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Where are they now? We track down series favourites from the biggest TV shows of the 90's

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They were the stars of the teen shows who felt like family.

From Joey Potter to Angela Chase, the characters in our favourite TV shows became like friends during our teenage years. And when real life became tricky, we could escape to the imaginary world of the great battle of Pacey v. Dawson or the enduring love affair between Buffy and Angel. 

And still, years on, we remember these characters with affection and nostalgia. So it seemed only right that we checked back in with some of our favourite characters from the biggest shows of our teen years. My how they've grown!

  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    What any of us wouldn't have given for a few handy spells throughout adolescence. Sadly, we had to make do with sun and moon bedroom decorations while half-witch Sabrina Spellman had a talking cat and any number of tricks up her sleeve. Not really fair, now we think about it.

  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    Sabrina's love interest Harvey Kinkle was played by Nate Richert, who appeared to drop out of acting following his time on the show (which aired from 1996 to 2003) to concentrate on his music career. His debut album was released in 2012.

    He showed off something of a hipster look to accompany his "vintage" music last year, before posting this image on his Twitter account, writing alongside, "You'll never believe what Harvey looks like now..."

  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart - not only of Teen Witch fame, but also Clarissa Explains It All is still a big name in America, taking part in Dancing with the Stars and appearing in Melissa and Joey since 2010, starring alongside another 90s name, Joey Lawrence, who got his break on Blossom. Melissa is a mum of three and has brought out a book about her experiences as a child star.

  • My So-Called Life

    The story of Angela Chase and her misfit gang of friends captured the imagination of many and was loved for its rare honesty about the highs and massive lows of teenage life. 

  • My So-Called Life

    The show starred Claire Danes as the awkwardly wonderful Angela. A.J.Langer played her wayward and troubled friend Rayanne Graff while Wilson Cruz played protective and sweet natured Rickie Vasquez.

  • My So-Called Life

    While Claire Danes went on to Hollywood stardom, Wilson Cruz stayed in TV (most recently in Red Band Society), while also devoting a lot of his time to LGBT youth as the National Spokesperson for GLAAD. Rickie’s storyline mirrored his own life somewhat, given that his dad threw him out of the house when he came out at 19. He recently said of his character’s imagined future: “He probably would have been a contestant on Project Runway and become a reality superstar. And he’s so good-looking!”

  • My So-Called Life

    Rayanne Graff grew up and moved to the UK to become a countess. Yes, really. After marrying Charles Courtenay, the son of the Earl of Devon, actress A.J. Langer moved to London and is in line for a title upon the death of the Earl, becoming the Countess of Devon. She has suffered from fibromyalgia since her teens, and now raises awareness and money for research and treatment.

  • My So-Called Life

    Devon Gummersall played lovelorn neighbour Brian Krakow and has kept up with regular TV and film work, as well as writing and directing. He's now working on his second feature, The Inherited. Doesn't look like much of a loser these days...

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    The show about a high school demon killer (with great hair and bootcut jeans) was a huge hit, fighting evil from 1997 to 2003. Legend has it that instead of Sarah Michelle Gellar and co., Katie Holmes and Ryan Reynolds were originally lined up to star. We can't imagine it.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, aka heroine Buffy Summers, capitalised on her small-screen famewith blockbuster movies such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2 and Cruel Intentions. She followed up with a few TV shows, including The Crazy Ones with the late Robin Williams, and now works her schedule around her two children and actor husband of 12 years, Freddie Prinze Jr. She said recently: "I'm taking a break right now... Right now it’s just being a mum full time."

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg) carved out a comedy niche with the hugely successful American Pie films and sitcom How I Met Your Mother. When HIMYM ended earlier this year, she intended to have a career break, but signed on to a comedy pilot from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Married with two daughters to actor Alexis Denisof, she recently revealed the story she would tell her children about how they met. "I can say ‘This is [Alexis'] first episode on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and this is the prom episode where I realised I really liked this guy, then Mommy freaked out and we didn’t date for a year." Sweet.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Earlier this month, Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris) married girlfriend Moonda Tee in a surprise Vegas ceremony. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks later he was in the press again - for getting arrested and charged with malicious injury to property and resisting or obstructing officers. He blamed drinking on top of painkillers for a knee problem, but also said: "I intend to seek appropriate treatment and therapy for my medical ailments as well as my emotional demons." He went to rehab in 2004 and 2010 - the latter after getting tasered and arrested for battery of a police officer.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    After Buffy, James Marsters kept Spike going in the spin-off Angel for a while, and in the years since, appeared on Torchwood, Smallville and Supernatural, but also returned to his first love of theatre work. More recent TV includes Witches of East End, and he writes and sings in a band with his son Sullivan called Ghost of the Robot. Sadly for the Spike fans among us, there's no peroxide blonde these days.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    David Boreanaz did a spin off show as Buffy's love interest Angel for five series, but since 2005 has been playing FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth in Bones and dabbles in producing and directing the crime drama. He has a son and daughter with actress Jaime Bergman, and has dealt with his share of Hollywood scandal - admitting to an affair in 2010. In 2011, he settled out of court a sexual harrassment suit by an extra on BonesHe rather randomly is part of a nail varnish line called Chrome Girl with his wife.

  • Dawson's Creek

    90s fashion, teenage angst monologues and lengthy discussions about virginity. It can only be Dawson's Creek. It ran from 1998 to 2003, and while it could seem tame now, it was pretty controversial at the time for its sex talk and storylines.

  • Dawson's Creek

    Who would have thought terribly insecure tomboy Joey Potter would grow up to be a red carpet star and marry one the world's most famous actors to boot? Katie Holmes is still doing her actor thing, with four films out this year alone. She divorced Tom Cruise in 2012.

  • Dawson's Creek

    Meredith Monroe took the part of 16-year-old Andie McPhee at the grand old age of 29 - which to be fair, she doesn't look much beyond now. The actress had another regular TV role in Criminal Minds until 2013, and this year has been seen in NCIS: Los Angeles and The Oversharer. She's expecting a baby with massage therapist husband Steven Kavovit.

  • Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek is still acting, recently starring as a version of himself in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and is currently filming CSI: Cyber.

    Pictured with wife Kimberly Brook, James is now a father of three and his middle son is called Joshua - though he has pointed out he is not named after his former co-star Joshua Jackson. Aww.

  • Dawson's Creek

    Jack McPhee, aka Kerr Smith, has gone all silver fox these days. While he appears to sometimes dye it back dark brown, we thought you'd appreciate his salt-n-pepper look. He's stayed busy with a number of recurring TV roles, including Criminal Minds, NCIS, Charmed and, currently, The Fosters. Plus 90 minutes of cheating death in 2000 film Final Destination, of course.

  • The O.C.

    Okay, it’s not strictly 90s, finishing as it did in 2007, but we could all pretend to be teenagers again as we gawped at the lives of privileged youths in The O.C. It also spawned six - SIX - soundtrack albums because music was so integral to the show, with performances by The Killers and Modest Mouse among others.

  • The O.C.

    While Mischa Barton made a name for herself on the party scene, Rachel Bilson soon became something of a style icon following her stint as Summer Roberts, feted for her fashion as much as her acting. She now stars in Hart of Dixie and recently had a mini O.C. reunion, meeting up with former co-star Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend, pictured) on set. Rachel is expecting a baby with Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, whom she met while filming Jumper in 2007.

  • The O.C.

    Ben McKenzie was Ryan Atwood, the kid with the catch-all Hollywood label ‘troubled’ who arrived to disrupt the frankly already-a-bit-of-a-state lives of the affluent residents of Newport Beach. A bit of a newbie before O.C. producers took a gamble on him, he’s done well since and now stars in crime TV series Gotham.

