Forgotten Channel 5’s Family Affairs now – EastEnders, Hollywood and family ties

Channel 5's hit British soap Family Affairs had years of success, with the show's stars having thriving careers since its debut two decades ago.

The show, which focused on the lives of residents in the fictional London suburb of Charnham, debuted in 1997 and wrapped up in 2005.

The series was the country's first 5-days-a-week soap and had been broadcasted every weekday since it launched.

However, ratings were low despite re-vamp attempts and it wasn't long before Channel 5 axed the soap.

Despite the show's end, many stars' continued to be a hit in other hit soaps and hot grossing TV dramas – with one even smashing it across the pond.

From EastEnders to Made in Dagenham to even Hollywood stardom, Daily Star delves into where these stars' are now.

Ebony Thomas

In the flagship soap, actress Ebony Thomas, 39, is best known as the chronically unlucky-in-love Yasmin MacKenzie.

The actress was just 16 when she first joined the show back in 1998 and she has since become one of its most high-profile performers finding fame in music.

The singer-songwriter opened for Cee Lo Green's tour in 2011 and also collaborated with Yoko Ono.

Prior to stepping into Ms MacKenzie's troubled shoes, Ebony also appeared on Grange Hill and Samson Superslug.

Nicola Duffett

Soaps fans will be thrilled to know that Family Affairs' Nicola Duffett had roles in Coronation Street and EastEnders.

The actress, 59, was known for playing tragic Cat Matthews in the Channel 5 show and joined Corrie in 2020 as Yasmeen's (Shelley King) prison pal Lucie.

She also took on the role of Eileen in the Hollywood blockbuster Made in Dagenham in 2010.

It wasn't the first time Nicola had been in Coronation Street.

In 2015 she made a guest appearance as a character named Mrs Bird.

EastEnders fans will remember her character Debbie Bates who was married to Nigel but was killed off in a car accident in 1995.

David Easter

Since playing Family Affairs character Pete Callan, David Easter has become a household name for his number of roles in telly.

The actor, 62, cemented himself as a British soap icon with his role as villainous Mac on the popular Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

He enjoyed four years on the show's roster from 2015 before being killed off by serial killer Breda McQueen.

The soap star also played Gil Keane in Emmerdale and Frank Fisher in The Bill.

David was also the first husband of former Loose Women star Denise Welch.

The pair tied the knot in 1985. However, they divorced after three years of marriage – they had no children together.

David went on to claim that he had romped with Star Trek actress Marina Sirtis while with Denise, to which she later responded: "I told him I thought the past should be the past for the sake of both our families but then he brings out that old chestnut again.

"So he slept with Marina Sirtis, so what? Does anyone really care? I don't want to turn it all into a verbal ding-dong."

Tanya Franks

BBC EastEnders star Tanya Franks played Karen Ellis in the Channel 5 soap.

However, her most renowned soap role is playing the Rainie Highway since joining all the way back in 2007.

The 54-year-old actress joined the BBC One soap as Tanya Branning's drug-addicted sister.

She has since been involved in a number of dramatic storylines, including her marriage to former brother-in-law Max Branning and her kidnapping of baby Abi Branning.

Away from Albert Square, though, Tanya's life is a lot more grounded.

Her real-life partner is fellow actor James Barriscale, 52, who's appeared in Casualty, The Bill and Holby City.

James also had a small stint in EastEnders, playing Jonathan Malnet for six episodes in 2015.

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