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Kaley Cuoco in The Flight Attendant

Fasten your seatbelt for The Flight Attendant

Fasten your seatbelt for The Flight Attendant


As The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco tries to crack a murder mystery on Sky One, we pick out 5 more actors who achieved success after sitcom stardom

By Virgin TV Edit

Grab your boarding pass, place your luggage in the overhead compartment and get ready for a brand new series that will leave mystery fans on cloud nine – The Flight Attendant on Sky One.


Kaley Cuoco stars as Cassie Bowden, a carefree flight attendant who has a penchant for drinking, hooking up with passengers and generally living life on the edge as she travels around the world. But her reckless ways are about to bring her crashing down to Earth.



After spending a wild night in Bangkok with a man she met on the flight over, Cassie is shocked to find him dead in her bed the next morning. Talk about the hangover from hell. With no idea of what’s happened, she soon hops on a flight back to New York and attempts to piece together this most murky of mysteries…


Based on writer Chris Bohjalian’s novel of the same name, Cuoco also acts as producer on this gripping eight-part series that has a wickedly funny side too.


With The Flight Attendant getting great reviews – and award nominations – in the US, it looks like Kaley Cuoco has a triumph on her hands just a couple of years after The Big Bang Theory’s finale. And when it comes to sitcom stars enjoying success after the show that made them famous, she’s in pretty good company…


Ted Danson

Manny Jacinto, Ted Danson and Jameela Jamil in The Good Place

Danson’s star turn as rogue-ish bar owner Sam Malone in Cheers made him a household name across America in the 1980s. Three decades later and the veteran actor was introduced to a whole new generation in philosophical fantasy comedy The Good Place. It looks like last orders hasn’t been called on his career just yet.


David Schwimmer

Back in the 1990s Schwimmer had millions of us laughing uncontrollably as human car crash Ross Geller in Friends. Various film and telly appearances followed after the show ended in 2004, but it wasn’t until he played star lawyer Robert Kardashian in the excellent crime thriller The People V. O. J. Simpson that he really reminded us what he can do in front of a camera.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus

What do you do after starring in such a zeitgeisty sitcom as Seinfeld? For Louis-Dreyfus, the answer lays in appearing in comedy classics like The Simpsons, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development. But it was being cast as Vice President Selina Meyer in satirical comedy Veep in 2012 that gave Louis-Dreyfus one of the most acclaimed roles of her career – and a load of awards to boot.


Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer in Frasier

Has anyone jumped from one hit sitcom to another as seamlessly as Kelsey Grammer? Cheers may have ended in 1993, but the actor kept the character of Dr Frasier Crane on our screens for another 11 years, striking gold once again as the haughty psychiatrist in the spin-off Frasier. A ratings winner from 1993 to 2004, it remains to be seen whether the confirmed reboot will enjoy the show’s original success.


Will Smith

The top dog. The daddy. The big kahuna. Smith’s transformation from sassy sitcom star in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air to Hollywood mega-titan is nothing short of remarkable. Whether he’s starring in epic blockbusters or producing huge cinematic hits that captivate audiences the world over, this most irresistible of talents has transcended his showbiz roots like few others.


When is The Flight Attendant on TV?

The first episode of The Flight Attendant airs at 9pm on Friday 19 March on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky One.


The eight-part series will subsequently air every week until Friday 7 May.

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