Where the cast of 2point4 Children are now from Hollywood fame to untimely death

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The much-loved show followed the lives of the Porters, a seemingly average family whose world was regularly turned upside-down by bad luck and a string of bizarre trials and tribulations.

The BBC One show ran from 1991 to 1999 and ran for a total of eight series.

2point4 Children concluded on 30 December 1999 with a special episode called “The Millennium Experience”.

The series, which focused on Bill and Ben Porter – played by Belinda Lang and Gary Olsen respectively – and their two children – racked up huge audiences of up to 14 million in the early 1990s.

Over 9 million people tuned in to watch the final episode in 1999.

Here, we take a look at where the beloved cast are now.

Gary Olsen (Ben Porter)

Less than one year after the final episode of 2point4 Children aired, Gary tragically passed away following a short battle with cancer.

The actor, who died at 43, became unwell during the final series of the BBC One show, and following its final episode, he decided to emigrate to Victoria, Australia with his family.

Gary battled the disease for ten months, but in September 2000, his family said their final goodbyes.

The much-loved actor left behind his second wife, Jane Anthony, and their two children, Jake 27, and India, 26.

While Gary became a household name thanks to the hit BBC One series, he also enjoyed success in other shows including The Bill, Health and Efficiency, and Pilgrim’s Rest.

Viewers of the hit sitcom and his co-stars were left devastated by Gary's untimely death, which squashed any chance of a special or spin-off.

Belinda Lang (Bill Porter)

Since the end of 2point4 Children, actress Belinda Lang has played an array of smaller roles in several TV series including Justice in Wonderland, Midsomer Murders, Rosemary and Thyme, Doctors, and most recently, Citizen Khan.

Following the death of her dear friend and co-star Gary, Belinda admitted that she went through quite a difficult time both personally and in her career as job offers became sparse.

Gary’s sad death brought a definite end to any chance of a 2point4 Children revival, which had quite an impact on the actress as a whole.

In a 2015 interview, Belinda revealed: “I did a lot of TV in my early 30s. It was one thing after the other that culminated in me being in 2point4 Children for nine years.

"After Gary Olsen died, nobody offered me a part on TV for a long time. I was very connected to 2point4 Children."

While sitcom dominated the most part of her career, Belinda has now turned to stage and radio theatre.

John Pickard (David Porter)

John Pickard, who played David Porter in the BBC One sitcom, went on to enjoy a successful career following the final episode in 1999.

The actor, now 43, became Doctor Who companion Thomas Brewster in the Doctor Who audiobook The Haunting of Thomas Brewster.

He also bagged lead roles in airline comedy-drama Mile High before he turned to the world of soap operas when he played Dominic Reilly on Hollyoaks from 2005 to 2010.

After departing Hollyoaks after a five-year stint, John went on to star in Casualty.

Clare Woodgate (Jenny Porter)

Actress Clare Woodgate played Jenny Porter in the first two series of the BBC One sitcom before she decided to move on from the Porter family in a bid to focus on more serious acting roles.

Clare, now 46, went on to appear in drama series including The Bill and Casualty following her departure from 2point4 Children in 1994.

In a bid to land in a role in An Awfully Big Adventure, Clare changed her name to Georgina Cates after she failed to bag the part, and re-auditioned under her new name.

She bagged the part the second time around and still goes by Georgina to this day.

The actress went on to appear in huge films as Frankie Starlight, Illuminata, and A Soldier's Sweetheart.

She received critical acclaim for her role as Amanda in Clay Pigeons with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix.

After a seven-year break from the movie industry, Cates returned to the independent film genre to co-star in Sinner, for which she won a Best Actress award at the Brooklyn Arts Council International Film & Video Festival.

Clare Buckfield (Jenny Porter)

Clare Buckfield took over the role of Jenny from series three onwards.

When the BBC One hit series ended, the actress went on to play roles in Holby City and Doctors.

She also made waves in the 2007 series of Dancing on Ice – landing in second place overall.

Clare was the last female celebrity contestant left in the competition, competing in the final along with rugby ace Kyran Bracken and singer Duncan James.

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The star has since provided the voice for a character on Doctor Who’s spin-off audio episodes.

In 2006 she returned to Doctor Who, starring alongside Paul McGann and Stephen Gately in the radio adventure The Horror of Glam Rock and then again in 2007 in Dead London.

Clare also dated her Grange Hill co-star Declan Donnelly from 1993 until 2003, when they finally called time on their relationship as he hit the big time.

Declan is now married to his and Ant McPartlin's manager Ali Astall – they share a daughter, Isla, together.

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