Eighties Celebrities

Where are they now?


Danny Wilson this Scottish band had two 80s hits with Mary's Prayer and The Second Summer Of Love - but what are they up to now?
Living In A Box we all remember this band's self-titled hit from the 80s, but where are they now?
Saved By The Bell - Screech, Zack, Kelly - remember those characters? Whatever happened to the cast?
Spagna this Italian pop star is best remembered for her hit Call Me, but whatever happened to the wild-haired singer? You can find out at the bottom of the Spagna page.
Tanita Tikaram we all remember the hits Good Tradition and Twist In My Sobriety, but what did the German-born, British singer do after her hits dried up?
Tiffany she had a big hit in the 80s with I Think We're Alone Now, but what happened to the teen pop star after the hits dried up?
The Red Hand Gang this 70s TV adventure series was shown in the early 80s here in the UK, and has a cult following. But what ever happened to those five kids?

 

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Becker in my face

Boris Becker (80s Tennis Star)

Between 2003 and 2013, Boris worked as a tennis commentator for the BBC.

On 28 February 2009 Becker announced that he and Dutch model Sharlely “Lilly” Kerssenberg would be getting married on 12 June 2009 in St Moritz, Switzerland, which they did! In February 2010 she gave birth to a baby boy (must've been a good honeymoon!) and they named him Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker - nothing out of the ordinary then!

For 2014, Boris is concentrating on his work as the head coach for the Serbian tennis player Novak Sjokovic.

Daley Thompson - Panini sticker (1982)
Daley Thompson (80s Decathlete)

Just about everyone who lived through the 1980s will know who this guy is, and if you didn't watch him win the Olympic gold medal in the Decathlon in 1980 or 1984, then you may have wrecked several joysticks playing the computer game!

Daley was an ambassador for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The very same year he also managed to upset the Irish when he stated that his tattooist "must have been Irish" when he made a spelling error.

David Bowie with Cher in 1975
David Bowie and Cher in 1975
David Bowie in 2014
David Bowie in 2014

David Bowie (Musician)

This guy was huge in both the 70s and 80s, although his commercial success was somewhat of a rollercoaster ride.  Bowie had a UK number one single in 1980 with "Ashes to Ashes" and  teamed up with Queen for the 1981 UK chart-topping single "Under Pressure", which was later sampled by Vanilla Ice with his "Ice Ice Baby" single.

David Bowie reached a commercial peak in 1983 with the album "Let's Dance" which yielded the hit singles "Let's Dance", "China Girl" and "Modern Love". He has experimented with many musical styles since then, and fronted the band "Tin Machine" who were (undeservingly) slated by the music media.

During March 2011, Bowie's previously unreleased album, Toy, from 2001 was leaked onto the internet.

Bowie released his first new single in almost a decade in 2013 entitled Where Are We Now?, followed by a new studio album The Next Day.

Holly Johnson - Heaven's Here - from the Platinum No.1 album

Heaven's Here was Holly's fourth solo single and featured on his best-selling 80s album Blast! 

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Holly at 80s Rewind festival in Henley, 2011

 Holly Johnson

(Frankie Goes To Hollywood)

Holly Johnson was most famous in the 80s for being the frontman of controversial pop band Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Holly was busy during 2009 promoting the "Frankie Say Greatest" album. An expanded version of Blast! was released at the start of 2011. He has also been busy exhibiting his art at various galleries across the UK.

Holly was interviewed by Jools Holland on his radio two show in April 2011, and also performed a superb live version of House Of The Rising Sun.

During the summer of 2011 and 2012, Holly performed live as the lead act at the 80s Rewind festivals in England and Scotland, respectively. He also appeared at the 2014 Rewind festival at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Relax.

On 29th September 2014, the singer/songwriter's first new album in 15 years, Europa, was released. Have a listen to the new singles on the Holly Johnson page.

Janet Ellis on Blue Peter in the 80s
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 Janet Ellis

(80s Blue Peter Presenter)

Janet Ellis is the mother of singer Sophie Ellis Bextor and was a presenter on the BBC childrens show "Blue Peter".

In May 2008 she appeared naked (unfortunately, that photo was copyright and I couldn't use it!) in a magazine in support of PETA and in June of the same year she won The Weakest Link (Blue Peter Special) celebrity charity special. She donated the winnings of £13,150 to Maggie's Centers, a cancer care charity. She has also appeared in a 2009 episode of Hotel Babylon and makes occasional appearances on Reality TV Shows.

Remember this? The Blue Peter Garden Vandalised in the 80s

Janet Ellis sure does look attractive in this clip. I guess I was too young to notice at the time!

Glamour model Linda Lusardi in the 1980s

Linda Lusardi in the 80s 

Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane
Linda with Sam Kane

Linda Lusardi (80s Page 3 model)

The former 80s Page 3 model and Emmerdale actress regularly appears on reality TV shows. In January 2008 she joined the Dancing On Ice series on ITV where she finished in sixth place.

Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno (Actor)
The ex-body builder and actor played the role as the shirt-ripping, green monster The Incredible Hulk in the TV series and TV movies during the late 70s and early 80s. Lou appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice in 2012 and also provided the voice of the Hulk for The Avengers film. In 2014 he provided the voice for the superhero film Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Nigel Mansell. British GP Silverstone 1983
Nigel Mansell at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1983
Nigel in 2011
Famous Stranger Nigel Mansell

Nigel Mansell

(Formula One Racing Driver)

Mansell is the most successful British Formula One driver of all time in terms of race wins with 31 victories.

What is he doing now? Well he is the current President of one of the UK's largest Youth Work Charities, UK Youth. Mansell was awarded a CBE in 2012 for his work with the charity.

On July 3, 2009, Mansell tested his son's (Greg) World Series Renualt at Silverstone and on August 19, 2009, it was announced that Mansell would be taking part in the last round of the 2009 Le Mans Series, the 1000km of Silverstone, driving Team LNT's Ginetta-Zytek GZ09 alongside his son Greg and team boss Lawrence Tomlinson.

In 2010, Nigel teamed up with the Iranian-British comic Omid Djilali in an UK TV advert for the price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com. At the end of the first ad, Djalili put a fake moustache on Mansell's upper lip.

Philippa Forrester in the 1980's

Phillipa Forrester (TV Presenter)

Phillipa first worked as a presenter on Childrens BBC alongside Toby Anstis from July 1990 until 1994. After this, she hosted many programmes including Tomorrow's World, The Heaven and Earth Show and Robot Wars.

She has recently produced and featured in a new four-part series for the BBC called Halcyon River Diaries, which follows the wildlife to be found in the garden of her home near Bristol in England. She is also an environmentalist.

Samantha Fox in the 80s

Samantha Fox posing in the 80s - see more photos


Samantha Fox in 2014
Sam Fox in 2014

Samantha Fox (80s Singer and Model)

In the 80s, Samantha Fox was the most famous Page 3 model in the UK, and also a successful pop star. Now she spends much of her time appearing on reality TV shows and attending celebrity events. In August 2009, Samantha Fox announced her plans to have a civil partnership with her long term girlfriend and manager, Myra Stratton.

In 2012, Samantha Fox re-released her first four albums as double CD deluxe edition sets with new bonus tracks and remixes of all the singles from all four albums.

Sam is touring again during 2014 at the "Celebrate the 80s and 90s 2014" concert in Los Arcos, Spain with other retro artists including Haddaway, David Hasselhoff and Sabrina.

Sebastion Coe - The 80s runner won four Gold medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games

 

Lord Coe in 2012
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Steve Ovett in the 80s
Steve Ovett in 1987
Runner Steve Cram on cover of Radio Time in 1986
Steve Cram on the cover of Radio Times (1986)

Sebastian Coe, Steve Cram

and Steve Ovett

If you lived in Great Britain during the 80s then you will, no doubt, remember these three runners. To this day, Steve Ovett holds the UK record for 2 miles (3,219 m), which he set in 1978. He is now living in Australia, and makes occasional appearances and commentaries for TV during athletics events

Steve Cram is a TV presenter and athletics commentator for the BBC.

Seb Coe (now Lord Coe) won four medals at the olympics, and went on to become an MP between 1992 and 1997. When London announced its bid to hold the 2012 Olympics, Coe became an ambassador for the effort and a member of the board of the bid company. Coe became the chairman for the latter phase of the bid.

Tina Turner in concert during 1985
Tina Turner in 1985
Tina Turner in 2014

Tina Turner (Singer)

Tina Turner was a huge pop star back in the 80s, with hits including "(Simply) The Best", "We Don't Need Another Hero" and "What's Love Got To Do With It?".

Turner performed with Beyonce at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2008, and this was her first major public performance since her record-breaking "Twenty-Four Seven Tour". On May 5, 2008, she performed in a concert at Caesar's Place in Las Vegas with long time friend Cher.

On October 1st 2008, Turner started her 50th Anniversary Tour at Kansas City and also saw the release of "Tina! Her Greatest Hits" (pictured above).

In April 2010, Tina's 1989 single entered the charts again and peaked at No.9 in the UK Singles Chart. She is currently working on her new album Beyond 2.

In 2014, a compilation album entitled Love Songs was released which contains, erm, love songs!

Wendy James in 1989, on the cover of Transvision Vamp's No.1 80s albumVelveteen

Wendy James in 2014
Wendy James in 2014 - buy this photo

Wendy James (Transvision Vamp)

Wendy James was the sultry-voiced lead singer of 80s pop band Transvision Vamp. In 1986 the band was signed by MCA and released "Tell That Girl To Shut Up" in late 1987. But their first UK top ten hit was in 1988 with the follow-up single "I Want Your Love", and the hit album Pop Art.

However, 1989 was the band's most successful year, with the number 3 UK hit single "Baby I Don't Care" and the No.1 album Velveteen, which was a hit worldwide.

Wendy formed a band in 2004 called Racine who released two albums entitled Number One and Racine, Vol 2. However, the band split in 2008, but she released a new solo album entitled I Came Here To Blow Minds in 2011 which you can read more about on the Transvision Vamp page.