What Teachers stars did next – zombies, marrying celebs and cheating death

If Teachers offered an accurate depiction of our nation's educators, it was enough to give parents nightmares.

Channel 4's irreverent comedy series immediately got people talking when it was first aired 20 years ago, in March 2001.

Loaded with close-to-the bone gags, it followed a group of 20 and 30-somethings who taught in a run-of-the-mill British high school by day and got drunk, ate kebabs and had casual sex with strangers by night.

Jokes and scenarios that almost certainly wouldn't make the cut in today's TV land were backed by a belting soundtrack made up of early noughties indie bangers from the likes of Doves and The Libertines.

It ran for four series, ending in December 2004. But what have its stars been up to since? Here, we take a look…

Andrew Lincoln (Simon)

Andrew Lincoln was a known face when Teachers landed, thanks largely to his role as Edgar 'Egg' Cook in cult 90s drama This Life.

He'd also had roles in Brit movies Human Traffic and Gangster No. 1.

Cast as the lead in Teachers, he played Simon, a laid back English teacher who was more interested in boozing after work with colleagues than introducing teenagers to the genius of William Shakespeare.

He left at the end of series two, returning briefly in series three, before bowing out permanently.

After Teachers, he had TV roles in hit shows including The Canterbury Tales and Wuthering Heights, as well as starring in Richard Curtis' Christmas romcom Love Actually.

But he was projected to a new level of superstardom in 2010 when he bagged the lead in zombie horror series The Walking Dead.

He spent the next eight years playing Rick Grimes in the US post-apocalyptic thriller and only recently began taking on new roles, with a part in 2020 film Penguin Bloom, opposite Naomi Watts.

Now 47, he's been married to Gael Anderson, daughter of Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, since 2006. They have two children.

Nina Sosanya (Jenny)

As Jenny, the seemingly uptight, conscientious English teacher, Nina Sosanya had a major role in the first series of Teachers.

The chalk to Simon's cheese, she went from arguing with him to sleeping with him.

She's had loads of TV roles since, with notable appearances in Doctor Who, Twenty Twelve, Marcella and Killing Eve.

The 51-year-old Londoner drew praise for her performance in Last Tango in Halifax. In Sally Wainwright's acclaimed drama she played Kate, a woman in a lesbian marriage with Caroline, played by Sarah Lancashire.

Navin Chowdhry (Kurt)

Bristolian Navin Chowdhry played horny IT teacher Kurt in Teachers.

Best friends and housemates with PE teacher Brian, he was killed off after the third series.

After Teachers he had a main role in trans-Atlantic drama series NY-LON opposite Rashida Jones and Stephen Moyer.

Several bit parts followed before he landed a supporting part in 2015 hit Doctor Foster.

Now 50, he also appeared in 2017 movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Adrian Bower (Brian)

It's fair to say Adrian Bower's character, PE turned geography teacher Brian, wasn't the sharpest tool in the box.

Rarely seen in anything other than his tracksuit, he lasted three series before being killed off in a car crash.

Since then the 50-year-old Chester native has done plenty of stage work, while also appearing in TV shows including The Last Kingdom, Mount Pleasant and A Touch of Cloth.

Raquel Cassidy (Susan)

Sharp-tongued Susan, played by Raquel Cassidy, was a key player in the first two series of Teachers.

Simon's best friend and shrink, she was always on hand to offer advice or a sarcastic putdown.

Susan disappeared without explanation after the second series, but Cassidy, now 53, later surfaced in Jack Dee sitcom Lead Balloon in which she played the comedian's wife.

Her biggest role, though, has been as maid Phyllis Baxter in Downton Abbey.

Tamzin Malleson (Penny)

Newly qualified teacher Penny, played by Tamzin Melleson, had to work hard to win over her colleagues.

In the show, she had an affair with a fellow teacher and another with one of her pupils.

Since Teachers, she's starred in shows including Midsomer Murders, Unforgotten and Marcella.

While starring in Jed Mercurio's medical drama Bodies between 2004 and 2006 she began dating actor and comedian Keith Allen and the pair married have since married.

