90s Soap Stars: Then And Now

From Albert Square to Emmerdale Farm, time marches on.

1. Hollyoaks: Sol Patrick (Paul Danan)

After playing Sol from 1997-2001, Danan featured on Celebrity Love Island in 2005. He returned to the island again in 2006, as well as presenting a show called Date My Girlfriend.

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2. Hollyoaks: Rob Hawthorne (Warren Derosa)

Derosa played Hawthorne on Hollyoaks from 1996-2000. He went on to feature in CSI:NY, and as a voice actor in The Art of War III.

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3. Hollyoaks: Jambo Bolton (Will Mellor)

Mellor played Jambo from 1995-1998, then graduated to Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Casualty and White Man Van. He currently stars in Channel 4’s Dates.

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4. Coronation Street: Raquel Watts (Sarah Lancashire)

Lancashire played barmaid Raquel from 1991-1996 (with a guest appearance in 1999). Since then, she has appeared in Doctor Who, The Paradise, Last Tango in Halifax and has been nominated for two BAFTA’s, and an Olivier Award.

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5. Coronation Street: Nick Tilsley (Adam Rickitt)

Rickitt played Nick Tisley in Coronation Street between 1997-1999, launching a pop career in 1999. Since then, he has returned to the soap for a brief spell between 2002-2004 and stood for election as a Conservative MP. He currently works as a charity fundraiser.

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6. Coronation Street: Tanya Pooley (Eva Pope)

Pope featured on Coronation Street from 1993-1994. She currently plays Rachel Mason in school drama Waterloo Road, and has featured in Cold Feet, Life on Mars, Spooks and more.

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7. Coronation Street: Zoe Tattersall (Joanne Froggatt)

Frogatt began her career in Coronation Street between 1997-1999, and went on to feature in The Royle Family, Life on Mars and Spooks. She currently plays Anna Smith on Downton Abbey - a role which won her an Emmy nomination.

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8. Eastenders: Tiffany Mitchell (Martine McCutcheon)

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McCutcheon was massively popular as Tiffany between 1994-1998. A singing career followed, as well as roles in Love, Actually and Echo Beach. She announced bankruptcy earlier this year.

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9. Eastenders: Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer)

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After playing Bianca from 1993-1999, Palmer returned to the ‘Square in 2008.

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10. Eastenders: Jamie Mitchell (Jack Ryder)

Ryder featured on Eastenders between 1998-2002, going on to join The Archers in 2008. In 2012, his self-written and directed short film Act of Memory was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

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11. Eastenders: Steve Owen (Martin Kemp)

Kemp played Owen in Eastenders from 1998-2002, winning the Soap Award for ‘Villain of the Year’ in 2000. He participated in Celebrity Big Brother in 2012, coming third in the competition.

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12. Eastenders: Mandy Salter (Nicola Stapleton)

Stapleton played Mandy Salter twice - from 1992-1994, and again from 2011-2012. She has also featured in Bad Girls, The Bill and Hollyoaks: Later.

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13. Emmerdale: Luke McAllister (Noah Huntley)

Huntley played Luke McAllister from 1993-1995. He then went on to feature in Midsomer Murders, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Holby City.

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14. Emmerdale: Dave Glover (Ian Kelsey)

Kelsey played Dave Glover between 1994-1996. Since then, Kelsey has acted in Men Behaving Badly, Casualty and Holby City. He is currently appearing in Doctors.

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15. Emmerdale: Steve Marchant (Paul Opacic)

After playing Steve Marchant between 1997-1999, Opacic featured in Bad Girls, Peak Practice and The Bill, before joining the cast of Hollyoaks in 2010.

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16. Brookside: Beth Jordache (Anna Friel)

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Friel gave British television its first lesbian kiss, while playing Beth Jordache from 1993-1995. Since then, she has appeared in Pushing Daisies, Timeline and The King of Soho.

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17. Neighbours: Felicity Scully (Holly Valance)

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Flick was on Neighbours between 1999-2002, until Valance left to pursue a music career. She appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, and is currently a judge on Ultimate Shopper.

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18. Neighbours: Beth Brennan (Natalie Imbruglia)

Apprentice builder Beth featured on Ramsay Street from 1992-1994, until Imbruglia left to launch a music career. She is to feature in an upcoming adaptation of A Unkindness of Ravens.

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19. Home and Away: Shannon Reed (Isla Fisher)

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Fisher played bisexual Shannon from 1994-1997. She went on to star in Wedding Crashers and The Great Gatsby.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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