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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Where Are They Now??

“In western Europe,we were born and raised,
On the playground where we spent most of our days,
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool,
And all watchin’ some Fresh Prince after  school.”Fresh Prince Cast

Following Will Smith’s now infamous performance on The Graham Norton Show  last week, many were left wondering what had happened to our favourite stars of hit 90s show Fresh Prince. Well I have managed to track them down and so I present to you, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Where Are They Now? 

  • Will Smith 

Will Smith Then and Now

A nearly bankrupt Will Smith became the star of this hit TV show in 1990 and he graced our screens for six glorious years. Following the show, Smith found international fame with movies such as Independence Day, Men In Black, The Pursuit of Happiness and i, Robot but to name a few. Whether he’s busy creating these amazing characters on screen,  keeping on top of rap career or living the high life with his superstar family (including a singing daughter Willow, rapper son Jaden and actress wife Jada Pinkett) Will never fails to remind us of his cheeky humour which made him famous as the “Fresh Prince” of the 90s.

  • Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro Then and Now

The special guest during Will Smith’s Graham Norton performance, it was difficult to forget Alfonso Ribeiro’s all singing, all dancing portrayal of Will’s cousin Carlton Banks on the show. Following this role, Alfonso went on to star in shows such as In The House and Things We Do For Love, as well as a stint on the American show Dancing With the Stars. He has been married twice and divorced once and is expecting a baby with his second wife.

  • Tatyana Ali

Ashley Banks Then and Now

Starting out as a young freshed face Ashley Banks, fans of the show watched Tatyana Ali blossom into a young woman during its six seasons. Following her successful singing career in which her song Daydreamin’ was certified gold in 1999 and obtaining a college degree  from Harvard University in 2002, Tatyana starred in hit TV show, The Young and the Restless and is currently starring in the TV series Second Generation Wayans. 

  • Karyn Parsons 

Hilary Banks Then And Now

Pretty, pretentious Hilary Banks remained a household favourite for many fans between 1990 and 1996. Karyn Parsons portrayal of the dizzy, spoilt older cousin of Will forever ensured countless laughs and inevitable disastrous situations. Although she didn’t star in many TV shows after the show ended, Parsons set up her own film company Sweet Blackberry. She married The Young and the Restless star Randy Brooks in the 90s but the pair later divorced. She has since remarried director Alexandre Rockwell and the pair have two children.

  • James Avery

James Avery (Uncle Phil) Then and Now

Undoubtedly the relationship between Uncle Phil and his children and nephew was the backbone of the Fresh Prince. Unlike his first on-screen wife, Avery lasted the six seasons of the show whilst also voicing the character of Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Since then Avery has had an extremely successful  career  in both acting and voicing with appearances in shows such as Sparks, The Division, The Closer and Things We Do For Love. He has been married to his wife Barbara since 1988. Sadly James Avery passed away on the 31st December 2013. May he rest in peace.

  • Janet Hubert

Janet Hubert Then and Now (Aunt Viv)

The first Vivian Banks left the show after three seasons in 1993 after a reported violation of contract after she became pregnant. Although she was fired from the show, her pregnancy was built into the storyline and thus the character of Nicky Banks was created.  After unsuccessfully suing both Will Smith and NBC in 1994, Hubert was described as being incredibly hard to work with and is now a face for the National Osteoporosis Foundation in America.

  • Daphne Reid

Daphne Reid Then And Now

Following the departure of Hubert, Daphne Reid stepped up to take the role of Aunt Viv. Since Fresh Prince, Reid has starred in Eve and Sister, Sister and she is married to the man who plays the father Ray in the latter in real life. The pair have their own film company, New Millennium Studios.

 

  • Joseph Marcell

Jeffrey Fresh Prince  Then and Now

British actor Joseph Marcell won hearts all over America as the Banks’ English butler Geoffrey. Marcell returned back to his native homeland and has had appearances on shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful and Eastenders. He has also starred in a number of Shakespearean productions including Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III. 

  • Ross Bagley

Ross Bagley Then and Now

Apart from his role as the adorable Nicky Banks in the show, Bagley also starred as Buckwheat in The Little Rascals. He graduated from college in 2012 and has had appearances in Independence Day with Will Smith as well as Judging Amy and The Wild Thornberrys.

