The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – Where are they now?

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – Where are they now?

15/10/2015

We know the entire Fresh Prince rap by heart – and we’re willing to bet you do too! The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was one of those shows that defined 90’s TV, making us viewers laugh and making Will Smith a mega star. But what about the rest of the cast? What happened to them? Well…

 

 

 

Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) 

Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro)

We’ll never forget the Carlton dance

We’ll never forget the Carlton dance. Or his love of Tom Jones! The ultimate preppy student, Carlton was brainy, arrogant and very conservative. Obsessed by his future, Carlton couldn't stop talking about which university he was going to attend. He and Will often clashed, but ultimately came to feel like brothers. Aww… 

Where’s Alfonso now? 

Where’s Alfonso now?

Alfonso is also a keen racer and has even taken part in Gumball 3000!

Alfonso Ribeiro has had an OK career as an actor, presenter and director over the years. He appeared in the video to Will Smith's Wild Wild West record and he won Celebrity Duets, a US reality show that teamed celebs with professional singers. Alfonso is also a keen racer and has even taken part in Gumball 3000! 

Philip Banks (James Avery) 

Philip Banks (James Avery)

Phil was famously mean with his money

Uncle Phil was a lawyer and judge who became the father Will never had. Stern but fair, Phil was famously mean with his money, paying butler Geoffrey a pittance. He was rather fond of food and Will constantly poked fun at his portly figure. Even so, local criminals learnt to fear judicious Phil and his ‘bites out of crime’. 

Where’s James now? 

Where’s James now?

Uncle Phil used to do the voice of Shredder in the cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Sadly, James passed away a few years go. His legacy still persists though, and we were recently surprised to discover that Uncle Phil used to do the voice of Shredder in the cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! 

Vivian Banks (Daphne Maxwell Reid) 

Vivian Banks (Daphne Maxwell Reid)

Aunt Viv started life as a powerful doctor and career woman

Aunt Viv started life as a powerful doctor and career woman, but after a change of actress in season 4 she became more of a homemaker and all-American mom. She supported her children no matter what they did, much to the annoyance of Uncle Phil, who was much more of a disciplinarian.

Where’s Daphne now? 

Where’s Daphne now?

Fresh Prince remains Daphne Maxwell Reid's most celebrated role

Fresh Prince remains Daphne Maxwell Reid's most celebrated role. She's had bit parts in US shows including Sister Sister and Eve. Interestingly, in her youth, Daphne had a successful modelling career and was the first black woman to grace the cover of US Glamour magazine.

Hilary Banks (Karyn Parsons) 

Hilary Banks (Karyn Parsons)

Able to manipulate the boys of the household

Hilary might have been spoiled rotten, but she had a heart of pure gold. Able to manipulate the boys of the household (especially Geoffrey), Hilary went on to have her own daytime talk show.

Where’s Karyn now? 

Where’s Karyn now?

Karyn Parsons created and starred in US sitcom Lush Life

Karyn Parsons created and starred in US sitcom Lush Life. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after the first season, with some episodes left unaired. As well as TV, she’s been in a number of small films, including 13 Moons and The Ladies Man.

Ashley Banks (Tatyana M Ali) 

Ashley Banks (Tatyana M Ali)

Ashley dropped out of her posh school to go to the local school

The cute and intelligent Ashley adored her cousin Will and spent a lot of her time following him around like a puppy. When she became a rebellious teen, Ashley dropped out of her posh school to go to the local school, made a pop record and was desperate to become a model.

Where’s Tatyana now? 

Where’s Tatyana now?

Talented Tatyana also has a degree from Harvard University

Tatyana M Ali released an album at the end of her time in Fresh Prince. Tatyana also featured on Will.i.am's song Yes We Can which supported Barak Obama's presidential campaign. Talented Tatyana also has a degree from Harvard University. That’s quite impressive Ashley!

Nicky Banks (Ross Bagley) 

Nicky Banks (Ross Bagley)

Nicky's full name was Nicholas Andrew Michael Shawn Nathan Wanya Banks

We think Uncle Phil might have a secret quick growth potion, because while Nicky was born in season 5, by the next season he was a full-grown school boy! Nicky's full name was Nicholas Andrew Michael Shawn Nathan Wanya Banks - he was named after the members of Boys II Men.

Where’s Ross now? 

Where’s Ross now?

He's had the odd TV role in Judging Amy and The Wild Thornberrys

Ross Bagley has spent most of his time since Fresh Prince actually growing up! He's had the odd TV role in Judging Amy and The Wild Thornberrys, and also appeared alongside Will Smith in the movie Independence Day. 

Geoffrey the butler (Joseph Marcell) 

Geoffrey the butler (Joseph Marcell)

Ah Geoffrey, he sure had a tough time of it!

Ah Geoffrey, he sure had a tough time of it! Despite having to deal with Will’s escapades, our favourite butler was very polite and very British with a wicked sense of humour. He looked after the Banks family but wasn't afraid to point out their worst points or stick up for himself - famously leaving when Phil gave him a measly bonus.

Where’s Joseph now? 

Where’s Joseph now?

British actor Joseph Marcell has appeared in a range of UK and US TV shows since Fresh Prince

British actor Joseph Marcell has appeared in a range of UK and US TV shows since Fresh Prince, including EastEnders, Brothers & Sisters, Holby City and A Touch Of Frost. He's also on the board of the famous Globe Shakespearean theatre in London. Clearly still a very classy chap!

Jazz (Jeffrey Townes) 

Jazz (Jeffrey Townes)

Jazz was always being thrown out of the house by Phil

Will's best mate, Jazz had a huge crush on Hilary but she rebuffed his advances. Jazz was always being thrown out of the house by Phil - although even Will ended up chucking his mate out on one occasion. Famously, Jazz gave Phil his grandmother's dentures for his 50th birthday. It didn't go down well.

Where’s Jeffrey now? 

Where’s Jeffrey now?

Jazzy Jeff continued in the music biz and became an extremely successful producer

DJ Jazzy Jeff had a very successful musical career alongside Will Smith as Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. When the partnership ended, Jazzy Jeff continued in the music biz and became an extremely successful producer and a respected figure in the world of hip-hop.

Lisa Wilkes (Nia Long) 

Lisa Wilkes (Nia Long)

Lisa arrived in season 5 where she famously tamed Will and got him to forsake his lady-killer ways

Lisa arrived in season 5 where she famously tamed Will and got him to forsake his lady-killer ways. The two tried to get married twice, despite the fact Will didn't even know her real first name! Lisa's dad eventually married Will's mum, making the whole thing even more complicated.

Where’s Nia now? 

Where’s Nia now?

Nia Long's been in popular US cop show Third Watch

Nia Long's been in popular US cop show Third Watch as well as co-starring in movies like Big Momma's House, The Best Man and Alfie. She was once voted one of the most beautiful women in the world by People magazine. Blimey Will, you didn’t realise how lucky you were!

Will Smith (Will Smith) 

Will Smith (Will Smith)

Will was born in West Philadelphia

Will was born in West Philadelphia, where he spent the majority of his time in the playground. Until, that is, some thugs who were up to no good started making trouble in the neighbourhood. His mom then sent him to live in Bel Air, and the rest is history. 

Where’s Will now? 

Where’s Will now?

Now one of Hollywood's most bankable stars

Will has definitely had the most success since leaving Fresh Prince. Now one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, Smith's starred in some classic movies like Ali, I Am Legend and Enemy of the State. The multi-talented Will has been voted one of the most powerful men in the world. And you can't get much better than that, can you?

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