Where are they now?

Spagna - this Italian pop star is best remembered for her hit Call Me, but whatever happened to the wild-haired singer?
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?
80s Stars we lost in 2019 - including the actors who played Big Bird in Sesame Street and Chewbacca in Star Wars.
Adamski - he had a huge No.1 hit in 1990 with Killer, but after just three hit singles he faded into oblivion. What did he do afterwards and what does he look like now?
ALF cast - whatever happened to the actors from the 80s comedy series ALF?
Aneka - scored a huge hit with the oriental style novelty hit Japanese Boy. Far from being a short, Geisha girl, she is actually a tall Scottish lady who's real name is...select the link to find out more.
Blue Peter Presenters from the 90s - just what are they up to these days?
Craig McLachlan - the Aussie actor and musician had major roles in the soaps Neighbours and Home and Away, and hit the music charts with his band Check 1-2 with the singles Mona and Amanda. What does he look like 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?
Diff'rent Strokes - this popular U.S. sitcom revolved around two black brothers who were adopted by a rich family - what happened to the cast?
Eddie the Eagle - the British Olympic ski jumper became famous for coming last, but where is he now?
Fat Boys  - this rap/hip hop trio hit the charts with their unique covers featuring The Beach Boys and Chubby Checker - whatever happened to them?
Gordon Honeycombe - he was the face of ITN news in the 70s and also TV-AM news in the 80s. He left ITV in 1989, but whatever happened to him? 
Halo James - the band enjoyed just one hit single in 1989/90 with "Could Have Told You So", and released just a handful of singles and one album. So what did the trio get up to after this?
Irene Cara - she is best-remembered for Fame and Flashdance...What A Feeling, but what happened after the hits dried up?
Jane Wiedlin - best known for being the Go-Go's guitarist and songwriter, as well as the 1988 hit single "Rush Hour". But what has she been doing with her life since then?
Jennifer Rush - her ballad The Power of Love became the best-selling single of 1985, but what has the singer been up to since then?
Living In A Box - we all remember this band's self-titled hit from the 80s, but where are they now?
London Boys - these two had several europop hits and a No.2 album in 1989 and 1990, but then the hits dried up and we never heard from them again - whatever happened to the duo?  
New Kids On The Block - the boy band were huge in the late 1980s, but split-up in the 90s after lip syncing allegations and a flop album. They reformed in 2008, but are they still together?
Norman Barrett - the ringmaster at Blackpool Tower Circus regularly appeared on British TV screens during the 1970s and 80s, and his budgie act was particularly popular - what is he up to these days?
Peter Powell - the Radio 1 DJ and Top Of The Pops presenter was well-known in the 80s, but then he disappeared. What ever happened to him? 
Pseudo Echo - the Australian band enjoyed a global hit with their cover of the disco classic "Funky Town" in 1986/87. What are the lads up to these days and are they still together?
Saved By The Bell Screech, Zack, Kelly - remember those characters? Whatever happened to the cast?
Sean Maguire was a regular on our screens in the late 80s and 90s as a Grange Hill and Eastenders actor, and also launched a successful, but short-lived pop career - what's he up to these days?
Strawberry Switchblade - the Scottish pop duo had just one major hit in 1985 with "Since Yesterday", but what have they been up to since 1985?
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? 
The Red Hand Gang - this 70s TV adventure series was shown in the early 80s here in the UK, and has a cult following. Find out what happened to those five kids...
Wincey Willis - the bubbly weather girl adorned millions of British TV screens every week day morning on TV-AM during the 80s, but what is she up to now?
Yazz - remember "The Only Way Is Up"? Whatever happened to the singer after the hits dried up?
Borris Becker in the 80s
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Boris Becker in 2019

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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)


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.

Milli Vanilli


Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan became International pop stars during the late 80s with their album Girl You Know It's True achieving 6 x Platinum in the U.S. and a Diamond certificate in Canada. However, the duo became infamous for not actually singing any of the vocals on their albums. It was the guys poor English and lip-syncing during live performances that raised suspicion, and in December 1989, one of three actual singers on the album, Charles Shaw, revealed that the duo were imposters and that he was one of the singers. It was reported that the creator of the Milli Vanilli (and another one of the actual singer's) Frank Farian paid Shaw $150,000 to withdraw his statement. Milli Vanilli's grammy award for "Best New Artist" was withdrawn and the saga became on of the biggest scandals in pop history.

The duo reformed in the 1990 as Rob & Fab, although, not surprisingly, they had limited success, with their self-titled album selling only 2000 copies in the U.S. The duo disbanded in 1993 before getting back together to work on a new album Back and In Attack.

