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IN the late 90s and early Noughties, the likes of Paul Nicholls, Jack Ryder and Gary Lucy left cleaning soap viewers sizzling underneath the collar.
However what occurred to those teen heartthrobs who gained legions of feminine – and male – followers because of their ripped six-packs and floppy boyband haircuts?
EastEnders heartthrob Paul Nicholls definitely grabbed consideration when he joined in 1996Credit score: Rex Options
We meet up with some cleaning soap favourites to see what occurred after they bowed out of the likes of EastEnders, Corrie and Hollyoaks…
Paul Nicholls (EastEnders)
EastEnders heartthrob Paul Nicholls made a reputation for himself and have become a teen pin-up when he joined the forged of EastEnders in March 1996.
Throughout his 18 month within the Sq., Paul performed Joe Wicks, who had schizophrenia. His portrayal of the situation gained large reward from viewers.
Earlier than starring within the hit BBC cleaning soap, he was a toddler star, showing in Youngsters’s Ward, Earthfasts and The Biz.
Paul Nicholls remains to be trying good at 41
He starred in EastEnders within the 90s
The actor confirmed he is nonetheless obtained his devilishly good-looking seems as he went shopping in London this week.
The previous cleaning soap star, 41, lower an informal determine as he headed out for a stroll in stylish Primrose Hill.
Since leaving EastEnders, Paul has had a number of roles each in TV and movie.
He has starred in Metropolis Central, Harley Road, Secret Diary of a Name Lady, Regulation & Order: UK and Holby Metropolis.
Paul additionally starred alongside Renee Zellweger enjoying unhealthy boy Jed in Bridget Jones: The Fringe of Purpose.
In 2017 Paul was rushed to hospital after plummeting from a jungle waterfall in Thailand and spending three days trapped in a rock pool with a smashed leg – he solely survived because of a sharp-eyed Thai native.
Chris Fountain (Hollyoaks)
Chris Fountain starred in Hollyoaks frm 2003 as Justin BurtonCredit score: Rex Options
Each woman loves a nasty boy and Hollyoaks proved to be no totally different when Chris Fountain joined in 2003 as coronary heart throb Justin Burton.
Justin had many explosive storylines – who else remembers Justin getting his trainer pregnant? Or pushing his sister via a window?
After leaving in 2009 he went on to play Tommy Duckworth in Coronation Road, got here runner up on Dancing on Ice, and performed plenty of roles in Casualty and different reveals.
Chris has since took his package off for the Full MontyCredit score: Rex Options
Chris, now 33, was sacked from Corrie in 2013 after a foul-mouthed video of him in a Halloween masks with a baseball cap and hoodie emerged.
It confirmed him rapping about rape, medication and excessive violence as hip hop character ‘The Phantom’.
He mentioned on the time: “I wish to sincerely apologise for any offence I’ve precipitated. I’m deeply ashamed by the lyrics and really a lot remorse my behaviour.
“The movies had been remodeled a yr in the past once I was experimenting with music and I’ve not executed something prefer it since and nor will I.”
Jack Ryder (EastEnders)
Jack Ryder is greatest recognized for enjoying Jamie Mitchell in EastEndersCredit score: Rex Options
Ex-EastEnders star Jack Ryder regarded utterly unrecognisable as thrilled Free Ladies viewers known as him a “hottie” back in May this year.
The 39-year-old is greatest recognized for enjoying Jamie Mitchell within the BBC One cleaning soap from 1998 to 2002.
He left Albert Sq. after his character was sensationally killed off on Christmas Day 2002, when he was run over by a automobile pushed by love rival Martin Fowler.
Jack stunned followers this yr when he appeared on Free Ladies trying totally differentCredit score: Rex Options
The couple divorced in 2009, across the time Jack began to show to extra directing roles, and has starred in Holby Metropolis and Docs.
Eighteen years on since his dramatic exit, followers had been over the moon in regards to the throwback as he appeared on the daytime present.
Nigel Harman (Eastenders)
Nigel Harman performed badboy Dennis Rickman in EastEnders from 2003-2005Credit score: Rex Options
Former EastEnders star Nigel Harman, 47, has undergone one thing of a change since his days in Walford.
