Where are they now?
Boris Becker in 2019
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 (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.
MILLI VANILLI (80s Pop Duo)
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 Milli Vanilli's grammy award for "Best New Artist" was withdrawn and the saga became on of the biggest scandals in pop history.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 (FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD)
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.
JANET ELLIS (80S BLUE PETER PRESENTER)
THE BLUE PETER GARDEN VANDALISED IN THE 80S
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!
LINDA LUSARDI (80S PAGE 3 MODEL)
For those of us who lived through the 980s, Linda Lusardi is best known for appearing topless of page 3 of The Sun newspaper.
Ferrigno in 2018
LOU FERRIGNO (ACTOR)
NIGEL MANSELL (FORMULA ONE RACING DRIVER)
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.
PHILLIPA FORRESTER (BBC 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.
Samantha Fox posing in the 80s - see more photos
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.
Samantha Fox performing at Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City on 13th Nov 2021
Sebastion Coe in the 1980s
Coe in 2015
SEBASTIAN COE, STEVE CRAM AND STEVE OVETT - 80s Athletes
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 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 (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 (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.
Wendy James in 1989, on the cover of Transvision Vamp's No.1 80s albumVelveteen