How old are the Friends cast now? Ages of actors and where are they now as 2021 reunion episode airs on UK TV

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It’s been almost 17 years since the iconic sitcom ended – but what have Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and the rest of the core cast mates been up to since then?

Friends: The Reunion is one of the most anticipated pieces of TV of all time, as Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry are all set to reunite in one off special almost 17 years after the sitcom wrapped.

But what have the main group of actors been up to since the Central Park gang went their separate ways? This is everything you need to know.

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Jennifer Aniston

The gang are back for a one off special (Photo: Terence Patrick/HBO Max)The gang are back for a one off special (Photo: Terence Patrick/HBO Max)
The gang are back for a one off special (Photo: Terence Patrick/HBO Max)

Since Friends ended in 2004, Aniston has been kept busy with a number of roles across film and TV, and as a spokesperson for various brands.

In her first role since Friends ended, Aniston appeared as Lucinda Harris in the 2005 film Derailed, a crime thriller, starring alongside Clive Owen (Children of Men, American Crime Story) and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Westworld).

Over the years, she has also appeared in films like The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses and We’re The Millers.

Aniston was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her guest appearance in 30 Rock in 2008, and her performance in Cake bagged her nominations for a Golden Globe and SAG Award.

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Since 2007, Aniston has worked as a spokesperson for the brand Smartwater, and in 2013 became spokesperson for Aveeno Skincare.

In 2012, she also co-founded her own hair care brand called Living Proof, and also became its spokesperson as well. She left when the company was sold to Unilever in 2016.

Most recently, Aniston has appeared as Alex Levy in The Morning Show, an Apple TV+ original drama also starring Steve Carell (The Office, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Reese Witherspoon (Little Fires Everywhere, Big Little Lies).

For this role, Aniston won a SAG Award, as well as being nominated for, yet another, Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

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Aniston was born on 11 February 1969, which means that she is currently 52 years old.

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David Schwimmer

After Friends came to its conclusion, Schwimmer branched out into the world of theatre - in 2005, he made his West End debut in the leading role of Some Girl(s). Schwimmer then made his Broadway debut the following year, in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.

As well as acting, Schwimmer has also tried his hand at directing. In 2007, he directed the comedy Run Fatboy Run, starring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Truth Seekers) and Dylan Moran (Black Books, Uncle). In 2008, Schwimmer made his Off-Broadway debut directing Fault Lines.

You may also recognise Schwimmer as the voice of Melman the Giraffe in the animated Madagascar film franchise. Other roles he has starred in since 2004 include Duane Hopwood (2005), The Iceman (2012), Web Therapy (2012) and Feed the Beast (2016).

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In addition to his creative work, Schwimmer is also an active director of The Rape Treatment Centre in Santa Monica, which specialises in helping victims of date rape, and child rape victims. He has also been at the forefront of campaigning for legislation to ban drugs like Rohypnol, also known as the date rape drug.

In 2016, Schwimmer appeared as Robert Kardashian in The People v O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, a role in which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Most recently, Schwimmer has appeared as Jerry Bernstein in British TV series Intelligence. Season two of the show is set to premiere in June later this year.

Schwimmer was born on 2 November 1966, which means he is currently 54 years old.

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Courtney Cox

Cox was considered the most famous member of the iconic six pals in Friends when the show began, having already appeared in the likes of Family Ties, Masters of the Universe, Mr. Destiny, Seinfeld and Ace Venture: Pet Detective alongside Jim Carrey (The Truman Show, Kidding).

When the sitcom wrapped, Cox appeared in the independent drama film November in 2005, and the same year also appeared in The Longest Yard and Zoom in 2006.

In 2008, Cox also appeared in the medical comedy Scrubs. In 2009, Cox went on to star in her most successful project since the end of Friends, in sitcom Cougar Town which also starred her Scrubs co-star Christa Miller (Undateable, The Andromeda Strain).