The actor – who performed badboy Dennis Rickman within the BBC cleaning soap from 2003-2005 – has proven off his flowing locks in recent times.
Nigel left his position on EastEnders – which landed him quite a few awards and nominations – simply earlier than Christmas 2005 and his last scenes noticed his character stabbed to dying on the street.
Since his stint on Albert Sq., Harman has had a string of TV and theatre roles.
Nigel has appeared in quite a few theatre reveals since his cleaning soap daysCredit score: Rex Options
In December 2005, he performed Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls on the Piccadilly Theatre within the West Finish.
He additionally performed Simon Cowell in an X Factor-inspired West End musical.
In 2009, he performed lodge supervisor Sam Franklin in BBC drama Lodge Babylon, and in 2013 he appeared as Inexperienced in ITV’s Downton Abbey.
Nigel additionally starred in Sky comedy drama Mount Nice as Bradley Dawson.
Rob James-Collier (Corrie)
Rob James-Collier made viewers swoop when he joined Coronation Road in 2006 as Liam ConnorCredit score: Rex Options
Rob has since starred in Downton Abbey because the outspoken Thomas BarrowCredit score: Rex Options
Hunky Rob joined Coronation Road in 2006 as Liam Connor, who was combating the lack of his brother Dean, who died in a automobile crash.
He had a string of on-screen romances, together with Leanne Battersby, Maria Sutherland,his sister-in-law Carla.
Issues didn’t finish nicely for Rob’s character when Carla’s associate, Tony, employed a hitman to kill him in 2008.
You will have seen Rob, 44, exhibiting his stunning face in Downton Abbey from 2010 to 2015, as Thomas Barrow – and later starred within the Downton Abbey film too.
Nick Berry (EastEnders)
Followers will bear in mind Berry from the police drama HeartbeatCredit score: Rex Options
Former telly heart-throb Nick Berry seems in, er, totally different nick nowadays.
The ex-Heartbeat star, 57, who was spotted earlier this year in Essex, made his final TV look again in 2012 in a one-off EastEnders episode for the funeral of his on-screen mom Pat Butcher. And it looks as if quite a bit has modified since then…
Nick first started enjoying EastEnders’ Simon Wicks in 1985 — the hit cleaning soap’s first yr. He left after 5 years when his character emigrated.
At one level he tried his hand at singing and landed a No1 hit in 1986 known as Each Loser Wins earlier than returning to appearing to play PC Nick Rowan in Heartbeat.
Nick Berry regarded like a silver fox when he appeared on Lorraine in 2011Credit score: Rex Options
The TV star regarded very totally different when he was noticed in Essex earlier this yr
After his six-year stint on Heartbeat, Berry moved to the BBC the place he starred within the present Harbour Lights.
The present was much less profitable than his earlier roles, with the coastal drama being axed after two collection.
On the age of 39 he turned his again on appearing for good and targeted on being a stay-at-home father to his two sons.
Gary Lucy (Hollyoaks)
The genetically-blessed Gary Lucy performed Luke Morgan in HollyoaksCredit score: Rex Options
Gary additionally gained admirers in Footballers’ Wives and the Full MontyCredit score: Rex Options
Essex actor Gary Lucy performed the brooding Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks.
The 38-year-old was a part of a controversial rape storyline, which was the primary time the difficulty had been tackled in a British cleaning soap.
After his present exit, Gary went on to star in EastEnders and the ITV expertise present Dancing on Ice.
Will Mellor (Hollyoaks)
Will Mellor shot to fame enjoying Jambo Bolton in HollyoaksCredit score: Rex Options
Extra lately, Will has starred in Line of Responsibility and BroadchurchCredit score: Rex Options
Mancunian actor Will Mellor performed Jambo Bolton in Hollyoaks.
The 44-year-old loved a short pop profession earlier than occurring to star as Gaz in Two Pints of Massive and a Packet of Crisps and Warren Stamp in EastEnders.
Since then he has performed Steve Connolly within the ITV detective drama Broadchurch in 2013, and in 2016 he performed armed response officer Rod Kennedy within the common BBC cop drama Line of Responsibility.
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