Where Footballers' Wives cast members are now from soap stardom to reuniting on screen

Footballers Wives cast. Left to right, Nathan Constance, Katherine Monaghan, Cristian Solimento, Zoe Lucker, Gary Lucy and Susie Amy
Footballers Wives cast. Left to right, Nathan Constance, Katherine Monaghan, Cristian Solimento, Zoe Lucker, Gary Lucy and Susie Amy -Credit:Photo courtesy of ITV

It's now been over 20 years since hit show Footballers Wives first came to our screens.

The ITV primetime drama that perfectly aired during the rising world of the "WAGs" (wives and girlfriends of sportsmen) in the early 2000s and became a cult classic. Viewers were instantly hooked on the behind–the–scenes exploits at the fictional Earls Park FC.

It ran for five series from 2002 and spawned a spin-off Extra Time on ITV2 for two series. From burned boobs and swapped babies, there was no shortage of drama on Footballer's Wives, the Daily Star previously reported.

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Here, we take a look back at what some of the cast members have been up too since leaving the show. You may recognise them today for starring in different soaps and popular shows.

This list isn't intended to be comprehensive. But, if you have a favourite character or moment from Footballers Wives, let us know in the comments section below.

Tanya Turner - Zoe Lucker

Zoe Lucker as Tanya Turner
Zoe Lucker as Tanya Turner -Credit:Photo courtesy of ITV

As the wicked witch of the WAGs, Tanya Turner loved to plot the downfall of others. The blonde bombshell's life was filled with drama from bed-hopping to murder – with a hefty amount of back-stabbing thrown in for good measure.

After leaving Footballers' Wives, actress Zoe Lucker popped up in jailbird drama Bad Girls. She went on to star in EastEnders and Hollyoaks, as well as Waterloo Road.

In 2010, she took part in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, with professional James Jordan. Her Footballers Wives co-star Laila Rouass also participated in the series that year. Zoe left the industry in 2016 to spend more time with her daughter Lily and husband James Herbert.

Amber Gates - Laila Rouass

= ZOE LUCKER (Tanya Turner) and LAILA ROUASS (Amber Gates)
Zoe Lucker as Tanya Turner and Laila Rouass as Amber Gates -Credit:Photo courtesy of ITV

Laila Rouass found fame as Tanya Turner's love rival Amber Gates in Footballers' Wives, having joined in series three. In 2009, she had a recurring role in ITV's Primeval, and went on to feature in The Sarah Jane Adventures, Spooks, Holby City and The Lodge.

In 2010, she took part in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, with professional dancer Anton Du Beke. She has also appeared as a guest on Saturday Kitchen.

Away from acting, the actress had a child with businessman Nasir Khan in 2007. She later got engaged to snooker icon Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2013.

Kyle Pascoe - Gary Lucy

Kyle Pascoe, played by Gary Lucy -Credit:Photo courtesy of ITV

Gary Lucy was already famous when he landed the role of Earls Park heartthrob Kyle, having played Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks prior to the show. He returned to the Channel 4 soap in 2017, taking a short break from the role in 2018 to strip off in a stage production of The Full Monty.

Prior to rejoining Hollyoaks, Gary appeared in The Bill as PC Will Fletcher from 2005 to 2010, and played Danny Pennant in EastEnders from 2012 to 2014. Gary has also taken part in two series of Dancing On Ice, the first in 2010, where he finished runner-up, before returning for an all-stars series in 2014, where he was the fourth eliminated.

He previously owned a property company called Gary Lucy Real Estate and went on to own Driving Lessons Finder, which is an internet directory of driving schools. He has also invested in a number of properties.

Chardonnay Lane-Pascoe - Susie Amy

Susie Amy, ''Chardonny'' form the TV series Footballers Wives
Susie Amy from the TV series Footballers Wives -Credit:Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Footballers' Wives fans are still not quite over Chardonnay Lane-Pascoe getting killed off before her time at the start of series three. Susie Amy was cast as Kyle Pascoe's glamour model wife Chardonnay in the ITV series Footballers' Wives, which made her a household name and earned her the New TV Talent Award by the Television and Radio Industries Club.

In recent years, Susie has popped up in Doctors again, as well as Death In Paradise, Casualty and Holby City. In 2018, Susie was reunited on-screen with Gary Lucy when she landed a guest role on Hollyoaks as Scarlett, the ex-wife of Gary's character Luke Morgan.

