Have you ever wondered what the stars/actors from your favourite kids TV shows from back in the day are up to now? Are they doing well? Not so well? Complete change of direction?
Well we have compiled a list of some of the most memorable TV shows from our childhood and the actors that starred in them, and here is what they’re up to now!
David Peachy – Bernard’s Watch
We’ve all had that thought at one time or another haven’t we? To be able to stop and start time at will. You might think that it’s a fantasy that we all had as kids once we’d watched Bernard’s Watch, but oh no, I still have those dreams of being able to control time.
Think about it – you wake up early for work, it’s cold outside, it’s still dark. You know you have to get up, and then you think: “if only I could have another half an hour. That would be so awesome!”
But unfortunately, t’as never been possible. Maybe in the future or something, but for now, we must continue to live like animals.
But anyway, Bernard’s Watch was a huge kid’s TV show back in the day for that very reason – what kid wouldn’t love to stop time to stay in bed or keep the sun out so that more football can be played?
And that was what Bernard did, he stopped time with a magic watch that was given to him by a postman owing to the fact that he was always late.
David Peachy played the aforementioned Bernard, and took the role from 1997 until 2001 – starring in 46 episodes.
However, despite the success of the show, David ended up turning his back on the business of show shortly after his time in the show had come to an end.
Since the show ended, he has actually had a huge change of career direction and is now a doctor, having registered as a GB in Nottingham.
David previously told the Mirror: “I haven’t acted for at least 12-13 years, but I used to get recognised sometimes when I was younger which was a bit embarrassing.”
Olivia Hallinan – Julia Jekyll and Harriett Hyde
She may have been a former child star with roles in hit kids TV shows such as Just William and Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde, but for the 31 year old, her days of playing the child genius who, every now and again, turned into her monstrous alter-ego are long behind her.
These days, you’re more likely to see Olivia Hallinan in her role as Kim Daniels International Emmy-winning Sugar Rush in which she played a teenager confused about her sexuality.
But she has also racked up a number of credits, including a role in Lark Rise to Candleford – a show which she recently called for a return – and Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood.
Before going off to study drama at university, she began her career at a young age when she studied at her mother’s weekend drama school.
Speaking to the Bath Chronicle last year Olivia said that she would “love” to do a sequel or a “one-off” to Sugar Rush.
“Sugar Rush was one of the first series out there that dealt directly with a struggle with sexuality, and if that helped or touched even one person, then that’s everything you can hope for as an actor,” she explained.
She continued: “When I did Sugar Rush I received so many messages from viewers saying that they were able to make peace with their same-sex feelings after watching the show and no longer felt alone.”
Olivia praised stars like Miley Cyrus and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart with their openness about their own sexuality.
“I think attitudes towards sexuality are changing because it’s far more open and in the public eye now than it used to be, especially in the entertainment and media industries,” the star added.
Melanie and Martina Grant – Fun House
It’s been 18 years since the show ended in 1999 (18 years, I feel like crying) and twins Melanie and Martina were just 16 when they appeared on the hit CITV show.
The bubbly blond twins – who appeared alongside Pat Sharp from 1989, appeared week after week waving their pom-poms while dressed in identical yellow and red cheerleading outfits.
Melanie would always support the red team, while her twin Martina would always support the yellow team.
These days, the pair – who are both 45 – are mums but have still managed to make a career out of their days on the CITV show, as they often appear at various parties and events.
And perhaps inspired by the recent huge success of the returned old school classic Crystal Maze, it seems as though the pair are up for a comeback – as is Pat Sharp!
A petition is under way to have a giant set built and the doors thrown open to the public to play all the ‘wacky’ games that were seen on the CITV show.
And they are even trying to put together a petition and a crowd funded project to bring back a version of Fun House for adults, so that we can all enjoy our child hood all over again!
“THIS. IS. OUR. NEWS! Together we can re-run the fun! Support our campaign to #BringBackFunHouse ,” the host wrote on Twitter as the campaign was unveiled.
He endorsed a new catchphrase for the show returning, retweeting a fan and adding: “Fund the Funhouse! I like it.”
Jason Torrens – Pugwall
If you are of a certain age, then you’ll remember the Aussie children’s TV show Pugwall, which was on our screens from 1989 to 1991.
The show revolved around five characters: Jenny, Bazza, Orfo, Stringbean and Pugwall, as they formed a band called The Orange Organics. The show followed Pugwall as he navigated the tricky waters of youth, full of trials and tribulations as he goes about his family life. The show also followed the band on their journey to try and secure a record deal.
The star of the show was undoubtedly Pugwall: a typical teenage boy trying to make it big with his friends and finding fame and fortune. The name Pugwall derives from his initials, with his full name being Peter Unwin George Wall, and following the success of the show in Australia as well as further afield, the actor behind Pugwall, Jason Torrens, seemed to have everything set up for him going forward.
After Pugwall and the second series entitled Pugwall’s Summer, ended in 1991, Torrens went on to play Duncan in Newlyweds in 1993. After that, he had his obligatory turn in Neighbours, a stepping stone for every Australian actor, when he starred as Dillon Renshaw in 1996.
However Torrens’ true passion lay in more of a musical direction. After 1996, he left acting all together to become a musician. He was the founding member of The Reefers – a band that moulded a surfer sound with Middle Eastern twists, which was a combination that the band describe as being “like Hank Marvin on acid.”
After that, he formed the Melbourne based heavy rock band Bugdust, for which he plays the drums and with whom he still plays.
Jason Torrens looks very different now than he did as the fresh faced guitarist for The Orange Organics, but one thread has run through his life, which is the threat of music!
Amy Jo Johnson – Original Power Rangers
There is no better way to take a trip down the bittersweet lane of nostalgia than to watch the original Power Rangers. And there’s no better way to get an injection of nostalgia than to see how the original Pink Power Ranger – Amy Jo Johnson – is getting on these days.
The 23 year old brunette beauty shot to fame as she played the resident gymnast turned superhero Kimberly Ann Hart, and as the show went on, Amy became a firm fan favourite as she kicked a** and took names!
However, despite the fact that she was a huge star in one of the biggest kids TV shows of all time, she revealed that she never really made a great deal of money from the gig. However, she also said that despite not making much money, she cherishes the fact that she was a strong role model for young girls everywhere.
My time as the Pink Ranger not only became the training ground for my future career as a working actress but also, without even knowing it at the time, a way to inspire thousands of little girls to believe that they can be as badass as little boys. That, in itself, is priceless,” she wrote.
But more recently, Amy has seen herself go through quite the bohemian transformation, as she splits her time between chilling on a beach somewhere and playing the guitar for an acoustic music set.
And when she’s not doing that, she tends to spend a lot of her time being a full-time mum, as she enjoys life in Toronto with her husband Olivia Giner, and a nine year old daughter Francesca.
She’s even working on a film collaboration with Francesca called The Space Between Us, in which she starred as well as wrote, directed, produced.