7 Glee Actors Whose Big Break Came After Leaving the Show

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In many instances, Glee was the big break some talents needed. Lea Michele was a Broadway star, but was rarely seen on television until the musical dramedy hit the small screen; Chris Colfer was a no-name, appearing in/on literally NOTHING before the show aired, but now he’s a Golden Globe-winning actor; Jane Lynch has taken over the comedy scene, also winning a Golden Globe, as well as a SAG Award and a few Emmys. Honestly, THANK YOU, GLEE!

But not every former Glee star skyrocketed to fame because of the Fox series; like many Harry Potter actors, some actually caught their big break after they left. Here are seven of the best examples: