You’ll Never Guess What These ’00s Stars Are Doing Now
Guess who’s in panto?
1. Carol Smillie now runs a business called DiaryDoll, which produces underwear for especially heavy periods.
2. Lolly, who brought us the tunes ”Viva La Radio” and a cover of ”Mickey”, now does a lot of panto. She’s appeared in Peter Pan, Dick Whittington, Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Most recently she starred in Robin Hood in Sevenoaks.
3. In fact, Alan Fletcher, aka Karl Kennedy from Neighbours, was also in the production. He starred as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
4. Aaron Carter, younger brother of The Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, who serenaded us with ”Crush on You” isn’t up to a whole lot these days. He was declared bankrupt at the end of last year, owing debts of over $2.5 million.
5. Rebecca Cartwright, aka Hayley from Home and Away, is now married to tennis player Lleyton Hewitt and is a stay-at-home mum to their three children, Mia, Cruz and Ava.
6. Stacey McLean from S Club Juniors now works at Boots on the perfume counter.
7. Hannah Richings from S Club Juniors works in Barclays bank and has two children.
8. Aaron Renfree from S Club Juniors now works as a choreographer and backing dancer for The Saturdays, which includes his former bandmates, Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Humes.
9. In fact, Stacey is the only female member of the S Club Juniors not to have children. Rochelle, Frankie and Daisy all have one each, and Hannah has two.
10. Dick and Dom, kings of 00s kids’ TV are now starring as King Arthur and Patsy in the West End revival of Spamalot.
11. Helen ‘I like blinking I do’ Adams from Big Brother 2 split from Paul Clarke after five years together, and now works in Bristol as a hairdresser.
12. Anna Nolan, winner of Big Brother 1 now works as a development executive at a TV company.
13. Kate Lawler, winner of Big Brother 3 is now a DJ on Kerrang! Radio, and apparently has the ‘biggest audience on the station’.
14. Craig David went AWOL after the success of his first album, and that had a lot to do with Leigh Francis’ portrayal of him on Bo Selecta. He bought a pad in Miami and now spends a lot of time at the gym. However, his new album, ”Following My Intuition” is due for release later this year.
15. Su Elise Nash from Mis-Teeq now works as an IT consultant in Sydney under the name Su Nash.
16. Yonah from Cleopatra (comin’ atcha) now teaches street dance and street cheerleading to underprivileged children.
17. David Sneddon, who won the first series of Fame Academy, is now a song-writer, and penned ”National Anthem” for Lana Del Rey.
18. Ainslie Henderson, who came fourth in the first series of Fame Academy, has abandoned his singing career and now works in animated films. He’s even won a BAFTA for his short animation, The Making of Longbird.
19. S Club 7’s Jo O’Meara, Paul Cattermole and Bradley McIntosh are now part of S Club 3 who have been going since 2008. They perform mainly low-key gigs – in fact, their last one was at a Bingo hall in Essex.
20. Nicki Chapman, who was a judge on Pop Idol, is now a TV presenter, hosting lifestyle shows like Escape to the Continent.
21. Former CBBC hosts Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell are now married and have two children.
22. Eliza Taylor, who played Janae in Neighbours, is now the lead role in an American post-apocalyptic drama called The 100.
23. Andrew Hayden-Smith, who played Ben in Byker Grove and later presented for CBBC now does voiceover work and is a continuity announcer for ITV.
24. Natalie Bassingthwaighte who played Izzy on Neighbours and had a number one hit with her band Rogue Traders is now a judge on X Factor Australia.
25. In fact, Natalie actually replaced former-Neighbours star turned singer, Natalie Imbruglia on the panel.
26. Nick Lachey, who starred in Newlyweds with then-wife Jessica Simpson, now hosts Big Morning Buzz Live in the US.
27. Anastacia was due to tour in 2013 but had to cancel after getting breast cancer for a second time. She’s now recovered and will be releasing a new album later this year.
28. Frankee of ”F.U.R.B” fame, is now a model under her real name Nicole Francine Aiello.
29. Andi Peters now voices The Big Reunion.
30. Atomic Kitten’s Jenny Frost has ditched her party lifestyle and her singing career and now lives in Ibiza with her husband, son and twin daughters.
31. Dave Benson Phillips, host of the legendary Get Your Own Back, now does voiceover work for CBeebies. He also runs Chester Benson Productions, a production company providing entertainment, removals and transportation services.
32. Daniel Bedingfield is now a judge on The X Factor New Zealand.
33. His sister Natasha Bedingfield recently recorded a track for Disney film The Private Fairy.
34. Susie Amy, who played Chardonnay in Footballers’ Wives, now runs a beauty blog.
35. He was once the most promising star in Hollywood, but these days Josh Hartnett isn’t up to a whole lot – he hasn’t been in a film since 2011, and has one that’s been in production since 2012.
36. Danny Foster from Hear’say is now part of a live soul show called Danny Foster and the Big Soul Corporation.
37. Johnny Shentall, who replaced Kym Marsh when she left Hear’say is now married to Lisa Scott-Lee and lives in Dubai.
38. *NSYNC’s J.C Chasez will be starring as Pontius Pilate in a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
39. And Michelle Williams will be joining him as Mary Magdalene.
40. Brody Jenner turned his back on The Hills and appears regularly in Keeping up with the Kardashians, as the famous sisters’ step-brother.
41. Thomas Sangster, who played the little boy who was in love in Love Actually, now plays Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones.
42. Jim Corr from The Corrs spends a lot of time researching conspiracy theories these days, and is part of the 9/11 Truth Movement. He also runs a website which includes the claim that 9/11 was an ‘inside government job’.
43. And finally, Mara Wilson, who played Matilda in the film of the same name, turned her back on stardom and now works as a playwright.