Iconic Characters From 90s Sitcoms
A throwback we wish would never end! The following TV and film actresses all starred in popular shows and movies during the 1990s. They also took up ample space in our hearts and minds! If you had a crush on one of these 90s actresses, we promise you aren’t alone. Enjoy.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah is an actress, producer, entrepreneur and all-round American sweetheart. She made her acting debut at six years old and continued to star in minor roles until her big break came in 1993. That year, she was cast as Kendall Hart on ABC’s Daytime Soap, All My Children, a show that went on to cement Sarah’s face in the heart of everyone who watched it. Today, Sarah is working on something new and exciting. It’s a series called Sometimes I Lie, and it’s being produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. This is one show we certainly can’t wait to watch.
Alicia is an American actress and became popular for her role in her film debut, The Crush. She was able to earn the MTV movie award for Best Breakthrough Performance for her performance, and this further catapulted her into the spotlight. After that, she went on to star in the Teen Comedy Film Clueless and she also landed the Batgirl role in the 1997 movie Batman and Robin. Almost thirty years after her debut, Alicia is still making movies. In 2020, she appeared in the comedies Bad Therapy and Valley Girl, while starring in the Netflix series The Baby-sitters Club.
Tara Donna Reid is an American actress born in New Jersey. She came to prominence when she played Vicky in the American Pie movies, and when she played Bunny Lebowski in The Big Lebowski. Both movies were in the 90s, and they were released to critical acclaim. Since then, Tara has starred in movies like Sharknado, and she was a housemate on British reality TV show, Celebrity Big Brother in 2011.
Is there a pie Debbie Dunning doesn’t have her fingers in? She’s an actress, model, host, comedian, spokesperson and executive producer. Debbie’s first claim to fame is her role as Heidi Keppert in the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. Her last known appearance on TV was in the 2006 movie, The Last Guy On Earth. Since then, she’s kept a really low profile— we don’t even think she’s appeared on TV since 2016!
Christina was one of the most beloved child actresses of the 90s, and she gained worldwide recognition through her role as Kelly Bundy on the sitcom Married. . .With Children. She got cast as Kelly when she was just 16, and she played the role for ten years. After leaving Married. . .With Children, she starred as Jesse in Jesse, and her portrayal earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. After leaving Jesse, she was able to establish a rather successful film and TV career, winning one Primetime Emmy Award, as well as a Tiny Award and four Golden Globes.
Elizabeth Berkley is American producer, philanthropist, actress and star of the 90s show Saved By The Bell. She also played Nomi Malone in the 1995 movie Showgirls— a role that made Hollywood notice her— in a very bad way. She won a Golden Raspberry award for her role in the movie, which is an award that’s the opposite of the Golden Globes. After her role as Nomi Malone, she was dropped by her agent and had to crawl her way back into Hollywood. She was mildly successful and managed to snag roles in major TV releases afterwards.
Katie Holmes is an America actress who earned fame through her portrayal of Joey Potter on the TV series Dawson’s Creek. She also made her film debut in The Ice Storm in 1997 and managed to snag a couple of big-shot movie roles throughout the rest of the 90s. Today, she’s more at home being a director, as she had her directorial debut with the film All We Had in 2016.
Shannen has done everything and is everything. She’s acted, been a director and has also produced movies as well. However, she’s most known for her acting, and her most popular role was as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210, a role that she played for four years. Interestingly, Shannen’s most recent work is her reprised role as Brenda Walsh in a six-episode sequel of Beverly Hills, 90210. Sometimes two decades and a half change everything— and sometimes it doesn’t.
Holly Marie Combs
Holly Marie is an American actress and TV producer. She is most popular for her roles as Piper Halliwell in Charmed, and Kimberly Brock in Picket Fences. Holly’s most recent role is as Ella Montgomery in the successful series Pretty Little Liars. Although she has gone on to star in lots of shows since then, her role as Ella remains her most popular recent role till date.
Alyssa is a political activist, author, producer and actress. Not necessarily in that order, though. She started acting at the tender age of seven and managed to rack up roles in some of the biggest movies by the year 2000. She had roles in Who’s The Boss, Melrose Place, and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
Jenna is probably most popular for her role as Dharma on the ABC show, Dharma and Greg. She managed to receive a Golden Globe for the role, and also snagged three Primetime Emmy Awards. After Dharma and Greg, she appeared in a slew of popular titles like Dr Dolittle, Keeping The Faith, and Grosse Pointe Blank. Since 2018, she’s been a series regular on the horror Drama Fear The Walking Dead.
Michelle is most known for her roles in small scale movies with tragic themes— and she’s managed to carve out a pretty decent career for herself in that niche. She’s won two golden globe awards and has snagged a Primetime Emmy Award too. She first came to limelight in her film debut, Lassie— a debut she made when she was just fourteen years old. At 15, she gained emancipation from her parents and went in to star in the Teen Drama Series Dawson’s Creek. Her most recent and most popular appearance has to be in the Marvel cinematic universe movie, Venom where she played the ex-wife of Eddie, the movie’s lead.