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff

DJ Jazzy Jeff Then and Now

Jazz’s visits to the Banks residence would inevitably lead to his quick departure courtesy of Uncle Phil. DJ Jazzy is best known for his hip-hop career in America and became one half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy and the Fresh Prince with co-star Will Smith. The pair had several gold and platinum-selling albums and singles and even won  the first rap Grammy Award ever presented in 1989 for Parents Just Don’t Understand. 

Saved By The Bell… Where Are They Now??

Saved By The Bell
It was the show of the 90s that we all used to sit down religiously to watch when we got in from school on Nickelodeon. But what happened to our favourite stars of the hit T.V show Saved By The Bell? Well no need to strain your little head any further thinking, as I have done all the hard work for you. So sit back, relax and try not to get weirded out by the sight of the baby-faced teens as fully-grown, alcohol consuming adults.

    • Zack Morris

Zack Morris

Every young girl’s top 10 crush list in the 90s had Zack Morris pureeeettyyy near the top. Mark-Paul Gosselaar was THE babe of the hit show with his scheming ways and trademark blonde locks. Gosselaar is best known for his role on the show but has had hits with American crime dramas NYPD Blue and Raising The Bar. In keeping with Hollywood tradition, Gosselaar has been married twice and has two children… Wow, doesn’t that sound weird. However he will forever live on in our hearts as hunky Zack Morris. NOM.

  • Kelly Kapowski

Kelly Kapowski

Every teenage boner of the 90s began and ended with Kelly Kapowski. The brunette bombshell was the girl everyone wanted to be and the girl every guy wanted to be with. Her on/off relationship with Zack eventually came to a finale when the pair married in the spin off movie ‘Wedding in Las Vegas.’ Kelly a.k.a Tiffani Thiessen had huge success as Valerie Malone in Beverley Hills 90210 following the show but is most commonly known to the modern generation as Elizabeth Burke in White Collar. She married boyfriend Brady Smith in 2005 and I’m happy (and quite surprised) to announce that they’re still together and have a 2 year old daughter Harper Renn Smith. ❤

  • Jessie Spano

Jessie Saved By The Bell

Goody-goody, well-behaved student Jessie Spano didn’t last through all seasons of the show, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t appreciate her on/off flings with Slater. Following her departure from Bayside High, Elizabeth played dancer Nomi Malone in saucy show “Showgirls.” Since then she has played a recurring role as the ex-lover of Horatio Cane in CSI: Miami and is most commonly known for her own organisation “Ask Elizabeth” in which she helps and offers advice to young girls through the trials and tribulations of adulthood. She married Greg Lauren in 2003 and announced this March that she was expecting her first child. Ah bless.

  • AC Slater

AC Slater

If ever there was a person to challenge the good looks of Zack Morris it was AC Slater. Although the pair were the show’s most obvious frenemies, we liked their mutual scheming and combined good looks the most. Although he disappeared off the radar for while, Mario Lopez was brought back to the limelight after his appearance on Dancing With the Stars. He is a regular television presenter with T.V shows such as America’s Best Dance Crew, Miss Teen USA, Miss America and Miss Universe. He separated from first wife Ali Landry after just two weeks and now has a baby girl with fiancé Courtney Laine Mazza.

  • Lisa Turtle

 Lisa Turtle

Lark Voorhies is and will forever be recognised as fashionista Lisa Turtle, fending off the advances of Screech in SBTB. I will personally never forget the time when she kissed Zack and shit got oh so real. Nowadays she is married to her second husband Andy Prince and the pair have a child together. Voorhies tried her hand at a singing career which wasn’t extremely successful but she does have her own album released and runs her own production company “Voorhies Entertainment.”

  • Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers

Samuel Screech Powers
Screech Powers – the greatest friend of Zack Morris, Bayside High premier nerd and unrequited lover of Lisa Turtle. Dustin Diamond remains a living legend in the hearts of SBTB lovers, but once he left the show things started to go extremely downhill for the 90s icon. Not only did he promote his sex tape ‘Screeched!” (*shudders,) Diamond caused tension among his 90s co-stars when he released a tell all book with included accusations of Mario Lopez raping a girl, Tiffani Thiessen cheating with her two hunky co-stars and Lisa Turtle being physically abused by her first husband. He did not take part in the casts reunion photoshoot with People magazine in 2009 and if you ask me, I’m not really lovin’ his paedophile glasses and beard. Ew.