Melleson, 46, has one child with Allen, 67. The family live in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

James Lance (Matt)

By the time Teachers arrived, James Lance had a number of acclaimed comedy performances under his belt, having appeared in I'm Alan Partridge, The Book Group and Smack the Pony to name a few.

In Teachers he played Matt, who was married with kids but had something of a wandering eye.

Like Kurt and Brian, his character was killed off in a car crash after series three.

He's since appeared in shows such as Saxondale and Being Human. Now 46, he's married to TV presenter Kate Quilton and the couple have one child.

Shaun Evans (John Paul)

Fresh-faced, openly gay French teacher JP, played by Shaun Evans, featured in the second series only.

It's fair to say the Liverpool-born actor, 41, has gone on to good things since, appearing in shows such as Ashes to Ashes, Inspector George Gently, Whitechapel and Silk.

But his biggest break came in 2012 when he landed the role of Morse in Endeavour, in which he portrays the iconic police detective in his early years on the force.

He remains in the role to this day, with an eighth series due this year.

Matthew Horne (Ben)

Matthew Horne played RE teacher in the fourth and final series.

He became a household name in 2007 thanks to his leading role as Gavin in hot sitcom Gavin and Stacey.

The 42-year-old also had a main role in sitcom Bad Education.

In 2018, he cheated death when he was "clipped" by a train while crossing a railway line on his way back to his parents' house.

He later said: "Last Christmas I was clipped by a train. Mum was dying so my head was elsewhere. I was walking home and had to cross one of those crossings that say, 'Stop, look and listen'.

"I didn’t do any of those things, and I had my headphones in so I couldn’t even hear the train. It clipped my left elbow."

James Corden (Jeremy)

You might not remember but James Corden played Jeremy Stevens, a particularly bright and swotty pupil in Teachers.

He appeared in series one and briefly in series three.

Corden, 42, has since become something of a megastar, writing and starring in Gavin and Stacey, hosting the BRIT Awards and clocking up appearances on stage, TV and in big budget movies.

Since 2015, he's hosted his own chat show in the US, The Late Late Show With James Corden.

He has three children with wife Julia Carey and homes in both London and LA.

Vicky Hall (Lindsay)

Geordie Vicky Hall played biology teacher Lindsay, who was hugely popular with her colleagues.

She appeared in the final two series of Teachers, going on to have roles in shows including Bodies, Shameless, Derek and Casualty.

In 2019, inspired by her roles in medical dramas, she retrained as a nurse. The 44-year-old now works at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Ursula Holden-Gill (Carol)

Ursula Holden-Gill played cross-eyed secretary Carol in Teachers, rarely speaking and lending an element of physical comedy.

The actress, 46, had a fling with Kurt in the show and proved to be something of an unlikely man-eater.

After Teachers, she earned acclaim for her performance as cancer sufferer Alice Dingle in Emmerdale.

In 2007, she retrained as an actual teacher in Burnley and is now a professional storyteller and educator.

Kara Tointon (Pauline)

You may know Kara Tointon from her time as Dawn Swann in EastEnders or as Strictly Come Dancing champion.

But many moons ago, she played feisty year 11 pupil Pauline in Teachers.

In the show, she sleeps with her friend's boyfriend, giving him crabs, and accuses one male teacher of staring at her breasts.

Now 37, she has two children with fiance Marcis Jensen.

Jonas Armstrong (Anthony)

Teachers launched the career of Jonas Armstrong, who graced our screens as pupil Anthony Millington.

Anthony is mistaken for a teacher by Penny, who sleeps with him before the pair embark on a relationship.

Shortly after Teachers came to an end, Armstrong was cast as Robin Hood in the BBC's primetime reincarnation of the tale.

The 40-year-old has since had roles in Prisoners' Wives, Line of Duty and The Bay.

  • Channel 4
  • The Walking Dead
  • Line of Duty
  • Killing Eve
  • Casualty
  • Star Wars
  • Gavin and Stacey
  • Emmerdale
  • Eastenders

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