Where Goodnight Sweetheart cast are now – tragic child death to Netflix stardom

BBC show Goodnight Sweetheart told the story of time travelling TV repair man Gary Sparrow, who was able to travel back from the 1990s to 1940s London during WW2, after finding a time travel portal.

In the series Gary, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, started a new life in the past – and juggled relationships with women from both eras.

The hugely popular show ran for six series between 1993 and 1999 before being revived for a one-off special in 2016.

At the start of the latest outing Gary lives in the 1960s with partner Phoebe and their son Michael, before travelling to the future where he meets his teenage daughter and old girlfriend Yvonne, who has become a multimillionaire investor.

The show's cult following were saddened to hear series creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran announce on Twitter in 2016 that it will not be returning to the BBC.

They wrote: "Sadly the BBC have passed on Goodnight Sweetheart, whilst acknowledging its excellence. Gary will have to find another TV channel."

As fans dream of a new broadcaster potentially bringing back the series, Daily Star casts an eye on what the cast have been up to since the show ended.

Nicholas Lyndhurst (Gary)

After Goodnight Sweetheart came to its conclusion, Nicolas reprised his role as Rodney Trotter in BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses for three Christmas specials between 2001 to 2003.

In 2007, he starred in the BBC comedy After You've Gone for three series, in which he played a divorced dad who moved back into his former marital home to look after his teenage daughter.

He also starred in Rock & Chips in 2010 – an Only Fools prequel series, where he played Rodney's real dad Freddie.

In 2013, he appeared in police drama series New Tricks for three series as new recruit Dan Griffin.

He also had a supporting role in the period drama A United Kingdom starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

In 2017, Lyndhurst played Star Keeper in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel opera musical, which was performed at the English National Opera.

Most recently in 2019 he performed in another opera musical Man of La Mancha for English National Opera at the London Coliseum.

Tragically, Nicholas' son Archie died last year of natural cases aged just 19.

Dervla Kirwan (Phoebe)

Gary's girlfriend in the past, Phoebe was played by Dervla Kirwan for three series, before she left the show to take up lead role in fellow BBC show Ballykissangel for two years.

Since has gone on to have regular roles in projects like Hearts and Bones, 55 Degrees North, Material Girl and Injustice, plus Doctor Who and Marple.

Dervla has also performed in several theatre productions including Clair de Lune in 2014, at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

She also had a role in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of King Lear in 2017, as Goneril, alongside Ian McKellen who played the monarch.

She appeared in BBC series Silent Witness as pathologist Amanda Long in 2019.

Most recently in 2020, she appeared on Netflix miniseries The Stranger as Corinne Price.

Kirwan is married to fellow actor Rupert Penry-Jones, and shares two children with him.

Elizabeth Carling (Phoebe number 2)

Elizabeth took up the role of Phoebe in the last three series.

Afterwards she released an album of war-time covers titled Goodnight Sweetheart, and returned for the show's 2016 special.

She went on to become a regular on British TV – appearing in the likes of Barbara, Vera and Inspector George Gently.

She played Selena Donovan in Casualty for over 100 episodes from 2003 to 2007 and in The Damned United as Michael Sheen's wife.

In February 2010, she starred in the theatre production of I Ought to Be in Pictures.

In 2016, she narrated the second series of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive on ITV.

Carling also appeared on "Our Girl" on BBC1 on 7 September 2016.

Last year, she narrated the second series of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, and appeared in the BBC's Our Girl.

Michelle Holmes (Yvonne number 1)

Michelle played Yvonne, Gary's wife in the 1990s, for three series of Goodnight Stewart.

She has continued acting ever since and has appeared in several other BBC shows such as Midsomer Murders, Above Suspicion, and Red Riding.

She played Claudie Williams in The Chase, a BBC One drama between July 2006 to August 2007.

Michelle played Genevieve in the ITV drama Life Begins and also had a role in Channel 4 series Shameless in 2008.

In 2009 production she starred in Lynda La Plante's new ITV crime drama Above Suspicion and as Eileen Needham in Heartbeat in August 2010.

Her most recent roles have seen her play Jude, a neonatal nurse, in the BBC1 hospital drama series Casualty in 2017

She has played café owner Mary in seasons 8 and 9 of Cold Feet.

Emma Amos (Yvonne number 2)

Emma played the second version of Yvonne for the last three series and returned for the show's 2016 special.

Despite Gary leaving her at the end of the final series to start a new life in the 1940s, the special told how she went on to become a millionaire businesswoman and appeared on Dragons' Den.

Since the show ended, Emma had a small role as Hugh Grant's girlfriend in Bridget Jones's Diary.

She has also appeared several TV series, including Casualty, A Touch of Frost, Peak Practice, Midsomer Murders, The Bill and Heartbeat.

Emma has also had roles in feature films Vera Drake and The Last Detective.

She has also had a role in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams from 2–24 June 2017.

Victor McGuire (Ron)

Victor starred as Ron, who was Gary's best mate, and the only person who knew he could travel through time,

After the show ended in 1999, Victor, who is a supporter of Everton FC, went on to appear in several TV shows and movies.

He's had several film roles including, The Phantom of the Opera, My Week with Marilyn, The Woman in Black, and played a bar patron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Between 2012 and 2017 he appeared as security guard Ian in the Sky1 sitcom Trollied.

He last appeared on the show in a Christmas special episode in December 2017.

In 2019 he appeared in Coronation Street as a character called Big Garth and Garanin in the Sky- HBO mini-series Chernobyl.

His latest TV role in 2020 saw him appear as a policeman in an advertisement for Haribo Starmix.

Christopher Ettridge (Reg)

Christopher played police officer Reg back in the 1940s.

Since the show ended, he's had small roles in the likes of EastEnders, Mr Selfridge and Birds of a Feather among others.

He has also had roles in EastEnders, The Bill, Harry Enfield and Chums and comedy film Kevin and Perry Go Large.

He has also directed a production of Romeo and Juliet for ReACTion Theatre in Eastbourne.

Speaking about his role in Goodnight Sweetheart, Christopher told the Daily Express in 2018: “Although the character of Reg was none too bright, he was a lovely, sweet man who had a heart as big as a house. He could often be found drinking in The Royal Oak pub and was always protective of Gary (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and Phoebe (Elizabeth Carling). Being in such a popular series meant I got taken more seriously and that led to roles I would not normally get offered."

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