Heather is most known for her role as Amanda Woodward on the 90s show Melrose Place— a role that she received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for. Other noteworthy appearances include her role as officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J Hooker and as Caitlin Moore On Spin City. Her most recent works include Franklin & Bash, and The Game of Love. In 2016, it was announced that Heather would be appearing in a recurrent role on Too Close To Home, a drama produced by Tyler Perry.
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart is what you’d call an all-rounder. She’s an actress, producer, and director. She first came to limelight as Clarissa in Clarissa Explains It All, a show that ran for three years. Afterwards, she started in Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Melissa and Joey. Her most recent work includes Nine Dead— a movie made in 2009, and God’s Not Dead Two— a movie made in 2016. In 2018, she was cast as Liz in the Netflix Comedy series No Good Nick.
Jessica is an American actress, model, producer, singer, and one of the biggest celebrities of the 90s. She started her career as a vocalist appearing in lots of different musical productions. That went on until she was cast as Mary Camden in 7th Heaven, an extremely popular family drama in the 90s. The show ran for ten years, making it the longest-running series on the WB channel. It’s also the longest family drama in the history of television. Today, Jessica works mainly as a producer, and she’s produced shows like The Sinner and The Book Of Love.
Cameroon Diaz is so popular that it’s almost impossible to know what movie exactly madejer popular. Of course, there are the well-known ones like The Mask, Charlie’s Angels, Gangs of New York and The Green Hornet. But there are other ones too, like In Her Shoes, The Holiday, and Vanilla Sky. Sadly, Cameroon may not long grave our screens. She retired from acting in March 2017.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer started her career as a child actress and singer. She appeared in several commercials at the beginning of her career, before joining the cast of Disney’s children series Kids Incorporated. But her real beakthrough wasn’t to come until five years later when she was cast as Sarah Reeves Merin on the Fox Teen TV Drama Party Of Five. Her role as Julie James in the horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer also increased her star value. Since then, she’s starred in a lot of projects and has become a rather established television star. However, she took a three-year break from acting in 2015. She’s now back in the scene, but she’s yet to land a major TV acting role.
Kirsten is probably the only person whose most famous work didn’t come in the 90s. Kirsten gained wide attention after her role as Mary Jane in the Spider-Man movies. However, before she started swinging through the streets with the friendly neighborhood spider, she’d gained attention for the portrayal of Claudia in the horror film Interview with the vampire. As of today, Kirsten stars in On Becoming A God In Central Florida, and she’s been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a comedy series for her role in it.
Neve is the first Canadian on this list, and she was born in Guelph, Ontario. When she was twenty, she moved to Los Angeles to continued her acting career. Almost immediately, she got cast as Julia Salinger in Party Of Five, a teen drama series. She also got to work as Sidney Prescott in the Slasher film franchise Scream. Asides that, she had prominent roles in movies like The Craft, Wild Things 54, and Three To Tango. Interestingly, in 2020, it was announced that Neve would be reprising her role as Sidney Prescott in the fifth Scream movie. The movie will be released in 2022.
Tia & Tamara Mowry
Tia and Tamara are twins who are also American actresses. The duo first came to limelight through the sitcom Sister, Sister which was centred around them. The series ran for five years before ending in 1999— but that was not the end for the twins. They went on to star on the Disney Channel Original movie Twitches. They also had a reality TV series called Tia and Tamara, although that happened about fourteen years after the end of Sister, Sister. Today, Tia can be found playing the role of Cocoa McKellan in the Netflix comedy series Family Reunion, and Tamara can be found hosting a syndicated daytime talk show called The Real.
Nikki is an American actress most popular for her roles in Nikki, Unhappily Ever After, and Las Vegas. However, after her first few movies, Nikki got into other things. For one, she became a spokesperson for gaming website Sportsbook.com, and she also went into voice acting, providing the voice of Jenna in Leisure Suit Larry; Box Office Blast. She also got into comedy, and in 2016, her comedy album Happy. And A Lot was nominated for Best Comedy Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Also, see our top 10 list of 90s Hollywood actresses!
Also known as Banx, Tyra Banks is an American actress, TV personality, producer, singer, and author and businesswoman. Tyra is famous for many things. For one, she was the first African American woman to be featured on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue— a feat she went on to repeat three times. She’s also popular for being part of the highly successful sitcom Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Tyra hasn’t stopped making huge strides since then too. Today, she’s worth over ninety million dollars, and she’s just recently signed a deal to host Dancing With The Stars.
Juliette is a 47-year-old American actress and singer who’s known for playing the roles of offbeat characters in movies with dark or tragic themes. She landed her first big role when she got involved with Martin Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear. Her role in the movie landed her an Academy Award nomination in the category and landed her more roles in rather popular projects. Going off the success of Cape feat, Juliette appeared in movies like Husband’s and Wives, Kalifornia, and Who’s Eating Gilbert Grape. As of today, Juliette has found more work in Television, appearing in series like The Firm, Secret and Lies and The Act.
