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James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Rest of 'Dawson's Creek' Main Cast Then and Now

Bettina Dizon
Feb 02, 2020
10:30 P.M.
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“Dawson Creek” had a stellar cast that played teenage residents of Capeside, Massachusetts, and featured their life struggles and triumphs.

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At the beginning of 1998, America saw the first “Dawson Creek” episode and easily fell in love with the cast and storyline that was relatable to all.

For six seasons, the popular television show starred James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and Joshua Jackson. Here’s a look at how they and the rest of the cast are doing.

JAMES VAN DER BEEK

Before starring on “Dawson Creek” as Dawson Leary, Van Der Beek already became a familiar face on the television shows “Clarissa Explains It All” and “As the World Turns.”

James Van Der Beek at SanSierra Studio, New York, NY, US. | Source: Wikimedia Commona

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He also appeared in “Varsity Blues” and “The Rules of Attraction” amid the series. Soon after, Van Der Beek focused on small-screen work.

Van Der Beek appeared in some episodes of “Criminal Minds,” “One Tree Hill,” “Ugly Betty,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Don’t Trust the B-- in Apartment 23,” and “Friends with Better Lives.”

James Van Der Beek at SanSierra Studio, New York, NY, US. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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The actor also had a role in “Downsizing” and voiced-over Boris Huntley on Disney’s “Vamperina.” In 2009, he won a Best Actor Award at the 2009 San Diego Film Festival for the film “Formosa Betrayed.”

KATIE HOLMES

The show was one of Holmes’ first few shows after her on-screen debut in “The Ice Storm.” Her other appearances then were “Pieces of April,” “Phone Booth,” “The Gift,” “Wonder Boys,” “Disturbing Behavior,” and “Go.”

Katie Holmes participates in "The Singing Detective" press conference during the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. | Source: Getty Images

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After “Dawson Creek” came to an end, Holmes continued acting and added starred in several films, including “First Daughter.”

She also appeared in “Batman Begins,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “The Romantics,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” “Jack and Jill,” “The Giver,” and “Woman in Gold.”

Katie Holmes attends Z100's Jingle Ball 2018 at Madison Square Garden. | Source: Getty Images

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Her most recent productions are “Miss Meadows” in 2014, “Woman in Gold” in 2015, “All We Had” in 2016,” and “Ocean’s 8,” which premiered in 2018.

Holmes now focuses on raising her daughter Suri after obtaining full custody of the child from her ex-husband Tom Cruise.

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruis attend the Z100's Jingle Ball. Source: Getty Images

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Michelle Williams first appeared in an episode of “Baywatch,” “Lassie,” and “Species” before landing the role of Jen Lindley in “Dawson Creek.”

She has since focused on doing movies after the show, with credits including “Brokeback Mountain,” “Deception,” “Blue Valentine,” “Shutter Island,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “Oz the Great and Powerful,” and “The Greatest Showman.”

Michelle Williams at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Her big-screen work has earned her four Oscar nominations in her career. Recently she appeared in the Marvel film “Venom” alongside Tom Hardy.

JOSHUA JACKSON

Before taking on the role of Pacey Witter, Joshua Jackson was Charlie Conway in “The Mighty Ducks.” After the show, he appeared in “One Week,” “Shutter,” Battle Seattle,” and “Shadows in the Sun.”

Joshua Jackson at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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In 2016, Jackson and Diane Kruger’s ten-year relationship came to an end, after she reportedly left him for Norman Reedus.

KERR SMITH

For five years, Kerr Smith became a frequent face on “Dawson Creek,” playing the character Jack McPhee.

Kerr Smith attends the 2010 The CW Network UpFront. | Source: Getty Images

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He later hit the big screen in “Final Destination” and appeared in “Charmed,” “CSI: NY,” “Eli Stone,” “Life Unexpected,” “NCIS,” “The Fosters,” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

MEREDITH MONROE 

After her stint on the show, Meredith Monroe appeared on the television shows “CSI: Miami,” “Fathers and Sons,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “Psych.”

Meredith Monroe attends Lupus LA's MBJAM. | Source: Getty Images

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Her most recent works are in “Transformers” Dark of the Moon,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Criminal Minds,” and “The Edge of Seventeen.”

MARY BETH PEIL

Mary Beth Peil was an opera singer and Broadway performer before becoming an on-screen actress in the ‘90s.

Mary Beth Peil 70th Annual Peabody Awards. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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She appeared on “Dawson Creek” for its entire run and after appeared in “The Stepford Wives,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Mirrors,” and “The Good Wife.”

MARY MARGARET HUMES

Mary Margaret Humes already had a list of credited appearances before making it to the cast of the show. She has since appeared in episodes of “Ghost Whisperer,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Mary-Margaret Humes attends the 2018 Hallmark Channel Summer TCA. | Source: Getty Images

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