Where the cast of 2point4 Children are now – from Hollywood stardom to soap fame and tragic deaths

A FAMILY-based sitcom is usually a winner and back in the 1990s, 2point4 children was one of the most popular.

Running for eight seasons from 1991 until 1999 across eight series, the show followed the trials and tribulations of the Porter family.

This included parents Bill and Ben and children Jenny and David.

Here is where the cast are now.

Gary Olsen

Gary played dad Ben but tragically died less than a year after the show ended following a short battle with cancer.

Gary was 43 and had become unwell during the final series in 1999, and when the show ended he decided to emigrate to Australia with his family.

He battled cancer for 10 months before passing away in September 2000.

Belinda Lang

Belinda played mum Bill in the show, but struggled to land roles after the show ended and Gary had passed away.

She revealed in a 2015 interview: "I did a lot of TV in my early 30s. It was one thing after the other that culminated in me being in 2point4 Children for nine years.

"After Gary Olsen died, nobody offered me a part on TV for a long time. I was very connected to 2point4 Children."

She has had small roles in shows including Midsomer Murders, Rosemary and Thyme and Citizen Khan as well as lots of stage and radio theatre projects.

John Pickard

John played son David in the show and has had a successful career since the sitcom ended.

He played Doctor Who companion Thomas Brewster in the Doctor Who audiobook The Haunting of Thomas Brewster and also starred in comedy-drama Mile High.

In 2005 he joined Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks – which also stars his brother Nick Pickard – as Dominic Reilly.

After five years, he left the soap and went on to join the cast of Casualty.

Clare Woodgate

Clare was the original actress who played daughter Jenny on the show for the first two series.

After leaving 2point4 Children, Clare appeared in The Bill and Casualty before changing her name to Georgina Cates in a bid to land a role in An Awfully Big Adventure.

Clare hadn't got the part with her birth name, but after changing her name to Georgina, she landed the role and goes by that name to this day.

She has also starred in films including  Frankie Starlight, Illuminata, A Soldier's Sweetheart and Clay Pigeons alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Vince Vaughn.

Clare Buckfield

Clare took over the role of Jenny from series three until it ended in 1999.

After the show, she starred in Holby City and Doctors as well as branching out into reality TV by taking part in Dancing on Ice in 2007, where she finished in second place.

She also starred in a series of Doctor Who radio adventures alongside Paul McGann in 2006 and 2007.

She dated Declan Donnelly from 1993 until 2003.

 

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