Cougar Town ran from 2009 to 2015, and earned Cox a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

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In 2011, Cox reprised her role as Gale Weathers for Scream 4, and the next year she made her directing debut with Lifetime TV drama film TalhotBlond.

In 2014, Cox directed and produced the black comedy film Just Before I Go. In 2019, Cox created and executive produced the documentary series 9 Months with Courtney Cox, which focused on people from different backgrounds, religions and class as they document their nine month journey of pregnancy.

Currently, Cox has a few projects in the pipeline, including Last Chance U, Shining Vale, and potentially a fifth Scream film.

Cox was born on 15 June 1964, which means she is currently 56 years old.

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Matt LeBlanc

Following the end of Friends, LeBlanc appeared in a spin off series based on his character Joey Tribbiani, called Joey. The series lasted for two seasons and was cancelled in 2006.

After Joey ended, LeBlanc announced that he would be taking a year long hiatus from acting, however this ended up being five years instead of one.

In 2011, LeBlanc reprised his acting career by appearing as a fictionalised version of himself in the British-American sitcom Episodes, starring Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, The Split) and Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Green Wing). The series was written by Friends co-creator David Crane.

In 2012, LeBlanc won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for Episodes. He was also nominated for an additional four Primetime Emmy Awards.

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LeBlanc also appeared in the 18th episode of the British motoring show Top Gear in 2012 - four years later, in 2016, it would be announced that LeBlanc would be one of the new Top Gear hosts.

LeBlanc co-hosted the show for three years, and retired from the position in 2018.

From 2016 until 2020, LeBlanc also starred in the lead role of a sitcom called Man with a Plan.

LeBlanc was born on 25 July 1967, which means he is currently 53 years old.

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Lisa Kudrow

As well as taking on-screen roles since the end of Friends, Kudrow has also taken on the position of executive producer for a number of shows.

In 2003, Kurdrow co-founded her own production company called Is or Isn’t Entertainment, alongside Dan Bucatinsky.

In 2005, Kudrow served as co-creator, writer and executive producer of sitcom The Comeback, as well as starring in it. She received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Kurdrow also acts as the executive producer for the American version of the UK series Who Do You Think You Are?

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In 2008, she co-created the improvised comedy web series Web Therapy, which earned her a number of Webby nominations, and one Outstanding Comedic Performance Webby nomination. In 2011, the web series was adapted into a TV series, which ran for four seasons.

Over the years, Kudrow has guest starred in shows like Cougar Town, BoJack Horseman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Scandal. In 2020, she appeared on the comedy The Good Place and starred as Maggie Naird in the Netflix comedy Space Force.

Most recently, Kudrow has appeared in the British comedy-drama Feel Good.

Kudrow was born 30 July 1963, which means she is currently 57 years old.

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Matthew Perry

After Friends wrapped, Perry made his directorial debut with an episode in the fourth season of the medical comedy drama Scrubs. Perry also guest starred in the episode as an operator of a small airport’s traffic control team.

From 2006 to 2007, Perry went on to appear as Matt Albie in the drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, created and primarily written by Aaron Sorkin.

In 2009, Perry starred in 17 Again alongside Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman, Human Discoveries), the two playing older and younger versions of the same character. Mr. Sunshine, a comedy pilot based on an original idea Perry had for a show, was bought by ABC and Perry was set to play a middle aged man going through an identity crisis. The series ran for nine episodes.

Perry then signed on to star in the comedy series Go On in 2012, which was written and produced by former Friends writer and producer Scott Silveri. The series ran for one season.

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In 2012, Perry guest starred in the legal drama The Good Wife as attorney Mike Kresteva, reprising the role in 2013 in the show's fourth season. In 2017, Perry reprised Mike Kresteva once again for The Good Fight, a sequel to The Good Wife.

Most recently, Perry appeared as Ted Kennedy in the TV mini-series The Kennedys: Decline and Fall. According to IMDb, he has another project in the works called Don’t Look Up which is currently in post-production.

Perry was born on 19 August 1969, meaning he is currently 51 years old.