Stuart, Vince and Nathan caused quite a stir when they first appeared on the nation’s screens in 1999 in Russell T Davies‘ Queer as Folk. The attractive young trio revealed what nights out, love, sex and friendship were really like for frequenters of Manchester’s gay scene – and provoked outrage and admiration in equal measure.
We’ve taken a look at what the cast have been up to since their characters’ shenanigans ended in 2002…
See Russell T Davies talk about smashing social taboos in dramas such as Queer as Folk and Channel 4’s Cucumber at Radio Times Festival on Friday 25 September
Aidan Gillen: played Stuart Alan Jones
Gillen went on to play Baltimore mayor Tommy Carcetti in cult show The Wire, Dublin gang leader John Boy in Channel 5’s 2010 gangster drama Love/Hate, and since then he’s portrayed the terrifyingly ambitious Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) in Game of Thrones.
Film-wise, things haven’t been too shabby either, with film roles including a CIA agent in The Dark Knight Rises, 2014’s Beneath the Harvest Sky, and Gillen’s also playing Rat Man in the sequel to The Maze Runner.
Craig Kelly: played Vince Tyler
Kelly has had cameos in lots of TV series, and longer stints in Waking the Dead, Hotel Babylon, Dalziel and Pascoe and Collision. He also starred in Doctor Who mini-series Scream of the Shalka and spent a year in Coronation Street as factory boss Luke Strong in 2009. Kelly had a short-lived stint on Strictly Come Dancing in the same year. His voiceover work includes Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands and adverts for Nutella, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Ladbrokes.
Charlie Hunnam: played Nathan Maloney
Hunnam has become a Hollywood name. He starred alongside Seth Rogen in Judd Apatow’s teen cult classic Undeclared and parts in The Children of Men, Cold Mountain, Deadfall and Pacific Rim followed.
In 2016 he’ll appear in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. Hunnam was very nearly Fifty Shades of Grey’s Christian Grey but he pulled out of the role, blaming his role as Jax Teller in biker drama Sons of Anarchy, which he’s appeared in since 2008.
Denise Black: played Hazel Tyler
Black has appeared in lots of TV shows since Queer as Folk including ITV’s prison drama Bad Girls, The Bill, Casualty, Holby City and Doc Martin and, most recently, Benidorm. Having been in Coronation Street before Queer as Folk, Black later returned to the show as Denise Osbourne in 2007 and later played Joanie Wright in Emmerdale.
Antony Cotton: played Alexander Perry
Cotton is a well-known name in soap-land as he’s played barman Sean Tully in Coronation Street since 2003. He’s also dabbled in reality TV and talent contests, winning the second series of ITV’s Soapstar Superstar and finishing fourth in the I’m a Celebrity jungle in 2011.