In her personal life, Susie is married to Raphael Bar. Together, they have two children.

Hazel Bailey - Alison Newman

Actress Alison Newman arrives at the "TV Quick Awards 2004 " at The Dorchester, on September 6, 2004
Actress Alison Newman in 2004 -Credit:Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Alison Newman played ruthless agent and later club chairman Hazel in Footballers' Wives. She later had various one-off roles on TV, including episodes of Holby City and Casualty.

Her next famous role was as DI Keeble, who famously investigated the "Who killed Lucy Beale?" case in EastEnders in 2014, having previously appeared back in 2008. Since then, Alison has featured in New Tricks, Whitechapel and Call the Midwife.

She co-created the TV series Harlots. In her career, Alison has also had many roles on stage.

Darius Fry - Peter Ash

Actor Peter Ash attends the Inside Soap Awards 2005 at Floridita, Wardour Street
Actor Peter Ash in 2005 -Credit:Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Darius Fry was one of Earls Park's teenage soccer sensations, who worshipped his more experienced teammates but was nowhere near as cool as them. Peter Ash joined the Footballers' Wives cast as Tanya Turner's toyboy at the age of 17.

Peter is now known for playing cheeky chappy Paul Foreman on ITV soap Coronation Street. The actor took home the National Television Award for Best Newcomer in 2020.

In his career, he has also starred in Hollyoaks and Casualty.

Bruno Milligan - Ben Richards

BEN RICHARDS as Bruno Milligan
Ben Richards as Bruno Milligan -Credit:Photo courtesy of ITV

Ben Richards joined the cast of Footballers' Wives in the fourth series as Bruno Milligan after a successful West End career. The actor joined Hollyoaks after Footballers' Wives wrapped as regular Ben Bradley before leaving a year later.

Ben has continued to appear in various theatre and musical roles, including 9 to 5, The Bodyguard, and Peter Pan. In 2012, The TV star revealed that he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Ben has been in remission since January 2013 and soon became a patron of the awareness charity, Bowel Cancer UK, The Daily Star previously reported. The actor later began a relationship with the television presenter Kirsty Duffy who gave birth to their first child, daughter Freja Amelie, in 2015.

Shannon Donnelly-Lawson - Sarah Barrand

Footballers Wives actress Sarah Barrand arrives at the "TV Quick Awards 2004"
Footballers Wives actress Sarah Barrand in 2004 -Credit:Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images

Sarah Barrand joined the cast in series three as footballer Harley Donnelly's girlfriend Shannon, reportedly a parody of Wayne Rooney's other half Coleen. The actress has only had a small amount of low-profile roles since the final whistle was blown on the drama.

In 2006, Sarah co-hosted a two-part documentary for ITV with Zoe Lucker, in which they met the Dalai Lama. She has since worked as a voiceover artist for TV and radio.

In her career, Sarah has also starred in Casualty.

Ian Walmsley - Nathan Constance

Nathan Constance as Ian Walmsley and Katharine Monaghan as Donna Walmsley -Credit:Photo courtesy of ITV

Nathan Constance shot to fame as Ian Walmsley in Footballers Wives. In the series, Ian was married to Donna, played by Katherine Monaghan.

Today, Nathan still works in the industry, but not acting on camera. He lends his voice to video games and has worked on the likes of Titanfall and Battlefield

Jason Turner - Cristian Solimento

Footballers Wives cast. Left to right, Nathan Constance, Katherine Monaghan, Cristian Solimento, Zoe Lucker, Gary Lucy and Susie Amy
Footballers Wives cast - Cristian Solimento centre -Credit:Photo courtesy of ITV

Now 49, many will remember Cristian Solimento for playing Jason Turner in the popular series. Jason was married to Tanya and was involved in some of the shows biggest storylines.

Jason's story didn't end well, as he plunged to his death at the end of series two. Now 46, Cristian went on to appear in Wire in the Blood, Spooks and Hollyoaks.

Donna Walmsley - Katherine Monaghan

Katharine Monaghan as Donna Walmsley -Credit:Photo courtesy of ITV

Katherine Monaghan played Donna Walmsley on the hit show. The character was married to Ian and the couple were arguably the least controversial out of the characters.

One of their biggest storylines came when Donna looked for the baby she gave up for adoption as a teenager. She went on to appear in drama Vera, 55 Degrees North and Judge John Deed, as well as starring in stage productions.

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