‘Queer as Folk’: Where are the stars of the original series now?
After a long wait of 17 years, “Queer as Folk” finally returns to take viewers on an emotional journey by telling impactful stories around people from the LGBTQ+ community. In December 2000, Showtime released the first season of the show and amazed everyone with its bold content. However, it would become a groundbreaking series as it taught a lot about the LGBTQ community to the American people.
For example, the show has the distinction of being the first American series to feature a sex scene between two men. There were also a lot of moments that made the show unique and inspiring. Along with having a strong premise, the show featured a stellar cast who were praised for their impeccable acting. With the Peacock reboot just days away, let’s take a look at what the original cast members are up to these days.
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Harold portrayed Brian Kenney on the Showtime series and appeared in 83 episodes. Born on July 10, 1969, Brian never expected to be an actor and has held a variety of jobs including construction, bartender, waiter and apprentice motorcycle mechanic. In 1997, a close friend of his told him to try acting, and he moved to Los Angeles, where he began studying acting.
As soon as he got out of drama school, he was cast as Brian Kenney in ‘Queer as Folk’. The show turned out to be a huge hit and her character became an instant favorite. Since the end of the series, Harold has continued his acting career mainly in other television shows. He appeared in several TV shows like “Deadwood”, “Desperate Housewives”, “The Secret Circle” and “Criminal Minds”.
Although he played the role of a gay man in “Queer as Folk”, Harold identifies as a straight man.
Harrison starred as Justin Taylor on the show, who begins a relationship with a much older Brian. “Queer as Folk” was Harrison’s first gig on television and starred as a 17-year-old guy named Justin who is disowned by his parents for coming out as gay. Prior to beginning her television career, Harrison attended the University of Cincinnati and appeared in several school productions.
In 2015 he starred as Harry in the critically acclaimed series ‘Mr. Robot’ and his last television appearance was in 2017 with the television series ‘New York Is Dead’. Since then he has done a lot of stage performances and was recently seen working on a theater production in 2021. However, he plans to step away from acting and go back to school to get his second bachelor’s degree, but this time it’s in psychology.
Harrison is an openly gay man and dated Advertising Age columnist Simon Durmenco for 6 years.
Sparks portrayed the character of Michael Novotny and had been Brian’s best friend since he was a teenager. He was one of the characters whose life changed a lot when he became an adult. He started dating a college professor named Ben Bruckner, who was HIV-positive. They married in Season 4 and adopted a child in the series finale.
Apart from being an actor, he was also the vocalist and lead guitarist of a rock band, ZERO 1. Over the years he continued to perform and performed in several high-end companies such as ‘Dr. Dolittle 2’, ‘Spider-Man 2’, ‘Extract’, ‘CSI’, ‘Fuller House’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
Sparks still does a lot of stand-up comedy and continues to perform with ZERO 1. As for his relationship status, he has been in a relationship with Summer Soltis since 2012.
The openly gay actor played Emmett Honeycutt and was one of the show’s most intriguing characters. He was the show’s most flamboyant character and held several jobs such as shopkeeper, porn star, nude maid, party planner, and correspondent for a local news station. Prior to “Queer as Folk,” Paige had previously made guest appearances on TV shows such as “Will and Grace,” “Caroline in the City,” and “Suddenly Susan.”
Apart from being an actress, Paige is also a successful screenwriter and director. He directed his first feature film ‘Say Uncle’ in 2005 and achieved moderate success. Paige also served as a producer on the series called ‘The Fosters’ which ran for five seasons.
Recently, he directed and produced a few episodes for Shonda Rhimes’ “Station 19”.
Lowell played an accountant named Ted Schmidt on the show, who had low self-esteem and envied Brian’s lavish lifestyle. He is constantly rejected by men in gay clubs and eventually struggles with a crystal meth addiction. Prior to appearing on the show, Lowell was on shows like “Caroline in the City” and “Frasier.”
He continued performing after the conclusion of ‘Queer as Folk’ and was seen in such titles as ‘American Dad’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Bones’ and ‘CSI’.
Scott Lowell identifies as a straight man and uses his pronouns.
Clunie played the role of Melanie Marcus on the show and her character was married to Lindsay. They were the only lesbian couple on the show. Although they liked having a small circle, they become very close to the male characters and welcome them into their lives. Prior to appearing on “Queer as Folk”, Clunie had already established herself as an actress and appeared on several projects such as “The Usual Suspects”, “The Jeff Foxworthy Show”, “Lost & Found” and ” VIP”. She continued performing after the conclusion of “Queer as Folk” and was one of the most integral characters in the 2010 “Make It or Break It” series.
Between 2015 and 2017, she played Mrs. Finch in the hit series ‘Teen Wolf’.
Michelle Clunie was in a relationship with filmmaker Bryan Singer and the couple welcomed a baby boy in 2015. However, they are no longer together.
Gill played Lindsay Peterson on ‘Queer as Folk’. She was Melanie’s wife and continued to expand her family throughout the series. The actress received the National Leadership Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2003. During that time, she was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in “Queer as Folk.”
In 2016, she starred as Gail Porter in the Oscar-nominated film 20th Century Women.
Gill was married for 16 years to Brian Richmond, a Canadian director, from 1993 to 2009. However, she came to realize that she was bisexual. Since 2013, she has been in a relationship with author Gina Glass.
Gless portrayed the role of Michael’s mother, Debbie, on the show and is considered the show’s most enigmatic character. She is fiercely proud of her son’s homosexuality. She treats the whole group like family and they frequently come to her restaurant for advice.
Gless is one of the hottest names in the entertainment industry and has won numerous accolades for his acting. For her role in the 1982 series “Cagney & Lacey,” she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
She would go on to receive Emmy nominations for her roles in “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill”, “Burn Notice” and “Nip/Tuck”.