities in The Umbrella Academy, so it’s intriguing to see what comes next for the character and actress.
Number Four - Klaus
Long before The Umbrella Academy, Robert Sheehan made a name for himself with the popular TV series Misfits. Playing a young person who develops superpowers probably made him a perfect fit for playing another one in The Umbrella Academy. In his career he has starred in many other TV shows including Genius, Fortitude, and Love/Hate. For fans of other popular supernatural-type content, Sheehan even appeared in the 2013 Hollywood film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Loved by many fans online, he certainly plays a fun, annoying, and loveable character in The Umbrella Academy.
Number Five - Five
Nickelodeon viewers may recognize Aidan Gallagher him from Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, where, even though he was young, he played a good part. He’s relatively new to acting, only having his first credit in 2013. Since then, he has starred in a few shorts and TV movies such as We Make That Lemonade and Jacked Up. Playing a more sophisticated and intelligent role as ‘Five’ in The Umbrella Academy, the young actor definitely knows how to take centre stage as the wisest of the siblings.
Number Six - Ben
Justin H. Min
Justin H. Min has been in many TV series and shorts including Dating After College, American Refugee and Faking It. Compared to his other co-stars, Min had a much smaller role to play in season one of the show. Although, fans still got to see his emotional and funny sequences with Robert Sheehan due to Number Four’s special abilities.
Number Seven - Vanya
It is not difficult to see why the Umbrella Academy show producers turned Ellen Page into the untouchably strong and perfect female character in the show, since she is one of the biggest named stars. Many probably recognise her from the X-men movies, but older viewers might remember her eerily chilling role in Hard Candy. Even as a younger actress, it was a difficult role that she mastered, which then pushed her onto bigger movies like Juno, Inception, and X-men.
Only time will tell if The Umbrella Academy offers any serious impact on these actors' careers, but for now the show and characters are becoming loved by fans all over the world.