Rob Pilatus died on 2nd April 1998 aged 33, after a long struggle with depression and substance abuse. His death came on the eve of a promotional tour for a completed Milli Vanilli album, which was never released.

Fab Morvan released a solo album in 2003 entitled Love Revolution, although it wasn't commercially successful. In April 2011, Morvan released the single Anytime. On 25th May 2012, Morvan released a single with his new band Fabulous Addiction called See The Light. In July 2014, Morvan released another single with another project entitled NightAir, which was a cover of The Eagles song One Of These Nights. Morvan currently DJ's for private function in Amsterdam.


Holly Johnson was most famous in the 80s for being the frontman of controversial pop band Frankie Goes To Hollywood, before launching a solo career in 1989.
Holly was busy during 2009 promoting the "Frankie Say Greatest" album. An expanded version of Blast! was released at the start of 2011. He was also busy exhibiting his art at various galleries across the UK.
Holly Johnson - Heaven's Here - from the Platinum No.1 album

Heaven's Here was Holly's fourth solo single after leaving Frankie Goes To Hollywood and featured on the best-selling 80s album Blast! 

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 singles on the Holly Johnson page which includes the fabulous Dancing With No Fear (2015) which reached #2 on the vinyl singles chart.

In February 2016, Johnson released a brand new single, Ascension, which was co-written with Gary Barlow. The track also features as the first song on Fly, the soundtrack to the film Eddie The Eagle.

In 2018, Holly was the guest star in the final episode of the ITV series Benidorm, and performed "Relax", "Americanos" and "The Power Of Love".

In July 2019, Johnson was the headline act at the Forever Young festival in Palmerstown house, Naas, County Kildar, Ireland.
In 2021, Holly performed the song "This Was Me" with Richard E. Grant for the soundtrack album for the movie Everybody's Talking About Jamie.
Janet Ellis on Blue Peter in the 80s


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.
In 2018. Janet She appeared in the play "Once Seen on Blue Peter" at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival. She published her second novel, "How It Was", in August 2019.


I've just realised how attractive Janet Ellis was back then. I guess I was too young to notice at the time! Any child of the 80s will remember when the Blue Peter garden was trashed, which didn't please Percy Thrower!

Glamour model Linda Lusardi in the 1980s

Linda Lusardi in the 80s 

Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane
Linda with Sam Kane


For those of us who lived through the 980s, Linda Lusardi is best known for appearing topless of page 3 of The Sun newspaper.

These days, 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.
In 2011, Linda participated in Celebrity Masterchef on BBC1.
Linda appeared in The Real Full Monty on Ice on ITV during December 2020. Also during 2020, Linda was hospitalised with Covid-19, but made a full recovery.
In 2021, Linda took part in the E4 reality show Celebrity Ghost Trip which aired in October of that year. Other stars included Dick and Dom, Kerry Katona, and, of course, the camptastic Brendan Sheeran who was their celebrity tour guide.
Lou Ferrigno 2018

Ferrigno in 2018

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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. The series was popular here in the UK, and I honestly prefer it to the CGI films - you just can't beat having a real actor, even if he was painted green!
Lou appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice in 2012 and also provided the voice of the Hulk for The Avengers film. 
In 2014, Ferrigno provided the voice for the superhero film Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
In May 2018, the then President of the Unites States, Donald Trump, appointed Ferrigno as a member of the Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.
Nigel Mansell. British GP Silverstone 1983
Nigel Mansell at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1983


Nigel 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.

Famous Stranger Nigel Mansell
Nigel in 2011

Philippa Forrester in the 1980's


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


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.

Samantha Fox in 2021 performing at Hard Rock Casino, Atlantic City, 13th Nov 2021

Samantha Fox performing at Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City on 13th Nov 2021

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

Sebastion Coe in the 1980s

Sebastian Coe 2015

Coe in 2015


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 won 45 consecutive 1500 and mile races between 1977 to 1980. 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 1997When 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.

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)


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!

Turner received kidney transplant surgery on April 7th, 2017 after they were damaged by homeopathic remedies she used to treat intestinal cancer in 2016.
Tina appeared in the 2021 documentary film Tina, which followed her life and career, which received positive reviews from critics.
Tina Turner in 1985
Tina 2021 Poster

Tina 2021 Poster


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.

During September and October of 2021, The Wendy James Band toured the UK after a long break due to the Covid pandemic lockdowns.
On Nov 2nd 2021, A new T-shirt design was launched on the official Wendy James website.

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