Jared Leto to Sean Maguire — what your favourite Nineties heart-throbs look like now

THEY were the objects of our affections back in the ’90s, but what are these former heart-throbs up to 30 years on? 

Prepare to swoon all over again!


Peak heart-throb years 1995–2000

Age 49

Relationship status Dating model Valery Kaufman, 25.

Then Beautiful Jared rose to fame playing locker-leaning Jordan Catalano in My So-Called Life.

Now Won praise and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, and played the Joker in Suicide Squad. He also fronts rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars.

He says “I have a lot of gratitude for starting there [MSCL], but they made such a big deal of the character in the show… I think for some people, especially girls, at that time it mirrored something in their lives. It did make an impact for people.”


Peak heart-throb years 1994–1997

Age 41

Relationship status Divorced Scottish model Chantal Brown in 2015.

Then Thanks to BBC children’s show The Biz, Paul was already a teen pin-up when he joined EastEnders as schizophrenic Joe Wicks in 1995.

Now After appearing in Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, Paul battled drink and drug addictions, and went on to act in Holby City and The C Word. In 2017, he was involved in an accident in Thailand and was trapped at the bottom of a waterfall for three days.

He says “People said I had too much too soon…and maybe they were right. I didn’t want to be a heart-throb, and I could not handle the attention.”


Peak heart-throb years 1994–2000

Age 41

Relationship status He married research scientist Kali Woodruff in June 2020.

Then He was our fave blue-eyed boy Billy Kennedy in Neighbours.

Now After landing the role of Dr Robert Chase on American medical drama House, Jesse’s star rose Stateside. He’s currently starring in American firefighter drama Chicago Fire.

He says “I’ve never thought of myself as a big star or a teenage pin-up. It’s just me. It’s probably Billy that people really like anyway, rather than me. It’s certainly never been my ambition to have my face seen all over the place.”


Peak heart-throb years 1988-1994

Age 44

Relationships status Married police officer Tanya Flynn in 2013. They have two sons.

Then Played Tegs Ratcliffe in Grange Hill then footballer Aidan Brosnan in EastEnders. He also had a briefly successful music career.

Now After 20 years acting in US TV shows, includingThe 100, Once Upon A Time and CSI:NY, Sean has become an American citizen.

He says “When you live under the title ‘heart-throb’ or ‘pin-up’ of course people flatter you a lot. I think the only approach you can take is to say thank you and remember [that] your position is really replaceable.”


Peak heart-throb years 1992-1995

Age 48

Relationship status Has a daughter with wife Alana.

Then Ramsay Street’s hottie Rick Alessi in Neighbours.

Now Dan runs Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre with his brothers Ben and Tom and his dad Joey, which helps educate children about climate change. They most recently starred in TV show Outback Brothers.

He says “Before I left Neighbours I thought very hard about what I’d do next. I had a phenomenal run on the show and leaving was a big decision to make.”


Peak heart-throb years 1993–1998

Age 47

Relationship status Married former ballerina Nadine Micallefin 2005 and they have five children. He also has another child from a previous relationship.

Then Matthew started out as one of the lusted-after Mizz magazine models before appearing as hunky mechanic Chris Collins on Coronation Street. A short pop career followed.

Now He’s enjoyed success in Hollywood having appeared in Black Hawk Down, Rambo and Tenet and also spends a lot of time ranting on Twitter.

He says “I was very fortunate to get the break of doing Coronation Street, which I loved. But after a year, I wanted to be tested to see how far I could push myself and do different things.”


Peak heart-throb years 1991–1995

Age 44

Relationship status Divorced Michelle Vella in 2005 before marrying Chandie Yawn-Nelson later the same year. He filed for divorce from Chandie in July last year.

Then Played Joey Russo in Blossom.

Now Starred in sitcom Melissa & Joey from 2010 until 2015 alongside Melissa Joan Hart, as well as Hawaii Five-0, and was the third contestant to be evicted from the US version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2019.

He says “The ’90s were so much fun. Being a teenager and having the experiences and the kind of success that I had at that age was really cool.”

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