  • Round the Twist

    A show based around a lighthouse and the goings on therein doesn’t sound award-winning or even interesting, but Round the Twist with its supernatural storylines and often scatological humour (seagull poo, anyone?) was beloved for years. The first two series were in 1989 and 1992 and based on Paul Jennings’ writing, while the third and fourth were on screens in 2000 and 2001 respectively without the involvement of the writer. Sorry about the earworm, but have you ever? Ever felt like this…?

  • Round the Twist

    Jeffrey Walker played young Bronson Twist in the early shows. Despite the fact we'd never do any other job if Round the Twist was our induction into an industry, he's since moved more into directing than acting, working on episodes of Modern Family, Angry Boys, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and Bones, according to IMDB.

  • Round the Twist

    Richard Moir was dad Tony Twist in the first two series. After being diagnosed with Parkinsons in 1990 he gradually left acting. He made a documentary about his experiences in 2005, The Bridge to Midnight Trembles, but now rarely makes public appearances and writes rather than acts.

  • Party of Five

    For nearly six years, until its end in 2000, Party of Five had us hooked on the Salinger family’s dramas as five siblings adjusted to life as orphans. Tackling storylines such as grief, cancer and alcoholism, the show won a Golden Globe for Best Drama in 1996 – which came as a surprise, as low ratings had it come close to being cancelled. Thank god for shiny statuettes.

  • Party of Five

    Neve Campbell has been a household name since playing 15-year-old Julia, with Scream, The Craft and Wild Things behind her, and has recently popped up on Grey’s Anatomy and Mad Men. She’s married to British-American actor JJ Feild, with whom she has a two-year-old son, Caspian.

  • Party of Five

    Matthew Fox played eldest Salinger Charlie, and notably went on to spend six years marooned on a confusing desert island in Lost. The dad of two is currently filming Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell and David Arquette, and another film, Welcome to Harmony, is in post-production.

  • Saved by the Bell

    Kids in the UK couldn’t fail to be enamoured with the glamorous soap opera goings on of a Californian high school. The students of Bayside kept us entertained from 1989 to 1993 – enough time to cover our pencilcases in leftover Panini stickers and develop a crush on Zach Morris that faintly pangs to this day. Just us? Oh.

  • Saved by the Bell

    Pretty much all the main cast members have stayed in the industry, as has Dustin Diamond, albeit in a slightly different way. The guy we knew as Screech is now perhaps better known for directing and releasing his own sex tape and appearing to be a bit of a prat in subsequent reality TV shows. However he now says everything was fake – including a certain part of his anatomy – and he did it to make money. He works as a stand-up comedian.

  • Saved by the Bell

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar has worked steadily and is now on screens as a lawyer in Franklin & Bash. However, excuse us for being distracted by the revelation that throughout his time on SBTB, he dated all three of his main lady co-stars at some point: Lark Voorhies (Lisa), Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Kelly), and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie). No overlaps, we presume.

  • Saved by the Bell

    Lark Voorhies has worked sporadically since 1994, when she appeared in Saved by the Bell: the New Class, and said in 2012 she was keeping busy with her company Yo Soy Productions. Sadly, more recently it’s been her relationship with her mother, her unusual appearance and a slightly odd book that’s had her back in the public eye.

  • The Secret World of Alex Mack

    The series ran from 1994 to 1998 and featured Alex, a young girl who gets covered in a mysterious chemical and develops superpowers, and co-starred her wardrobe of hats. Who wouldn't want telekinesis and a morphing ability? Might skip the whole glowing-when-nervous thing though.

  • The Secret World of Alex Mack

    Larisa Oleynik has been acting pretty solidly since the show, establishing herself as a capable adult star with work including a stint on Mad Men as Ken Cosgrove’s fiance Cynthia Baxter (pictured) – the wardrobe a far cry from her backwards cap of course. She is currently in Hawaii Five-0, alongside Buffy star James Marsters.

  • The Secret World of Alex Mack

    Darris Love was Alex’s best friend Ray (who nearly turned her in for gig tickets – naughty). He hasn’t quite kept up the same level of success as Larisa, but has had bit parts in a few TV shows, like CSI and Shameless. According to Wikipedia, Darris also spends a lot of his time doing charity work.

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