Friends cast then and now: You won’t believe how they’ve changed

2017-08-21 13:26

Cape Town - From their hilarious comedic antics to the happily-ever-afters, the much-loved show came to an end in 2004 after 10 side-splitting seasons.

You may still be enjoying reruns featuring a fresh-faced Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Joey and gang on TV – but some of the cast hasn’t quite escaped the ravages of time. Others, however, haven’t aged a day.

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Here’s where they are now:

 Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc)

From a dim-witted ladies’ man on Friends to the current Top Gear host, Matt LeBlanc (50) has had quite a change of gear career-wise.

Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow)

Lisa (54) has left her rather offbeat and occasionally ditzy character Pheobe behind, going on appear in big-screen hits like Thriller, The Girl on the Train, Neighbours and P.S: I Love You

Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston)

Oh, how we rooted for the runaway bride in her on-again, off-again relationship with Ross on Friends.  Thankfully, the lovely Jen never really left our screens. The ageless beauty has gone on to become one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, with a plethora of blockbusters under her belt. In 2014, the 48-year-old was number three on the Forbes list of highest paid actresses – Go Jen!

Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry)

"I’m funny, right? What do you know, you’re a door. You only like knock-knock jokes."

These are the type of one liners we lived for from Chandler.  Unfortunately, Matthew Perry (49) hasn’t lead as charmed a life as his wisecracking character. He revealed after the season finale that he had been struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction, for which he would go through multiple stints in rehab. In 2013 he opened Perry House, a sober living home where men can go to transition from rehab to the real world, ABC News reports.

Ross Gellar (David Schwimmer)

From lovably geeky Ross to Robert Kardashian in the popular series American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, David Schwimmer (50) has come a long way from his years as Rachel’s love interest. 

Monica Gellar (Courteney Cox)

We think it is safe to say Courteney Cox is nothing like super-clean, competitive and obsessive-compulsive Monica. At 53, she is living her best life while preparing to be wed to her rocker beau, Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid – who is 13 years her junior.

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Sources: Daily Mail,,, ABC News.

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