Tuesday 20 March 2018

From butter ads to Bourne - where are the stars of Will and Grace 10 years later?

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Prepare to feel old - it has been ten years, an entire decade, since the finale of hit NBC series Will and Grace aired.

Over eight seasons corporate lawyer Will Truman, interior designer Grace Adler and their flamboyant side-kicks Karen Walker and Jack McFarland charmed and entertained and provided a quirkier, and often funnier, alternative to CBS's Friends.

So what have the cast been up to since then? 

Eric McCormack

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Did you know Eric wrote and sang "Living with Grace" for the show's 2004 soundtrack, with piano by Barry Manilow?

Canadian actor Eric played Grace's GBF Will, a role which bagged him an Emmy and five Golden Globe nomninations.

He's now 53 years old and has worked consistently, predominantly in TV, since Will and Grace wrapped, although none of the series have made much of an impact this side of the pond. 

He had roles in The Andromeda Strain, Trust Me, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Pound Puppies, Perception, and the first season of drama series Full Circle last year.

SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actor Eric McCormack attends The Rape Foundation's Dedication Ceremony for the new Stuart House on November 17, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Stuart House)

He garnered critical acclaim for his role in Perception, which saw him play a neuroscientist enlisted by the FBI, although fans were shocked when the show was cancelled after just three seasons.

You might also have spotted him an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit way back in 2009.

This year he's set to star in a Canadian indie feature, Considering Love and Other Magic.

Debra Messing


Like Eric, Debra (now 47), bagged an Emmy for her role as Grace Adler on the show.  Since then she's starred in several TV shows including roles in The Starter Wife, Smash and Mysteries of Laura.

Actress Debra Messing attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

She also had roles in TV movies Wright Vs Wrong, and Mother's Day and hit the big screen in 2008 in both Lucky You, which starred Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore in the lead roles, and The Women which also starred Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annette Bening..

Next up she'll play Abigail Breslin's mother in the TV remake of Dirty Dancing

Megan Mullally

WILL & GRACE -- NBC Series -- Pictured: Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- NBC Photo: Chris Haston

As the show's resident alcoholic socialite Karen Walker, Mullally (57) earned two Emmys. The acerbic but hilarious Karen spent most of her time drinking, avoiding her rich husband and belittling everyone in her path, particularly Grace who she criticised for everything from her breasts (or lack thereof) to her designing skills.

Megan has since been spotted in a series of comedy shows including Breaking In, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation as well as You, Me and the Apocalypse, Bob's Burgers, and Children's Hospital.

She's also slated to appear opposite James Franco and Bryan Cranston in comedy flick Why Him? about a dad who forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter's young, rich boyfriend.

Mullally has also filmed a series of ad for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

Sean Hayes

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WILL & GRACE -- "Blanket Apology" Episode 19 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank

Hayes played supremely confident yet largely out-of-work actor Jack McFarland who, along with Karen, became the most entertaining duo in the show.  He also earned an Emmy for his role and no less than six Golden Globe nominations. 

He has since hosted the Tony Awards and earned a nomination for his role in Promises Promises and also appeared in sitcoms including The Millers and Sean Saves the World.  You may have spotted him last year in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Actor Sean Hayes attends Saban Community Clinic's 38th Annual Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 24, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

He's also quite a big shot producer with titles including Crowded, The Soul Man, Grimm and Hot in Cleveland under his belt.  He also produced Sean Saves the World and Hollywood Game Night.

Harry Connick Jr

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The actor/musician played Grace's one/off boyfriend and husband Leo.  Following Will and Grace he bagged roles in Irish-set PS I Love You, Dolphin Tale (1 and 2) and you might spot him in Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit, the show were several Will and Grace cast members found themselves flitting through post W&G.

Judge Harry Connick, Jr. waves during the American Idol XIV 2015 Finale at Dolby theatre in Hollywood, California May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

He was a judge on American Idol from 2013 until the series last run this year.

Bobby Cannavale


Bobby Cannavale played Vince D'Angelo, Will's boyfriend and then husband.  Again, he won an Emmy and has gone on to land roles in some impressive series including Boardwalk Empire (which also earned him an Emmy), and more recently, Vinyl.

Actor Bobby Cannavale arrives at the premiere of 'Blue Jasmine' hosted by AFI Sony Picture Classics at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

You'll also remember him as the unforgettable Chili in Woody Allen's critically acclaimed Blue Jasmine. He played the husband of Ginger (Sally Hawkins), the less-well-heeled sister of Cate Blanchett's Jasmine.

Tom Gallop


He played Will's good friend Rob (husband of Ellen - see below) in the series and since then he has appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum as well as several TV series including American Horror Story, Bones, The Mentalist and Suits. He also had a role in Insidious Chapter 3. 

LONDON - AUGUST 15: Actor Tom Gallop arrives at the The Bourne Ultimatum UK film premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on August 15, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

Prior to Will and Grace he had roles in shows as diverse as Knots Landing, Home Improvement and Baywatch.

Leigh-Allyn Baker


She played Grace's bestie Ellen and following the show she has worked mainly on Disney Channel projects including Hannah Montana, Good Luck Charlie, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actresses Leigh-Allyn Baker and Mia Talerico attend Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at USC Galen Center on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Shelley Morrison


Shelley played one of the most popular characters on Will and Grace, Karen's maid Rosario who took zero guff from her pampered employer. She was only supposed to appear for one episode but was loved so much she became a regular. 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Shelley Morrison attends the 17th Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Gala held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 25, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Since the show she's mainly done voice work for animated series including Handy Manny and Shark Tale.

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