A schoolgirl Jessica Pare and a dishevelled Jon Hamm: Meet the stars of Mad Men BEFORE they were famous



10:00 GMT, 12 June 2012

The stars of Mad Men will always be defined by their roles on the hit AMC show, however before they morphed into Sixties advertising icons, the actors were just unknown hopefuls.

Taking small roles in old-school TV series, movies and even national commercials, Mad Men's main characters each have their own entertaining 'before they were famous' stories.

Christina Hendricks previously had a stint on a Nineties late-night MTV soap, while January Jones played a small part as an American seductress in Love Actually and Jon Hamm made appearances in both Charmed and Gilmore Girls.

Christina Hendricks in MTV's Undressed, 1999

Mad Men's Joan Harris, played by Christina Hendricks

Before and after: Christina Hendricks in MTV's Undressed (left) and today as Mad Men's Joan Harris (right)

Ms Hendricks appeared on multiple television shows before she became the curvaceous and buxom Joan Harris, and one of her earliest was MTV's Undressed.

She played the much more petite Rhiannon for four episodes on the anthology series in 1999.

Jon Hamm also appeared in handfuls of Nineties and early 2000s programs before hitting the big time as the suave Don Draper.

was in episodes of Gilmore Girls, The Hughleys and Charmed, before
his longer running part alongside 7th Heavean's Barry Watson in the 2006
drama What About Brian.

His most well-known part pre-Mad Men was in the film Kissing Jessica Stein, which he co-starred alongside his wife Jennifer Westfeldt.

Jon Hamm in What About Brian, 2006

Mad Men's Don Draper, played by John Hamm

Heart throb: Jon Hamm starred in What About Brian (left), prior to his famous role as Don Draper (right)

Jessica Pare in Lost & Delirious, 2001

Mad Men's Megan Draper, played by Jessica Pare

Fresh face: Jessica Pare acted alongside The O.C.'s Micha Barton in Lost and Delirious (left), before becoming Don's wife in Mad Men (right)

Don's wife Megan Draper is the newest star on the AMC program, played by Canadian-native Jessica Pare.

before she brought back Zou Bissou Bissou into popular culture, or
married Don, she starred in the 2001 indie lesbian teen drama set at an
all-girls boarding school, Lost & Delirious.

starred alongside The O.C.'s Mischa Barton, Covert Affairs actress
Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp, the leading lady of Revenge.

Betty Francis, Don's ex-wife, and the
blonde bombshell-turned fat-suit suburban housewife, is played by a
now-leading lady herself, January Jones.

However before the glamour of Mad
Men, she appeared clad in fur and tight, shiny red pants in the 2003
romantic comedy Love Actually.

January Jones in Love Actually

Mad Men's Betty Francis, played by January Jones

Then and now: Starlet January Jones had a small role in the 2003 move Love Actually (left), before she become Betty Draper, and then Mrs Francis in Mad men(right)

her small scene, Ms Jones played Jeannie, a townie living with three
friends, including Happy Endings star Elisha Cuthbert and American Pie
star Shannon Elizabeth. At a Milwaukee dive bar, they meet and, easily,
seduce British tourist Colin, played by Kris Marshall.

Vincent Kartheiser appeared in the Buffy spinoff Angel in 2004, playing the
titular character's teen son Connor during the show's third, fourth and
fifth seasons, before taking on the role of Pete

Moss plays Mad Men's career-driven Peggy Olson, who had a secret baby to Pete in the show's first season, starred in an
Excedrin Commercial just two years before the show's pilot.

The 2005 medicine commercial was
recently, and cleverly, brought back for air-time, this time
rolling-over with some serious celebrity endorsement.

Jay R Ferguson, who plays Peggy's nemesis, Stan Rizzo, was plucked out of obscurity to play Ponyboy in the TV adaptation Fracis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders.in 1990.

Vincent Kartheiser in Angel, 2004

Mad Men's Pete Campbell, played by Vincent Kartheiser

Changing faces: Vincent Kartheiser appeared in the Buffy spinoff Angel in 2004 (left) playing the main character's teen son Connor, before taking on Pete Campbell (right)

Aaron Staton in 7th Heaven, 2006

Mad Men's Ken Cosgrove, played by Aaron Staton

Growing up: Aaron Staton in the TV sitcom 7th heaven (left), and in Mad Men as Ken Cosgrove (right)

then-teenager appeared alongside Matt Dillon as Dallas Winston and
David Arquette. He then went on to star in the Nineties sitcom Evening
Shade, before landing the role of Mad Men's art director, Stan Rizzo.

Aaron Staton, who plays Sterling Cooper
account executive Ken Cosgrove, had a stint on the preachy family drama
7th Heaven as Daniel, who had feelings for young mother Haylie Duff's
character, Sandy and wound up in a love triangle in 2006.

Ken's colleague and media know-it-all, Harry Crane, is played by Rich Sommer, a relative newcomer to the acting arena.

played Anne Hathaway's friend Doug in the 2006 film The Devil Wears
Prada and, in that same year, appeared in two episodes of NBC's hit
comedy The Office.

John Slattery in Sex and the City, 2000

Mad Men's Roger Sterling, played by John Slattery

Silver fox: John Slattery once dated Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City,
appearing in two episodes during season three over a decade ago (left), before he played Roger Sterling in Mad Men (right)

Robert Morse in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, 1967

Mad Men's Bertram Cooper, played by Robert Morse

Bow-tie, two takes: Robert Morse made his film debut in 1967, close to the
time Mad Men is actually set, as an actor in
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (left), he now plays the wise Bert Cooper (right)

John Slattery, better known as Mad
Men's Roger Sterling, once dated Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City,
appearing in two episodes during season three over a decade ago.

He starred as the silver fox politician Bill Kelley, who had a urination fetish that ended their brief relationship.

And Robert Morse, better known as the wise and level-headed Bert Cooper, made his film debut in 1967, close to the time Mad Men is actually set, as an actor in the Pulitzer-prize winning How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.