Danielle is an actress, director, model and television personality. She got her breakout role as Topanga Lawrence-Mathews on the teen show Boy Meets World, and the role made her extremely popular. Interestingly, Danielle’s most recent work was for the successor of Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World. On the show, she reprised her role as Topanga Lawrence-Mathews.
Larisa rose to stardom when she became a teen idol in the 1990s. During her short period of explosive fame, she was described as America’s most beloved fifteen years old, and the proverbial girl next door.
Larisa’s fame began when she was cast as Alex Mack in the Nickelodeon Sci-Fi series The Secret World Of Alex Mack. The series ran for four years and ended up catapulting her into the world of fame. As of today, you can find her on Netflix’s comedy series, The Healing Powers Of Dude.
Fifty-two-year-old Vanessa Marcil is an American actress most popular for her role as Brenda Barret on General Hospital, and as Sam Marquez on LA’s Vegas. Sadly, Vanessa hasn’t quite returned to the heights of fame she had in the 90s. These days she can be found on the Pop reality series Queen of Drama— a show where former soap opera actresses attempt to pitch a pilot for a TV network.
Leelee was born in 1983 and was one of the most beloved teenagers of the 90s. Her roles in movies like Here On Earth, Joy Ride, Never Been Kissed, and The Glass House shot her to worldwide fame. She even managed to receive an Emmy Award for her role as Joan of Arc in Joan of Arc and she has received a further Golden Globe nomination for her role in Uprising, a miniseries. By all accounts, Leelee had an amazing 90s. So where is she now? Well, she’s retired. She retired in 2012, and now works on her art career.
Lark is an American actress, spokeswoman, model and singer. Lark became famous through her portrayal of Lisa Marie Turtle on the NBC sitcom Saved By The Bell. The show was so successful that Lark was nominated for the Young Artist Award six times for her work on the show. She won the award twice too. These days, Lark is more comfortable writing, and she has written three self-published books.
Tatyana is probably most well known for her role as Ashley Banks in the extremely popular 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Tatyana is a graduate of Harvard and has also been involved in politics. Asides her acting career and her roles as a political advocate, she also managed to have a fairly successful singing career. However, she hasn’t released any new music or any new project in a while. The last time she got in the news was when she was settling a suit with Warner Bros, claiming that the company stole her idea for a show.
Stacey Dash is an American actress who’s most popular for her role as Dionne Marie Davenport in the 1995 Feature film Clueless. She also starred in the TV series of the same name. Since that performance, she’s appeared in other works like CSI; Crime Scene Investigation, Single Ladies and Celebrity Circus. Asides that, she’s also had some time on TV as a Fox News Contributor— which is one thing we’d surely have not expected.
Heather is a fifty-year-old American writer, actress, director and writer. She started her career by appearing in several television commercials but was able to land her first film role in License To Drive, a 1988 movie. Since License To Drive, she started to appear in films like Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me Boogie Nights And Bowfinger. Her slew of 90s movies made her one of the best-known actresses of that era. Today, she continues to act in movies. Her most recent works include Petals On The Wind, Flowers In The Attic And If There Be Thornes— yeah, she loves flowers now.
Rachel Leigh Cook
Rachel is an American model, producer, and actress. 90s films like the baby sitters club, She’s All that, and Josie and the Pussycats catapulted her into limelight. After two decades or so of acting in movies, Rachel recently decided to move into producing them. Today, she has her own production company called Ben’s Sister productions, and she recently produced and started in her movie, Love, Guaranteed. The movie debuted on Netflix on September 3, 2020.
Keri is one of the most iconic stars of the 90s, and she received worldwide acclaim for her portrayal of felicity porter on the WB drama series, Felicity. She also managed to win a Golden Globe for her role in the series. Asides that, Keri has also played a huge role in major productions like the FX spy Thriller Series The Americans. Her role in the series also earned her a Primetime Emmy Nomination. Today, Keri can be found on Star Wars; The Rise Of The Skywalker.
Brandy is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman and record producer. In 1996, she got a role in the sitcom Moesha as the title character. The series went on for six seasons, and the role catapulted Brandy’s career. After her role as Moesha, Brandy went into music full-time and started to see some real commercial success. In July 2020, she released her seventh studio album called B7. It was released to critical acclaim. Today, Brandy has sold over 40 million units.
Andrea is an American actress that’s most popular for her role as Kimmy Gibbler in the sitcom Full House. Andrea’s role was initially a recurring one, but the audience reacted so well to her that she became a regular character. Her most recent works include reprising her role as Kimmy in the Netflix spin-off of Full House, Fuller House.
Fairuza is an American actress and musician made popular by Disney’s film, Return To Oz. She also starred in movies like The Craft, Valmont, Almost Famous, and The Island Of Dr Moreau. Since 200, Fairuza has appeared in over a dozen movies and was also briefly involved with a band named G-13. These days, she’s more focused on her art. That’s right, Fairuza has even had a few art exhibitions, and reviews of art said that she had some talent. You go, Fairuza!